The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy have issued a joint Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “BOTTLE: Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment.” This FOA supports the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Plastics Innovation Challenge, a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling technologies. The FOA will support high-impact research and development for plastics by developing new plastics that are capable of efficient recyclability and by improving recycling strategies that can break existing plastics into chemical building blocks that can be used to make higher-value products.
In addition, the FOA will seek partners for the newly launched National Laboratory-led BOTTLE consortium, focused on designing new plastics and recycling strategies in collaboration with industry and academia.
Topic Areas include:
- Highly Recyclable or Biodegradable Plastics
- Novel Methods for Deconstructing and Upcycling Existing Plastics
- BOTTLE Consortium Collaborations to Tackle Challenges in Plastic Waste