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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is requesting stakeholder feedback on research opportunities related to residential wood heater technology advancement and bioprocessing separations development to help inform its research priorities and funding strategies.

Topic 1. Residential Wood Heater Technology Advancement

EERE is specifically interested in identifying the critical technology gaps and resources required to significantly reduce emissions and improve efficiency of residential wood heaters including:

  • Stove design
  • Automation
  • Catalyst development
  • Retrofit technologies for older wood heaters
  • Sensor technology
  • Stove performance testing methods.

Topic 2. Bioprocessing Separations Development

EERE seeks information identifying the critical technology gaps and research needs required to enable more efficient separations technologies in core BETO mission areas.

Example research needs include:

  • Identifying relevant industrial processes in need of new or improved separations technologies
  • Effective separations technologies that could be paired with existing relevant processes
  • Analysis approaches to inform the selection, development, and deployment of effective separations.

The request for information (RFI) is available on EERE Exchange or Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to no later than 5:00pm (ET) on September 21, 2020.