Biogas Research and Demonstration Opportunity

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has issued a new Program Opportunity Notice (PON) for biogas research and demonstrations, including projects related to municipal wastewater applications. The PON, which is titled “Natural Gas Research, Development, and Demonstration Grant Solicitation Advancing Clean Energy through Biogas, Biomethane, and Natural Gas,” provides up to $5.5 million in available grant funding.  

The purpose of the CEC solicitation is to fund research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects that address the barriers to increased market penetration of renewable energy, particularly biogas and biomethane (also known as renewable natural gas), natural gas fueled distributed generation, and combined heat and power systems.  

Biogas utilization and combined heat and power technologies possess vast potential for natural gas conservation if widely implemented. This CEC solicitation focuses on highly efficient and cost-effective technology development and demonstration. 

WERF is open to partnering/collaborating non-exclusively with any proposers that involve WERF subscribers to help strengthen submittals. Examples include providing project peer review to ensure a scientifically sound and unbiased approach, facilitating identification of potential test sites, publishing reports and other products, disseminating results, conducting technology transfer through WERF web seminars, workshops, conferences and other events, connecting the project with the LIFT program and participants to accelerate adoption, etc.

Projects submitted must fall within one of three RD&D project topic areas. The topic areas, along with the total funding amount and estimated number of awards for each project topic area, are provided below: 

Project Group Maximum Reward Amount  Total Funding Amount  Estimated Number of Awards
Topic A: Development and demonstration of affordable technologies and strategies for biogas cleanup and upgrading to biomethane or renewable natural gas for clean power generation.
$1,000,000 $2,500,000 3
Topic B: Demonstration of bottoming cycle solutions as supplemental power generation for highly efficient use of natural gas. $1,000,000 $1,500,000 2
Topic C: Development and demonstration of micro-scale and other novel systems for small-scale combined cooling, heating, and power applications. $750,000 $1,500,000

For more information about partnering with WERF/LIFT, please contact Jeff Moeller at jmoeller@werf.org. The deadline to submit applications is February 6, 2015. For more information on the PON, including eligibility requirements, visit: http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/pier.html#PON-14-505.