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Pre-Application Workshop - GFO-17-901 - Renewable Intermediate Fuel Production for Jet Fuel in Heavy-Duty Transportation Sector

Date Released: August 11, 2017.

The purpose of this solicitation is to support research and pre-commercial demonstration of fungible low carbon fuels synthesis by providing funding for innovative, pre-commercial low-carbon fuel production processes that result in the development of bio-oil as an intermediate fuel with wide-scale adoption potential used for renewable jet fuel production supporting California’s transportation sector and greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts.

In California, petroleum based fuels contribute to the largest source of carbon emissions. To mitigate this issue, state policy goals are driving research and development to reduce petroleum use by seeking economic and technically viable low-carbon fuel alternatives derived from locally sourced California feedstocks from various waste streams. Fungible low-carbon fuels production derived from California’s biomass feedstocks provide an progressive solution for not only reducing emissions from fuels used in the transportation sector, but also for reducing California’s dependency on petroleum fuels. Renewable biofuels can be produced from biomass sources including but not limited to urban woody biomass, agricultural and forest residues, and have the potential to be fully compatible with existing petroleum distribution system and vehicle technologies. In addition to biofuels compatibility, advancement of production processes will further reduce the overall adoption costs of biofuels, thereby improving the near-term viability of biofuels. Through the development of bio-based intermediate fuels such as bio-oil, adoption of low-carbon bio-fuels in the transportation market can be accelerated, particularly in some heavy-duty transportation sectors that rely on fuels which cannot be easily substituted with alternative fuels, including jet fuel. While renewable jet fuel production has made progress, commercial production cannot be realized without additional research that focuses on scaling up advanced production processes. With California’s access to an abundance of renewable feedstock throughout the state, opportunities to produce an in-state intermediate bio-oil for the production of jet fuel should be explored to ensure market sustainability.

This solicitation, developed under the Low-Carbon Fuels Research and Development Program, will target research gaps that are currently not addressed through the Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). The ARFVTP has focused fuel production efforts on the upgrading of intermediates for low-carbon fuel production (i.e., bio-oil to the finished fuel product), whereas this solicitation is focused on the conversion of biomass to the bio-oil intermediate, which could then be upgraded or refined to renewable fuel. Focusing on market barriers that prevent wide-scale adoption of advanced and innovative methods for the production of bio-oil will accelerate low-carbon fuel commercialization in additional transportation sectors currently unable to utilize alternative fuels. This Program aims to drive innovation that will enable programs to support fuel production projects at commercial scale and further reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector.


Deadline to Submit Applications: October 13, 2017, by 5:00 p.m.

Pre-Application Workshops
Date, time and Location:

August 25, 2017,
10:00 a.m.

California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Charles Imbrecht Hearing Room (formerly Hearing Room B)

TELECONFERENCE OPTION: Parties and the public may attend the Public Workshop in person at the above location or by telephone and/or by computer via our "WebEx" web conferencing system. For additional details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the application at:

WebEx and Conference Call-in-toll-free number: 1-866-469-3239
Please go to
Meeting Number: 921 229 710
Meeting Password: meeting@10
Topic: GFO-17-901 Pre-Application Workshop

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Friday, August 25, 2017


California Energy Commission - Charles Imbrecht Hearing Room

1516 9th street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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