Virginia, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, R.W. Beck, has been awarded a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Golden Field Office to support The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Biomass Program. The agreement expires September 30, 2015 and has a ceiling value of $21 million.
The DOE Biomass Program works with industry, academia, and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in biomass feedstocks and conversion technologies.
Through research, development, and demonstration efforts geared toward the commercialization of integrated biorefineries, the program’s goals is to help transform the nation’s renewable and abundant biomass resources into cost competitive, high performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower.
As part of the program, the DOE recently announced that it will partially fund via grants the design, construction, and operation of 18 integrated ethanol refinery pilot and demonstration projects, helping promote the development and commercialization of cellulosic and algae derived biofuel and biochemical production in the United States.
Under the BPA, R.W. Beck will serve as DOE’s independent engineer on these projects, providing services including assistance in program management, technical and financial due diligence, construction and operations monitoring, and Recovery Act compliance.