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U.S. Department of Energy to Fund Plastics Recycling R&D

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Up to $25 million is available for high-impact R&D focused on developing new plastics that can be efficiently recycled and improving recycling technologies.

The Bioenergy Technologies Office and Advanced Manufacturing Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy have issued a joint Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): BOTTLE, which stands for Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment.

This FOA, which makes up to $25 million available, aligns with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Plastics Innovation Challenge, a comprehensive program designed to accelerate innovation in energy-efficient plastics recycling technologies. The FOA supports high-impact research and development into the creation of polymers that can be efficiently recycled and new approaches to recycling, notably by breaking down existing plastics into their chemical building blocks and using them to make high-value products.

In addition, the FOA seeks partners for the newly launched National Laboratory-led BOTTLE consortium, focused on designing new plastics and recycling strategies in collaboration with industry and academia.

For more information on funding opportunities, go to the DOE's FOA page.

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