The Department of Energy ("DOE") has issued a Request for Information ("RFI") to solicit feedback on the DOE’s draft "National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap" (the "Roadmap").

The Roadmap was prepared by a working group commissioned by DOE.  The working group was commissioned to assess the current state of algae technology and to determine the next steps toward commercialization. 

DOE is specifically seeking feedback related to the following questions:

  1. What areas omitted by the Roadmap would be important in defining R&D needs as they pertain to the following topics?
    a.  Algae biology
    b.  Algae cultivation
    c.  Algae processing (harvesting and dewatering)
    d.  Extraction
    e.  Fuel conversion
    f.   Fuel end-use
  2. Are there any additional, key areas that should be included or any areas that need further elaboration?
  3. Are there errors or misrepresentations of any information that need to be addressed?
  4. Is there over-representation of certain barrier areas relative to other areas that warrant editing?

To submit comments, complete the "Algal Road-Mapping: Request for Information (RFI) Response Form" and submit it as an attachment  to an e-mail message addressed to

Comments must be provided by no later than 11:59 PM EDT on August 3, 2009.