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DOE: More funding for biomass R&D

By Posted by Gerald Ondrey |

U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE; Washington, D.C.; www.energy.gov) Secretary Steven Chu announced today the investment of up to $16.5 million for two major research and development (R&D) initiatives that will support the expansion of renewable transportation fuels production. The first initiative will invest up to $12 million over three years for four projects to advance technologies for the thermochemical conversion of biomass into advanced biofuels that are compatible with existing fueling infrastructure. The second initiative provides up to $4.5 million for three projects that support research focused on designing landscapes that produce bioenergy feedstock while protecting air, soil, water, and wildlife resources and enhancing ecosystem services. These biomass R&D initiatives continue to strengthen the DOE’s efforts to accelerate development and deployment of sustainable, renewable biofuels in order to significantly reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. “Developing cost-effective renewable transportation fuels is a key component of DOE’s strategy to reduce green house gas emissions and move the Nation toward energy independence,” said Secretary Chu. "These innovative projects will help America develop…
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