Monday, October 29, 2007

DOE Provides $30 Million to Jump Start Bioenergy Research Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced it has invested nearly $30 million in end-of-fiscal-year (2007) funds to accelerate the start-up of its three new Bioenergy Research Centers, bringing total DOE Bioenergy Research Center investment to over $400 million.

The three DOE Bioenergy Research Centers—located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; Madison, Wisconsin; and near Berkeley, California—selected by DOE this June, bring together multidisciplinary teams of leading scientists to advance research needed to make cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels commercially viable on a national scale, a key part of President Bush’s Advanced Energy Initiative Twenty in Ten Plan.

This Plan mandates the use of the equivalent of 35 billions gallons of alternative and renewable fuels by 2017, and biofuels produced from biomass, such as cellulosic ethanol and non-edible portions of crops, could help reach a major portion of this goal.

“For the sake of both our nation’s energy security and the health of our environment, we need major alternatives to imported oil and fossil fuels, and we need them soon,” said DOE Under Secretary for Science Raymond L. Orbach.

Source: US Dept of Energy

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