Friday, December 7, 2007

Department of Energy Invests in Biofuels Projects

The Department of Energy announced this week their plans to invest up to $7.7 million for four Research and Development biofuels projects this year.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman announced the selection of four biofuels projects in which DOE plans to invest up to $7.7 million. These projects will demonstrate the thermochemical conversion process of turning grasses, stover, the non-edible portion of crops and other materials into biofuel.
“We are committed to expanding the sustainable production and use of biofuels and these projects will help develop cleaner methods for turning a wide variety of feedstocks into fuel,” Secretary Bodman said. “Successful completion of these projects stands to redefine the way we produce America’s fuels and follows the President’s call to end our dependence to oil.”
The following four projects were competitively selected for negotiation of awards:
  • Emery Energy Company of Salt Lake City, Utah
    Emery Energy Company has partnered with Ceramatec, Inc. and the Western Research Institute to demonstrate a new, low-cost, novel way to mitigate tars and oils in biomass synthesis gas while also managing other impurities.
  • Iowa State University of Ames, Iowa
    Iowa State, in partnership with ConocoPhillips Company, will test an integrated biomass to liquids system that uses gas cooling through oil scrubbing rather than water scrubbing in order to minimize waste water treatment.
  • Research Triangle Institute of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
    Research Triangle Institute, in partnership with North Carolina State University and the University of Utah, will generate syngas derived from woody biomass.
  • Southern Research Institute of Birmingham, Alabama
    In collaboration with Pall Corporation, Thermochem Recovery International, and Rentech, Southern Research Institute will use a 1 megawatt thermal biomass gasifier to generate syngas.

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