Saturday, April 19, 2008

DOE Researches Advanced Biomass Conversion

US Department of Energy Ethanol BiofuelsThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced this week that up to $4 million in funding is available to U.S. universities for research and development of cost-effective, environmentally friendly biomass conversion technologies.

Advancing biomass technology is critical to diversifying our nation’s energy sources in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on foreign oil.
“As world demand for energy continues to grow, so too must our supply of clean, reliable and affordable sources of energy. Cellulosic biofuels provide a promising way to meet President Bush’s ambitious goals of reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, improving our air quality and supporting rural communities,” Under Secretary of Energy Bud Albright said.
The Department’s advanced research and development funding contributes to the U.S. goal of making cellulosic ethanol, which is produced from agricultural waste products through biomass conversion, cost-competitive by 2012.

This research also aims to increase the suite of biofuels necessary to supply at least 36 billion gallons of U.S. motor fuel by 2022 and meet interim supply targets for specific advanced fuels outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

Source: US Department of Energy

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