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US earmarks $73M for 35 bioenergy research and development projects


October 1, 2019
By Maria Church
Maria Church

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The U.S. Department of Energy announced today $73 million in funding for 35 projects that is says will help reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources.

Secretary Rick Perry said in a news release the goal of the bioenergy R&D is to produce affordable biofuels that are compatible with existing fuelling infrastructure and vehicles, including renewable gasoline, biodiesel, and bio jet fuels

According to the government news release, the U.S. has the potential to produce one billion dry tons of non-food biomass without disrupting agricultural markets for food and animal feed. That biomass could be used to produce 50 billion gallons of biofuels, 50 billion pounds of high-value chemicals and products, and 75 billion kWh of electricity.

Funded projects include those addressing algae cultivation, wood heater efficiency, advanced hydrocarbon biofuel technologies, bio jet fuels, waste bioenergy, and more. Find the full list of funded projects here.