US departments provide USD 41m for biofuels, feedstock innovation
Jul 26, 2012 - The US Department of Agriculture and Department of Energy yesterday unveiled USD 41 million (EUR 33.8m) of funding for 13 projects to boost biofuels production efficiency and improve feedstocks.
About USD 31 million of the money is awarded to five projects through the departments' joint Biomass Research and Development Initiative. These include USD 4.25 million of support to Quad County Corn Cooperative of Galva, Iowa for the retrofitting of a corn starch ethanol production facility to add value to byproducts and USD 6 million to the University of Hawaii to optimise the production of grasses in Hawaii in compatibility with the conversion to jet fuel and diesel. The other projects will seek to optimise oilseed crops and guayule rubber and to use dairy manure as a source of fiber and fertilizer.
The two departments will also back eight research projects with USD 10 million of funding. The projects will apply biomass genomics in a bid to achieve improvements in high-potential biofuel feedstocks and contribute to a more efficient energy production.