The US Department of Energy (DOE) said Thursday it has awarded USD 30 million (EUR 26.4m) in funds to six projects that aim to speed up energy crop development for the production of biofuels.
The money comes under the Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) programme whose goal is to combine agriculture, information technology and engineering to address challenges in developing crops that are sustainable, affordable and yield abundant plant feedstocks for bioenergy.
Details on the six winning projects are available in the table and here.
Breeding High Yielding
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Reference Phenotyping System for Energy Sorghum
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Consortium for Advanced Sorghum Phenomics
Automated Sorghum Phenotyping and Trait Development Platform
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Automated Phenotyping System for Genetic Improvement of Energy Crops
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mobile Energy-Crop Phenotyping Platform
The DOE also said yesterday it will provide USD 25 million in funds for 12 projects under the GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) programme. GENSETS aims to accelerate the development of generator technologies for more affordable and efficient residential combined heat and power (CHP) systems.