July 18 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award an initial sum of USD 40 million (EUR 35m) for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), it was announced on Monday.
The above-mentioned sum is allocated for awards in fiscal year 2018, and the DOE plans to provide funding for a period of five years, it said. These awards represent a follow-on phase to the original DOE Bioenergy Research Centers programme that has been running over the past 10 years.
In this next phase, the centers will build on the current accomplishments and will also start paying attention to the development of bio-based chemicals and other bio-based products.
The selected centres include: the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with Michigan State University; the Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory; the Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“These centers will accelerate the development of the basic science and technological foundation needed to ensure that American industry and the American public reap the benefits of the new bio-based economy,” energy secretary Rick Perry said in a statement.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.866)