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DOE and USDA to Invest Up to $18.4 Million in Biomass Projects
March 4, 2008
DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on March 4 that they will invest up to $18.4 million in 31 biomass research,
development, and demonstration projects over the next three years. The
projects will be run by a variety of universities and private
businesses in 16 states and will focus mainly on developing improved
crops for biofuel production and on researching cheaper ways to
produce biofuels, bioproducts, and energy from a variety of sources.
They will explore a diverse range of crops, including sugarcane and
guayule, a desert shrub that produces rubber, and will employ some
unusual conversion technologies, such as microwaves, liquid salts, and
solar thermal energy. Of the $18,449,089 to be invested, $13,225,554
will be provided by USDA and $5,223,535 will be provided by DOE. See
the list of all 31 projects in the DOE press release.