Energy Dept Adding Five Years of Funds for Bioenergy Centers; Steven Chu Comments

Steven Chu
Steven Chu

The Energy Department intends to extend funding for three bioenergy research center for an additional five years at a rate of $25 million per year, subject to approval by Congress.

DOE’s science office launched the centers in 2007 to help spur research and development of new biofuels and find new approaches to engineer non-food crops for biofuel production, DOE said Thursday.

The centers also aim to re-engineering of microbes for producing green gasoline, diesel and jet fuel precursors from biomass, as well as develop methods for growing non-food biofuel crops on land that will not compete with food production.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the department is aiming to help create new clean energy jobs, grow the country’s national energy security and expand the domestic biofuels industry.

DOE’s investments also aim to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil, Chu said.

The three centers covered under this extension include:

  • BioEnergy Research Center, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with Michigan State University
  • Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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