The US Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) are allocating nearly $17.5 million to 17 biomass research, development and demonstration projects.
Secretaries Mike Johanns (USDA) and Samuel Bodman (DOE) announced the funding while addressing the General Session at Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance, a jointly hosted USDA-DOE conference.
The grants announced intended to develop technologies necessary to help make bio-based fuels cost-competitive with fossil fuels in the commercial market. Of the $17,492,466 announced today, $12,784,733 is funded by USDA (FY06) and $4,707,733 is funded by DOE (FY06-08). DOE funds go to three projects developing cellulosic biomass. USDA will provide funding to address such topics as feedstock production and product diversification.
Under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, a joint USDA-DOE effort established in 2000 and reauthorized in the comprehensive Energy Policy Act of 2005, award projects must demonstrate collaboration among experts in the field of biomass. The Initiative aims to enhance creative approaches in developing next generation advanced technologies; and promote research partnerships among colleges, universities, national laboratories, federal and state research agencies and the private sector.
|USDA-DOE Biofuel Grant Recipients (by grant value)|
|Virent Energy Systems, Inc.(WI)||$2,000,000||Co-production of propylene glycol with biodiesel production.|
|Edenspace Systems Corp (VA)||$1,926,900||Development of commercial corn hybrids engineered for enhanced, low-cost conversion of cellulosic biomass to ethanol.|
|Iowa Corn Promotion Board||$1,762,157||Add value to commercial polymers through the incorporation of biomass-derived materials.|
|Ceres, Inc. (CA) (2 grants)||$1,572,460
|Double switchgrass yield by 2020 (cellulosic ethanol).|
Enhance economic competitiveness of bio-based fuels through product diversification.
|Center for Technology Transfer (WI)||$1,521,800||Stabilizing value of biomass material before processing.|
|Drexel University (PA)||$1,312,389||Improve bio-based polymers for moisture barrier applications.|
|Lucigen Corporation (WI)||$1,259,000||Novel enzyme products for the conversion of defatted soybean meal to ethanol.|
|SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (NY)||$813,450||Willow biomass crop management.|
|Louisiana State University Agriculture Center||$791,865||Natural fiber and commingled waste plastic project.|
|Southern Illinois University||$676,722||Expansion of ethanol production in the Upper Mississippi River Basin.|
|The Pennsylvania State University||$579,340||Lignin conversion to value-added materials.|
|North Carolina State University||$435,997||Strategic positioning of biofuels in the context of agriculture, crude oil and auto manufacturing.|
|Argonne National Laboratory (IL)||$400,000||Enhance animal feed values in corn dry mills with bio-based solvents.|
|Michigan State University||$376,616||Develop environmental information on corn and soybean cropping systems and platform chemical production.|
|Western Governors’ Association (CO)||$290,246||Strategic development of bioenergy in the western states.|
|Clarkson University (NY)||$250,001||Waste biomass feedstocks for ethanol fuel production.|