DOE awards millions for renewable energy research

By | September 15, 2009
The U.S. DOE awarded more than $600 million in American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds for scientific projects aimed at advancing the country's development of alternative energy. Awardees include several projects that could benefit ethanol production. Pennsylvania State University will receive $21 million to examine bio-polymers in plant cell walls to improve biomass to biofuel conversion methods; Purdue University will receive $20 million for the conversion of biomass to energy, fuels or chemicals; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory will receive $5.4 million for equipment at the DOE BioEnergy Science Center to examine recalcitrance the resistance of cellulosic biomass to enzymatic breakdown into sugars.