In an effort to combine energy independence with “heartland security,” the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced funding for biofuels research and development, with the ultimate goal of helping U.S. farmers bring clean, commercially viable fuel to market.
Together, these government departments will be offering $33 million in funding under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) for R&D of technologies and processes to produce biofuels, bioenergy and bio-based products, with the goal of increasing the availability of alternative renewable fuels and bio-based products sourced from a diverse group of economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass. Technical areas that must be addressed to receive funding include feedstocks development, biofuels and biobased products development and biofuels development analysis.
“As the demand for energy rises, Americans need alternative, renewable energy sources,” said Roger Beachy, USDA chief scientist and director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in a statement. “The innovation and technology that these projects develop will foster a sustainable domestic biofuels industry by broadening the nation’s energy sources as well as improving the efficiency of renewable fuels.”
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