US funding for sustainable biofuels projects

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The US Department of Energy (DoE) has awarded $118 million (€110 million) in funding for 17 projects to accelerate the production of sustainable biofuels for America’s transportation and manufacturing needs.
The selected projects, located at universities and private companies, will drive the domestic production of biofuels and bioproducts.
Funding for this opportunity supports President Biden’s goals to deliver an equitable, clean energy future, and put the US on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050. Projects selected as part of this funding opportunity will contribute to meeting DOE’s goal to achieve cost-competitive biofuels and at least a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030.
Among the 17 companies or entities receiving funding are Illinois-based LanzaTech, whose technology is designed to convert green waste to aviation fuel, and the North Carolina-based Research Triangle Institute, which is exploring turning corn stover into aviation fuel.
“Biofuels are a versatile tool because they have the immediate potential to power our ships, trains, airlines and heavy-duty vehicles—a huge contributor to total carbon emissions—with a significantly reduced carbon footprint,” said DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm.
“DoE investments are helping to build out a domestic bioenergy supply chain that increases America’s energy independence, creates jobs, and accelerates the adoption of cleaner fuels for our transportation needs.”

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