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DOE and USDA Award $17.5 Million for Biomass Research
DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on October 11th that nearly $17.5 million will go toward 17 projects in the research, development, and demonstration of biobased products, bioenergy, biofuels, and biopower. The goal of the projects is to make bio-based fuels more cost competitive with fossil fuels. USDA is providing nearly $12.8 million of the funding for projects in feedstock production and product diversification, while DOE is providing over $4.7 million for three projects developing cellulosic biomass. The funding was announced at the national renewable energy conference Advancing Renewable Energy: An American Rural Renaissance, which is being jointly hosted by DOE and USDA in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference runs through October 12th. See the DOE press release and the Advancing Renewable Energy Conference Web site.