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August 29, 2007

DOE Offers up to $33.8 Million to Support Cellulosic Biofuels

DOE is offering up to $33.8 million to support the development of enzymes for converting cellulosic biomass into biofuels. Cellulosic biomass includes a variety of non-food plant materials, such as agricultural wastes, sawdust, paper pulp, and switchgrass. Enzymes can be used in biorefineries to more efficiently break down cellulosic biomass into simple sugars, which can then be fermented into biofuels such as ethanol. Enzymes developed with the help of the new DOE funding must prove durable and effective in the conditions at which biorefineries would operate.

DOE issued its Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on August 17th, and the enzyme development projects are expected to begin in fiscal year 2008 and continue through fiscal year 2011. Industrial partners must provide half of the cost of the development projects, for a total investment of nearly $68 million. Letters of intent are due on September 10th, and completed applications are due on October 30th. See the DOE press release and the FOA on the Web site.