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July 16, 2014

Energy Department Awards $6 Million to Advance Cost-Competitive Biofuels

The Energy Department on July 15 announced awards totalling $6 million for two projects to develop next-generation biofuels that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass. The research and development projects, located in California and North Carolina, will focus on lowering production costs by maximizing the renewable carbon and hydrogen from biomass that can be converted to renewable fuels and improving the separation processes in bio-oil production to remove non-fuel components.

SRI International of Menlo Park, California, will receive $3.2 million to produce a bio-crude oil from algal biomass that will maximize the amount of carbon recovered for use in renewable fuel and reduce the nitrogen content of the product in order to meet fuel quality standards.

Research Triangle Institute of Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, will receive $3.1 million to maximize the biomass-based carbon and energy recovery in a low pressure process—therefore lowering production costs, to produce a bio-crude oil that can be efficiently upgraded into a finished biofuel. See the Energy Department news release and the Bioenergy Technologies Office website.