Award announcements from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act just keep coming. The most recent announcement comes from the Department of Energy (DOE); $80 million has been awarded to two organizations for advanced biofuels research.

The National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB) received $44 million. The consortium is headed by the Missouri-based Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and is working on algal biofuel and bioproducts.

β€œIt will develop and demonstrate the science and technology necessary to significantly increase production of algal biomass and lipids, efficiently harvest and extract algae and algal products, and establish valuable certified co-products that scale with renewable fuel production. Co-products include animal feed, industrial feedstocks, and additional energy generation.” Source: DOE

The second organization receiving funding is the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC), which will receive up to $33.8 million. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are leading the biofuel research for the NABC. The organization is researching biomass-based hydrocarbon fuels.

In addition to the $80 million in DOE funding, a total of $19 million in non-federal funding has also been provided for to these two advanced biofuels research consortiums.

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