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DoE Invests $35m To Decarbonize Biorefining Processes

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is to invest $35m in funding that will help slash carbon emissions and scale up the volume and efficiency of renewable biofuel.

The 15 awarded research projects are housed at colleges, universities, and labs across nine states and will advance new technologies to decarbonize biorefining processes used across the energy, transport, and agriculture sectors. The funding awards are supported by DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

These investments in advancements in clean energy technology, will help America achieve the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions by 2050.

Biofuel, including ethanol, biodiesel and other products derived from organic material (biomass), is almost exclusively produced via a conversion process called fermentation, which creates carbon as a byproduct, with some processes wasting more than one third of this carbon as CO2 emissions. As a result, there is a critical need to create new pathways for biofuel conversion that reduces carbon waste, prevents the loss of CO2 emissions, and in turn, maximizes the amount of renewable fuel a conversion process yields.

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