DOE Awards $10 Million to Projects Converting Biomass to Biofuel

The DOE has awarded $10 million in funding to five projects that are working to develop new methods of converting biomass into biofuels and bioproducts.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces it has awarded $10 million in funding to five projects focused on developing new technologies for converting biomass into advanced biofuels and bioproducts such as plastics and chemical intermediates.

Each of the projects use synthetic biological and chemical techniques to turn biomass into processable sugars which can then be turned into drop-in biofuels and bioproducts. 

The five award recipients are:

  • J. Craig Venter Institute, which will develop new ways of producing enzymes that can more efficiently deconstruct biomass to make biofuel.
  • Novozymes and its research partners will look for new sources of enzymes that can be used to create a more cost-effective means of deconstructing biomass. 
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's project if focused on increasing the production of fuel molecules in fungi growing on lignocellulosic hydrolysate. 
  • Texas AgriLife Research is going to develop a new way to convert lignin into biofuel precursors.
  • Lygos will create efficient, inexpensive ways of converting biomass into common specialty chemicals. 

To learn more about this new funding and the award recipients, read the full article