C3Bio receives DOE grant

Purdue University’s Discovery Park will receive a $12 million, four-year grant from the Department of Energy to accelerate scientific breakthroughs to develop the 21st century energy economy.  The Purdue-led Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio) will use the funding for research on converting the bulk of the plant to biofuels and other bio-based products currently derived by oil.

The award was part of the second round of funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers announced by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

Purdue president Mitch Daniels says the success of C3Bio in this arena of high-risk, high-reward research is revolutionizing how we view biomass, essentially the leftovers of our crop production processes – as one solution to future global energy demands.”

Purdue’s Discovery Park received one of 32 grants from the DOE.

  • Global production of biofuels increased 17 percent in 2010 to reach an all-time high of 105 billion liters, up from 90 billion liters in 2009. High oil prices, a global economic rebound, and new laws and mandates in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, and the United States, among other countries, are all factors behind the surge in production, according to research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute’s Climate and Energy Program.

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