The U.S. has just launched a five-year, $125 million alternative energy research project with India, aimed partly at developing biofuels from non-food crops. The biofuel project, funded by the Department of Energy and led by the University of Florida, has the goal of managing climate change and reducing U.S. dependence on petroleum products, and that adds an intriguing element of geopolitics and petrodollars to the mix.
The new endeavor, somewhat cumbersomely tagged the Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC), also includes solar and energy efficiency components led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The biofuel component totals about $21 million for a team that includes the University of Florida, University of Missouri, Virginia Tech, Montclair State University, Texas A&M University, Show Me Energy Cooperative, and Green Technologies.
The Indian team is headed up by the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, but wait, there’s more. The project is part of a larger endeavor that provides for the U.S. to leverage private sector investment in an international fund focused on developing South Asia’s alternative energy resources.alternative energy research, alternative energy resources, Department of Energy, DOE, Green Technologies, India biofuel project, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, JCERDC, Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Show Me Energy Cooperative, U.S. biofuel project, U.S. DOE, University of Florida