Purdue University Awarded $12 Million DOE Grant For Biomass Fuels Research

A research center at Purdue University’s Discovery Park has been awarded a $12 million, four-year grant as part of a $100 million U.S. Department of Energy initiative to accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st century energy economy. The Purdue-led Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio) will use the additional […]

A research center at Purdue University’s Discovery Park has been awarded a $12 million, four-year grant as part of a $100 million U.S. Department of Energy initiative to accelerate scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st century energy economy.

The Purdue-led Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio) will use the additional funding to advance methods for converting plant lignocellulosic biomass – the bulk of the plant – to biofuels and other bio-based products currently derived from oil by the use of new chemical catalysts and thermal treatments.

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the award as part of the second round of funding for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs), which are focused on enabling fundamental advances in energy production, storage and use.

“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,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “Just as important as its scientific breakthroughs, this research center has filed six patent applications and launched a startup company, Spero Energy. We are creating quality jobs for researchers in Indiana and at our partner universities, growing our economy and establishing a paradigm for training the next generation of energy researchers.”

C3Bio director Maureen McCann, a professor of biological sciences and director of the Purdue Energy Center, said C3Bio is investigating the most carbon- and energy-efficient pathways to route the carbon trapped by photosynthesis in the bodies of plants into energy-dense fuels and high-value chemicals.

From Purdue University: http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2014/Q2/discovery-park-center-awarded-12-million-doe-grant-to-advance-research-for-converting-plant-biomass-into-liquid-hydrocarbon-fuels.html

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