US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced $40 million in Department of Energy awards for the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs).
The centre will have the goal of providing the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy.
Initial funding for the four centers will total $40 million for 2018, with plans for a total of five years of funding.
Secretary Perry said: “The revolution of modern biology has opened up vast new opportunities for the energy industry to develop and utilize products derived from biomass as a sustainable resource.
“These centers will accelerate the development of the basic science and technological foundation needed to ensure that American industry and the American public reap the benefits of the new bio-based economy.”
In the next phase, the centers will focus on biofuels to include the development of bio-based chemicals and other bio-based products.