Mines to partner with NREL in new biofuels research; DOE announces $33.8M in funding
Golden, Colo., Jan. 14, 2010—The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $33.8 million investment in a National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (NABC), led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, with Colorado School of Mines as one of the partners in the consortium.
Funding comes as part of a larger package of biofuels investments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act announced this week by Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
“Advanced biofuels are crucial to building a clean energy economy,” said Secretary Chu. “By harnessing the power of science and technology, we can bring new biofuels to the market and develop a cleaner and more sustainable transportation sector. This investment will help spur the creation of the domestic bio-industry, while creating jobs and reducing our dependence on foreign oil.”
NABC will lead cutting-edge research to develop biomass-based hydrocarbon fuels that follow a sustainable, cost-effective production process and maximize the use of existing refining and distribution infrastructure.
Anthony Dean, W.K. Coors professor of chemical engineering at Colorado School of Mines, will lead the Mines research program, which will focus on a theoretical analysis of the chemical reactions that occur during the biomass conversion process as well as reactor design.