CLEMSON, S.C. Two of the world's leading research universities have entered into a memorandum of understanding to exchange research and create a framework for a biofuels development program.
Clemson University and The University of Queensland, Australia, jointly will pursue means of public and private funding to advance biofuel research and commercialization, and further development and commercialization in ethanol and biodiesel production.
The collaboration will foster strategies to support energy independence, economic development, fuel production and agricultural revenues in South Carolina and Queensland.
The memorandum of understanding was signed Sunday at the Bio International Convention in Washington.
Peter D. Beattie, special adviser for economic policy and development for Clemson University and former premier of the state of Queensland, who played a central role forming the collaboration, said biofuels will play an increasing role in the world's energy use.
"This partnership between Clemson University and The University of Queensland puts both universities at the forefront of future energy research," he said.
Universities worldwide are investigating novel methods to advance energy technologies into commercial markets. Clemson and The University of Queensland will collaborate on biofuels research and development, technology transfer, training and commercialization projects.
The biofuel cellulosic energy technologies under development in laboratories require private partners in ethanol and biodiesel markets. Clemson University, in conjunction with the Savannah River National Laboratory, has completed bench-scale processes to convert switchgrass and sweet sorghum to ethanol, with research continuing in coastal loblolly pine.
Karl Kelly, director of commercialization and technology incubation at Clemson University, said both universities have impressive track records in biofuels res
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