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University of Colorado at Boulder awarded $1 million for biofuels research
Date:3/5/2008

gnificant fraction of the nation's fuel supply is provided using solar-thermal processing in marginal lands where the farming of crops like switchgrass and algae can provide the needed biomass. "Since the process is driven by sunlight and converts biomass to fuels, the end result is a process that is 'carbon negative,'" Weimer said. "This provides an opportunity to substantially reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere without impacting the food supply."

The CU-Boulder grant was part of the USDA/DOE award package announced yesterday to spend up to $18.4 million to fund 21 biomass research and development demonstration projects over three years for a total of $18.4 million. The projects are aimed at addressing barriers to making the production of biomass more efficient and cost-effective, according to the USDA and DOE.

"The University of Colorado at Boulder has been working in the area of solar-thermal chemical processing for more than 10 years and is the largest academic research team in this area in the world," said CU-Boulder Chancellor G.P. "Bud Peterson. "This award recognizes the university's expertise in the field and provides Professor Weimer and his team with an opportunity to move this process closer to commercial reality."

David Hiller, executive director of the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, said Weimer's research on the solar conversion of biomass, the multi-institutional involvement on the project team and the public and private support for the effort are a "perfect reflection of the Collaboratory model."

"The Collaboratory brings together some of the world's best researchers to work on promising renewable energy technologies, with guidance and financial support from private industry and public agencies," said Hiller. "Professor Weimer, C2B2 and this new project demonstrate the Collaboratory's incredible research power and growing reputation."


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Contact: Alan Weimer
alan.weimer@colorado.edu
303-775-9186
University of Colorado at Boulder
Source:Eurekalert

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