26 June 2007 19:06 [Source: ICIS news]
The Department of Energy said the new research centres will be located at the department’s
Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said the three new research programmes “will provide the transformational science needed for bio-energy breakthroughs to advance President Bush’s goal of making cellulosic ethanol cost-competitive with gasoline by 2012”.
Bush has set a goal of replacing 20% of
It is generally accepted that the
The three research centres will use existing facilities at each location but will bring together teams of researchers from 18 leading US universities, seven of the department’s national laboratories, non-profit groups and private companies.
Their research will focus on how to re-engineer biological processes for more efficient methods of converting cellulose in plant material into ethanol, the department said.
Bodman said the new centres will begin work next year and will be fully operational by 2009. With a goal of cost-competitive cellulosic ethanol by 2012, the new research teams will have little more than three years to uncover needed breakthroughs in order to meet that deadline.
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