WASHINGTON, September 27, 2017 - DOE is providing up to $15 million to optimize integrated biorefineries. “The Integrated Biorefinery Optimization effort is a prime example of how the Department of Energy can leverage its resources to help solve real-world issues facing biorefineries,” said Energy Secretary Rick Perry. “These projects have the potential to increase the efficiency of producing biofuels and bioproducts, enabling the United States to better utilize its abundant biomass resources, boost economic development, and advance U.S. competitiveness in the global energy market.” Researchers will have to solve critical research and developmental challenges in scaling up such facilities, including reliability and expense. The department says they will focus on the manufacture of advanced or cellulosic biofuels and higher-value bioproducts. These investments support the development of bioproducts, a workforce in bioenergy, and help to spur the creation of a sustainable domestic bioeconomy, according to DOE.
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