The Department of Energy has awarded $64.7 million in total funds to 22 projects that will focus on developing processes and technologies to produce renewable fuel that can power ships and airplanes.
The biofuel research efforts are divided into five topic areas and meant to support the White House’s aviation sector decarbonization and net-zero economywide emission goals, DOE said Thursday.
DOE added that the projects align with its partnership with the departments of Transportation and Agriculture to accelerate research, development, demonstration and deployment of sustainable aviation fuel products through the SAF Grand Challenge.
The three departments signed a memorandum of understanding to help the government meet its commitment to increase annual domestic SAF production capacity to 35 billion gallons by 2050.
The organizations selected for the “Bioenergy Technologies Office Scale-Up and Conversion” funding program are:
- Alder Energy
- Archer Daniels Midland
- Gas Technology Institute
- Global Algae Innovations
- MicroBio Engineering
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Oregon State University
- Quasar Energy Group
- RAPID Manufacturing Institute
- SkyNRG Americas
- Summit Utilities
- Texas A&M Agrilife Research/Texas A&M University
- University of Alabama
- University of Maryland, College Park
- University of Virginia
- Washington University, St. Louis