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DoE funds further bioenergy projects

In a bid to quantify and understand the environmental impacts of different strategies for producing large quantities of energy crops and other crop residues at the watershed scale the US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced $5 million (€4.1 million) in funding for research focused on sustainable production of large quantities of non-food biomass for bioenergy.

This is part of DoE’s commitment to expanding domestic bioenergy without negatively impacting environmental quality, biodiversity, and the availability of food, feed, fibre and water.

Biomass will play a significant role in a renewable energy future, especially for the production of liquid transportation fuels, as well as bio-power and bio-products.

The lack of reliable environmental data at the watershed scale for high-yielding energy crops and other feedstocks removed from the landscape to ascertain the sustainability of these production systems is a critical barrier to achieving a robust biofuel and bio-power industry.

Furthermore, there is not adequate information and tools for implementing and managing sustainable high-yield energy crops across the landscape.

The complete Funding Opportunity Announcement can be viewed at the Grants.gov website. The expected close date of this announcement is 16 July.