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2009 November 02

Grants to spur development of cellulosic biofuel production

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded more than $20 million to five companies developing ways to improve the production of cellulosic biofuels.

The projects were chosen by the DOE for their potential “to stimulate the design and demonstration of a comprehensive system” for getting feedstock from field to production facilities in a sustainable way.

One of the winners, Ohio-based FDC Enterprises, received $4.9 million of the allotted grant.

“We are excited to be selected and we believe this is a great opportunity for energy and agriculture to be teamed in a way that helps America,” said FDC president Fred Circle in a statement.

Also included in the FDC-led consortium is Maryland-based renewable energy consulting company ANTARES.

“Our approach is to combine the best of agriculture and energy in a way that doesn’t adversely impact food production or land use and still provides a win-win for biofuels producers, farmers, and landowners,” said ANTARES associate principal Kevin Comer.

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