Oklahoma Receives $15 Million for Biofuels Research

Oklahoma’s scientists step up the pace on research to develop efficient alternative fuels from switchgrass and other non-food crops.
To aid with the state’s research in bioenergy, Oklahoma has been awarded $15 million over five years from the National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will provide an annual $1.1 million match. The award will contribute to Oklahoma’s leadership in the national effort to gain Building on Oklahoma’s strengths in genomics research, scientists will develop methods to increase biomass yield to produce ethanol from non-food crop sources such as switchgrass. The project will also focus on enhancing biofuel refining using fermentation by microorganisms and chemical catalysis.
energy independence by utilizing biofuels.

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