DOE to spend $61.4M on biofuels research

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would be providing $61.4 million in funding for research, development, and deployment of technologies that produce low-cost, low carbon biofuels.

The funding is aimed at finding renewable resources to power heavy-duty vehicles like airplanes and ships that are difficult to electrify and to accelerate the country’s path to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, the DOE said.

“Biofuels are one of our most promising paths to zero-carbon aviation and shipping, so it’s time to double down on R&D and begin to deploy these technologies at scale,” said Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “This funding is critical for decarbonizing the transportation sector—the largest source of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions—and delivering good-paying union jobs and clean air and water to American communities.”