Cracking the code for large-scale, cost-effective cellulosic ethanol — biofuel from plant waste and non-food crops — seems to be on everyone’s agenda this year. The Department of Energy (DOE) says that it will offer up to $33.8 million in funding to support the development of enzymes for cellulosic ethanol. Earlier this year, the agency said it will invest up to $385 million for six cellulosic ethanol projects over the next four years.
Combined with additional funding from industry sources, the DOE said the funding to commercialize enzyme technology for cellulosic ethanol will total $68 million. If you’re a cellulosic ethanol company with some new enzyme research, check out the application process. Letters of intent are due Sept. 10; the deadline for completed applications is Oct. 30.