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Updated: October 30, 2017
Last month, the US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $22 million in grants to fund projects for marine biomass farming for production of commercial products, including feedstock for domestic transportation fuels. The funding, was provided through the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) for 18 projects available through the Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER) program.
“The United States has offshore resources capable of producing enough seaweed to handle as much as 10 percent of our demand for transportation fuel,” said ARPA-E Acting Director Eric Rohlfing. “By focusing on the technological challenges to growing and harvesting macroalgae efficiently and cost-effectively, MARINER project teams are building the tools we need to fully put this resource to work contributing to our energy future.”
Most domestic biomass produced for electricity generation occurs on land. Research and development of macroalgae fuel production will benefit from a cross-disciplinary collaboration in cultivation, harvesting, computer modeling, aquatic monitoring and advanced breeding and genetics to move forward. The eighteen MARINER projects will promote this energy source. Projects awarded ranged from $448,772 to $3.7 million.
More information can be found on the ARPA-E website
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