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MSU awarded $2 million grant for bioenergy research



MSU's Old Main Academic Center (Photo by Traicovn - Own work, CC BY 4.0,

Mississippi State University has been awarded a $2 million grant to support research into bioenergy.

MSU’s project was one of 33 selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to receive a total of  $97 million to support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy.

These projects will improve the performance and lower the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts from biomass and waste resources.

“Advancements made in bioenergy technologies will help expand America’s energy supply, grow our economy and enhance our energy security,” said Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes in a statement. “These projects will ensure the United States’ leadership across all segments of the growing global bioeconomy and allow us to provide U.S. consumers and businesses more homegrown energy choices for their fuels and products.”

The goal of MSU’s project, titled “PoSIES: Populus in the Southeast for Integrated Ecosystem Services,” is to evaluate productivity and ecosystem services and refine economic analyses of short rotation hybrid poplar production in the Southeast by leveraging our existing poplar trials and establishing new trials, according to the summary.

The selected projects will address a variety of research and development areas, including:

  • Scale-up of bench applications to reduce scale-up risks for biofuel and bioproduct processes;
  • Waste to energy strategies including strategies for municipal solid waste, wet wastes, like food and manures, and municipal waste water treatment;
  • Cost reduction of algal biofuels by improving carbon efficiency and by employing direct air capture technologies;
  • Quantification of the economic and environmental benefits associated with growing energy crops, focusing on restoring water quality and soil health;
  • Development and testing of low-emission, high-efficiency residential wood heaters;
  • Innovative technologies to manage major forms of urban and suburban waste, with a focus on using plastic waste to make recycled products and using wastes to produce low-cost biopower; and
  • Scalable CO2 electrocatalysis technologies.

More information about how DOE is working to develop industrially relevant, transformative, and revolutionary bioenergy technologies can be found on EERE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office website.

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