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In another of Chrysler's experiments with new ways of producing biofuel feedstocks (see also here), they have teamed up with Purdue University to make use of an environmentally contaminated site. Instead of the typical agricultural crops, they have planted poplar trees at a site called Peter's Pond in central Indiana. Chrysler worked with Purdue Associate Professor Rick Meilan develop a new hybrid variety of poplar that can absorb more contaminants from the soil. A second goal of the new hybrid

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is working closely with the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in the development of alternative fuels: specifically, ethanol. The aim is to produce ethanol with a high energy output and that is inexpensive to make. Currently, much of ethanol produced in the U.S. is from corn and soybean. The DOE is aiming to produced ethanol whose wholesale cost is a $1 or less per gallon which would make it competitive to fossil fuels. Currently ethanol is subsidized at 51 cents per ga

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