The Department of Energy is giving out another $375 million to three biofuel research facilities for work on cellulosic ethanol and other fuels. The three facilities in Madison Wisconsin; Berkeley, California and Oak Ridge, Tennessee are doing basic research using genomics to modify biological processes. The goal is to make cellulosic ethanol cost competitive with gas by 2012.

The three research centers will coordinate work being done at eighteen universities, seven DOE labs, one non-profit and several private companies. With the three centers being geographically separate they will each work with different crops that can be used as feedstocks.

[Source: Department of Energy]

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