November 17, 2008

Biomass hydrogen project funded

The US Department of Energy has awarded $1,065,000 to David Wu of the University of Rochester to continue his research on using bacteria to generate hydrogen and ethanol from agricultural and forestry waste.

Wu and his colleagues have sequenced the genome of C. thermocellum. The award will support the researchers' study of the interactions of the microbe's 3,000 genes and their efforts to genetically modify the organism to more efficiently produce hydrogen and ethanol from cellulosic biomass.

The Department has also awarded $685,000 to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to participate in the research.

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