July 22, 2010
DOE funds sunlight-to-fuel hub,
Research on artificial synthesis, which taps sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into fuel, is getting a boost. The Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis has landed a five-year award of up to $122 million from the Department of Energy.
The center, one of four DOE Energy Innovation Hubs, is led by the California Institute of Technology in collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The hub's mission is to develop the technology to a scale that can be commercialized.
The DOE also awarded $92 million to 43 research projects through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The topics for the projects -- Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS), Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology (ADEPT) and Building Energy Efficiency Through Innovative Thermodevices (BEET-IT) -- were announced in March.
A list of the projects is here.
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