Funds solar energy for fuel production research announced

Apr 29, 2015 12:02 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The federal government is pledging $75 million to harness solar energy for fuel production research.

The Contra Costa Times reports Wednesday that the funding plan renews for five years the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, a partnership led by the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. Researchers at both locations are making inroads in producing liquid fuels from a combination of sunlight, water and carbon dioxide.

Under the U.S. Energy Department's plan, the center will receive funding for five more years of research, subject to Congressional appropriations.

Lynn Orr, the Energy Department's undersecretary for science and energy, says the scientific research is crucial to providing the foundation for technologies and research to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change.


Information from: Contra Costa Times

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