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Briefing Room - Renewable Energy

In addition to reducing our nation's dependence on oil, renewable energy is reinvigorating rural America.

Though most attention has been focused on corn and soybean biofuels, to substantially reduce America's dependence on imported oil, biofuels will need to be made from cellulosic processes that use feedstocks such as specialty crop biomass, switch grass, corn stover, straw, and other woody biomass. Some cellulosic conversion processes have been scientifically demonstrated to be capable of producing biofuels and other energy.

CSREES contributes to the President's goal of energy independence with a portfolio of both competitive and noncompetitive grant programs supporting bioenergy activities, conducted primarily at land grant colleges and universities. CSREES support has helped researchers develop biocatalysts and thermochemical technologies that are valuable in converting lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels, design optimum biomass for biofuel production, and produce many value-added biobased industrial products.


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