Recent breakthroughs in biofuels technology could result in a “greener” jet stream across the Pacific Northwest.
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced major grants to the University of Washington and Washington State University; the two separate five-year grants are $40 million each. The University of Idaho will partner in both grant programs, which will allow the biofuels industry to expand into the Pacific Northwest. Until now, the industry has been centered mainly in the Midwest.
"These strategic and significant awards from the USDA will help us develop the next generation of energy leaders for industry, government and the civic sector," said University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis. "We are excited to build these important partnerships that will improve the biofuels and overall science literacy of public school teachers and our faculty who are educating our future citizens."
In making today’s announcements, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed the power of the grants not only to fuel research and discovery, but to drive economic growth.