University of Hawaii gets $6M for biofuels research
The University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will receive a $6 million federal grant to conitue its work to convert grass and other biomass into biofuel.
The college will use the money, which comes from a grant administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to help fund its Biomass Research and Development Initiative, Hawaii’s congressional delegation said in a joint statement.
The program converts napiergrass, sugarcane, sweet sorgum and other plant products into biofuel.
“At this time, fuel used for air, sea, and land transportation accounts for more than 60 per cent of the oil imported into Hawaii,” Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said in a statement. “These funds will help convert various species of grass and plants into clean fuel.”
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