The J. Craig Venter Institute in Maryland; Novozymes in California; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington; Texas AgriLife Research in Texas and a collaborative efforts between Lygosin & TeselaGen Biotechin in Califronia were selected for the funding under the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to increase energy security in the US.

Each of the projects employ synthetic biological and chemical techniques, the projects convert biomass into processable sugars for conversion into bioproducts like plastics and chemical intermediates and drop-in biofuels for automobiles and aeroplanes.

Two of the projects will develop affordable methods to generate intermediates from the deconstruction of lignocellulosic biomass while three others will offer new conversion techniques to transform biomass intermediates into advanced biofuels and bioproducts.

The projects also support the Energy Department’s efforts to enhance the nation’s bio-fuel portfolio by developing cost-effective, scalable and sustainable advanced biofuels through research, development and demonstration initiatives.

The projects bring together universities, national laboratories and private industry players to develop all available sources energy in the country.