New government agency funds cutting-edge energy research

10/27/2009 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The Energy Department is awarding research grants to leading-edge scientists to help develop energy technology that eventually could be funded by venture capitalists. A new government agency called Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy is directing the effort, which initially will award grants for such ideas as using bacteria to make gasoline, using enzymes to capture emissions and making cheap solar batteries.

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