DOE awards grants to projects in California that use algae, sorghum

12/6/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Sapphire Energy and Amyris Biotechnologies are among the companies in California that received grants from the Energy Department for their next-generation biofuels projects, including biojet fuel. Sapphire Energy scored $50 million in funds to build a demonstration plant in Columbus, N.M., that will produce jet fuel and diesel from algae. Amyris, meanwhile, received $25 million to build a plant in Emeryville, Calif., that will produce biodiesel and biochemicals from sweet sorghum.

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