$2M DOE Grant Enables Lab to Collaborate on Biodiesel R&D

To develop and strengthen B20 specifications and standards, the National Biofuel Energy Lab will open later this year as the result of a collaboration between NextEnergy, Michigan’s nonprofit alternative energy accelerator, and Wayne State University (WSU). Its goal is to facilitate widespread warrant of B20 use by vehicle and engine OEMs and component suppliers.

“There are many reasons why biofuels are an important bridge toward our nation’s energy independence, sustainability, and clean environment,” said Ralph Kummler, dean, College of Engineering, WSU. This first-of-its-kind biofuel technology development lab is made possible through a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant. The lab is part of NextEnergy’s Biodiesel Value Chain Initiative, an approach to researching and developing biodiesel use, including innovative agricultural methods to grow energy crops, fuel optimization and state-of-the-art biodiesel production. “This lab will provide a much-needed biodiesel knowledge base, forming a solid technical foundation for the development of future fuels of this type,” said James Croce, NextEnergy CEO. In addition to NextEnergy and Wayne State University, several partners will be involved in contributing to the National Biofuel Energy Lab, including DaimlerChrysler (engines used for research); Biodiesel Industries (will aid in the production and development of biodiesel fuel); Delphi (will provide emission management technology and fuel injectors); Robert Bosch Corp.; and U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the nation’s laboratory for advanced military automotive technology.

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