Biodiesel projects funded through USDA

By | February 01, 2006
In December, the USDA awarded more than $18 million in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, which included funding for biodiesel projects. Among the grants are five that specifically fund research into biodiesel.

The primary objectives of the SBIR program are to stimulate technological innovations in the private sector and to strengthen the role of small businesses in meeting federal research and development needs.

The SBIR grants that deal with renewable energy total more than $1.2 million, and the biodiesel projects are as follows:

  • "Biosolids for Biodiesel," Emerald Ranches in Sunnyside, Wash.

  • "A New Process for Biodiesel Production Based on Waste Cooking Oils and Heterogeneous Catalysts," United Environment & Energy LLC in Orchard Park, N.Y.

  • "Improved Quality Soy-Oil Based Biodiesel Fuel," Bioplastic Polymers & Composites LLC in Midland, Mich.

  • "Camelina Sativa: A Multi-Use Oil Crop for Biofuel, Omega-3 Cooking Oil, and Protein/Oil Source for Animal Feed," Great Northern Growers Cooperative in Sunburst, Mont.

  • "High Yield, High Efficiency Bio-Refining," Advanced Materials and Processes in San Marcos, Texas

More information on the funded projects can be found at
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