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US DOE launches shot to decarb transport and industry

US DOE launches shot to decarb transport and industry
US Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm (centre) officiating at the Idaho National Lab (INL) ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new expanded Biomass Feedstock National User Facility (BFNUF) held on May 24, 2023 (photo courtesy DOE).

US Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm has announced the launch of the "Clean Fuels & Products Shot", which aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from carbon-based fuels and products "critical to our way of life."

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This is the seventh US Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Earthshot, and it focuses on reducing carbon emissions from the fuel and chemical industry through alternative, sustainable sources of carbon to achieve a minimum of 85 percent lower GHG emissions compared to fossil-based sources by 2035.

This Shot supports the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge and the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 through developing the sustainable feedstocks and conversion technologies necessary to produce crucial fuels and carbon-based products in sectors that are difficult to fully decarbonize.

The Clean Fuels & Products Shot can help eliminate more than 650 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) per year by 2050, and it builds on DOE’s role in the interagency SAF Grand Challenge.

This significant decrease in the US carbon footprint will establish the United States as a global leader in clean fuel production, create jobs, and bolster energy security by building robust and versatile supply chains for fuels and products.

Expanded BFNUF

Secretary Granholm also participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) newly expanded Biomass Feedstock National User Facility (BFNUF), a center for rapid technology development and large-scale commercialization of biofuels and bioproducts.

The BFNUF will be a critical component of the Clean Fuels & Products Shot efforts and essential to achieving the Biden-Harris administration’s clean fuels and products goals.

The US$15 million expansion and upgrade began in 2020 and was funded by DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).

Biomass is one of the best tools in our kit to produce bioenergy and create more renewable resources. With DOE’s US$15 million upgrade to Idaho National Lab’s Biomass Feedstock National User Facility, we’ll boost our global competitiveness and scale up solutions for biofuel production, Sectrary Granholm said in her address.

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