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UW-Madison, Michigan St. land $125M grant to research advanced biofuels


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The U.S. Energy Department is giving $125 million to UW-Madison and Michigan State University, to continue their research into advanced biofuels.

Michigan State made the announcement Thursday afternoon.

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at UW-Madison will use the five-year grant to keep working on a scientific foundation for what’s called the “sustainable, large scale production of advanced cellulosic biofuels technologies to meet the nation’s growing energy needs.”

The research center opened in 2007.

Michigan State says it’s responsible for dozens of patent applications and inventions. The UW facility is reported to be working with private companies on 17 possible licensing agreements for new fuel products.