Cal Poly was one of two universities in the country to receive money to research the development of sustainable and cost-effective algae biofuels, according to the release. New Mexico State University received $5 million.
This isn’t the first Department of Energy grant for algae research Cal Poly students have received; the Algae Technology Group, a Cal Poly research group, was awarded a $1.3 million grant in January.
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The research projects build on the Energy Department’s effort to bring next-generation biofuels to the forefront, with the goal of producing competitive biofuels by 2017 and algae biofuels by 2022, according to the release.