A pair of projects in Colorado to help develop renewable energy will be getting some federal money.
The Denver Post reports $9.1 million in U.S. Department of Energy grants are hoped to create jobs and speed innovation:
OPX Biotechnologies Inc. will receive $6 million to engineer microorganisms to use renewable hydrogen and carbon-dioxide inputs for producing a biodiesel-equivalent fuel at low cost. The award said catalysts will be explored to convert microbial fuel into jet fuel.
The University of Colorado at Boulder has been awarded $3.1 million to create very-thin ionic liquid membranes that allow carbon dioxide to pass through at high rates, reducing the size and cost of membranes needed for carbon-dioxide capture.
The projects were part of $106 million handed out by DOE for 37 projects across the country.