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DBI, DNREC partner in biofuel project

Nov. 20, 2012 — As part of a five-year, $50,000 grant supporting state greenhouse gas reduction projects, the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) has partnered with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) in response to the need for 36 billion gallons of petroleum-based fuel to be replaced by biofuels by 2022.

The Framework for Minimizing Energy Input and Environmental Impact in Delaware grant is a joint effort between DBI and Delaware State University (DSU) to create an education and outreach pipeline, as well as training, for the next generation of scientists and Delawareans as part of a sustainable agriculturally based industrial ecology.

“Given the First State’s rich history in agriculture and plant-based resources, we believe that Delaware is well-positioned to establish infrastructure, education, and technology development programs that will allow us to be a national leader in the biofuel challenge,” says Kelvin H. Lee, principal investigator on the grant, director of DBI and Gore Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware (UD).

With specific goals to educate teachers about alternative energy technologies and foster student interest in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, DBI and DSU developed an education framework to help Delaware in the biofuel challenge.