Congressman John Garamendi

Representing the 3rd District of California
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Garamendi Please to Report that UC Davis Receives $1.5 Million ARPA-E Grant

September 19, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced that 33 breakthrough energy projects throughout America will receive approximately $66 million under two new programs that provide options for a more sustainable and secure American future. One of those grants, valued at $1.5 million, was awarded to the University of California at Davis for research into the biosynthetic conversion of ethylene to butanol. As described in the grant announcement:

“The University of California, Davis (UCD) will engineer new biological pathways for bacteria to convert ethylene to a liquid fuel. Currently, ethylene is readily available and used by the chemicals and plastics industries to produce a wide range of useful products, but it cannot be converted to fuels economically. If successful, UCD’s new biocatalyst would enable cost-effective conversion of ethylene into an existing infrastructure-compatible fuel.”

“The University of California at Davis is easily the greatest agricultural research university and one of the greatest energy research universities on the planet. I thank ARPA-E for recognizing the potential for discovery at UC Davis,” Congressman Garamendi said. “If this biofuel research is successful, the result will be a cleaner and healthier planet, a more sustainable economy for the United States, and a competitive advantage for energy and agricultural companies throughout Northern California. This is a big win for the Sacramento Valley."

More About the New Programs

One program, Modern Electro/Thermochemical Advancements for Light-metal Systems (METALS), provides $32 million to find cost-effective and energy-efficient manufacturing techniques to process and recycle metals for lightweight vehicles. The other program, Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE), provides $34 million to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation.

More information on the grants announced today is available here.