Oregon State University wins Energy Department Award

September 19 2013

Corvallis, ORE. – Today, the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) announced its award for the Oregon State University (OSU) Bio-Lamina-Plates Bioreactor for Enhanced Mass and Heat Transfer. Research will take place at OSU’s Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI).

ONAMI provided matching state funds for this proposal. “Given today’s ultra competitive federal research funding environment, ONAMI’s matching funds for member researchers are a key component of successful sponosred research proposals. This is a win for OSU and the MBI as well as for ONAMI,” said ONAMI President and Executive Director Skip Rung.

The university research team is designing a new bioreactor that speeds up the process of converting methane, the main component in natural gas, into liquid fuel. The liquid fuel could later be combined with other fuels such as gasoline, diesel and ethanol, to fuel vehicles.

“I commend Oregon State University on its cutting-edge research and I’m thrilled the Energy Department recognizes the work the university is doing to design a machine that could be a game-changer in fueling our nation’s transportation fleet,” Wyden said. Wyden is the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which oversees the Department of Energy.

“This is a big focus now around the world: How do we convert methane, which is the basic component of natural gas, into a liquid fuel that is amicable to our transportation system – from cars, trucks, to airplanes?” said Goran Jovanovic, director of the MBI and the project leader.

ARPA-E leverages public-private partnerships that are focused on research that could lead to breakthrough technologies in the energy sector.

This release is adapted from the original, which can be accessed here.

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