Dept of Energy Spends $377m to Fund 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers Across the Country


The University of Texas at Austin is among the locations for the new EFRCs, photo: Kumar Appaiah via flickr.

There's no doubt that we've got our work cut out for us when it comes to replacing our enormous use of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, so news about the Department of Energy awarding $377 million to create Energy Frontier Research Centers at 46 of the United States' universities and research organizations is welcome news. Here's where the money will be coming from, and going to:You can thank the Recovery Act for $277 million of that funding and the Department of Energy for the remaining $100 million -- it's coming out of their 2009 budget. Each of the EFRCs will be funded to the tune of $2-5 million annually for an initial five-year period.

The DOE touts what the EFRCs will do:

EFRC researchers will take advantage of new capabilities in nanotechnology, high-intensity light sources, neutron scattering sources, supercomputing, and other advanced instrumentation, much of it developed with DOE Office of Science support over the past decade, in an effort to lay the scientific groundwork for fundamental advances in solar energy, biofuels, transportation, energy efficiency, electricity storage and transmission, clean coal and carbon capture and sequestration, and nuclear energy.

Here's the full list of institutions funded by the DOE: Energy Frontier Research Centers
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