General Atomics, a provider of research and development and
manufacturing in energy and defense services, will form a partnership
with Eastern Kentucky University to research the potential for
cellulose-driven biofuel production in the state. The Lexington Herald-Leader
reports that the Eastern Kentucky University Center for Renewable and
Alternative Fuel Technology (CRAFT) will seek to determine which types
of non-food plant materials - including wood, tobacco, corn stalks, or
switchgrass - can be most efficiently converted to biodiesel. General
Atomics will then invest in a production plant somewhere in Clark
County, Kentucky, with an investment of what company officials say
could be in the tens of millions of dollars. The research project has
received $4 million in federal funding, and the governor will recommend
additional state and local funding of approximately $650,000.
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