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Clemson increases biofuels research

Staff Report
Published July 5, 2011

Clemson University and the University of Queensland in Australia created a partnership to exchange research and develop a program for biofuels research.

The universities will pursue public and private funding for biofuel research and commercialization, as well as for the development and commercialization of ethanol and biodiesel production.

The collaboration will foster strategies to support energy independence, economic development, fuel production and agricultural revenues in S.C. and Queensland.

Peter D. Beattie, special adviser for economic policy and development for Clemson University and former premier of the state of Queensland, played a central role forming the collaboration and said biofuels will play an increasing role in the world’s energy use.

“This partnership between Clemson University and The University of Queensland puts both universities at the forefront of future energy research,” Beattie said.

Karl Kelly, Clemson’s commercialization and technology incubation director, said both universities have impressive track records in biofuels research, and this collaboration will aid process development and help speed these processes to market.

Paul Greenfield, vice chancellor of The University of Queensland, said the need for alternative energy sources, such as biofuels, has become an essential part of an environmentally suitable future.