Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Boulder Groups Win Energy Reseach Grants

OFFICE OF GOV. BILL RITTER, JR.
WWW.COLORADO.GOV/GOVERNOR 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010

 

CONTACT:

Myung Oak Kim, 303-947-5708, Myung.kim@state.co.us

Todd Hartman, 303-513-3639, todd.hartman@state.co.us


GOV. RITTER CONGRATULATES TWO BOULDER GROUPS FOR WINNING $9 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT ENERGY RESEARCH GRANTS

Gov. Bill Ritter today applauded the University of Colorado – Boulder and OPX Biotechnologies Inc. for winning multi-million dollar grants for research that will help lead the country toward new frontiers in energy production and use. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants were announced today by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

“Colorado universities and businesses continue to prove that they are leaders in developing cutting edge technologies that reduce energy consumption and protect the environment,” Gov. Ritter said. “The Recovery Act is making significant investments in Colorado’s energy research field and is helping to create jobs and grow the state’s economy.”

OPX Biotechnologies Inc. in Boulder won a $6 million grant to engineer microorganisms to use renewable hydrogen and carbon dioxide inputs to produce a biodiesel-equivalent fuel at low cost. The company will partner with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Johnson Matthey Catalysts Inc.

The University of Colorado – Boulder won a $3,144,646 grant to create thin ionic liquid membranes that allow CO2 to pass at high rates to reduce the size and cost of membranes needed for CO2 capture. The University will partner with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute in California on the project.

The grants are among 37 projects funded through the Department of Energy’s recently-formed Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). ARPA-E supports the development of innovative energy technologies. This is the second round of projects funded under ARPA-E. Last fall, two Littleton-based companies, Foro Energy Inc. and ITN Energy Systems Inc. won grants worth more than $14 million.


The Recovery Act, signed into law in February by President Obama, is expected to bring Colorado at least $6.7 billion through more than 140 different programs, including tax cuts for most working families, increased safety net services and investment in infrastructure projects and growth industries. For more information about the Recovery Act in Colorado, visit www.colorado.gov/recovery.