In addition to the Northwestern centers, University researchers will also be involved in collaborations with six other EFRCs, including two based at Argonne National Laboratory. Preliminary estimates show this could provide Northwestern with additional funding of up to $12 million, bringing total EFRC funding at the University to more than $50 million, said the University.
The EFRCs, which will pursue advanced scientific research on energy, are being established at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations and private firms across the nation.
One of the EFRCs will be part of the existing
The second EFRC’s mission is to discover, understand and control efficient chemical pathways for the conversion of coal and biomass into chemicals and fuels.
These centers will mobilize the enormous talents and skills of our nation’s scientific workforce in pursuit of the breakthroughs that are essential to make alternative and renewable energy truly viable as large-scale replacements for fossil fuels, said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.