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USU part of large energy research project

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The Standard Examiner – Becky Wright

Single cell plants may hold the key to solving the world’s energy needs, and Utah State University researchers are searching for that key. The U.S. Department of Energy is making a $10 million bet that they’ll be able to find it.

USU is part of a seven-institution team, based in Montana and collectively known as the Center for Biological Electron Transfer and Catalysis, that was recently awarded an Energy Frontier grant from the DOE. Their partners are Montana State University, the University of Georgia, the University of Washington, Arizona State University, the University of Kentucky, and the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo.

“What our team is focused on is trying to understand how to use sunlight, to turn it into the kinds of small molecules relevant to the energy world,” said Lance Seefeldt, a professor in USU’s chemistry and biochemistry departments.

USU’s research will focus on single cell plants. (…)

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