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September 11, 2000

Department of Energy Awards Cargill Dow More Than $2 Million To Expand Development of Biobased Chemicals

Cargill Dow has been awarded more than $2 million by the U.S. Department of Energy for continued research and development of the company's revolutionary fermentation process for utilization of annually renewable resources.

Cargill Dow's funding was awarded as part of two competitive financial assistance programs run by the Department of Energy in support of President Clinton's executive order to triple the use of biobased products and bioenergy in the United States by 2010. Cargill Dow will co-share the $4.6 million budget for the projects 50-50 with the Department of Energy.

The results of this project will help fuel the continued advancement of Cargill Dow's NatureWorks(TM) PLA, as well as help set the stage for other biobased products. By focusing on the fermentation process, companies can use annually renewable resources, such as corn, wheat, or sugar beets, to create a variety of end-use products. Ultimately, other sugar sources, such as residues from corn, wheat and sugar beet production will be used by Cargill Dow technology. This will allow fermentation-based manufacturing technology to be used anywhere in the world, relying on agricultural by-products native to that region.

"These awards mark the continuation of the partnership between Cargill Dow and the Department of Energy," said Pat Gruber, vice president of technology for Cargill Dow. "We are supporting each other to further the development of energy savings and biobased product technology."

The awards were made in response to proposals made to the Department of Energy's Agricultural Industry of the Future and Biobased Products and Bioenergy Technologies solicitations. The projects focus on the development of process technology for the fermentation of corn fiber and corn stover to lactic acid and many other products. 


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