Knoxville (AP) -- The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is proposing with several academic and industrial partners to host a $125 million bio-energy center.
It would concentrate on turning switchgrass and poplar trees into a competitive source of ethanol in five years.
The Department of Energy facility is teaming with the University of Tennessee, the University of Georgia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado and the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Oklahoma.
Oak Ridge is proposing to house the center at its new joint institute for biological sciences building, a state-funded research center due to open in August.
The grant recipients for the project will be announced this summer by the Energy Department.
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