Department of Energy funds milestone for North Carolina

A $40 million award will accelerate fundamental research of the production of fuels from sunlight.

A $40 million award will accelerate fundamental research of the production of fuels from sunlight.

The U.S. Department of Energy will provide $100 million in funding to new artificial photosynthesis research projects, including a $40 million award to the North Carolina-based Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels, or CHASE, to accelerate fundamental research of the production of fuels from sunlight.

UNC-Chapel Hill leads the CHASE partnership, which will blend experiment with theory to understand and establish new design principles for fuels-from-sunlight systems. The CHASE group will receive $40 million over five years to support researchers working to evolve solar energy technology to meet the world’s increasing energy needs.

“With this support, CHASE will build on a strong foundation of solar energy research here at UNC and establish critical new partnerships that will enable the transformative scientific advances needed to realize liquid solar fuels,” said Jillian Dempsey, deputy director of the CHASE Hub.

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