LSU-led team gets $160 million for Louisiana energy industry

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The U.S. National Science Foundation awarded a team in Louisiana led by LSU $160 million, the biggest grant ever given by the foundation.

Funding will be doled out over the next 10 years to support the state’s energy industry, according to LSU. Jobs will be created and solutions will be developed for energy challenges, the university added.

The grant will be used for the decarbonization of Louisiana’s industrial corridor, LSU said, putting the state in a place to become a global research and development leader. The team called Future Use of Energy in Louisiana includes private energy companies, universities, community and technical colleges and state agencies.

The Louisiana Economic Development will also give funding to the project in the next decade, $67.5 million, to help university partners “build a world-class team,” according to a news release.

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“Leading the FUEL team and being selected for this transformational grant affirms what we already knew – that LSU is one of the nation’s premier research universities, poised to change the lives of the people of Louisiana and the world,” LSU President William F. Tate IV said. “By teaming up with our partners across the state in education, industry and government, we are leveraging the intellectual capital of our state’s best and brightest to make a difference for the energy industry and for the people of every parish in Louisiana.”

Areas of emerging challenges the FUEL team will work on include:

  • carbon capture, transport and storage

  • hydrogen

  • use of carbon dioxide to produce low-carbon fuels and essential carbon-based projects

  • water use and management

  • sustainable manufacturing

  • policy development

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“This culminating effort is trajectory-changing for energy transition research, commercialization and workforce initiatives in Louisiana and all organizations involved,” LSU’s Andrew Maas, principal investigator on the project and associate vice president for research in the LSU Office of Innovation & Ecosystem Development said.

LSU called the funding a “historic win” for the state as it continues to get funding.

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