With natural gas forecast to be relatively cheap and abundant in the U.S. for decades to come, the Energy Department is funding research aimed at reducing the cost of gas-to-liquid (GTL) conversion for transportation fuels. The Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (Arpa-E) has awarded $34 million in contracts to 15 projects to develop biocatalyst technologies to convert natural gas to liquid fuels. Another $33 million has been awarded for 18 contracts to develop new ways of producing ...

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