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Danforth Center Received $25 Million For Renewable Fuel Research

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Danforth Center Received $25 Million For Renewable Fuel Research

Anthony Fontanelle
February 27, 2007

The call for better fuel alternatives is being held and heard all around the global community. Different sectors are already making their contributions in the development of alternative fuels that will reduce the dependency of the human race on non-renewable fossil fuel supply. Governments and private sectors across the globe have been making steps in researching and developing better fuel alternatives. Private individuals have also joined in the cause of developing better sources of energy and fuel.

Recently, Jack and Susan Taylor gave the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center $25 million to create the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels. As the name suggests, the institute will be doing works related to the identification and development of better alternative fuels. The institute is named after the Enterprise Rent-A-Car which is car rental service that was founded by Jack Taylor back in 1957.

The gift made by the Taylors will increase the speed at which the development in the alternative fuel industry is being made. The development and subsequent use of these alternative fuels will significantly decrease the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. This is because they will be developing fuels that will burn cleaner than fossil fuels. These fuels will be a good step in addressing the threat posed by global warming to the entire human populace.

Dr. William H. Danforth, the chairman of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, has this to say about the $25 million gift: “We are very grateful to jack and Susan Taylor for their generous gift to expand the Danforth Center’s basic research in plant science and address the growing need for biofuels. This gift establishes a truly unique partnership to address an important issue for future generations by utilizing the latest advances in plant science.”

Danforth Center’s team of researchers will use the $25 million gift to further expand the center’s capability in the research for better renewable sources of energy. Aside from the $25 million given to the Danforth Center, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car has also pledged to fund the planting of 50 million trees in the country’s national forests over the next 50 years. Converted to current monetary value, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car will be spending another $50 million.

After the donation of the $25 million by Jack and Susan Taylor, Andrew Taylor, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Rent-A-Car has this to say: “For 50 years, this company that my father built from the ground up has relied on the availability of vehicles and fuel. Today, more than ever, it is essential that we pursue new energy sources that will sustain not only our business, but also the environment around us for future generations. The creation of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels sends a clear message that my family and our company are committed to help address this critical public need.”

The newly created institute will be headed by a distinguished scientific leader in the renewable biofuel field. Though the center has yet to name the said scientist, they are positive that under his or her leadership, the institute will be making great advances in the alternative fuel field. To support the expansion of the center’s research capability, an additional 12 new scientists will be hired over the next three years. They will join the 18 scientists currently employed by the center.

From the dedication that every sector is showing in the development of alternative fuels, it seems that the global community is finally addressing the global warming issue. These steps are done in hope that they would act like EBC Greenstuff brake parts in putting a stop to the deterioration of the environment.

Source: Amazines.com



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