THE PROMISE OF BIOFUELS
Since 2006, our owners, the Taylor family, have given $35 million to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and its Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels
. The Enterprise Holdings Foundation has also created a $2 million endowment for sustainable energy research at the University of Missouri. Established in 2013, the endowment provides essential funding to help researchers take the next steps toward a prototype bio-processing facility to produce renewable fuel. Dr. Thomas Brutnell, one of the nation's foremost biofuels researchers, is the director of the Institute. His team focuses on using algae to produce "third-generation" biofuels that someday could be used on a large scale to power cars, trucks and aircraft. This complements the larger body of research underway, which includes working on creating renewable fuels from soybeans, camelina and other plant sources.