MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 24)—The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Cargill Inc. a two-year, $1.9 million grant to develop new industrial chemicals from soy and other oilseeds. Cargill, which is involved in research into soy-based polyols for polyurethanes, said it would match the DOE grant, which will provide "the foundation for an oilseed biorefinery in the future." Cargill said the project will involve collaboration with Materia Inc., which will provide proprietary technology to modify unsaturated oils to produce chemicals for various chemical and plastics products. "A biorefinery shares many features with a petrochemical refinery, including a diverse platform for production of fuels and chemicals," said Jim Stoppert, who leads Cargill's industrial bioproducts development initiative. "The difference is the feedstock is renewable, which leaves a smaller environmental footprint and helps strengthen the agricultural economy," he added. Cargill recently entered a research agreement for the development of soy-based polyols with the Kansas Polymer Research Center, at Pittsburg State University in Kansas.