The California Energy Commission awarded about $10 million in grants during its meeting this week, with most of the money going to alternative and renewable fuels and technology. The largest amount given out during the Nov. 3 meeting was $2.9 million. It went to Alameda County-based corporation Leyden Energy. The company says it will use the money to set up a facility in Fremont to develop and test new lithium ion battery technology and to help verify the production and assembly processes of the new batteries for use in electric vehicles. Leyden says it plans to begin pilot-scale production and battery testing next June. Receiving grants of $1.9 million each from the commission during the meeting were the City of San Jose and Great Valley Energy, a Bakersfield-based biofuels company. San Jose says it plans to use its grant to develop a gasification technology facility that will convert urban wood waste and biosolids into biomethane for use as a transportation fuel. Great Valley Energy says it will use its grant to determine the feasibility of building a commercial-scale manufacturing facility that could produce ethanol from plants. These three grants, as well as five others of smaller amounts approved this week, were funded through the Energy Commission\u2019s Alternative and Renewable Fuel & Vehicle Technology Program. Under that program, the Energy Commission can provide up to $100 million in grants and loans annually to projects that, among other things, optimize alternative and renewable fuels for existing and developing engine technologies. The commission also can use the money to develop, produce, and improve alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels in California.