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Ribbon-Cutting Event Held for Bioprocessing Laboratory at the University of Illinois

click for higher resolutionJune 6, 2011

URBANA—The Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research (CABER) at the University of Illinois held a ribbon-cutting event for the CABER Bioprocessing Laboratory (CBL) on June 6 in Urbana. Researchers will use the renovated lab to increase efficiencies in current biofuel technologies, develop new biofuel and biochemical technologies.

“We’re very excited about the research and collaborations that will happen at the CBL,” said Dr. Hans Blaschek, director of CABER. “Much of the bioprocessing equipment has been scattered throughout the U of I’s campus and now it will be in one location. The renovations in this space are the beginning of a much larger initiative for bioprocessing research.”

The CABER Bioprocessing Laboratory is approximately 2500 square feet with equipment for ethanol production (wet milling and dry grind) and fermentation. Biomass processing equipment will be added in the future. Additional analytic capabilities will be coordinated with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, part of the Prairie Research Institute (formerly the Institute of Natural Resource Sustainability).

click for high resolution photo“We consider this a first step,” added Blaschek. “There is so much potential for biochemical production. We’re also just scratching the surface of biomass conversion.”

Approximately 90 people attended the ribbon-cutting event, including U of I faculty, researchers, and graduate students, industry and government officials. The Illinois Corn Marketing Board was recognized for their contribution for the lab’s renovation.

The CBL’s mission includes:

  • stimulate university and industry collaborations
  • train the next biofuels/bioeconomy workforce
  • stimulate rural development and energy crops.

CABER is part of the University of Illinois’ College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. For more information about CABER, visit: http://bioenergy.illinois.edu.

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