Biofuels Research Facility Opens at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

August 24, 2011

Photo of large set of laboratory equipment with tubes and steel cookers.

The Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will enable researchers and engineers to test promising new processes for biofuels production. .
Credit: LBNL

The Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit was commissioned on August 18 at a DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) site in Emeryville, California. Built and operated with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the DOE, the facility will enable researchers and engineers to test promising new processes for biofuels production that will support the domestic biofuels industry and improve the nation's energy security.

The 15,000 square-foot facility, backed by $17.7 million in Recovery Act funds, will improve collaboration on bioenergy research and development efforts. DOE's Office of Science Bioenergy Research Centers, DOE-supported researchers, academic institutions, non-profit research organizations, and companies will be able to use the facility to test and develop emerging biofuels technologies at a larger scale than was possible before. See the DOE press release, the LBNL press release, and the DOE Biomass Program website.