DOE to Open Biofuels Development Facility

DOE to Open Biofuels Development Facility

This lab will be available for public use to test and integrate new technologies for private sector.

DOE's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cathy Zoi says the Energy Department's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will build an advanced biofuels process development facility aimed at speeding the commercialization of advanced biofuels by allowing researchers and the private sector to test and integrate innovative technologies. The facility will be funded with nearly $18 million from the Recovery Act.

Zoi says the development facility will be a publicly available facility where researchers can integrate process steps and test innovative technology pathways, such as those being developed at DOE's Office of Science Bioenergy Research Centers. This facility will be the only one of its kind available for public use.

The PDU is scheduled to be fully operational by early 2011. Multiple possible sites for the facility are being considered in the
San Francisco East Bay region.

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