U.S. DOE awards grant for bioenergy research center

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URBANA, Ill. (WAND) - The U.S. Department of Energy officials say intend to fund a multimillion-dollar Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The center would be a collaboration between Illinois' Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.  Officials say the facility would cost approximately $104 million, with the funds pending Congressional appropriation.

Research at the center would revolve around developing more efficient and sustainable bioenergy feedstocks.

CABBI Director Evan DeLucia says, "This grant is a game-changer, and CABBI will be at the forefront as we press toward a new bio-based economy. Our center's holistic approach will generate new products directly from biomass, reducing our nation's dependence on fossil fuels and making us more secure."

For more information about this new center, click here.

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