Michigan Biotechnology Institute Receives up to $4.3 Million to Further Biofuel Research

June 17, 2011

Michigan Biotechnology Institute (MBI), part of the Michigan State University Foundation, will receive up to $4.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to further its work on alternative fuel technology developed by Bruce Dale, MSU professor of chemical engineering and materials science. Lansing-based MBI helps prepare biobased technologies and innovations for commercial use.

MBI’s project will focus on improvements to a pretreatment process, which provides a stable, conversion-ready intermediate of consistent quality at a cost and in a format compatible with long-term storage and ease of transfer between multiple modes of transportation.

Five other projects—in California, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin—will also be supported, with a total of up to $36 million in DOE funds for all six projects.

This funding will help diversify DOE's Biomass Program portfolio to include a breadth of fuels and chemicals beyond cellulosic ethanol and ensure that the department's research and development on biofuels remains integrated and strategic. DOE's Biomass Program works with industry, academia, and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in biomass feedstocks and conversion technologies.

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For more information about this funding or to view the complete list of projects, go to http://www.energy.gov/news/10359.htm