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DOE Bioenergy Research Centers

A new phase in bioproduct and bioenergy research was announced in July 2017 with the establishment of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers (BRCs), which will provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective bioproducts and bioenergy.

The centers—each led by a DOE National Laboratory or a top university—are designed to lay the scientific groundwork for a new bio-based economy that promises to yield a range of important new products and fuels derived directly from nonfood biomass. Initial funding for the four centers will total $40 million for FY 2018, with plans for a total of five years of funding. DOE Announcement

The Four Centers:

  • Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with Michigan State University. GLBRC's goal is to develop the science and technological advances to underpin a sustainable lignocellulosic bioindustry.
  • Center for Bioenergy Innovation, led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. CBI's goal is to accelerate the domestication of bioenergy crops and targeted consolidated bioprocessing innovations to improve cost efficiencies within the bioenergy supply chain.
  • Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. JBEI's goal is to broaden and maximize production of economically viable fuels and chemicals from plant biomass to enable biorefinery development.
  • Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CABBI's goal is to enable the direct production of drop-in fuels and chemicals in plants as sustainable biofactories for a range of bioproducts.

Bioenergy Centers Address Key Science Themes

  Sustainability Feedstock Development Deconstruction Conversion
  Sustainability Feedstock Development Deconstruction Conversion
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Conduct long-term studies of producing bioenergy crops on marginal land. Design improved dedicated bioenergy crops. Develop renewable biomass deconstruction and separation strategies. Develop novel biomass conversion microbes.
Center for Bioenergy Innovation Optimize water
and nutrient use in dedicated bioenergy crops.
Create multiomics tools for developing high-yield bioenergy crops. Advance integrated and consolidated thermophilic bioprocessing. Generate drop-in biofuels and bioproducts from biomass and lignin residues.
Joint BioEnergy Institute Study environmental resilience of engineered bioenergy crops. Engineer plants for atom-economical conversion into biofuels and bioproducts. Devise feedstockagnostic biomass deconstruction with renewable ionic liquids. Develop highthroughput synthetic biology tools and hosts for scalable, atom-economical biofuels and bioproducts.
Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation Integrate economic and environmental analyses for biomass supply. Develop “plants as factories” concept for biofuels and bioproducts. Develop product separation technologies for in planta production. Establish automated biofoundry concept for fuels and bioproducts.

Archive: Bioenergy Research Centers 2007-2017


Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy Abstracts [9/16]

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Key Advances Update: 2014-2016 [06/16]


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