DOE Renews the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
April 12, 2013
MADISON - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the University of Wisconsin-Madison $25 million per year to fund the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) for another five years.
Established by a DOE Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research grant in 2007, the GLBRC is housed at UW-Madison and includes a major partnership with Michigan State University. The GLBRC supports nearly 400 researchers, students and staff spanning a wide array of disciplines, from microbiology to economics to plant biology and engineering. The innovations born of these unique collaborations provide the basic scientific foundation for the sustainable, large-scale production of advanced cellulosic biofuels technologies that will help meet the nation’s growing energy needs.
“GLBRC researchers, in partnership with the State of Wisconsin, the State of Michigan and affiliated industries, have made substantial progress toward developing the next generation of advanced biofuels. Renewal by the Department of Energy permits us to build on these scientific breakthroughs and accelerate our efforts to develop sustainable biofuels strategies, from growing plants for use as energy feedstocks to exploring novel ways to convert the non-edible components of plants into fuels for the automotive, diesel and aviation sector,” said Tim Donohue, GLBRC director and UW-Madison professor of bacteriology.