The Biofuels Pilot Plant was dedicated on October 10, 2008. It is a testimony of the more than two decades of research efforts done at the Florida Center for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels to convert biomass such as bagasse, forestry and wood wastes, and other organic materials to ethanol. The technology used in the conversion process uses genetically engineered E. coli bacteria that target the sugars in the cellulosic component of the biomass materials.
Objectives1. refine the bioconversion processes beyond the limitations of beakers and test tubes at an industrial setting without the costs at a full industrial-scale plant setting.
2. test different kinds of feedstock
3. investigate and to efficiently utilize water and by-products
4. provide a training ground for graduate students in biofuel production, purification and testing.
This plant was funded by the Board of Governors of the State University System as part of the $4.5M awarded to the UF Centers of Excellence program.
158 Frazier Rogers Hall
Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel: 352-392-7926 ext 158
Bldg. 981 Museum Road | P. O. Box 110700 |Gainesville FL | 32611-0700
Tel: (352) 392-0237 | Fax: (352)392-5922 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director: Lonnie O. Ingram
Associate Director: K. T. Shanmugam
Assistant Director: Sheilachu P. Gomez