Biofuels

Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Radio

 

If Congress approves, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be host to a $104 million center for research into new biofuels and bioproducts.

The US Department of Energy is awarding the money over the next five years to help create the university’s new Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation --- CABBI for short.

Plant Biology Professor Evan DeLucia will serve as CABBI’s director. He says the Energy Department was attracted to the U of I because of the bioenergy work it’s already doing.

Herb Trix / IPR

Millions of bushels of corn from northwestern Illinois have been turned into billions of dollars, thanks to an ethanol plant near Annawan in Henry County. Patriot Renewable Fuels will celebrate its 5 year anniversary with an open house and tours Thursday and Friday. IPR's Herb Trix reports.