The mission of Center for Biorefining is to coordinate the University efforts and resources to conduct exploratory fundamental and applied research; provide education on bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials; stimulate collaboration among the University researchers, other public sector investigators, and private investigators involved in biobased production technology development; promote technology transfer to industries; and foster economic development in rural areas.
On August 22, 2013, the UMN Center for Biorefining led a specialized tour of the Algae and Pyrolysis Facilities at UMN Rosemount Research and Outreach Center. This tour brought together a diverse group of participants, including Minnesota State LCCMR staff, renewable energy professionals, biofuel entrepreneurs, UMN faculty and students, and various bloggers. In addition to having multiple opportunities to converse with Center for Biorefining faculty members, researchers, and students, attendees were also able to learn about the UMN’s mobile microwave assisted pyrolysis (MAP) system and view the 20,000 liter animal-wastewater-to-algae production facility in operation. Research posters, published papers and various fuel and polymer products dealing with related research were also presented to attendees.
The research activities and facilities were funded by grants and gifts from LCCMR, IREE, MCES, 3M, USDA, USDOD, DOE, DOT, Sun Grant, and private companies. The tour was supported by the UMN Rosemount Research and Outreach Center and staff.
Demonstration facilities, products, and posters.
Members of the Center for Biorefining
Center for Biorefining co-sponsors 2012 Sino-US Symposium on Eco-agriculture and Biomass Energy Industry
Center for Biorefining is hosting the Renewable Energy Session of the “2012 Sino-US Symposium on Eco-agriculture and Biomass Energy Industry”. The participants are mainly from faculty members of 12 Chinese universities. They will spend several days in California where they will attend the Eco-agriculture session and visit several CA universities. The delegation will spend three days in the Twin Cities. The Renewable Energy Session will feature speakers from IREE, BBE, AE, and local company on topics ranging from overview of renewable energy R&D at UMN, production and logistics of cellulosic and algal biomass, biomass conversion, biofuel production, wastes management and utilization, and techno-economic analysis and life cycle analysis of renewable energy. Download a copy of the symposium agenda (.pdf)