DOE funds public biofuel testing center at Berkeley Lab

The nation's first public advanced biofuel testing center will be built at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in San Francisco in order to help expedite the commercialization of next-generation biofuels.

Funded by an $18 million U.S. DOE Recovery Act grant, the Advanced Biofuels Process Development Unit will provide industry-scale test beds for innovative technologies, and will be available for public use. The first-of-its-kind facility is scheduled to be fully operational by early 2011, and multiple locations in the San Francisco East Bay region are being considered for possible locations.