From Bio-concept to Bioproduct

Developed. Demonstrated. Scaled.

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About Us

About Us

Welcome to the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Demonstration Unit. Part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, we were established by the United States Department of Energy to help ramp up the bioeconomy.

Bio Innovation

Bio-Innovation

We enable early stage advanced biofuels, biomaterials, and biochemicals product and process technologies to successfully scale from the lab to commercial relevance.

Partnership

Partnership

With experienced know-how, rigorous process optimization, and relentless monitoring of yield versus cost, we partner with you to lower your capex, opex, and risk.

Collaborations

 

Spotlight

 

Bisabolene Production Scale-up at ABPDU

Biosynthetic bisabolene is a precursor to bisabolane – a potential renewable diesel fuel alternative. Bisabolane has attractive physical properties including a much lower cloud point (-78°C) than traditional diesel (-35°C) making bisabolane a potential cold weather... read more

What We Offer

Bio-derived Product Diversity

Whatever your novel or drop-in advanced bioproduct molecule is, we are ready.  We have the infrastructure and the expertise to optimize, scale-up, and demonstrate your bioproduct processes. Learn More.

Feedstock And Biomass Flexibility

Next-generation biomass-based inputs present limitless choices and new challenges. We’ll help you navigate the complexity and cost-effectively obtain the best outputs. Learn More.

Bio-concept Development & Validation

We’re completely impartial. When we provide third party validation of the commercial feasibility on your bio-concept, your stakeholders know you’re on the right track. Learn More.

Bio-process Prototyping & Optimization

Mitigating your risk during scale up and accelerating technology readiness levels is top of mind for us.  With our flexible, customizable equipment and experienced team we’re able to quickly prototype and adjust your bio-processes. Learn More.

Scale-up Integration & Demonstration

There are many steps to successfully move advanced bioproducts from the bench or lab to commercial scale deployment. We leverage capital project and industry best practices to design robust integrated pilot processes. Learn More.

Funding & Grant Proposals Support

The right data, access to networks, and an experienced team are a winning combination to help you raise funding and take your bio-innovation to market. Learn More.

 

Meet Our Team

 

Akash Narani

Process Engineer

Stephen Hubbard

Process Engineer

Qian He

Research Associate

Ling Liang

Process Engineer

Rogelio Denegri III

Scientific Engineering Associate

Philip Coffman

Research Associate

Dr. Ingrid Peterson, Ph.D.

Business Development Program Manager

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Bisabolene Production Scale-up at ABPDU

Biosynthetic bisabolene is a precursor to bisabolane – a potential renewable diesel fuel alternative. Bisabolane has attractive physical properties including a much lower cloud point (-78°C) than traditional diesel (-35°C) making bisabolane a potential cold weather additive to current fuels.

Blending Municipal Solid Waste with Corn Stover for Sugar Production Using Ionic Liquid Process

Municipal solid waste (MSW) represents an attractive cellulosic resource for sustainable fuel production. However, its heterogeneity is the major barrier to efficient conversion to biofuels. MSW paper mix was generated and blended with corn stover (CS). It has been shown that both of them can be efficiently pretreated in certain ionic liquids (ILs) with high yields of fermentable sugars. After pretreatment in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate ([C2C1Im][OAc]), over 80% glucose has been released with enzymatic saccharification. We have also applied an enzyme-free process by adding mineral acid and water directly into the IL/biomass slurry to induce hydrolysis. With the acidolysis process in 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C2C1Im]Cl), up to 80% glucose and 90% xylose are released. There is a correlation between the viscosity profile and hydrolysis efficiency; low viscosity of the hydrolysate generally corresponds to high sugar yields. Overall, the results indicate the feasibility of incorporating MSW as a robust blending agent for biorefineries.

Predictive Modeling Can De-Risk Biobased Production

Technologies developed to generate bio-based products are based on single feedstock types. While this approach is applicable for corn stover in the MidWest, for states such as California, with abundant but diverse feedstocks, technologies should be developed to accommodate multiple feedstock input to a single biorefinery. This project established the influence of mixing feedstocks on downstream sugar recovery and thereby fuel production for Imperial County as a case study. We relied on statistical approaches and developed a predictive model to identify optimal biomass concentrations and reaction types, temperatures, and times to maximize sugar yield and minimize furfural production.