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

BETO Announces Laboratory Call for Proposals

BETO is providing up to $40,000 per selected DOE National Laboratory proposal that focuses on one or more critical bioenergy small business challenge(s) by leveraging unique laboratory assets. Proposal submission deadline is July 31, 2016.

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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

 

Dr. Deepti Tanjore, Ph.D.

Research Scientist - Fermentation and Recovery

Fre Tachea

Senior Process Engineer

Akash Narani

Bio-Process/Facilities Engineer

Qian He

Senior Research Associate

Ling Liang

Process Engineer

Philip Coffman

Senior Research Associate

Tina Luong

Process Engineer

 

Eric Sundstrom

Senior Process Engineer

 

Sarah Brown

Research Associate

Newsroom

Press Releases

BETO Announces Laboratory Call for Proposals

BETO is providing up to $40,000 per selected DOE National Laboratory proposal that focuses on one or more critical bioenergy small business challenge(s) by leveraging unique laboratory assets. Proposal submission deadline is July 31, 2016.

Publications

Scale-Up and Process Integration of Municipal Solid Waste Conversion Process

This paper presents two case studies on the scale-up and process integration of municipal solid waste conversion technology. In a partnership with Idaho National Labs, we successfully demonstrated 200-fold scale up of MSW blends IL acidolysis. We also developed an integrated process for ionic liquid based deconstruction technologies for MSW blends conversion. The scale up attempt will leverage the opportunity towards a cost-effective MSW blends conversion technology.

Under a DOE Work-For-Others agreement with FATER, ABPDU has been developing and validating an integrated waste-to-energy process. Key outcomes indicate that post-consumer absorbent hygiene products (AHPs) can be readily and economically converted — without using harsh or expensive pretreatment routes — to sugars and fuel intermediates.

Evaluation of Storage Effect on the Biomass Conversion to Sugars

Dry matter loss (DML) occurs in high-moisture storage conditions; it remains unclear how storage conditions and degradation impact sugar release and fermentation inhibitor production during conversion. In collaboration with Idaho National Labs, two feedstocks, switchgrass and corn stover, were compared using compositional analysis, alkaline pretreatment, and enzymatic saccharification. Under the tested conditions, switchgrass with 10% and 20% DML and corn stover with 30% DML achieved higher sugar yields compared to samples before storage.

Predictive Modeling and Rheological Estimation of Mixed Biomass Feedstocks

In a collaborative effort with INL, SNL, and JBEI, predictive modeling was used to evaluate and optimize traditional pretreatment methods for biomass mixture compositions to maximize sugar yield and minimize furfural production. The collaboration encompassed compositional analysis of feedstocks, solids loading during pretreatment for mixed feedstock, enzymatic hydrolysis on unwashed solids, and sugar and furfural analysis. Predictive modeling could effectively identify the pretreatment catalyst and treatment conditions for an “optimal” biomass mixture and the optimal biomass mixture for a particular pretreatment system.