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ABPDU PROVIDES INDUSTRY-SCALE TEST BEDS FOR JBEI’S WORK
JBEI is a research partnership led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and combining the scientific expertise, resources and support of four national laboratories and three academic institutions. JBEI’s 150 scientists, engineers and support staff, are headquartered in EmeryStation East, a state-of-the-art laboratory in Emeryville, CA.
In a study assessing the optimization and scaling potential of ionic liquid pretreatment, JBEI scientists and ABPDU engineers determined that this technology can be effectively scaled to larger biorefinery operations. The unit operations and process parameters optimized in the study will be essential for developing the techno-economic aspects of this technology. The JBEI-ABPDU collaboration is the first of its kind in the research community, successfully identifying key opportunities and challenges associated with ionic liquid pretreatment and subsequent enzymatic saccharification beyond the bench scale.
ABPDU provided the industry-scale test beds for both JBEI’s work on ionic liquid pretreatment and microbial synthesis of bisabolene, a terpene-based precursor to an advanced biofuel that potentially could replace diesel.