About Us

Our passion for bio-innovation drives us every day.

Whether we’re experimenting with microorganisms or optimizing new processes, our end goal never changes. We want to help you successfully take your bio-innovation to market. 

We’ve been operational since 2012, collaborating with researchers from industry, national laboratories, and academia to optimize and scale technologies and enable the commercialization of bio-based chemicals, materials, and fuels.

Our Story

The national mandate for developing a diverse, robust, and resilient bioeconomy created an urgent need to bridge the gap between promising research and large-scale production of advanced biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. 

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office established the ABPDU as part of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in 2009. Our stated mission is to expedite the commercialization of advanced, next-generation biofuels and bioproducts by providing industry-scale test beds.

As a part of Berkeley Lab, we’re uniquely situated to enable the bioeconomy.

A Strong National Network

At the interface of the DOE and industry, we fill a critical and under-served gap in the network of national laboratories to validate and scale up novel biomass technologies at commercial volumes. Our core focus is in the areas of process prototyping and proof of concept. The DOE’s Bioenergy Research Centers are major collaborators with ABPDU.

Our location lets us tap into the expertise needed for the next generation of biofuels and bioproducts.

Strategically located in the San Francisco Bay Area’s bio-innovation hub, and part of Berkeley Lab, we are uniquely situated to enable the local and national bioeconomy. We have access to cutting-edge national research organizations, academic centers of excellence, and major industries.