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NREL Looks to Expand Biofuels Partnerships

March 9, 2011

The Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility (IBRF) at NREL is a place for NREL and industry to test demonstration-scale projects and speed the commercialization of biofuels. This past year, NREL completed construction on phase one of the IBRF and phase two is underway.

"The IBRF is designed specifically to help industry scale up their technology," NREL Team Leader for Partnership Development John Ashworth said. "We have created an empty bay in the facility so someone can bring in their own pretreatment reactor or other equipment required for biochemical biomass conversion. Companies can use part of our system or they can use their own technology and we can run it in parallel with ours. That way, they can see if their system is better than ours."

NREL's $33.5 million pilot plant and facility upgrade is capable of supporting a variety of advanced biofuels projects.

To learn more about how the Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility expands NREL’s biofuels partnership capabilities, see the NREL feature story.

—Sara Havig