Auburn center receives grant to produce renewable fuels

Published: Aug 3, 2009 4:40:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

The Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering (AC-PABE) at Auburn University recently received $300,000 from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to support research and development programs on alternative energy and fuels. This brings the total funding to the center provided by the state's Department of Agriculture and Industries for producing fuels from Alabama's renewable resources to $1.3 million.

"Our goal is to provide the basis upon which a new and prosperous natural resource-based economy can be built in Alabama," said Harry Cullinan, director of AC-PABE and faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering. "This will reinvigorate Alabama's established industries while creating new ones, as well as satisfying state and national needs while moving Alabama toward sustainable development."

The AC-PABE exists to demonstrate, deploy and commercialize technologies for the production of renewable fuels and energy. The center's key technologies include biochemical processing of biomass for production of ethanol; thermochemical processing of biomass for production of liquid fuels and hydrogen; and fractionation of biomass into pure feedstocks for fuel and energy production.

With the support of industries and the federal government, AC-PABE is advancing a number of commercial demonstration projects, including a pulp mill waste-to-energy project, a pulp and paper mill sludge-to-ethanol project, as well as a municipal solid waste-to-ethanol pilot plant.

For more information on AC-PABE, visit http://eng.auburn.edu/research/centers/paper-biores.html.