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Construction to begin on U of I biofuels center

URBANA – Construction is expected to start later this year on a $23 million center at the University of Illinois to test biofuels made from plants such as miscanthus.

The News-Gazette in Champaign reported that the Biofuels Processing Facility will serve as a pilot plant to test biofuels on a large enough scale to be commercially viable.

Hans Blaschek is a professor emeritus in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and director of the university's Center for BioEnergy Research. He says industry needs to be able to see larger-scale results before adopting biofuel technologies.

Six companies at a time can rent space from the test facility at $10,000 a year.

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