URBANA, Ill. – As part of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Cochran Fellowship Program, the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) is hosting eight agricultural professionals from Ecuador for two weeks of training focused on the U.S. biofuel industry.
With a collaborative relationship spanning 3 decades, University of Illinois and Japan Corn Starch have worked together on many projects. Most recently, IBRL director Dr. Vijay Singh helped with the design of Japan Corn Starch’s new corn wet milling plant. To celebrate the opening of the plant, College of ACES Dean Kim Kidwell and Assistant Dean of Advancement Kimberly Meenen joined Dr. Singh on a trip to Kimura, Japan where they stood side by side with Japan Corn Starch President and CEO Soichiro Kurachi to commemorate the opening as well as the ongoing relationship between Japan Corn Starch and University of Illinois research.
Research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) at the University of Illinois continues to improve the dry-grind process used to produce ethanol from corn.
“One of the major challenges in the dry-grind process is use of high corn solid loadings needed to achieve high ethanol concentrations and make distillation more economical,” says Vijay Singh, director of IBRL and a professor in the U of I Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
A Midwest crop of the future: grasses and other plants that produce their own oils to be used as fuel or byproducts.
That’s the vision behind a new bioenergy research center being launched today at the University of Illinois with help from a five-year, $115 million grant from the Department of Energy, one of the largest ever received by the campus.
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