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03/10/2015 -
Innovation Fund - Call for Proposals...

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01/22/2015 -
ARPA-E Awards $3.2 to Syracuse University, SyracuseCoE Researchers for 'Personal Air-Conditioning'...

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10/14/2014 -
Near Westside Initiative Receives Prestigious Award from USGBC...

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Labs and Testbeds: New SyracuseCoE Facilities to Accelerate Innovations...

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2012 Annual Progress Report...

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Biofuels Development Facility (BDF)

Biofuels Development Facility (BDF)
SUNY ESF

The SUNY-ESF Biofuels Pilot Plant at SyracuseCoE represents a key facility in the production of next generation bio-based fuels derived from renewable resources such as locally grown woody feedstocks including planation-grown willow, switchgrass, and forest-based biomass. The Pilot Plant will initially include a 1000L Fermenter in which microorganisms will convert wood-based sugars to fuels such as ethanol and butanol. In addition, these sugars can be utilized by certain algae, grown heterotropically (without sunlight), to produce bio-oils suitable for conversion to biodiesel fuel. The Pilot Plant also includes a 30 gallon per hour Distillation Column to distill the biofuels produced in the Fermenter to high purity fuels suitable for testing in actual engines.