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Near-term Opportunities for Biorefineries Symposium Slated for October 11-12 at the University of Illinois

Natalie Bosecker
9/20/2010  8:00 am

Press Release

September 20, 2010

Media Contact: Natalie Bosecker, 217-244-9273 or

Near-term Opportunities for Biorefineries Symposium Slated for October 11-12 at the University of Illinois

Urbana, Ill. – The impact of technology improvements and utilization of value-added co-products of corn ethanol production will be among the topics discussed at the symposium on Near-term Opportunities for Biorefineries at the University of Illinois on October 11-12. Participants will learn more about these issues as well as the political and economic considerations impacting the development of improved technology and proposed federal Renewable Fuels Standards requirements.


The Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research (CABER), part of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois is planning the event.


“Modest tweaks in technology can reap substantial economic and environmental benefits for current corn ethanol plants. This symposium will address near term technologies and utilization of co-products that can add another revenue stream,” said Dr. Hans Blaschek, Director of CABER. “We’ll also discuss biochemicals, including butanol, which is considered a next generation biofuel as well as feedstock chemical that can add to the portfolio of products being produced in a biorefinery.”


University of Illinois researchers, staff from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Argonne National Laboratory, as well as biofuels industry leaders will share their views of the current and future status of corn ethanol.

Topics for the symposium include:

  • Potentials for a biorefinery and a portfolio of products
  • Co-product utilization and conversion
  • Overcoming impediments to scale-up and commercialization
  • Technologies to make ethanol and butanol an advanced fuel
  • Economic advantages to diversification of products produced in a traditional corn ethanol plant

The symposium will be held at the I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., Champaign. The early-bird registration fee is $249; after October 1 the registration fee is $299. The I-Hotel’s symposium room rate expires on September 24.

For more information and on-line registration, visit:

For questions, contact Natalie Bosecker at or 217-244-9273.