CABER: One-stop Shop for Illinois Bioenergy Information

Established in 2007, the Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research (CABER) at the University of Illinois, College of ACES provides a framework for bioenergy-related research and scholarship at the U of I. It helps facilitate crossdisciplinary research, education, and outreach programs that promote the use of biorenewable resources. CABER also provides science-based information to external stakeholders in the bioenergy industry and for consumers.

CABER coordinates the CABER Bioprocessing Laboratory, which provides space on the Urbana campus for researchers and commercial partners to test scale-up and commercialization steps for new feedstocks, biofuels production, and biochemical production. Progress made in bioprocessing research lab-supported projects will create opportunities and new crops for farmers and will help build the industry expertise needed to produce sustainable renewable energy sources.

To make it easier for interested parties to identify research capacity at the University of Illinois, CABER has compiled a directory listing of faculty with interests in bioenergy. An electronic listing is on the CABER web site.

For those wanting information in bioenergy and bioenergy research, please visit the CABER bioenergy research blog. The blog is updated daily with 3-10 news articles about bioenergy and bioenergy research globally.

Education: CABER coordinates the Professional Science Master's degree in Bioenergy. This 16-month program consists of a mixture of science and business classes and an internship. CABER provides two classes in bioenergy. Bioenergy Systems ACES 409/509 (3 hours) is available on campus in the fall and online during the spring semester. Advanced Bioenergy Topics - Seminar Series ACES 501 (1 hour) is held during the spring semester and is open to the general public.

Illinois Biomass Working Group: The newly formed Illinois Biomass Working Group (IBWG) discusses opportunities for farmers, industry, academia, and the financial industry to work together on biomass issues, including logistics, market creation, research, and small- to large-scale heat and electricity projects. The IBWG formed after the Biomass Conversion to Heat & Electricity Workshop in March 2010, which was sponsored by the University of Illinois - Center for Advanced Bioenergy Research (CABER), Western Illinois University - Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Illinois State University - Center for Renewable Energy, University of Illinois Extension, Heartland Community College, Chip Energy and Agricultural Watershed Institute. For more information, contact Ted Funk or Natalie Bosecker.

For more information about CABER activities, visit: CABER's website. Sign up for the CABER newsletter for regular updates.

Hans Blaschek

Prof. Hans Blaschek
Director

Greg Knott

Greg Knott
Director

Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh
Associate Director for Engineering

Ted Funk

Ted Funk
Assistant Director for Outreach

Natalie Bosecker

Natalie Bosecker
Coordinator for Communications and External Relations