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IBET Bioenergy Industry Collaboration Launched (Ind. Report)
IBET
Date: 2021-10-06
The U.S. DOE Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is reporting the formation of the Integrated Biochemical and Electrochemical Technologies (IBET) to Convert Organic Waste to Biopower collaboration. IBET will be led by ANL, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University and will bring together waste-to-energy (W2E) technologies from each institution and opportunities to test these technologies with industry.

The IBET collaboration uses developments in separations, advanced bioreactor design, and process modeling and control. This new platform will help industry produce high-purity methane from mixed organic waste streams at large scales and support a circular economy.

Collaborations between Argonne and five North American universities -- Michigan, Northwestern, University of Toronto, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and Tecnologico de Monterrey -- will help participants better understand the current state of W2E in North America. Partnerships and cost sharing among the practitioners will amplify the impact of the proposed work.

IBET corporate partners include: inCTRL Solutions Corp., a biogas and wastewater treatment modeling and control company; the Great Lakes Water Authority, a major utility in Michigan and a potential end user for W2E technologies; and Carollo Engineers, an environmental engineering firm whose wastewater innovations group has focused on carbon management and energy production, among other topics.

The IBET collaboration will increase knowledge sharing on bioenergy technologies and expand collaborative opportunities by providing Ph.D., masters and undergraduate students opportunities to deepen their research capabilities in technology development, participate in shared professional development and engage in cross-institutional bioenergy research and internship opportunities; broadening participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics within the bioenergy technology community while publicly disseminating research and educational information. (Source: ANL, Website PR, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: Integrated Biochemical and Electrochemical Technologies (IBET) to Convert Organic Waste to Biopower, ANL, www.anl.gov

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