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Wayne State to Open Biofuel Lab

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Wayne State to Open Biofuel Lab

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DETROIT

Wayne State University, in a partnership with a nonprofit, Michigan-based alternative fuel research organization, will open the National Biofuel Energy Lab by the end of this year, say university officials. Based in Detroit's TechTown research park, the biofuel technology development lab will be a first for Michigan and was made possible through a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant.

The lab is being developed by Wayne State and the NextEnergy organization as part of that group's Biodiesel Value Chain Initiative. The initiative by NextEnergy specializes in research and biodiesel use development, including agricultural methods to grow energy crops, to optimize fuel and to innovate biodiesel production. NextEnergy is a nonprofit corporation that was established to enable the commercialization of energy technologies, which contribute to economic competitiveness and energy security.

"The National Biofuel Energy Lab provides Wayne State University faculty and students with the type of cutting-edge research opportunity 1 envisioned when NextEnergy decided to locate its offices in TechTown. …

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