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Biofuels briefing with Senator Kohl

Posted on May 6, 2011
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Biofuels briefing with Senator Kohl

UW-Superior Biofuels Project

Featured at  Briefing for Senator Herb Kohl

April 27, 2011

Senator Herb Kohl met last Wednesday with Dr. Jim Lane and Dr. Michael Waxman of the Natural Science Department, Kaelene Arvidson-Hicks, Research Administrator and Vice Chancellor Jan Hanson to discuss the UW-Superior Biofuels Project and a companion research and development program at UW-Stevens Point's Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology.   Senator Kohl affirmed his support for the industry-university collaboration and the opportunities it creates to apply new technologies to new products, new jobs and new economic growth for the region.  
Dr. Lane, Dr. Waxman and their students have been conducting an analysis of northern Wisconsin and Minnesota plants to determine whether the properties the plants possess to survive the region's winter temperatures make them suitable for creating bio-fuels for cold climates. The focus of the research is new technology to convert plant oils to fuel using an economically viable process for production.  This research was first funded in 2009 through the U.S. Department of Defense.   
The success of both campuses is built upon close ties with industrial partner, American Science and Technology, which will take the technologies developed in the lab and transfer them to demonstration levels of production in Wausau.

The UW-Superior Biofuels Project is one of multiple endeavors at the UW-Superior campus that transforms science and research into technologically and economically feasible commercial opportunities and jobs.

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