The Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) vision is to
accelerate domestication of bioenergy-relevant plants and microbes to
enable high-impact, value-added, co-product development at multiple
points in the bioenergy supply chain.
CBI has identified research targets for a thriving bioeconomy:
Sustainable biomass feedstock crops using plant genomics and engineering.
Advanced processes to simultaneously break down and convert plants into specialty biofuels.
Valuable bioproducts, including chemical feedstocks, made from the lignin residue remaining after bioprocessing.
CBI will pursue a host of new technologies to alleviate
critical cost barriers to sustainable, economically viable production of
bio-based products and advanced biofuels. The center will focus on
creating robust, high-yielding feedstock plants using genetic technology
and bioengineering. CBI will create methods for high-yield production
of advanced biofuels that can be blended with existing transportation
fuels. Researchers will also study ways to develop valuable byproducts
from lignin left over after biomass processing.
The CBI team is positioned to develop breakthrough technologies
and scientific advances by uniting a team of senior science leaders
with a proven desire and ability to accomplish challenging goals
specifically targeted to barriers facing the emerging bioeconomy.
CBI is one of four Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
Centers within the Department of Energy’s Office of Science created to
expand on the foundational successes of former bioenergy research
centers and to lay the scientific groundwork for a new robust, biobased