The Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center (OBIC), located at The Ohio State University, connects different segments of the bioproducts community to nurture business ecosystems and facilitate commercialization of new sustainable bioproduct technologies.
OBIC's internal staff, as well as a network of consultants, seeks to provide a series of services. We work with many different groups with varied interests to accomplish shared goals.
New OBIC-Sponsored Workshop: Safe Products, Made Safety: Tools for Business
This day long workshop will provide a framework for evaluating the best approach and tools for your business in meeting goals for environmental sustainability and reducing or eliminating the use of toxic chemicals in consumer products. The workshop will be held Thursday, May 30th, from 8 am to 5 pm, at The Ohio State University Fawcett Center. Find out more and how to register here.
New Program for Educators: Bioenergy & Bioproducts Professional Development Programs
Bioenergy & Bioproducts Education Programs provide professional development and hands-on teaching tools for educators (grades 6 - 16 in service and pre-service teachers and extension educators) who want to learn and teach about the Bioenergy and Bioproducts systems currently in use and under development in the United States. Through the collaborative efforts and expertise of six institutions of research and higher learning, this program aims to inspire today's students to pursue careers in math and science by aligning concern for the natural environment with the emerging bioenergy and bioproducts industries. Space is limited. Find out more and how to register here.
Breaking News: OSU Receives Major USDA-NIFA Award for Bioenergy Research and Development Project
The Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center has been awarded a major grant through USDA's NIFA Biomass Research and Development Initiative. This $6.5 M project, led by Dr. Yebo Li, will result in an anaerobic digestion system for the production of liquid transportation fuels and electricity from animal manure, agricultural residues, woody biomass and energy crops. The novel anaerobic digestion system will be integrated with partial oxidation and Fisher-Tropsch technologies to produce gasoline. A life cycle analysis will incorporate thermodynamic principles to assess the resource use, energy/fuel production and the environmental impact of the conversion technologies.
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Breaking News: From Garbage to Groceries: Integrated Biorefinery Announced
OBIC to collaborate with Team Gemini and SWACO on innovative waste recycling facility project to reduce landfills using integrated conversion technologies
OBIC collaborator Team Gemini, a sustainable project design and development company based in Orlando, Florida, has announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) to build a landfill receiving facility (LRF) and materials recovery facility (MRF) on SWACO property in Grove City, Ohio.
This collaborative project is a major step in establishing Ohio as a world leader in the bioproduct and integrated biorefinery industries. Ohio is already uniquely positioned to play a crucial role in this emerging bioeconomy because of its industry leadership in polymer, rubber, and specialty chemical production. By providing both the means to access new low cost feedstocks as well as bioprocessing technologies, this project allows Ohio to further capitalize on its existing resources and to demonstrate its leadership in the new green economy.
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