February 1, 2007 –
We are pleased to announce that a Berkeley-led partnership has been chosen to receive a $500 million grant from the energy firm BP to develop new, cleaner sources of fuel.
The campus will partner with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in a 10-year effort, known as the Energy Biosciences Institute. The institute will focus initially on biotechnology to produce biofuels.
Bioengineers, especially bioengineering and chemical engineering professor Jay Keasling, played a key role in bringing this new opportunity to Berkeley, supported by QB3, the California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research.
We are all very excited about this new adventure and the opportunities and resources it will bring to sustainable energy and biofuels research on campus. Learn more about at the UC Berkeley NewsCenter, the new EBI website.