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The Center also conducts its own research in areas of unmet need by leading or participating in collaborative grant-funded research. Utilizing the pilot plant as an experiential classroom, the NCERC provides workforce development training on Corn-to-Ethanol production process to those interested in a career in the industry.
The facility has all of the unit operations and laboratory capabilities of a commercial facility albeit on a much smaller scale. These capabilities make the facility ideal for validating commercial concepts for improving fuel ethanol production, generating co-products for feeding trials or process streams for further development, toll use of individual or collective unit operations for other bioprocessing needs, and laboratory method development or analytical services.