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National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center enters media spotlight

Did you know there is a National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center? Neither did I. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch figured there were a lot of people ignorant of the center, which is located near the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus, and published a good feature article earlier this week. Here's what the article tells us about the center:
-It was built for $21 million (two-thirds from the federal government, one-third from Illinois) and started operating in 2004. The center has a $4 million budget for the 2007 fiscal year.
-The research center can test new ethanol production processes that outside clients are thinking about investing in.
-Currently, researchers at the center are working to find ways to convert the fiber of the corn kernel into ethanol along with the starch.
-Scientists from around the country can lease time and space in the center to confirm results from smaller labs on a larger scale.
-The article says "the petroleum industry has given only muted support to the research center at SIUE."

[Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

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