-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]