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State Energy Collaboratory Expands Research Focus, New Name

1/22/13 " 'The fact that our Colorado collaboratory is taking on carbon-management systems and energy-systems integration in addition to its focus on renewable energy technology is a good sign for the citizens of Colorado and the nation,' said CU-Boulder Vice Chancellor for Research Stein Sture."

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C2B2's Ken Reardon Featured in Story on Algae & The Fiscal Cliff

1/4/13 "Wind isn't the only alternative energy industry to get a boost from the Fiscal Cliff deal. Also included is a tax credit for algae growers encouraging biofuel production that could one day power cars and boats."

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C2B2's Ryan Gill Receives $9.2 Million DOE Grant

12/4/12 "A team led by (Ryan Gill of) the University of Colorado Boulder has been awarded $9.2 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Energy to research modifying E. coli to produce biofuels such as gasoline."

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ConocoPhillips contributes to new biotech building at the University of Colorado in Boulder

"The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building creates a Front Range anchor for the biosciences with the help of partners like ConocoPhillips," said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. "With interdisciplinary research, the possibilities for energy innovation are limitless, and ConocoPhillips is providing the foundation for this vital work."

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C2B2 Industry Sponsors and Managing Director Receive Awards


Congratulations to Ryan Gill and Sundrop Fuels!


Professor and C2B2 Managing Director, Ryan T. Gill awarded Boulder Campus Inventor of the Year by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office.

Sundrop Fuels, a C2B2 Sponsor was awarded Physical Sciences/Engineering/IT Company of the Year!

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Congratulations to Genencor, OPX Biotechnologies and Rentech!


Three C2B2 sponsors receive awards from Biofuels Digest. Genecor was awarded Product of the Year (bio-based products), OPX Biotechnologies was awarded Product of the Year (renewable chemicals) and Renctch was awarded Technology of the Year.

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C2B2 Welcomes New Site Director


C2B2 Welcomes Interim NREL Site Director, Dr. Mike Cleary


Dr. Cleary is the Director of the National Bioenergy Center (NBC) at the National Renewable Energy Center in Golden, Colorado. Mike will be aiding C2B2 in the coordination of center research and education activities at the NREL site. "We are very excited to have Mike join the C2B2 Executive Board of Directors. He is already familiar with the many of C2B2's activities," says C2B2 executive director Alan Weimer. "Mike will be fulfilling a vital role at C2B2 and we expect him to be a valuable resource at NREL for C2B2 sponsors, principal investigators and researchers moving forward."

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C2B2 Receives National Science Foundation Grant for Student Research


Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels has been awarded $336,534 over a three-year period from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for undergraduates to conduct research related to the conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals. The grant will allow students to pursue research investigations in each of the six C2B2 thrust areas.

The C2B2 REU program is a 10-week summer program of research, educational seminars, and cultural programming. Students will perform research in laboratories at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), Colorado State University (CSU), Colorado School of Mines (Mines) and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

All features of the the C2B2 REU program were piloted during the 2008 and 2009 summer programs which served a combined 28 undergraduate researchers. One-time funding from the State of Colorado was secured for the trial versions of this program. "The success of our state-funded trial C2B2 REU programs enabled us to demonstrate the need for the National Science Foundation to invest in additional renewable energy research and education in Colorado" says Ryan Gill, managing director of C2B2.

The number of undergraduate student applicants has quadrupled in the last three years of the C2B2-REU program showing a growing interest in renewable biofuel and biorefining technologies.

Click Here for more detailed information regarding the NSF award received by C2B2. The University of Colorado also posted a story featuring the C2B2/NSF REU program, click here.


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