Grand Opening of Technology Research Center in Old Town on June 18th

Researchers in TRC Lab

The 40,000-square-foot facility, located on the grounds of 880 Maine Street, Old Town, Maine, will feature state-of-the-art process control and process information systems. The University of Maine’s Forest Bioproducts Research Institute’s new Technology Research Center (TRC)  will validate, demonstrate and help commercialize developing fuel, chemical and advanced material technologies from forest bioproducts at an industrially relevant scale. It will provide wood suppliers and wood users the opportunity to collaborate with each other and with University of Maine faculty researchers. TRC will be a one-stop shop for processing and analysis of technologies.  TRC was funded by a $4.8 million Maine Technology Institute grant and private contributions.
“The Technology Research Center allows us to take the research out of our labs and demonstrate and validate it at industrially relevant scales to help rapid commercialization.” —Hemant Pendse, Director, Forest Bioproducts Research Institute

• Is a fee-for-service operation
• Provides objective, independent testing
• Protects intellectual property and shares precompetitive best practices
• Meets all necessary approved environmental permitting standards
• Accepts any cellulosic feedstock
• Offers clients access to University of Maine faculty and visiting researchers
• Provides research opportunities for graduate students and hands-on experience
for undergraduates

• Chemical and physical testing for pilot-scale campaigns
• Gas and liquid chromatography
• Atomic and molecular spectroscopy
• Wet chemical characterization
• Analytical method development
• In-process and final product material characterization

• Multiple-unit operation
• Biomass size reduction, screening, pretreatment, extraction and cooking
• Fermentation
• Chemical reaction
• Pelletization
• Liquid-liquid extraction
• Distillation