About the Technology Research Center

B2P2 at UMaine's Technology Research CenterThe Technology Research Center (TRC) is a 40,000-square-foot facility, located on the grounds of ND Paper in Old Town, Maine. Dedicated to validation, demonstration, and commercialization support for bioproduct development, the center is a one-stop shop for processing and analysis of technologies at an industrially relevant scale.

Facility Manager: Amy Luce
Location: 880 Main Street, Old Town, ME 04468
Mailing and Contact Address: Amy Luce, Manager, Jenness Hall 143, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04468
Email: amy.e.luce@maine.edu  Phone: 207-581-1453

See our Pilot Plant in action

Technical Capabilities and Processing Equipment

Two researchers, a blond male and a blond female, at work in UMaine's Technology Research Center

The Technology Research Center (TRC), in Old Town, Maine, is a fee-for-service facility with several pilot-scale unit operations dedicated to advancing developing fuel, chemical and advanced material technologies for processing woody biomass into various bioproducts. The facility meets all necessary approved environmental permitting standards, accepts any cellulosic feedstock and features state-of-the-art process control and process information systems. 

  • 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