UMaine opens new Technology Research Center | News
OLD TOWN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The University of Maine opened the doors of it's brand new Technology Research Center (TRC) today at the Old Town Fuel and Fiber Mill.
Several representatives of the University were on hand for the grand opening to answer questions and give a tour of the facility, as well as U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. The 40,000-square-foot TRC is meant to connect private industry with UMaine researchers at the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute (FBRI). FBRI researchers work to create clean technology solutions that convert forest and agricultural biomass into fuels, chemicals and other materials.
According to the director of the FBRI, Dr. Hemant Pendse, the new center will give students the opportunity to get real world research experience that goes well beyond the class room. "Our next generation of engineers will have this floor scale pilot facility where they will already get exposed to emerging technologies," said Dr. Pendse.
The Technology Research Center was funded by a $4.8 million Maine Technology Asset grant and a $2 million private contribution from Old Town Fuel & Fiber.
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