Fermentation Facility: BioCentury Research Farm Connection

The Iowa State University BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. This facility presents a unique opportunity for industry collaboration. It will accelerate innovation and production capacity associated with biobased fuels, chemicals, and products.

The Fermentation Facility works jointly with the BioCentury Research Farm to study systems to turn a variety of biomass feedstocks into ethanol and industrial chemicals by fermentation. Researchers can test new processing systems using benchtop- and small pilot-scale equipment before going to pre‑commercialization scale at the BioCentury Research Farm.

Additional fermentation and processing capabilities are available in the Biochemical Processing Train located in the Biomass Processing Facility, including fermentation vessels of 50-, 200-, 500- and 1,000-liter working volume capacities. A list of the BioCentury Research Farm's biochemical processing equipment is located in the Fermentation Facility's fee schedule.

1000-Liter Fermentor
Hui Wang, Center for Crops Utilization Research pilot plant manager, (left) and John Strohl, Fermentation Facility manager, are running a 1,000-liter corn ethanol fermentation and downstream decanting in the Biochemical Processing Train.