ALFRED, N.Y. – Senator Cathy Young was at Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology in Wellsville Thursday to announce a $1 million state grant for the Bio-Refinery Commercialization Center.
The funding will help establish a program to develop and commercialize a hot water process that will extract useful chemicals from various types of wood.
Officials said the bio-refinery would be the start of a new green technology industry in the southern tier.
“We are hoping to start a wave of transformation across rural New York to renew the upstate economy especially in forested areas that are struggling economically,” said Young, R – Jamestown.
“The BDCC will be a statewide resource run by Alfred State College, thanks to its leadership, to train a rural 21st century high technology bio-processing labor force that will build and run these facilities and do critical research,” said Preston Gilbert, senior research associate at Alfred State College.
Officials said this funding will help get the project off the ground although no time table has been set.