EMERYVILLE (KCBS) A new East Bay facility, that will be operated by the federal government and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is looking to discover the next generation of biofuels.

The Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit is designed to help reduce the United States’ dependence on foreign oil.

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Deputy Director Horst Simon said nothing will happen overnight.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

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“Berkeley Lab has been interested in energy technology and energy efficiency since the 70’s. There have been many developments that are now changing the way we live and the way we interact,” Simon said.

The 15,000 square foot lab was opened in Emeryville this week.

The Department of Energy provided $20 million of funding for the research center.

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