The University of Kentucky's Center for Applied Energy Research is breaking ground this week for a new $5.7 million unit that will convert coal and biomass to liquid fuel.
UK says the unit will focus on state-of-the-art technology to improve efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide from the process.
The facility will be open-access, and its findings will be available to the scientific and industrial community.
UK says a primary objective of the research will be environmental issues, especially how to manage and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The groundbreaking is at 9:30 a.m. EST Tuesday at the Spindletop Administration Building.