Biotechnical Engineering


UC Davis Renewable Energy Anaerobic Digester (READ)

Partnered with CleanWorld, the READ converts food and yard waste into clean energy that feeds into the campus electrical grid. The system is designed to convert 50 tons of organic waste to 12,000 kWh of renewable electricity each day using state-of-the-art generators, diverting 20,000 tons of waste from local landfills each year.

Biotechnical Engineering

Research Overview

Biotechnology offers new ways of production using biological materials, organisms and systems. Leading research in this area enables the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, biodegradable polymers, renewable fuels, and other bio-based products from diverse feedstocks.

Faculty are developing new crops for improved disease and pest resistance and adaptation to changing climate and conditions. We are also improving waste treatment and conversion, reducing environmental impact and enhancing overall sustainability. Examples include the following and more: