Tag: Illinois

Illinois to demo biofuel production from grasses collected from highway roadsides

Illinois to demo biofuel production from grasses collected from highway roadsides

August 17, 2017 |

In Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW). The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multi-disciplinary team including the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois. The […]

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Highway grasses converted to heat and biofuel in Illinois

Highway grasses converted to heat and biofuel in Illinois

August 12, 2017 |

In Illinois, University of Illinois – Urbana researchers are implementing a pilot program based on a three-year study that showed nearly $2 million in energy could be recovered by harvesting more than 100,000 acres of unpaved public land along highways and other rights-of-way full of weeds and grasses that can be converted to biofuel. It […]

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Illinois E10 to get more expensive after lawmakers agree to drop ethanol tax exemption

Illinois E10 to get more expensive after lawmakers agree to drop ethanol tax exemption

July 24, 2017 |

In Illinois, lawmakers removed the 20% ethanol tax exemption in the budget it approved earlier this month, a move that could see E10 blends jump between 7 and 10 cents per gallon at the pump. The tax exemption was up for renewal in 2018. The state’s petroleum marketers association says its members could stop selling […]

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Synsel securing financing for two $300 million wood-based biorefineries

Synsel securing financing for two $300 million wood-based biorefineries

July 18, 2017 |

In Illinois, Synsel hopes to finalize financing in the next few months for two $300 million wood-based biorefineries in Ontonagon, Mich. and Lumberton, Miss. that are meant to produce synthetic gasoline, diesel and aviation. The Ontonagon project aims to repurpose the mothballed Smurfit-Stone Paper Mill that was closed in 2010 but the Lumberton site was […]

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“Not worth reducing indirect land use emissions” using California’s approach: new study

“Not worth reducing indirect land use emissions” using California’s approach: new study

June 27, 2017 |

In Illinois, a team of researchers writing in Nature Communications concluded California’s indirect land use change factors in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, applied nationally, would imply that the cost of reducing a ton of carbon is 20 percent higher than the avoided damages from those emissions. Lead researcher Madhu Khanna found that “It penalizes […]

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Corn for food socially profitable, not biofuels, says new study

Corn for food socially profitable, not biofuels, says new study

June 26, 2017 |

In Illinois, a study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign published in Earth’s Future found a net “social and economic worth of food corn production” in the U.S. of $1,492 per hectare, compared with “a remarkable $10 per hectare loss for biofuel corn production”.  Lead researcher Professor Kumar wrote that “The critical zone is the […]

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University of Illinois researchers says economics favor corn for food over ethanol

University of Illinois researchers says economics favor corn for food over ethanol

June 20, 2017 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois have quantified and compared these issues in terms of economics of the entire production system to determine if the benefits of biofuel corn outweigh the costs. Civil and environmental engineering professor Praveen Kumar and graduate student Meredith Richardson published their findings in the journal Earth’s Future. As […]

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Ethanol production rises again, adding to stocks

Ethanol production rises again, adding to stocks

May 18, 2017 |

In Illinois, ethanol production rose again last week to 1.027 million b/d, 21,000 b/d higher than the previous week and more than 8% higher than during the same period last year. Demand remains stagnant, however, so increased production led to an increase in stocks for a total of 23.414 million barrels contrary to the market’s […]

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University of Illinois researchers integrate technologies to enhance yeast productivity

University of Illinois researchers integrate technologies to enhance yeast productivity

May 16, 2017 |

In Illinois, in a new article in Nature Communications University of Illinois researchers describe how their successful integration of several cutting-edge technologies—creation of standardized genetic components, implementation of customizable genome editing tools, and large-scale automation of molecular biology laboratory tasks—will enhance our ability to work with yeast. The results of their new method demonstrate its potential to […]

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Kinder Morgan diverting ethanol from Argo terminal for second time this year

Kinder Morgan diverting ethanol from Argo terminal for second time this year

May 15, 2017 |

In Illinois, Kinder Morgan began diverting ethanol trucks away from its Argo terminal on Thursday for the second time this year due to lack of storage availability. Supplies were directed towards nearby Stony Island facility. The diversion also took place in February when storage facilities were similarly at capacity. Though Midwest stocks fell during the […]

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