Tag: Iowa State

Iowa State establishes bioenergy research farm

Iowa State establishes bioenergy research farm

July 4, 2019 |

In Iowa, Iowa State University is highly dedicated to bioenergy crops and has established a bioenergy research farm just southwest of Ames, coined as the Sustainable Advanced Bioeconomy Research (SABR) Farm. SABR is funded by the Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) out of the University of Illinois. Corn and soybeans were planted […]

Read More

Hi-Temp Deconstruction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Solvent Liquefaction, and biomass-to-hydrocarbon fuels

Hi-Temp Deconstruction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Solvent Liquefaction, and biomass-to-hydrocarbon fuels

August 29, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a project to demonstrate solvent liquefaction as viable path to stable intermediates for subsequent upgrading to fuel blendstocks. This is based on a technology originally developed in large part via Catchlight Energy and we profiled its revival at Iowa State right here, in “Chevron’s forgotten biofuels wonder-tech gets […]

Read More

Iowa State researcher looking at how to balance stover demand with soil needs

Iowa State researcher looking at how to balance stover demand with soil needs

April 27, 2017 |

In Iowa, the phrase “a double-edged sword” describes something that is beneficial in some ways but problematic in others. One example is removing maize stover (the husks, stems and leaves of corn plants) from fields. Maize stover is used to make cellulosic ethanol, a renewable biofuel. And renewable biofuels are beneficial to the environment. However, […]

Read More

Modular Energy Production Systems in sight at RAPID Manufacturing USA Institute

Modular Energy Production Systems in sight at RAPID Manufacturing USA Institute

February 26, 2017 |

In Iowa, Iowa State University is reporting that it will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute. The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing, and could save the chemical industry more than $9 billion annually, […]

Read More

Ethanol margins slip into negative as policy pressures weigh on demand

Ethanol margins slip into negative as policy pressures weigh on demand

February 6, 2017 |

In Iowa, Iowa State University research shows that ethanol-blending margins have turned negative in the past two weeks following high margins that led to consistently record production for more than 14 weeks. In the meantime, stocks have risen to a nine-week high and with exports to China drying up and questions about the future of […]

Read More

Digest feedback may help explain INEOS Bio’s high levels of HCN gas

Digest feedback may help explain INEOS Bio’s high levels of HCN gas

September 8, 2014 |

Last week, we reported that excessive levels of hydrogen cyanide gas have been resulting in low ethanol output at the INEOS Bio plant in Vero Beach — and that a scrubber is being installed and will be commissioned that is expected to alleviate the problem. Leaving the question of how a gas, at deadly levels to […]

Read More

Iowa State researcher look to integrate bioenergy crops with traditional farming

Iowa State researcher look to integrate bioenergy crops with traditional farming

February 6, 2014 |

In Iowa, cropping systems that are profitable for farmers and balance societal needs for food, feed, fuel, energy and clean air and water are the focus and challenge of Iowa State University’s Landscape Biomass Project. Researchers are studying how to strategically integrate second generation bioenergy crops, such as triticale, switchgrass and trees, with food and feed […]

Read More

Online Biorenewables Education Options Grow

Online Biorenewables Education Options Grow

August 9, 2013 |

Biofuels Digest is launching a new feature series: Educational Programs for Biorenewables. Our first feature focuses on biorenewables programs at Iowa State University. As the biorenewable industry grows, so does the demand for a workforce educated in the field. Many programs for traditional students have been created to help meet this demand. Iowa State University, […]

Read More

The Dandelion Model: Two-step biofuels technologies and the emergence of super-refineries

The Dandelion Model: Two-step biofuels technologies and the emergence of super-refineries

October 24, 2012 |

Can local communities pyrolize their wastes and residues, to make renewable fuels and chemicals at biobased super-refineries? Two-step processes could be the ticket to the future, according to an Iowa State team. Imagine, for a moment, a biorefinery as large as an oil refinery – competing on equivalent scales, gaining comparable economic and tax incentives […]

Read More

Improved biofuel catalysts from new nanosphere model

Improved biofuel catalysts from new nanosphere model

October 11, 2012 |

In Iowa, researchers at Iowa State and the DOE Ames Laboratory have published a new model of chemical activity within nanospheres. Nanospheres, tiny spheres of silica with a honeycomb of tunnels, or pores, throughout their structure and embedded with catalytic groups, were developed in the last decade as a solution to finding a reusable catalyst […]

Read More