Tag: Iowa

Elite Octane in negotiations for incentives to build 120 gallon ethanol plant in Iowa

Elite Octane in negotiations for incentives to build 120 gallon ethanol plant in Iowa

December 1, 2016 |

In Iowa, Elite Octane is negotiating with Cass County on an incentives package to develop a new 120 million gallon ethanol plant with several proposals going back and forth predominantly dealing with tax rebates during the first 10 years of the plant’s life. The state’s economic development agency already has secured a $4.25 million sales […]

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Iowa State researchers say new bioplastic materials may help plants “self-fertilize”

Iowa State researchers say new bioplastic materials may help plants “self-fertilize”

November 22, 2016 |

In Iowa, new bioplastic materials may enable gardeners to tend their plants more sustainably and could even help plants “self-fertilize” and grow healthier roots, according to research conducted by Iowa State University horticulturists. A five-year study looked at numerous options for bioplastic derived from sources such as polylactic acid and the more biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoates. They […]

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REG to invest $24 million to expand Ralston production capacity to 30 million gallons

REG to invest $24 million to expand Ralston production capacity to 30 million gallons

November 2, 2016 |

In Iowa, REG announced plans for its first biorefinery capacity expansion, a $24 million investment to increase REG Ralston’s annual nameplate production capacity to 30 million gallons. The company will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the project on Tuesday, November 8 with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the featured speaker. The REG Ralston expansion announcement […]

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Ames Laboratory looking at makeup of plant cell walls to improve bioenergy production

Ames Laboratory looking at makeup of plant cell walls to improve bioenergy production

October 19, 2016 |

In Iowa, a team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory will be developing new instrumentation aimed at determining the chemical and structural makeup of plant cell walls to better understand how to convert plant material into bio-energy. The group, led by principal investigator and Ames Laboratory scientist Emily Smith, is receiving […]

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Iowan city rejects Kwik Trip’s plan to build blending facility

Iowan city rejects Kwik Trip’s plan to build blending facility

October 12, 2016 |

In Iowa, Waterloo City Council has rejected Kwik Trip’s application to build a biodiesel and ethanol blending facility in a 6-1 vote. The plan was for four 30,000 tanks to start with that would eventually grow to 10 tanks, allowing trucks to deliver fuel components and take blended fuel out to supply the regional market, […]

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Iowa State’s joint research project with Chevron developing solvent liquefaction

Iowa State’s joint research project with Chevron developing solvent liquefaction

September 26, 2016 |

In Iowa, the latest pilot plant at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm is a joint project with Chevron U.S.A. University engineers are using the pilot plant to develop and demonstrate an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The technology converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels […]

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REG passes 50 million gallons per month of biomass-based diesel in August

REG passes 50 million gallons per month of biomass-based diesel in August

September 13, 2016 |

In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group announced that the company sold more than 50 million gallons of biomass-based diesel during the month of August 2016. The sales volume created a new milestone for REG and was a first in the company’s history. The biomass-based diesel sold by REG in August is estimated to have displaced greenhouse […]

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IRFA announces 19 Champions of Renewable Fuels

IRFA announces 19 Champions of Renewable Fuels

September 7, 2016 |

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) PAC announced 19 state legislators have been designated as “Champions of Renewable Fuels.” The IRFA PAC Board awarded state legislators seeking reelection who maintained a clear voting record supporting renewable fuels and displayed leadership for renewable fuels in the Iowa Legislature. This is the fourth election cycle […]

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Project developers still $15 million short for proposed Iowa 150 million gallon ethanol plant

Project developers still $15 million short for proposed Iowa 150 million gallon ethanol plant

August 24, 2016 |

In Iowa, developers of the proposed Farmers Energy Cardinal ethanol plant in Atlantic is still $15 million short of being able to begin construction on the 150 million gallon facility to be designed and built by Fagen. The facility’s site has been purchased and initial groundwork is being completed while plans are awaiting approval by […]

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Lightning hits Nevada stover for a second time but the show goes on

Lightning hits Nevada stover for a second time but the show goes on

August 18, 2016 |

In Iowa, a second lightning strike has hit the stover storage piles at DuPont’s Nevada cellulosic ethanol plant, this time impacting about 10,000 tons of feedstock. The fire earlier this month destroyed at least 10,000 bales of stover as well. Despite the summer storms wreaking havoc on outside storage, the company says the damage is […]

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