Tag: Iowa

Ames Lab researchers demonstrate magnetic fields of bacterial cells and magnetic nano-objects

Ames Lab researchers demonstrate magnetic fields of bacterial cells and magnetic nano-objects

January 4, 2018 |

In Iowa, a research team led by a scientist from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has demonstrated for the first time that the magnetic fields of bacterial cells and magnetic nano-objects in liquid can be studied at high resolution using electron microscopy. This proof-of-principle capability allows first-hand observation of liquid environment phenomena, and […]

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DowDuPont ethanol plant’s demise may be linked to RIN policy

DowDuPont ethanol plant’s demise may be linked to RIN policy

November 21, 2017 |

In Iowa, there is speculation that a key reason for the failure of DowDuPont’s Nevada cellulosic ethanol plant is that significantly cheaper to produce methane mined from landfills counts for the same RINs as cellulosic ethanol, significantly reducing the demand for the ethanol that would be produced at the 2G plant or the willingness of […]

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US ethanol exports not enough to compensate for excess production

US ethanol exports not enough to compensate for excess production

November 14, 2017 |

In Iowa, despite increased ethanol exports of 120,000 b/d of exports and 920,000 b/d in blender inputs, ethanol stocks are expected to continue building due to average production of between 1.060 million-1.080 million b/d. Between five and 13 cargoes to China are said to have been booked but there has been no confirmation. That said, […]

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DowDuPont mothballs Nevada cellulosic ethanol plant as it looks for buyer

DowDuPont mothballs Nevada cellulosic ethanol plant as it looks for buyer

November 2, 2017 |

In Iowa, DowDuPont announced it is mothballing its cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada as it searches for a strategic buyer to take the business over. Until then, it will run on a skeleton staff of 90 people. The company says it wants to reposition its role in the cellulosic biofuels industry, focusing on supplying enzymes […]

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Golden Grain Energy suing ICM for more than $750,000 in damages

Golden Grain Energy suing ICM for more than $750,000 in damages

October 30, 2017 |

In Iowa, Golden Grain Energy is suing ICM for more than $750,000 in losses following the collapse of 30,000-gallon water tank in October 2015. The company and its insurer are suing ICM and Glass King for negligence in federal court, including failure to comply with statutes, ordinances, regulations and industry standards, also claiming the two […]

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REG’s $28 million Ralston expansion seen ready for December

REG’s $28 million Ralston expansion seen ready for December

October 12, 2017 |

In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group’s $28 million expansion at its Ralston soy oil-based biodiesel plant, more than doubling the plant’s production to 30 million gallons per year, is progressing at pace with commissioning expected as soon as December. The facility is co-located at a soy processing plant owned by Landus who recently expanded their crushing […]

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Senator Chuck Grassley stands up for RFS at biodiesel event

Senator Chuck Grassley stands up for RFS at biodiesel event

October 11, 2017 |

In Iowa, two weeks after calling EPA’s notice announcing potential cuts to biodiesel volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard a ‘bait-and-switch’ tactic, Senator Chuck Grassley spoke directly Tuesday with those the proposal would harm.  At Renewable Energy Group’s Newton, Iowa biorefinery, the message from Grassley and the industry was clear—the President should keep his promise […]

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Ames Lab researchers working to deconstruct lignin commercially

Ames Lab researchers working to deconstruct lignin commercially

October 9, 2017 |

In Iowa, researchers at Ames Laboratory are working to reach the goal of deconstructing lignin commercially, experimenting with chemical reactions that decompose lignin models at low temperatures and pressures. There are already known ways of salvaging useful byproducts out of lignin through the addition of a stabilization process. But they took both the decomposition and […]

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Study says corn stover and crop residues are billion-dollar opportunity for ag states

Study says corn stover and crop residues are billion-dollar opportunity for ag states

September 24, 2017 |

In Iowa, new economic reports show that producing biomass fuel pellets from crop residues like corn stalks can provide a billion-dollar development opportunity for agricultural states. Iowa-based Regional Strategic, Ltd. examined the economic impact of collecting, processing, and delivering corn stover byproducts of ethanol – the stalks, stems, and leaves of corn plants – to […]

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Anti-dumping duties on Argentina aren’t the jump start the US industry needs

Anti-dumping duties on Argentina aren’t the jump start the US industry needs

September 18, 2017 |

In Iowa, biodiesel plants aren’t likely to invest in further production despite the anti-dumping tariffs lobbed on Argentina because without the $1 blending credit, they’re still not as competitive due to logistics costs. The tariff, in essence, just boosted the cost of feedstock thanks to a lack of foreign competition and will instead lead to […]

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