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Iowa State University to host seminar on Colombian biofuels policy

Iowa State University to host seminar on Colombian biofuels policy

September 28, 2015 |

In Iowa, Cochran Fellows will discuss Colombian biofuels policy, the Biofuels National Program, 1G ethanol production results, and 2G ethanol challenges at Iowa State University on Sept. 30. Carlos Grateron is a chemist from the Industrial University of Santander, and received a Master’s degree in Engineering from the Libre University in Colombia. He completed graduate […]

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ISU study says ILUC models not showing the real picture

ISU study says ILUC models not showing the real picture

November 18, 2014 |

In Washington, comprehensive analysis of real-world land use data recently released by Iowa State University raises serious doubts and concerns about the reliability and accuracy of economic models used by regulatory agencies to penalize ethanol for purported “indirect land use changes,” or ILUC. The new report found that farmers around the world have responded to […]

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ISU economists say E85 bottleneck and price parity inhibiting uptake

ISU economists say E85 bottleneck and price parity inhibiting uptake

November 7, 2013 |

In Iowa, A new paper by Iowa State University economists Bruce A. Babcock and Sebastien Pouliot identifies a bottleneck of too few fuel stations that offer the ethanol blend E85 along with price incongruity as two major factors that reduce the ability of E85 to help meet expanded Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) ethanol mandates. The […]

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NSF adds three years, $12 million to ISU-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

NSF adds three years, $12 million to ISU-based Center for Biorenewable Chemicals

September 28, 2012 |

In Iowa, the National Science Foundation is adding three years and $12 million in added funding for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals, based at Iowa State University. That brings the total federal investment in the center through the NSF’s Engineering Research Center program up to $30.5 million over eight years. The center […]

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ISU team deconstructs the crystalline structure of cellulose

ISU team deconstructs the crystalline structure of cellulose

March 5, 2012 |

In Iowa, Iowa State researchers are studying methods for breaking down the crystalline structure of cellulose in plants to ease the process of breaking down cellulose into sugar. Their research, which was funded by the DOE and the National Science Foundation, has recently been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Huge acceleration in algae growth rate: new R&D

Huge acceleration in algae growth rate: new R&D

November 22, 2011 |

In Iowa, researchers at  Iowa State University have developed a method to increase the rate of biomass production in algae by 50 to 80 percent. The breakthrough comes from expressing certain genes in algae that increase the amount of photosynthesis in the plant, which leads to more biomass. In environments that have relatively low levels […]

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Fast pyrolysis: lowest-cost route to biofuels, renewable chemicals?

Fast pyrolysis: lowest-cost route to biofuels, renewable chemicals?

October 3, 2011 |

In Iowa, Iowa State University’s Robert C. Brown and a team of researchers said that pyrolytic molasses, made via  fast pyrolysis of feedstocks such as such as corn stalks or wood chips, has the potential to be the cheapest way to produce biofuels or biorenewable chemicals. At tcbiomass2011, the International Conference on Thermochemical Conversion Science […]

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USDA awards $136M for advanced biofuels

USDA awards $136M for advanced biofuels

September 28, 2011 |

Five university-led consortia receive $15M-$40M grants for diesel, gasoline and renewable jet fuels. In Washington State, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced five major agricultural research projects today aimed at developing regional, renewable energy markets, generating rural jobs, and decreasing America’s dependence on foreign oil. Altogether, the five-year program will deliver more than $136 million […]

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The Micro Posse: Bacteria seeking fermentable sugars in bio-oil

The Micro Posse: Bacteria seeking fermentable sugars in bio-oil

June 24, 2011 |

In Iowa, Iowa State’s Hybrid Processing Laboratory is working on using both biochemical and thermochemical processes to find new and better pathways for biochemicals and biofuels. Noting that fermentation normally occurs well below the boiling point of water, while thermochemical processes are usually hundreds of degrees hotter, Professor Robert C. Brown states, “In fact, these […]

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ISU launches IBOS biorefinery ops simulator

ISU launches IBOS biorefinery ops simulator

[ 0 ] May 4, 2011 |

In Iowa, students at Iowa State University have developed I-BOS (the Interactive Biorefinery Operations Simulator), a virtual biorefinery control room that can help students and workers learn to operate ethanol and biodiesel plants. They’re calling it Nintendo for biofuel nerds that works much like a flight simulator for pilots.

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