Tag: Michigan

Researchers find different strategies for boosting cellulosic ethanol production

Researchers find different strategies for boosting cellulosic ethanol production

November 12, 2018 |

In Michigan, scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center investigated how five different feedstocks affected process and field-scale ethanol yields. Two annual crops (corn stover and energy sorghum) and three perennial crops (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie) were pretreated using ammonia fiber expansion, hydrolyzed, and fermented separately using yeast or bacteria. They found that […]

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Sylvatex and Trucent scaled up and blended MicroX renewable blendstock

Sylvatex and Trucent scaled up and blended MicroX renewable blendstock

October 18, 2018 |

In Michigan, Sylvatex Inc. and Trucent recently announced successful scale up and blending of MicroX renewable blendstock from an optimized distillers corn oil (DCO) to free fatty acid (FFA) hydrolysis process. The scale up followed completion of development, construction and operation of a pilot system that was undertaken as part of the joint development agreement […]

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University of Michigan researchers lead $2 million DOE algae project

University of Michigan researchers lead $2 million DOE algae project

October 4, 2018 |

In Michigan, with $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, University of Michigan researchers aim to make the long-touted promise of algae as a biofuel source for diesel engines into a reality. Their goal: create biofuels that work with existing diesel engines and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent, compared with normal diesel […]

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MSU researchers harness algae and fungi to create new biofuel system

MSU researchers harness algae and fungi to create new biofuel system

September 26, 2018 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University scientists found a solution using two species of marine algae and soil fungi to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge. The new proof of concept is a biofuel production platform that lowers cultivation and harvesting costs and increases productivity. The species of alga, Nannochloropsis oceanica, […]

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University of Notre Dame teams with African countries to support Ugandan algae and other renewables

University of Notre Dame teams with African countries to support Ugandan algae and other renewables

September 13, 2018 |

In Michigan, University of Notre Dame with counterparts in Uganda, Rwanda and Nigeria are working to bridge the gap through a program called Energy E3 — Empowering Nations to Power Their Nation, with plans underway for an inaugural energy innovation center in Uganda. Energy E3 enables education, engineering design and entrepreneurship by teaching local technicians and engineers […]

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Michigan State researchers boost biofuel production from algae and fungus

Michigan State researchers boost biofuel production from algae and fungus

September 13, 2018 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University scientists have found a solution to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge. The new proof of concept, published in Biotechnology for Biofuels, is a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It lowers cultivation and harvesting costs and increases productivity, […]

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Biofuels and oil industry go head-to-head at EPA’s RFS hearing

Biofuels and oil industry go head-to-head at EPA’s RFS hearing

July 18, 2018 |

In Michigan, the biofuels and oil industries went head-to-head at the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard proposed blending volumes for 2019 and 2020. The American Petroleum Institute said until Congress fixes the broken Renewable Fuel Standard, the Environmental Protection Agency must protect consumers from higher ethanol blended fuels that threaten […]

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University of Michigan researchers find diverse algae species mix boosts oil yield and stability

University of Michigan researchers find diverse algae species mix boosts oil yield and stability

June 21, 2018 |

In Michigan, a diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders, according to the findings of a federally funded outdoor study by University of Michigan researchers. U-M scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds at […]

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SynSel Energy secures financing for $300 million Michigan biorefinery

SynSel Energy secures financing for $300 million Michigan biorefinery

May 28, 2018 |

In Michigan, SynSel Energy, developers of the proposed $300 million biorefinery in Ontonagon, say they have finalized financing for the project at the at the site of the former Smurfit-Stone paper and are ready to move forward with construction but declined to name the project’s investors. The facility will produce cellulosic ethanol from wood pulp […]

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SynSel Energy secures funds for $300 million 2G ethanol plant

SynSel Energy secures funds for $300 million 2G ethanol plant

April 12, 2018 |

In Michigan, Illinois-based SynSel Energy has secured the funds required to start construction on the planned $300 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Ontonagon at a former Smurfit-Stone Paper mill. Site work and utility work is expected to take place while engineering is finalized over the next 14 months. Last year, project developers announced SynSel’s biorefineries […]

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