Tag: Michigan

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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Michigan State researchers to explore use of power plant emissions for algae-based technologies

Michigan State researchers to explore use of power plant emissions for algae-based technologies

September 26, 2017 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project, funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, unites faculty from the MSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and the MSU Chemistry Department with […]

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Michigan State to lead US$10 million DOE research project aimed at boosting camelina yields

Michigan State to lead US$10 million DOE research project aimed at boosting camelina yields

September 20, 2017 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University will lead a $10 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to explore ways to boost camelina’s crop’s yield. Together, the scientists will generate metabolic models to predict how the plant is converting sucrose, the product of photosynthesis, which eventually produces oil. The team’s overall goal is to achieve up to […]

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SynSel Energy plans to begin construction on ethanol plants next year

SynSel Energy plans to begin construction on ethanol plants next year

August 9, 2017 |

In Michigan, SynSel Energy plans to begin construction of its $300 million advanced biofuels plant next year at the former Smurfit-Stone Container paper mill in Ontonagon in conjunction with Lost Bowl Development. The facility will be one of two set to begin construction next year with the aim of producing synthetic gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels […]

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MSU-DOE researchers find chloroplast role in seed oil production

MSU-DOE researchers find chloroplast role in seed oil production

July 18, 2017 |

In Michigan, researchers at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory have found that chloroplast not only is responsible for photosynthesis but also plays a role in seed oil production which could be manipulated to boost oil yields and therefore increase biofuel production efficiency. The process could boost yields as much as 10% but some bugs in […]

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