Tag: Michigan

University of Michigan researchers say diverse mix of algae species will reduce crop failure risk

University of Michigan researchers say diverse mix of algae species will reduce crop failure risk

January 9, 2017 |

In Michigan, when growing algae in outdoor ponds as a next-generation biofuel, a naturally diverse mix of species will help reduce the chance of crop failure, according to a federally funded study by University of Michigan researchers. Algae-derived biocrude oil is being studied as a potential renewable-energy alternative to fossil fuels. U-M ecologist Bradley Cardinale […]

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Michigan State University working with 4H to promote biofuels as part of STEM

Michigan State University working with 4H to promote biofuels as part of STEM

January 2, 2017 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University’s extension program is hosting several biofuel-related camps for youth during the coming summer break via 4H as part of a wider program to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The program has also developed hands on in-classroom science experiments teachers can perform with students to teach them about basic […]

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Michigan State researchers engineer “molecular Velcro” into cyanobacteria

Michigan State researchers engineer “molecular Velcro” into cyanobacteria

December 21, 2016 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University scientists have engineered “molecular Velcro” into cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research. The findings, featured in the current issue of ACS Synthetic Biology, show how MSU researchers have designed a surface display system to attach cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, to […]

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Export Exchange leads to 875,000 tons of DDGS sold amounting to about 8% of annual exports

Export Exchange leads to 875,000 tons of DDGS sold amounting to about 8% of annual exports

December 5, 2016 |

In Michigan, the Export Exchange conference hosted this fall by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is already paying dividends, according to new surveys of overseas grain buyers who attended – to the tune of nearly a half billion dollars’ worth of grain and ethanol co-product sales. Buyers and end-users were […]

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Heavy duty fleets using B5-B20 as common diesel alternatives

Heavy duty fleets using B5-B20 as common diesel alternatives

October 18, 2016 |

In Michigan, as the U.S. trucking industry faces new federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions, a University of Michigan team surveyed fleet managers to gauge their views on fuel usage, fuel economy and fuel-saving technologies. The survey results, released with the American Transportation Research Institute, include responses from nearly 100 heavy-duty fleet managers who operate more […]

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Michigan power plant passing hydrogen-chloride due to railroad tie feedstock

Michigan power plant passing hydrogen-chloride due to railroad tie feedstock

September 8, 2016 |

In Michigan, the Warden Power Plant in L’Anse has come under fire for using railroad ties as feedstock for power production because of the apparent high levels of hydrogen-chloride that is emitted from the facility. A number of other compliance issues need to be sorted out including feedstock storage, but members of the public and […]

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University of Michigan study says biofuel worse than fossil fuels while Growth Energy hits back

University of Michigan study says biofuel worse than fossil fuels while Growth Energy hits back

August 25, 2016 |

In Michigan, new study from University of Michigan researchers challenges the widely held assumption that biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel are inherently carbon neutral. Contrary to popular belief, the heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas emitted when biofuels are burned is not fully balanced by the CO2 uptake that occurs as the plants grow, according to […]

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Environmentalist privately funds anti-RFS campaign

Environmentalist privately funds anti-RFS campaign

August 22, 2016 |

In Michigan, a local environmentalist has launched the website www.rethinkethanol.com in an attempt to convince people that the Renewable Fuel Standard is a farce that must be ended. Having made his fortune partly by selling the family business that was the state’s go to point for heavy machinery such as Caterpillar, he is personally funding […]

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Former CEO of Michigan Biodiesel indicted over tax fraud scheme

Former CEO of Michigan Biodiesel indicted over tax fraud scheme

June 29, 2016 |

In Michigan, the former CEO of Michigan Biodiesel LLC was indicted with 14 counts tax fraud, bankruptcy fraud, false claims, false documents and other charges amounting as part of a scheme to defraud the federal government of $2 million in tax credits. The scheme dealt with trying to falsify the use of glycerin produced from […]

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center says nitrogen fertilizers with switchgrass could boost NOX emission

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center says nitrogen fertilizers with switchgrass could boost NOX emission

June 9, 2016 |

In Michigan, according to a new study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University, the use of nitrogen fertilizer on switchgrass crops can produce a sharp increase in emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas up to 300 times more harmful than carbon dioxide and a significant driver of global climate […]

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