Tag: Minnesota

Minnesota moving ahead with B20 despite trucker concerns

Minnesota moving ahead with B20 despite trucker concerns

August 2, 2017 |

In Minnesota, the state has decided to move to B20 as planned on May 1, 2018 despite protests from Minnesota Trucking Association and other energy stakeholders who say lack of appropriate controls of diesel quality could lead to economic disruption. There are also concerns that there isn’t sufficient fueling infrastructure but the state’s Department of […]

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Boating Magazine reader survey shows more concerns about ethanol

Boating Magazine reader survey shows more concerns about ethanol

July 19, 2017 |

In Minnesota, a reader survey done in May by Boating Magazine shows that 92% of respondents seen ethanol-induced damage impacting their businesses, up from 87% in 2016 and 73% the year prior, however results have held steady for the past three years when it comes to how many repairs are a result of ethanol. Readers […]

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RFA chief calls Brazilian policy ridiculous and Chinese policy schizophrenic

RFA chief calls Brazilian policy ridiculous and Chinese policy schizophrenic

June 21, 2017 |

In Minnesota, the CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association told the Fuel Ethanol Workshop during a keynote speech that the proposed import tariff on ethanol into Brazil is ridiculous and destructive while China’s imposition of a tariff in January was schizophrenic. The two countries have been major import markets for US ethanol that must now […]

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University of Minnesota researchers patent process to produce biodiesel from scum

University of Minnesota researchers patent process to produce biodiesel from scum

June 13, 2017 |

In Minnesota, for University of Minnesota (UMN) researchers, scum is a word packed with profitable promise. Their patented process not only converts the scum to a higher value product (biodiesel) but also reduces environmental pollutants in both landfills and water systems. As a result, 68 percent of dried and filtered scum can be converted to […]

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Resynergi teams with University of Minnesota to develop biorefining technology

Resynergi teams with University of Minnesota to develop biorefining technology

June 12, 2017 |

In Minnesota, California waste recovery company Resynergi Inc. is drawing on University of Minnesota expertise and technology to develop and commercially manufacture a biorefining technology that converts both plastic and biomass into oil and gas. Resynergi is combining U of M Professor Roger Ruan’s microwave-based technology to convert biomass such as waste wood or crop […]

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Minnesota PhD student gets Fulbright grant to study pennycress in France

Minnesota PhD student gets Fulbright grant to study pennycress in France

May 30, 2017 |

In Minnesota, a PhD student researcher from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has won a Fulbright grant to study pennycress at the Plant Reproduction and Development laboratory at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. The plant is seen as a good potential feedstock for biofuel but its nectar is also attractive to pollinators […]

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Al-Corn expects $146 million expansion project to be ready three months early

Al-Corn expects $146 million expansion project to be ready three months early

May 15, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Al-Corn expects its $146 million expansion project to be ready three months early in April 2018. The expansion that began in mid-December will add 70 million gallons of production capacity including installation of ethanol holding tanks, a dryer, and a regenerative thermal oxidizer on top of Dried Distiller’s Grain silos and hammermill structure. […]

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NWF peer-reviewed study finds strong link between ethanol refineries and wildlife habitat conversion

NWF peer-reviewed study finds strong link between ethanol refineries and wildlife habitat conversion

March 21, 2017 |

In Minnesota, millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, according to a new peer-reviewed study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which found a strong link between the location of corn ethanol refineries and the conversion of wildlife habitat and other land types into crop production. In total, researchers […]

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Researchers find fungal cell organelle could help boost biofuel production

Researchers find fungal cell organelle could help boost biofuel production

March 21, 2017 |

In Minnesota, recent study revealed that an organelle within fungal cells called the endoplasmic reticulum acts as a cellular factory for synthesizing diverse natural products called sesquiterpenes in fungal cells. While some sesquiterpenes are toxins that contaminate cultivated grains and pose a health risk to humans, others are potential precursors to alternative fuels. Understanding how […]

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Enerkem moving forward with $200 million MSW-to-ethanol MN plant

Enerkem moving forward with $200 million MSW-to-ethanol MN plant

March 20, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Enerkem is moving forward with the $200 million MSW-to-ethanol plant first announced last May with plans to site it outside St. Paul in Dakota County. Together with local recycling company SKB Environmental, a formal presentation was made in February to the local city council but the companies have yet to submit a proposal […]

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