Tag: Minnesota

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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Study says ethanol contributed $1.98 billion to Minnesota’s GDP in 2016

Study says ethanol contributed $1.98 billion to Minnesota’s GDP in 2016

February 27, 2017 |

In Minnesota, the ethanol industry continued to boost Minnesota’s economy in 2016, contributing $1.98 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP). A new study released by ABF Economics, which was commissioned by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, said Minnesota’s ethanol industry produced 1.18 billion gallons of ethanol last year. This in turn generated $6.67 billion […]

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DOE researchers find brown rot fungi can help with wood biofuel production

DOE researchers find brown rot fungi can help with wood biofuel production

February 27, 2017 |

In Minnesota, a team of scientists from the University of Minnesota; the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Gyeongsangnam-do Agricultural Research and Extension Services, Republic of Korea; and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found evidence that brown rot fungi separate the oxidants and enzymes in time rather than in space. The team discovered […]

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