Tag: Minnesota

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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Green Biologics delivers Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg first BioPure n-butanol shipment

Green Biologics delivers Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg first BioPure n-butanol shipment

February 15, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Green Biologics Inc. announced Feb. 14 an exclusive collaboration with Jungbunzlauer Ladenburg GmbH, the German operating unit of Jungbunzlauer Suisse AG in Basel, Switzerland. In February 2017, Jungbunzlauer received its first shipment of 100 percent renewable BioPure n-butanol from Green Biologics’ production facility in Little Falls, Minnesota. Jungbunzlauer aims to produce biobased Citrofol BI (tributyl citrate) […]

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University of Minnesota researchers develop bio-based tires

University of Minnesota researchers develop bio-based tires

February 15, 2017 |

In Minnesota, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found right in our backyards. The car tires produced from biomass that includes trees and grasses […]

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Syngenta donates $340,000 to Prime the Pump Fund

Syngenta donates $340,000 to Prime the Pump Fund

February 2, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Syngenta recently announced a donation of $340,000 to the Prime the Pump Fund to help make higher ethanol blends more widely available and help grow demand for American ethanol. Prime the Pump is an ethanol industry initiative created to help the early retail adopters of high-level ethanol blends by awarding grants to reduce […]

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Easy Energy Systems developing on-farm biorefineries

Easy Energy Systems developing on-farm biorefineries

January 30, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Easy Energy Systems is working with farmers to develop and install small-scale on-farm biorefineries with the capacity to produce ethanol, n-butanol, and with the help of Iowa State University, soon cellulosic n-butanol will also be available. Byproducts come along with the systems as well. The company’s engineers are working with 47 different feedstocks […]

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Bushmills Ethanol looks to boost production capacity to 100 million gallons

Bushmills Ethanol looks to boost production capacity to 100 million gallons

January 9, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Bushmills Ethanol plans to expand ethanol production by more than 50% to 100 million gallons per year from the current 65 million gallons. As a result, corn consumption will rise to 38.5 million bushels from 25 million bushels now. Four new 730,000 gallons fermenters along with more storage will accompany the expansion. A […]

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