Tag: Minnesota

University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute produce coal replacement

University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute produce coal replacement

November 30, 2017 |

In Minnesota, after 10 years of research, the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute delivered solid results this fall. As in solid biofuels. By the ton. Starting at the bench scale in 2003 and fiddling with mixture after mixture, NRRI is now able to produce solid biofuels that perform at comparable energy values to […]

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University of Minnesota-Duluth develop “instant coal” from wood and agri waste

University of Minnesota-Duluth develop “instant coal” from wood and agri waste

November 8, 2017 |

In Minnesota, coal fueled the Industrial Revolution, but it took eons to form. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota-Duluth has introduced what might be called “instant coal”: an energy-dense biofuel made from wood and agricultural waste in the Natural Resources Research Institute’s (NRRI) Renewable Energy Lab. The new biofuel’s vital statistics […]

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U.S. Water wins $7.58 million judgment against Novozymes for patent infringement

U.S. Water wins $7.58 million judgment against Novozymes for patent infringement

October 24, 2017 |

In Minnesota, U.S. Water announced that last week a federal jury in the Western District of Wisconsin delivered a unanimous verdict in favor of U.S. Water in its lawsuit against Novozymes A/S and Novozymes North America, Inc. The jury found that Novozymes’s sale of Phytaflow® to its customers caused infringement of the U.S. Water patents […]

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Senator Al Franken working on energy piece for Farm Bill 2018

Senator Al Franken working on energy piece for Farm Bill 2018

October 12, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Senator Al Franken is developing an energy proposal as part of the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill seeking to ensure rural America transitions to biofuels and other renewable fuels by tweaking funding programs and linking them with things like biorefineries and fire prevention through use of forest waste. Despite, or because, the Trump administration […]

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Al Corn votes to convert from coop to LLC

Al Corn votes to convert from coop to LLC

September 26, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Al Corn’s cooperative members have voted to convert the company into an LLC, allowing it to grow its acreage to secure an extra 25 million or so bushels of corn without having to open up to new farmer members. The shift is part of the expansion program that will see the ethanol plant’s […]

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Cargill to invest $90 million in new Wichita biodiesel facility

Cargill to invest $90 million in new Wichita biodiesel facility

September 21, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Cargill announced plans to build a state-of-the-art $90 million biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas. Set to open January 2019, it will produce 60 million gallons of biodiesel annually. Opening the facility in Wichita will strengthen Cargill’s biodiesel operations in the heart of the Midwest where it already has biodiesel plants in Iowa Falls, […]

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Al Corn to commission expansion project early but may no longer be a coop by then

Al Corn to commission expansion project early but may no longer be a coop by then

September 11, 2017 |

In Minnesota, Al Corn has been impressed by the construction of its $146 million expansion to 120 million gallons of ethanol annually because not only is coming in on budget but it will also be commissioned at least three months early, in either March or April next year. But in the meantime, the question as […]

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EPA awards Al-Corn Clean Fuel with right to produce D6 RINs

EPA awards Al-Corn Clean Fuel with right to produce D6 RINs

August 22, 2017 |

In Minnesota, the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Al-Corn Clean Fuel with the efficient producer designation, allowing it to generate D6 RINs using a dry mill process at its Claremont facility. The designation is awarded when the lifecycle emissions analysis of the fuel produced demonstrates greenhouse gas emissions reductions to be 20% or higher. The […]

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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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