Tag: Penn State

HERO BX invests $1M in Penn State biofuels lab

HERO BX invests $1M in Penn State biofuels lab

May 6, 2018 |

In Pennsylvania, a $1 million investment by HERO BX, an Erie-based biodiesel company, will create research opportunities for students and faculty members in the School of Science at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. Much of the work will be conducted in a new, 1,500-square-foot chemistry lab the company developed in the Advanced Manufacturing and […]

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Penn State to boost industrial hemp acreage 100-fold next year

Penn State to boost industrial hemp acreage 100-fold next year

December 12, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, WESA-FM reports that industrial hemp acres could increase by 100-fold to 5,000 acres next year from just 50 acres this year as research at Penn State looks to continues to scale up, looking at uses included biofuels and cooking oil. Research has so far shown promising results when farmers plant it after harvesting […]

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Penn State researchers develop new way to produce ethanol from potato waste

Penn State researchers develop new way to produce ethanol from potato waste

September 11, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, with more than two-dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently convert potato waste into ethanol. This process may lead to reduced production costs for biofuel in the future and add extra value […]

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New approach for potato waste to ethanol conversion

New approach for potato waste to ethanol conversion

August 20, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers from Penn State found a more efficient and less expensive way to convert potato waste into ethanol, which is good news for the more than 20 potato chip manufacturing companies located in the region. By adding a bioreactor of mold and yeast while breaking down potato peels and residuals from complex carbohydrates […]

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Penn State researchers find hope in strip mining reclamation through switchgrass

Penn State researchers find hope in strip mining reclamation through switchgrass

May 25, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, Penn State researchers are looking at how switchgrass might be successfully grown on former strip mining lands, of which there are many in the state, to help begin bringing life back and providing value from biofuel or ethanol at the same time. After reviewing test results and his colleagues’ recommendations, the lead connected […]

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Penn State researcher scores $1.2 million DOE award to work on fuels for next gen engines

Penn State researcher scores $1.2 million DOE award to work on fuels for next gen engines

March 14, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, Penn State Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Yuan Xuan and researchers at Yale University will work together to identify clean-burning biofuels for next-generation internal combustion engines thanks to a $1.2 million award from the Energy Department’s Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative (Co-Optima). The project is part of Co-Optima’s ground-breaking research in powertrain technology […]

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Penn State professor supporting croton data collection in Kenya

Penn State professor supporting croton data collection in Kenya

February 21, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, a Penn State professor was hired by World Agroforestry Centre to help a small company, Eco Fuels Kenya, or EFK, to survey subsistence farmers in five counties and dozens of villages in Kenya about their willingness to grow croton trees. He asked them such things as how many trees they have, whether they […]

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New law to allow Penn State to research hemp growing and applications

New law to allow Penn State to research hemp growing and applications

July 27, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law on July 20 allowing the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and institutions of higher education to grow hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) for research purposes. Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is working with the state department of agriculture to develop the policies, procedures and applications needed to facilitate […]

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Penn State harvests willow shrubs for biomaterials research

Penn State harvests willow shrubs for biomaterials research

March 9, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, the first harvest of 34 acres of fast-growing shrub willow from a Penn State demonstration field this winter is a milestone in developing a sustainable biomass supply for renewable energy and bio-based economic development, according to researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. The shrub willow plantation is part of a broader […]

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Penn State researchers look at breaking down the cell wall by looking at how they grow

Penn State researchers look at breaking down the cell wall by looking at how they grow

June 10, 2015 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers at the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation headquartered at Penn State are working to break down the cell wall in plants for bioenergy by looking it how cell walls are made in the first place. The idea is that understanding how cell walls are made will make it easier for them to […]

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