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ASTM approves new 100 octane standard that could boost ethanol blending

ASTM approves new 100 octane standard that could boost ethanol blending

March 16, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, a new ASTM International standard that supports 100 octane fuel could help drive innovation in the auto industry as cars with higher-performance engines are introduced into the global marketplace. This new standard responds to a years-long effort by engine manufacturers and others to create a broadly accepted specification for this higher-octane fuel which […]

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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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Pennsylvania seeks farmers to trial industrial hemp

Pennsylvania seeks farmers to trial industrial hemp

December 6, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, the state’s department of agriculture has opened up an application period through Jan. 6 for farmers interested in farming industrial hemp. Only 30 growers will be approved, individuals or research institutions, on a maximum of five acres. Some are concerned that the costs to participate are too high and will keep would-be farmers […]

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Interstate Chemical to build $60 million sodium methylate plant in Ohio

Interstate Chemical to build $60 million sodium methylate plant in Ohio

November 8, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, Interstate Chemical has decided to build its $60 million sodium methylate production facility in Ohio rather than in Erie, PA has originally expected. Though the company supplies nearby Hero BX with the catalyst for biodiesel production, as much as 10 trucks per week, the decision was made to locate the facility closer to […]

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CO2 producers to co-locate facility next to Pennsylvania ethanol plant

CO2 producers to co-locate facility next to Pennsylvania ethanol plant

September 29, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, Continental Carbonic Products is setting up a manufacturing facility for production of industrial CO2 and dry ice, using the CO2 produced from the PGP ethanol plant in Clearfield. Construction should begin this summer so that the plant is online by summer 2017. The community hopes that setting up the CO2 plant will attract […]

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Ethanol becomes key point in Pennsylvania Senate race

Ethanol becomes key point in Pennsylvania Senate race

September 13, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, corn ethanol has become a hot debate point between the Republican incumbent and Democratic challenger for a contentious Senate race. Both have tried to paint the other as being in favor of big corporations to the detriment of the middle class. Ethanol has become a big sticking point as Philadelphia Energy Solutions looks […]

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Philadelphia Energy blaming RIN prices for internal budget cuts

Philadelphia Energy blaming RIN prices for internal budget cuts

September 8, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, the East Coast’s largest oil refiner, Philadelphia Energy, is pointing the finger at RIN prices for having to cut back on costs that will see healthcare and pension costs for employees cut as well as buyouts of salaried employees and reduce capital investments. The company expects its RIN compliance costs to be around […]

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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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Hillary Clinton’s energy advisor takes a pass on RFS reform questions

Hillary Clinton’s energy advisor takes a pass on RFS reform questions

July 27, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton’s energy advisor has chosen to stay mum about potential reforms to the RFS following comments by President Barack Obama’s former energy advisor that the blending mandate could use some adjustments. Though the advisor cautioned against “throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” she said that some modifications could be made to […]

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