Tag: Tennessee

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors to use Prisma Renewable Composites’ lignin-based material

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors to use Prisma Renewable Composites’ lignin-based material

May 28, 2019 |

In Tennessee, Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) and Prisma Renewable Composites announced that the companies have entered into an agreement giving YFAI exclusive use of Prisma’s lignin-based material in the development of automotive interiors. Prisma’s BioLAN TM material is produced using lignin, a natural byproduct of the pulp and paper making process. Lignin is essentially the […]

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Genera Energy wins statewide conservation award

Genera Energy wins statewide conservation award

May 15, 2019 |

In Tennessee, Tennessee Wildlife Federation, one of the largest and oldest nonprofits dedicated to the conservation of Tennessee’s wildlife and natural resources, recently hosted its 54th Annual Conservation Achievement Awards. Vonore-based Genera Energy Inc. was the statewide honoree for Conservation by Business. Genera is an agriculturally-focused company that partners with regional farmers to produce agricultural […]

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ORNL researchers create renewable 3D printing feedstock from lignin

ORNL researchers create renewable 3D printing feedstock from lignin

January 1, 2019 |

In Tennessee, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a recipe for a renewable 3D printing feedstock that could spur a profitable new use for an intractable biorefinery byproduct: lignin. The discovery, detailed in Science Advances, expands ORNL’s achievements in lowering the cost of bioproducts by creating novel uses for lignin—the […]

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ORNL researchers make progress on breaking down biomass using supercomputers

ORNL researchers make progress on breaking down biomass using supercomputers

December 26, 2018 |

In Tennessee, a team from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has made several fundamental discoveries related to the challenges associated with breaking down biomass using supercomputers. In a recent paper published in Nature Reviews Chemistry, ORNL researchers summarize key concepts derived from a decade of molecular-level simulations of biomass […]

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Harvestone Group takes over marketing of ethanol from four producers

Harvestone Group takes over marketing of ethanol from four producers

December 6, 2018 |

In Tennessee, Harvestone Group LLC announced the commencement of its first four ethanol production facilities making the transition to its marketing, logistics and trading platform. Iroquois Bio-Energy, Siouxland Energy, Red River Energy and Quad County Corn Processors combine for over 210 million gallons of annualized ethanol production. These facilities will be exclusively marketed through the […]

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Proton Power pays $143,336 in back wages to 82 employees after violations found

Proton Power pays $143,336 in back wages to 82 employees after violations found

July 26, 2018 |

In Tennessee, the US Department of Labor states that Proton Power Inc. has paid $143,336 in back wages to 82 employees after an investigation by the Departments’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) found that the company “failed to pay employees at least the minimum wage and overtime rates at time-and-one-half for hours worked over 40 in […]

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ORNL researchers using neutrons to understand hydrocarbon production in blue-green algae

ORNL researchers using neutrons to understand hydrocarbon production in blue-green algae

July 9, 2018 |

In Tennessee, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using neutrons to understand why certain hydrocarbons produced by blue-green algae are important to their biology, so new strains can be engineered to sustainably produce biofuels. Neutron scattering makes it possible to non-destructively see inside living algae at real world temperatures and in real time. Researchers […]

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ORNL uses plant-based materials for 3D printing

ORNL uses plant-based materials for 3D printing

July 2, 2018 |

In Tennessee, a scalable processing technique developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory uses plant-based materials for 3D printing and offers a promising additional revenue stream for biorefineries. Scientists created a new material with excellent printability and performance by tapping into lignin—a key component of plant cell walls that provides sturdiness. The method combines lignin, rubber, […]

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ORNL researchers find additional biofuel and bioproduct uses for enzymes

ORNL researchers find additional biofuel and bioproduct uses for enzymes

June 18, 2018 |

In Tennessee, for decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential to human diets. But for Oak Ridge National Lab researchers, this enzyme does more than advertised. They had run a series of experiments on poplar plants that consistently revealed […]

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Eco-Energy extends marketing contract with Pinal Energy for three more years

Eco-Energy extends marketing contract with Pinal Energy for three more years

April 30, 2018 |

In Tennessee, Eco-Energy announced a three-year contractual extension with Pinal Energy – a 55 million gal/yr plant in Arizona. Eco-Energy has been Pinal Energy’s ethanol marketer since 2014. “At Eco, our core focus is on our Alliance plant partners and value creation for each one. We are excited that Pinal Energy has chosen us as […]

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