Tag: University of Illinois

University of Illinois researchers develop way of using glycerol to reduce energy consumption of waste-based biofuel production

University of Illinois researchers develop way of using glycerol to reduce energy consumption of waste-based biofuel production

April 24, 2019 |

In Illinois, University of Illinois chemical engineers have assessed the technical and economic feasibility of a new electrolysis technology that uses a cheap biofuel byproduct to reduce the energy consumption of the waste-to-value process by 53 percent. The new findings are published in the journal Nature Energy. The new study proposes glycerol—an organic byproduct of […]

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gets $5 million grant to model crops

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gets $5 million grant to model crops

March 20, 2019 |

In Illinois, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Crops in silico (Cis) project has received a $5 million grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to continue building a computational platform that integrates multiple models to study a whole plant virtually. Developing crops using traditional methods is research, labor and cost intensive. However, Cisallows researchers […]

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University of Illinois researchers look at how to grow Miscanthus in cold climes

University of Illinois researchers look at how to grow Miscanthus in cold climes

January 31, 2019 |

In Illinois, for farmers, Miscanthus represents a big up-front investment. The large perennial grass must be established from vegetative pieces at great cost to farmers, but it promises a decade or more of massive biomass yields, starting in year two or three. If a cold winter happens to strike in the first year, however, all […]

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Quest fulfilled? Holy Grail found? 40% crop yield increase really possible?

Quest fulfilled? Holy Grail found? 40% crop yield increase really possible?

January 19, 2019 |

Regardless of your age, you’ve probably heard of the search for the Holy Grail, or at the very least watched Monty Python’s movie, “Holy Grail.” And while everyone is probably searching for their own holy grail, scientists in Illinois may have just gotten incredibly close to finding the treasure that any crop producer has been […]

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Australian vine can boost soybean yield

Australian vine can boost soybean yield

April 7, 2018 |

In Illinois, a new study from the University of Illinois shows that the unobtrusive perennial vine native to Australia, called Glycine tomentella, could hold the key to substantially increase soybean yields. “We saw yield increases of 3.5 to 7 bushels per acre in soybean lines derived from crossing with Glycine tomentella,” said Randall Nelson, study […]

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University of Illinois researchers determine feed value for wheat co-products

University of Illinois researchers determine feed value for wheat co-products

April 3, 2018 |

In Illinois, with feed costs and the worldwide demand for meat growing, livestock producers are increasingly turning to co-products from the ethanol and human food industries. Research from the University of Illinois is helping to determine the feed value of wheat middlings and red dog, two co-products of the wheat milling process that can be […]

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University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researchers look to reduce phosphorus from corn byproducts

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researchers look to reduce phosphorus from corn byproducts

March 26, 2018 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign are using adding calcium to different corn byproducts and tweaking the solution’s pH in an effort to precipitate organic and inorganic phosphorus compounds in minutes. Doing so would not only create potential additional value using the phosphorus as fertilizer or as supplements for animal feed but […]

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Study says fixing RFS is getting easier and easier

Study says fixing RFS is getting easier and easier

February 17, 2018 |

In Illinois, a new study from the University of Illinois analyzes why the gap between the ethanol blend wall and the conventional ethanol mandate is so important to understanding the movement of ethanol RINs prices, how the gap is rapidly shrinking, and what this means for the future ethanol RINs price levels. The report said […]

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New study shows producers where and how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

New study shows producers where and how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

February 11, 2018 |

In Illinois, a multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country. The project, backed by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Sun Grant Initiative, began in 2008 and includes researchers from 26 institutions. Together, they evaluated the bioenergy potential of switchgrass, Miscanthus, […]

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Engineered sugarcane, lipidcane, shows promise for U.S. biojet fuel

Engineered sugarcane, lipidcane, shows promise for U.S. biojet fuel

December 31, 2017 |

In Illinois, researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are engineering sugarcane plants, called lipidcane, to produce more oil as well as sugar. Growing lipidcane containing 20 percent oil would be five times more profitable per acre than soybeans, the main feedstock currently used to make biodiesel in the United States, and twice as profitable […]

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