Tag: wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers say clearing grassland for biofuels bad

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers say clearing grassland for biofuels bad

April 2, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers show in a study that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands. The […]

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Wisconsin ethanol exports increase 18% as Canadian demand increases

Wisconsin ethanol exports increase 18% as Canadian demand increases

February 16, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, ethanol exports have increased 18% according to numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Trade, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. The increases have totaled an export value of over $250 million dollars and have driven Wisconsin’s export totals to an all time high. Exports to Canada, the top buyer of Wisconsin agricultural products, jumped 14 […]

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center files for 100th patent

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center files for 100th patent

January 26, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), one of the Department of Energy’s three bioenergy research centers, has celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application. Since 2011, GLBRC has reported inventions at a rate that exceeds expectations for a university entity of its size and funding level by 50 percent. Reflective of […]

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Hydro-Thermal to commercialize technology to improve ethanol production

Hydro-Thermal to commercialize technology to improve ethanol production

January 14, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, Hydro-Thermal will begin commercializing its slurry tank heating technology that prevents damage to the tank by using a recirculation loop that is heated by a JetCooker, a major improvement over traditional steam sparging rings that heat the tanks and lead to damage. The company piloted the technology in 2014.

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Wisconsin congressman puts forward bill requiring additional testing for E15

Wisconsin congressman puts forward bill requiring additional testing for E15

January 12, 2015 |

In Washington, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) once again introduced legislation – H.R. 21 – that would hinder the growth and expansion of E15. The legislation would revoke current approval of E15 and require additional testing of the higher-level fuel blend. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, released the following statement: “The […]

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United Ethanol to pay $98,000 to settle case

United Ethanol to pay $98,000 to settle case

January 7, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, United Ethanol has settled out of court regarding the death of a 27-year-old employee who was killed in 2013 after suffocating in a corn silo while trying to unclog the bottom of a large silo. The company has agreed to pay $98,000 along with implementing several new safety measures.

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Didion Ethanol in Wisconsin catches fire

Didion Ethanol in Wisconsin catches fire

December 29, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, the Didion Ethanol in Cambria caught fire late Saturday night with no reports yet of injuries, what started the fire or damage.

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Virent signs to provide renewable PET to PTC group, including Coca-Cola, Ford, Heinz

Virent signs to provide renewable PET to PTC group, including Coca-Cola, Ford, Heinz

November 3, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, Virent and the PlantPET Technology Collaborative (PTC) have signed an Expression of Interest that provides individual members of the PTC an option on preferred access to Virent’s 100% plant-based BioFormPX paraxylene (PX) to be produced at the company’s first industrial manufacturing facility. The plant-based PX, when combined with existing PET technology, allows manufacturers […]

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University of Wisconsin researchers look at biomass for fuel and bird habitat

University of Wisconsin researchers look at biomass for fuel and bird habitat

October 16, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) examined whether corn and perennial grassland fields in southern Wisconsin could provide both biomass for bioenergy production and bountiful bird habitat. The research team found that where there are grasslands, there are birds. Grass-and-wildflower-dominated fields supported more than three times […]

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University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher uses cow gut bacteria for biofuels

University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher uses cow gut bacteria for biofuels

September 24, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, a researcher with the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative, is exploring the workings of the ruminant system in the hope of harnessing its power for industrial applications. He’s focusing on three strains of bacteria in the rumen that use different strategies to degrade cellulose. Drawing upon his background in both computational biology and genomics, College […]

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