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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]