Tweet In Wisconsin, a researcher from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered that the enzyme found in a fungus used by the South American leafcutter ant to digest leaves for it could be the next key to efficient second generation biofuels production. It’s the ants themselves who cultivate the fungus, and a team of researchers […]
Tweet In Wisconsin, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are researching an enzyme produced by leafcutter ants. The team has been able to isolate and identify the enzyme used by these critters to break down leaves and plant matter. The research, which could have tremendous implications for cellulosic producers, has encouraged several private companies to […]
Tweet In Wisconsin, Utica Energy’s ethanol plant near Oshkosh will be auctioned this summer, after filing for foreclosure in December 2012. With over $30 million in debt, the plant stopped producing ethanol last September. The receiver in the case has hired Ascendant Partners to sell the ethanol plant, grain elevator and grain drying plant as […]
Tweet In Wisconsin, Precision Color Graphics has received a patent for their biopolymer lined multi-layer bags and pouches for their line of Ecoterah packaging. The patent, #8,387,797, ensures Precision Color Graphic’s Ecoterah packaging is comprised of at least one paper layer, the paper layers being biodegradable, and a sheet of film adherent to one of […]
Tweet In Wisconsin, Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation donated a stainless steel storage tank to a Madison College biodiesel engineering project. Students were asked to develop a system to blend biodiesel with diesel and fuel additives in order to improve engine performance in extreme seasonal temperatures. Students dealt with real world constraints such as safety, transportability, […]
Tweet In Wisconsin, Sanimax partnered with Apache Stainless Equipment Corp. to provide stainless steel tanks to support growing production of B100 Biodiesel fuel. The Sanimax facility in DeForest, Wisconsin is dedicated to the processing of 100% renewable Biodiesel fuel. Apache supported their need for increased capacity by supplying one atmospheric stainless tank and three pressure […]
Tweet A new, potentially game-changing path to biofuels? And what exactly does promiscuity have to do with it? There’s been some potentially world-changing work going on of late at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Guelph and Los Alamos National Laboratory that it’s time for you to know about. And if phrases like “enantioselectivity” […]
Tweet In Wisconsin, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a method of using oxygen to convert lignin into renewable chemicals. Previous methods have used oxidation but the new method very selectively oxidises the lignin under very mild pressure and temperature with a catalyst that is specific for a single structure on the lignin […]
Tweet In Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s Cream City Grecycling is donating $1 to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission for every gallon of used cooking oil donated between now and Jan. 6 The company has so far produced biodiesel from about half a million tons of used cooking oil purchased from area restaurants, schools and hotels.
Tweet In Wisconsin, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have streamlined the process used to produce chemicals and biofuels from cellulosic feedstock, eliminating costly pretreatment steps that can account for up to 30% of cellulosic ethanol production costs.