Tag: wisconsin

Rolls Royce testing of Virent’s SAK shows more than 50% particulate matter reduction

Rolls Royce testing of Virent’s SAK shows more than 50% particulate matter reduction

January 7, 2016 |

In Wisconsin, bio-jet emissions testing by Rolls-Royce and supported by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN) program, confirmed that jet fuels containing Virent’s BioForm® Synthesized Aromatic Kerosene (SAK) fuel blend produced a greater than 50% reduction in particulate matter emissions compared to conventional jet fuel. The emissions […]

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Six year Great Lakes study shows viability of different perennial cropping systems for bioenergy

Six year Great Lakes study shows viability of different perennial cropping systems for bioenergy

December 29, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, a six-year Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) study on the viability of different bioenergy feedstocks recently demonstrated that perennial cropping systems such as switchgrass, giant miscanthus, poplar, native grasses, and prairie can yield as much biomass as corn stover. The study is significant for beginning to address one of the biofuel industry’s […]

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UW-Madison bioenergy center teams with high school on cellulosic ethanol

UW-Madison bioenergy center teams with high school on cellulosic ethanol

December 24, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) at UW-Madison has teamed with a local high school on a bioprospecting project that is teaching students how to discover new potential production pathways for biofuels. Students have collected potentially yeast-bearing materials from around their campus to try to identify the right yeast to boost production […]

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BNSF says no environmental damage following November ethanol derailment

BNSF says no environmental damage following November ethanol derailment

December 21, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, BNSF says that following hundreds of samples of water, sediment, mussels and fish immediately following a Nov. 7 derailment of more than two dozen cars carrying denatured alcohol that no adverse effects on the environment have been detected. The tests were carried out by BNSF, EPA and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. […]

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New method for producing Yeast hybrids may inspire new brews, biofuels: Wisconsin researchers

New method for producing Yeast hybrids may inspire new brews, biofuels: Wisconsin researchers

December 6, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, researchers have developed a new method for making interspecies yeast hybrids in the lab, making hybrids at rates of one in a thousand cells. The research team related its results in a special synthetic biology issue of the journal Fungal Genetics and Biology. “It is much more efficient than nature.” The new yeast […]

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BNSF 32-car train derails with at least 18,000 gallons of ethanol leaking into the Mississippi

BNSF 32-car train derails with at least 18,000 gallons of ethanol leaking into the Mississippi

November 9, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, following a 32-car derailment in Buffalo County on Saturday morning, five of the BNSF tankers are said to be leaking ethanol into the Mississippi River, the company says, without posing a threat to the public. About 150 local residents were voluntarily evacuated shortly after the accident but have since returned to their homes. […]

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Mid-America Biofuel to finalize storage upgrade to 50 million gallons next week

Mid-America Biofuel to finalize storage upgrade to 50 million gallons next week

September 29, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, Mid-America Biofuel’s biodiesel storage capacity expansion project is almost completed, with new facilities set to hold 50 million gallons, up from the 30 million gallons previously installed. Construction on the two new tanks began in October and should be finalized next week. The extra storage is meant to help support the boost in […]

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Drivers survive ethanol tanker crash that saw flames jump 40 feet in the air

Drivers survive ethanol tanker crash that saw flames jump 40 feet in the air

July 16, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, flames reached 40 feet into the air after an ethanol tanker collided with a car on a southern highway. Both drivers escaped, the truck driver with minor injuries and burns while the other had more serious injuries and was taken to hospital by helicopter. The highway was closed for several hours in both […]

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UW-M leads work on reducing toxins for bacteria in bioprocessing

UW-M leads work on reducing toxins for bacteria in bioprocessing

July 2, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, a team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic — literally — for the organisms that do the heavy lifting in the increasingly important field of bio-products derived from cellulosic biomass. When industrious bacteria like Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Zymomonas […]

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Wisconsin ethanol lobby looking for cornfields to host road sign campaign

Wisconsin ethanol lobby looking for cornfields to host road sign campaign

May 20, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, the American Lung Association’s Wisconsin Clean Air Choice program, the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board and the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association are looking for cornfields along six major roadways to place placards promoting ethanol as part of their new E85 statewide campaign. The campaign is designed to be in the “Burma Shave-style” where several […]

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