Tag: wisconsin

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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Coke invests further in scaling Virent’s paraxylene production for PlantBottle

Coke invests further in scaling Virent’s paraxylene production for PlantBottle

September 9, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, Virent’s partnership with Coca Cola is to be extended with an additional investment of an undisclosed amount for Viret to scale up production of the paraxylene chemical which Coca Cola is using in their PlantBottles. The investment will fund purchase and installation of new equipment that is needed to chemically produce and purify […]

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Researchers find symbiotic relationship between fungi, plants and bacteria driving plant health

Researchers find symbiotic relationship between fungi, plants and bacteria driving plant health

September 3, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, Jean-Michel Ané, a professor of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that new evidence is mounting that fungi and bacteria are cooperating in a symbiotic relationship in order to unlock the benefits of Mycorrhizae, a beneficial fungi that help virtually all land plants absorb the essential nutrients — phosphorus and nitrogen — […]

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Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance to hold webinar on ethanol blending policy

Wisconsin Bio Industry Alliance to hold webinar on ethanol blending policy

August 11, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, the state’s Bio Industry Alliance will hold a Webinar on August 12 to discuss a recent statewide poll that shows 60% of 500 likely voters support for ethanol blending. The event, held on YouTube and Google Hangouts, will host state policy experts who will break down the numbers from the poll.  

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Wisconsin ethanol plant sues subcontractor for damages due to bad tanks

Wisconsin ethanol plant sues subcontractor for damages due to bad tanks

May 27, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, Center Ethanol Company has sued in local circuit court a subcontractor of the engineering firm it hired to build the ethanol plant in Sauget. The subcontractor, Cady Aquastore, was to provide the project with carbon steel coated and bolted tanks, but the facility has suffered “numerous leaks, rust, corrosion, metal loss to the […]

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Wisconsin promotes RCCI engine, which can run on gas and diesel together

Wisconsin promotes RCCI engine, which can run on gas and diesel together

May 19, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is promoting a new vehicle engine that incorporates anti-emissions technology. The new engine boosts fuel economy by 20 percent while cutting nitrogen oxide (NOx) and soot emissions by record margins. Called reactivity controlled compression ignition (RCCI), the base technology uses multiple injections of differing fuel types, including […]

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Wisconsin research project to create cellulosic ethanol from dairy waste

Wisconsin research project to create cellulosic ethanol from dairy waste

April 30, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, Accelerated Renewable Energy (ARE) project located a 5,000 head dairy farm will build a biorefinery set to produce biogas, fertilizer and even cellulosic ethanol from manure. A $7 million grant from the USDA Biomass Research and Development Initiative is partially funding the project in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, local agencies and […]

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UW-Madison scientists discovers origins of cold-fermentation yeasts

UW-Madison scientists discovers origins of cold-fermentation yeasts

April 10, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, scientists are beginning to color in the margins of yeast ecology and genetics, identifying new strains in new environments and using the tools of molecular biology to ferret out traits that could aid industrial fermentation technologies. Writing in the journal Molecular Ecology, a team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Genetics Chris […]

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Wisconsin ethanol plant fined $125,000 for air pollution permit violations

Wisconsin ethanol plant fined $125,000 for air pollution permit violations

March 11, 2014 |

In Wisconsin, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that his office has obtained a judgment against Marquis Energy-Wisconsin, LLC, requiring payment of $125,000 in forfeitures, court costs, and surcharges for violations of Wisconsin’s air pollution control laws at a Necedah facility. Wisconsin facilities that have the potential to emit elevated levels of air contaminants […]

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