Tag: wisconsin

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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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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