Tag: Illinois

Pertamina to use Honeywell UOP technologies to produce advanced biofuels

Pertamina to use Honeywell UOP technologies to produce advanced biofuels

September 28, 2020 |

In Illinois, PT Pertamina (Persero) will use Honeywell UOP technologies to produce advanced biofuels at its Plaju and Cilacap refineries in Indonesia. The company will use UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Process™ technology at its Plaju refinery in Palembang, South Sumatra, and UOP Ecofining™ technology at its Cilacap refinery in Central Java. UOP will provide technology […]

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ISU researchers pushing forward with pennycress domestication research

ISU researchers pushing forward with pennycress domestication research

September 28, 2020 |

In Illinois, Illinois State University researchers in the School of Biological Sciences are genetically modifying pennycress as part of a multistate, multi-institutional effort funded by a five-year, $10 million USDA grant and a $13 million Department of Energy grant. The researchers are attempting to transform the plant into a commercially grown cover crop that would […]

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Cooking oil futures supported by increased online shopping deliveries

Cooking oil futures supported by increased online shopping deliveries

September 16, 2020 |

In Illinois, Bloomberg reports cooking oil futures have been supported since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic by increased demand for online shopping delivery in light of scarce UCO due to fewer restaurants remaining open and lower animal tallow supplies due to challenges at meatpacking plants. Biodiesel production is expected to increase by 3%, according […]

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University of Illinois scores $4.5M SMARTFARM grant to calculate farm-scale carbon credits

University of Illinois scores $4.5M SMARTFARM grant to calculate farm-scale carbon credits

September 14, 2020 |

In Illinois, the University of Illinois has been awarded $4.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) through its “Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management” (SMARTFARM) program. The funding will be used to calculate farm-scale carbon credits, allowing individual farmers to understand […]

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ClearFlame Engine Technologies scores $1.1M DOE grant

ClearFlame Engine Technologies scores $1.1M DOE grant

September 1, 2020 |

In Illinois, ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a start-up company dedicated to the development of clean engine technology, has been awarded a 2-year, $1.1 million Phase II grant from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The funding will support the company’s continued research and development work for its breakthrough clean engine technology […]

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WIU researchers score DOE grant to strengthen pennycress

WIU researchers score DOE grant to strengthen pennycress

August 31, 2020 |

In Illinois, a second grant has been awarded that dovetails into an initial $12 million grant to study pennycress and helps ensure a consistent version of the alternative crop is produced. WIU will receive just under $1 million of a $13 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant aimed at genetically strengthening pennycress plants for […]

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Argonne supercomputers help identify CO2-to-ethanol electrocatalyst

Argonne supercomputers help identify CO2-to-ethanol electrocatalyst

August 20, 2020 |

In Illinois, by supercomputing standards, Argonne National Lab’s Bebop (1.75 terflops, stood up in 2017, bumped off the Top500 list after the June 2019 ranking) and Blues (stood up in 2012, ranked only that year) are somewhat anachronistic, vestiges of an earlier age. But those veteran systems can still take a star turn, as shown […]

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ARS researchers look at presscake from mustard-related plant as biobutanol feedstock

ARS researchers look at presscake from mustard-related plant as biobutanol feedstock

August 19, 2020 |

In Illinois, researchers at the Agricultural Research Service are looking at Lesquerella, a Southwest U.S. native plant from the mustard family, as a potential feedstock for biobutanol. The crop was first identified for its potential due to the high hydroxy fatty acid content in its oil but the challenge was with its presscake that had […]

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Power outage at Chicago Argo unlikely to impact market heavily

Power outage at Chicago Argo unlikely to impact market heavily

August 11, 2020 |

In Illinois, Platts reports that electricity at the Chicago Argo Kinder Morgan ethanol terminal was knocked out on Monday following severe weather, but the company said it is operating on a backup generator. Expectations of the impact on the market was mixed, with some believing there would be no impact while others said there was […]

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Argonne team leads research on electrocatalyst to produce ethanol from CO2 and water

Argonne team leads research on electrocatalyst to produce ethanol from CO2 and water

August 10, 2020 |

In Illinois, a research team, led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with Northern Illinois University, has discovered a new electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) and water into ethanol with very high energy efficiency, high selectivity for the desired final product and low cost. Ethanol is a particularly […]

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