Tag: Massachusetts

Boston company seeks to solve key infant formula shortcoming

Boston company seeks to solve key infant formula shortcoming

August 3, 2020 |

In Boston, Massachusetts, biological engineering company Conagen has developed a process to produce lactoferrin, an abundant protein in breast milk that acts as an antimicrobial and antiviral agent. Currently, makers of infant formula rely on lactoferrin extracted from cow milk in a costly purification process that simultaneously removes several key nutrients. “The main key drivers […]

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MIT researchers developing decentralized fertilizer production using hydrogen

MIT researchers developing decentralized fertilizer production using hydrogen

June 16, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, MIT chemical engineers are working to develop a smaller-scale alternative, which they envision could be used to locally produce fertilizer for farmers in remote, rural areas, such as sub-Saharan Africa. Fertilizer is often hard to obtain in such areas because of the cost of transporting it from large manufacturing facilities. In a step […]

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UMass students and researchers win grant to pilot biodigester

UMass students and researchers win grant to pilot biodigester

June 10, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, students and faculty from UMass’ iCons Program will construct a pilot-scale biodigester to generate useful experimental data, rationalized via mathematical models, that support a proposal for the implementation of a large-scale bioreactor on campus. The technology will improve campus sustainability by continuously recycling organic waste into useful fertilizer and biofuel. The pilot-scale biodigester […]

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Wyss Institute Research scientists developing bioplastics from microbes

Wyss Institute Research scientists developing bioplastics from microbes

April 23, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, Wyss Institute Research scientists are taking on the challenge of developing sustainable plastics that provide the same properties as fossil-based plastics and are cheap but are also biodegradable that don’t require the use of plants at all, and have a negligible carbon footprint: microbes. They honed in on a specific microbe called Cupriavidus […]

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Harvard researchers say COVID-19 patients in regions with high air pollution more likely to die

Harvard researchers say COVID-19 patients in regions with high air pollution more likely to die

April 20, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, people with COVID-19 who live in U.S. regions with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die from the disease than people who live in less polluted areas, according to a new nationwide study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study is the first to look at the […]

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute score $2 million to improve MSW-based biofuel

Worcester Polytechnic Institute score $2 million to improve MSW-based biofuel

January 22, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, chemical engineers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute are broadening attempts to convert waste into environmentally friendly biofuels, lowering reliance on fossil fuels, cutting the amount of municipal waste going into landfills, and reducing water pollution and unhealthy emissions from petroleum products and landfills. Now, with a $1,995,199 three-year grant from the Department of Energy […]

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Broco Oil awarded $500,000 state rail grant to bring biodiesel into Massachusetts

Broco Oil awarded $500,000 state rail grant to bring biodiesel into Massachusetts

December 24, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced the awarding of nine grants totaling more than $2.7 million from the Industrial Rail Access Program (IRAP) to enhance rail and freight access, economic opportunity, and job growth. Among the winners was Broco Oil who recently announced a deal to supply the City of Boston […]

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REG partner to provide Boston public buildings with B20 Bioheat®

REG partner to provide Boston public buildings with B20 Bioheat®

December 18, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, family owned, veteran operated fuel company Broco Oil has been contracted to provide heating oil for use in Boston’s city-owned buildings, including firehouses, police stations and other municipal facilities. Broco Oil’s ’s heating oil is a B20 Bioheat® fuel blend containing 20 percent biodiesel, a renewable liquid fuel that significantly reduces greenhouse gas […]

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World Energy shutters biodiesel plants in three states following hardship waiver decision

World Energy shutters biodiesel plants in three states following hardship waiver decision

August 19, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, World Energy, one of the largest and longest-serving low-carbon fuel suppliers in North America, announced that due to the August 9, 2019 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant 31 small refinery waivers from the nation’s renewable fuel standard to oil companies, the company will immediately cease production and furlough employees […]

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NewEnergyBlue acquires exclusive rights for Inbicon 2G ethanol technology in the Americas

NewEnergyBlue acquires exclusive rights for Inbicon 2G ethanol technology in the Americas

August 12, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, NewEnergyBlue acquired exclusive rights to Inbicon bio-conversion technology throughout the Americas and will first employ it to turn North Dakota wheat straw into a high-value, carbon-neutral automotive fuel. The technology license was purchased from Ørsted, a Danish green-energy company. Ørsted developed the technology over 15 years at a cost exceeding $200 million, proving […]

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