Tag: Michigan

Former Alpha Bioenergy CEO sentenced to prison for RIN fraud

Former Alpha Bioenergy CEO sentenced to prison for RIN fraud

August 9, 2021 |

In Michigan, a Bloomfield, Michigan, businessman, who operated a biodiesel fuel company, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for filing a false income tax return. Chandra Yarlagadda owned and operated Alpha Bioenergy LLC, formerly known as Naturol Bioenergy LLC, which purchased and sold biodiesel fuel. Under the Clean Air Act and related federal regulations, […]

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Michigan, Maine and Finland team on forestry bioeconomy collaboration

Michigan, Maine and Finland team on forestry bioeconomy collaboration

December 10, 2020 |

In Michigan, in a move that capitalizes on collective forestry knowledge and a commitment to smarter, sustainable use of natural resources, Finland and the states of Maine and Michigan are elevating a cooperative effort in bioeconomy and clean technologies. Maine and Michigan, like Finland, are heavily wooded states with long traditions in the forest industry. […]

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VERBIO North America launches farm services arm to support RNG production

VERBIO North America launches farm services arm to support RNG production

December 8, 2020 |

In Michigan, VERBIO North America Corp (VNA) announced the formation of VERBIO Farm Services LLC (VFS) as the company progresses towards the successful startup of its Renewable Natural Gas production facility located in Nevada, Iowa. The facility has been under construction since early 2019, following VNA’s late 2018 purchase of the former DuPont cellulosic ethanol […]

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High yielding switchgrass that needs minimal nitrogen crucial to viability

High yielding switchgrass that needs minimal nitrogen crucial to viability

August 13, 2020 |

In Michigan, high yielding switchgrass varieties that require minimal nitrogen fertilization are crucial to bioenergy research because of their economically and environmentally sustainable qualities. Switchgrass, like other perennial grasses, extracts nitrogen from soils by growing long roots and by forming relationships with root fungi. Switchgrass also associates with microbes that can fix nitrogen, i.e., take […]

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Gas Technologies and INFRA Synthetic Fuels team on converting gases into fuels

Gas Technologies and INFRA Synthetic Fuels team on converting gases into fuels

March 25, 2020 |

In Michigan, Gas Technologies and INFRA Synthetic Fuels, Inc have invested $100 million in R&D and recently combined technologies to develop an integrated system capable of converting natural and renewable gas sources into commercial-grade methanol, ultra-low Sulphur diesel (USLD), naphtha and low carbon renewable fuels. GasTechno and INFRA will market and commercialize their new integrated […]

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Michigan State University researchers find mutant algal strain degrades TAGs slower than usual

Michigan State University researchers find mutant algal strain degrades TAGs slower than usual

February 5, 2020 |

In Michigan, researchers at Michigan State University are studying a mutant algal strain that degrades TAGs slower than usual as algae try to exit hibernation. Somehow, the algal mutant does not manage the hibernation process in a normal way. The responsible protein, missing due to the mutation, is called Compromised Hydrolysis of Triacylglycerols 7. It […]

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Ford approves HVO for its Transit vans

Ford approves HVO for its Transit vans

January 27, 2020 |

In Michigan, Ford has approved the use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) in its Transit vans. This renewable diesel fuel is based on waste oils, including used cooking oil that can be sourced from restaurants and takeaways – and even kitchens at home. The use of HVO – or renewable diesel – in place of […]

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Michigan State University researchers investigating seedling pathogens for corn, soybean and wheat

Michigan State University researchers investigating seedling pathogens for corn, soybean and wheat

November 11, 2019 |

In Michigan, a group of scientists in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University set out to gain a better understanding of the composition of seedling pathogens, with results that will aid disease management research not only in corn but in rotational crops such as soybean and wheat. This research […]

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Michigan biodiesel deal pleads guilty to filing false tax returns

Michigan biodiesel deal pleads guilty to filing false tax returns

October 23, 2019 |

In Michigan, a Bloomfield, Michigan, biodiesel fuel dealer pleaded guilty to filing a false income tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider of the Eastern District of Michigan. According to plea documents, Chandra Yarlagadda, 54, owned and operated Alpha Bioenergy […]

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MSU scores $2.7 million DOE grant to study sorghum genetics and crop modeling

MSU scores $2.7 million DOE grant to study sorghum genetics and crop modeling

October 2, 2019 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University researchers are part of a multi-university team that has been awarded a $2.7 million DOE grant for a new study on sorghum that melds differing sciences — from genomics to crop modeling. The aim is to identify and better understand genes that lead to improved growth and yield in various […]

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