Tag: Rhode Island

Chitin-based circuit boards win Google Biodesign Sprint

Chitin-based circuit boards win Google Biodesign Sprint

December 13, 2021 |

In Rhode Island, a team comprised of Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design students has won the first Google Biodesign Sprint competition with their biodegradable printed circuit board vision. The group, comprised of RISD industrial design students Avantika Velho and Connie Cheng and Brown University computational biology student Alexander Le, call their two-part […]

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Connecticut and Rhode Island governors sign laws boosting bioheat use

Connecticut and Rhode Island governors sign laws boosting bioheat use

July 15, 2021 |

In Connecticut and Rhode Island, governors from both states signed graduated approaches to tackling carbon emissions into law this week through mandates requiring increased use of biomass-based heating oil, also known as Bioheat fuel, over the next decade. A similar bill in New York awaits the governor’s signature, highlighting the growing momentum Bioheat fuel is […]

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Newport Biodiesel helping to keep restaurants open through community collaboration

Newport Biodiesel helping to keep restaurants open through community collaboration

April 15, 2020 |

In Rhode Island, local press reports that Newport Biodiesel has taken a different take on helping the community through the COVID-19 crisis by fundraising to buy gift certificates for local restaurants offering delivery to homebound seniors. Newport Biodiesel collects used cooking oil for biodiesel production, but with many restaurants closed to sheltering in place, there […]

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Northeast heating oil industry pledges net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050

Northeast heating oil industry pledges net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050

September 18, 2019 |

In Rhode Island, the Northeast’s heating oil industry has resolved to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. The industry’s resolution calls for a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2023, a 40% reduction by 2030, and net-zero-carbon emissions by 2050. The resolution also directs industry associations and other groups assembled at the meeting […]

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Newport Biodiesel supplies B20 to sailing school vessel on its way to Cuba

Newport Biodiesel supplies B20 to sailing school vessel on its way to Cuba

February 23, 2017 |

In Rhode Island, biodiesel is taking to the high seas in a special ship traveling from Rhode Island to an ultimate goal of Cuba on 6,000 gallons of B20 supplied by Newport Biodiesel. The 200-foot Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry fueled up with 20 percent biodiesel this week at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode […]

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Newport Biodiesel secures financing for expansion

Newport Biodiesel secures financing for expansion

August 1, 2016 |

In Rhode Island, Newport Biodiesel has secured two $400,000 loans that will help it to expand production with purchase of $1 million’s worth of equipment allowing it to grow to around 7 million gallons of UCO biodiesel production over the next couple of years. Currently the company produces about 4.5 million gallons per year using […]

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Newport Biodiesel agrees to pay $396,000 fine for air pollution violations

Newport Biodiesel agrees to pay $396,000 fine for air pollution violations

June 2, 2016 |

In Rhode Island, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Justice have settled an environmental enforcement case with Newport Biodiesel, Inc., resulting in reduced air emissions and improved safety controls at the company’s biodiesel manufacturing plant in Newport, Rhode Island. EPA and DOJ alleged that Newport Biodiesel violated various Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements […]

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Rhode Island high school teacher to fly cross country in a Cesna on 50% biofuel

Rhode Island high school teacher to fly cross country in a Cesna on 50% biofuel

March 22, 2016 |

In Rhode Island, a high school teacher is set to be the first to fly a certified light aircraft across the country on aviation biofuel. He will fly on a 50/50 blend of UCO-based fuel during the week-long trip with fueling stops planned in University Park Airport, in Pennsylvania; Moraine Airport, in Ohio; Walnut Ridge […]

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Newport Biodiesel supplying to the first mega Tall Ship built in US in 100 years

Newport Biodiesel supplying to the first mega Tall Ship built in US in 100 years

July 20, 2015 |

In Rhode Island, Newport Biodiesel is supplying biodiesel to the first 200-foot-long full-rigged Tall Ship to be built in the United States in more than 100 years. The $16 million economic development project that brought the Oliver Hazard Perry to life will see the vessel used for Education at Sea programs. The three-rigged vessel boasts […]

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US District Court sentences 70-something brothers for UCO theft

US District Court sentences 70-something brothers for UCO theft

December 11, 2014 |

In Rhode Island, the U.S. District Court in Providence has sentenced two septuagenarian brothers to two years of probation, six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring, $3,000 in fines and as-of-yet undetermined restitution for coordinating the theft and transport of more than 200,000 gallons of used cooking oil from restaurants in the state and […]

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