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Can Utah Lake’s Algae Be Harvested? UVU Professor Has Plans, Is Seeking Funding to Turn Algae into Fuel

by Braley Dodson (Daily Herald)  Barges could be running across Utah Lake by next summer, sucking up water and filtering out algae to prevent future massive blooms from forming on the lake. At least, that’s Kevin Shurtleff’s plan. Shurtleff, an associate professor of chemistry at Utah Valley University, presented his idea for

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Smithfield Foods Announces Landmark Investment to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(Smithfield Foods/CSR Wire)  Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce, through the nationwide expansion of Smithfield Renewables, innovative projects designed to help meet its goal to reduce the company’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 25 percent by 2025, which it set in concert with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). This month marks the

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces 36 Projects for Bioenergy Research and Development

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the selection of 36 projects totaling $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development (R&D). This R&D will enable cost-competitive, drop-in renewable hydrocarbon fuels, bio-based products, and power from non-food biomass and waste feedstocks. This work supports the Department

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

CEO and CFO of Utah Biodiesel Company and California Businessman Charged in $500 Million Fuel Tax Credit Scheme

(U.S. Department of Justice)  A federal grand jury sitting in the District of Utah has returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging the CEO and CFO of Washakie Renewable Energy (WRE), a Utah-based biodiesel company, and a California businessman with laundering proceeds of a mail fraud scheme, which obtained over

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Court to Hear RFS Refinery Waivers Case

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Appeals Court to Hear Whether EPA Followed Law Prior to Granting Exemptions  —  The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver will hear a Renewable Fuels Standard lawsuit challenging EPA’s issuance of small refinery waivers, after the court ruled on Friday it is the proper

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Harmful Algal Blooms: Engineering Solutions to a Growing Problem

by Bethany Jensen (Ignite Utah State University)  With the increase of global climate change effects, many local bodies of fresh water are experiencing dangerous toxic algae blooms. These are detrimental to water recreation, to agriculture, and to the natural ecosystem. They are potentially harmful to humans. Bethany has chosen a project

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Anti-Fossil Fuel Candidates Come out Winners in Party Primaries

by Mark Hand (ThinkProgress)  Democratic nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one of the most ambitious climate plans.  —  An impressive list of anti-fossil fuel and pro-climate action candidates won party primaries on Tuesday night, indicating that environmental issues could receive greater attention in this fall’s general elections, especially as lawmakers devise plans to

June 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Box Elder Tax Increment Program for Biofuels Company Is on Hold

by Mark Shenefelt (Standard-Examiner)  In 2014, the Box Elder County Redevelopment Agency created a $2.5 million, seven-year tax increment program to support expansions planned at the Washakie Renewable Energy plant in Plymouth. But the county economic development director said Wednesday, June 13, 2018, the program still has not been triggered because

June 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Geothermal Could Profit from U.S. Executive Order to Support Lithium Mining

by Alexander Richter (Think GeoEnergy)  An executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump to support mining activities for critical minerals, could present a boost to lithium mining activities in the U.S. and indirectly help some geothermal projects. As reported recently, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the relevant federal agencies

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

WesTech, USU, CVWRF Collaborate on Algal Research Project

(WesTech Engineering/Biomass Magazine)  The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative, a technology-based economic development program funded by the state of Utah, has awarded a $175,320 grant for development of a commercial algal application in the removal of nitrogen and phosphorus from municipal wastewater. The grant, awarded by USTAR’s Industry Partnership Program

January 31, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Diesel Brothers’ Stars at MN Ag Expo

by Tim Krohn (Mankato Free Press)  The DieselSellerz, stars of Discovery’s “Diesel Brothers” show, were at the MN Ag Expo on Wednesday talking with fans and previewing a truck the foursome is building for the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council. “People will go crazy over this truck,” said Dave Sparks,

January 26, 2018 Read Full Article

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands

by David Bennett   (Convenience Store Decisions)  Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are part of a changing transportation marketplace.  —  … Some analysts insist the internal combustion engine has been around more than a century and should be around for decades to come,

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

New Process for Producing Methane Discovered by American Biochemists

by JP Casey (Power Technology)  … A team of biochemists from Utah State University and the University of Washington has reported a variation in the process of nitrogenase which can “transform carbon dioxide into methane in a single, enzymatic step”. Typically, nitrogenase is the conversion of nitrogen gas to ammonia, but

January 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Embattled Utah Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Should Pay Millions for Breach of Contract, Jury Says

by Paighten Harkins (Salt Lake Tribune)  A Box Elder County biofuel company fined for exploiting federal tax credits by importing fuels they claimed they produced may pay millions to one such importer after the company abandoned a $90 million deal in 2014. On Wednesday, a federal court jury in New

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

ABS11 Salt Lake City Highlights

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Algae Biomass Summit (ABS) has transitioned from algae biofuels to higher value algae bioproducts. Most of the excitement in the 2017 version focused on nutrition for plants, animals and people, and the critical need for nutrient cycling. Algae’s role in health and nutrition was emphasized in

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces $3.5 Million for the Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2) Additional Selection

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of one additional project, for up to $3.5 million, as part of the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Advanced Algal Systems Program funding opportunity announcement (FOA). For Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2), in Fiscal Year 2016, DOE awarded $15

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Vacation Powered by E85

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association)  … We decided on visiting some national parks and monuments in Colorado and Utah. Naturally, this adventure had to be done in a Flex Fuel vehicle, and we chose our 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee as our mode of transportation. The goal – to make the

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Greenspeed Research + Tires = New World Record

by Dave Schenker (Greenspeed Research)  We Did It!  THE SHORT VERSION   —  With the last borrowed tire and wheel returned to its rightful owner, the Greenspeed Research adventures of Speed Week 2017 came to a close with an official speed record in hand.  Under your sponsorships, donations, and support, the GsR

September 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Greenspeed Research Breaks 10-Year World Landspeed Record for Diesel Trucks at the 69th Annual Southern California Timing Association Speed Week Event

(Greenspeed Research)  Boise, Idaho Non-Profit organization Greenspeed Research (GsR) breaks landspeed record for diesel trucks at a speed of 219.411mph at the 69th Annual Southern California Timing Association Speed Week in Utah. On August 18th, 2017, driver Dave Schenker, Patrick Johnston (CTO, GsR), and the rest of the GsR team became the world

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Erred in Denying Renewable Fuel Hardship Exemption: Courts

by Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters)    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency used too strict of a test when it denied Sinclair Oil Corp’s request for an exemption from the country’s biofuel regulations, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday. The ruling could broaden the rules governing such exemptions and force the EPA

August 16, 2017 Read Full Article

‘High Tech Farming’: Missoula Company Cleans Wastewater to Feed Algae for Biofuel, Fertilizer

by David Erickson (Missoulian)  …  Formed eight years ago, the company (Clearas Water Recovery) has developed a patented process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorous from public wastewater treatment plants, keeping waterways from being inundated with the compounds that starve fish and plant life of oxygen. In turn,

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Corporate/Academic Partnership to Convert Wastewater Algae

by Floyd Griffiths  (WesTech Engineering, Inc./Algae Industry Magazine)  WesTech Engineering, Inc. and Utah State University’s Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center (SWBEC) are jointly engaged in developing processes for more efficient harvesting of algae from municipal wastewater and other nutrient-rich sources, and researching its conversion into products that are much higher-value resources

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Algae Biomass Summit — October 29-November 1, 2017 — Salt Lake City, UT     DEADLINE:   March 15, 2017

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Algae Biomass Summit — October 29-November 1, 2017 — Salt Lake City, UT DEADLINE: March 15, 2017

Submit an Abstract to the Largest Algae Biomass Conference in the World!  The Algae Biomass Organization is now accepting abstracts for speaking and poster opportunities for the 2017 Algae Biomass Summit, to be held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT, October 29 to November 1, 2017.

February 16, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article
  Algae Biomass Summit   —   October 29-November 1, 2017   —   Salt Lake City, UT

Algae Biomass Summit — October 29-November 1, 2017 — Salt Lake City, UT

The Algae Biomass Summit is the largest algae conference in the world. This is where leading producers of algae products go to network with industry suppliers and technology providers, where project developers converse with utility executives, and where researchers and technology developers rub elbows with venture capitalists. See first-hand how

January 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Gevo Enters On-Road Automobile Gasoline Market in Houston

(GEVO)  Expands on Previously Announced Partnership with Musket Corporation  —  Gevo, Inc.(NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that gasoline blended with its isobutanol and marketed for use in automobiles has begun to be sold in the Houston area.  This marks the first time that Gevo’s isobutanol has been specifically targeted towards on-road vehicles.

November 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Vegetable Oil Powered Truck Shatters World Record, Reaches over 200 mph at Speed Week

by Jenny M Kniss (Greenspeed Research)  To showcase the viability of renewable energy, non-profit group Greenspeed Research (GsR), reached 209 mph with a truck powered by vegetable oil at the Bonneville Salt Flats this August. Their new world record reached a speed just under the 215 mph petroleum fuel record

August 31, 2016 Read Full Article

A Letter to Fans of Green Racing from the Greenspeed Research Team–Back on the Salt

by David Schenker (Greenspeed Research)  Yes, we have been quiet lately. We’ve been able to work twice as hard now that Dave and Patrick are both graduated. We have been heads down and focused. It has been a very successful month. This update will focus there and we will send

August 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Panel Recommends Options to Reduce Aviation Carbon Emissions

by Jasen Lee (KSL.com)  Scientists believe that organically produced bio-fuels could be one of the answers to the environmental challenge posed by greenhouse gases emitted around the globe by the commercial aviation industry. A panel of researchers presented their findings Monday during the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics convention

July 26, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Gevo Turns to Marine, Off-Road Markets With Latest Biofuel Deal

by Carleton English (The Street)  The Colorado biofuels company announced a partnership with Musket Corp. a week after a similar collaboration with Alaska Air.  —  … The Colorado-based biofuels company announced that it partnered with Musket Corp., which is owned by Oklahoma-based Love’s Family of Companies, to provide its isobutanol product

June 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Oil and Gas Companies Stiff 29,000 Workers Out of $40 Million

by  Alan Neuhauser (US News and World Report)  America’s fracking boom promised big paychecks, but thousands of workers were exploited, the Labor Department says. —  … Despite booming industry profits and record oil and gas output – which together rejuvenated the country’s economy and transformed the U.S. into the world’s top

April 11, 2016 Read Full Article
  107th ACOCS Annual Meeting & Expo  —  May 1-4, 2016  —  Salt Lake City, UT

107th ACOCS Annual Meeting & Expo — May 1-4, 2016 — Salt Lake City, UT

The AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo is a premier international science and business forum on fats, oils, surfactants, lipids, and related materials. Known world-wide for its extensive technical program, the Annual Meeting features more than 600 oral and poster presentations within 12 interest areas. This year’s technical program has two

March 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Spent Big on Utah Politicians even as Frauds Were Found

by Nate Carlisle and Brian Maffly (The Salt Lake Tribune)  Federal agents raided offices of Washakie and Kingstons amid claims the company hasn’t actually manufactured its own biofuels.  —  The storage tanks Washakie Renewable Energy was planning to build while Amanda Brown worked there weren’t for biofuel Washakie actually made,

February 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Utah-Based Biodiesel Firm Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Logan, Utah-based Argo Fuels announced it is launching an Idiegogo crowdfunding campaign July 21 to raise money for the purchase of feedstock and preparation for large-scale biodiesel production using its NanoCatalyst fuel processor. The company describes its NanoCatalyst fuel unit as a distilling processor utilizing

July 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Developers of Biodiesel Fuel Refinery Say It Will Mitigate Toxic Effects on School Children

by Jessica Tempfer (StGeorgeUtah.com)  Biodiesel fuel could soon be supporting Southern Utah’s economy and would also help sustain cleaner air and a healthier environment. Such is the goal of Anderwood Ventures, a company working toward economic growth in Southern Utah through alternative fuel development and clean energy projects. Currently, the company is

June 25, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Op-ed: Biofuels Are Cleaner Energy that Should Be Encouraged

by Kent Bushman (Salt Lake Tribune/Utah Farmers Union)  … And the news just keeps getting better, as new technologies are increasing ethanol yields while improving efficiencies and allowing ethanol biorefineries to make better use of natural resources. In fact, over the past two decades, the industry has dramatically reduced the environmental impacts

June 15, 2015 Read Full Article
  2015 AIChE Annual Meeting  —  November 8-13 —  Salt Lake City, UT

2015 AIChE Annual Meeting — November 8-13 — Salt Lake City, UT

The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering. Explore energy content related to fossil fuels, alternative energy,

May 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Industry Honors Champions, Career Long-Achievements

(The National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … NBB recognizes the 2015 “Eye on Biodiesel” award winners this week. The honorees are: Innovation Tom Butcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory. Brookhaven National Laboratory is one of the premier U.S. DOE national laboratories and the leading technical institution for heating oil research in the world. Butcher is

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Five Myths about Gas Taxes

by Paul Bledsoe (The Washington Post) A dramatic 40 percent drop in oil prices since June has prompted new discussion aboutraising the long-static federal gasoline tax and has many states considering gas tax hikes as well. At the federal level, Congress hasn’t increased the tax in more than 20 years, leaving

December 22, 2014 Read Full Article

Dead Babies Near Oil Drilling Sites Raise Questions for Researchers

by Nancy Lofholm  (The Denver Post)  … For some reason, one that is not known and may never be, Beau (Murphy) and a dozen other infants died in this oil-booming basin last year. Was this spike a fluke? Bad luck? Or were these babies victims of air pollution fed by

October 31, 2014 Read Full Article

A Host of Chemicals Emissions Are Seeping from Oil and Gas Operations

by Mark Jaffe (The Denver Post)  A host of chemical emissions seep are seeping from oil and gas drilling pads with different ones coming from different places in the operation – from the wellhead to tanks to valves, according to a new study. “The hope is that this helps us

October 23, 2014 Read Full Article

USU Researchers Blazing Trails with Car Fueled by Algae, Safflower Seeds

by Mike Anderson (Deseret News)  Utah State University researchers are using the Bonneville Salt Flats to market what they believe is the fuel of the future: a biofuel made with algae and safflower seeds. For some, salt is the stuff dreams are made of. “Racing on the salt is something I’ve been

September 12, 2014 Read Full Article

New Co-chairs Selected to Lead Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board)  James Anderson helped work his way through college behind the wheel of a diesel semi-truck, where he became interested in biodiesel. He began to wonder if he could contribute to the body of research on soybean oil as a biodiesel feedstock. “I’m interested in breeding soybeans with

August 12, 2014 Read Full Article

Algae Biofuel Can Help Meet World Energy Demand, Researchers Say

by Mary-Ann Muffoletto (Phys.org) Microalgae-based biofuel not only has the potential to quench a sizable chunk of the world’s energy demands, say Utah State University researchers. It’s a potential game-changer. “That’s because microalgae produces much higher yields of fuel-producing biomass than other traditional fuel feedstocks and it doesn’t compete with food crops,”

July 9, 2014 Read Full Article

Next Generation Scientists Dallas Hanks Memorial Fund

(The National Biodiesel Foundation) Brimming with visionary ideas, plant scientist and biofuels innovator Dallas Hanks had a knack for bringing stakeholders together to pursue a bigger picture. This treasured member of our biodiesel family succumbed to cancer June 25th, 2014, but not before sowing a solid legacy and passing the research

June 30, 2014 Read Full Article

Utah Law Encourages Biodiesel Use

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  While H.R. 5 signed by Gov. Herbert encourages biodiesel use in Utah, exactly how the state plans to do so is less than clear … The bill expresses support for the continued development and implementation of biodiesel in the state; recognizes the significant economic and

May 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Algae Testing & Evaluation Facility

(Utah State University)  The Algae Test & Evaluation Facility (AT&E) was established in collaboration with Logan City Environmental Department and Utah State University as a pilot facility co-located at the City of Logan Wastewater Treatment Plant. The AT&E site has been developed as a testbed facility where research and testing

March 25, 2014 Read Full Article

The Next Generation of Biodiesel Coproduct Research

Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The uses of glycerin – crude, USP-grade or otherwise – and other byproducts from biodiesel production are virtually limitless. Profiled here is the glycerin and coproduct research of three Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel.  READ MORE

March 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Legislative Committee Supports Biodiesel as Clean Air Tool

by Amy Joi O’Donoghue (Deseret News) A company in the northern reaches of Box Elder County is churning out 10 million gallons of biodiesel fuel each year, crafting the product from the used vegetable oil generated by restaurants, schools or jails. The biodiesel produced by Washakie Renewable Energy in Plymouth is trucked

March 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Algae Biofuel: A Review of Some Recent Developments

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Most of the oil that we drill out of the ground was formed by algae and other sea-borne flora that piled up at the bottom of the ocean over the course of millions of years, then got compacted and heated and transformed into petroleum.

March 4, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

This Is How Much and Where Algae Fuel Could Be Grown on the Planet

by Katie Fehrenbacher (GigaOm)  Utah State University Professor Jason Quinn and his team took 15 years of weather data from over 4,300 places in the world and ran a series of simulations to predict how much algae oil could be grown and produced in outdoor environments globally. The result is

October 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Utah State University Students Run Dragster with Algal Fuel

(Algae Industry Magazine)  After a successful 2012 race season powered with yeast biodiesel, the Aggie A-Salt Streamliner, as the dragster is officially known, topped 73 miles per hour this week during its algae-fueled debut. The roadster, with a .8 liter engine, was among competitors at the Southern California Timing Association’s

August 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Methane Leaking in Utah Suggests Higher National Rate

by Andrew Freedman (Climate Central)  A new study of the air above a natural gas field in Utah suggests that far more methane gas may be escaping into the atmosphere from drilling operations than previously estimated. The study, to be published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is the first to

August 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Summer Gas Prices Climb as 1 Gallon Costs an Average of $3.69 in Utah

by Kirby Brown (Deseret News) According to AAA, the average price for a gallon of regular gas in Utah runs about $3.69. By comparison, AAA says the average cost of a gallon of regular gas in the neighboring states of Nevada, Colorado and Idaho are $3.72, $3.57 and $3.75, respectively. Of

July 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Energy Department Announces Investment to Accelerate Next Generation Biofuels

(US Department of Energy)  Following last week’s rollout of President Obama’s plan to cut carbon pollution, the Energy Department today announced four research and development projects to bring next generation biofuels on line faster and drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuels from biomass. The projects—located

July 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Utah’s Young Biodiesel Phenom

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Introducing Zerina Ocanovic, an amazingly bright student who exemplifies the youthful passion and ingenuity of the biodiesel industry’s future To those who have lost hope in the future of American youth as statistics suggest U.S. high school students lag far behind their international peers in

May 3, 2013 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Investments in Bioenergy Research and Development to Spur New Markets, Innovation, and Unlimited Opportunity in Rural America

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited a state-of-the-art bioindustrial facility at Renmatix today, where he announced $25 million to fund research and development of next-generation renewable energy and high-value biobased products from a variety of biomass sources. “USDA’s continuing investments in research and development are proving a

January 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Methane Leaks Erode Green Credentials of Natural Gas

by Jeff Tollefson (Nature)  Losses of up to 9% show need for broader data on US gas industry’s environmental Scientists are once again reporting alarmingly high methane emissions from an oil and gas field, underscoring questions about the environmental benefits of the boom in natural-gas production that is transforming the US

January 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Study Finds Biodiesel from Algae, Yeast and Bacteria Can Displace both Petroleum Diesel and Soybean Biodiesel

(Green Car Congress)  Biodiesel (fatty acid methyl ester) derived from oleaginous microbes—microalgae, yeast, and bacteria—can effectively displace both petroleum diesel and biodiesel produced from plant oils, according to the findings of a new study by a team from Utah State University. The researchers, who reported their results in a paper

November 30, 2012 Read Full Article

ACORE Releases 2012 State-by-State Resource for Renewable Energy

(ACORE)  The American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) released the 2012 edition of its report, Renewable Energy in the 50 States, as an interactive, online resource. Compiling updated financial data, resource potentials, market and policy information in one easily-accessed, online format, the report is intended to be an executive summary

November 12, 2012 Read Full Article

ABS Celebrates Young Algae Researchers and ASP Veterans

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Six student scientists were presented with the first Young Algae Researcher Awards today in Denver for their contributions to fields of algae biology and engineering on the final day of the 2012 Algae Biomass Summit, the official conference of the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO). The awards are presented at the

September 28, 2012 Read Full Article

Utah State Dragster Runs on Cheese Waste Biofuel

A team of engineering students from Utah State University has set a new land speed record using a car that burns a new form of sustainable biofuel made from a waste product of the cheese manufacturing process. “How many people get to drive a car they helped build with fuel they created from a

September 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Utah State Team Sets New Speed Record on Waste-Based Biodiesel

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)   A team of faculty and students from Utah State University set a land speed record this month in a student-built car run on biodiesel fuel also produced by the students. The team, from the Colleges of Science, Engineering and Agriculture at USU, performed at

September 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Ohio Project Receives $4 Million for Algae Research

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Jon Strunk reports that over the last two months, University of Toledo (UT) researchers have won $4 million in nationally competitive awards from the federal government to explore ways society can benefit from algae’s hunger for phosphorus-rich wastewater, such as that which grows on the shores of

September 14, 2012 Read Full Article

Video: BYU Students Win Formula Hybrid Competition

(Gas2) … The annual SAE Formula Hybrid competition challenges teams of college engineering students to build fast and efficient hybrid racers. … BYU’s Hybrid Blue can go from 0-60 mph in just 3 seconds, and it dominated the SAE Formula Hybrid’s acceleration,  endurance, and autocross competitions. In fact, after the 14-mile/22-kilometer endurance

May 29, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Road Use by E.V. Drivers: To Tax or Not to Tax?

by Jim Motavalli  (New York Times)  Drivers of purely electric vehicles avoid paying the gas taxes included in the cost of a petro-product fill-up. Consequently, if E.V.’s were to become widely adopted, less money could flow into accounts that pay to build and maintain roads. That possibility is the impetus behind the

February 15, 2012 Read Full Article

USDA Helps Install 266 Blender Pumps through REAP

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   The USDA announced the final round of fiscal year 2011 Renewable Energy for America Program awards on Dec. 14. The awards included grants for 12 blender pump projects in eight states, bringing the total number of REAP-funded projects to 65 so far. As

December 30, 2011 Read Full Article

Wayne Keith Sets a New World Wood Gas Speed Record

by David Bransby(Auburn University/Biofuels Digest)  We hear a lot about “drop-in” fuels these days. While this term typically means an infrastructure-compatible liquid transportation fuel, Wayne Keith has come up with his own version of a “drop-in” fuel: wood, or any other biomass you can deliver in small chunks, that can

December 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Funding To Create Jobs, Reduce Energy Costs for Agricultural Producers and Rural Small Businesses

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (December 14, 2011) announced loans and grants for agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. The funding is provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program

December 27, 2011 Read Full Article

Patent pending — Two West High Students Invent New Way of Making Fuel

by John Hollenhorst (Deseret News)  West High School students David Larkin and Andy Law have apparently invented a new way of making fuel, and they’ve applied for a patent. It’s the kind of success story that would make many former students feel inadequate about their own high school careers. If

November 15, 2011 Read Full Article

Utah State University Pond in Vernal Is Growing Algae for Biofuels

by Geoff Liesik (Deseret News)  Researchers at Utah State University are making progress on a project that could soon have drivers filling up their gas tanks with fuel harvested from pond scum. The project has moved from USU’s Logan campus to Vernal — the heart of the state’s oil and natural gas

November 7, 2011 Read Full Article

Washakie Renewable Energy Celebrates Utah Plant Opening

by Bryan Sims (Biodiesel Magazine)  Washakie Renewable Energy LLC hosted local and state dignitaries on Sept. 1 for an open house event and plant tour celebrating the start of its 10 MMgy biodiesel production facility near Plymouth, Utah. According to WRE spokesman Sam Powell, the open house drew about 150

September 7, 2011 Read Full Article

Transforming Waste to Bio-products – Biological Engineering at Utah State University

(Utah State University)  Biological Engineering students and faculty at Utah State University transform waste water into biofuels and other bio-products.   WATCH VIDEO

August 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Ford F-250 Super Duty Breaks Two Land Speed Records

by Greg Emmerson (EuroTuner)  Using the new 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo-diesel engine, the truck hit a top speed of 171.123mph setting the new B Production Diesel Truck land speed record. The Ford truck broke the B Production Diesel Truck record of 166.850mph by a Duramax diesel GMC. This class

August 24, 2011 Read Full Article

Salt-loving Microbe Provides New Enzymes for the Production of Next Gen Biofuels

(Joint Genome Institute)  Calif.—In order to realize the full potential of advanced biofuels that are derived from non-food sources of lignocellulosic biomass—e.g., agricultural, forestry, and municipal waste, and crops such as  poplar, switchgrass and miscanthus—new technologies that can efficiently and cost-effectively break down this biomass into simple sugars are required.

July 8, 2011 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Making Headway in Utah

by Josh Loftin (Bloomberg/BusinessWeek)  …One of the largest potential sources for biofuels is algae, which needs a lot of carbon dioxide and nitrogen to grow, said Kevin Shurtleff, director of the Utah State University Energy Dynamics Lab. Those happen to be primary nutrients found in the wastewater at coal-fired power

April 28, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA Grants Support Sustainable Bioenergy Production

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced research grants awarded to spur production of bioenergy and biobased products that will lead to the development of sustainable regional systems and help create jobs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Director Roger

April 13, 2011 Read Full Article

Big Ambitions, Tiny Budget for Navy's Alternative Energy Researchers

by Annie Snider (New York Times/Greenwire)  The Navy Research Laboratory’s alternative energy projects — each costing less than $500,000 — are modest ventures that barely register in the Pentagon’s gargantuan budget.    But if history’s a guide, what happens there at the Naval Research Laboratory will play a role in

February 18, 2011 Read Full Article

Compact Contractors for America Developing Powdered Algae as Jet Fuel

by Tamra Fakhoorian  (Algae Industry Magazine)  Recent press about the seemingly novel concept of powdered algae as a jet engine fuel has raised eyebrows in the airline industry, and among competing algae processing technologies. However, Robert Fulton, president of Utah-based Compact Contractors for America (CCA), sees dry processed algal biofuel as

October 15, 2010 Read Full Article

Public Hearings Scheduled for Utah Governor’s Ten-Year Energy Initiative

Governor Gary R. Herbert announced today an important next step in the creation of his 10-Year Strategic Energy Plan, with four public hearings scheduled across the State. “We are moving forward with our plan to responsibly develop Utah’s abundant energy resources, while also pursuing renewable energy opportunities throughout the State,”

October 4, 2010 Read Full Article

Green Star Signs Contract to Fabricate Biodiesel Plant for Processing Algae Oil

(Green Star Products)  Green Star Products, Inc., announced it has signed a contract to build a biodiesel facility. This is the first of several contracts in conjunction with an ambitious Algae-to-Biodiesel project on the west coast. Green Star has already started fabrication of the 13 modules required for the processing of

September 28, 2010 Read Full Article

Deadline Set for Logan Cleanup / Biofuel May Be Answer to Sewage Lagoon Algae Woes

(Standard-Examiner)    Utah environmental regulators have set a seven-year deadline for Logan officials to cut the amount of phosphorus in sewage lagoons west of the city. Water from the lagoons discharges into Cutler Reservoir. Phosphorous fuels algae blooms that produce oxygen during the day, but use oxygen at night and essentially suffocate

August 20, 2010 Read Full Article

U.S. Army Investigates Salt Lake Biofuel Crop

by Jeremiah Stettler   (Salt Lake Tribune)   The prickly leafed crop is hardly inviting — it is like a weed sprouting atop 20 acres of parched government land near Salt Lake City International Airport. And yet, the safflower planted as part of Salt Lake County’s urban-farming initiative holds a potential fuel source

August 17, 2010 Read Full Article

Pursuing a Roadside Harvest: Researchers Work to Grow Biofuel

by Joseph M. Dougherty (Deseret News)  … The test plot of ground where the seeds were harvested Wednesday is designed to mimic the side of Utah highways, which could be used to grow safflowers instead of the grasses that the Utah Department of Transportation pays $1.6 million a year to

September 30, 2009 Read Full Article

Freeways-to-Fuel Harvest Paves the Way for Biodiesel Production on Unused Municipal, Military and Other Lands

Twenty miles north of Salt Lake City, a flowery, red and yellow safflower crop is being harvested. These test plots at the roadside simulation lab at Utah Botanical Center are part of an innovative “Freeways-to-Fuel” project sponsored by the Utah Department of Transportation , the National Biodiesel Board and others.  

September 18, 2009 Read Full Article

Freeways to Fuels (F2F)

by Dallas Hanks and Ralph Whitesides  (Utah State University)  … Nearly all highway, airport, railway and military areas in the United States have fallow agronomic areas that require regular maintenance to keep them from becoming unsightly and unsafe. In addition to costly maintenance, these areas can harbor noxious weeds and

November 30, 2008 Read Full Article

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