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New Biofuel Conversion Process Cuts Costly Separating Step

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Using a biomass-derived solvent, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemical and biological engineers have streamlined the process for converting lignocellulosic biomass into high-demand chemicals or energy-dense liquid transportation fuel. Their new method eliminates the need for costly pretreatment steps that separate hemicellulose and cellulose, two main components of plant

November 18, 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

Bioenergy in the High School Classroom: Bioprospecting Lab

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Bioprospecting Lab: In collaboration with 2011 Research Experience for Teachers participant Craig Kohn and GLBRC scientists in Cameron Currie’s Lab at UW-Madison, we are developing a new lab sequence in which students search for cellulose-degrading microbes. …Wi In this video, Waterford Union High School teacher

October 29, 2012 Read Full Article

New Biorenewables Technology Moves Closer to Marketplace Licensing Agreement between Startup Hyrax and WARF to Accelerate Commercial Development

(Hyrax Energy)  A licensing agreement for a novel renewable chemical and biofuel production method between Hyrax Energy and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation promises to accelerate commercial development of the technology and lead to high-quality U.S. jobs. Developed in the laboratory of Ron Raines, a University of Wisconsin–Madison biochemistry professor

October 24, 2012 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plant to Hold Open House on Oct. 20

(Beaver Dam Daily Citizen)  Everything about ethanol will be discussed at the Friesland Renewable Energy Production facility on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the open house, members of the United Wisconsin Grain Producers will be providing tours of the ethanol plant, and having a lineup

October 15, 2012 Read Full Article

Labeling Renewable Energies: How the Language Surrounding Biofuels Can Influence Its Public Acceptance

by Michael A. Cacciatore, Dietram A. Scheufele, Bret R. Shaw (Science Direct/Energy Policy)  Despite growing interest and investments in biological fuels, little is known of how the public form opinions toward this alternative fuel technology. This study examines public opinion of biofuels by focusing on several factors that can be

October 2, 2012 Read Full Article

UMass-Amherst Team Solves Mystery of Cellulose Chains Breakdown

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What exactly happens in depolymerization, as hydrogen bonds break down?  How could that revolutionize the process of making fuels, solvents, thinners, lacquers or paints out of biobased materials? Before one is able to arrange a global bioeconomy, first there’s a little rearranging to do with

September 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Native Plants Fuel Ethanol Plant

(Yahoo! News)  Applied Ecological Services, The Earth Partners, LP, and POET team up to apply science to industry: Cross-sector demonstration showcases the potential of conservation biomass as an alternative energy source. It’s a very good week for the United States alternative energy industry, and an even better day forconservation and biodiversity. After three years in the

September 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Ethanol Offers American Drivers Relief at the Pump

(Renewable Fuels Association)  …Gas prices have been increasing as well. However, relief at the gas pump is possible thanks to America’s growing use of ethanol. According to updated research released by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development and conducted by economics professors at the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University,

September 4, 2012 Read Full Article

Engineers Pursue Flexible Electronics, Self-folding Structures and Controlled Photosynthesis on a Grand Scale

(National Science Foundation)  The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced 15 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) grants for fiscal year 2012, awarding nearly $30 million to 68 investigators at 26 institutions. During the next four years, teams of researchers will pursue transformative, fundamental research in three emerging areas:

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Powers Truck to Pulling Win

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  The power of biodiesel was on display in Wisconsin for all to see as Herb Blaser’s 2011 Dodge Cummins Diesel 3500 roared to a win at the 2012 Almena Fun Days Truck Pull. Blaser, a coordinator at SunPower Biodiesel, ran his truck on his company’s own blend

August 15, 2012 Read Full Article

Midwestern Governors Association Urges All OEMs to Support B20

(The Iowa Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Midwestern Governors Association has formally asked every major diesel engine and vehicle manufacturer to support the use of biodiesel blends of at least 20 percent (B20) in all diesel-powered equipment. …“As governors, we see increasing the use of biodiesel as an important part of

August 8, 2012 Read Full Article

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Support for Producers to Grow Renewable Feedstocks for Advanced Biofuels

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced payments for 125 advanced Biofuel producers across the country to support the production and expansion of advanced biofuels from a wide variety of non-food sources, including waste products. “Advanced biofuels are a key component of President Obama’s ‘all-of-the-above’ energy strategy

July 31, 2012 Read Full Article

Cow Manure Is Focus of Biofuel Research

The race to create a better, less controversial biofuel has spawned plenty of research into a variety of potential new sources – including switchgrass, cornstalks and algae. One goal behind the next generation of ethanol fuel is to end the debate over whether crops that could be used for food

July 31, 2012 Read Full Article

Pursuing Abundance: USDA, DOE Invest $41M to Drive Biofuels Feedstock Yields, Diversification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The recent focus on drought, and the scarcity scare, shows that diversification and yield enhancement remain the bioeconomy’s chief weapons in the war on availability and affordability.   The USDA and DOE respond with a $41M investment in basic science, feedstock development. …What are we doing

July 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Seafaring Biofuels: Finding the Right Fuel for the Fleet

by Ysabel Yates (Renewable Energy World)  …For the next two years, Rolf Reitz and his team will be developing a model to work out the right mix of biofuel for the Navy’s fleet. Reitz’s work is critical because Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has committed to cutting the fleet’s petroleum use in half by 2015,

July 24, 2012 Read Full Article

Designing Microbes that Make Energy-Dense Biofuels without Sugar

(R&D Magazine)  With metabolically engineered microorganisms hungry for levulinic acid rather than sugar, a University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) chemical and biological engineer aims to create more sustainable, cost-effective processes for converting biomass into high-energy-density hydrocarbon fuels. …Brian Pfleger, a UW-Madison assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, is among an

July 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuels Patent Issued For Lignin-Solvent Process

(JustMeans.com)  A patent that opens the door for the creation of biofuels from abundantly available plant fiber has been issued to researchers at the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. WIST’s first patent is for a process that makes biofuels and other products from

July 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Modeling Biofuel Fitness for the Sea

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)  With the help of a $2 million grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, mechanical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will develop a tool to characterize the performance of a new class of alternative fuels that could be used in maritime vehicles such as submarines

July 18, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuels Patent Marks Milestone for Madison Research Hub

Thomas Content (Journal Sentinel)  C5-6 Technologies of Middleton and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center in Madison are celebrating a milestone – the awarding of the first patent from the center’s next-generation biofuels research. The patent covers research into a heat-resistant enzyme that is well suited to break down the

July 17, 2012 Read Full Article

New Kids on the Block: 12 hot bio-based technologies worth watching (Parts 1 and 2)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Yet, even in an era where venture capital has been harder to come by (Why? See these 42 article links under the rubric, “The VC Model is Broken” ) — some great technologies have been getting out of the starting blocks. Some of these companies are practically

June 25, 2012 Read Full Article

New Early Career Awards Support Biofuels Research

by Jill Sakai and Renee Meiller (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A young generation of researchers are seeking biofuels in some unlikely sounding places: toxic algae blooms and cow stomachs. Two University of Wisconsin-Madison professors are drawing on these robust yet simple natural systems in search of new, sustainable sources for alternative

June 4, 2012 Read Full Article

United Cooperative Fitting Cenex Sites for Flex-Fueling

(CSP Daily News)  Installs ethanol blender pumps across southcentral Wisconsin United Cooperative has been selected to receive a $448,500 Rural Energy for America Program grant to assist with the installation of 36 ethanol flex-fuel blender pumps and seven biodiesel dispensers at 11 of United Cooperative’s Cenex convenience stores located throughout

May 30, 2012 Read Full Article

United Cooperative Installs Ethanol Flex-Fuel Blender Pumps across South-Central Wisconsin

(Beaver Dam Daily Citizen)  United Cooperative was selected to receive a $448,500 Rural Energy for America Program grant to assist with the installation of 36 ethanol flex-fuel blender pumps and seven biodiesel dispensers at 11 of United Cooperative’s Cenex convenience stores located throughout southcentral Wisconsin. Blender pumps utilize existing fuels

May 25, 2012 Read Full Article

Sugar Rush: The Race Is on to Commercialize Low-Cost, High-Quality Sugars from Nonfood Sources

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  The biorefining industry is hungry for a low-cost, high-quality and readily available supply of sugar feedstock from nonfood biomass sources. A number of pure-play sugar technology developers and manufacturers like Renmatix, Virdia (formerly HCL CleanTech), Sweetwater Energy, Comet Biorefining Inc., Proterro and others are deeply

May 2, 2012 Read Full Article

Fifth Stop: Sustainability

by Margaret Broeren  (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  …Much more than a buzzword, “sustainable” means that trade-offs—social, environmental and economic factors—have been measured, modeled and validated against actual “boots on the ground data” measured at agricultural research stations and on Midwestern farms, says Randy Jackson, a grassland ecologist and UW-Madison professor

April 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Summer Programs for Educators: Accepting Applications!

The Education and Outreach area of GLBRC supports and collaborates on a diverse array of programs, which complement our mission and goals. These programs mainly address the needs of K-12 and undergraduate learning communities, and topically address bioenergy-related issues ranging from biotechnology to sustainability. Click on the title to be

April 24, 2012 Read Full Article

Virdia, Virent Pioneer New Super-Performing, Parity-Cost Renewable Jet Fuel Pathway

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Virent, Virdia debut super-performing drop-in aviation biofuels made from drop-in cellulosic pine tree sugars; “passed under conditions where conventional jet fuels would fail,” says Air Force. In Wisconsin, Virent and Virdia (formerly HCL CleanTech), announced the successful conversion of cellulosic pine tree sugars to drop-in

March 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Connecting Classrooms to Cutting-Edge Science

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Students in Craig Kohn’s biotechnology classroom are on the hunt for biomass degraders. Scavenging for unique samples in piles of leaves or compost bins, they can use a simple filter paper test to determine if microbes within each environmental sample are capable of growing on

March 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Shell Busts a Move: Builds Drop-In Biofuels Pilot Plant in Texas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  While confusion reigneth on Shell’s plans for cellulosic ethanol, the company quietly builds a drop-in biofuels pilot plant in Texas, based on Virent’s bioforming technology. …After a stunning move to establish an $12 billion joint venture with Cosan, Raizen, focused primarily on Brazilian sugarcane and

February 28, 2012 Read Full Article

Brazilian Demand Gives U.S. Ethanol Producers a Big Boost

by Steve Tarter  (The State-Journal Register)  More U.S. ethanol was shipped overseas in 2011 than any year in history. The Washington, D.C.-based Renewable Fuels Association reported that 1.1 billion gallons of ethanol — worth about $2.5 billion — were exported to other nations, three times more than was exported in

February 16, 2012 Read Full Article

Sensenbrenner’s Position Isn’t Best for Wisconsin

by Bob Sather (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel/Wisconsin Bio-Industry Alliance)  This week, U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) once again failed to support Wisconsin, instead choosing to target an industry that generates more than a billion dollars annually for the state’s economy. Sensenbrenner’s push for legislation to delay Environmental Protection Agency approval

February 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Wisconsin Bioenergy Research Center to Open in Madison This Fall

by Bryan Sims (Biorefinery Magazine)  The newest of three bioenergy research facilities in the U.S. is slated to come online this fall on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, as construction is progressing on schedule for the new 104,000 square-foot Wisconsin Energy Institute. …The WEI will create a physical

February 2, 2012 Read Full Article

Iowa State University-Led Group Awarded $25 Million Grant for Land Use, Biofuel Production Study

(Iowa State University)  Now, an Iowa State University-based study over the next five years will examine whether a single, coordinated production system can address all of these concerns while making profits for producers. A multi-state, interdisciplinary team led by Ken Moore, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in the Department of

January 19, 2012 Read Full Article

Want Cheap Biofuel? A Startup Makes It with Natural Gas

by Kevin Bullis (MIT Technology Review)  Virent says supplementing biomass with fossil fuel could increase yields and lower costs. Virent, a biofuels company based in Madison, Wisconsin, has developed a potentially inexpensive way to make gasoline and other valuable chemicals out of grass and wood chips. Its approach reduces costs

January 18, 2012 Read Full Article

Virent Announces Issuance of Five U.S. Patents

(Virent)  Company Increases Protection of its BioForming® Technology Virent announced the issuance of five new U.S. patents covering aspects of its catalytic BioForming® platform. Three of the patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,053,615, 8,017,818 and 7,977,517, cover the production of various liquid fuels and chemicals related to its recent announced partnership

January 6, 2012 Read Full Article

Good Digestion: It’s Been a Bumpy Road to Full-Scale Adoption of Anaerobic Digestion Technologies at Ethanol Plants

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite the promise of methane from anaerobic digestion technology, low natural gas rates and other factors have kept ethanol producers from jumping in with both feet. …On top of the digester, Western Plains Energy utilizes sorghum, or milo, as a feedstock in addition to

December 29, 2011 Read Full Article

How Virent Is Using Plants To Replace Oil

by Rachel Z. Arndt (FastCompany)   …(W)e speak with Mary Tilton, VP of plant operations at Virent, which is using chemistry to turn plants into fuel. “We are replacing crude oil. We’re using catalytic chemistry to manipulate the carbon-oxygen bonds of sugars and other bio-derived materials to turn them into

December 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Seminar Touts Small-Scale Biofuel Production on Wisconsin Farms

by Nathan Phelps  (Green Bay Press-Gazette)  On-site production of fuel builds security …Small-scale production of biodiesel and other biofuels derived from sources like canola was the focus of a seminar Friday in Denmark. On-farm production of fuels like soybean-based biodiesel and ethanol has taken hold around the state, said Bob

December 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Synergy by Design

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  …Co-founded in 2002 by Randy Cortright, Virent’s current chief technology officer, and James Dumesic, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Virent deepened its relationship with Shell and refocused its business strategy in 2008 to produce advanced biofuels such as drop-in biogasoline and light and heavy

November 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Station Opens Near Duluth

by Steve Kuchera (Duluth News Tribune)  A Northwestern Wisconsin biodiesel producer recently opened its first Minnesota station at a former Armor Fuel & Save station on Midway Road just off Interstate 35. A Northwestern Wisconsin biodiesel producer recently opened its first Minnesota station at a former Armor Fuel & Save

November 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Wisconsin Congressman Introduces Bill to Require More E15 testing

by Kris Bevill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Citing “serious concerns” with the U.S. EPA’s decision to allow E15 to be used invehicle models 2001 and newer, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., introduced legislation to the House of Representatives on Oct. 13 that would require an independent scientific analysis to be conducted on

October 20, 2011 Read Full Article

Green Racing Marks Its 25th Competition

by Lee Slezak (US Department of Energy)  The Green Racing program, a motorsports competition geared toward raising awareness of fuel efficiency, alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies, recently hit a major milestone as the state of Wisconsin played host to the 25th race in the Michelin Green X Challenge. It

September 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Payments to Producers in 41 States to Expand the Production and Availability of Advanced Biofuels

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today (September 27, 2011) announced that USDA will make payments to more than 160 energy producers in 41 states to support and ensure the production and expansion of advanced biofuels. “Renewable energy production will create tens of thousands of direct, American jobs;

September 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Conversion Pathways for Bioenergy: Cellulosic Bioproducts–Virent is Replacing the Crude Oil

Andrew Held (Virent)  Andrew Held, Director of Virent Feedstock Development, explained that Virent creates gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and chemicals from biomass feedstocks. Virent, founded in 2002 and based in Madison, WI , has a 63,000 sq. ft. facility with more than 20 pilot plants. Virent’s production capacity is 10,000

September 20, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA Gives $2 Million for Blender Pumps in 22 States

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Thirty-three projects in 22 states have been approved for blender pump grants in the latest round of funding to be dispersed through the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program. A total of $27 million in grants and loan guarantees for various energy-related projects were announced

September 19, 2011 Read Full Article

Study: Wisconsinites Have Mixed Views on Ethanol

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)  A majority of Wisconsinites support the use of ethanol blends if it keeps dollars and jobs in the United States and reduces air pollution, according to a new study by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers. But that support dropped substantially if those surveyed were told that ethanol could

September 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Announces up to $12 Million in Investments to Support Development and Production of Drop-In Biofuels

(US Department of Energy)  In support of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive efforts to strengthen U.S. energy security,  U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced up to $12 million to fund three small-scale projects in Illinois, Wisconsin, and North Carolina that aim to commercialize novel conversion technologies to accelerate the development

September 1, 2011 Read Full Article

Virent’s Biogasoline Passes First Test in European Auto Fleet Trial

(Virent)  Virent’s Biofuel Satisfies “No Harms” Criteria in Shell Road Trial Virent has taken another step in the gasoline certification process, successfully completing its first road fleet test organized and executed by Virent collaborator, Royal Dutch Shell. Virent’s biogasoline was found to cause “no harm” to vehicles in comparison to Shell’s baseline fuel.

August 24, 2011 Read Full Article

A Quick Way to Grade Grasses for Ethanol Yields

by Don Comis (US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers have developed an inexpensive way to grade the ethanol potential of perennial grasses at the biorefinery’s loading dock. That future has been made possible by a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, including Ken Vogel, Rob

August 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Scouting for Biofuels Crops in Indian Creek Watershed

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory is looking for the best biofuels crops to grow in the northeast Illinois Indian Creek Watershed. During a recent field tour of the watershed sponsored by theConservation Technology Information Center, Argonne agronomist Cristina Negri said they are looking at alternative

August 15, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuel Firm Seeks to Convert Yellow Grease into Liquid Gold

by William D’Urso  (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel)   …Cream City Grecycling, a division of Fushion Renewables, was launched in July and it’s seeking out restaurants for their used cooking grease. The plan: Turn the waste grease into biodiesel. The company hopes to collect 30,000 gallons a month by the end

August 12, 2011 Read Full Article

Novel Gene Increases Yeast’s Appetite for Plant Sugars

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  For thousands of years, bakers and brewers have relied on yeast to convert sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide. Yet, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers eager to harness this talent for brewing biofuels have found when it comes to churning through sugars, these budding microbes can

August 1, 2011 Read Full Article

The Proof Is in the Stopwatch: A Technical Analysis of How the Project G.R.E.E.N. Camaro Faired in a Three-Day Test Pitting Carb vs. EFI and Gas vs. E85

by Danny Bocci, Forrest Jehlik, Jim McFarland (Circle Track Magazine)  Circle Track Editor’s Note: What if there were technologies and approaches to running a race car that significantly increased performance, were relatively inexpensive, lowered operational costs, supported domestic industries, and virtually removed racers from the environmental debate? Even though many

August 1, 2011 Read Full Article

Argonne National Laboratory and Circle Track Racing Propose Green Racing Muscle Car Challenge

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Researchers from Argonne National Laboratory, the American Speed Association and Hot Rods Performance Group began seeking sponsors for a stock car racing series focused on renewable fuels. “Our goal is to use next-generation production cars built with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) advanced echnologies fueld

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Ready For a New Fuel Mix in a Dual Fuel Engine?

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)  An award-winning University of Wisconsin-Madison team led by professor Rolf Reitz will showcase at the Wisconsin State Fair a student hybrid vehicle for advanced fuel technology that harnesses the advantages of both diesel and gasoline. The fuels are mixed in the combustion process. … The process, called

July 27, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

Farm Bill Energy Title: Rural Energy for America Program

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On July 19, 2011, the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) and Environmental and Energy Study Institute(EESI) held a briefing on the energy title of the Farm Bill, with a special focus on the Rural Energy for America Program. Big decisions loom in the next Farm Bill,

July 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Study: Regulatory Hurdles Hinder Biofuels Market

by Phil Ciciora (University of Illinois)  Regulatory hurdles abound for the successful commercialization of emerging liquid biofuels, which hold the promise of enhancing U.S. energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and serving as a driver for rural economic development, according to new U. of I. research. In the study, University

July 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Sensenbrenner Wants to See Results of DOE’s E15 Tests

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner is stepping up his efforts to do away with proposed mandates that would require gasoline for newer vehicles to use 15-percent ethanol. This week, the Brookfield Republican wrote to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, asking him to provide information on the

July 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuel Maker Claims New Technology Can Create PET Bottles from Waste

by Guy Montague-Jones   (FoodProductionDaily)  The US-based company recently announced that it had created a PET feedstock – paraxylene (PX) – entirely from plant-based sugars using its own catalytic process. The process results in the creation of a PET product, which has been trademarked BioFormPX, identical to PET made from

July 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Ford, Toyota Criticize EPA Ethanol-Blend Fuel Proposal

(Bloomberg)  Automakers including Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. criticized an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to allow gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol in all cars and trucks in the U.S., saying its use may void warranties. Twelve automakers in letters released today that were

July 5, 2011 Read Full Article

UW & Iowa St. Report: Ethanol Lowered Gas Prices $0.89 per Gallon in 2010

(Wisconsin BioIndustry Alliance)   A report by the University of Wisconsin and Iowa State University found that ethanol production helped reduce gas prices at the pump by an average of $0.89 per gallon across the country in 2010. The report, which updated the findings of a study originally released in 2009 by the

July 5, 2011 Read Full Article
  2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be conducting detailed biennial peer review meetings of its activities throughout the first half of 2011. The process will begin with platform reviews of the Program’s six technology areas between February

June 24, 2011 Read Full Article

EdeniQ Licenses Yeast Technology From USDA

(PR NewsWire/The Street)  EdeniQ, Inc., a California-based clean technology company serving the global biofuels industry, announced today that it has licensed yeast technology from the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) associated with the fermentation of C5 sugars, such as xylose, to ethanol.  The license

June 14, 2011 Read Full Article

DOE Awards $36M to Six Projects for Drop-In fuels, Chemicals

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Virent, Genomatica, HCL Clean Tech among the winners, as DOE fosters replacement of “entire barrel of oil” in latest funding round In Washington, US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced up to $36 millionto fund six small-scale projects that will advance the technology improvements and process

June 13, 2011 Read Full Article

Making the Most of DDGS

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Researchers coax more products and income streams from distillers grains …(R)esearchers see a time when distillers grains will be used for more than feed. Diversifying uses for distillers grains can provide multiple revenue streams and contribute to the increasing need for renewable fuels. Several

June 9, 2011 Read Full Article

SunPower Biodiesel Goes Into Production

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  SunPower Biodiesel is official producing biodiesel at its plant located in Cumberland Wisconsin. The plant is using locally grown canola oil to produce the biodiesel. To celebrate, SunPower held a grand opening event that included a biodiesel workshop, plant tours and a ribbon cutting ceremony.  READ

June 7, 2011 Read Full Article

Virent Makes Gasoline from Cellulosic Biomas

(Virent)  Biofuels Pioneer Converts Corn Stover and Loblolly Pine Into BioFormate™ Gasoline with Molecular Composition Similar to Gasoline Derived from Fossil Fuels Virent announced it has successfully produced biogasoline from corn stover and pine harvest forest residuals, as a recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) February 2010 grant to the

June 3, 2011 Read Full Article

View the Wisconsin Bioenergy Atlas

(Wisconsin Bioenergy Information and Outreach Network)  We have gathered and organized numerous spatial data layers relevant to siting and facility operations and present these through interactive mapping. Users can select data useful to their interests and use mapping tools to zoom into an area to display and query the results.

May 4, 2011 Read Full Article

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Seminar Series

This spring GLBRC launched a seminar series featuring a wide range of bioenergy experts. The series is open to the public and alternates between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University campuses. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend along with industry and community leaders interested in renewable energy.

May 4, 2011 Read Full Article

The Impact of Ethanol Production on US and Regional Gasoline Markets: An Update to May 2009

by Xiaodong Du, Dermot J. Hayes (Iowa State University/Center for Agricultural and Rural Development)   This report updates the findings in Du and Hayes 2009 by extending the data to December 2010 and concludes that over the sample period from January 2000 to December 2010, the growth in ethanol production reduced

May 3, 2011 Read Full Article

Knocking Natural Gas Off Its Throne

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Although natural gas is king of power generation at ethanol plants, there’s increasing interest in renewable energy technologies that could help ethanol plants someday produce a domestically grown fuel without using fossil fuels. Four ethanol plants, for example, are working to reduce fossil

April 27, 2011 Read Full Article

State Corn Checkoff Sponsors Ethanol Eco-Challenge Team

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  A team of high school students from Durand placed third overall at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition in Houston, Texas last week, where they drove 572 miles per gallon with 100-percent ethanol fuel. The group’s trip to the national fuel efficiency race was sponsored by the Wisconsin

April 22, 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

Waste Management, Total Invest in Agilyx, Waste Plastics-to-Crude Oil Pyrolysis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The Portland-based company, once known as Plas2Fuel, is developing a novel, scalable technology that converts difficult-to-recycle waste plastics into synthetic sweet crude oil. Last year, it received TechAmerica’s 2010 Cool Product of the Year Award. It’s other milestone – opening its 10 ton per day

April 4, 2011 Read Full Article

Fearing Ethanol Damage, Engine Makers Want Current Gas Blends to Stay

by Rick Barrett (Journal Sentinel)   Briggs & Stratton Co. and other engine manufacturers want the government to ensure that current grades of gasoline will remain available when fuel with a higher ethanol content – which could damage engines – is introduced as soon as this summer. The manufacturers, represented by

March 30, 2011 0 comment Read Full Article

State of Wisconsin Issues Air Permit for United Ethanol

by Maureen White  (Eisenmann Corporation/Renewable Energy World)  The Air Permit was recently approved by the State of Wisconsin for United Ethanol to begin construction of the EISENMANN BIOGAS-TS Anaerobic Digester. The $6.75 million project will install an anaerobic digester and biogas boiler at the 50 MMgy United Ethanol plant in

March 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Ethanol Is Valuable State Crop, Group Says

(Ashland Current)  A recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the total value of Wisconsin crops rose by more than $1 billion dollars last year to $4.8 billion, up from $3.5 billion in 2009. More than half of the value came from the state’s corn crop, which

February 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Small-Scale Enzyme Research Could Have Big Biomass Implications

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Researchers at the U.S. DOE’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, based at the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University, are three years into a research project focused on identifying new enzymes for cellulosic ethanol production and creating enzyme cocktails that will produce more ethanol

January 31, 2011 Read Full Article

“Stay Midwest, Young Biofuels Entrepreneur”: a Counterpoint

by Todd Taylor with Christina Connelly, Ralph Groschen, Mark Lindquist, Gregg Mast, Tim Welle and Doug Cameron (Biofuels Digest/Minnesota)  …Venture capitalists in California support and encourage these and many other companies and deserve ample credit for the Cambrian-like explosion of new technologies.  As we rightly applaud them, let us remember that

January 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Producer Payments to Promote Bioenergy Production in Rural America

(USDA) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new investments in 33 states to support the production and usage of advanced biofuels. Vilsack highlighted these projects as ways the Obama Administration is working to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil by creating alternative energy sources and promoting economic development and

January 21, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA Announces Grants to Boost Sustainable Bioenergy Education

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced January 18, 2011, two grants that will create educational opportunities in math and science for students interested in bioenergy and bio-based products. “Bioenergy and bio-based products hold vast potential as the foundation for new technologies and opportunities that could have a

January 21, 2011 Read Full Article

Green Dream Team Memories: Gunnar Jeanne

(ALMS)  GETG’s ace pilot talked green with students from UW-Madison Gunnar Jeannette did not hesitate to raise his hand last season when personally invited by the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón to become an environmental ambassador in 2010. As part of the new Green Dream Team, one

January 11, 2011 Read Full Article

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Announces Summer Programs for Teachers and Undergraduates

Research Experience for Teachers (RET) (UW):   The RET allows grade 6 -14 science or agriculture teachers to spend 6 weeks on campus in the summer to develop a classroom lab or activity related to bioenergy. RET participants work with their mentor scientist to learn about the research and techniques used, and

January 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Virent and HCL CleanTech Receive Grant to Demonstrate Cellulosic Sugars as Feedstocks for 'Drop-In' Biofuels and Bioproducts

(Virent)  BIRD Energy Grant Will Support Virent’s Conversion of HCL CleanTech’s Pine Tree Sugars Into Hydrocarbon Fuels and Products That can be Sustainable, Cost-effective, and Compatible With Existing Infrastructure Virent Energy Systems Inc. and HCL CleanTech announced today that they have been awarded a $900,000 grant from BIRD Energy, a program

January 5, 2011 Read Full Article

“Green Genes” in Yeast May Boost Biofuel Production

(Innovations Report)  An effort to increase biofuel production has led scientists to discover genes in yeast that improve their tolerance to ethanol, allowing them to produce more ethanol from the same amount of nutrients. This study, published in the December 2010 issue of GENETICS, shows how genetically altered yeast cells survive

December 23, 2010 Read Full Article

NASCAR Ethanol Fuel Comes from Wisconsin Corn

by Nathan Phelps  (Green Bay Gazette)   Farmers: Deal raises awareness of alternative fuel Several Wisconsin farmers say a new partnership between NASCAR and the newly formed American Ethanol will help boost the visibility of ethanol and serve as an educational tool for the public. …”We have so much excess corn we

December 3, 2010 Read Full Article

DuBay Biofuel Plans Cheese Byproduct Processing Facility

by Molly Newman (Marshallfield News Herald) A new company will convert waste product from the cheese-making process into the very product that drives cheesemaking — food for cows. DuBay Biofuel-Greenwood LLC was awarded a $1.9 million State Energy Program loan Thursday to build a processing facility for whey permeate, which

November 3, 2010 Read Full Article

Building Bioenergy-Savvy Educators

By Linda Brozyna (Great Lakes BioEnergy Research Center)  For most, the ideal summer vacation does not include donning lab goggles, performing hands on field research or analyzing data. The teachers who participated in the 2010 Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) Bioenergy Institute for Educators, however, looked forward to being students again.

October 28, 2010 Read Full Article

Remarks by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Biofuels as Prepared for Delivery at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

(EIN News/USDA)   …USDA announced assistance under the Recovery Act for 334 broadband expansions designed to reach more than 6 million people and 250,000 businesses in rural and remote areas. …By launching the USDA led effort “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” we began to promote better linkage between local producers

October 22, 2010 Read Full Article

Virent Biogasoline Blended by Shell into Scuderia Ferrari Race Fuel at South Korea Grand Prix

(Virent)  Virent’s biogasoline has been blended into fuel supplied by Shell to Scuderia Ferrari for the last three races of the 2010 Formula One championship . Virent Energy Systems, Inc. announced October 19, 2010, that Scuderia Ferrari will use a fuel containing Virent’s ‘‘biogasoline’’, a biofuel converted directly from plant sugars. The

October 20, 2010 Read Full Article

Biorefinery Town of Tomorrow

by Luke Geiver  (Biorefining Magazine)  The work of ThermoChem Recovery International has already changed the future for one small Wisconsin community. A small town in the woods of Wisconsin, fresh off the bankruptcy and closing of its century-old paper mill, might be the last place to find the biorefinery blueprint

September 14, 2010 Read Full Article
  2010 Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit October 14 Madison, WI

2010 Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit October 14 Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Bioenergy Summit is an annual event that brings together members of the Midwestern community as well as leading scientists in the bioenergy field to take part in workshops and and panels focusing on renewable energy. This 2010 Summit will feature a keynote speaker as well as several breakout

September 13, 2010 Read Full Article

LPP Combustion Generates Clean, Green Power Using Bio-ethanol

(LPP Combustion, LLC)  LPP Combustion, LLC, a Columbia, MD based innovator in liquid fuel technology, has successfully demonstrated the clean generation of green, dispatchable, renewable power on a 30kW Capstone C30 gas turbine.  LPP Combustion has developed a Lean, Pre-mixed, Prevaporized (LPP) combustion technology that converts a wide variety of

June 3, 2010 Read Full Article

Doyle Signs Renewable Fuels Bill into Law

(Wisconsin Ag Connection)  A legislative proposal that would encourage the development, production and use of renewable fuels in Wisconsin is now the law of the land. On Tuesday, Governor Jim Doyle signed SB 279, also known as the ‘ethanol bill,’ which organizes the way biofuel research and development is managed

May 20, 2010 Read Full Article

High Schoolers win Gold for Vehicle that Gets 345 mpg Using Ethanol

by Megan Peterson (WEAU.com)  A group of Durand High School (Wisconsin) students made the trip to Texas this past weekend to compete in a national competition to see who can build the most fuel efficient vehicle.  The team ended up bringing back a gold trophy, a couple thousand dollars and bragging

April 6, 2010 Read Full Article

Milwaukee Brewing Co. Saves Big on Energy Costs by Brewing Biodiesel

(BizTimes.com)   Every Monday morning, a crew of workers inside the Milwaukee Brewing Company brews up a special batch of product. Unlike the brewery’s beer, this product is usable right away, and becomes fuel for the brewing process. For more than one year, the company has been making biodiesel at its

March 23, 2010 Read Full Article

Virent and Shell Start World’s First Biogasoline Production Plant

Virent Energy Systems, Inc., (Virent®) and Shell today announced the successful start of production at the world’s first demonstration plant converting plant sugars into gasoline and gasoline blend components, rather than ethanol. The demonstration plant, located at Virent’s facilities in Madison, Wisconsin USA, is the latest step in a joint

March 23, 2010 Read Full Article

Fermentable Sugars by Chemical Hydrolysis of Biomass

by Joseph B. Binder and Ronald T. Raines (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  Abundant plant biomass has the potential to become a sustainable source of fuels and chemicals. Realizing this potential requires the economical conversion of recalcitrant lignocellulose into useful intermediates, such as sugars. We report a high-yielding

March 16, 2010 Read Full Article

An Apple a Day Keeps the Gas Pump Away

by Jeremy Elton (Treehugger)   A team of scientists led by James Dumesic at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered a way (subscription needed) to turn the sugar commonly found in fruits like apples and oranges into a biofuel with 40% greater energy density than ethanol. This two-stage process, which essentially

June 30, 2007 Read Full Article

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