Dakota Bioprocessing Consortium Established

Joanna Schroeder

Four universities in North Dakota and South Dakota have been awarded a $6 million grant to establish the Dakota Bioprocessing Consortium (DakotaBioCon) to conduct collaborative research. The award is funded by the National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The consortium includes North Dakota State University, the University of North Dakota, South Dakota State University and the South …

advance biofuels, biomass, biomaterials, Research

Univ. of Tenn. Develops More Sensitive Biodiesel Sensor

John Davis

An issue that biodiesel runs into in the jet fuel field is the lack of tolerance for ASTM D1655, the jet fuel specification at just 5 parts per million (ppm) of allowable amount of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) contamination. Biodiesel Magazine reports while that traditional analytical equipment, such as gas chromatography, Fourier transform infrared and high-performance liquid chromatography, cannot …

Biodiesel, biojet fuel, Research

India & Australia Renewable Energy Investments Up

Joanna Schroeder

India and Australia, powered by policy support from the government, will increase their share of renewable energy projects in the near future, according to the recent report, Asia-Pacific Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2013, published by GlobalData. In addition, the report finds China will remain the largest market in the Asia-Pacific region. According to the report, Australia’s cumulative installed capacity for …

Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy, Research, Solar, Wind

Growth in Wind Industry to Boost O&M Market

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new report from GlobalData, with wind energy capacity growing at rapid pace, the value of the operations and maintenance (O&M) market is expected to increase from $3 billion in 2008 to $19 billion in 2020. The report finds that more than 191 GW of wind power capacity was added between 2008 and 2012, which has drastically increased …

Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy, Research, Wind

New Mexico State University Awarded $5M Grant

Joanna Schroeder

New Mexico State University (NMSU) has been awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to improve algae-based fuel that is compatible with existing refineries. The principal investigator of the project, entitled REAP: Realization of Algae Potential, will be Peter Lammers, director of the NMSU Algal Bioenergy team. Lammers will coordinate efforts at partner institutions that …

advance biofuels, algae, Research

Land Availability Should Determine Biomass Use

Joanna Schroeder

According to a paper published by the nova-Institute on agricultural feedstock use in industrial applications, efficiency and sustainability assessed on a case-by-case basis should be the sole criteria in judging the choice of feedstock used. The paper reviewed the “food versus fuel” arguments surrounding feedstocks to help shed light on the debate on how feedstocks should be used. The institute …

advance biofuels, Agribusiness, biomass, biomaterials, food and fuel, Research

Study: E85 Can Help Break the Blend Wall

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new analysis by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University, the so-called ethanol “blend wall” can be overcome and Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requirements can be met in 2014 and beyond through increased use of attractively-priced E85. The analysis is titled “Price It and They Will Buy: How E85 Can Break the Blend …

biofuels, E85, Ethanol, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Research, RFA, RFS, RINS

Purdue Jet to Fly on Camelina-based Biofuel

John Davis

A jet from Purdue University will fly on a camelina-based biofuel at an international air show today. This story from the school says the Embraer Phenom 100 jet takes part in the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh using the jet biofuel developed by the U.S. Air Force. “Aviation biofuels, some of which are approved for use today, are of …

biofuels, Research, University

A New Use for Algae in Biofuel Production

Joanna Schroeder

According to an article in the journal Phycologia, a recent research study examined a promising freshwater algal strain for possible genetic engineering applications that could make it a viable biofuel. The research, conducted by a research team in Japan, was aimed at reducing the time from research to commercial production of algal-based biofuels. The article takes an in-depth look at …

advance biofuels, algae, Research

N.C. Biofuels Center To Shutter Its Windows

Joanna Schroeder

According to an article in the Triangle Business Journal, the N.C. Biofuels Center will close down “within weeks” as lawmakers moved to vote on a state budget that cuts off its $2 million in annual state funding. The facility is focused on conducting research on transportation fuels derived from cellulosic grasses and other non-food crops. In addition to state funding, …

biofuels, Research