Boise State Wants to Run Baja 1000 on Biodiesel

John Davis

A Boise State University non-profit wants to run an off-road race in Mexico on biodiesel, which the group believes will give them an edge for the win. This article from KMVT-TV says Greenspeed Research is building a biodiesel trophy truck to compete in the Baja 1000, an off-road race that takes place on Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula in the third …

Biodiesel, Research, University

A Toast to Making Ethanol from Grape Biomass

John Davis

Raise your glass in a toast to some researchers from Down Under, as they have figured out how to make ethanol out of some of the leftovers from wine-making. University of Adelaide researchers in Australia showed they could make about 100 gallons of ethanol by fermenting a ton of grape marc – the leftover skins, stalks and seeds from wine-making. …

biomass, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Research

U of North Dakota Gets Biomass Research Funding

John Davis

Federal funding to the tune of $250,000 is headed to the University of North Dakota for research to study biomass as a biofuel and solar energy absorption by nanoparticles. North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp welcomed the research dollars. “North Dakota has a rich heritage of conservation and we must continue to develop and use our natural resources responsibly,” said …

biomass, Research, University

Michigan State IDs Water Usage by Biomass Crops

John Davis

Researchers at Michigan State University have identified the amount of water used by some key biomass crops. This article from the school says the study, titled, “Comparative water use by maize, perennial crops, restored prairie and poplar trees in the U.S. Midwest,” recently published by Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), lead authored by Michigan State University professor Steve Hamilton, …

biofuels, biomass, Research, water

EPA’s Ethanol Rules Pollutes Air Equal to 1 Mil Cars

John Davis

The government’s proposal to cut the amount of ethanol to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply would pollute the air equivalent to one million more vehicles on the road. The Energy Resources Center (ERC) at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted the analysis on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed ethanol blending rules. The findings come in the …

corn, EPA, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, NCGA, Research

Scottish Scientists Identify Algae Best for Biofuels

John Davis

Scientists in Scotland have identified which algae are the best for biofuels. This article from the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) says the researchers used a new technique to figure out which ocean-based strains had the highest oil content. The screening revealed two marine strains, Nannochloropis oceanica and Chlorella vulgaris, which had a dry-weight oil content of more than …

algae, Biodiesel, biofuels, International, Research

New Holland Partners with SUNY on Biomass Project

Cindy Zimmerman

New Holland Agriculture is partnering with the State University of New York (SUNY) on a U.S. Department of Energy funded research project to develop ways to reduce the cost of delivering biomass for refinement. New Holland Agriculture will provide SUNY with an FR9080 self-propelled forage harvester with 130FB coppice header for use in the project. The forage harvester and header …

biomass, Energy, Equipment, New Holland, Research

Bacteria Can Help Boost Ethanol Production

John Davis

Microbes play an important role in ethanol production, and researchers in the Midwest are finding a way to get more out of the little bugs to get the most green fuel out of feedstocks, especially waste materials. This news release from the University of Wisconsin-Madison says scientists there teamed up with Michigan State University researchers to create a process for …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Research

MIT Finds Way to Help Ethanol Yeast Thrive

John Davis

Ethanol producers might get more production out of the yeast they use, thanks to researchers at MIT. This news release from the school says scientists have added potassium and an acidity-reducing compound to the yeast that helps it tolerate higher concentrations of the ethanol it’s making without dying. Aided by those “supplements,” traditionally underperforming laboratory yeast made more ethanol than …

Ethanol, Ethanol News, Research

Biofuel Perennial Crops Could Use Less Water

Joanna Schroeder

A new research report from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) finds that perennial crops grown on marginal land for biofuel use could use comparable water to that of corn. The report looked at how these crops could affect the balance of water between rainfall inputs, evaporation losses, and movement of soil water to the groundwater. The report cites …

advance biofuels, Renewable Energy, Research, water