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

New CESA Clean Energy Report Available

Joanna Schroeder

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) has released a new report, “Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies“. The report provides a comprehensive look at the ways in which states are supporting clean energy as well as offers suggestions on how to further encourage growth. The report includes 31 case studies form 22 states covering various clean …

Clean Energy, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES), Research

FPL and FIU to Build Solar Power Center

Joanna Schroeder

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) and Florida International University (FIU) have solidified a partnership to build a commercial-scale distributed solar power facility that will both generate electricity for FPL’s 4.8 million customers and serve as an innovative research operation. The project includes the installation of more than 5,700 solar panels on 23 canopy-like structures that will be built this …

Clean Energy, Electricity, Research, Solar

Report: Farmers Can Grow Food, Fuel

Joanna Schroeder

According to research conducted by Russ Gesch, a plant physiologist with the USDA Soil Conversation Research Lab in Morris, Minnesota, farmers can successfully and sustainably grow food and fuel. Gesch specifically looked at growing Camelina sativa with soybeans in the Midwest. Gesch’s study was recently published in Agronomy Journal. Camelina is a member of the mustard family and research shows …

advance biofuels, Agribusiness, Research

Wash. State Researchers Make Biofuels from Fungus

John Davis

Researchers at Washington State University are making a biofuel for jets from a common black fungus found in decaying leaves, soil and rotting fruit. This news release from the school says they hope to have a viable aviation biofuel in the next five years. The researchers used Aspergillus carbonarius ITEM 5010 to create hydrocarbons, the chief component of petroleum, similar …

biofuels, Research