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Iowa State to manage biorefinery projects for new Manufacturing USA Institute

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Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute. In addition, she said the Iowa State team has already pulled in multiple partners willing to help commercialize distributed biorefineries. of Adel; and the Iowa Energy Center.

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Iowa Dealers Shut Down Tesla Test Drives As Rep Humiliates Them

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Consider Bruce Anderson, president of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association--which successfully shut down the last of three

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DuPont opening 30M gpy cellulosic ethanol facility in Iowa; largest in world

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DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Facility. Aerial view of plant, facing east (August 2015). Click to enlarge. Brief

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Iowa State team develops hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon

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The engineers’ research was supported by CBiRC, the National Science Foundation, Iowa State’s Plant Sciences Institute and the Ames Laboratory.

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Minnesota Tesla Owners Show Banned Model S To Iowa Electric-Car Shoppers

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Suppose auto dealers in a neighboring state pressured their DoT to make Tesla Motors stop giving test drives of its Model S electric car--the same kind it now offers in more than a dozen other states. What would you do? If you were you a group of Tesla owners in Minnesota, you might just take matters into your own hands. You might, in fact, drive

DuPont selects Murex as marketing partner for cellulosic ethanol from Nevada, Iowa plant

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) has selected Murex LLC to market the cellulosic ethanol produced from its 30-million-gallon-per-year plant in Nevada, Iowa. This optimized conversion process is being deployed in the facility in Nevada, Iowa. Earlier post.) Brief

Iowa launches pilot program for E-30 blends

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Iowa Governor Terry E. Iowa State University will work closely on this initiative to evaluate consumer perceptions and the impact of increased assess to mid-level biofuels blending options, including impacts on improved air quality. Branstad, Lt. Kim Reynolds, agriculture Sec. Brief

Iowa development authority supported corn ethanol project with $4.25M award

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The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board has awarded a dry-mill corn ethanol plant project a $4.25-million sales tax refund. The group America’s Renewable Future noted that twelve out of 14 presidential candidates support the RFS heading into the Iowa Caucus today. Ethanol and the election. Brief

Iowa gives B11 and above a tax break

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law a bill ( Senate File 257 ) which, among other things, raises the state’s fuel tax while providing a small incentive for biodiesel. The increase of 10 cents a gallon for both diesel and gasoline will help repair and improve Iowa’s roads and bridges. Brief

Are Republicans Really Behind Tesla Sales Bans? Data Offers Clues

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DON''T MISS: Iowa It seems to be a common assumption among Tesla Motors supporters: State auto-dealer lobbyists work with Republican legislators to enact laws banning direct sales of Tesla''s electric cars to retail buyers. But is it true?

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ExxonMobil establishes advanced biofuels program at Iowa State; focus on biomass pyrolysis

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ExxonMobil Corporation is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University. Iowa State researchers have been studying fast pyrolysis for more than 15 years and have recently upgraded a fast pyrolysis pilot plant at the university’s BioCentury Research Farm. —Professor Robert C. Brief

Iowa Legislature passes biofuel bill; butanol blends, E-15 and biodiesel tax credits extended

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Both houses of the Iowa Legislature have passed a bill ( SF2344 ) providing for biobutanol-blended gasoline; modifying the rate of the E-15 plus gasoline promotion tax credit; and extending provisions for a biodiesel production refund. Brief

U. of Iowa researchers find smoke impacts on severity of tornados

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University of Iowa researchers have found that smoke resulting from spring agricultural land-clearing fires in Central America and transported across the Gulf of Mexico intensified tornado conditions already in process in the United States. Together, those two conditions increased the likelihood of more severe tornadoes. —Pablo Saide.

Iowa State University researchers genetically boost algae biomass by 50-80%

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Researchers at Iowa State University have developed a genetic technique they say can increase biomass in algae by 50–80%. The patent-pending technology is available for licensing from the Iowa State University Research Foundation, which also provided technology development funds. —Martin Spalding. Brief

Alcoa completes $300M expansion of automotive aluminum sheet plant in Iowa

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Alcoa has completed a $300-million expansion at its Davenport, Iowa facility dedicated to supplying aluminum sheet products to the automotive industry. Our project in Iowa is the first of three capacity expansions we have underway to meet this growing demand. 2014 marks the beginning of dramatic growth for aluminum in the auto sector.

Solazyme scales renewable oil fermentation to 500,000 liters at ADM Clinton, Iowa Facility

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has successfully completed multiple initial fermentations at ADM’s Clinton, Iowa facility. Solazyme is utilizing ADM’s existing Clinton, Iowa, manufacturing facility in a capital-efficient expansion of its renewable oil production platform in North America. Solazyme, Inc. Earlier post.). Brief

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DuPont engages Fagen as construction contractor for planned cellulosic ethanol plant in Iowa

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to build one a commercial cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa. DuPont Industrial Biosciences continues to work with Iowa State University to complete large-scale stover supply chain testing. This collaboration establishes best practices for supplying the planned Nevada, Iowa, biorefinery sustainably and economically.

Wrecked Tesla, Dopey Dealers, VW Passat Plug-In Hybrid, Sakti3 Batteries: Today's Car News

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While Iowa We''ve got two Tesla stories--one in which a car-dealer rep says something really dumb--plus a debate over green transport, VW''s second plug-in hybrid, and the emergence of a secretive battery startup with ties to GM. All this and more today on Green Car Reports.

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Iowa Power Fund Board to Award $14.75M to POET for Cellulosic Ethanol Plant

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The Iowa Power Fund Board approved the award of $14.75 POET will use corn fiber and corn cobs in addition to their existing ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. million to assist POET in developing a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant capable of producing 25 million gallons per year. Matching funds for the project are $216.25

Iowa State researchers developing low-cost thermochemical process to produce sugars from biomass for bio-fuels and -chemicals; pyrolytic molasses

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Iowa State University (ISU) researchers have developed technologies to efficiently produce, recover and separate sugars from the fast pyrolysis of biomass. Brown and Iowa State researchers are presenting present their ideas and findings during tcbiomass2011 , the International Conference on Thermochemical Conversion Science in Chicago.

DOE finalizes $105M loan guarantee for Project Liberty cellulosic bio-refinery in Iowa

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Project LIBERTY, sponsored by POET, will be built in Emmetsburg, Iowa and is expected to produce up to 25 million gallons of ethanol per year. The US Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a $105-million loan guarantee to support the development of one of the US’ first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants. Earlier post.) Brief

Elk Horn, Iowa Claims Highest Concentration of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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Elk Horn , Iowa, population approximately 600, has four public EV charging stations, giving it the highest concentration of public charging stations anywhere. The community has plans to build four more stations there in the next few months, bringing the total to eight.

Iowa State Researchers Redesigning Enzyme for Bio-based Production of Isobutene

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Thomas Bobik, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology at Iowa State University is heading an effort to redesign an enzyme for the bio-based production of isobutene, a gas that is currently used in the production of a variety of chemicals and in the manufacture of other fuel additives, adhesive, plastics and synthetic rubber.

Iowa State Researchers Developing New Thermochemical System for Ethanol Production from Biomass

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Researchers at Iowa State University are developing a new thermochemical system for the coproduction of ethanol and thermal energy, based on a new low-emissions burner and a new catalyst for ethanol production. million grant from the Iowa Power Fund , a state program to advance energy innovation and independence. —Robert C.

Iowa State engineer working to increase efficiency of electric motors by optimizing performance in preferred direction of rotation

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The objective of his “Sculpting Electric Machines for Unidirectional Motion” project is to study the improvement in electric machine operation when unidirectional motion is taken into account, since the vast majority of generators and motors rotate in a single direction. The goal is to get more power out of the same size motor. Brief

Solazyme begins US commercial production of renewable algal oils

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announced that commercial production of its renewable algal oils has begun at both Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM)’s Clinton, Iowa facility, and the downstream companion facility operated by American Natural Products in Galva, Iowa (ANP). Solazyme, Inc. Brief

Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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It is generous to say that an acre of Iowa can provide 12,500 miles per year at a cost of 10 cents each. by Henry Hewitt for Oilprice.com.

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Lux Research provides snapshot of oil majors’ investments in alternative fuels; BP leads investment frequency

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Additionally, ExxonMobil recently teamed up with Iowa State University to research pyrolysis. Click to enlarge. Brief

Project LIBERTY cellulosic ethanol plant comes online; corn waste as feedstock

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Once operating at full, commercial-scale, the biorefinery in Emmetsburg, Iowa will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. POET-DSM’s long-anticipated Project LIBERTY , the US’ first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant to use corn waste as a feedstock ( earlier post ), began production today. Brief

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Research groups identify function of three plant proteins; potential boost for seed oil production

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The blue areas in this thale cress plant indicate where the FAP1 gene is expressed, according to Iowa State researchers. Larger photo.

MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies

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The Upper Missouri River Basin refers to the Missouri River and all its tributaries upstream of Sioux City, Iowa. The main project goal is to develop a framework for evaluating proposals to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations while maintaining food security, water quality, biodiversity and other benefits, Stoy said. Brief

Ultrasound used to enhance biofuel production

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Scientists at Iowa State University are using ultrasound to help increase the speed in which plant material can be converted into useable biofuel.

Senate bill would enable sales of E15 and higher ethanol blends year round; RVP waiver

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and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have introduced the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. US Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) The bill would amend the Clean Air Act to extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver to ethanol blends above 10%. RVP is a common measure of and generic term for gasoline volatility.

USDA approves conditional commitment for $25M guaranteed loan for new Fiberight biorefinery

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The plant will be constructed by Fiberight, LLC, based in Blairstown, Iowa. Other funding comes from the State of Iowa. Click to enlarge.

DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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Iowa State University. One initiative, SuperTruck II ( earlier post ), will award $80 million to four projects to develop and to demonstrate cost-effective technologies that more than double the freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks. Three of the four competitively-selected teams accepted the challenge and have exceeded the 50% goal. 999,977.

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Arconic announces multi-year aluminum deal with Toyota

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Arconic will supply Toyota from its plants in Davenport, Iowa, and Danville, Illinois. Arconic is a partner to the high-growth automotive industry with operations in Davenport, Iowa, and Alcoa, Tennessee and with technologies such as the Arconic Micromill in San Antonio, Texas. This trend will continue. Brief

POET-DSM contracts with ANDRITZ for biomass pre-treatment process for cellulosic ethanol plant

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to supply a two-step biomass treatment process for the Project LIBERTY commercial-scale cellulosic bio-ethanol plant under construction in Emmetsburg, Iowa ( earlier post ). . In March, company officials, as well as Iowa Gov. POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels is a 50/50 joint venture between Royal DSM and POET LLC. Brief

EIA: E85 increasingly price-competitive with gasoline on energy content basis in parts of the Midwest; mileage per dollar

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Daily average E85 and E10 prices in select Midwestern states. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge. Brief

USDA provides $91M loan guarantee to Cool Planet for biogasoline blendstock plant; biomass pyrolysis and catalytic conversion

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USDA has awarded conditional commitments for other plants in Florida, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina and Oregon. Source: Cool Planet. C to 600

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Techno-economic analysis of drop-in biofuels produced from microalgae remnants finds price would range between $5.64 and $6.81/gallon US

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Researchers from Iowa State University report on a techno-economic analysis of drop-in hydrocarbon biofuels produced by the catalytic pyrolysis of microalgae remnant—the part of algae left over after lipids extraction—in a paper in the journal Fuel. and $1.80 per liter ($5.64 and $6.81 per gallon US). efficiency. Resources. Brie