VERBIO begins production of biomethane from corn stover in Iowa; first-large scale plant in US

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VERBIO has commenced production at its new plant in Nevada, Iowa. The plant will generate biomethane from corn stover (maize straw), and is the first large-scale commercial plant in the US to use the technology developed by VERBIO.

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Renewable Energy Group collaborates with Iowa State University on hydrotreater pilot plant for renewable diesel

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Biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group joined Iowa State University (ISU) at the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) to mark the start of a new hydrotreater pilot plant. This project is the result of a three-year collaboration between REG and the ISU Bioeconomy Institute. REG converts waste and byproduct fats and oils into biodiesel and renewable diesel. The ISU BCRF is an integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing.

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US EIA: Iowa produced more than one-quarter of all US-produced fuel ethanol in 2018

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In 2018, Iowa produced 4.21 billion gallons of fuel ethanol—26% of the 16 billion gallons produced in the United States—according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Fuel ethanol is used as an oxygenate in gasoline and to produce E-85 fuel.

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EPA collects penalties for alleged automobile ‘defeat device’ violations by two Iowa companies

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached settlements with two Iowa companies for allegedly tampering with car engines to render emissions controls inoperative, in violation of the federal Clean Air Act. According to EPA, Menzel Enterprises Iowa Inc. EPA also alleged that UpCountry Fab and Performance LLC of Clive, Iowa, removed emission control equipment and/or sold “defeat devices” on at least 48 occasions.

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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. The Fueling Our Future program will be supported by the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Department of Transportation, Iowa State University and the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Board. Branstad, Lt.

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Iowa study suggests miscanthus would yield more biomass in Iowa soil than originally thought

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Miscanthus, a perennial grass with vast potential to produce biomass, would deliver even better yields than once thought in Iowa, according to research by agronomists at Iowa State University. The research indicates that miscanthus could have a major role to play in the future of Iowa agriculture, both as a source of biomass for energy and as a means of protecting the environment, said Emily Heaton, an assistant professor of agronomy, project leader and co-author of the study.

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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. Grant Kimberley, executive director of Iowa Biodiesel Board (IBB), said IBB members are hopeful the 5-year sunset will be extended to 10 years.

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Iowa’s only nuclear power plant will be turned into a solar farm


The Duane Arnold Energy Center in eastern Iowa, the current site of a now-idle nuclear power plant, will soon host a 690-megawatt solar farm. more… The post Iowa’s only nuclear power plant will be turned into a solar farm appeared first on Electrek.

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Iowa DOT Achieves Near-Zero Emissions with 100% Biodiesel Trucks

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The Iowa DOT is committing to a lower carbon footprint in their state fleet by operating these ten snow removal and road maintenance trucks with Optimus Technologies’ advanced fuel system technology, powered by 100% biodiesel

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

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DuPont will officially open its cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, on 30 October; the plant will be the largest cellulosic ethanol plant in the world. The US Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Director, Jonathan Male, alongside senior government officials, DuPont leaders and staff, and local farmers will attend the grand opening ceremony and plant tour. DuPont Cellulosic Ethanol Facility. Aerial view of plant, facing east (August 2015).

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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. The ExxonMobil Biofuels Program at Iowa State University focuses on fundamental scientific and engineering questions about the chemical and physical processes that occur during the pyrolysis of biomass.

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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. The Farmers Energy Cardinal project had also requested including $13 million in investment tax credits, which the IEDA board did not approve. The plant, which will represent a total capital investment of $189.9

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Iowa State team develops hybrid technology to create biorenewable nylon

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Engineers at Iowa State University have developed a hybrid process that combines bio- and electrocatalysis to convert glucose into bio-based unsaturated nylon-6,6—which has the advantage of an extra double bond in its backbone that can be used to tailor the polymer’s properties. 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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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. Iowa State researchers are managing the project’s biorefinery efforts because they are “ an extremely talented and well-known team that’s highly regarded in the industry ,” said Karen Fletcher, RAPID’s chief executive officer, speaking during a recent tour of Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm.

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EGEB: An Iowa city’s pilot program may put solar on low-income homes


more… The post EGEB: An Iowa city’s pilot program may put solar on low-income homes appeared first on Electrek. In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Dubuque may adopt a pilot program to help low- to moderate-income households install solar.

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Karma pickup, ride-hailing “deadheads,” what plays in Iowa: Today’s Car News

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Iowa is likely seeing more Teslas on TV. Ride-hailing isn't so green in California. And Karma thinks more about trucks. This and more, here at Green Car Reports. Data focusing on California underscores that ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft are adding to pollution, not reducing it.

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Ames Lab, Iowa State team develops more efficient catalytic material for fuel cell applications

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The surface-to-volume ratio is important in getting the most out of an intermetallic nanoparticle, said corresponding author Wenyu Huang, Ames Laboratory scientist and assistant professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University. “ The discovery was made possible in part by the capabilities of a new Titan scanning electron microscope at Ames Laboratory’s Sensitive Instrument Facility, jointly funded by the Department of Energy and Iowa State University.

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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. The legislation, which Governor Terry Branstad is expected to sign into law, enables the sale of biobutanol-gasoline blends, which will be labeled “Bu-xx”, where “xx” refers to the percentage of butanol in the blend.

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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.) Upon completion, the facility will be the largest cellulosic ethanol plant in the world.

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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. The Iowa State work forces the expression of the genes even in a carbon dioxide-rich environment.

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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. According to automakers, demand for aluminum to produce vehicles—already the second-most-used material used to make cars today—is expected to nearly double by 2025.

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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. DuPont Industrial Biosciences will contract with Fagen, Inc.,

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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 Sometimes you almost have to feel sorry for car dealers--or, more specifically, their ineptness at the public-relations end of their fight against electric-car maker Tesla Motors and its direct Internet sales to car buyers.

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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. The UI study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters , examined the smoke impacts on a historic severe weather outbreak that occurred during the afternoon and evening of 27 April 2011.

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Iowa State/Ames Lab researcher receives $3M from ARPA-E for solid-state sodium battery

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Martin, an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in materials science and engineering and an associate of the US Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, and his research team at Iowa State University, the project’s collaborators include colleagues at the University of Houston; the University of Colorado, Washington State University; and Solid Power Inc.

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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. In these runs, Solazyme achieved commercial scale production metrics, exhibited linear scalability of its process from laboratory scale, and demonstrated the ability to run at this scale without contamination.

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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.) Project LIBERTY’s process uses enzymes to convert cellulose from corncobs, corn leaves and corn husks into ethanol.

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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. Their work has been supported by the eight-year, $22.5-million ConocoPhillips Biofuels Program at Iowa State, launched in April 2007.

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Best Car To Buy 2015 Nominees, Iowa Tesla Rally, 2016 Mazda CX-3 LA Debut: Today's Car News

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We kick off the week with the nominees for our 2015 Best Car To Buy award, followed by Minnesota Tesla owners'' creative workaround of an Iowa test-drive ban, and a report that the 2016 Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover will debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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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. The Iowa Office of Energy Independence and Power Fund Board will receive quarterly reports to track the activities in relation to collection, storage, and transportation of Lignocellulose to measure cost-effectiveness and replicability.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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Supported by a five-year, $400,000 grant (Award Nº 0846337 ) from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program, Iowa State University assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering Dionysios Aliprantis is working to increase the efficiency of electric motors by optimizing performance in a preferred direction of rotation.

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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.

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Gevo to sell renewable natural gas to bp

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Gevo’s, wholly-owned dairy manure-based renewable natural gas (RNG) project company located in northwest Iowa—Gevo NW Iowa RNG, LLC (NW Iowa RNG)—has signed binding, definitive agreements with BP Canada Energy Marketing Corp. collectively, “bp” ) for the sale of NW Iowa RNG’s production. The NW Iowa RNG project ( earlier post ) is currently being constructed and is expected to commence production in early 2022.

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Senators introduce bill to expand E15 sales, ban Russian petroleum products

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A bipartisan group of senators led by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), introduced the Home Front Energy Independence Act. This legislation would make the sale of E15 year-round permanent; create a tax credit for higher biofuel blends; streamline E15 labeling; provide funding for E15 infrastructure; extend the biodiesel tax credit for three more years; and ban imports of Russian petroleum products.

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Proposed ethanol cuts bring EPA up against Iowa's powerful politician

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Following years of debate, the EPA said earlier this month it will study the possibilities of cutting the amount of ethanol in the United States' gasoline supply. Since 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has required growing amounts of ethanol to be blended into U.S. fuel supplies, with E10—a mix of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent. Biofuels Politics EPA ethanol e85 E10 flex fuel Renewable Fuel Standard Donald Trump

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34 states produced a total of 1.9 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2018

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Iowa was the lead producer with 365 million gallons (19%), followed by Texas and Missouri with 227 and 216 million gallons, respectively. A total of 1.9

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USDA providing $700M to provide economic relief to more than 100 biofuel producers and 195 facilities

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For example: In Iowa, Southwest Renewable Energy LLC is receiving a payment of $3 million. The USDA funding will support biofuel producers in California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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First Ford Mustang Mach-E GT deliveries begin early – she’s a beaut [gallery]


A Rapid Red GT Performance customer showed off his two-week early score in Iowa today. We’re now getting word that the first Ford Mustang Mach-e GT deliveries are happening. Are more on the way?

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Gevo closes $68M Green Bond to finance RNG project

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has closed a $68,155,000 “Green Bond” private activity bonds offering to finance the construction of its renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Northwest Iowa. The feedstock for the RNG Project will be supplied by three dairy farms located in Northwest Iowa totaling more than 20,000 milking cows. Gevo, Inc. The RNG Project will generate RNG captured from dairy cow manure.