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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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.

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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 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.

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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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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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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 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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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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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 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.

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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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.

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 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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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? An article last month in The New York Times offers a few data points that may help assess the supposition.

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REGI secures up to $20M for biodiesel plant capacity expansion

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has secured financing of up to $20 million from First Midwest Bank for the $24-million capacity-expansion project at the company’s Ralston, Iowa biodiesel refinery. This would match the capacity at the company’s other Iowa biorefineries in Mason City and Newton. Iowa Senate File 2309, which was signed into law last year by Gov. Renewable Energy Group, Inc.

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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. On Saturday, we covered the prior week''s new in our Week In Reverse video.

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Obama's cabinet drunk on ethanol?

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Vilsack from Iowa at Agriculture, Salazar from Colorado at Interior, Daschle from South Dakota at HHS and likely Transportation nominee Ray LaHood are all big ethanol boosters. Obama's cabinet is looking very friendly toward ethanol, The Hill reports. Chu at Energy, while critical of corn ethanol, has been an advocate for cellulosic. I can't help but wonder who will be sitting at the table who understands and believes in transportation electrification.

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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. Corresponding authors are Eve Syrkin Wurtele, a professor of genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State; and Joseph Noel, a professor and director of the Jack H.

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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). Truckloads of product are now shipping from the Iowa operations for use in applications including lubricants, metalworking and home and personal care. Solazyme, Inc.

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EPA Awards $3.6M in Grants for Particulate Matter Research

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University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, $899,401. The US Environmental Protection AGency (EPA) awarded $3.6 million in four grants to universities to research the relationship between the chemical composition of particulate matter (PM) and health effects. PM is a complex mixture that consists of direct emissions and reaction products formed in the atmosphere. Grants were awarded to: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga, $899,956.

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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.

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EIA: US fuel ethanol production capacity continues to increase

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The top three states—Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois—contain more than half of the nation’s total ethanol production capacity. Fuel ethanol production capacity in the United States reached more than 16 billion gallons per year, or 1.06

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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.

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ISU Researchers Develop Novel Supercritical Process to Create High-Value Chemicals from Biomass

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Iowa State University (ISU) researchers and their colleagues at the Iowa Energy Center have developed a novel process for converting cellulose and related materials to high-value chemicals with low molecular weights. The Iowa State University Research Foundation Inc. The research has been supported by grants from the Iowa Energy Center.

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DOE awards $9M to Antares Group to improve sustainability of cellulosic biorefineries

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to enable more stable and diverse future feedstock supplies (corn stover, switchgrass, and other warm season grasses) for three cellulosic biorefineries in Iowa and Kansas, while increasing both profitability and ecological benefits in those areas. The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $9 million to The Antares Group , Inc.

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New Illinois law raises speed limit to 70 mph on rural highways

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36 other states have speed limits of 70 mph or higher on some portion of their roadways, including other large states such as California, Florida, Texas and Ohio, and neighboring states such as Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa and Michigan. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a new law to increase the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph (105 to 113 km/h) on rural four-lane highways, and to lower the limit by five mph for excessive speeding.

Two new ethanol producers join Butamax Early Adopters Group for biobutanol production

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Lincolnway Energy of Nevada, Iowa; and Corn, LP of Goldfield, Iowa are the latest additions to the EAG. Two additional ethanol producers are joining the Butamax Advanced Biofuels Early Adopters Group (EAG) and have signed letters of intent. Butamax is the joint venture (JV) between BP and DuPont targeting the production of biobutanol from a variety of feedstocks.

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US DOE to award nearly $18M to 4 biorefinery projects for mil-spec renewable hydrocarbon fuels

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award nearly $18 million to four innovative pilot-scale biorefineries in California, Iowa and Washington that will produce and test drop-in renewable biofuels that meet military specifications for jet fuel and shipboard diesel.

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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. million grant from the Iowa Power Fund in 2010.

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