South Dakota School of Mines & Technology vying to establish international center for solid-state batteries

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The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is vying to establish an international center to develop solid-state batteries which will be safer, cheaper, smaller and more efficient than lithium ion batteries. The center would be a huge economic boost to both SD Mines as well as the state of South Dakota, says Dr. Alevtina Smirnova, an associate professor of chemistry and applied biological sciences and electrical and computer engineering at Mines.

Chromatin signs pact with POET to use South Dakota-grown sorghum in ethanol production

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has entered into an agreement with POET, LLC, one of the world’s largest ethanol producers, for the use of sorghum grown in South Dakota in the production of ethanol. Chromatin said the agreement covers up to 4,400 acres of sorghum grain that will be grown in South Dakota. Chromatin said South Dakota growers are attracted to sorghum as a grain source because it is easy to grow, has low fertilizer and water needs and is tolerant to both heat and drought conditions.

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Electrify America Adds Charging Stations In Two New States

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Soon, you'll be able to plug into Electrify America in South Dakota and Wyoming

Electrify America adds road-trip chargers next to Wall Drug

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The Volkswagen-funded charging network on Wednesday announced groundbreaking of charging sites in South Dakota and Wyoming. Working to fill gaps in its network, Electrify America is adding charging stations in new locations, including one site near a famous roadside attraction.

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

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Other Midwestern states that produced more than one billion gallons were Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, and South Dakota. In 2018, Iowa produced 4.21

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Beneficial Electrification League launches rural electric school bus initiative

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Dakota Electric Association (representing Minnesota co-op consumer-members). Sioux Valley Energy (representing South Dakota co-op consumer-members).

EGEB: Globally, 2020 saw 50% more renewables installed than in 2019

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South Dakota wants to subsidize more EV charging stations. In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Solar and wind led the record growth of renewables globally in 2020, according to IRENA.

BuG ReMeDEE project seeks to use extremophile bacteria to convert methane to biofuels, biopolymers and electricity

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Researchers from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSMT) are heading a project to to investigate methane cycling in deep and extreme environments and to develop new biological routes using previously unexplored and novel microorganisms from extreme environments for converting methane into value-added products such as liquid biofuels, biopolymers, and direct current electricity. SURF is located in Lead, South Dakota at the former site of the Homestake Gold Mine.

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DOT and DOE announce nearly $5B over 5 years for new national EV charging network; $615M in FY2022

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North Dakota. South Carolina. South Dakota. The US Departments of Transportation and Energy announced nearly $5 billion that will be made available under the new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program to build out a national electric vehicle charging network.

Georgia Tech team develops AI to read EV charging station reviews to find infrastructure gaps

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These communities are mostly located in states in the West and Midwest, such as Oregon, Utah, South Dakota, and Nebraska, along with Hawaii.

Summit Ag Group launches world’s largest CCS project; to reduce carbon footprint of biorefineries by up to 50%

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Summit Carbon Solutions has partnered with a select group of leading biorefiners located in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota to execute the first phase of the project, which will put them on the path of ultimately delivering a net-zero-carbon fuel.

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Gevo options SD site for expansion project; 45M gallons per year renewable jet fuel and gasoline

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Lake Preston is in eastern South Dakota, about 105 miles from the facility in Luverne, Minnesota. Bio-isobutanol producer Gevo, Inc. has optioned the right to purchase approximately 239 acres of land near Lake Preston, SD, and has met the initial milestone to secure control of a site by the end of this year that meets the conditions required by the contract that Trafigura Trading LLC and Gevo executed in August 2020. Earlier post.).

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Electrify America to more than double its current EV charging network by end of 2025

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As part of the expansion, Electrify America will not only multiply its presence in established US regions, but also add the states of Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and Vermont, bringing Electrify America’s network to 49 US states and the District of Columbia.

BP selects Tesla batteries for pilot storage project at US wind farm

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BP Wind Energy, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Rolling Thunder I Power Partners LLC, has signed a purchase agreement to install a high-storage battery at its Titan 1 Wind Farm in South Dakota. In the United States, BP directly operates 13 wind farms—in Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas—while holding an interest in a separate wind facility in Hawaii.

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Gevo and HCS Group to produce renewable low-carbon chemicals and sustainable aviation fuel in Europe

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The first Net-Zero project, Net-Zero 1, is expected to be built in Lake Preston, South Dakota. Gevo, Inc. and HCS Group GmbH, a long-time customer of Gevo, have signed a project memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop and to build a renewable hydrocarbon facility at HCS Group’s site located in Speyer, Germany, which would utilize Gevo’s low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) technology: Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene.

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DOE selects eight integrated biorefinery projects for up to $15M total in funding

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South Dakota School of Mines (Rapid City, South Dakota)—The South Dakota School of Mines will demonstrate the cost-effective production of biocarbon, carbon nanofibers, polylactic acid, and phenol from the waste streams generated from the biochemical platform technology. The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries.

2017 150

2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: New Style, Same Old Hybrid System

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Take the YouTube video, "Georgetown Plant on the 2012 Camry," apparently posted by Toyota of the Black Hills, a dealer in Rapid City, South Dakota. Sometimes, you find information in the strangest places. It's got some shots of the newly redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry moving down the production line in Georgetown, Kentucky. You can see the revised

VG Energy and DAK Renewable Research to conduct field trials of LipidMax to boost corn oil yield

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DAK Renewable Research, headquartered in Brandon, South Dakota, brings agricultural innovations together with investors. DAK is providing twelve 2,000 ft 2 plots in South Dakota to measure the effect of LipidMax in corn oil production and test the robustness of LipidMax in field conditions. VG Energy, an agricultural biotech company, entered a strategic alliance with DAK Renewable Research to conduct field trials using LipidMax to increase corn oil yield.

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USDA: $210M to be invested in renewable fuel pump infrastructure through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership

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The 21 states participating in the BIP include Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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Argonne and University of Illinois to form Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition

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The states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North and South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas are home to a quarter of the US population and consume 30% of electric power generated in the US. Coalitions are working toward similar goals in states including California, Connecticut, Ohio and South Carolina.

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EPA announces $46M for latest Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding

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Region 4 (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee) will accept applications requesting up to $2,000,000 in grant funds. Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) will accept applications requesting up to $2,600,000 in grant funds.

E15 now available in North Dakota

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E15 blended gasoline is now available in four of North Dakota’s larger cities. North Dakota is the ninth state to offer the fuel blend containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. The others are Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and other ethanol backers announced the availability of E15 at the Petro Serve USA’s Bismarck fueling and retail store on Divide Avenue.

DOE awards $19M to 13 initiatives in fossil-fuel areas to produce rare earth elements and critical minerals

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Appalachian Basin — South (Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee): Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation aims to develop and deploy new technologies for manufacturing rare earth elements, critical minerals and valuable non-fuel, carbon-based products from coal and/or coal waste in the South Appalachian Basin, thus revitalizing distressed South Appalachian coal communities, reducing reliance on foreign imports, and creating advanced manufacturing jobs producing coal-derived products.

Xcel Energy wants 1.5M EVs in its service areas by 2030; 30x increase from today

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Xcel services customers in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Utility holding company Xcel Energy wants 1.5 million electric vehicles in its service areas by 2030. If realized, EVs would make up 20% of all vehicles on the road in those areas—more than 30 times the number today. Xcel said that it will need the support of policymakers, manufacturers and other stakeholders to make its vision real.

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Urban Air Initiative-led coalition calls on EPA to recognize high-octane ethanol blends for fuel economy standards

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The Urban Air Initiative-led effort included the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Ethanol Industry Coalition, Glacial Lakes Energy, Siouxland Ethanol, Prairie Horizons Agri-Energy, Little Sioux Corn Processors, South Dakota Farmers Union, and Nebraska Farmers Union.

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USDA announces state finalists for $100M Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership for pumps with higher ethanol blends

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North Dakota. South Dakota. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that 21 states will receive $100 million in grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) to add infrastructure needed to supply more renewable fuel to drivers in the US. Since announcing the program in May 2015, the US. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) received applications requesting more than $130 million, outpacing the $100 million that is available.

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

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The 36 other states with speed limits of 70 mph or higher, are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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Proposed CA LCFS pathways for corn starch ethanol with carbon capture and sequestration: as low as 37 gCO2e/MJ

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North Dakota-based Red Trail Energy (RTE), which since 2007 has operated an ethanol production facility with annual production of about 60 million gallons per year, is proposing sequestration of CO 2 produced from starch fermentation to lower the overall carbon intensity of the fuel for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The formation extends over southwestern North Dakota, southeastern Montana, and northwestern South Dakota.

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EIA: new drilling technology revitalizes Powder River Basin oil production

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The Powder River Basin encompasses more than 43,000 square miles and is located primarily in northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana, along with small areas of South Dakota and Nebraska. The coal-rich Powder River Basin is also experiencing a turnaround in oil production, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Production has rebounded from a low of 38,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2009 to 78,000 bbl/d during first-quarter 2014. Click to enlarge.

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Rivian launches partnership with upscale camping company Under Canvas

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Rivian and Under Canvas, a company known for providing upscale outdoor accommodations, will launch a first-of-its-kind partnership to bring Rivian’s Waypoint electric vehicle charging stations to the Under Canvas camp locations.

US vehicle miles travelled up 3% in first 9 months of 2016 to 2.4 trillion miles

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billion miles of 19 states—Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming – and Washington, D.C. At 1.6%, the North Central—a 12-state area stretching from North Dakota to Ohio—had the smallest percentage increase in unadjusted VMT for the month. US driving topped 2.4

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New USGS oil and gas assessment for Bakken and Three Forks formations boosts estimates of recoverable oil two-fold, natural gas three-fold

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The United States Geological Survey (USGS) released an updated oil and gas resource assessment for the Bakken Formation and a new assessment for the Three Forks Formation in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, resulting in a two-fold increase in the estimated technically recoverable oil, and a three-fold increase in estimated natural gas. Map showing the Williston Basin Province, Bakken Total Petroleum System (TPS), and the Bakken Formation Assessment Units (AUs).

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Paying Tribute to Former IEEE President Richard Gowen

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IEEE Foundation At the time of death, he was president and CEO of Dakota Power , a company in Rapid City, S.D., He joined the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology , in Rapid City, in 1977 as vice president and dean of engineering. He helped found Dakota Power in 2007.

Coalition requests judicial review of EPA limits on higher ethanol blends

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—Farmers Union Enterprises (FUE) spokesperson and South Dakota Farmers Union (SDFU) President Doug Sombke. In a joint petition filed with the US Court of Appeals, an alliance of ethanol, agriculture, and clean fuel organizations has requested judicial review of a recent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rulemaking that would limit ethanol blending and restrict the use of blender pumps.

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Xcel Energy launches EV smart charging pilot in Colorado; Transportation Electrification Plan for New Mexico approved

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Xcel Energy provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states: Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

EPA announces ~$44M in DERA funding to reduce emissions from diesel engines

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Region 4 (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,000,000 in grant funds. Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,600,000 in grant funds.

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Nebraska and 6 other states file brief opposing enforcement of California LCFS

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The states of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opposing enforcement of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

EV Readiness Index Study shows which U.S. States are most prepared for an electrified future

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Mississippi, North Dakota, and West Virginia were the states with the worst EV penetration, scoring 0.09 South Carolina – 14.00 – 1, 1, 1, 3, 5. North Dakota – 10.00 – 1, 1, 5, 3, 1. South Dakota – 9.00 – 1, 1, 3, 3, 1.

J.D. Power: Majority of EV owners are intent on purchasing another one in the future

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Regionally, satisfaction with the availability of public charging infrastructure is highest in the West (616) and lowest in the West North Central region (563), which includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Among the early adopters who own an EV, 82% say they “definitely will” consider purchasing another in the future, according to the inaugural J.D. Power US Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study.

Researchers Exploring Methods for Immobilizing Enzymes for Re-Use in Cellulosic Ethanol Processes

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A South Dakota State University professor is exploring ways to re-use enzymes in processes such as making cellulosic ethanol. In addition to the enzymes provided by Novozymes, the federal Department of Energy and the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council help support Dalaly’s research though grants. Working with enzyme company Novozymes, Dr. Basil Dalaly and his graduate student, Pavani Mandali, have evaluated several chemical methods to attach enzymes to beads.

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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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Two bi-partisan bills to speed adoption of advanced biofuels re-introduced to Senate

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This will strengthen the biofuel industry, which continues to provide an essential market for South Dakota farmers. US Senator John Thune (R-SD) has re-introduced two bills intended to speed the adoption of biofuels. The first , with co-sponsor Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) would approve certain advanced biofuel registrations that have gone without approval by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) despite the fuels already being successfully used in at least one state.

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

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The basin contains parts or most of five states—Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska—and more than 20 Indian reservations. A regional interdisciplinary team led by Montana State University has received $6 million from the National Science Foundation to address questions about whether biofuels and carbon capture technologies can be sustainably introduced into the Upper Missouri River Basin.

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