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[PHOTO]Bioeconomy Institute staffThe Bioeconomy Institute provides cohesion among the diverse efforts in biorenewable resources on campus and encourages collaboration within departments, colleges and research units.

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Bioeconomy Institute News

BEI Co-Hosting tcs2014 in Denver, Sept. 2-5

TCS 2014, a biofuels symposium focused exclusively on thermochemical processing of biomass into fuels and chemicals,  is being held Sept. 2-5, 2014 in Denver, CO and is co-hosted by BEI and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Visit the tcs2014 Website

Iowa Biomass Assessment Tool Goes Live

A new online tool for providing a view of raw materials and economic potential of biogas in Iowa has gone live. The tool is a collaboration between Iowa State University and EcoEngineers, an engineering/software firm headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. It was funded by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Read more about the Iowa Biogas Assessment Model

Brown Talks about Biorenewables Research in Big 12 Video

BEI Director Robert C. Brown talks about biorenewables research in a three-minute video from Big 12 Digital Network. It’s part of the Big 12′s effort to raise awareness of it’s member schools’ academic programs. See the video on YouTube

Biorenewables Research Complex Nears Completion, Artwork Done

Iowa State’s Biorenewables Research Complex (BRC) is nearing completion. A hanging sculpture called Floating World by artist Ralph Helmick hangs in the atrium of the complex, depicting agricultural progress in Iowa. The BRC includes the Biorenewables Research Laboratory, which houses BEI. Read article in Inside Iowa State | Learn more about Floating World

Students Win Grant to Develop Biochar Business

A trio of graduate students affiliated with the Bioeconomy Institute is investigating the use of biochar in water desalination systems, thanks to a $150,000 grant from the SBIR/STTR Programs Office within the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Read article

Brown and Team Awarded Patent Key to BEI Research

A team headed by Robert Brown, BEI director, has been awarded a patent for multi-stage fractionation of bio-oil vapors created by fast pyrolysis of biomass. “We have built much of our research around this technology,” Brown said. Read article

BEI Upgrades Pilot Biofuels Conversion System

The Bioeconomy Institute has redesigned its pilot pyrolysis unit located at Iowa State University’s BioCentury Research Farm. The system is being rebuilt and will provide researchers with better data for research into conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals. Read article | Read news release from Iowa State | View time-lapse video of system being rebuilt

Take the BEI “Virtual Tour”

The Bioeconomy Institute’s “virtual tour” highlights its research programs in thermochemical conversion of biomass into biofuels and biobased products.  Watch the BEI “Virtual Tour” video

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