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The Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University is a 2022 XPRIZE Milestone awardee and leads the nation and world in establishing the bioeconomy, where society obtains renewable fuel, energy, chemicals, and materials from agricultural resources.

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Containers with samples of milled biomass, biochar and bio-oils (left to right).. The biomass is converted into the char and oils in the pilot-scale pyrolizer at the Biorenewables Center.

ISU team receives XPRIZE Carbon Removal milestone award for innovative vision to remove carbon from the atmosphere

An Iowa State University research team that helped develop a demonstration-scale pyrolyzer capable of sequestering thousands of tons of carbon dioxide a year has received a prestigious milestone award from XPRIZE Carbon Removal.

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Tannon Daugaard, an engineer at the Bioeconomy Institute, with the pilot-scale pyrolyzer at the Biorenewables Center. Pyrolysis turns biomass from grasses and crop residue into usable products such as biochar and bio-oil.

Innovation at Work: Breaking ground on next-generation agricultural markets

Iowa soil is good at growing crops. In fact, it’s probably the best agricultural soil in the world. And, while Iowa’s farmland has proven itself to be a powerhouse for producing cash crops like corn and soybeans, Iowa State University scientists are dreaming up innovative ways to grow new value, new markets and new revenue streams from Iowa soils.

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Robert Brown and Lisa Schulte Moore named co-directors of Bioeconomy Institute

The Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research announced recently that Robert Brown and Lisa Schulte Moore will serve as co-directors of the nationally renowned Bioeconomy Institute.

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Iowa State receives $231.1 million in external research funding in FY2021

Total External Funding for University Sets New Benchmark at $559.1 million

“Anston Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and director of the Bioeconomy Institute, Robert Brown, received an award of $2.7 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The funding is being used to create a system that converts plastic wastes generated by military forces into fatty alcohols and fatty acids that can be used to create food sources…”

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The Role of Pyrolysis and Gasification in a Carbon Negative Economy

Abstract: The International Panel on Climate Change and the 2015 Climate Summit in Paris have recommended that efforts to reduce carbon emissions be coupled with carbon removal from the atmosphere. Carbon negative energy combines net carbon removal with the production of energy products or other revenue-generating products beyond sequestered carbon…

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