Biofuels Digest has published a slideset overview of the new RAPID Institute from Mark Wright, a BEI affiliate and an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University. The Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Institute is being led by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in New York City will lead the effort. The effort was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina and the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Iowa State researchers are managing the project’s biorefinery efforts.
The Des Moines Register reports that two Iowa State University scientists believe algae can help cut costs for hundreds of small Iowa towns that face up to $1 billion to upgrade their wastewater treatment to meet tougher clean water standards. ISU’s Martin Gross and Zhiyou Wen have developed a system that uses algae to remove phosphorus and nitrogen from wastewater, cleaning water before it’s released into the state’s rivers and streams. The research on the algae system was supported by BEI. Read the article in the Des Moines Register
The article, “Farmers looking at on-farm ethanol plants,” by Nat Williams and published by Illinois Farmer Today, covers farmers working on producing biofuels on their own farms. It describes modular systems being developed by Easy Energy Systems and BEI/Iowa State University to act as “micro biorefineries.” Read more at the Illinois Farmer Today site.
Biofuels Digest covers the solvent liquefaction system installed by BEI and operating at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm in a joint project with Chevron. Still at pilot stage, the system converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and a biochar that can enrich soils. Read the article in Biofuels Digest