Des Moines Register business reporter Donnelle Eller provides an overview of several Iowa reseachers working to transform the nation’s energy landscape. The article features BEI students Marty Haverly and Joe Polin as well as comments from BEI director Robert C. Brown. Read the article on the Des Moines Register Website
Gas Technology Institute (GTI) announces that BEI Director Robert C. Brown will be presented with the 2015 Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science. This award recognizes Dr. Brown as a leader whose career has shaped the agenda of thermochemical biomass conversion, made substantial technical contributions, and mentored many young scientists and engineers in the field. He will receive the award in November at thetcbiomass2015 conference in Chicago. Learn more at the GTI Website
“We’re five months away from the first in the nation Iowa caucuses. As the Caucus approaches, candidates and pundits will undoubtedly discuss America’s need to become energy independent. The good news is that America has a blueprint for becoming energy independent through renewable energy sources, and that blueprint is right here in Iowa.” Iowa Governor Terry Branstad discusses Iowa’s energy independence in an opinion piece in The Gazette. Read article on The Gazette Website
“Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected” is a short documentary highlighting personal stories and the efforts being made by communities across the United States to develop, produce, and provide bioenergy, while ensuring it is environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Several Iowa State University and BEI faculty and researchers are featured in the video.
From farmers and families in the Midwest, to researchers and business-owners on the coasts, “Sustainability in Bioenergy: A Nation Connected” is a prelude to future products that will provide first-hand views on how sustainability in bioenergy unites us as a nation. This video was developed by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies.
Plans are underway to build a pilot plant for a fast-pyrolysis process that will convert 10 ton/d of biomass into bio-oil and bio-char. Chemical Engineering magazine’s Scott Jenkins provides an overview of the Bioeconomy Institute’s intent to build the plant at Iowa State’s BioCentury Research Farm. Read the article in Chemical Engineering magazine online.