A group of university engineers and scientists, including some from Iowa State University’s Bioeconomy Institute, is spreading the word about work being done in bioenergy and its potential to reduce climate impacts linked to fossil fuels, increase the value of agricultural products, revitalize rural communities, bolster national security and curb U.S. reliance on imports. Called … Continue reading Ethnaol Producer Magazine | Bioenergy Education Effort Featured in Ethanol Producer Magazine
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Biofuels Digest reported recently on excessive levels of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) gas in an INEOS Bio plant. As a followup, BEI Director Robert C. Brown explained his research group’s findings on the topic. See the article, Digest feedback may help explain INEOS Bio’s high levels of HCN gas in Biofuels Digest.
Kaige Wang, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University and BEI’s Biorenewable Resources and Technology program, recently traveled to Japan build a prototype high-pressure pyrolysis instrument with Frontier Lab. Wang works with BEI director Robert C. Brown. Read the story at the Iowa EPSCoR Website
In this article from the Sustainable City Network, author Julianne Couch reports that in 2020, the University of Iowa aims to get 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources, including from biomass feedstocks grown locally. To move it toward that goal, the university has developed a set of eight targets ranging from conserving energy … Continue reading Sustainable City Network| Universities Lead Effort to Expand Use of Biomass Energy
BEI’s Robert C. Brown and Tristan Brown co-author a guest editorial in The Gazette of Cedar Rapids. They write, “In the face of criticism about ethanol, delays in the commercialization of advanced biofuels and the recent development of domestic supplies of fracked gas and petroleum, some people are asking, ‘Why are we producing biofuels?’ The answer, … Continue reading The Gazette | Why We Are Producing Biofuels