Tag: Biofuels

Going bio-based

What if all agricultural waste could be bio-based? Researchers at Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering are exploring the viability of creating more bio-based supply chains. The approach could not only inform future agricultural sector decisions, but could be used right now.

ME professor pens editorial about biofuels in Des Moines Register

Mechanical engineering professor Robert C. Brown penned an editorial in today’s Des Moines Register about one of his research specialties: biofuels. Brown – who holds both the Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering and the Gary and Donna Hoover Chair in Mechanical Engineering – is the author of 2012’s Why are We Producing Biofuels?: Shifting to the Ultimate Source of Energy. … Continue reading ME professor pens editorial about biofuels in Des Moines Register

Rosentrater: New, evolving coproducts require regulatory due diligence

Altered, novel products may require new AAFCO definitions, GRAS affirmations. This article by Dr. Kurt Rosentrater, ABE associate professor, appears in the May issue of EPM. The biofuels story is not yet completely written. Many exciting developments are on the horizon and some are within our grasp. Indeed, cellulosic ethanol is here and being commercialized. Gen … Continue reading Rosentrater: New, evolving coproducts require regulatory due diligence

Attitudes, Infrastructure, and Science–The Barriers to Clean Energy in Iowa

Story originally published for Iowa Public Radio. In Des Moines Thursday Night, the Des Moines Register and USA TODAY Network hosted a panel about the future of energy policy and technology. One recurring theme was that Iowa is an agent for change when it comes to clean energy. Heather Zichal, a native Iowan, senior fellow … Continue reading Attitudes, Infrastructure, and Science–The Barriers to Clean Energy in Iowa

Alumna engineers reliability for biofuel production at Flint Hills Resources

Kristine Vanderwiel (BS’11 Agricultural Engineering) developed a passion for energy efficiency in the high school classroom when she wrote an English paper about renewable fuels. She had researched biofuels, solar energy and wind energy for her paper, but she said it was biofuels that caught her attention. “I thought the idea of turning plant biomass, … Continue reading Alumna engineers reliability for biofuel production at Flint Hills Resources

Iowa State contributes to report on Midwest path to aviation biofuels

The Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI) has announced its findings and recommendations to develop a sustainable aviation biofuels industry in the Midwest. It’s the result of a yearlong study by researchers representing 40-plus organizations across the aviation biofuels supply chain. The report is titled, “Fueling a Sustainable Future for Aviation 2013.” “The MASBI report … Continue reading Iowa State contributes to report on Midwest path to aviation biofuels

Brown responds to National Academy of Sciences report

Robert C. Brown wrote a guest column for the Des Moines Register that was published Oct. 7 in response to a National Academy of Science report. According to Brown, the report concludes that advanced biofuels made from cellulosic biomass (crop residues, grasses, and wood chips) will not be economically feasible without heavy subsidies or high petroleum … Continue reading Brown responds to National Academy of Sciences report

Iowa State researchers produce cheap sugars for sustainable biofuel production

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s Robert C. Brown keeps a small vial of brown, sweet-smelling liquid on his office table. “It looks like something you could pour on your pancakes,” he said. “In many respects, it is similar to molasses.” Brown, in fact, calls it “pyrolytic molasses.” That’s because it was produced by the … Continue reading Iowa State researchers produce cheap sugars for sustainable biofuel production