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Ohio State Tests Ag Waste-to-Ethanol Process (R&D, Funding)
Ohio State University
Date: 2019-05-29
In Columbus, Associate Professor Ajay Shah, an agricultural engineer with The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) is testing a method that could cut the cost of collecting and delivering corn plant material corn stover) for ethanol production by up to 20 pct..

Shah received $1 million in USDA grant funding to test the effectiveness of a new method that harvests and transports corn plants intact, the ears together with the stalks, and will work with farm equipment companies to develop machinery that could be commercialized.

The system testing involves harvesting the corn plant so the ears and a portion of the stalks are not separated in the field but are transported as a single package to the biorefinery. Separating the corn kernels from the rest of the plant requires a combine, which is expensive and currently used in the field only a few months of the year. If, instead, farmers collected and baled the cobs and stalks at the same time, they could be stored and a stationary machine that separates the grain from the rest of the plant could operate throughout the year, maximizing its use. (Source: Ohio State Univ., AgCUE Online, 28 May, 2019) Contact: Ohio State Univ., College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Assistant Prof., Ajay Shah, (330) 263-3858, shah.971@osu.edu; CFAES, (614) 292-6125, https://cfaes.osu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Stover,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Quebec-Based Enerkem Touts Bio-DME Production (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-09-12
Montreal-based waste-to-ethanol and chemicals producer specialist Enerkem is reporting the production of a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector.

Using its proprietary thermochemical technology, the company tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec.

Bio-DME offers a 20 pct higher cetane rating on average than diesel or bio-diesel fuels and, when combusted, does not produce sulfur oxide (SOx) or fine particles, and contributes to lower emissions from other harmful residual pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are mainly produced from the combustion of fossil-based fuels. (Source: Enerkem, Various Trade Media, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-DME,  Bioethanol,  Enerkem,  Waste-to-biofuel,  Bioethanol,  


Red River Beet Ethanol Plant Ground Breaking Today (Ind. Report)
BioMass Solutions
Date: 2018-08-22
Middleton, Wisconsin-based BioMass Solutions reports groundbreaking is set for today on the 60,000 sq-ft, sugar beet waste-to-ethanol Red River Biorefinery in Grand Forks, Idaho. The $35 million biorefinery will convert more than 500,000 metric tpy of agricultural byproducts per year which is expected to be sold to Canadian and Californian markets.

The facility, which will be built on an 11-acre plot north of Simplot, received more than $56,000 in incentives from the Grand Forks City Council. The Grand Forks County Commission also approved a resolution to help the business sell $80 million in bonds, which will go toward the project. The plant is slated to come online in the winter 2019. (Source: BioMass Solutions, Grand Forks Herald, 20 Aug., 2018) Contact: BioMass Solutions, Jacek Chmielewski, 847-208-4171, Jacek.chmielewski@biomasssolution.com, www.biomasssolution.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Beet Ethanol,  Ethanol,  BioMass Solutions,  


Enerkem's Minn. Biofuel Plant Clears Water Hurdle (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-07-23
Montreal-based waste-to-ethanol specialist Enerkem reports its planned $200 million garbage-to-ethanol plant in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, is progressing but hurdles remain.

In June, the Inver Grove Metropolitan Council approved plans for a new wastewater reuse facility in Rosemount, only the second such plant in the Twin Cities. Turning waste into fuel is a water-intensive -- approximately 1.6 million gpd -- process. The proposed Southeast Metro Water Reclamation Facility would treat wastewater and provide the reclaimed water to the Enerkem facility.

The planned Enerkem facility, which could process an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 tpd of garbage, is in the engineering and permitting phase with construction expected to start in 2019 or 2020 for commissioning and startup coming 18 to 24 months later, subject to permitting and approvals. (Source: Enerkem, Star Tribune, 22 July, 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


Indian Oil Co. Building Waste-to-Ethanol Capacity (Int'l. Report)
Indian Oil Corp
Date: 2018-04-02
In New Delhi, India's biggest oil firm, Indian Oil Corp. reports it plans to invest about Rs 1.43 lakh crore (approx. $22 billion) to nearly double its oil refining capacity to 150 million tpy as part of a larger initiative to axpand into petrochemicals and alternative fuels.

IOC, which owns and operates 11 of the country's 23 refineries, is establishing a new ethanol from refinery off-gases production unit at its Panipat refinery, as well as an agricultural waste-to-ethanol facility. India is targeting blending of up to 10 pct (E10) ethanol with petrol to cut reliance on imports to meet oil needs. (Source: Indian Oil Corp PTI, Money Control, 31 Mar., 2018) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., www.iocl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corp,  


Indian Ag Waste-to-Ethanol Demo Touts Success (Int'l, Report)
DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences
Date: 2018-04-02
In Mumbai, Indian scientists under the leadership of Prof. Arvind Lali from the DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences are touting the successful operation of the country's first agricultural waste-to-ethanol demonstration facility in the town of Kashipur in Uttarakhand.

The plant processes as much as 10 tpd of agricultural waste in a single day using a pre-treatment phase that converted the waste into a form that was more digestible by microbial enzymes which can be reused for over 50 cycles. (Source: DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, The Hindu, 1 April, 2018)Contact: DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences, Prof. Arvind Lali, +91 22 2414 5616, www.dbt-ceb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  AgWaste-toEthanol,  


Enerkem's Edmonton Biofuels Plant Nearing Startup (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2017-05-03
In Oil soaked Alberta, Montreal-based waste-to-fuels specialist Enerkem reports that it Alberta Biofuels Plant at the Edmonton waste management centre is in its final stages of construction and will soon accept garbage for processing into biofuel.

The $100 million project is awaiting a dryer that is central to Enerkem's process. according to Enerkem's Mike Labrecque. The site completed Phase 2 of it's construction late last year and the target of production for mid 2017 was set then. (Source: AM770, 30 April, 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Tim Cesarek, Sr. VP Bus. Dev., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Ethanol,  Waste-to-Ethanol,  Enerkem Edmonton,  


Enerkem Garbage-to-Ethanol Plant Seeking Permits (Ind. Report)
Enerkem,SKB Environmental
Date: 2017-04-12
Further to our March 20th coverage, Montreal-based garbage-to-ethanol developer Enerkem has proposed the establishment of a $200 million facility in Inver Grove Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota. The plant would process all of the County's un-recycled solid waste each year into a gasoline additive.

Enerkem has begun applying for the necessary permits with the state Pollution Control Agency. If approved, he privately financed facility wouldn't be built for at least three years. The plant could help the county meet its goal of recycling 75 percent of its waste by 2030, according to Dakota County. The county presently recycles about half its garbage, but that percentage could reach about 65 pct with additional sorting at the new plant. The proposed plant site is owned by SKB Environmental, a Minnesota waste management company, which would be a partner on the project and supply much of the garbage.

Enerkem operates a similar plant in Edmonton, Alberta, and a demonstration facility in Quebec, and is finalizing the design of a second plant to process 1,100 to 1,500 tpd of garbage, outside Montreal. (Source: Enerkem, Star Tribune, 9 April, 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Tim Cesarek, Sr. VP Bus. Dev., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; SKB Environmental, (651) 224-6329, www.skbinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SKB Environmental,  Enerkem,  Ethanol,  Waste-to-Ethanol,  


Greenbelt Commissions Aussie Wheat Waste-to-Ethanol System (Int'l)
Greenbelt Resources,Standard Ethanol Pty
Date: 2017-03-22
Paso Robles, California-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation is reporting the commissioning of the first commercial-scale waste-to-ethanol system for Melbourne, Australia-based ethanol producer Standard Ethanol Pty. Ltd.

The modular, 500,000 gpy automated system features proprietary distillation and dehydration modules and plant-wide implementation of Greenbelt's proprietary automated process controls. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp., PR, 20 Mar., 2017) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, www.greenbeltresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  Standard Ethanol Pty,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

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