$10 Million Dollar Grant will Fund Research to Turn Waste into Fuel


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Maxwell Bernstein | July 29, 2020

Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore, a professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology Management at Iowa State University along with researchers from Penn State and Roeslein Alternative Energy, received a $10 million grant to develop new ways to produce renewable natural gas from biomass and manure, according to a news release from Iowa State University. 

The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture will help power an agricultural science initiative called the Consortium for Cultivating Human and natural regenerative Enterprise. 

Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore will lead the consortium with hopes that the research will improve water quality, wildlife habitats, soil erosion, nutrient runoff and flooding, according to the The Gazette

EVENT: UI Biomass Fuel Project meeting on plant invasive risk


S_barney-jacob    Dr. Jacob Barney from Virginia Tech University will be at the University Capital Centre to talk about the management of risk related to plants in general, and specifically speak to the planned use of dedicated energy crops to support the biomass fuel project. The meeting is open to the public and free.

2:00 pm at the University Capital Centre (Old Capital Mall), room 2525D, Iowa City.

Natural gas dispenser planned for Iowa


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Clean Energy Fuels of Seal Beach, Calif. has listed an Iowa truck stop as one of its first locations for a new natural gas dispenser network.

Proponents of natural gas say that the per mile cost of natural gas as a truck fuel would be $2 per gallon or less – a significant savings over diesel at roughly $3.60 or more per gallon.

The dispenser would be located at a Des Moines area Pilot/Flying J truck stop, and would form a network with other dispensers in Illinois, Nebraska, and Missouri.

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

Iowa hits record ethanol production


An ethanol plant in Iowa. Photo by Hendrixson, Flickr.

Iowa’s 41 ethanol plants produced a record 3.7 billion gallons in 2011, a 200 million gallon increase from 2010. Monte Shaw, Executive Director of Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, largely attrbitues this rise to exports.

“2011 was certainly a good year for Iowa ethanol producers with increased production and profitability,” said Shaw. “However, we relied on export markets for growth.”

Roughly 62 percent of Iowa’s 2010 corn harvest were used to produce the 3.7 billion gallons of ethanol.

For more information, view the full story at the Des Moines Register.