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New Processing Approach Accelerates Ethanol Production

Developing technologies to produce biofuels is a little like bargain hunting: the goal is to come up with a valuable product for a competitive price. To prepare these technologies for commercial use, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) are challenged with figuring out how to generate large quantities of biofuel both efficiently and affordably.

Fortunately, GLBRC researchers at Michigan State University's Biomass Conversion Research Laboratory (BCRL) have found a way to turn corn stover, a common cellulosic feedstock, into ethanol much more quickly without sacrificing quantity or quality.

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Depots Could Help Solve Biomass Supply Chain Challenges

Creating biofuels from region-specific biomass could make a huge dent in fossil fuel use for transportation. But moving lightweight, bulky biomass from farms to factories could leave a large carbon footprint, and get expensive quickly.

So quickly, in fact, that in order to be economically viable, plant biomass would need to come from an area no more than 50 miles away from where it will be processed into fuel.

A sustainability research team at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is working to solve biofuel supply chain issues by exploring a new intermediate structure for gathering, processing and converting biomass into cellulosic biofuels. The proposed structure, called Regional Biomass Processing Depots (RBPDs), could improve both the economics and the sustainability of the biomass supply chain by keeping a portion of pretreatment and processing closer to the farm. Read More...

 

Dr. Dale makes Top 25 People in Bioenergy

Congratulations, Dr Dale for making the top 25 of Biofuels Digest's "Top 100 people in Bioenergy"!

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Outstanding Student Presentation -

Leonardo Sousa

BCRL Grad student, Leonardo Sousa received the outstanding student presentation in fundamental research (Characterization of AFEX degradation products as a function of pretreatment severity) during the recent 32nd Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals.

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Bruce Dale Invited to Join International Policy Group’s Steering Committee

Bruce Dale, University Distinguished Professor of chemical engineering and materials science and associate director of the MSU Office of Biobased Technologies, is internationally known for his biofuel research. Now the world is looking to him to learn how biofuels will affect agricultural production, climate change and trade policies.

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A closer look at the future of ethanol and our renewable energy future

It’s been seven years since America hit the accelerator on corn-based ethanol fuels. Homegrown corn became the centerpiece of a push to find an alternative to foreign oil.
Read more and listen to a Michigan Radio interview with Dr. Dale Here...

 

"Food vs. Food" California Public Radio KZYX Interview

Dr. Dale was interviewed on December 17, 2013 by California Public Radio Station KZYX respecting the "Food vs. Fuel" arguments against biofuels. Listen here...

 

Dr. Dale makes Top 15 People in Bioenergy 2013-2014

Congratulations, Dr Dale for making the top 15 of Biofuels Digest's "Top 100 people in the Bioeconomy 2013-2014"!  Read More...

 

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