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New wastewater treatment system runs on algae

From Algae World News

Columbus Junction could count itself among pioneering cities in the struggle to treat wastewater if the city council approves new technology that favors algae over bacteria. Columbus Junction is considering installing a system developed by Gross-Wen Technologies to treat its wastewater. The patent-pending revolving algal biofilm treatment technology, or RAB, grows micro algae on vertical belts that rotate in and out of the wastewater. During the rotation, nitrogen and phosphorus are transferred from the wastewater to the algae. The algae also takes out ammonia and other contaminants from the wastewater. Read More»

Iowa State named a partner in new Department of Energy bioenergy research center

Iowa State University is a partner institution in a new, $104 million research center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the project will study the next generation of plant-based, sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts. BCRF affiliate Emily Heaton, associate professor of agronomy, will be project researcher. Read More»

May-June 2017 Newsletter

Featuring news about BioCentury Research Farm activites and faculty affiliates

Iowa State Researchers Join New Carbon Economy Consortium

Researchers from Iowa State University are part of a “New Carbon Economy” consortium launched by the Center for Carbon Removal in partnership with several research institutions. The initiative has the goal of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and converting it into valuable products and services. Read More»

March-April 2017 Newsletter

Featuring news about BioCentury Research Farm activites and faculty affiliates

Poster Competition for ISU Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Center for Crops Utilization and the BioCentury Research Farm hosted a poster competition for Iowa State University undergraduate and graduate students engaged in food, feed and biorenewables research activities. The competition was held on April 20 in the Food Sciences Building. A list of the winners can be found at

January-February 2017 Newsletter

Featuring news about BioCentury Research Farm activites and faculty affiliates

Iowa State spinoff sees small towns using algae to clean water

From Des Moines Register

Two Iowa State University scientists believe algae can help cut costs for hundreds of small Iowa towns that face up to $1 billion to upgrade their wastewater treatment to meet tougher clean water standards. Article features BCRF's Darren Jarboe, Martin Gross and Zhiyou Wen. Read More»

Iowa State University Improves Algae Technology to Treat Wastewater for Communities and Businesses

Iowa State University technology that improves the efficiency of wastewater reclamation using algae has gotten the attention of small Iowa communities and the largest wastewater treatment system in the world. Read More»

Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy

Iowa State's Robert C. Brown is a guest editor of the current issue of the journal Energy Technology. The special issue features 20 scientific papers about Brown's specialty: using pyrolysis technologies to convert biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers. The special issue is all about an "improved understanding of the fundamental chemical, physical, and catalytic processes underlying pyrolysis technology.” Read More»

Research presents ideas to create more renewable energy, reduce polution

From Iowa State Daily

BCRF affiliate Emily Heaton, associate professor of agronomy, discussed 'perennial power' and the economy at a recent Osborn Club meeting. Read More»