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October 20, 2016

BCRF student employee Ryan Werner, a junior in industrial technology, welds on the output conveyor legs of the soil removal equipment.The latest issue of Biofuels Journal included a six-page feature on the thermochemical conversion research happening at the BioCentury Research Farm, installation began on the soil removal equipment, and four student teams completed capstone projects at the BCRF.

October 20, 2016

From Biofuels Journal, Fourth Quarter 2016 — Researchers at Iowa State University are pursuing three thermochemical technologies that can produce biofuels, renewable chemicals, and a carbon-rich residue known as biochar.

October 20, 2016

Eight tons of corn stover was processed using the Vermeer BP-8000 round bale processor for an industry client.A German research organization visited the BioCentury Research Farm to explore possible collaborations with Iowa State University. The BCRF also provided biomass feedstock preparation services to two clients, which included processing 8 tons of corn stover and 4 tons of switchgrass.

October 20, 2016

A research walking in the new pilot plant.Iowa State engineers are working with Chevron U.S.A. to develop a pilot plant and study an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The technology converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and a biochar that can enrich soils. The project is supported by a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

October 20, 2016

BCRF student employees Ryan Werner, a junior in industrial technology, (right) and Phil Skogmo, a senior in industrial technology, apply biochar to a sorghum plot in the Plant Demonstration Plots.Two types of biochar were applied to a mini sorghum field plot in the BioCentury Research Farm Plant Demonstration Plots, the Biofuels Science and Sustainability Tour stopped at the BCRF to learn about various research projects and BCRF student employees developed a new QR code system to track the BCRF's biomass feedstock supply.

October 20, 2016

View of the BCRF building.From Iowa Farm Bureau — At Iowa State University’s (ISU) BioCentury Research Farm, a line-up of biomass and alternative energy projects has processing Facility Manager Andy Suby excited about moving from bench-scale research into pilot plants and commercial scale processing, as well as and cellulosic work to support the POET plant in Emmetsburg and the DuPont plant in Nevada is just part of the story.

October 20, 2016

Nic Boersma, a program coordinator in agronomy, planted switchgrass in the BCRF Plant Zoo. Boersma is a member of Emily Heaton's research team. Heaton, associate professor of agronomy, is a BCRF affiliateThe BioCentury Research Farm received soil removal equipment donated by DuPont. The equipment, valued at approximately $219,000, will expand the BCRF's current biomass preparation and conditioning capabilities. The BCRFcontinued to provide support to various on- and off-campus clients. Corn, soybeans, switchgrass and oats were planted in the Plant Zoo.

October 20, 2016

Assistant scientists Austin Hohmann (left) and Michael Forrester (right) opening a manual valve from a chemical reactor.The Bio-Polymers Processing Facility hired a plant manager and also prepared for start-up this spring, a new industry client used the 500-liter fermentor to grow a single-cell microbe and red oak was prepared using the fully automated belt dryer and hammermill.

October 20, 2016

From Forward, Iowa State University Foundation, Spring 2016, page 12 — ISU Foundation's Forward magazine featured an article about the Bio-Polymers Processing Facility located at the BioCentury Research Farm, and discussed the plant-based polymers research done by affiliates Chris Williams and Eric Cochran.

October 20, 2016

Cut switchgrass was baled in December using the Roll-Belt 560 Round Baler and the T6.140 tractor. The work was done by the Iowa State Biomass Team, led by BCRF affiliate Emily Heaton, associate professor of agronomy.New Holland Agriculture, represented by Scott Wangsgard, has generously provided several pieces of equipment on loan to the BioCentury Research Farm for biomass crop research projects. The loan includes three tractors, a disc mower and a round baler. The equipment will be used to support research on several crops including corn stover, switchgrass and Miscanthus.

October 20, 2016

In a recent Des Moines Register article, BCRF affiliate Emily Heaton says perennial grasses can reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change. Here's how: As miscanthus, switchgrass and other perennials grow, they pull from the air the carbon that contributes to climate change.

October 18, 2016

From Des Moines Register, January 9, 2016 — BCRF affiliates Emily Heaton and Robert C. Brown were featured in a recent Des Moines Register article on finding the next generation of energy.

October 20, 2015

Iowa State and industry partner Argo Genesis Chemical LLC will dedicate a new, $5.3 million Bio-Polymer Processing Facility on Aug. 26. The plant will allow Iowa State engineers to research and develop their process for producing bio-polymers from soybean oil.

October 20, 2015

The industrial-scale pilot biopolymers plant being built at the BioCentury Research Farm for use in several different industries nears its completion.

October 20, 2015

Plans are underway to build a pilot plant for a fast-pyrolysis process that will convert 10 ton/d of biomass into bio-oil and bio-char. Chemical Engineering magazine’s Scott Jenkins provides an overview of the Bioeconomy Institute’s intent to build the plant at Iowa State’s Bio

October 20, 2015

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October 20, 2015

BCRF affiliate R. Christopher Williams is part of a team of Iowa State researchers that has developed a method to create bioasphalt. 

October 20, 2015

BCRF affiliate Emily Heaton was featured in the the latest entry in a series about Iowa State University faculty who are using science to change the world for the better.

October 20, 2015

In the cornfields of central Iowa, employees of newly created, small, local businesses are preparing and collecting corn stover — the stalks, leaves and cobs left after grain harvest — as feedstock for the DuPont Biofuels Solutions cellulosic ethanol facility in Nevada, Iowa, which is expected to

October 20, 2015

Crops take time to establish. Not only do proper planting and harvesting practices need instituting, but an end market must exist. Southeast-Asia originated Miscanthus x giganteus serves as one among a variety of energy crops studied in Iowa. From Biomass Magazine

October 20, 2014

CCUR faculty affiliates are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market.

October 20, 2014

ExxonMobil Corporation is establishing an advanced biofuels research program at Iowa State University.

October 20, 2014

An industrial-scale pilot plant will be constructed at the BioCentury Research Farm to develop a family of new biobased polymers derived from vegetable oils.

October 20, 2014

Robert Brown talks about how Iowa State and the BioCentury Research Farm is working to create biofuels from biomasses to eventually replace the use of fossil fuels. From Big 12 Digital Network/YouTube Channel for Big 12 Conference.

October 20, 2014

On the Aug. 4 Agribusiness Report on WHO TV, Matt Darr, agricultural and biosystems engineering, said about two-thirds of every dollar spent on agriculture is focused on decisions of seed selection, fertility and land access. Mass amounts of data could have an influence on those decisions.

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