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Pennycress biodiesel news:

Quad-Cities Online

Pennycress vies to join corn, soybeans
Quad-Cities Online
"We're not increasing land acres to grow anything. And we aren't taking anything away from the food supply." This also is why the crop has been pushed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its quest for new biofuel sources. All, however, is not ...

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San Angelo Standard Times

Biotech firm seeks profit on weed strain
NWAOnline (subscription)
"It's been a long time since a wild strain was domesticated," said Dennis Plummer, one of the founders of Arvegenix, which is working with the pennycress weed. "Even for some of the recent domestications, it took decades." The last plant to make a ...
Young biotech firm chases the next cash cropDubuque Telegraph Herald

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The Seattle Times

Young biotech firm bets on weed as future cash crop
The Seattle Times
Researchers are trying to turn what currently amounts to a weed — in this case, pennycress — into a viable commodity crop for farmers. ... This is also why the crop has been pushed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its quest for new biofuel ...

Agri News

Where is the next corn or soybean?
Agri News
Pennycress, formerly known as a weed, is an extremely cold-tolerant winter annual that has a high oil content. It has a high potential to serve as a biodiesel crop, Wyse said. He could see it serving in a corn/pennycress/soybean rotation. In a trial ...

Pennycress? Yep, It's the Next Big Biofuel
Get ready to hear a lot about pennycress biofuel this year. Pennycress sounds like a name that belongs to an unassuming little weed commonly found along roadsides – and it does – but a while back the U.S. Department of Agriculture started to ...

Making Pennycress Pay Off
Biodiesel Magazine
Researchers in Illinois believe they have the answer to the continuing food versus fuel debate and high commodity prices that challenge the biodiesel industry: pennycress. Their excitement stems from the ability of the plant to be transformed from a ...

Carbon innovation trumps taxation
Other new biodiesel feedstocks are constantly being explored, such as pennycress, jatropha, palm oil, low ricin castor, and seashore mallow. You may be asking yourself why the retail oil heat industry is putting such an effort into developing a more ...

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Yield Lab, Nation's First Ag Tech Accelerator Unveils First Class
Arvegenix – Arvegenix is developing Pennycress, an annual energy crop grown over winter when land is idle, giving farmers another revenue crop. Pennycress, a non-food oilseed crop, produces oil for biofuels and press-cake that is used as livestock feed.
Yield Lab invests in five agricultural

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How to Make Your Own Biodiesel
The Green Optimistic (blog)
Regardless of what people say, biodiesel is definitely a much better alternative to any fossil fuel. Not only that it is much more environmentally friendly, but it is also possible to make high quality biodiesel in your own kitchen or garage, saving ...

Pennycress farmers say crop could be alternative biofuel -- Quad Cities News & Weather from WQAD
A June harvest doesn't seem very likely in Illinois. But the sight of a combine is turning heads in Warren County these days. “I think there's a curiosity factor,” said Jerod Brown. When most farmers just finished spring planting, Brown is harvesting a ...

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  • Innovation Fuels Currently operating a biorefinery with 950,000 barrel per year capacity in Newark, NJ, and with two test plots of pennycress growing elsewhere in the state of New Jersey; in addition to test areas throughout the States of New York and Wisconsin, intends to expand its renewable energy initiative exponentially over the next 2-3 years.
  • USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR) The lab is trying to determine agronomic parameters for pennycress production. They have the following specific research objectives: 1. Determine optimum planting depth for pennycress. 2. Evaluate effect of nitrogen on pennycress seed production. 3. Evaluate pennycress planting date. In addition, the lab website also describes their work with making methyl esters (biodiesel) from pennydress oil: "The objective of this study was to evaluate the physical properties of pennycress oil and its methyl esters for suitability as a biodiesel. Pennycress seeds were obtained from combine harvesting of wild strands using conventional combines. The seeds were cleaned by screening, aspiration and gravity table fractionation. Oil was recovered from whole seed by passing through a screw press and filtration. The oil was converted to methyl esters using a sodium methoxide catalyst in methanol. Pour point, cloud point, viscosity, flash point acid value, copper corrosion, and oxidative stability were determined on both the oil and the methyl esters using the appropriate ASTM method. The seed was found to contain 36% oil with the major fatty acid as erucic at 38.1%, and an iodine value of 115. Viscosity index (VI) of the methyl esters was 277, with a 40 deg C viscosity of 5.0 CST, and pour point and cloud points of -15 and -10 deg C, respectively. The starting oil had a VI of 222, with a 40 deg C viscosity of 39.1 CST, and pour point and cloud points of -18 and -10 deg C, respectively. As expected, the flash point of the methyl esters at 136 deg C was considerably less than the starting oil at 234 deg C. OSI of the oil at 100 deg C was 39 h and 54 h for methyl esters. The early harvest date of pennycress, compared to other winter annual oilseed crops, will make it suitable for a two-crop rotation with soybeans in most of the Midwestern U.S. In addition, the physical properties of the methyl esters indicate that continued development of the oil as a biodiesel is warranted."