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Pennycress? Yep, It's the Next Big Biofuel
pennycress could be next big biofuel crop 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. ...

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 ...

Sunflower Power: Newbury, Vt., Farmer, GMP Team Up in Biofuel Pilot Program
Valley News
When the faces are totally black and mostly dried, probably around late October or early November, it will be time to harvest the seeds, press out the oil and convert the product into Earth-friendly biodiesel, a process that Scott has been undertaking ...

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Nature World News

Promising Biofuel Crops May Prove Invasive
Nature World News
"Some of the biofeedstocks currently being examined by the EPA for approval, like pennycress, have a high risk for invasion," Quinn said. "Others have vague names ... with no species name, which is problematic." She also mentions the Miscanthus species ...

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

U professor working to save state's pheasants and ducks
Minneapolis Star Tribune
“This all accelerated about 15 years ago when we tried to develop perennial plants that could produce large quantities of biomass to be converted into biofuels,” Wyse said. “Unfortunately, the profitability wasn't there, and still isn't.” So ...

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 ...

Sustainable Business Center to focus on finding more tenants
Galesburg Register-Mail
The five tenants are Intellihot, Blackburn Sampling, Sitka Salmon Shares, Pennycress Energy and Jerry's Mojo. Intellihot has been the most successful of these companies. It is the only U.S. manufacturer of tankless water heaters, was recently awarded ...

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Emerging Ag Tech Companies Compete For Funding, Partnerships At Danforth ...
St. Louis Public Radio
Still other companies are working on next generation biofuels. That includes the St. Louis-based start-up Arvegenix. That company is working to commercialize a non-food crop called Field Pennycress, an oil seed plant in the mustard family that could be ...

Homemade Biodiesel Works As Well As Conventional
Domestic Fuel
EECL Researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) have found that a homemade mix of unleaded gasoline and crushed oilseeds works about as well as diesel or biodiesel produced by more conventional means. This article on the Lab Manager website ...

Regulations needed to identify potentially invasive biofuel crops
EurekAlert (press release)
URBANA, Ill. - If the hottest new plant grown as a biofuel crop is approved based solely on its greenhouse gas emission profile, its potential as the next invasive species may not be discovered until it's too late. In response to this need to prevent ...

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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."