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US EPA opens comment period on pennycress oil GHG analysis
Biodiesel Magazine
The U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website inviting comment on an analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of pennycress oil for use in biofuel production, including biodiesel, renewable diesel ...


Tempted by Detroit's $500 properties? 5 things to know
Worcester Telegram
This Dec. 4, 2014, photo shows a vacant lot in Detroit that has been replanted with pennycress, a cover crop that is considered suitable for conversion to biofuel. Detroit has thousands of vacant lots and abandoned buildings, and the creation of what ...

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McDonough Voice

'Good for the land'
McDonough Voice
Three Western Illinois University students are playing a hand in pivotal research to help bring the potential biofuel crop, pennycress, to ground. For years, WIU has already been a part of the research, collaborating with the U.S. Department of ...

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Biomass Magazine

EPA to open comment period on pennycress oil GHG analysis
Biomass Magazine
The U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website inviting comment on an analysis of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the production and transport of pennycress oil for use in biofuel production, including biodiesel, renewable diesel ...

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St. Louis Business Journal (blog)

St. Louis startup turning weeds into biofuel
St. Louis Business Journal (blog)
Biofuel made from pennycress seeds, "could end up in your tank, if you drive a diesel powered car or truck," said Jerry Steiner, the chief executive of the two-year-old plant science startup Arvegenix. "We clearly could also make jet fuel, and provide ...


EPA Releases Notice On The GHG Emissions Of Pennycress Oil
JD Supra (press release)
This notice states that biofuels produced from pennycress oil could qualify as biomass-based diesel or advanced biofuel when they are produced using typical fuel production process technologies. The notice is the result of an analysis of the greenhouse ...


Initiative aims to help balance profits, conservation
Eau Claire Country Today
“Forever Green is helping develop crops that are efficient, diverse and economically viable,” said Kayla Altendorf, a University of Minnesota graduate student who is working on a project to breed better lines of pennycress, an oilseed plant that ...


WNIJ and WNIU

Schock Keeping Travels In-District
WNIJ and WNIU
Schock toured the two-bay greenhouse at Western Illinois University where the school is conducting research into Pennycress, a winter crop that could be used for biofuels. He committed to finding federal funding to help pay for building additional ...

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Area farmers all for finding new revenue
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
But officials at a startup company in Missouri, Arvegenix, hope the oil found in pennycress can be economically refined into biodiesel and aviation fuel. In other words: a cash crop. And Hadley would pay attention to that potential. “I'm for farmers ...


Pennycress? Yep, It's the Next Big Biofuel
CleanTechnica
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. ...

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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."