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AG Week

Minnesota's AURI finds new uses for ag products
AG Week
Developing new markets for soy protein in food allergen-free soybean varieties. Evaluating the potential for pennycress oil and meal. Pennycress, a cover crop, could be a source of oil for biodiesel and meal for livestock feed. Conducting a small-scale ...

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Benzinga

EcoloBlue Proposes Big Solution For Flint: Atmospheric Water Generators
Benzinga
Stokes hopes to get a plant built in Flint with the pennycress that produces the biodiesel needed to make these machines. Tieleman has agreed to donate 250 atmospheric water generators to Flint. How these generators will be distributed among the Flint ...

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St. Louis Public Radio

Pennycress, a common weed in Missouri, could be the next big thing in biofuel innovation
St. Louis Public Radio
Pennycress, for example, is a “weed” that Missourians can find growing road-side. Jerry Steiner is the CEO of Arvegenix, a local company leading the development of Pennycress oil for use in biodiesel fuel. He said that plants like pennycress can fill a ...

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Preview: The 2016 Print Edition of Biodiesel Magazine
Biodiesel Magazine (blog)
The 2016 Print Edition of Biodiesel Magazine is nearly complete, and I would like to share some of its contents with you as we close out the 2015 calendar year. The 2016 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, combined with the 2016 Biodiesel Industry ...

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Biodiesel Magazine

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 ...


CleanTechnica

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. ...


EIA Revises 2016 Ethanol Output
DTN The Progressive Farmer (registration) (blog)
EIA continues to expect the largest effect of the proposed RFS targets will be on biodiesel consumption, which helps to meet the RFS targets for use of biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel. Biodiesel production averaged 82 ...

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Peoria Journal Star

Always wanted to take a tour of Peoria's Ag Lab? Next week is your chance
Peoria Journal Star
Ag Lab research has also supported the development of many crops, such as soybeans, guayule, field pennycress, camelina and cuphea. Visitors to NCAUR interested in touring the labs may obtain free tickets from either the Peoria Riverfront Museum or the ...


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 ...


Biomass Magazine

EPA: Comments on pennycress GHG analysis due April 20
Biomass Magazine
The notice published in the Federal Register explains EPA's analysis of the production and transportation components of the lifecycle GHG emission of biofuel made from pennycress oil and describes how EPA may apply this analysis in the future to ...

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Pennycress biodiesel companies leading the industry:

  • 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."