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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
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 ...


Agri News

Can biofuel crops and cover crops coexist?
Agri News
University of Minnesota graduate students Matthew Ott and Kevin Anderson talked about the university's Forever Green initiative, specifically regarding integrating winter annual oilseed crops like pennycress and winter camelina into corn and soybean ...

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Camelina Cover Crops a Boon for Bees
Agricultural Research
Camelina is an herbaceous, yellow-flowering member of the mustard family whose oil-rich seed and cold tolerance has piqued the interest of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists for its potential as both a winter cover crop and biodiesel ...

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Camelina 'Partnered' with Soybeans for Food and Fuel Benefits
Agricultural Research
Once considered a weed, camelina is gaining popularity in some parts of the country as a soil-protecting winter cover crop. Additionally, its seed contains high-quality oil for use in cooking and as biodiesel, offering a renewable alternative to ...

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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 ...


Daily Yonder

Vt. Farmer Helps Others Produce Biofuels
Daily Yonder
They have even helped to harvest pennycress, an experimental oilseed crop for Tiashoke Farm in Easton, New York. State Line presses oilseeds for each of these farms as well as Lawes Ag in Brandon, Vermont, and Wood's Market Garden in Brandon, ...


Michigan Radio

A new kind of water infrastructure begins to permeate Detroit
Michigan Radio
It's growing pennycress, a biodiesel feedstock. Replacing any hard, non-absorbent surface with something more permeable in this way can in itself be green infrastructure. In some cases, it's just a matter of landscaping. “And in fact, that's what makes ...

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Biodiesel Magazine

Midwest pennycress harvest enhances biodiesel diversity
Biodiesel Magazine
Glenn is an early adopter in the movement to bring pennycress into the corn and soybean rotation as a promising biodiesel feedstock. It has been on the fast track to becoming a sustainable biodiesel resource since 2008, and this year, he's one of a ...

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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."