Doug Root, Senior Scientist of Biomass and Renewable Products Technologies has been selected to serve on the Minnesota Biodiesel Task Force. Root, who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Arizona, is based at AURI’s Marshall Office.
The Biodiesel Task Force was established in 2003 to advise the Minnesota Department of Agriculture on methods to increase the production and use of biodiesel. It also helps to promote and educate possible biodiesel developers, marketers, manufacturers and consumers throughout the state.
“It will be a pleasure to serve on the Biodiesel Taskforce and use my experience and abilities to support the Minnesota biodiesel industry, which provides secure, reliable, American grown diesel fuel,” Root says. “This appointment reflects the growing reputation of AURI for impartial insight into agricultural innovation and new uses for agricultural commodities and co-products. AURI’s activities encourage rural economic growth in Minnesota and overlap with the interests of the biodiesel industry and biodiesel consumers. I hope to see growth in the biodiesel industry while meeting the needs of diesel fuel users for a consistent, reliable, cost competitive fuel.”
Root also chairs the industrial oilseeds division of the American Oil Chemist’s Society.
With record crop yields projected for several regional commodities, the support and expansion of value-added agricultural products within Minnesota and the greater Midwest is of the utmost importance. In addition to increasing current demand, it will spur new demand opportunities as well. To that end, AURI is hosting a New Uses Innovation Forum for Minnesota’s […]
Earlier this year a new feasibility study, conducted in part by AURI, showed biomass cooling can be a viable option for small-to-medium sized commercial, industrial and residential units. The research results, which are part of the Biomass for Cooling System Technologies: A Feasibility Guide, also identifies innovations that utilize biomass as the essential wellspring of energy for cooling systems.
With record 2016/17 U.S. crop yields projected for several Minnesota grown commodities, the support and expansion of value-added agricultural products within Minnesota and the greater Midwest is of the utmost importance to spur new demand opportunities. To that end, I am working with AURI staff and key partners to build an informational and educational event for Minnesota’s agricultural industry about the latest ideas and opportunities for developing new uses for Minnesota grown crops and agricultural processing byproducts.
Renewable Energy Finance and Investment October 27, 2016 View the agenda Great River Energy 12300 Elm Creek Blvd Maple Grove, MN 55369 Register here
Read the full report: Development of a Port-Injected Hydrous Ethanol System for Diesel Engines Partners: Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council University of Minnesota