Renewable Energy

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The production of renewable energy from agricultural products remains an exciting opportunity. From transportation fuels to heat to electricity, we’re working on ways to keep ag-based bioenergy a strong contributor to the state’s economy.

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The Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable is an AURI community of innovation in the area of renewable energy. Read more about the roundtable and view information from the most recent event.

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Featured Renewable Energy success stories

Riverview, LLP

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: Convert manure into renewable electricity, livestock bedding and fertilizer. AURI’s role: In AURI’s coproducts lab, scientists assisted with the densification of dairy digester solids into a pellet form for value-added opportunities. Outcome: The company’s three anaerobic manure digesters, installed in 2008 and 2010, capture methane, a natural gas substitute that can be […]

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Alternative Energy Solutions

Posted on February 28, 2012, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: The Kriedermacher family needed a more cost-efficient way to heat their 65,000 square-foot greenhouse, Pork and Plants. Brothers Eric and Paul decided to make biomass pellets that could be burned in boilers to heat the greenhouses. AURI’s role: AURI Scientist Al Doering worked with the Kreidermachers in AURI’s Coproducts Lab in Waseca […]

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Upcoming events relating to Renewable Energy

New Uses Ag Innovation Forum

Taking place on March 21, 2017

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 […]

Research about Renewable Energy

Development of a Port-Injected Hydrous Ethanol System for Diesel Engines

Posted on September 2, 2016, in Research

Read the full report: Development of a Port-Injected Hydrous Ethanol System for Diesel Engines Partners: Minnesota Corn  Research & Promotion Council University of Minnesota

Economic Contribution of the Agbioscience Industry in Greater Minnesota

Posted on March 31, 2015, in Research

>Read the full report “Economic Contribution of Agbioscience in Greater Minnesota” (PDF download) Agbiosicence presents the unique opportunity to bridge the future of rural and urban Minnesota. A new research report just released shows that in one year alone the industry supported $23.4 billion in economic impact in Greater Minnesota and $12.5 billion in the […]

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Tools relating to Renewable Energy

Biomass Burner Initiative

Posted on March 26, 2013, in Tools

The increased cost of petroleum-based energy is leading many Minnesotans to seek alternative fuel sources that will serve their heat and energy needs economically, while reducing negative impacts on the environment. One increasingly important alternative fuel is biomass. Corn, wood, straw, grasses, and other forms of biomass are all being burned as viable sources of […]

Midwest Biomass Inventory Assessment

Posted on April 25, 2012, in Research, Tools

The objective of this study was to determine potential biomass resources within the Midwest for thermal heating applications in order to provide a “snapshot” of the Midwest Biomass Inventory Assessment for presentation at the 2012 Heating the Midwest Conference & Expo and for furthering the vision of the Heating the Midwest Initiative.  This was done, […]

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News about Renewable Energy

New Study Shows Promise for Biomass Cooling

Posted on October 6, 2016, in Ag Innovation News, News

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.

New Agricultural Uses Innovation Forum

Posted on October 6, 2016, in Ag Innovation News, News

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.

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