As the biodiesel industry grows, so does the nation’s supply of glycerin. Refined glycerin is used in thousands of products from food to toothpaste to personal care products. Most biodiesel refineries are not equipped to purify the crude glycerin generated by the biodiesel manufacturing process. This has led to an oversupply of crude glycerin on the market.
One potential use for crude glycerin is as a boiler fuel. AURI and several industry partners tested glycerin for efficacy as an industrial fuel.
File attached: Glycerin Report Final.pdf
By Dan Lemke Great ideas might remain just a concept without the resources necessary to make them real. AURI has been a unique Minnesota resource for more than 25 years, delivering a combination of innovative laboratories, pilot facilities and scientific expertise. AURI’s facilities provide businesses and entrepreneurs working to develop agriculturally-based products with valuable technical […]
http://rrfn.com/indepth/070816%20AURI.MP3 A new feasibility study conducted in part by the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI), shows 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 […]
AURI recently announced thirteen research initiatives for 2016. The projects in the organization’s core four focus areas-renewable energy, biobased products, coproducts and food- all aim to create new and improved products and processes in order to utilize its commodities, grow the economy and create new jobs.
Minnesota has long been a leader in the development and acceptance of biodiesel. AURI scientists were among the first to research biodiesel’s potential back in the early 1990s. After decades of work, biodiesel became accepted as a viable alternative fuel and was designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the nation’s first advanced biofuel. It’s currently blended at a 10 percent level with diesel sold in Minnesota during the summer months and 5 percent year round. While its primary focus in the Midwest has been as a transportation fuel, home heating is potentially an equally exciting biodiesel opportunity.
Save the date for the next Minnesota Renewable Energy Roundtable to be held on November 3, 2015 in Morris. The event will focus specifically on biogas and anaerobic digesters. Content will include current policy, economics/finance, technology, case studies, a tour of Riverview Dairy and time for networking. Speakers for the day will include: Ray Davy, […]