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
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, […]
The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council is hosting a Biodiesel and Bioheat Forum where leaders from the heating oil and biodiesel industries will discuss markets, new process technologies and fuel quality. Learn more and register here. August 19, 2015 2 pm Courtyard by Marriott 901 Raintree Road Mankato, MN 56001
View the full agenda The event will focus on biomass education and its potential use as part of the Destination Medical Center project in Rochester. Friday, July 17, 2015 9 am-3 pm Heintz Center Room HB117 1926 College View Road East Rochester, MN 55904 Register now free event This event has been a collaborative planning […]