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Not just for vehicles anymore

Posted on January 4, 2016, in Ag Innovation News, News

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.

From idea to reality

Posted on September 26, 2014, in Ag Innovation News, AURI News

–by Liz Morrison photos by Rolf Hagberg Start with good ideas. Research their commercial potential. Get that research into the hands of entrepreneurs who can run with it. Follow up with hands-on technical assistance to bring innovations to market. For 25 years, this has been AURI’s approach to commercializing new value-added agricultural products. It starts […]

Scientist instrumental in biodiesel development passes away

Posted on November 7, 2013, in AURI News

Hemendra Basu, Ph.D., who passed away on October 27 in California at the age of 80, patented a process for creating esters (found in essential oils) from a feedstock that includes a fat or an oil, such as soybeans. This discovery and the subsequent work were instrumental in the development of biodiesel. In 2011, approximately […]

MPR: Farmers hope spindly weed is a biofuel gusher

Posted on August 1, 2013, in AURI News

A July 31 MPR story looks at the possibility of camelina as a crop for biofuels. Ever Cat Fuels biodiesel plant in Isanti, Minn., is crushing the camelina seeds using a patented technology that can handle any plant-based feedstock. AURI Senior Project Development Director Dennis Timmerman was interviewed for the article: “It’s a great place […]

Klean & green

Posted on January 3, 2013, in Ag Innovation News, News

–by Liz Morrison photos by Rolf Hagberg In the early days of radio, “Klean Soap” was a fictitious product that helped advertisers understand how to use the new medium. Now, there’s a real Klean Soap. Last January, with help from AURI, a group of Twin Cities entrepreneurs launched a line of “green” cleaners made from […]

Still in our sights

Posted on January 3, 2013, in Ag Innovation News

— by Liz Morrison A little more than three years ago, AURI teamed up with the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council to vet some 200 emerging technologies and identify those with the greatest potential to add value to corn and soybeans. The goal was to give […]

AURI announces research initiatives

Posted on January 3, 2013, in Ag Innovation News

 —  by Amanda Wanke photos by Rolf Hagberg AURI recently announced 16 research initiatives for 2013. 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 Minnesota’s agriculture industry in order to grow the economy and create new jobs. “Agriculture […]

Klean Soap

Posted on February 28, 2012, in Success Stories

Idea to reality: A Minnesota family company wanted to use recycled vegetable oil and glycerin from their small biodiesel plant to make green cleaning products. They needed help with glycerin purification and product formulation and testing. AURI’s role: AURI scientists helped purify the crude glycerin and perfect the product recipes and manufacturing process for Klean […]

Bolt On Power

Posted on January 1, 2011, in Ag Innovation News

Minneapolis, Minn. — Nearly every morning, a barely-noticed battalion of trucks crisscross the streets and alleys of Minneapolis gobbling up glass, plastic, aluminum and other recyclables from residents’ curbs. The city’s fleet of 14 snub-nosed, white trucks all look the same — with one notable exception. One of the trucks has gone ‘green.’ It runs […]

Bio Rot Stopper

Posted on October 1, 2010, in Ag Innovation News

Minneapolis, Minn. — Standing for years against the constant barrage of wind, rain, ice and snow, utility poles are hardly noticed unless they fail due to storms or rot. For millions of Americans, the simple wooden pole is a reminder that their electrical power and important phone calls will be delivered. Now soybeans may play […]