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Bumping up biodiesel

Posted on July 1, 2009, in Ag Innovation News

North Mankato, Minn. — Minnesota’s biodiesel consumption got a power boost this spring when the state’s requirement for biodiesel blends more than doubled. Beginning May 1, diesel sold in Minnesota must have a five-percent biodiesel blend, up from two percent required since 2005. Biodiesel legislation, passed in 2002, made Minnesota the first state to require […]

Screen Savers

Posted on October 1, 2008, in Ag Innovation News

Cottonwood, Minn. — Jon Mohn is working on a new “screen-saver” program. He has a warehouse full of grass-seed chaff and screenings — material he once threw away. Now he’s hoping to convert this biomass into pellets. The southwest Minnesota entrepreneur and his wife Melissa grow, harvest and process native grass and wildflower seeds. Their […]

Nations first poultry-litter fueled plant opens

Posted on January 1, 2008, in Ag Innovation News

The nation’s first poultry litter-fueled power plant opened in October. Fibrominn is generating enough renewable electricity to serve 40,000 homes. Power from the 55-megawatt plant is being purchased by Xcel Energy as part of a state renewable energy mandate. Fibrominn will burn 500,000 tons of poultry manure a year, as well as other biomass, according […]

Waste to watts

Posted on October 1, 2007, in Ag Innovation News

Williams, Minn. –A grassroots power movement is taking hold in northwest Minnesota. Northern Excellence Seed, LLC, plans to gasify grass-seed chaff and straw to make electricity. The Lake of the Woods County business is one of the first companies in Minnesota to generate on-site power from biomass. And it may be the only factory in […]

Gasification groundwork

Posted on October 1, 2007, in Ag Innovation News

Minnesota’s got gas! The state is becoming a leader in the development of small-scale biomass gasification systems, which produce synthetic natural gas. “There’s a considerable amount of buzz about biomass gasification in Minnesota,” says AURI project manager Michael Sparby. Several gasifiers are now being built around the state and more are in the works. The […]

Chow down

Posted on July 1, 2007, in Ag Innovation News

  The cost of chowing down is going up. High corn prices — driven by exploding ethanol demand — have pushed up livestock feed costs. That’s prompting farmers to look for more economical alternatives. At the same time, the biofuels industry is producing lots of distiller’s grains and glycerin, processing byproducts that can replace a […]

In between

Posted on July 1, 2007, in Ag Innovation News

Waseca, Minn. — Biomass-pellet stoves are popular with home owners and with large industrial complexes. But another opportunity lies somewhere in between. Many light-industrial or on-farm uses may be ideal for pelleted-biomass fuels. Grain drying and heating for livestock buildings, farm shops and greenhouses could potentially be biomass powered. “Most farmers have some sort of […]

Renewable energy revs up the rural economy

Posted on April 1, 2007, in Ag Innovation News

Minnesota farmers will be harvesting more green power, thanks to AURI’s Center for Producer-Owned Energy. In its first two years, CPOE helped develop ethanol, biodiesel, biomass gasification, manure digestion, community wind power and renewable energy coproducts, says Max Norris, CPOE director. With a $1 million USDA grant, plus private sector matching grants, CPOE has backed […]

The beauty of biodiesel

Posted on April 1, 2007, in Ag Innovation News

Biodiesel is nontoxic, biodegradable and reduces emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and particulates. Unlike other alternative fuels, it can be used in unmodified engines, even in its pure form. Biodiesel can be made from almost any oilseed crop, animal fat or restaurant waste grease. It is produced primarily from soybean oil in the United States […]

Hunting for a Better Burner

Posted on July 1, 2006, in Ag Innovation News

Marshall, Minn. — As petroleum-based fuel prices soar, consumer interest in ag-based energy is getting hotter. Along with renewable fuels, the buzz over biomass that can generate heat and electricity is building as well. “Hardly a day goes by that we don’t get a call from someone looking to manufacture biomass fuels or to buy […]