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  • Sponsorships Available for National Energy Conference for Educators
    [January 24, 2017]

    This summer, the Iowa Energy Center will be sponsoring 10 Iowa educators to attend the National Energy Conference for Educators in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We are now accepting nominations for middle and high school educators who would receive a stipend to attend the five-day conference from July 16th-20th, 2017. The conference will bring together educators that [...]  Read More

  • Biorenewables Research at ISU Part of New Manufacturing USA Institute
    [January 18, 2017]

    Last month, the Department of Energy announced that the U.S.’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute will make use of Iowa State University’s biorenewables expertise. Dedicated to work in chemical manufacturing, the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment Institute (RAPID) hopes to improve productivity and efficiency in the field. ISU researchers will manage the project’s biorefinery efforts, [...]  Read More

  • Sites Named for MidAmerican Wind XI Project
    [January 16, 2017]

    MidAmerican Energy plans to build new wind farms in Boone, Greene and Mahaska counties in Iowa. The two new wind farms will be the first Wind XI project sites selected for construction. MidAmerican Energy plans to begin construction in April on the Beaver Creek wind project in Boone and Greene counties and the Prairie wind [...]  Read More

  • Ethanol Emissions Greener Than Previously Expected
    [January 13, 2017]

    A report issued this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that ethanol may release has much as 43 percent fewer greenhouse gases than standard gasoline. This is an even bigger difference than previous estimates of 21 percent fewer emissions. Said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, “This report provides evidence that corn ethanol [...]  Read More

  • ISU Researcher Wins DOE Grant
    [January 12, 2017]

    Dr. Zhangyou Wang of Iowa State University was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) worth more than $330,000. The project will also receive nearly $68,000 from the Iowa Energy Center’s matching grant program. “Iowa is rich in wind energy resources, and already has a very high penetration level of wind energy. [...]  Read More

  • Sioux City Plant Proposes to Generate Renewable Fuel from Wastewater
    [January 10, 2017]

    Earlier this week, City Council members in Sioux City voiced their optimism about a plan to use the town’s existing wastewater treatment plant to generate renewable fuels. The $9.3 million project will allow the city to sell renewable fuels made from cleaned and compressed gas at the plant. There is an estimated two year timeline [...]  Read More