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2013-03-14 19:57:16

Kansas State University civil engineers are developing the right mix to reduce concrete's carbon footprint and make it stronger. Their innovative ingredient: biofuel byproducts. "The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to produce a material to use in concrete as a partial replacement of cement," said Feraidon Ataie, doctoral student in civil engineering, Kabul, Afghanistan. "By using these materials we can reduce the carbon footprint of concrete materials." Concrete is made...

2012-07-12 10:37:29

Scientists are reporting new evidence that a white rot fungus shows promise in the search for a way to use waste corn stalks, cobs and leaves — rather than corn itself — to produce ethanol to extend supplies of gasoline. Their study on using the fungus to break down the tough cellulose and related material in this so-called "corn stover" to free up sugars for ethanol fermentation appears in the ACS' journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. Yebo Li and colleagues...

2011-06-21 06:00:00

SCHERREBEK, Denmark, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Inbicon, inventor of the biomass conversion technology driving the Inbicon Biomass Refinery, announced a summary of its private crop studies and confidential biomass research. "Our findings confirm that North America's great abundance of corn stover and wheat straw is sufficiently concentrated in the prime grain-growing regions to make biomass collection practical and economical," says Benny Mai, General Manager, Inbicon. "Farmers...

2011-04-18 07:30:00

IRVINE, Calif., April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSPC), a clean energy company growing Giant King(TM) Grass as a low-carbon, renewable biomass crop and its subsidiary VIASPACE Green Energy Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VGREF), today reported that VIASPACE Giant King Grass was featured in the April issue of Biorefining Magazine which interviewed CEO Dr. Carl Kukkonen. Data comparing the composition of Giant King Grass compared to corn straw and wheat straw was...

2011-03-01 07:30:00

IRVINE, Calif., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VIASPACE Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VSPC) and its subsidiary VIASPACE Green Energy Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: VGREF) announced incorporation of VIASPACE Green Energy Pte. Ltd. in Singapore. The new company is 100% owned by VIASPACE Green Energy Inc. No further information about the new company is being announced at this time. Dr. Carl Kukkonen, chief executive of VIASPACE and the newly formed company, will travel to Asia to meet with potential...

2010-10-29 19:13:50

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have created a technoeconomic model that should help accelerate the development of a next generation of clean, green biofuels that can compete with gasoline in economics and well as performance. This on-line, wiki-based model enables researchers to pursue the most promising strategies for cost-efficient biorefinery operations by simulating such critical factors as production costs and energy balances under...

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2010-06-16 07:46:45

Two years into a study looking at methods of combining a living cover crop between corn rows shows that yield can be maintained at high levels using environmentally friendly practices. Researchers are testing between-row cover grasses as part of research looking at ways to reduce soil runoff and keep vital nutrients in the soils while crop residue, called stover, is removed from farm fields to produce biofuels. With U.S. government targets requiring a 30 percent displacement of petroleum...

2010-03-17 11:19:15

MADISON, WI -- The emergence of biofuels into agricultural systems presents new opportunities for farmers to improve economic return while providing critical ecosystem services. Integrating perennial crops can help meet food, fuel and fiber needs, but will require an understanding of biomass productivity on specific landscape positions and environments. To diversify their farms, farmers will need to know where their crops will give them the best yield. Landscape processes, such as hill slope...

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2009-07-16 12:57:29

A U.S. study indicates it takes more than efficient equipment to make renewable energies cost-effective, with technological advances essential to the effort. The research, led by Richard Hess of the Idaho National Laboratory, is a cost-analysis of the steps involved in the corn stover supply chain. Corn stover consists of the stalks, leaves and cobs that remain after corn is harvested. The United States is increasing the use of lignocellulosic biomass, of which corn stover is a substantial...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'