Energy-Dense Biofuel From Cellulose Close To Being Economical

first_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jun 5, 2012 Facebook Twitter SHARE A new Purdue University-developed process for creating biofuels has shown potential to be cost-effective for production scale, opening the door for moving beyond the laboratory setting. A Purdue economic analysis shows that the cost of the thermo-chemical H2Bioil method is competitive when crude oil is about $100 per barrel when using certain energy methods to create hydrogen needed for the process. If a federal carbon tax were implemented, the biofuel would become even more economical. H2Bioil is created when biomass, such as switchgrass or corn stover, is heated rapidly to about 500 degrees Celcius in the presence of pressurized hydrogen. Resulting gases are passed over catalysts, causing reactions that separate oxygen from carbon molecules, making the carbon molecules high in energy content, similar to gasoline molecules. The economic analysis, published in the June issue of Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, shows that the energy source used to create hydrogen for the process makes all the difference when determining whether the biofuel is cost-effective. Hydrogen processed using natural gas or coal makes the H2Bioil cost-effective when crude oil is just over $100 per barrel. But hydrogen derived from other, more expensive, energy sources – nuclear, wind or solar – drive up the break-even point.”We’re in the ballpark,” said Wally Tyner, Purdue’s James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics. “In the past, I have said that for biofuels to be competitive, crude prices would need to be at about $120 per barrel. This process looks like it could be competitive when crude is even a little cheaper than that.” Energy-Dense Biofuel From Cellulose Close To Being Economical Home Energy Energy-Dense Biofuel From Cellulose Close To Being Economical The conversion process was created in the lab of Rakesh Agrawal, Purdue’s Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering. He said H2Bioil has significant advantages over traditional standalone methods used to create fuels from biomass.“The process is quite fast and converts entire biomass to liquid fuel,” Agrawal said. “As a result, the yields are substantially higher. Once the process is fully developed, due to the use of external hydrogen, the yield is expected to be two to three times that of the current competing technologies.” The model Tyner used assumed that corn stover, switchgrass and miscanthus would be the primary feedstocks. The analysis also found that if a federal carbon tax were introduced, driving up the cost of coal and natural gas, more expensive methods for producing hydrogen would become competitive. “If we had a carbon tax in the future, the break-even prices would be competitive even for nuclear,” Tyner said. “Wind and solar, not yet, but maybe down the road.” The U.S. Department of Energy and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research funded the research. Agrawal and his collaborators received a U.S. patent for the conversion process. Source: Purdue SHARE Agrawal said he and colleagues Fabio Ribeiro, a Purdue professor of chemical engineering, and Nick Delgass, Purdue’s Maxine Spencer Nichols Professor of Chemical Engineering, are working to develop catalysts needed for the H2Bioil conversion processes. The method’s initial implementation has worked on a laboratory scale and is being refined so it would become effective on a commercial scale. “This economic analysis shows us that the process is viable on a commercial scale,” Agrawal said. “We can now go back to the lab and focus on refining and improving the process with confidence.” Previous articleGary Wilhelmi 6/5/2012 PM CommentNext articleNational Pork Board Elects New Officers Gary Truittlast_img read more

A Warm Up Is On The Way, But So Is More…

first_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleHouse Ag Introduces Bill to Repeal COOLNext articleIndiana Dairy Honors Indy 500 Rookies Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News A Warm Up Is On The Way, But So Is More Rain A Warm Up Is On The Way, But So Is More RainRyan MartinIt is another chilly week across Indiana, but a warm up is on the way. The problem  is that more rain is also on the way. Growing degree days in May have been on the light side, and this has slowed crop emergence. But HAT meteorologist Ryan Martin says the rest of this week will be warmer, “We will see temperatures move back toward the more normal range on Friday and over the weekend, but I do not see a major warm spell coming. It will be a case of us slowly climbing back to normal temperatures over the next few weeks.” He added that he does not see a major heat wave coming to stress the young crops either.Indiana lags behind in planting progress, and Martin says catching up may be difficult with very short planting windows in the forecast, “We are going to have 2 or 3 days of dry weather at a time, and that is about all.”  He said the forecast calls for dry conditions Thursday through Saturday with rain returning on Sunday and into the first part of the week, “We may see a dry spell about mid-week next week, but then more rain back in the forecast.”  He predicts a start and stop pace of planting and expects a good deal of nervousness when it comes to getting crops planted over the next few weeks.Weather extremes have been impacting other part of the Midwest. The mercury dipped to below freezing in part of the Dakotas this week; heavy rains have caused flooding and crop damage in parts of the south and in areas of Nebraska.  Martin says these extremes should begin to minimize as we move into June but, if replanting  is needed, it  may be hard to get accomplished. “I think there will be a great deal of nervousness as we move into early June,” He stated.Martin’s exclusive corn and soybean forecast is available on HAT’s web site and free mobile app. By Gary Truitt – May 19, 2015 SHARE A Warm Up Is On The Way, But So Is More Rainlast_img read more

HAT Market Analysis for 5/25/21 with Arlan Suderman of StoneX

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News HAT Market Analysis for 5/25/21 with Arlan Suderman of StoneX Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – May 25, 2021 HAT Market Analysis for 5/25/21 with Arlan Suderman of StoneX Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Corn futures tumbled Tuesday and beans and wheat followed lower. Arlan Suderman at StoneX explains there really wasn’t a lone driver of the dip. Click to listen. Previous articleJBS Exits NCBA As Group Looks at Market ConsolidationNext articleTop USDA Trade Officials Reflect Biden Trade Uncertainty, Importance of Ag Exports Andy Eubanklast_img read more

Kappa Lambda Delta recruits with coffee

first_imgKappa Lambda Delta is known as one of TCU’s biggest philanthropic sororities. ReddIt Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Fashion merchandising’s hidden asset TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history printTCU’s Kappa Lambda Delta sorority held informative meetings with potential new members this week.The sorority hosted its “Kappa’ccinos with the Kappa D’s” recruitment events to meet with women interested in joining its group of seven.“It’s just a time for them to sit down and get to know our organization,” said Tammy Dang, vice president of KLD.Social Chair Karin Cheng said KLD wants members who will help the group enhance its goals and values, which include a 100 percent graduation rate.“We’re looking for confident and inclusive women who have a passion for service, demonstrate academic excellence and strive to be leaders on the TCU campus,” Cheng said.Dang said the sorority, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in the fall, was founded to fill a need for community amongst Asian women. Kappa Lambda Delta was founded at TCU in 2005 and is still unique to the campus.“We were founded based on the idea that seven of our founders did not see a sorority that supported Asian women and their needs,” said Dang.Dang said she feels this difference is the reason the sorority is especially known for its community service.“We are definitely very local based, so a lot of our philanthropy and a lot of the volunteer work that we do is centered around the idea of giving back to the community,” Dang said. “Being the only chapter comes with a lot of community support.”KLD holds events for its philanthropy, Union Gospel Mission, every semester. Last fall, KLD held a clothing drive, a volunteer day and a fundraiser at Fruitealicious.The sorority plans to participate in the Fort Worth Multiple Sclerosis Walk on April 2.Dang said while KLD focuses on Asian American awareness, women of all backgrounds are welcome to join.Social Chair Vien Phan said she believes all new members contribute something to help the sorority continue to thrive and achieve its goals.“Everyone is unique, so whatever they bring to KLD is special,” she said. Taylor Wirtz Twitter Taylor Wirtz Twitter Taylor Wirtz Facebook TCU junior markets jewelry line through Instagramcenter_img Linkedin ReddIt Facebook Taylor Wirtz Previous articlePaschal catcher commits to TCUNext articleSGA Diversity Director promotes inclusion on campus Taylor Wirtz RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Taylor Wirtz Melt Ice Creams lets customers do the advertising Linkedin Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ event + posts Students organize concert benefiting Cook Children’slast_img read more

Pyongyang threatens independant radio stations run by North Korean exiles

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en The North Korean media, which are completely controlled by Kim Jong-il, have threatened the independent radio stations based in South Korea and the United States that broadcast programmes for the North Korean population. These attempts at intimidation are unacceptable, Reporters Without Borders says, calling on the international community to support these brave journalists. “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad Follow the news on North Korea November 18, 2019 Find out more North KoreaAsia – Pacific Campaigns News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Receive email alerts to go further News April 1, 2020 Find out more News October 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pyongyang threatens independant radio stations run by North Korean exiles As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency Reporters Without Borders today condemned threats by North Korea’s officials against the independent radio stations based in South Korea or the United States that broadcast programmes for the North Korean population.”It is unacceptable that a regime that allows no free expression should adopt a threatening tone with media that are trying to open a breach in the wall of censorship,” the press freedom organisation said. “We offer our full support for the independent radio stations broadcasting to North Korea and we call on the international community, especially the European Union and the United Nations, to support these courageous journalists and activists.”On 12 October, a presenter on the North Korean TV station JoongAng Bang Song condemned the activities of South Korea-based radio FreeNK, which broadcasts on the Internet and short wave. Run by North Korean refugees, it broadcasts an hour of programmes critical of Kim Jong-il’s regime every day.The North Korean TV station said FreeNK’s activities constituted a South Korean violation of a declaration signed between the two Koreas on 15 June 2000 that was supposed to put an end to propaganda broadcasts on both sides of the border.At the same time, North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, whose website is hosted on a server in Japan, published comments by an unnamed spokesperson for the National Reconciliation Council criticising three independent radio stations staffed by North Koreans, especially those supported by US organisations. The official condemned the “clumsy farce” by the US authorities and called on the South Korean government to put a stop to such radio broadcasting from its territory.Based in South Korea or the United States, radio stations such as FreeNK, Radio Free Chosun and Open Radio for North Korea try to inform their fellow countrymen despite airwave jamming and the limited level of Internet development in North Korea.In a report entitled “Journalism in the service of a totalitarian dictatorship,” Reporters Without Borders has described the lengths to which the North Korean political police go to ensure that radio sets (which are pre-tuned to government stations and sealed before being sold) have not been tampered with. Nonetheless, the growing number of sets getting in from China allow some North Koreans to listen to South Korea-based stations or Radio Free Asia. July 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation North KoreaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Commission of enquiry says journalist’s murder unrelated to his work

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa News December 28, 2020 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Sardasht Osman, a young journalist who was kidnapped on 4 May in Erbil and was found dead two days later in Mosul, was killed for refusing to cooperate with Ansar Al-Islam, a radical Islamic group linked to Al-Qaeda, not because of his work as a journalist, a Kurdistan government commission of enquiry said in a statement yesterday.Appointed by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s president, Massoud Barzani, the commission claimed that Osman had originally agreed to cooperate with Ansar Al-Islam and then refused. It said Hisham Mahmood Ismail, a driver and mechanic based in the town of Beji, had confessed to transporting Osman to Mosul without knowing that he was to be murdered there by two members of Ansar Al-Islam.Reporters Without Borders welcomes the efforts being made by the Kurdistan authorities to track down Osman’s killers but questions this investigation’s credibility.During a visit to Iraqi Kurdistan in July, Reporters Without Borders representatives tried in vain to meet with the commission of enquiry. Despite having high-level contacts within the interior ministry and Prime Minister Barham Salih’s office, they were not even able to establish the identity of the commission’s members.The fact that the commission of enquiry’s findings seem to be based on a single person’s confession is another reason for caution. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to produce the evidence that the commission used to reach its conclusions.In a statement issued yesterday, the journalist’s brother, Baker Osman said: “We not only reject the results of the investigation but we also condemn its activities and we express our anger at these attempts to portray him as a terrorist who cooperated with Ansar Al-Islam (…) Anyone who knew Sardasht or read his articles knew that he was a secular person far removed from terrorist ideology.”A student of English language and literature, Osman wrote under the pseudonym of Dashti Othman for the website He was kidnapped by gunmen outside the language department of Salahadin University in Erbil (,37397.html).Another journalist has been murdered in Iraqi Kurdistan in the past two years. It was Soran Mama Hama, a reporter for Lvin Magazine, who was gunned down outside his home in Kirkuk on 21 July 2008 (,27900.html).When a ceremony has held in his honour in Sulaymaniyah on the second anniversary of his death, his family criticised the lack of progress in the investigation into his murder and accused the authorities of lacking any desire to solve the case. News Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Iraqcenter_img RSF_en News February 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” to go further Receive email alerts September 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Commission of enquiry says journalist’s murder unrelated to his work December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

#WATCH Papal awards scheme to be extended across Limerick Diocese

first_imgBishop Brendan Leahy urges Limerick people to make use of this “extra special Easter” Reactions from members of both sides of Eighth Amendment Referendum The success of the inaugural John Paul II awards scheme in County Limerick will see it extended across the Diocese this year, organisers stated at last weekend’s awards night in Kilfinane.The programme, which seeks to foster a sense of civic, community and Christian spirit in parishes, was piloted this year through Scoil Pól in Kilfinane where 17 students aged between 16 and 18 years, received awards at a ceremony last Friday night.The pilot programme, run by Scoil Pól in conjunction with Limerick Diocese, was initiated by Sr. Patricia Coughlan in Kilfinane with the launch sponsored by The Knights of St Columbanus.  The awards are broken down into four categories – bronze, silver, gold and the Papal Cross – with the individual awards based on the level of activity that students can take on.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Started in the Diocese of Derry in 2006, they were created to encourage young people to take an active part in the life of their Church and community and to commemorate the late Pope John Paul II for his commitment to young people.Running the award in Limerick emerged as one of the recommendations from the Limerick Diocesan Synod held last year to reinvigorate church and community across Limerick and face it positively to the future.Speaking at the awards ceremony in Kilfinane, Bishop Leahy said that such has been their success that the diocese now intends to expand the programme into other parts of the diocese.“The beauty of these awards is that they really encourage that sense of community.  The Church is community and we saw more young people becoming involved in the Church here through becoming Eucharistic Ministers, reading at Mass, etc. But they also got involved in projects such as Tidy Towns, which really espoused Christian values of working together and celebrating what God has given us.The Papal award candidates with Bishop Brendan Leahy, teachers, clergy, Knights of Saint Columbanus, diocesan and national award programme co-ordinators.Photo: Ita WestOne of the students, Jack McCarthy, a recipient of the Papal Cross award, said the programme was an opportunity to get a greater sense of what community means.“Through the awards you get a sense of belonging to the community. People who participated became Eucharistic Ministers, got involved in the choir and started reading at Mass.”Gold Medal recipient Aine Crowley said:  “It’s great to be involved in the programme as through it you meet so many people. You are bringing generations, ideas and the community spirit together.”Scoil Pól Kilfinane Principal Michael O’Hara said that the moment he was introduced to the concept, he was interested and paid tribute to Sr. Patricia for her initiative.“The awards came about following an intervention with Sr. Patricia Coughlan in Kilfinane. She intrigued me immediately with regard to the benefits our students could gain by participating in the awards. The intrigue was the simplicity of the awards themselves; involving people in the community, developing their personalities and sharing their experiences. So this very successful pilot was born out of that.”Parish Priest of Kilfinane, Glenroe/Ballyorgan and Ardpatrick Fr Michael O’Shea commended the students for their commitment.  “For me, I would say it’s a great thing to get young people get involved in Church. I have some of the students get involved in the pastoral council for, example, and they bring a different slant that is helpful to all of us involved in the parish,” he said.More news here Facebook NewsCommunity#WATCH Papal awards scheme to be extended across Limerick DioceseBy Editor – December 6, 2017 1644 Twitter Previous articleAircraft materials firm to create 25 jobs on Shannon Free ZoneNext articleWalking On Cars to play Live at King John’s Castle #Limerick Editor Print Linkedin Muintearas Íosa begins celebration of milestone year center_img TAGSArdpatrickBishop Brendan LeahyChristian valuesDioceseEucharistic MinisterFr Michael O’SheaGlenroe/BallyorganJack McCarthyJohn Paul II awardskilfinaneKilfinnaneKnights of St ColumbanuslimerickMichael O’HaraPapal CrossScoil PólSr Patricia CoughlanTidy Towns Email COVID-19 volunteerism is a glimpse of what the future can be for church and community Ardpatrick man TG rises to the challenge for charity Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy says Popes visit will be unique celebration of faith and family Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Evoqua Water Technologies Announces Pricing of Secondary Public Offering

first_img Twitter PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (NYSE: AQUA) announced the pricing of a secondary public offering of 16,382,793 shares of its common stock by certain institutional shareholders of the company, including certain affiliates of AEA Investors LP (collectively, the “Selling Shareholders”), which is expected to result in gross proceeds of approximately $407.1 million. The offering is expected to close on February 11, 2021, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The company is not selling any shares in the offering and will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares being sold by the Selling Shareholders in the offering. It is anticipated that, upon completion of the offering, the Selling Shareholders will have disposed of all of their remaining shares of the company’s common stock. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC is acting as sole bookrunner and underwriter for the offering. An automatic shelf registration statement (including a prospectus) relating to these securities was filed on March 4, 2020 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and became effective upon such filing. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in that registration statement and the documents incorporated by reference in that registration statement, as well as the prospectus supplement related to this offering. Copies of these documents are available at no charge on the SEC’s website at Alternatively, copies of the prospectus supplement and the accompanying prospectus may be obtained, when available, from: Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attention: Prospectus Department, 6933 Louis Stephens Drive, Morrisville, North Carolina 27560, or by telephone at (800) 221-1037 or by email at [email protected] The offering of these securities is being made only by means of a prospectus supplement and an accompanying prospectus. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. About Evoqua Water Technologies Evoqua Water Technologies is a leading provider of mission critical water and wastewater treatment solutions, offering a broad portfolio of products, services and expertise to support industrial, municipal and recreational customers who value water. Evoqua has worked to protect water, the environment and its employees for more than 100 years, earning a reputation for quality, safety and reliability around the world. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company operates in more than 160 locations across ten countries. Serving more than 38,000 customers and 200,000 installations worldwide, our employees are united by a common purpose: Transforming Water. Enriching Life. View source version on CONTACT: Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. Dan Brailer, Investor Contact Telephone: 724-720-1605 Email:[email protected] Water Technologies Corp. Sarah Brown, Director of Corporate Communications Telephone: 506-454-5495 Email:[email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA PENNSYLVANIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OTHER NATURAL RESOURCES OTHER ENERGY ENVIRONMENT UTILITIES ENERGY NATURAL RESOURCES SOURCE: Evoqua Water Technologies Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 06:45 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 06:45 AM Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 center_img Evoqua Water Technologies Announces Pricing of Secondary Public Offering Local NewsBusiness Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleTokyo Olympics face another problem because of its presidentNext articleAvaya Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

DAILY OIL PRICE: May 5, 2021

first_imgLocal NewsIn the Pipeline Pinterest By Odessa American – May 5, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Twitter DAILY OIL PRICE: May 5, 2021 Facebook Crude Oil: 65.63  (-0.06).Nymex MTD AVG:  64.5940.Natural Gas: 2.938   (-0.029).Gasoline: 2.1513   (+0.0001).Spreads: June/July   (+.04)   July/August   (+.24).Plains WTI Posting: 62.11   (-0.06) TAGSOil Prices Previous articleUniversity MBA program sees surge in studentsNext articleLeaders compare notes at summit Odessa Americanlast_img read more

Senator O’Domnhaill claims Government is anti-family

first_img By News Highland – July 3, 2013 Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ WhatsApp Donegal mothers will further feel the impact this week of the anti-family approach of the Government.That’s according to Senator Brian O’Domhnaill who was speaking as Government’s budget policy of taxing Maternity Benefit comes in to effect.46,000 mothers throughout the Country are to be effected by the move and could cost as much as €833 per mother on average but it could cost some mothers as much as €2,700.Senator O Domnhaill has called the Government anti-family:[podcast][/podcast] Google+ Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebookcenter_img Senator O’Domnhaill claims Government is anti-family News Previous articleWomen from Letterkenny and surrounding areas invited to avail of free BreastCheckNext articleGardai investigate armed robbery at Lifford Filling Station News Highland Twitter Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more