News Briefs, January-February 2019

February 28, 2019

Food Scientist's Research on Soybean Wax Featured in Iowa Soybean Review

Toni Wang 's work on soy oil-based waxes and coatings was featured in the February issue of the Iowa Soybean Review magazine (pg. 16). Using high-oleic soybean oil, Wang and her team’s new soybean oil wax product would replace the petroleum-based paraffin wax that usually coats cardboard and other paper products to make them durable and water resistant. Wang is a professor of food science and human nutrition and a Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) affiliate. Read more.

CCUR, BEI and BCRF Exhibit at IRFA Summit

CCUR, the Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) and the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) were exhibitors at the 2019 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit on Jan. 30 in Altoona, Iowa. Many attendees visited the booth and were able to see samples of materials produced at the BCRF including ground biomass feedstocks, bio-oil and biochar. They also could view a video showing various pieces of equipment in action including farm machinery, fermenters and hammermills.

Sep-All: Transforming Waste Stream Materials into High-value Products 

From ISU Startup Factory

Ames-based startup, Sep-All LLC, is on a mission to help industries producing, using and recycling materials take the best out of their waste. This includes critical materials, such as specialty metals, coinage metals and rare-earth materials. Sep-All is poised to pursue the development and scale-up of its innovative materials waste recovery and purification technology thanks to a $150,000 Phase I SBIR research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Sep-All received official notification of the highly competitive award from the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy funding program in August 2018. If Sep-All is successful in meeting the benchmarks for the nine-month research project, the company will qualify for up to an additional $1 million over two years to complete its research and development effort. Sep-All is a member of CCUR's industry incubator program. 

City of Slater Selects Gross-Wen Technologies' Algae-based Process for Wastewater System

The Slater City Council selected Ames-based Gross-Wen Technologies (GWT) to install its cutting-edge technology at the community’s wastewater treatment facility.  The Council approved an upgrade estimated to cost $4 million which, when completed, will allow the city to meet state clean-water permit standards.

Slater is the first community in Iowa to select the GWT system which uses algae to treat wastewater. The technology, developed at Iowa State University, is known as a Revolving Algal Biofilm (RAB) treatment system. It has proven to be effective at removing nitrogen, phosphorus and other pollutants from municipal wastewater. GWT is a former CCUR industry incubator member. Read more.