Biofuels Technology Resources



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Biofuels can fuel vehicles and engines or be used in fuel cells for electricity generation. A variety of fuels can be made from biomass resources, including liquid fuels.

Biofuels Blog Posts

Photos from the 2018 CERTs Conference
Lissa Pawlisch
Fri, 04/06/2018 - 12:54pm
Over 500 Minnesotans attended the seventh statewide CERTs Conference, connecting to build a clean energy future in their communities! March 28-29...
CERTs Seed Grants
Lissa Pawlisch
Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:55pm
The Clean Energy Resource Teams are excited to announce 39 Seed Grant awards to organizations in our seven regions! Each region awarded around $20,...
Award recipients from the 2016 Clean Energy Community Awards
MN Dept. of Commerce
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:46pm
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has announced the opening of the application process for the 2018 Clean Energy Community Awards (CECA) to...

Biofuels Case Studies

I retired in 2010 from IBM after working for the company for more than four decades, and my wife Mary retired in 2000 from teaching family and...
Part of the challenge of teaching is getting students involved and excited about the material they are learning. As science, and especially learning...
Tim Terrill from the Winona Soil & Water Conservation District Organization said he saw “an excellent example of how conservation and farming can...

Funding & Financing Opportunities

Funding & Financing Opportunities
There are various opportunities for funding and financing any clean energy project. CERTs offers a list of funding opportunities currently available in the fields of energy and the environment. Start exploring now! Learn more

Planning your own projects?

Check out project planning resources
The success of any clean energy project depends on how you plan and utilize community, organizational, and financial resources. This is a place for you and your community members to learn from what others have done and strategize about how to accomplish your own clean energy project goals. Learn more.

CERTs Supported Projects

See CERTs-supported projects
CERTs awards Seed Grants to community groups for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. See projects or learn more about grants.

Find Companies

Find companies with the Clean Energy Project Builder
The Clean Energy Project Builder is an online directory that will help you find companies to help you plan, implement, and manage your clean energy projects. It’s also a great place to just learn more about companies serving the solar and wind energy industries in Minnesota. You can even save a portfolio of folks to follow up with! Check it out

Detailed Biofuels Resources

General Information

Biofuels FAQCERTs

Biofuels ResourcesU.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

E85 Ethanol InformationMinnesota Department of Commerce

Clean Fuels: Developing Fuels to Benefit Minnesota’s Environment and EconomyMinnesota Department of Commerce
A brochure written by the Minnesota Department of Commerce includes descriptions of biodiesel as well as several other clean fuels, including ethanol and hydrogen.

Renewable Fuels CenterAmerican Lung Association of Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture has been instrumental in supporting the ethanol industry in the state, and its staff are a wealth of information on ethanol. For more info, contact: Ralph Groschen, Agriculture Marketing Specialist, 651.297.2223,

School Transportation Issues FAQCERTs

Policies & Incentives

Flexible Fuel Pump Funding & Financing via REAPUSDA Rural Development
Through USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), rural small businesses and agricultural producers now have access to grants and loan guarantees for the installation of flexible fuel pumps. Click here for more information about flex fuel pumps and REAP >>

Pipeline Routing & PermitingMinnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC)
The MN Public Utilities Commission has responsibility for the site and route permitting of certain energy facilities, including pipelines of six inches or more in diameter that carry hazardous liquids, such as crude oil or petroleum products, and gas pipelines designed for pressure of more than 275 pounds per square inch.

National Biodiesel Board
Wide range of materials on biodiesel, from technical to economic and policy issues. Biodiesel basics, updates on current legislation and projects.

The National Corn Growers Association
Information on Ethanol and the Farm Bill.

IRS Approves 610 Clean Renewable Energy Bond ApplicationsILSR New Rules Project
In November of 2006, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that 610 projects were given the authority to issue Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBs) to help finance renewable energy development across the country. State and local governments and municipal and cooperative utilities were eligible to apply. The majority of projects supported were for solar facilities. Read the article to learn more.

Research & Publications

Transportation Biofuels in the United States: An UpdateThe Minnesota Project, August 2009
Transportation Biofuels in the United States is intended as a tool to provide an overview of the current status of major developments in the biofuels industry. The Minnesota Project highlights recent changes in biofuels production processes, biomass development, and federal level policies such as the Biomass Crop Assistance Program. They also review unavoidable issues including the food versus fuel debate and the difficult indirect land use change debate.

TranAtlas Alternative Fuels Interactive MapNREL
This interactive map uses a Google Maps interface to display Existing and planned alternative fueling stations, Alternative fuel production facilities, Light-duty vehicle density, and Roads and political boundaries. Users can customize the map display, print, and query the underlying data. TransAtlas is part of a suite of geographic analysis tools for renewable energy developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Farm-scale Oil Extraction & Sustainable Uses for Oil and MealUMN RSDP and Partners, Summer 2008
As oil prices hover around $140/barrel, farmers are expressing interest in farm-based biofuel production to provide energy security and control of production costs. This project is focused on farm-scale opportunities to press oil from oilseed crops, specifically canola and sunflower, and utilize the products on-farm as an economically viable replacement for diesel fuel and livestock feed. The report is the result of work by many partners, including the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; UMN Extension; UM-Crookston; UMN Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership; Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Northwest Minnesota Foundation; Clean Energy Resource Teams; Pembina Trail Resource Conservation and Development; farmers Kraig Lee, Steve Dahl, and Glen Nelson; and contributors Paul Aakre, Derek Crompton, Seth Fore, Linda Kingery, Harouna Maiga, Paul Porter.

Transportation Policy and Technology Options to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in MinnesotaCenter for Transportation Studies
The result of a 13-month study, this report shows that E20—-a blend of fuel containing 80 percent gasoline and 20 percent ethanol—-has no negative impact on the drivability and maintenance of late-model cars and trucks, among other findings.

Biomass for Electricity GenerationU.S. Department of Energy
This report assesses the future of ethanol from various feedstocks. Includes overview of ethanol production from cellulose and a history of ethanol.

Agricultural Utilization and Research Institute (AURI)
AURI was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to open the Center for Producer-Owned Energy, which will assist renewable-energy projects initiated by producers. Located in Marshall, Minnesota, the Center will focus on such technologies as biodiesel, ethanol, and biomass-generated electricity as well as on finding new uses for energy coproducts such as distiller’s dry grains. For more information, contact: Michael Sparby, Morris office, 320-582-7280,

Carbohydrate Economy
This Web site is a clearing house of resources on ethanol and other carbohydrate-based fuels.

Center for Diesel ResearchUniversity of Minnesota
The Center conducts research on the potential of biodiesel to generate electricity. For more info, contact: Kelly Strebig, 651.457.1404,

Use of Biodiesel in a Transit Fleet: A Synthesis of Transit PracticeTranist Research Board – 2007
This report, part of the Transit Cooperative Research Program and funded by the Federal Transit Administration, is of interest to transit agency managers, maintenance and operation staffs, and other professionals involved in developing a program to actively manage the implementation of biodiesel fuel and its use in a bus transit fleet. It documents a full range of benefits offered by biodiesel with the thought that once the subject is understood, transit agencies can make informed decisions regarding its use.

The Biodiesel Plant Development HandbookAgricultural Utilization Research Institute
Minnesota has a growing biodiesel industry, highlighted by several producer-owned plants and more than 60 million gallons of annual production capacity. While the industry is in a growing phase, that growth needs to be controlled. An AURI-sponsored report focuses on the current status and future possibilities for the industry in Minnesota.

Biofuels: Brazil and the USAAssociation for the Study of Peak Oil & Gas

Upper Midwest Hydrogen InitiativeGreat Plains Institute
An affiliate of the National Hydrogen Association, this Initiative focuses on the research and development of hydrogen fuel cells as a renewable fuel in the Upper Midwest. Provide news, reports, and numerous links.

Farm Applications for Solar PowerNational Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
The Information Service provides a number of great publications and case studies, from solar livestock watering to solar greenhouses. Renewable Energy Opportunities on the Farm is their more comprehensive resource.

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