Volume 4, Issue 5
Published: May 28, 2010
Just over a month ago US President Barack Obama was calling for more offshore drilling to strengthen the US economy and promote energy independence. But since the oil spill, the US administration has banned... [Read more]
Until three years ago, Germany’s hefty fuel taxes were waived for biodiesel, giving B100 a competitive edge at the fuel pump resulting in rising biodiesel sales at public filling stations each year between... [Read more]
The strengths and competitive advantages of Argentina have contributed to the growth of many projects focused on the production of biodiesel over for the last three years. Patagonia Bioenergia is a good... [Read more]
Argentina is already the world’s fifth largest biodiesel producer with more than 1.2 million tonnes produced in 2009, thanks to its abundance of soya oil. And following Brazil’s lead, Argentina is... [Read more]
As recently as the 1970s Brazil imported almost 80% of its total oil consumption; now it is virtually energy independent and 46% of its energy mix is sourced from renewables. Brazil is an inspiring case... [Read more]
In just under four years Argentina has made an astonishing catch-up with some of the more mature biodiesel producers, and is now the world’s fifth largest, as well as being the biggest exporter across... [Read more]
Shell, BP, Bunge, LS9, Dow and Amyris are collectively investing more than $20 billion (€16 billion) into advanced, sustainable biofuels in Brazil. This new relationship between Brazilian, US and EU... [Read more]
The US renewable fuel standard (RFS2) requires 36 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the transportation fuel supply by 2022. Of this, 21 billion gallons are to come from advanced biofuels... [Read more]
When thinking of the main raw materials for biodiesel an image of tall palms in a hot climate, leafy green soyabeans in America’s Midwestern states, or a rolling carpet of yellow rape releasing its sweet... [Read more]
Vegetable oil supplies for biofuels have to be in bulk; a typical biodiesel plant can produce 600 tonnes/day of fuel, an amount which requires around 1600 tonnes/day of rapeseed to be separated of its... [Read more]
Biodiesel feedstocks, either oilseeds or animal fat, are bound in a certain cellular structure which requires upstream treatment before they can be used in the biodiesel process. Although oilseed processing... [Read more]
Biodiesel is produced through transesterification. The primary problem with this path is the rate of reaction, which is why catalysts are used. Alkali, acid or enzyme catalysed reactions are typical examples.... [Read more]
Brazil began largescale production of ethanol in the 1970s and the country has not applied the brakes since. On 4 March this year Brazil constructed its 10 millionth fl ex-fuel vehicle (FFV). But despite... [Read more]
The third annual Bioenergy International expo & conference was held from 5-6 May in Prague and delegates certainly had no shortage of subjects to talk about. The event was opened by Vladimír Vlk, advisor... [Read more]