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Volume 4, Issue 7
Published: August 23, 2010
Canada-based Synthenol, formerly Syntec Biofuel, has developed a catalyst technology that uses gasification to convert renewable cellulosic biomass such as wood waste, agricultural waste and MSW into mixed... [Read more]
Buoyed by the Canadian government’s CA$1.5 billion (€1.1 billion) ecoENERGY fund for biofuels initiatives which, introduced on 1 April 2008, runs until 31 March 2017, Canada’s burgeoning alternative... [Read more]
With its healthy fat profi le and versatility, canola oil has found an important place in the world’s kitchens, food processing facilities and restaurants. But this oilseed’s unique characteristics... [Read more]
An industry that at one point supported 23,000 jobs in the US is barely hanging on after a federal tax credit designed to encourage biodiesel blending into diesel fuel expired, making that blending uneconomical.... [Read more]
With a 9 million tonne biodiesel output, 2009 EU biodiesel production saw an increase of 16.6% based on the previous year’s production. Although this stands well below the increase in production of 35%... [Read more]
In many respects 2009 has been a more stable year for the ethanol industry compared to the volatility experienced in 2008. Raw material prices came down to a more palatable level while ethanol prices rose... [Read more]
Q What is the provisional overview for year two of the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation? A The good news is that the primary objective – saving carbon – has been achieved. Obligated suppliers... [Read more]
The EU biofuels industry has a target to substitute up to 20% of the fossil fuel for transport with biofuels by 2020 in accordance with the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) 2009/28/EC. Beyond this, though,... [Read more]
Biofuels must be up to scratch as contaminated or improperly blended fuel can damage a company’s bottom line. To ensure product quality several options exist including laboratory analysis, field test... [Read more]
High feedstock prices are driving producers to try out lesser quality raw materials. These can still produce quality fuels but it makes the need for analysis even greater to ensure an on-spec end product.... [Read more]
Who has not had a sink clogged by vegetable oil? The same refined product introduced into a vehicle’s fuel system, a storage tank or pipeline if not properly tested can send profits down the drain. Instead... [Read more]
Biofuels quality is related to the inherent characteristics of the feedstock rawmaterials (RMs) and operating conditions used in their production. However to be used as fuel in engines biofuels must meet... [Read more]
Biofuels production may not be booming in Europe, but targets still have to be met. Imports of renewable fuels are up, something which may not be good news for local producers, but is certainly good news... [Read more]
The IEA’s Medium- Term Oil Market report published last year predicted that global biofuels production will increase from 1.5 mb/d in 2008 to 2.2 mb/d in 2014, with total capacity possibly over 3 mb/d.... [Read more]
US-based Blendstar entered the biofuels terminaling market at a time of need in 2007. Ethanol and biodiesel usage in some parts of the US was in its infancy, and future changes were unforeseeable. Splash... [Read more]
There are more than 200 ethanol production facilities in the US, and today nearly all unleaded petrol is blended with 10% of the fuel. Safety is and will always continue to be a top priority for the US’... [Read more]
On 19 December 2007 the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 was signed into law. This energy legislation amends the first-ever Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in US federal law established... [Read more]
Using biofuels means introducing living components into the fuel mixture which can lead to microbial contamination. Microbiological activity generally occurs in two main forms: in the short term live bacteria... [Read more]