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Volume 4, Issue 2
Published: March 5, 2010
Smiles all around
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The final rule for the renewable fuel standard (RFS2) was eventually issued by the EPA on 3 February this year. While the required total volume of renewable fuels produced in 2010 remains the same at 12.95...
Q&A
QWhich country has the most agricultural potential for biomass to energy projects? A The boom of biodiesel and biogas has made Germany the leading producer and user of agro-biomass for energetic purposes...
Uncertain future for Czech Republic
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Preol, a leading producer in the Czech Republic, has just completed constructing a state-of-theart fully integrated biodiesel plant in the industrial region of Lovosice. Although the company was founded...
Wastewater wonder
A t just fi ve years old Scandinavian Biogas comes into an established market with new technology and an expanding business model. The company optimises the production of biogas at wastewater treatment...
Europe awaits the verdict
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According to Article 17 ยง 9 of Directive 2009/28/EC the European Commission needs to submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council on sustainability for biomass used in heating, cooling or...
Sustainable approach to biomass sourcing
The Renewable Energy Directive, approved on 17 December 2008 defi nes that 20% of the EU fi nal energy consumption must be derived from renewable sources. The Directive also sets a mandatory 10% minimum...
Biodiesel comeback needs tax break
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After much delay, the US EPA finalised rules on 3 February that implement key provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, with the regulations certifying soya-based biodiesel as a qualifying...
The one that wens the world off coal
The industrial revolution of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries propelled the use of coal as a fuel source, enveloping cities in a blackened cloak. This and petroleum-based fuels were substrates...
European biofuel paper trade gains in popularity
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More than two million tonnes of European biodiesel have been cleared via CME ClearPort less than 10 months after the contracts were first listed. Over 360,000m3 of European ethanol were also cleared within...
Produce, re-use, recycle
Corn stover, bagasse and straw are all produced in huge quantities wherever corn, sugarcane and grain are grown for ethanol production. Growing oil seeds also produces a remarkable amount of stalks, leaves...
What's happening in CEE?
Belarus A new enlarged biodiesel production factory will start production in Grodno in mid-2010. This factory will be operated by company Azot and production capacity will be 60,000 tonnes of FAME a year....
Too good to be true
I n a process known as catalysis, a relatively small amount of foreign material, or catalyst, participates in the chemical reaction but is not consumed by the reaction itself. A catalyst can make a reaction...
Switching to switchgras
With new figures indicating that a quarter of the US entire grain crop was turned into ethanol last year, the controversial subject of food versus fuel is still underlying in biofuel breakthroughs. The...
Sodium methylate: still the catalyst of choice
The majority of global biodiesel producers use a transesterification process to convert various vegetable oils and fats to biodiesel. The process involves the use of a catalyst along with methanol to convert...