Volume 4, Issue 4
Published: April 22, 2010
When researching this issue and looking at the future of the aviation sector we came to the conclusion that today’s population is addicted to flying. The only way, therefore, to cut aviation emissions... [Read more]
Once again a victim, the US biodiesel industry’s dependence on tax subsidies and demand mandates continues to inflict hardship for domestic producers as the second quarter gets underway. There is certainly... [Read more]
Directive 28/2009 requires the European Commission to submit a report to the European Parliament and the Council by the end of 2010 to review whether (increased) biofuel demand in Europe will have an impact... [Read more]
Since the 2008 golden age of biodiesel, the atmosphere has been tense for the majority of biodiesel players around the world. New legislative constraints, high feedstock prices, fierce competition, lack... [Read more]
In recent years, the two American continents have reinforced their place in the world biodiesel market, playing a very important role in supplying Europe with the necessary green diesel to fulfil national... [Read more]
When biofuel producers are assessed for their sustainability issues such as whether the feedstock has been diverted from food use and indirect land use change are always key talking points. But when the... [Read more]
In such an unpredictable market poor plant design could well lead to bottlenecks and overspending on feedstocks, which could in turn be the downfall of producers. Retrofitting plants with the latest technology... [Read more]
Increasing the consumption of sustainable energy is a necessity in the fi ght against global warming and strengthening the security of energy supply. Among the renewable energy sources biomass plays an... [Read more]
Energy, water and food resources are interconnected and in increasing demand worldwide. Scientists at the University of Texas note nearly 1 billion people worldwide are near starvation, nearly 1 billion... [Read more]
Europe may have led the biodiesel market in 2009 with a production share of 49.8%, followed by the US with its share of 32.8%, but since 2001 its production levels have been declining. And 2010 looks set... [Read more]
Biofuel production has made a significant impact on the animal feed market, particularly in the US, where emphasis on bioethanol production has seen a rapid rise of dried distillers grains with solubles... [Read more]
Biomass to energy producer Range Fuels is set to begin production of cellulosic biofuels from its Soperton Plant in Georgia, US, in the next few months. Mechanical construction of phase 1 of the Soperton... [Read more]
When Phillip Jennings talks about biomass, he thinks large. As the president of US-based commercial grower SunBelt Biofuels he believes he’s got the crop that can rise to the top of the biomass feedstock... [Read more]
Aviation consumes 2% of all fossil fuels burnt. This represents 12% of the fuel consumption of the entire transport sector, which may be small compared to the 80% used by road transport, but is still significant.... [Read more]
Methanol is the typical alcohol of choice for reacting with fats and oils to produce biodiesel and glycerine, although ethanol and isopropanol are acceptable too. Since 2006 to the end of 2009 there have... [Read more]
Methanol extraction and recovery during the manufacturing of biodiesel is a crucial step in the successful and profitable operation of a biodiesel plant. The most important reason is to meet ASTM D6751... [Read more]