New Biodiesel 2020 report surveys alternative feedstocks

By Susanne Retka Schill | April 15, 2008
An extensive look at alternative feedstocks, along with an update on governmental policies and programs, are the major additions to the second edition of "Biodiesel 2020: A Global Market Survey."

Author Will Thurmond studied several alternatives in addition to the palm, soy and canola oils now in use. He investigated jatropha, castor and algae oil; yellow grease; chicken fat; beef tallow; and municipal waste. "It's not easy to get people working in algae or jatropha to tell you how much they'll produce, and where their price points will be," he said. The study looked at feedstocks and biodiesel trends in the United States, the European Union, Brazil, China and India, as well as worldwide.

The report, published by Emerging Markets Online, is a chart-filled study targeted toward financiers, producers, developers, distributors, consultants and analysts. Thurmond said the current period of rapid, transitional growth in the biodiesel industry is creating both uncertainty and opportunity. "In 2007, there were only 20 oil-producing nations supplying the needs of more than 200 nations," he said. "By 2010, more than 200 nations will become biodiesel-producing nations and suppliers."


In addition to the new, 280-page section on alternative feedstocks, the second edition updates other information discussed in the first edition, which was published in 2006. "Governments have changed policies," Thurmond said. "The United States has changed from a 7 million-gallon renewable fuels standard to 36. China changed from using food feedstocks to not using any food. The European Union is going toward sustainable energy and not renewable energy, and Brazil has started biodiesel [production]. The market has grown quite a bit since the first study."

A prospectus of the study can be found at
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