Inside February 2008

Features

A Billion-Gallon Boost

BY Dave NillesThe biodiesel industry claimed several important victories in the latest Energy Bill. Fuel labeling, performance studies and an all-important specific carve-out are expected to enhance production and market confidence. However, critical issues remain as the dust settles. READ MORE

No Need to Splash

BY Jerry W. KramBiodiesel doesn't typically go straight from the processor to the fuel tank. It has to be distributed, blended and then redistributed to retailers before it's sold to consumers. Managing the transfers and tracking the blending is important to growing a viable biodiesel industry. READ MORE

Putting the Squeeze on Convention

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine talks with a California-based company about its unique reactor design and unconventional business plan that will lead to the construction of a model refinery on the East Coast. READ MORE

Making Pennycress Pay Off

BY Susanne Retka SchillPennycress is a weed that researchers think has the potential to quell the food versus fuel debate. If initial findings prove true, it could become a biodiesel feedstock that doesn't compete with corn and soybeans for acres. READ MORE

Probing Soybean Physiology

BY Jessica EbertOn the surface it seems simple: too little water or too high temperatures during the growing season equals disappointing soybean yields. A closer look, however, reveals a host of entwined physiological changes in the soybean seed that result in this deflating outcome. Soybean physiologists spoke with Biodiesel Magazine about how they're trying to understand these changes in an attempt to improve yields. READ MORE

Moving Biodiesel

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroyDistribution of fuel makes up less than 10 percent of the cost of biodiesel, but there's a lot of flux within that 10 percent. Trucks, trains and barges each offer options to control costs and reach markets. READ MORE

A Southern Transformation

BY Bryan SimsTennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen's bold leadership has unlocked the state's potential to become a biodiesel producer and user. READ MORE

Do-it-Yourself Oil Extraction

BY Jerry W. KramThe conventional wisdom has always been that combining oil crushing and biodiesel production is too expensive for all but the largest producers. That thinking has put biodiesel producers at the mercy of a volatile and capricious oil market. A California engineering firm says it's found a way for biodiesel makers to take control of their feedstocks. READ MORE

From Concept to Commercialization

BY Jerry W. KramFiguring out how to make fuel and chemicals from biomass is only the first step, making those processes economically viable is the ultimate goal. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado work with large and small businesses to turn their discoveries into commercial successes. READ MORE

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