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Thoughts on suspension of the Mass. biodiesel mandate
Posted July 7, 2010

 

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Harvesting hydrogen from algae

OriginOil, an algae-to-oil developer, has discovered a process to extract hydrogen from algae. The new technology, called the Hydrogen Harvester, works by capturing hydrogen that is readily available in the algae growth matrix, as opposed to breaking the carbon-hydrogen bonds in the algae itself, according to Brian Goodall, OriginOil's chief technology officer. The new technology presents a critical development for a fully integrated algal biorefinery, said Goodall. "All routes from algae to 'drop-in' fuels such as renewable diesel and jet fuel require hydrogen and hydrogen treating.READ MORE

New team members fuel Propel's growth

Propel Fuels is working to increase the availability of biodiesel- and ethanol-blended fuels along the West Coast. This month the company announced the addition of four new senior executive employees. These new team members have been selected by Propel for their expertise, experience and innovation in the areas of finance, construction, retail operations and technology, and will be an integral component of the company's vast expansion plans.READ MORE Biodiesel Magazine

Breakthroughs in biorefining: a panel preview for Northeast BIOMASS Conference & Expo

The Northeast Biomass Conference & Expo Aug. 4-6 at Westin Copely Place in Boston will feature a biorefining panel titled, "Cutting-Edge Conversion Approaches: Breakthroughs in Biorefining." Stephen Fitzpatrick with Waltham, Mass.-based Biofine Technology LLC will present on the Biofine Process for thermocatalytic biomass refining. The process employs high temperatures and dilute-acid catalysis for rapid hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass to produce levulinic and formic acids, and biochar. Fitzpatrick said the process is carried out in a novel continuous reactor system that enhances yield for commercial applications.READ MORE

Biodiesel an option for 2011 RFS2 shortage

The U.S. EPA has issued the proposed production volumes for the 2011 RFS2, calculating biomass-based diesel for 2011 at 800 million gallons. To formulate the production number, EPA examined both industry capacity and recent production rates. "As of April 2010, the aggregate production capacity of biodiesel plants in the U.S. was estimated at 2.2 billion gallons per year across approximately 137 facilities," EPA said.READ MORE

Suppliers undeterred by mandate suspension

While many are disappointed with Massachusetts' June 30 decision to suspend its B2 biodiesel mandate, National Oilheat Research Alliance President John Huber said the action will not affect the commitment made by the oilheat industry last year to move towards biodiesel-blended products.READ MORE

Portland biodiesel prices drop below diesel

Effective immediately, SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel in association with Leathers Fuels, Star Oilco and Powell Distributing are reducing the retail price for B99 biodiesel to $2.99 per gallon through Aug. 15 for a customer appreciation event, and to raise awareness for local, sustainable biodiesel. With petroleum diesel rising to over $3.25 at retail pumps, this marks the first time biodiesel is lower than petroleum diesel since hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.READ MORE

Indiana biodiesel plant files suit against USDA

After several months of failed funding requests, Claypool, Ind.-based LD Biodiesel and Soybean Processing Plant has filed suit against the USDA. Louis Dreyfus Agricultural Industries LLC (LDAI), owner of the Claypool plant, filed in the District Court of Columbia, and claims that the USDA is unconstitutionally denying the Claypool facility funding due to the plant's percentage of foreign ownership. LDAI, located in Maryland, but owned by Geneva-based parent company Louis Dreyfus, states in their case that the USDA did not follow normal protocol before implementing a rule that requires biofuel companies to be a minimum of 51 percent American owned to be eligible for funding. The rule appears in a May 6, 2010, Notice of Contract Proposal for payments to eligible advanced biofuel producers form.READ MORE

Argentina increases biodiesel mandate

A resolution was signed in Argentina this month to lift the required mix of biodiesel in all diesel fuel to B7 from B5. The increased mandate to a B7 required blend will officially begin in September, according to Carlos St. James, president of the Argentine Renewable Energies Chamber, or Camara Argentina de Energias Renovables (CADER). "Argentina decided to quickly expand to a B7 [blend] for a combination of reasons," St. James told Biodiesel Magazine. "On the one hand, until last year, Argentina imported about 5 percent of its diesel needs, typically from Venezuela, which has a particularly high sulfur content. The B5 [mandate] eliminates the need to import this diesel."READ MORE
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