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Cold weather brings conversations of bio-blended heating oil, winter waivers
Posted October 27, 2010

 

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Green parking facility uses biodiesel shuttles

Frontier Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., and Canopy Airport Parking formed an extended promotional partnership aimed at providing fliers a chance to park at Canopy's ecofriendly facility in Commerce City, Colo. Canopy's state-of-the-art parking facility, expected to open in late November, will provide continuous shuttle service between the lot and the Frontier ticket counters using its seven biodiesel and hybrid shuttles.READ MORE

China Integrated Energy acquires new plant

China Integrated Energy Inc. closed on the acquisition of a newly constructed 50,000 metric ton (15 MMgy) biodiesel production facility from Chongqing Tianrun Energy Development Ltd. in Chongqing City, China. According to CIA, the newly-acquired plant is located adjacent to the company's existing 100,000 metric ton facility in Tongchuan City, Shaanxi Province, China.READ MORE 2011 Biodiesel Industry Directory

Aurora Algae unveils new business plan

Aurora Algae Inc. is in the process of constructing a demonstration-scale facility in northwestern Australia, which is expected to be operational by the end of the year. Plans for an adjacent commercial-scale plant are also underway. The company, formally known as Aurora Biofuels Inc., recently changed its name to reflect a new focus. According to Aurora CEO Greg Bafalis, the original focus of the business was on biofuels development, but with the name change Aurora has shifted its focus to algae production.READ MORE

Alfa Laval, Verenium extend joint venture

Enzyme developer Verenium has renewed and extended for five years its joint marketing agreement with Alfa Laval, the heat transfer, separation and fluid handling company, for its patented Purifine PLC enzyme. Under terms of the extended agreement, Alfa Laval will market Purifine PLC to edible oils processing customers in agreed territories and continue its efforts on developing the Purifine PLC enzymatic degumming process.READ MORE

MI students seek biodiesel production funds

An initiative in Saline, Mich., is seeking a $50,000 grant through the Pepsi Refresh Project to establish a small-scale biodiesel production facility that would serve the Saline Area School District. "The purpose of the Pepsi grant is to reduce dependence on the petrochemical industry for propane, fertilizer and electricity," said David K. Mellor, an instructor at Saline High School who is involved in the project. If funded, the biodiesel production facility will convert waste vegetable oil from the district's cafeterias into fuel.READ MORE

New heavy-duty standards proposed

The U.S. EPA and U.S. DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have released proposed regulations to establish the nation's first standards to improve the fuel efficiency and reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The regulations are essentially an extension of the Clean Cars Program, which established similar requirements for light-duty vehicles earlier this year. While the renewable fuel standard (RFS2) aims to reduce GHG emissions through the increased use of renewable fuels, the Clean Cars Program and proposed rulemaking for medium- and heavy-duty trucks seeks to reduce emissions through greater vehicle efficiency.READ MORE

Forecast: Algae biofuels at 61 MMgy by 2020

In the face of petroleum scarcity, increasing oil prices, market volatility and climate change, leaders in government and industry are looking to renewable fuel sources such as algae-based biofuels to reduce expenses and mitigate their acute vulnerability to petroleum supply chains. Yielding two to 20 times more oil per acre than leading oilseed crops, algae's productivity and scalability are seen as its greatest advantages, and a number of key industry players are gearing up their operations to meet the opportunity. Algae biofuels have the added advantage of utilizing nonfood-based feedstock, with the abilities to grow on nonarable land and utilize a wide variety of water resources including wastewater and seawater.READ MORE
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