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Posted November 10, 2010



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AFA secures land, goes commercial

After five years of research, Alternative Fuels Americas says it is going commercial. The Florida-based energy crop developer will start in Costa Rica, growing jatropha for future biodiesel production. Craig Frank, CEO, said AFA is looking at feedstock development at this point because technology already exists to produce biofuels efficiently. "The refining is no tough trick," he said. "It is just a question of dollars and putting the facilities in place."READ MORE

Oil seed giant, jatropha developer partner

The process to develop jatropha seeds into a biodiesel feedstock has taken a step forward. SG Biofuels, a San Diego-based jatropha seed developer and breeder, has joined forces with oil seed giant Bunge Limited. The alliance will utilize Bunge's experience in process development, giving SG Biofuels' existing customers a resource for further jatropha seed development.READ MORE 2011 Pacific West Biomass Conference & Trade Show

CEC awards grants for biodiesel projects

The California Energy Commission has approved eight grants that leveraged more than $9.6 million in state funding and $11.9 million in private funds to advance the manufacture of electric vehicles and vehicle batteries, add vehicle charging stations, and to encourage the use and distribution of ethanol and biodiesel.READ MORE

Field pennycress shows feedstock potential

Research conducted by the UDSA's Agricultural Research Service has identified a promising new feedstock for biodiesel production, Thlaspi arvense. More commonly known as field pennycress, the plant is a member of Brassicaceae family, which includes canola and camelina. The project is being completed at the Peoria-Ill.-based ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research. According Bryan Moser, an ARS research chemist, the research team has been studying field pennycress for approximately seven years, while the biodiesel component of the project has been ongoing for the past four years.READ MORE

Darling to acquire Griffin Industries

On Nov. 9, Darling International Inc. announced its board of directors has unanimously approved a merger agreement to acquire Griffin Industries Inc., a provider of value-added rendering and cooking oil recycling services. Under the merger agreement, Darling will acquire Griffin Industries for approximately $840 million in cash and stock. Griffin Industries' holdings currently include 12 rendering plants and one biodiesel production facility.READ MORE

Global Biofuel Alliance formed

The Global Biofuels Alliance has officially launched. The nonprofit organization will work to "give a voice to the producers, traders, feedstock providers, and equipment manufacturers of the emerging biofuel industry." Made up of 10 founding members from various energy sectors including energy trading companies, start-up biodiesel companies and large biodiesel production facilities, the alliance has already set its sights on the hottest topic in the biodiesel industry.READ MORE

Biomass conference features biodiesel panel

BBI International's Southeast Biomass Conference & Trade Show in Atlanta this week featured a biodiesel-exclusive panel titled, Biodiesel from Waste and Low-Value Feedstock. The diversity of the panel-a professor/researcher, a small-scale producer, a pretreatment specialist and a representative of a global biodiesel process technology provider-mirrored the eclectic nature of the biodiesel industry.READ MORE
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