Engineering grad student debuts on-campus biodiesel processor

A mechanical engineering graduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., is focused on engineering solutions for real problems by converting WVO from the university cafeteria into biodiesel for use on campus.
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National University of Ireland Galway partners in EnAlgae project

NUI Galway researchers will be responsible for the initial step of producing some of the biomass required for conversion into biofuel. Specifically, NUI Galway participants will cultivate macroalgae, or seaweed, at sea in a one-hectare pilot plot.
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Biodiesel Education Program develops 4-H, elementary curriculum

The University of Idaho's Biodiesel Education Program has released curriculum designed to help students between the ages of eight and 12 understand the concepts of energy and renewable energy. The program includes games, timelines and energy models.
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Mission NewEnergy Ltd. acquires stake in Indonesian project

The first stage of the project is expected to include the development of a 600,000 ton edible oil refinery, a 250,000 ton (75 MMgy) biodiesel plant and a 100,000 ton fatty alcohol plant. The project cost is anticipated at approximately $200 million.
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Battelle, Biobent get soyboard funding for bioplastic development

The undisclosed amount of USB funding will enable Biobent Polymers to accelerate solutions dedicated to assessing and solving several key technical challenges, provide production capacity refinements and significantly expand its biopolymer markets.
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ASA calls for Biodiesel Fuel Education Program reauthorization

One of the many energy-related components of the Farm Bill that is up for reauthorization is the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, which is a grant program that supports the education of government and private entities operating vehicle fleets.
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Montana State researchers uncover unique lipid-producing fungus

A research project at Montana State University discovered a fungus that can eat algae and effectively ooze oil when dried. It was found through studies in extreme Archaea in Yellowstone hot springs that live in low-pH, high-temperature environments.
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National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission elects new leadership

Scott Fenwick, biofuels technical business manager for Inspectorate America Corp., and Dave Slade, director, technical services for Renewable Energy Group, were recently elected chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the 12-member commission.
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