New owners of GreenHunter facility begin project 'fast-start'

Channel Biorefinery & Terminals LLC purchased the longtime idled 105 MMgy GreenHunter Biofuels biodiesel production facility on the Houston Ship Channel last October, and now the firm plans to have the processing plant operational by this July.
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MOU signed to develop jatropha plantations in West Africa

JOil and Agritech will explore development of 600,000-plus acres of jatropha plantations intercropped with food crops using JOil's elite, high-yielding jatropha varieties. The field trials will be carried out in Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin.
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Summit Greasecycling's Dara Lor to host 2013 CBC in Colo.

Dara Lor, president and founder of Summit Greasecycling, will be the official host of the 2013 Collective Biodiesel Conference to take place Aug. 15-18 in Breckenridge, Colo., on the grounds of the newly constructed Colorado Mountain College.
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Biodiesel algae: research suggests starvation diets damage health

Research from the University of Sheffield in the U.K. shows that the commonly accepted method of depriving algae of key nutrients, such as nitrogen, in order to boost its oil content may be detrimental to overall oil yield in the long term.
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United Refining acquires partially complete Metro biodiesel plant

The facility is estimated to become operational in approximately 12 months and, upon completion, will be able to process a variety of feedstocks. When it is completed, the plant will be one of the largest biodiesel facilities on the East Coast.
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Petroleum Marketers Ass'n of America partners with RINAlliance

Petroleum Marketers Association of America consists of 8,000 independent petroleum marketers nationwide. For RFS solutions, the organization is partnering with RINAlliance, which, in turn, is working with EPA preregistered QAP provider EcoEngineers.
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Wildlife org celebrates RSB-certified flight across Atlantic

Nat'l Wildlife Federation and Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels announced a milestone in the sustainable biofuels industry and commercial air travel. A new KLM Royal Dutch Airlines route between Amsterdam and NYC is first to use RSB-certified fuel.
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Auto show's Biodiesel Green Room revs up Minnesota-made fuel

While it has no oil wells, Minnesota is a motor-fuel-producing state. Biodiesel is a homegrown fuel and star of the Biodiesel Green Room exhibit at the 40th annual Twin Cities Auto Show running March 9-17 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
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Propel/Solazyme algae B20 retail pilot survey results released

92 percent of participants noted they would more likely purchase algae-derived fuel for environmental benefits; 70 percent said they would purchase the fuel more frequently if it were derived from algae; and 40 percent said they'd pay a premium.
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Biodiesel firm banks on glycerin-based asphalt release product

Eco Slide was developed at Extreme Biodiesel. Its primary, active component is glycerin. When sprayed on forms or trucks before loading with asphalt or concrete, it creates a slippery, Teflon-type effect on the construction material.
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A win for clean air: effort to overturn NM biodiesel policy fails

New Mexico lawmakers tabled legislation repealing the state's B5 mandate. Calling it a win for clean-air and sustainable energy policy, the biodiesel industry is pleased that efforts to repeal New Mexico's B5 requirement have ended unsuccessfully.
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