US diesel car registrations up nearly 25 percent in past 3 years

Diesel car and SUV registrations increased from 640,779 in 2010 to 796,794 at the end of 2012, a 24.34 percent increase. Hybrid car and SUV registrations increased more than 33 percent. Click on the story for a Top 10 States of Diesel Drivers visual.
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Indian researcher receives 2013 Glycerine Innovation Award

The 2013 Award recipient is B.L.A. Prabhavathi Devi from the Centre for Lipid Research at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad, India. The researchers developed glycerol-based catalysts to replace traditional chemicals.
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German rapper Smudo's bioconcept car to perform in 24-hour race

Smudo presented the race car, equipped with innovative rapeseed-based biofuel and constructed from biocomposites and biopolymers, together with his team colleagues and UFOP on April 23 exclusively in Berlin. He will compete in the ADAC 24-hour race.
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Biodiesel producer Community Fuels gets BQ-9000 lab certification

California-based Community Fuels, which operates a 13 MMgy biodiesel refinery in the Port of Stockton, recently earned BQ-9000 Laboratory certification, making it the first biodiesel producer in the nation to receive this third-party approval.
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Virent delivers test volumes of biojet fuel to US Air Force lab

Testing will begin at Wright Patterson Air Force Base to validate Virent's fuel against the standards required for qualification and approval of new aviation turbine fuels established by ASTM. A $1.5M award from FAA was used to build its demo plant.
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CME Group launching biodiesel RINs futures contracts May 13

The new RINs contracts will be available for trading starting May 13, and will allow customers to hedge risk in biodiesel (D4), advanced biofuel (D5) and ethanol (D6). The contracts will be financially settled based on Argus Media's prices for RINs.
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SeQuential-Pacific supply chain enlists prominent Seattle names

CenturyLink Field, Pike Place Market, Safeco Field, Taco Time Corp. and the University of Washington are partnering with SeQuential-Pacific Biodiesel to recycle used cooking oil into clean-burning biodiesel, creating a closed-loop production cycle.
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Methanex to relocate 2nd methanol plant from Chile to Louisiana

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Methanex VP Gary Rowan announced Methanex Corp. will relocate a second methanol plant from Chile to a 225-acre site in Geismar, La. In July 2012, Methanex announced it was moving a separate plant from Chile to Ascension Parish.
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Los Alamos National Lab improves biomass-to-fuel process

An April Nature Chemistry article describes how to take building blocks that are derived from glucose or cellulose and couple them with other bioderived building blocks to give new molecules that have eight to 15 carbons in a row.
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National Association of Shell Marketers partners with RINAlliance

The National Association of Shell Marketers and RINAlliance have partnered for RFS solutions. NASM is a brand-specific trade association representing business interests of petroleum marketers with wholesale contracts for Shell-branded products.
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INTL FCStone Energy Outlook Conference

May 9-10, 2013
Intercontinental Kansas City at the Plaza
Kansas City, Missouri

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo

June 10-13, 2013
America's Center
St. Louis, Missouri

National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo

September 10-12, 2013
CenturyLink Center Omaha
Omaha, Nebraska

Algae Biomass Summit

September 30-3, 2013
Hilton Orlando
Orlando, Florida

International Biomass Conference & Expo

March 24-26, 2014
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

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