Friends of the Earth and Searchinger still wrong about biofuels

Today the GRFA slammed a new study by Friends of the Earth for its glaring omissions and use of a controversial theory on land use impacts of biofuels. The report relies on unproven ILUC and is silent on underlying causes of global hunger.
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UFOP samples 60 stations, finds biodiesel feedstock diversity up

With 53 percent raw material content, rapeseed oil remains the most important raw material source for the production of biodiesel in Germany, followed by palm oil with 25 percent, and coconut and soy oil at 11 percent each. UFOP sampled 60 stations.
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Worcester Polytechnic uses Syrris technology to teach biodiesel

Chemical engineering students at Worcester Polytechnic University in Massachusetts have been investigating biodiesel production using the Globe jacketed reactor system from Syrris, allowing computer controlled reactions in a safe manner.
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Methes Energies completes debt refinancing to save big money

Methes Energies Canada Inc. has finalized a CDN$1.6 million debt financing facility through a local Ontario, Canada, lender. The new loan carries an annual interest rate of 12 percent compared to the 23 percent interest rate on its June 2012 Loan.
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Sapphire, Linde to scale up algae hydrothermal treatment process

Sapphire Energy Inc. and The Linde Group are expanding their partnership to commercialize an industrial-scale hydrothermal treatment process, developed and used by Sapphire Energy at pilot scale today, to upgrade algae biomass to crude oil.
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EU Parliament ENVI committee approves biofuels cap, ILUC

"The current debate is asking the wrong questions," said Garofalo. "Limiting biofuels production will neither solve hunger...nor prevent deforestation. ILUC modeling remains uncertain...the industry cannot be penalized on groundless assumptions."
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BASF, National Prawn Co. cooperate on algae technology

One important reason for this collaboration, the National Prawn Co. stated, is the climatic conditions of the Red Sea desert coast line of Western Saudi Arabia that meet the environmental needs of seawater algae and promote algae growth.
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REG completes $21 million upgrade at Minn. biodiesel plant

Renewable Energy Group Inc. recently completed $21 million in technology upgrades at its 30 MMgy biodiesel refinery in southern Minnesota. Within days of start-up, all biodiesel produced met the company's REG-9000 quality specifications.
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