Minn. Dept. of Ag says state is ready to implement B10 mandate

The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association has voiced its support for a recommendation by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to move the state to a 10 percent biodiesel inclusion rate in every gallon of diesel sold in Minnesota, up from B5.
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Metathesis lowers biodiesel boiling curve, improves oil dilution

Starting with RME composed largely of oleic, linoleic and linolenic acid, the catalyst-assisted metathesis reaction with 1-hexene as further reagent led to a variation of the chain lengths, which significantly influenced the fuel's boiling curve.
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BDI-BioEnergy Int'l lands US, UK biodiesel plant retrofit jobs

Austria-based BDI-BioEnergy International AG has been commissioned to perform two retrofit applications at existing biodiesel plants, one in the U.S. (Atlanta) and the other in the U.K. The value of the jobs is estimated at more than $540,000.
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Bourne's offers Bioheat, biodiesel at new Montpelier, Vt., branch

Family-owned heating fuels, equipment and service company Bourne's Energy held a grand opening celebration on Sept. 26 for its new branch in Montpelier, Vt., where both Bioheat and on-road biodiesel will be available for its customers.
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DOE audit report recommends improvements to bioenergy funding

The U.S. DOE's Office of Inspector General recently published an audit report analyzing the approximately $603 million in financial assistance the DOE has provided to biorefinery projects over the past seven years. Several recommendations were given.
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Biofuels, biomass projects among latest round of REAP funding

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for projects in 22 states to help reduce energy consumption and cost, as well as for increasing the use of renewable technologies, including a handful of biofuels- and biomass-related projects.
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KiOR announces project to double Columbus production capacity

KiOR is pursuing plans to double production capacity at its Columbus, Miss., cellulosic fuels facility through construction of a second facility incorporating KiOR's commercially proven technology. Khosla Ventures and Vinod are investing $50 million.
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Heliae starts up next-gen commercial algae facility in Ariz.

Algae production technology developer Heliae announced it has begun operations at its first commercial facility in Gilbert, Ariz. Utilizing the company's flexible Volaris platform, the facility will initially produce high-value nutraceuticals.
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