Biodiesel innovator, NGSB supporter Dallas Hanks dies at 51

Dallas Hanks, 51 years old, died of cancer last week. Hanks was a big supporter of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program and pioneered the idea of growing biofuel feedstock plants on nontraditional agricultural lands.
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Palladium-gold nanocatalysts used for faster glycerol conversion

Chemical engineer Michael Wong has spent a decade amassing evidence that palladium-gold nanoparticles are excellent catalysts for cleaning polluted water, but even he was surprised at how well the particles convert glycerol to valuable chemicals.
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Minn. biodiesel requirement jumps to 10 percent

Minnesota has long been a biodiesel pioneer, becoming the first U.S. state to implement a biodiesel standard back in 2005 at 2 percent. In 2009, the biodiesel requirement jumped to 5 percent. The transition to B10 was originally scheduled for 2012.
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LCFS developments: proposal to simplify application process

The California Air Resources Board recently held a workshop outlining some of its proposed changes to the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program. Among the changes proposed were those related to the new pathway submission and evaluation process.
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Heliae, Sincere Corp. to build algae production facility in Japan

Algae technology company Heliae recently announced a partnership with Japan-based Sincere Corp., a waste management and recycling company, to form a joint venture and develop a commercial algae production facility in Saga City, Japan.
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52 lawmakers ask White House to boost biodiesel volumes under RFS

Expressing urgent concerns about a proposed cut, 52 U.S. representatives from across the country called on President Obama in late June to continue growing biodiesel volumes under the renewable fuel standard. Continue reading to view the letter.
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