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Posted October 7, 2009

 

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Missouri tapping coal mines for 'slime power'

Missouri has coal mines, and since algae feed on carbon dioxide, underground mines serve as the perfect incubators. They maintain a constant temperature for growth and shield the organisms from sunlight. David Summers, professor of Mining Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, said mines provide an infrastructure for algae cultivation that does to have to be built-the ponds, reactors and other paraphernalia usually associated with algae production. "You can isolate the algae from the sun in a mine," Summers said. "We can use artificial light in short intervals and fool the plants into thinking that days and nights are very short [which means they grow faster]. We have a stable temperature underground, ambient conditions and modulated light-this means better control."READ MORE

EIA: oilheat users will spend less this winter

Lower energy prices and milder winter forecast compared to last year has led the Energy Information Administration to predict that households will spend less on heat during the upcoming cold season. Between Oct. 1 and March 31, EIA projects an average household heating expense of $960, 8 percent below last year's heating expense. Households using natural gas or propane for heat are expected to fare the best, with expenditure decreases of 12 percent to 14 percent compared to last winter. Users of heating oil, which represent 7 percent of households nationwide, will spend about $40 less this winter than last year.READ MORE 10

ADM expands oilseed business in Central Europe

Archer Daniels Midland Co. based in Decatur, Ill., is one of the world's leading biodiesel producers with wholly or jointly owned facilities in Germany, Brazil, India, Indonesia and the United States, and has an annual production capacity of 450 MMgy, said Beth Chandler, media liaison for ADM. The company recently completed acquisition of the ViaChem Group's oilseed crushing facility and biodiesel plant in the Czech Republic. "ADM is always evaluating opportunities to that are in line with our strategy to grow our business," Chandler told Biodiesel Magazine. And what a business it is-with more than 230 processing plants, ADM converts "corn, oilseeds, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses."READ MORE

German biodiesel producers encouraged by election results

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was reelected to a four-year term on September 27, and is working to form a coalition government between her Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union parties and the Free Democratic Party. Biopetrol Industries AG, based in Zug, Switzerland, operates biodiesel plants in Schwarzheide and Rostock, Germany, and stated: "The protagonists in the coalition parties have positioned themselves in the run-up to the elections on issues concerning environmental and energy policy with virtually identical statements clearly in favor of biofuels."READ MORE

Mahindra prepares to bring all-diesel line to U.S.

One of India's largest automakers, Mahindra GV, is preparing to launch a two model pick-up line in the first quarter of 2010, and is currently signing up dealers for the rollout. Alpharetta, Ga.'s Global Vehicles USA, the exclusive importer and distributor for Mahindra, said they have between 300 and 400 retail outlets on-board to sell the TR20 and TR40 trucks. "A new generation of clean-burning, diesel-powered vehicles is set to take the American auto market by storm," Mahindra said. Both models, scheduled to be released in February, are four-wheel drives with four cylinder common rail diesel engines. "We've seen a positive trend in the diesel market, despite slight setbacks because of price," said Mike Geylin of Global Vehicles.READ MORE
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