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Posted February 3, 2010

 

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Congress urged to act swiftly on tax credit

On Feb. 2, the National Biodiesel Board forwarded a letter from 179 biodiesel companies and stakeholders to the Leadership of the House and Senate, as well as the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the tax writing committees, regarding the urgent need to retroactively extend the biodiesel tax incentive, which expired on Dec. 31.READ MORE

Metro inks supply deal with Kaufman Astoria

Metro Biofuels of Brooklyn, N.Y., secured a supply contract with Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens to deliver its branded biodiesel-blended heating oil, Greenheat, to the longtime television studio founded in 1920. Previously, Kaufman Astoria Studios was using straight residual heating oil (No. 4 and No. 6 fuel oils), but now the studio that's been home to Sesame Street for 17 years and other television shows, movies and commercials, is using 5 percent biodiesel in its residual heating oil.READ MORE Biodiesel Magazine

Promethean Biofuels starts production

Amidst the worst economic times in the biodiesel industry's short history, a new refinery, built around the cooperative model, is starting production in Temecula, Calif. Promethean Biofuels Cooperative Corp., a 1.5 MMgy production facility transesterifying used cooking oils into quality methyl esters, is holding its grand opening ceremony on Feb. 19 at 10 a.m.READ MORE

Argonne to develop pipeline-ready biofuels

After being named as a multi-million dollar recipient of U.S. DOE's latest round of research handouts, certain scientists at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill., aren't focused on algae oil extraction or making jet fuel. Instead, Seth Snyder, biochemical engineer for Argonne, told Biodiesel Magazine that it's focusing on ways to make bio-based diesel "molecules" that are compatible with the existing fuel infrastructure in the United States. "Esterified molecules, like the ones in biodiesel, are water soluble, which doesn't work for pipeline transport," Snyder said. "We are working to develop molecules that are more similar to actual diesel fuel-hydrocarbons-yet made from the same biologically based sources."READ MORE

Obama says 'biofuels,' industry wants action

Biofuels have received presidential utterances in past State of the Union addresses, but results have not always been forthcoming. "First of all, there were no specifics, so there was really nothing there," said Jatrodiesel president Raj Mosali, of U.S. Pres. Barack Obama's Jan. 27 address to the nation. "The president mentioned biodiesel specifically when he was campaigning, and now he's talking about 'biofuels,' which could mean anything-and that's concerning." In addition, grants, loan guarantees and even American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds are not going to biodiesel producers for the purposes of plant optimization and upgrades. "That's 100 percent true," Mosali says. "All of this assistance is being directed toward things like fuel cells, cellulosic ethanol and electric motors-all technologies that are still far off."READ MORE

Contentious Canadian biodiesel report issued

Imperial Oil, the Canadian Petroleum Products Institute and Natural Resources Canada have issued a report on biodiesel performance and quality, preparing for-or delaying- the implementation of a possible federal Canadian blend mandate. The study was not endorsed by the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association and information suggests the research addressed issues to which the answers are already known. A source close to the CRFA indicated that this study, led by an oil company under Canada's National Renewable Diesel Demonstration Initiative, was basically a delay tactic meant inhibit the implementation of a biodiesel mandate and work toward the adoption of a B100 quality spec that would be the most stringent in the world. In addition, the source said that biodiesel is often blamed for the "shortcomings of ultra-low sulfur diesel."READ MORE
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