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JD Power: bullish on U.S. diesels
Posted February 17, 2010

 

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Prudential: bearish on soy after short spike

Prices paid for soy oil in the United States can be influenced by things as diverse as Malaysian palm oil yield cycles, sea surface temperatures off the coast of Peru and China's decision to build dry stocks, said Anne Frick, a senior oilseed analyst for Prudential Bache Commodities LLC, at Wednesday's general session of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas. "The largest domestic oil-soy bean oil-is probably the most influenced by the international situation," she said.READ MORE

OEMs want biodiesel metals measured

Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) analysis is the standard technique for metal detection in biodiesel, which usually exhibits only faint traces of sodium and potassium-two elements that can compromise catalysts and diesel particulate filters (DPF) by causing ash buildup. Teresa Alleman with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory mentioned that Horiba, with its Ultima 2 instrumentation, has been able to improve detection into the parts per billion range, even recognizing sodium leached from glass storage devices.READ MORE Biodiesel Magazine

Jet fuel remains stall factor in piping FAME

Jet fuel is the most highly specified transportation fuel, but the airline industry has long recognized that a small amount of cross-contamination is unavoidable in a shared fuel system. Nevertheless, if biodiesel wants to achieve status as a pipeline fuel, it will be allowed to contribute only trace amounts of methyl esters in pipelines where different fuels cross. "I'm confident that we can get biodiesel in the pipeline system and that we can be successful," said Steve Anderson, Air BP fuels advisor.READ MORE

Tucson plant to open in March

A new biodiesel plant, EDG Fuels, is opening March 13 in Tucson, Ariz. The facility, owned by Environmental Development Group, is scaled to produce up to 3 MMgy of biodiesel in its first year of production, with potential to expand to 6 MMgy the following year. Feedstock for the biodiesel refinery will be used cooking oils collected from Tucson-area businesses through Enjoy Dining Green, a "coalition of concerned and environmentally-conscious people and restaurants united to practice environmentally sustainable recycling in the form of used cooking oil to biodiesel processing," EDG Fuels stated.READ MORE

Enzyme-loaded ion exchange resins emerge

The biodiesel industry has been looking for ways to replace traditional conversion methods, said Purolite, the resin manufacturer headquartered in Bala Cynwyd, Pa. The company has announced a deal with start-up technology firm Transbiodiesel to manufacture and market enzyme-loaded ion exchange resins meant to replace the use of sodium methylate and provide "the simultaneous esterification of free fatty acids and transesterification of fats and oils."READ MORE

Biodiesel out as jobs bill episode continues

Republicans may feel like they fell for the classic "bait and switch"-a political maneuver where one party agrees to a deal simply to ascertain the wishes or motivations of an opponent, then once obtaining this information, backs out-regarding the recent actions of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), while negotiating a job creation bill. On February 11, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) unveiled the Hiring Employees to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, legislation that provided for the extension of expired tax provisions, including the biodiesel tax credit among other things.READ MORE
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