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Nat gas-to-diesel plant ready in Reno

A natural gas processing firm that intends to extend the national diesel pool is set to operate next month in the Reno-Tahoe Industrial Park outside Reno, Nev. Advanced Refining Concepts liquifies natural gas and processes it until it resembles No. 1 diesel. This liquid is then blended with conventional diesel fuel to form ARC's trademarked GDiesel at a facility said to be the first petroleum-based U.S. refinery to open in 30 years.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 Biodiesel Magazine

Iowa State researchers to stack traits in algae

An Iowa State University genetics professor is using a $4.37 million grant to stack traits in algae, a process of genetic modification typically performed on common farm crops, such as corn, to increase production and resist insects. Martin Spalding, ISU professor of genetics, development and cell biology, received the U.S. DOE grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will use the funding to focus entirely on genetically manipulating one type of alga, Chlamydomonas, whose genome has already been mapped out.READ MORE

NASDAQ launches new clean-tech index

U.S. biofuel companies get no representation on NASDAQ's new DB NASDAQ OMX Clean Tech Index (DBCC), launched Feb. 10, after a rigorous selection process performed by Deutsche Bank's Climate Change Advisors. Solar, geothermal and waste management firms dominate the conglomerate of clean techs investors can now buy for a single price through the exchange. Dedicated biofuels companies included in the index are dominated by Brazilian ethanol efforts. At press time, the product was trading at $1,002.9, as an "accurate real-time representation of the clean technology sector," NASDAQ said. The biofuels industry does have considerable indirect links to the index. Listed are many firms in the "waste management and recycling" sectors, which have seen increasing ties to the biofuels industries in recent years.READ MORE

Cummins pays penalty for EPA violation

Diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. agreed to a settlement of $2.1 million in penalties for violations to the Clean Air Act that occurred between 1998 and 2006, the U.S. EPA and Justice Department announced on Feb. 22. The complaint against Cummins alleged that it shipped more than 570,000 heavy-duty diesel engines to vehicle equipment manufacturers nationwide without the proper pollution control equipment required under the Clean Air Act, such as diesel oxidation catalysts and diesel particulate filters.READ MORE
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