December 2004

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Business Briefs

World Energy opens new office, hires sales director



Editor's Note

By Tom Bryan

NBB In Sight

By Joseph Jobe

Legal Perspective

By Mark Hanson & Todd Guerrero


Blue Means GO

By Nathan Ward

Blue Sun Biodiesel is taking biodiesel to the people with its new state-of-the-art blending terminal and network of retail pumps. With production plans in place, this small Colorado company is poised to handle growing consumer demand in the American West.

In the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states, where more than 5 billion gallons of heating oil is used each year, thousands are embracing biodiesel blends as a way to be cleaner, more responsible consumers.

The Promise of the Castor Bean

By Elizabeth Johnson

In Brazil's poorest region, traditional cash crops like soybeans, cotton and coffee cannot withstand the arid climate. But the hardy castor bean, often grown and harvested through subsistence farming, is giving hope to the prospect of large-scale biodiesel production and a better way of life for many.

Rudolf's Vision Lives On

By Louisa Aronow

A California woman's search for family ties to Rudolf Diesel gives her a deeper understanding of the inventor's original vision and turns her into a true biodiesel believer.

Despite the fact that Arkansas grows 4 percent of the nation's soybeans and is home to a major rendering facility, the state is still void of a large-scale biodiesel production plant. Now, government and private industry advocates want to know why.

Armed with a cost-competitive process and an ambitious business plan, Ontario-based BIOX Corp. is poised to become a key innovator in the North American biodiesel industry.

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