March 2007

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Business Briefs

GS AgriFuels to develop former NextGen project




Legal Perspective

By Todd Guerrero and Katherine Roek

Editor's Note

By Tom Bryan

NBB In Sight

By Myron Danzer with contributions from Brad Albin, Matt Schultes and Tim Sullivan


The Volvo Group is preparing for its commercial production launch of diesel-electric hybrid technology for heavy-duty applications-a launch the U.S. Air Force helped fuel.


The Poly-Refinery Plan

By Nicholas Zeman

The Ohio Soybean Council and the Battelle Memorial Institute are working together in the Buckeye State's capital city to pioneer new uses for soybean oil and glycerin. Researchers tell Biodiesel Magazine that polyol demand, and the ability of the compound to produce coatings, polymers and other materials provides a vast value-added stream for the biodiesel by-product.


Heeding Hydrogenation

By Susanne Retka Schill

Neste Oil aims to become to biodiesel what Nokia is to mobile phones. The Finnish firm has developed a proprietary process that produces a premium diesel from animal fats or vegetable oils. Just what is NExBTL, and who is Neste Oil?

Minnesota Prairie Line Inc. began using B2 in its locomotives in 2005 and now uses blends up to B10.

Railroad Switch

By Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

Railroad companies have been slow to embrace biodiesel as a fuel for locomotives. Once the U.S. EPA's low-sulfur diesel ruling takes hold in June, however, the industry may be more apt to make the switch.

Similar to the growth pattern of the plant itself, interest in developing jatropha as a feedstock for biodiesel production is growing like a weed. The contracts that have been penned between companies like U.K.-based D1 Oils PLC and farmers in India and Africa are stimulating agricultural communities in some of the poorest nations in the world.

Students at the Engine and Energy Conversion Laboratory load the initial algae culture into the photobioreactor.

Algae on the Edge

By Jerry W. Kram

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Aquatic Species Program identified about 300 species of algae that have the potential to produce thousands of gallons of biodiesel per acre. Researchers and entrepreneurs are on the cusp of bringing this promising technology to commercial production.

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