April 2007

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Biodiesel Gas Chromatography Turnkey System

PerkinElmer develops tools for analyzing biodiesel quality



NBB In Sight

By Joe Jobe


Editor's Note

By Tom Bryan


Legal Perspective

By Todd J. Guerrero


Joe Jobe announced the NBB's new goal of replacing 5 percent of the U.S. diesel market with biodiesel by 2015 at the 2007 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in San Antonio.

NBB Raises the Bar

By Susanne Retka Schill, Jan Tellmann and Lindsey Irwin

In the shadow of the Alamo where brave defenders of Texas desperately fought to hold their ground against insurmountable odds, supporters of the biodiesel industry gathered for the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. Although their struggle isn't as legendary nor their sacrifices as ultimate, a great deal of effort has been exerted by many to move the biodiesel industry to its current production level.

Meeting ASTM specifications for biodiesel may become even more like a stamp of approval. Producers who allow off-spec biodiesel into the market could not only jeopardize their reputations, but they could also run afoul of the U.S. EPA and the Internal Revenue Service. With an unacceptably high number of biodiesel samples not meeting ASTM standards in a recent survey, the entire industry could be on the receiving end of a consumer backlash that could take decades to recover from.


Shining Examples

By Michael Shirek

Until federal regulations are established, the burden of ensuring biodiesel quality rests at the state level. Individual states have to meet the growing use of the fuel with their own regulations, which has led to inconsistent standards and testing methods across the nation. Although 27 states have accepted the ASTM D 6751 standard for B100 and 14 have applied ASTM D 975 specifications to blended biodiesel, only 12 states proactively test biodiesel samples for quality before the fuel goes to market.


Permit Pending

By Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

The complicated and overlapping process of obtaining the proper permits to build and operate a biodiesel plant can be confusing at best. To make the process more manageable some projects rely on regulatory professionals, who can offer experience, foresight and perspective to avoid costly delays and fines.

A Full-Service Package

By Nicholas Zeman

Fuel storage practices are critical to ensuring a quality supply, and because biodiesel can degrade rapidly through oxidation, the shelf life of the fuel is viewed as a weakness. However, a new product from Eastman Chemical Company is now available that may be the most developed additive technology to date for increasing oxidative stability.

There is something to be said about a company's overall business plan when it alone justifies how one of the largest investment arrangements in biodiesel history was recently finalized. Imperium Renewables is the name, energy production is its game.


The Role of Sterol Glucosides on Filter Plugging

By Inmok Lee, Lisa M. Pfalzgraf, George B. Poppe, Erica Powers and Troy Haines

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