May 2007

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Aventine begins to market biodiesel




Biodiesel Magazine talks with an enterprising Portland, Ore., blender, family-owned McCall Oil and Chemical, about staying ahead of the biodiesel distribution curve in the Pacific Northwest.

Ron Lukasiewicz, senior consulting analytical chemist for Oryxe Energy International Inc., works with biodiesel that contains the company's NOx-reducing additive.

Additive Adjustment

By Lindsey Irwin

Texas producers face the possibility that biodiesel sales in parts of the state will become illegal. With the second stay of execution on the Texas Low Emission Diesel program set to expire in December, an additive that meets current requirements for 20 percent biodiesel blends and lower got a Texas-sized thumbs up. However, concerns over the extra cost and time it takes to use the additive could be a hindrance.

Biofuels Power can produce up to 5 megawatts of electricity using these three Caterpillar generators that run exclusively on biodiesel produced by Safe Renewables.

Electricity By the Gallons

By Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

The Houston area demands 3,000 more megawatts of electricity per hour than its local power plants can provide, and its nonattainment status won't allow for more plants to be built. Biofuels Power Corporation has a solution to Houston's power shortage, and it smells a lot like biodiesel.

Greenline Industries says it sold 23 plants in 2006, all using the Rohm and Haas Waterless Ion Resin system, that represent more than 190 MMgy of production capacity.

Waterless Washing Machine

By Nicholas Zeman

Scaled-up standards require even the minutest traces of soap, catalyst and glycerol to be removed from biodiesel. It seems only natural that a partnership between a company that produces chemicals that boost the cleaning power of laundry detergents and a biodiesel producer has resulted in a solution.

Former President Jimmy Carter not only wielded a shovel at Alterra Bioenergy's groundbreaking ceremony in Plains, Ga., he was also instrumental in attracting the company to his hometown. Newcomer Alterra Bioenergy has ambitious plans to become a major player in the region's biodiesel market.

When asked if they use biodiesel in their trucks, most fleet managers and over-the-road drivers will say that they want to use the renewable fuel, but they haven't seen enough evidence that proves the fuel is good for their engines. Decker Truck Line Inc. has taken the lead in that department, pioneering the nation's first comprehensive on-road study.

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