March 2008

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Benefuel offers new solid catalyst



Biodiesel Magazine takes a look at the various alternative diesel fuels emerging and how they are produced.

Residents of Tanjung Benoa village, Bali, Indonesia, delegates and local Red Cross volunteers plant mangroves to help stop coastal erosion in the village.

Biofuels at Bali

By Jessica Ebert

With the end of the first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol just four years away, representatives from more than 180 countries recently met in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, on the island of Bali, to agree on a new path toward the adoption of a second-generation protocol. Included in this group were biofuels industry spokespeople.

Chevron Corp.'s relatively small investment in a Texas biodiesel plant is turning into a public relations nightmare. The oil giant and its renewable fuels subsidiary are accused of fraud and negligent misrepresentation. But the real wounds have been inflicted outside the courtroom where Chevron stands accused of entering the biodiesel venture to "greenwash" its image.


Walking a Tightrope

By Susanne Retka Schill

Thin margins have been dogging biodiesel producers for months, causing many to wonder just how much they can endure before profits go south.


Power Without the Burn

By Jerry W. Kram

Biodiesel is packed with power. Burning it in an engine is just one way of extracting its energy. Washington-based Innovatek Inc. has come up with an alternative to get at biodiesel's energy-a hand-sized processor that could make biodiesel a hot commodity in the electricity generation market.

Equipment manufacturing titans John Deere and CNH Global have expanded biodiesel blend allowances in their agricultural and construction equipment. EPM talks to both companies about how they arrived at endorsing the biofuel.

Following the departure of longtime Executive Director Kory Teneycke, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association looked for government experience for his replacement. New CRFA President Gordon Quaiattini has taken the lead and is providing the Canadian biofuels industries with an experienced voice.

For decades, smog, acid rain and global warming have all been linked to the transportation industry. As the leading consumer of oil, motor vehicles account for approximately 25 percent of Canada's national levels of greenhouse gas emissions. With rising concerns over climate change, the country is faced with developing alternative transportation solutions to reduce its environmental footprint. From this cloudy problem emerges one clear answer: The road to cleaner air may be paved with biodiesel.

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