July 2008

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China Clean Energy reports first-quarter loss



With a short growing season and low harvesting costs, Camelina sativa could hold a small market in the western Canadian biofuels industry. Despite those advantages, limited research has been done to determine its full agronomic potential. While it's been touted as a potential feedstock for biodiesel, it remains an under-exploited crop, and with an industry entrenched in canola-based biodiesel, is there enough room to consider camelina?

Nova Biosource Fuels Inc. is headquartered in Houston-the heart of America's oil industry. The biodiesel company has several former oil executives and industry professionals on its payroll who think there's room enough in Texas for both fuels.

Rising in the East

By Khalila Sawyer

With a number of new developments in the biofuels sector, eastern Canada is making waves with new funding, projects, opportunities and hope. But, with a lack of provincial government support and biofuel initiatives, the renewable fuels industry in the Maritimes is struggling to catch up to the rest of the country. Nevertheless, eastern Canada continues working to establish its presence in the biofuel industry with a variety of resources and opportunities.


The Nature of Standards

By Jerry W. Kram

A significant effort has been made by the biodiesel industry to create quality standards and encourage producers to adhere to those standards. But why are standards necessary in the first place? What do they contribute to the industry that makes all the time, effort and negotiations worthwhile?

The Malaysian palm oil industry is partnering with the country's stock exchange, government and environmental groups to establish the Malaysian Palm Oil Wildlife Conservation Fund. The industry has taken a beating from critics blaming deforestation a

Palm Oil Fights Back

By Susanne Retka Schill

Malaysian oil palm growers try to turn the tide of public criticism with a conference devoted to discussing the tropical oil crop's sustainability and carbon footprint.

Rising fuel prices and the need to conserve resources and protect the environment make excellent motivators for fleet operators to reconsider how they refuel.

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