July 2009

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Business Briefs: Companies, Organizations & People in the News



Vibrant splashes of yellow festoon the German landscape each May as fields of fall-sown rapeseed begin to blossom. Just as soybeans are the base of the U.S. biodiesel industry, rapeseed is the German industry's base. Biodiesel Magazine takes a look at Europe's largest biodiesel-producing nation.

The possibility of imposing a monogylceride limit for biodiesel to comply with ASTM guidelines was discussed at the National Biodiesel Conference. It's a sensitive issue, according to industry insiders. In fact, several sources contacted by Biodiesel Magazine either had no comment or asked to remain anonymous when the conversation was about tweaking the quality parameters.

Yang Cal is one of three doctoral graduates from ISU who have joined the team at Catilin to continue working on catalyst development./PHOTO: PHOTO: BOB ELBERT

A Solid Catalyst Unlike the Rest

By Susanne Retka Schill

Catilin Inc. is rolling out T300, a solid catalyst that sidesteps the need for a fixed bed. The company is also making progress in nanocatalyst and nanofarming technologies.

Salem, Ore.-based Diesel Brewing is working to implement a unique business model for the gasification of waste biomass into biobutanol and other valuable energy products.

A Lasting Legacy

By BBI Editorial Staff

Friends and colleagues of Kathy Bryan share stirring memories of her inspirational life and career.

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