January 2010

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Business Briefs



A Continuing Effort

By Nicholas Zeman

Product life-cycle analysis is a relatively new but important science to the renewable fuels industries. In conjunction with the USDA, University of Idaho researchers have produced a new energy balance study for soy biodiesel concluding that methyl ester manufacturing returns more than four times the fossil fuel energy it requires. Biodiesel Magazine talks with UI¡¦s Dev Shrestha about the study¡¦s details.

WFU chemistry professor Abdu Lachgar teaches a class in biodiesel production and conducts catalyst research with the help of his undergraduate students. PHOTO: KEN BENNETT/WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Sweet Catalysis

By Susanne Retka Schill

A chemistry professor at Wake Forest University has been working on a new catalyst for biodiesel production, and catalyzing his students to become biodiesel boosters.

Michael Devine CEO, Earth Energy Alliance

Reinventing Oilheat

By Ron Kotrba

Oilheat leaders convened in September and resolved to clean their industry's image by greening its fuel. Ultra-low sulfur fuel oil and biodiesel blends are the tools prescribed to get the job done.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson fills up a drag car during a Blue Sun Biodiesel promotional event. PHOTO: BLUE SUN BIODIESEL

Biodiesel Brand Names

By Nicholas Zeman

As the industry evolves, companies are trying to distinguish themselves with branding campaigns that emphasize service, additive packages and premium quality.

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