Inside April 2008


Plotting a Safe Landing in CHALLENGING TIMES

BY Ron Kotrba, Jerry W. Kram and Susanne Retka SchillPerseverance, sustainability and alternatives were three broad themes of the 2008 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., in early February, as the industry adapts to changing market, agricultural and ecological dynamics. READ MORE

Biodiesel Blossoms in the Sunshine State

BY Jerry W. KramFlorida has a bustling biodiesel industry and a number of major companies have made strong commitments to use the renewable fuel. Three of those companies were featured presenters and were recognized for their use and promotion of biodiesel at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Florida. Photos and story by Jerry Kram. READ MORE

Feedstock Development and Sustainability

BY Susanne Retka SchillFeedstocks, and better yet, sustainable feedstocks, were hot topics at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. READ MORE

The Fourth Hour

BY Ron KotrbaSelect speakers at the National Biodiesel Conference discussed ways to expand market and transport options for U.S. biodiesel while keeping a close eye on quality, all in the attempt to gain acceptance in the mainstream petroleum infrastructure. READ MORE

Supercritical Methanol for Biodiesel Production

BY Jessica EbertUniversity of Arkansas researchers find that using supercritical methanol in the biodiesel production process could alleviate some of the challenges to the cost-competitive production of the fuel. READ MORE

Is Biomethanol in Biodiesel's Future?

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroyBiomethanol could offer biodiesel producers the opportunity to be free of fossil fuels. And production cost and timing may be better than previously thought. READ MORE

BioEnergy of AMERICA'S Rise and Fall

BY Sarah SmithTom Davanzo should be angry. In 2007, his burgeoning biodiesel empire slid into an agonizing death spiral, then bankruptcy. Now he's being kicked out of bankruptcy court because he doesn't have any money. He can't even raise exit financing. What happened? To sum it up: feedstock prices gone through the roof, fickle financiers, razor-thin capitalization of projects if you can corral a financing package, brutal construction costs, you name it. Yet Davanzo emerges from the ashes with cautious optimism. "I'm an entrepreneur," he says. "I'll be back." READ MORE

From the 'VEGGIE VAN' to the Big Screen

BY Kris BevillA new documentary featuring biodiesel recently made waves at the Sundance Film Festival where it received standing ovations after every sold-out screening. Plans are in the works to distribute the film on a national level later this year. READ MORE

Stabilizing Biodiesel Blends from Multiple Feedstocks

BY Emily Schneller and Vincent Gatto

Front End - Biodiesel News & Trends

BBI International becomes carbon-neutral

BY Timothy Charles Holmseth

Study shows increased energy balance

BY Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

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