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University of Ottawa receives biodiesel funding

Sustainable Development Technology Canada has selected University of Ottawa researchers to receive $8 million of $57 million in federal grants being awarded to 19 sustainable energy projects in Canada. Approximately $3.5 million of the grant will fund the development of a pilot plant that will demonstrate a biodiesel membrane reactor technology developed by University of Ottawa chemical engineering professors Andr� Tremblay and Marc Dub�.READ MORE

Sea asparagus can be oil feedstock

On two Gulf of California plantations in the state of Sonora, Mexico, Phoenix-based Global Seawater Inc. is using coastal land and seawater to grow salicornia, a salt-loving halophyte plant that thrives in heat and poor soil conditions. The company said salicornia could be used as an economical feedstock to produce biodiesel.READ MORE Methes

GreenHunter Biofuels selects Cognis system

GreenHunter Biofuels Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of GreenHunter Energy Inc., has selected Cognis Corp.'s QTA System to allow plant operators to conduct biodiesel quality tests in a control room rather than having a chemist conduct such tests in a separate lab.READ MORE

PetroSun, Icon Energy terminate LOI

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based PetroSun Inc. and Icon Energy Ltd. have mutually agreed to terminate a letter of intent (LOI) announced in May 2007. Under the agreement, Icon Energy was to acquire a 20 percent interest in a license to produce biodiesel from algae.READ MORE

Beijing biodiesel plant suspends operations

China's largest biodiesel producer Gushan Environmental Energy Ltd. announced it will temporarily suspend operations at its plant in Beijing from Aug. 1 to Sept. 20. The decision was made due to recent heightened enforcement of traffic control measures adopted by the Beijing municipal government in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Gushan Environmental Energy said the measures have restricted the ability of its supplier to deliver raw materials to the plant.READ MORE

Rivera arrested for grand theft in Texas

John Rivera, founder and chairman of Baytown, Texas-based Sustainable Power Corp., was arrested July 30 by the Baytown Police Department Special Operations Unit on charges of grand theft worth more than $20,000.READ MORE

SEC files complaint against U.S. Sustainable Energy

A civil complaint filed in U.S. District Court by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleges that U.S. Sustainable Energy Corp., a Natchez, Miss.-based biofuels company, used a "pump-and-dump" scheme to illegally make more than $721,000 on its own stock.READ MORE

Argent Energy abandons New Zealand project

London-based Argent Energy has abandoned its plans to build and operate a biodiesel facility in New Zealand. The company's decision was based on a two-year feasibility study that determined it wasn't economical to invest approximately $72 million into a New Zealand biodiesel project.READ MORE

Will CNN's biofuel adventure help or hurt biodiesel?

Twenty-four-hour news network CNN launched its two-week biofuel series, "Cody's Big Biofuel Adventure," on July 28. Although there have been a few inaccuracies in the broadcasts, some in the biodiesel industry conclude any press is good press.READ MORE

USDA won't release CRP acres penalty free

Corn and soybean markets for 2009 contracts gained some support July 29 when the USDA announced it won't allow land to be released penalty-free from the Conservation Reserve Program to increase the acres available for seeding the 2009 crop.READ MORE
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