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Earl Fisher Biofuels supplies biodiesel to BNSF

For Earl Fisher Biofuels co-owner Brett Earl, farming isn't a new undertaking. He, a fourth generation farmer, and business partner Logan Fisher are veterans when it comes to harvesting the hundreds of oilseed crops that go into their 275,000 gallon per year biodiesel production facility in Chester, Mont. However, having engines owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. to run on their biodiesel is a new enterprise they hope will flourish with positive results over the next year.READ MORE

Honda delays plans to build clean diesels

Honda Motor Co., Japan's second-leading automaker, announced last week that it plans to delay production of its clean diesel engines and shift focus on its growing hybrid line. The decision comes in light of Honda's plans to delay construction of its Yorii factory, north of Tokyo, and a plant at its subsidiary Yachiyo Industry Co. to produce so-called mini-vehicles, light cars with engine sizes up to 660 cubic centimeters, both of which were originally scheduled to start production this year. The Yorii facility is projected to begin production in 2013, which falls in line with Honda's latest plan to start in or after 2012.READ MORE Biodiesel Magazine

Rothsay Biodiesel announces fleet results

Rothsay Biodiesel, the Guleph, Ontario-based producer, has a message for other biodiesel users. In 2009, Rothsay, a division of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., fueled its truck fleets with biodiesel, resulting in a carbon reduction of approximately 700 tons and the removal equivalent of roughly 130 cars from the road. Combined with its cleaner, proven fueling solution, the company said the fleet's biodiesel usage shows successful performance in real-life operating conditions.READ MORE

REG secures new supply of used cooking oil

The used cooking oil supply for Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc. just got bigger. REG has agreed to purchase yellow grease from Restaurant Technologies Inc. With over 16,000 used cooking oil collection systems spread throughout the U.S., along with 36 collection depots, REG now has access to RTI's national distribution chain of used cooking oil. "We have a system that we've put into restaurants that allows us to help them automate cooking oil use. We deliver cooking oil and we also remove it," said Jeff Kiesel, CEO for the Minnesota-based RTI.READ MORE

INL recognized for waste-to-biodiesel process

An advanced biodiesel project developed by researchers at Idaho National Laboratory has been selected by R&D Magazine to receive a 2010 R&D 100 award. The annual competition, which recognizes outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential, has been held by R&D Magazine since 1962. INL was recognized for its Supercritical Solid Catalyst (SSC) process, which converts waste feedstocks with up to 100 percent free fatty acid content into ASTM-quality biodiesel. According to Chemical Engineer Daniel Ginosar and Chemist Robert Fox, INL researchers leading the project, the SSC process has been specifically designed to take advantage of low-value waste feedstock, such as brown and black grease, waste fats, oil and greases (FOG), municipal waste water, and similar waste streams. "We can use up to 100 percent free fatty acid feedstock without any additional pretreatment," Ginosar said.READ MORE

Spanish biodiesel industry crippled by imports

Only 18 months after the EU took action to mitigate the influx of U.S. products into the European biodiesel market, a Spanish renewable energy organization is claiming that European biodiesel markets are once again being overtaken by unfair imports. APPA Biofuels, a division of Spain's Association of Renewable Energy Producers, recently released a report stating that 60 percent of the biodiesel utilized in Spain during the first quarter of 2010 was imported into the country, with the vast majority of those imports coming from Argentina.READ MORE

EPA releases data on canola biodiesel pathway

The U.S. EPA has released a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) for its recent modeling of the canola oil biodiesel pathway. As of March 26, when the EPA officially announced the final rule for the revised renewable fuel standard (RFS2), the canola pathway had not been analyzed as a biofuel feedstock capable of meeting the required greenhouse gas reduction standards set by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Using the same RFS2 lifecycle analysis modeling approach for other biofuels already approved, the EPA stated that the canola oil biodiesel pathway creates a 50 percent reduction in GHG emissions compared to the diesel fuel baseline.READ MORE
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