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US auto companies could benefit from more diesels under new CAFE standards
Posted May 20, 2009



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GM: Federal CAFE standards good for nation, industry

Legislating tougher Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirements will lead auto manufacturers to take a look at their diesel offerings as compression engines have better fuel efficiency and lower carbon dioxide emissions, said Dave Barthmuss, group manager for General Motors Environment and Energy Communications North America. Along with compression engines and biodiesel utilization, corporate fleets will use flex-fuel, hybrid, plug-in and other alternative fuel vehicles to cut back on their petroleum usage and comply with the more stringent CAFE program.READ MORE

EU forms algae group, plans first conference

The European Algae Biomass Association is planning its first, organizational conference June 3 to 4 in Florence, Italy. Peter Vis, member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner for Energy Andris Piebalgs in charge of Renewable Energy Sources, will be the keynote speaker at EABA's inaugural conference. Panel sessions featuring European researchers and industry spokesmen will cover the current status and perspectives for algae development, technical and legal challenges, investment, greenhouse gas balance and sustainability implications.READ MORE Fuel Ethanol Workshop

Portable blending station opens in Wisconsin

Bio Blend Fuels Inc. has opened its first blending station alongside the company's newly opened 2.6 MMgy biodiesel plant in Manitowoc, Wis. The blending station, American Fuel Blending Systems, is a portable unit with above-ground heated storage and a self-contained dispensing system complete with a credit card reader. Available with 5,000 or 10,000 gallon tanks, the unit can be used for B20, B50 and B99 blends, as well as programmed for individual blending requirements. Don and Tracy Kaderabek, founders of both companies, designed the blending station to compliment its biodiesel processing system making biodiesel from animal fats.READ MORE

World Energy completes sale of Lakeland biodiesel plant to Clean Fuel

World Energy Alternatives, LLC announced today that it successfully completed the sale of its Lakeland, Florida biodiesel facility to Clean Fuel Lakeland, LLC of Orlando, Florida on April 15, 2009. "This move is an important step in World Energy's plan to reposition itself to adjust to the changing US biofuels landscape. We congratulate Clean Fuel and wish them well," stated Gene Gebolys, President and CEO of World Energy.READ MORE

Schroeder launches Cold Clear Filtration system

Every biodiesel producer and distributor must pass the ASTM cold soak filtration test after Oct.1, 2009. Because many biodiesel fuel samples have failed cold soak filtration since its introduction into the fuel quality parameters, Schroeder Industries of Leetsdale, Penn., began to research the problems and develop a solution. What resulted from Schroeder's work was the new Cold Clear filtration system said to bring off-spec biodiesel into compliance with ASTM guidelines and improve cold-flow operabilityREAD MORE

EIA: Spring diesel prices not following fundamentals

Despite the highest inventories of crude oil since before the Great Depression, around 375 million barrels, prices are rising to the puzzlement of the U.S. Energy Information Administration. "Prices are at $50 or $60 per barrel, when they should be at around $35 per barrel according to the fundamentals of supply and demand," an EIA source told Biodiesel Magazine. Diesel market trends are following crude oil's suit.READ MORE
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