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Eastman revamps BioExtend for 'no harm' certification

Eastman Chemical Co. has marketed a second and improved version of its line of additives for biodiesel formulations under the trade name BioExtend 30 HP. "It maintains its easy to use characteristics but ensures that it will not do damage to engine components, which petroleum companies-especially in Europe-are demanding," said Nancy Kincaid of Eastman's BioExtend scientific team. The "no harm" certification was made by the Biodiesel Quality Management Association of Germany (AGQM).READ MORE

Western Biofuels introduces new process

Western Biofuels Inc. released the results of an independent validation test and announced plans to build a 1.4 MMgy demonstration plant for a new biofuel process. Fuel chemist Nicholas Irving, president and founder of Western Biofuels Inc., described the process as combining a chemical reaction using nitrogen compounds and distillation to create a unique biofuel from fats and oils that is not a methyl ester. He's calling it a High Energy BioFuel (HEBF) because it combines the energy advantage of petro-diesel with the benefits of biofuels.READ MORE Paratherm

Scientists unite in supporting biodiesel

An ongoing effort asking scientists from around the world to pledge their support for biodiesel is getting quick results. Roger Beachy, Ph.D., president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, and Rob Myers, Ph.D., founder of the Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute in Columbia, Mo., serve as co-chairs of the campaign, which invites all members of the scientific community to visit and add their names to the list of biodiesel supporters. Scientists who sign the petition are agreeing that biodiesel can reduce dependence on petroleum, help address climate change and boost domestic economies.READ MORE

Ag Marketing Resource Center launches biodiesel profitability spreadsheets

Biodiesel producers have a new tool to analyze biodiesel economics. The Ag Marketing Resource Center rolled out its biodiesel profitability spreadsheets in its June newsletter. "We put together what we think is a ballpark or typical biodiesel plant in Iowa to give an overview where the industry is going," explained Don Hofstrand, co-director of the AgMRC, an online center hosted by Iowa State University Extension Service.READ MORE

1st Brazil-U.S. short course in biofuels offered

Just months ago a new network of researchers and institutions from Brazil and the U.S. was developed by the Brazil-U.S. Higher Education Council under the auspices of the U.S. State Department through the Fulbright Commission in Brazil. Now, the network is offering a free short course in Sao Paulo July 27 through Aug. 7. Dubbed the "1st Brazil-U.S. Short Course in Biofuels: Proving Interdisciplinary Education in Biofuels Technology," the objective is to provide interdisciplinary education in bioenergy and biofuel technology, and to improve the communication among institutions of higher education, science, and other public and private organizations in Brazil and the U.S.READ MORE

GM declares bankruptcy

Said to be the third biggest bankruptcy case in American history, General Motors Corp. has filed for debt protection under federal law. Pres. Barack Obama said on June 1, that the financial crisis that began last September had crippled the American economy-including the manufacturing sector. In an effort to save jobs and an institutional American business, the U.S. treasury will be making an "additional investment" 0f $30 billion to save GM. "GM is an American company with tens of thousands of employees in this country, and responsibility for its future ultimately rests with us," Obama said.READ MORE
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