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Burst of Recent Biodiesel Plant Startups is a Positive Display of Confidence in the Industry
Posted July 22, 2009



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EU biodiesel production grows, UK meets sustainability goals

Two reports issued from the United Kingdom's Renewable Fuels Agency and the European Biodiesel Board this week give a snapshot of the European biofuels industry. The European Biodiesel Board released figures showing the European Union biodiesel production totaled 7.7 million metric tons (approximately 3 billion gallons) in 2008, comprising 78 percent of the biofuels consumed in the EU. The United Kingdom beat its target of 2.5 percent biofuel content in transportation fuels, according to provisional data released July 15 by the Renewable Fuels Agency. The biofuel content was 82 percent biodiesel, 18 percent ethanol plus a very small quantity of biogas.READ MORE

Methanol Institute releases safety manual

The Methanol Institute (MI) today released a Methanol Safe Handling Manual to be shared across the global methanol distribution chain to increase awareness of the chemical and promote safe handing in order to protect workers, consumers, and the environment. This manual will be accessible to everyone who comes into contact with methanol, from research engineers to shipping managers, from tank truck drivers to plant operators and will be available throughout the world.READ MORE Fuel Ethanol Workshop

Retired 2009 RINs useable in 2010

There are a few positives for biodiesel producers imbedded in the U.S. EPA's proposed rule to implement the revised renewable fuel standard (RFS2), according to Clayton McMartin, president of Clean Fuels Clearinghouse. The treatment of renewable identification numbers (RINs) is potentially a big deal, he said. "Producers probably should write EPA in support of this part of the rule." Under the previous rule the volumes used to calculate the renewable fuel obligations for petroleum refiners were based on gasoline production only, which in the future will be expanded to include diesel going into transportation fuels, McMartin pointed out.READ MORE

Biodiesel plant to trade in transesterification for hydroprocessing

A small biodiesel refinery in Sedgwick, Kan., Healy Biodiesel Inc., has signed a letter of intent with Cetane Energy LLC to license its patent-pending hydroprocessed renewable diesel technology. Cetane Energy operates a standalone hydroprocessing plant in Carlsbad, N.M., which started operations late last year. "It is all about feedstock flexibility and fuel quality," said Ben Healy, president of Healy Biodiesel.READ MORE

Collective Biodiesel Conference begins July 31

The 2009 Collective Biodiesel Conference, dubbed "the national conference for home brewers," will be held July 31 through Aug. 2 at American University in Washington, D.C. The annual event was launched in 2006 in Golden, Colo., and has been hosted by the Colorado School of Mines for the past three years. This is the first year the show will be held outside of Colorado. The schedule includes presentations on topics such as restaurant grease collection, mini-batch making, home brew case studies, growing and crushing your own oilseeds for biodiesel production, and a state of the algae report, along with much more.READ MORE

New Canadian biodiesel plant comes online

Milligan Bio-Tech Inc. completed construction on its commercial-scale seed crushing and biodiesel production plant in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, which is now fully operational as of July 20. According to a spokesperson for the company, the new plant is being referred to as Milligan Bio-Tech's "optimization" plant. Its production capacity is10 MMly (approximately 2.6 MMgy) and uses a process developed by Milligan Bio-Tech in conjunction with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and the University of Saskatchewan.READ MORE
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