In Hawaii, Honolulu City adopted a resolution last week to develop a biodiesel initiate for the city’s existing mass transit diesel vehicles. The adoption of resolution 14-169 will allow the Department of Transportation and the City to look to further the use of biodiesel in TheBus and TheHandi-Van fleets comprised of more than 650 vehicles. […]
In Texas, Southwest Research Institute has installed a new piece of technology that will allow biodiesel producers to evaluate the quality and profitability of their catalysts at a rate of half a liter per hour, allowing more tests to be run in a shorter time. The experimental circulating fluidized bed (CFB) helps convert heavy crude […]
In China, a new report from ResearchinChina says biodiesel consumption in China is expected to double by 2017 from 2013 levels, to as much as 2.,5 million tons per year or higher. The report authors said that in 2013, China’s total capacity of biodiesel exceeded 3.7 million tons per year, but output attained 1-1.2 million […]
In North Carolina, Kelley Green Biofuels presented an innovative approach to biodiesel production and methanol recovery at the 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference this month in Pittsboro. With the technology, the company’s biodiesel exits the reactor containing 4-6% methanol by volume, at which point the fuel is sent through a flash drum which recovers up to […]
In Iowa, a survey of registered voters asserts that 77% of respondents support expanding the RFS to increase biodiesel in the fuel supply, and 69% said a Congressional candidate’s position on the RFS was “very” or “somewhat” important. The study shows Iowans have a positive opinion about biodiesel in general. Additionally, after a series of […]
In Australia, ASHOIL is expanding its biodiesel production business by using waste engine oil as feedstock as well to supplement its waste cooking oil feedstock supply. The company produces 500,000 liters per year but the resources boom means less supplies available from mining camp kitchens.
How bad, bent, half-baked, bungled, pettifogged, misconstrued, out-of-date, misleading or agenda-laden can coverage of renewable fuels get? This week, America’s favorite advanced biofuel, biodiesel, gets a hit job. The Digest investigates. In 1994, there were fewer than 1,000 websites. By 2013, there were 672 million. The proliferation of content has resulted in wildly uneven coverage of renewable fuels, if […]
In Indonesia, increased biodiesel consumption and lower demand from the mining sector means the country will import about a third less diesel than usual this year. Imports have fallen to 3 million to 4 million barrels per month from 5 million to 6 million barrels per month last year.
In the UK, Greenergy has invested £63 million in repairs and upgrades following a tidal surge that devastated its UCO biodiesel facility at the Port of Immingham six months ago. The plant is back up and running at 98% efficiency. Upgrades included installation of a biomass plant and installation of a wastewater treatment process.
In India, My Eco Energy has opened its first filling station in Pune that will supply its UCO biodiesel retailed as Indizel with 500 pumps expected in Maharashtra during the next year. Kolhapur, Noida and Visakhapatnam have been identified as biodiesel production sites. Austria’s Energia will supply the production technology.