In Argentina, biodiesel exports soared to 118,100 metric tons in May, a whopping 14.5 times the biodiesel exported during May last year and 141% higher than in April. The boost in exports is a direct result of the government cutting export duties retroactively to March to 11% from 21% previously. Biodiesel production for Carbio members […]
In Hong Kong, the government is commissioning a cost-benefit study looking at expanding the use of biodiesel, including a potential mandate. The study will also look at ways to ensure the biodiesel supplied is sustainable. The study should be completed during the second quarter of 2015 while a potential mandate as seen as still years […]
In Brazil, the provisional increase of the biodiesel blend to 6% has been extended for another 60 days. The blend was raised in July to 6% and is expected to rise to 7% in November.
In Missouri and Florida, a new lipase will make it possible to produce biodiesel from oils of widely varying quality regardless of their free fatty acid content. Both Blue Sun Biodiesel and Vieselfuel have announced the full-scale production of biodiesel-based on lipase as a catalyst, with Novozymes providing the enzymes. It has already been used […]
In the US, innovative solid catalysts are opening new opportunities in the biodiesel market. Among other advantages, solid catalysts enable the blending of feedstocks to achieve optimal cold-flow properties in the final product at a low raw material cost. According to an AOCS report, “The advantages of solid catalytic processing are simply economic—continuous production at […]
In Europe, biodiesel production from rapeseed will remain at about 5.5 million metric tons, down 20% from the high in 2010 when 6.88 million tons were produced. Overall demand for biodiesel, which represents 80% of the European biofuel market, is also seen stagnating at 12.28 million liters, down 12.7% from the 2011 high.
In Brazil, Embrapa Bioenergia is going to start a study into the biodiesel supply chain in an effort to identify problems that may lead to quality issues. The analysis will look at the entire life of the biodiesel from the factory to storage, transport and distribution, looking for where degradation, adulteration or contamination may occur. […]
In Indonesia, consultations between biodiesel producers and the European Union could come as early as July in order to avoid a lengthy case in the EU’s Court of Justice regarding anti-dumping levies placed on Indonesian biodiesel imports.
In Vermont, the state’s new bio-heat legislation should support demand for biodiesel as sulfur content goes from 500 parts per million on July 1, 2014, and 15 parts per million by 2018. Massachusetts and New Jersey have the same requirement. White Mountain Biodiesel says biodiesel has 89% less GHG emissions than regular heating oil.
In Brazil, food processing giant JBS has exported a total of 6.7 million liters of tallow-based biodiesel to Dutch fuel blender Argos Energies at an undisclosed price, though Platts reported that it was likely at a discount to soy-based Brazilian biodiesel prices. About 20% of the country’s biodiesel production comes from tallow, which is double […]