In Jamaica, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica has teamed with Bodles Agricultural Research Station and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute to test potential the growing of biodiesel feedstocks, with a focus on jatropha and castor and is in talks with Jamaica German Automotive School (JAGAS) and the University of Technology (UTech) for further […]
In Indonesia, the government is calling on the private sector to boost biodiesel production by 4 billion liters by 2016, as it expects consumption to increase to 8 billion liters by then. Current installed capacity is around 5.6 billion liters. Companies such as Wilmar are said to be looking to boost capacity.
In Iowa, the state’s Economic Development Authority has approved $128,000 in loans and $402,000 in tax incentives for New Heaven Chemical, a subsidiary of TSS Group in India, to build a sodium methylate plant whose products will be used in biodiesel production. If the company achieves its goals, which include creating 16 jobs paying at […]
In Sweden, Scania’s broad commitment to alternative fuels and sustainable development is now also becoming visible in the form of strong truck sales. In 2014 alone, Scania expects to deliver about 1,500 Euro 6 trucks in Europe that use one of the five engine models that can run on up to 100 percent biodiesel. In […]
In Spain, by switching out methanol in the biodiesel production process and replacing it with ethanol, mixed with a heterogeneous catalyst, a PhD student at the University of Navarra has determined that the production process could become cheaper and have a better environmental impact than traditional methods.
In Brazil, researchers at the State University of West Paraná are looking at the viability of tilapia oil as a feedstock for biodiesel. The fish itself has about 22% oil content while fish waste has about 6% oil. Guts, fins, heads, skin, and scales are all waste products from fish processing but no oil was […]
In Northwest Europe, prices for FAME0 have fallen to their lowest in five years despite the prices for vegetable oil and gasoil being their highest in six months. On Wednesday, non-RED FAME was at $845.75/mt FOB ARA but Platts didn’t report the RED-compliant FAME price. Traders said that the prices were illogically low because they […]
In India, a Cabinet note is being circulated by the oil ministry proposing a 5% biodiesel blend that could help reduce the country’s fossil fuel import bill while also boosting the local biodiesel industry. The policy would only apply to bulk users such as government agencies and the railroad, however, until the quality of the […]
In Italy, Eni’s CEO told the Senate’s industrial committee that the company plans to restructure itself away from oil refining—an industry that has suffered losses of EUR6 billion since 2009—and instead focus on biodiesel and other alternative fuels. In this way it can avoid laying off staff, keep its manufacturing facilities operating, but refine biodiesel […]
In Hawaii, the Hawaiian Electric Co. informed the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission that it plans to sign an agreement before the end of the year with a biodiesel developer for supply of 5 million gallons of the fuel per yea for three years for use in its two Oahu power plants. The supply could come […]