New Optimus “pure biofuels” technology for medium-to-heavy truck fleets, wins EPA OK. The 25/50 rule for medium- and heavy-duty trucking fleets, up until now, could generally be stated as “to get 25% fuel savings and a 50% reduction in emissions, you’ll probably have to wait until the year 2550, or get payback in 2550.” This […]
In Michigan, a school teacher will soon begin producing 100,000 gallons of biodiesel annually from waste cooking oil that will be traded with restaurants in exchange for locally grown canola oil he will process at a facility that he has been planning for the past eight years. He is also experimenting with ethanol production from […]
In France, the parent of biodiesel major Diester Industries expects only a third of the biodiesel made from used cooking oil and animal fat that it imported in 2010 will be required for 2012 as the country moves away from imports focused on qualifying for double-counting under the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive. The RED allows […]
In Canada, Cowichan Energy Alternatives has started a residential used cooking oil collection program in the community of Duncan, on Vancouver Island. At a cost of $2,500, a metal bin was placed close to Duncan’s city hall, allowing residents to drop off their used cooking oil and grease, with is then converted to biodiesel. Cowichan […]
In the UK, John Lewis department stores is converting the cooking oil from its in-store cafeterias into biodiesel for use in its more than 70 forklifts at its distribution center in Northamptonshire. The forklifts use a Volkswagen engine approved for the use of biofuel. The company aims to recycle 75% of its waste by 2012.
In Malaysia, in some parts of the country competition for used cooking oil collected from restaurants and hotels for use in animal feed has made the feedstock too expensive to be used for biodiesel production. There is concern that some of the oil may be being used for human consumption as well.
In Tennessee, Moeller Plastics has developed a new system for waste oil collection specifically targeted at biodiesel production that includes a waste oil shuttle to drain fryolators and transport grease, a small transport caddy, grease carts designed to fit into tight spaces, an array of waste vegetable oil collection bins (100, 125, 150, 225 and […]
In Georgia, the city of Smyrna is will open a biodiesel plant in January that will produce fuel from used cooking oil collected from the community. The biodiesel will be used to fuel public vehicles with the intention of reducing fossil fuel consumption of service vehicles by 25% by 2020, fossil fuel emissions by 25% […]
In Washington, the USDA says that palm oil biofuels will have a tough time competing in the American market because corn oil and waste oil biodiesel are cheaper. Though corn oil currently costs $1,300 a ton with palm oil at more than $900 a ton, it won’t take long for US corn ethanol producers to […]
In Florida, the state’s National Guard finalizing its biodiesel from used cooking oil pilot project at its Camp Blanding Joint Training Center that began in January 2010. The facility can produce biodiesel at 67 cents per gallon and can produce 50-100 gallons per week for use by on-site diesel vehicles at a 20% blend.