Tag: Iran

Iranian engineers develop biorefinery for castor without need for fossil-based methanol  

Iranian engineers develop biorefinery for castor without need for fossil-based methanol  

September 29, 2015 |

In Iran, chemical engineers have found a way to produce biodiesel from castor oil without the need for extra petrochemical methanol, using a biorefinery set-up. Producing biodiesel from vegetable oils is not completely renewable, as the standard transesterification process requires the use of methanol, which is usually produced from petrochemical sources. The researchers, Hamed Bateni […]

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Iranian researchers using flixweed as biodiesel feedstock

Iranian researchers using flixweed as biodiesel feedstock

August 10, 2015 |

In Iran, researchers at the Islamic Azad University have successfully produced 2 liters of biodiesel using flixweed as a feedstock. A member of the mustard family, the plant produces oil seeds and can grow in areas with poor soil conditions. Currently tests are underway to try the fuel in engine and field tests. The non-edible oil […]

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Iranian researchers develop new nanocatalyst for biodiesel production

Iranian researchers develop new nanocatalyst for biodiesel production

January 6, 2015 |

In Iran, researchers from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad have developed a solid non-homogenous nanocatalyst of potassium fluoride – gamma alumina for biodiesel production that should bring down production costs compared to typical processes. Soy oil was used as feedstock for the research.

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Iran inaugurates biodiesel plant

Iran inaugurates biodiesel plant

March 1, 2013 |

In Iran, PressTV reports that a biodiesel plant was inaugurated, with Vice President and head of the Department of Environment Javad Mohammadizadeh in attendance. The plant was built in the town of Tiran and Karvan, in the province of Isfahan at a cost in excess of USD$12 million. No other details were given such as […]

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Iran car manufacturer, IKCO, moves towards E5 and E10 compatibility

Iran car manufacturer, IKCO, moves towards E5 and E10 compatibility

December 31, 2012 |

In Iran, car manufacturer, IKCO, and the Bio-energy Research Center of Tarbiat Modares University, are collaborating on research to power all IKCO vehicle models with E5 and E10 ethanol blends. Currently, tests show that IKCO engines TU5, EF7 and XUM are able to run on E5 and E10. In an effort to improve its environmental […]

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Iran to put more focus on biodiesel as diesel demand rises

Iran to put more focus on biodiesel as diesel demand rises

December 26, 2012 |

In Iran, the government will put a stronger focus on local biodiesel production in light of increased diesel usage in the country. Diesel now represents 24% of cars, up from 17% previously. The country’s Fuel Conservation Company has recently set up a working group to decide how to tackle increased demand for both biodiesel and […]

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New nanotechnology developed to detect ethanol levels

New nanotechnology developed to detect ethanol levels

August 7, 2012 |

In Iran, researchers at the University of Kurdistan have developed a glassy carbon electrode able to detect minute levels of ethanol in different environments, made possible by modifying the electrode with a nanocomposite comprised of multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

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Iran heads for cellulosic ethanol “club”

Iran heads for cellulosic ethanol “club”

May 11, 2012 |

In Iran, Payvand Iran News reports that Iran will be soon joining the cellulosic ethanol club as it produces “industrial ethanol”.   Payvand reports that paper, wheat waste, wood and sugarcane produced locally will provide the biomass.  No other information, such as capacity,  what company is involved, or a starting date was given.

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Gasoline-ethanol price differential soars in US on Iran concerns

Gasoline-ethanol price differential soars in US on Iran concerns

March 28, 2012 |

In Illinois, gasoline futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange have reached a record premium over ethanol prices due to concerns over sanctions against Iran paired with increasing ethanol gluts around the country. That’s despite gasoline demand falling by 8% as a result of soaring prices. Ethanol stocks have reached a record high of 22.7 million […]

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Sugarcane ethanol project ready for launch in Iran

Sugarcane ethanol project ready for launch in Iran

March 27, 2012 |

In Iran, production will begin soon of sugarcane-based ethanol at the sugar mill in Khuzestan Province’s Haft-Tapeh. The 10,000 liter per day facility will use 12 million metric tons of sugarcane feedstock. Small-scale trials of ethanol production began about six months ago but the mill is preparing to come on-stream with full capacity soon.

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