Tag: oil

Indian oil dealers worry about water separation with higher ethanol blends

Indian oil dealers worry about water separation with higher ethanol blends

September 22, 2016 |

In India, the country’s oil retailers association is pushing back against the government’s recent policy announcement laying out plans towards a 22.5% ethanol blend. The Petroleum Dealers Association is concerned about water separation issues resulting from a high level ethanol blending in a city such as Nagpur with high humidity levels that would lead to […]

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Recycled tires: overlooked as a fuel source?

Recycled tires: overlooked as a fuel source?

August 28, 2016 |

Oil from recycled tires has been overlooked as a potential fuel source, yet it is the most reliable and easiest to refine of all, according to oil expert Tim Rose of Southern Oil. Rose said that “the future potential of this source of feedstock is immense, in fact preferable to other bio-oils from plants such […]

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Sustainable and low-cost: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Competing with Sub-$50 oil

Sustainable and low-cost: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Competing with Sub-$50 oil

August 1, 2016 |

As Irshad Ahmed observed recently in The Digest, “until such time that we internalize the true life-cycle costs of extracting and using fossil fuels, and distinguishing fossil-BTUs from bio-BUTs, we will continue to struggle to find a balance between cheap energy verses sustainable energy.” But some technologies have more opportunities in a low-price environment than others. […]

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World Bank sees biofuels losing out due to cheaper oil

World Bank sees biofuels losing out due to cheaper oil

July 27, 2016 |

In Washington, the World Bank’s most recent Commodities Markets Outlook says Lower energy prices have also eased pressures to produce biofuels as an alternative energy source. Biofuels production has been an important driver of demand growth for food commodities in the past decade. The OECD agrees that lower demand for biofuel will mean a drop […]

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Competing With Sub $50 Oil: A Strategy for the Biofuels Industry

Competing With Sub $50 Oil: A Strategy for the Biofuels Industry

May 26, 2016 |

By Irshad Ahmed, Consultant with Lee Enterprises Consulting and Member of MITSBAA Entrepreneurs Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Special to The Digest If bioenergy represents a sustainable energy future for the planet, then why must it compete with oil prices to be deemed a feasible energy alternative for the society? The answer is simple: It […]

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Oil lobby sues EPA for “ignoring” its duty to issue 2014 and 2015 RFS

Oil lobby sues EPA for “ignoring” its duty to issue 2014 and 2015 RFS

March 19, 2015 |

In Washington, the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute have filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for repeatedly delaying the release of the 2014 and 2015 RFS. The two organizations blame the EPA for “ignoring” its duty to issue blending […]

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China’s biodiesel consumption could soar if only oil majors would play along

China’s biodiesel consumption could soar if only oil majors would play along

March 16, 2015 |

In China, if the oil majors blended biodiesel as they may be mandated to by the government, domestic demand would grow to 8 million metric tons, up from the 1 million tons currently consumed. Sinopec has said it doesn’t want to foot the bill for investing in required tanks and infrastructure to support biodiesel blending. […]

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Biodiesel producers buy up European rapeseed as euro slides against the dollar

Biodiesel producers buy up European rapeseed as euro slides against the dollar

February 26, 2015 |

In France, biodiesel producers are boosting their purchases of rapeseed oil as the Euro’s slide to its one-month low makes dollars stretch further. Several trades have been done with prices 10-11 euros per ton higher on Wednesday. Oils prices were supported by slightly higher Malaysian palm oil prices.

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Study reviewing LCA of crude tail oil says fuel doesn’t stand up environmentally

Study reviewing LCA of crude tail oil says fuel doesn’t stand up environmentally

February 5, 2015 |

In Washington, results of a third-party peer-reviewed life cycle assessment (LCA), published Thursday — “Greenhouse Gas and Energy Life Cycle Assessment of Pine Chemicals Derived from Crude Tall Oil and Their Substitutes” — found that diverting Crude Tall Oil (CTO) into biofuel production in Europe will not have a significant effect in either reducing carbon […]

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Novozymes’ CEO not worried about oil until it’s at $40 long term

Novozymes’ CEO not worried about oil until it’s at $40 long term

January 20, 2015 |

In Denmark, Novozymes’ CEO says $40 oil over the long term could wane interest in second generation ethanol but above that, lower ethanol prices will just weigh down the cost of feedstock which can only make cellulosic ethanol more attractive. He expects oil to reach back up to $80 a barrel. He also said that […]

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