October 2007

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Business Briefs

NREL plans biomass lab expansion



Editor's Note

By Tom Bryan

EERC Update

By Joshua R. Strege

Tom Bryan

Editor's Note

By Tom Bryan

Manning Feraci

NBB In Sight

By Manning Feraci

Biodiesel Plant Construction

By Craig A. Johnson


The plasma gasification plant in Ottawa sits on three acres across the road from the Trail Road Landfill. It processes about 85 tons of city municipal solid waste each day.

Landfill Eliminators

By Jessica Ebert

The process is called plasma gasification and the technology for creating and harnessing plasma has been around for decades. However, plasma gasification technology is now being used for a new purpose-the conversion of municipal solid waste-to-energy.

Popular window maker Andersen Corp. is commissioning its new steam plant in Bayport, Minn., powered exclusively by the wood waste generated from the manufacturing of 6 million windows and doors a year.

Complaints from odor-offended neighbors and a desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have prompted some dairy farmers to integrate anaerobic digestion systems into their operations. Although it's not for everyone, using manure to generate power and produce a nutrient-rich soil amendment is something that should seriously be considered.

In the future, paper may be one of many products produced at pulp and paper mills.

Not So Run of the Mill

By Anduin Kirkbride McElroy

The forest products industry has years of experience in conversion technology, and cellulose and lignin separations. The industry is now looking to develop its pulp and paper mills into biorefineries with ethanol as a focus.

In the Amazon, a mysterious, black soil was discovered that was much more productive than the surrounding red clay. Research has determined that these soils were created more than 1,000 years ago by the area natives. Now, as scientists try to recreate those soils, biomass producers could be the big beneficiaries.

Biofuels, globalization and weather have teamed up to create unusual market conditions for soybeans, corn and wheat. Biodiesel Magazine takes a look at the market and how it's impacting biodiesel producers.

Biodiesel by the Book

By Jerry W. Kram

Biodiesel is a topic of interest to many people, as evidenced by the number of books and articles that have been written in the past few years. Biodiesel Magazine looks at a handful of materials published recently on the subject.

Concerns have been raised about a questionable loophole that may be allowing U.S. subsidies to be applied to biodiesel exports that were neither produced nor consumed in the United States. Legislation working its way through Congress would eliminate this loophole.

Ned Nazzaro believes that starting small-scale biodiesel operations is the best way to deal with the volatile soy market. The entrepreneur and cofounder of Big White Tiger built his business around biofuels because of their environmental benefits and positive impact on the country's dependence on foreign oil.

A new company is gearing up to galvanize the biodiesel industry with microscopic catalysts that could lower the cost of biodiesel production by up to 25 cents a gallon.

As the synchronization of biodiesel standards moves forward across the world-most notably between the ASTM D 6751 and EN 14214 protocols-a concerted effort is underway in the United States to improve D 6751 while keeping the U.S. EPA and its slow moving regulatory body at arm's length.

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