December 2009

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Thermochemical pioneer wins prestigious award



The race to meet renewable energy targets has increased the demand for saw dust, shavings and wood chips.

It will take time to determine if the Biomass Crop Assistance Program is a success. In the meantime, despite questions and concerns, the list of eligible biomass projects is growing by leaps and bounds.

Biomass project development could be expedited in 2010 and coming years, as developers contribute to state renewable portfolio standards and scramble to meet deadlines for funding opportunities.

As the world concentrates on producing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the U.K. and China seem to be pulling ahead of the pack in efforts to meet their individually established goals.

The ability of biodiesel company managers to operate within the volatile world of commodity prices on both the front and back ends requires a level of sophistication in a market that can be ruthless and unforgiving-not to mention there are technological upgrade considerations, retooling and maintenance options, branding, legislative monitoring and review, coproduct sales and logistics.

Airlines are under serious pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so when the most prolific oil refinery technology provider on the planet teams up with the world's biggest airplane manufacturer, they produce results-and a new class of fuel.

Vehicles under warranty by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to use B20 could claim "flex-fuel" status soon. A new U.S. EPA ruling provides incentives to OEM fleets that build B20 models such as Ford's Super Duty 350, which will be equipped to handle the blend beginning in 2011. Also, because of its characteristics as a blended fuel, some producers are seeing increased demand.

SOURCE: Darrel Good, University of Illinois

Expanding the Feedstock Portfolio

By Susanne Retka Schill

Soybean growers once again brought in a big harvest to provide ample biodiesel feedstock supplies. Market trends, however, keep on the pressure to diversify into new sources of fats, oils and greases. Biodiesel Magazine takes a look at the feedstock outlook.


Who Gets the Upstream Methane Credits?

By Joe R. Thompson and William H. Holmes

When negotiating power purchase agreements, it should be crystal clear who owns the greenhouse gas credits and renewable energy certificates.

New exchange offers a platform for biomass buyers and sellers in the U.S. and Canada to connect.

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