Tag Archive | "biodiesel"

Amtrak’s B20 biodiesel train

The Amtrak Heartland Flyer has been fueled entirely with B20 (20% biodiesel and 80% regular diesel) since April, pulling big loads between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth. Not only has it shown that biodiesel works just fine in stenuous real-life situations, it has also been honored as an innovator by Time in their 50 Best Innovations of 2010.

The biodiesel is made from rendered cattle fat and amazingly not only burns cleaner than regular diesel, it’s also cleaner than plant biodiesel.

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Biodiesel healthier for miners, tests in mines show

Extensive testing in several mines shows using biodiesel is healthier for miners, reduces emissions and the equipment runs cleaner and thus needs less maintenance.

“Biodiesel emits fewer diesel particulates than conventional fuels, and when used in the underground mining operations, that translates to a safer work environment for our employees” said a mining company VP after three years of using B99 biodiesel in a mine.

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BP plans first commercial scale cellulosic ethanol by 2010


Their projects include algae biodiesel, biobutanol from wheat straw in Britain, and partnering with Verenium in Louisiana using enzymes to breakdown grasses into alcohol.

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BioFuelBox opens its first fat-to-fuel plant

Their new refinery converts grease, fat, and oil into biodiesel. What’s more, the process is cost-effective with petroleum diesel and only takes fifteen minutes.

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Biodiesel from chicken glop

Chicken feather meal is the leftover glop from processing. It’s used for fertilizer and animal feed and is 12% fat. That fat can be used to make biodiesel.

The process is touted as being environmentally friendly and would extract the fat from chicken feather meal using boiling water. Researchers say that removal of the fat content from feather meal makes for both a higher-grade animal feed and a better nitrogen source for fertilizer.

A staggering 11 billion pounds of chicken feather meal is created each year, which could produce up to 153 millions gallons of biodiesel a year. Maybe processing plants could burn their own biodiesel to create electricity. They’d certainly have another income stream too.

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Hawaiian garbage-to-energy plant recycles derelict fishing nets for electricity

What’s more, they’re exploring the possibility of collecting plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and recycling it into biodiesel.

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Saltwater algae biodiesel may compete with petroleum

Australian researchers say biodiesel from saltwater algae can be cost competitive with petroleum diesel.

They also state that due to the cost of transporting biodiesel from an algal farm, the best scenario may be to locate an electricity generating plant in the same vicinity and simply convert the chemical energy into electricity. Creating such a powerplant would also make new jobs for local workers.

Renewable energy and more jobs is a good combination. Indeed, that is one of the major promises of cleantech.

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Fungus discovered that makes biodiesel naturally

The fungus can even make these diesel compounds from cellulose, which would make it a better source of biofuel than anything we use at the moment.”

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Biodiesel boom spawning grease rustlers

Psst, want to cop some grease?

Rendering plants in Northern California and elsewhere are reporting losses of $15,000 per month due to the increasing amount of grease theft.

While some of the thefts could be by those making biodiesel in their backyard, chances are it’s more organized than that.

Eight years ago yellow grease was trading for 7.6 cents per pound and now it trades closer to 36 cents a pound, or $2.73 a gallon. If a thief can load up a 2,500 gallon tanker truck, that’s $6,825 dollars — not bad for a few nights of work.

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Can algae save the world?

VentureBeat thinks maybe it could. Biodiesel can be made from algae, as can ethanol. One company thinks they can make hydrogen from it, another says they can create the equivalent of sweet light crude (this would be approaching the Holy Grail, top quality petroleum from renewable sources)

None of these plans are at the commercial stage yet. But in a few years, some no doubt will be. Huge amounts of venture capital are being invested in these technologies now.

(In a few years, investors might kick themselves for not buying that little dinky biofuel stock back in 2008 when it was $2 a share. However, there will probably soon be a bubble then a crash in such stocks which will leave much wreckage and a few hardy survivors. The question for adventurous investors now, if it can even be answered is, which companies will prosper? )

Biofuel created from algae and from cellulosic materials not grown on farmland have Black Swan potential. Some Black Swans are good. Replacing a petroleum-based economy with one based on renewable fuels would be a beneficent Black Swan indeed.

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