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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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