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Pertamina launches biodisel in Indonesia

Palm oil biodiesel is being sold to industry by Pertamina, Indonesia’s state oil company, says Planet Ark. There is no comment about sustainabilty, or biodiversity. Indonesia sees this as one move to reduce dependency on foreign oil.

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Veg oils as diesel fuel database

Have you been running your vehicle on straight veg oil? Do you want to add to the sum of human knowledge? Have you checked out the Vegetable Oil Fuels Database? It is an attempt to put real life experience into a database and crunch the numbers to see if there are any uselful lessons.

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New Generation biofuels plans to list on Nasdaq

New Generation Biofuels plans to move its listing from the American Stock Exchange to Nasdaq and has announced plans to build a 50m gal/year plant in Baltimore, Maryland. New Generation says it will be making second generation biofules from oils and animal fats. The firm produces a biofuel emulsion in water. That looks like an […]

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Rape seed plants can clean up toxic soil with a bacterial injection

Rape seed plants can clean up toxic soil with a bacterial injection, according to my colleague Doris De Guzman on Green Chemicals Blog. The with suitable injections of bacteria, the plants grow faster and can help remove heavy metal residues such as lead and cadmium from contaminated land. What is not clear from this is […]

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EU Parliament’s decison to change its biofuel approach worries Malaysians

The European Parliament’s decision to change its approach to biofuels has worried the Malaysian government, accroding to a report in Bernama.com.The Euroepan parliament decided on 11 September that there would be a binding 5% quota on the use of biofuels across Europe by 2015 but that there should be less emphasis on palm oil, soya […]

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1000 entries and what have we learned?

Put out the flags. I’ve reached the 1000 post mark. I started this in October 2006 with an open if sceptical mind. Its been a lot of fun so far. I’ve met a whole bunch of people who have commented on what I’ve written and offered suggestions and I’d like to thank you for that. […]

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Are biofuels causing food price rises? Gallagher’s answer

The Gallagher Review into biofuels has a view on how the diversion of food into biofuel crops affects prices but its not clear. Partly that’s because it’s economics (if predicting the weather is hard, why do economists try to produce simple models when meteorologists don’t? )Gallagher says that the apparent impact of biofuels on food prices […]

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Petrotec pins hopes on old chipfat with new plant

Petrotec started up its new biodiesel plant in the port of Emden yesterday. The plant’s capacity is 100,000 tons (about 1 1 3 million liters)/year. It includesa refinery, storage tanks, a laboratory and its own loadingand unloading unit for inland and ocean-going vessels on the harborpier. The new production plant means that Petrotec has total […]

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A little on prices and speculation

There’s an interesting piece on the effects of speculation on prices in the oil and corn markets in the US over on Donklephant, which is talking about Obama’s Plan to Address Energy Trading. It is all right blaming the speculators in both markets, but if you take a position in a commodity then you have […]

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Biofuels drive up food prices: Bodman and Scafer

There’s been a  definitive piece of work on biofuels and food prices presented to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on 11 June chaired by Jeff Bingaman. Two secretaries of state Samuel W. Bodman (energy) and Edward T. Schafer (agriculture) respond to a series of questions from the committee: We would again caution, […]

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