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Biodiesel Overview Transcript
In the US biodiesel is an emerging market. It was reduced to about 10% of its production capacity, as the Federal tax credit disappeared and has now reappeared.
With the reappearance of that, biodiesel is beginning to find its footing in the US market.
The material is highly dependent on the crude oil markets, it’s traded at a premium to heating oil, the spread on heating oil sets the prices for biodiesel that is, being looked at for basis on trading on spot market. There are no contracts in the US biodiesel markets at this time.
The market is also dependent on the crude-glycerine co-product and that material is also watched very closely for its availability for sales.
Most of the biodiesel in the US right now is traded at a premium, a spread to heating oil. The heating oil market, that has been the most successful area for domestic biodiesel sales as a blendstock it’s still finding its feet. It’s coming back into viability on the back of a reinstatement of the Federal tax credit $1/gal blender credit.
It’ll offer the players in the market more opportunity to find domestic sales for the product.
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Biodiesel: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2015
Sources in the European biodiesel market expect activity to pick up during Q2, following a very quiet first quarter. Demand is expected to increase as the more attractively priced summer biodiesel grades hit the market. However, sources have said that the market outlook remains uncertain amid changes to biofuels legislation in Germany at the start of the year.
Export prices in southeast Asia’s palm methyl ester (PME) market will continue to fluctuate in line with feedstock crude palm oil (CPO) and gas oil prices. Market players continue to be concerned about the wide spread between CPO and gasoil prices. Industry players noted the near-term market outlook remains uncertain with weakening energy and raw material costs. The spread between CPO and gasoil would have to become negative for PME demand to increase.
In the US, the fate of the Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) remains the main focus for players. The future of that blend mandate is considered to be critical by most biodiesel producers. In Latin America, Argentinean biodiesel production disappeared from the market at the end of 2014 and it will likely not restart production until crude oil prices see some improvement.
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Biodiesel is a clean burning alternative fuel, produced from renewable resources. The most commonly used feedstocks are rapeseed, soy and palm oil. Corn and tallow are also used. Rapeseed methyl ester (RME) is mainly produced in Europe; soy methyl ester (SME) comes mainly from the Americas; and palm methyl ester (PME) from Asia, in particular Malaysia and Indonesia.
Biodiesel is made through a chemical process called transesterification to make the methyl ester with glycerine and is produced as a by-product.
Biodiesel can be used in compression-ignition (diesel) engines and most oil-fired boilers. It is suitable for most applications where regular diesel is currently used. It can also be used in most modern diesel engines without modification, including those in passenger cars, sport utility vehicles, light trucks, buses, ships, trains, off-road heavy equipment and mining equipment, as well as for home heating fuel, power generation and in two-stroke engines (as a mixing agent).