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sales are predicted to rise from the present
1.5 million metric tons per year (MMT/yr)
to 2.0 MMT/yr. This regulation was passed
in response to the new directive from the
European Union (EU), which is asking for
a minimum market share of 10% renewable
energy in the traffic segment by 2020.
If the 7% blend is implemented in
the rest of the EU, there should be addi-
tional opportunities for Germany to export
its current production overcapacity for
biodiesel. At present, Germany’s biodie-
sel industry is working at less than 60%
capacity because of higher taxes on green
fuels and reduced blending levels with
fossil fuels, according to an April 23 state-
ment to Reuters by Johannes Daum, politi-
cal director of the German biofuels industry
association VDB. Germany had about 1,900
petrol stations that sold biodiesel in early
2008, but Daum said this number has fallen
now to about 250.
Spain, too, is having problems with Mike Yoder, Doug Morrow, Trevor Glick, Bernard Tao, John Whittington, and J.
increasing its biodiesel production. As of Andres Soria stand by a pickup truck running on B100 “Permaflo Biodiesel.” The
January 1, the country had a mandatory truck was filled by an unheated tote outside in 20°F temperatures. Photo courtesy
target that 3.4% of automotive fuel used of Indiana Soybean Alliance.
in 2009 be derived from biofuel, rising
to 5.83% in 2010. But at present, Reuters
reports that Spain’s biodiesel plants are
running at just 9% of capacity. Producers
Biodiesel tested in the Arctic
are hoping that duties imposed recently The Indiana Soybean Alliance (Indianapolis, USA) sponsored a trip to Alaska
by the EU on US imports of biodiesel will in early March to demonstrate the viability of “Permaflo Biodiesel” produced
trigger increased production. by Integrity Biofuels (Morristown, Indiana). AOCS member Bernard Y. Tao,
professor of agricultural and biological engineering at Purdue University
(West Lafayette, Indiana), who helped develop a method to make biodiesel
flow at low temperatures, was along on the trip to monitor the demonstra-
center for jatropha tion of his invention.
Several vehicles and a generator, all fu