(The Indiana Soybean Alliance and Purdue University share the rights to the innovation.) Since soybeans do not grow in Alaska, Soria suggested that Alaskans could create a biofuel cooperative based on restaurants saving their used cooking oil for conversion to biodiesel.
360 inform June 2009, Vol. 20 (6) 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 Genetic resource (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
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