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INSIDE: CENTRIFUGAL VS. COALESCING SEPARATION TECHNOLOGIES
BiomethanolHow Replacing Natural How Replacing Natural
Gas Feedstock with Biomass Gas Feedstock with Biomass Will Improve Biodiesels Already Will Improve Biodiesels Already Strong Environmental FootingStrong Environmental Footing
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Plus Proving Out Proving Out Supercritical Supercritical
ProcessingProcessingPage 24Page 24
Homogeneous Homogeneous Catalyst and Effects Catalyst and Effects
on Multifeedstock on Multifeedstock ProcessingProcessing
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Biofuel Production ResiduesBrewery Spent Grains
Food WasteOrganic Fraction of MSW
Flotation SludgePasty Liquid
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Austria, 19919.000 t / 2.7 Mio US Gal
Austria, 19911.000 t / 300.000 US Gal
Austria, 199220.000 t / 6 Mio US Gal
Czech Republic, 199430.000 t / 9 Mio US Gal
Scotland, 200550.000 t / 15 Mio US Gal
Austria, 200695.000 t / 28.5 Mio US Gal
Spain, 200750.000 t / 15 Mio US Gal
Spain, 2008200.000 t / 60 Mio US Gal
Lithuania, 2007100.000 t / 30 Mio US Gal
Spain, 2008200.000 t / 60 Mio US Gal
Austria, 200325.000 t / 7.5 Mio US Gal
Australia, 200750.000 t / 15 Mio US Gal
Denmark, 200750.000 t / 15 Mio US Gal
Germany, 200250.000 t / 15 Mio US Gal
Latvia, 2007100.000 t / 30 Mio US Gal
Portugal, 200725.000 t / 7.5 Mio US Gal
Spain, 20026.000 t / 1.8 Mio US Gal
Germany, 200650.000 t / 15 Mio US Gal
Austria, 200725.000 t / 7.5 Mio US Gal
Norway, 2008100.000 t / 30 Mio US Gal
Hong Kong, China, 2008100.000 t / 30 Mio US Gal
Germany, 200112.000 t / 3.6 Mio US Gal
Spain, 200625.000 t / 7.5 Mio US Gal
Germany, 200750.000 t / 15 Mio US Gal
Ireland, 200830.000 t / 9 Mio US Gal
USA, 19985.000 t / 1.5 Mio US Gal
Spain, 200625.000 t / 7.5 Mio US Gal
Spain, 20076.000 t / 1.8 Mio US Gal
Spain, 2008100.000 t / 30 Mio US Gal
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Netherlands, 2009100.000 t / 30 Mio US Gal
Belarus, 201050.000 t / 15 Mio US Gal
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JUNE 2011 VOLUME 8 ISSUE 6
Feeding a NeedThe technology works, so where is it? BY LUKE GEIVER
Making a Great Fuel Even Better How biomethanol can improve an already good thingBY ERIN VOEGELE
Homogeneous Catalyst and Effects on Multifeedstock ProcessingConsiderations for growing your feedstock baseBY RAJ MOSALI AND SHARATH BOBBILI
FUEL38 Cost of Operations: ULSD vs. B20
Toledo transit authority compares biodiesel and conventional diesel fuel costsBY DAVID M. NELSON, MARK VONDEREMBSE, S. SUBBA RAO AND STEPHEN ATKINSON
SEPARATION40 Centrifugal vs. Coalescing
Separation TechnologiesA qualitative, quantitative analysisBY MARIA ANEZ-LINGERFELT
4 Editors NoteINCREASED INTERESTBY RON KOTRBA
6 Legal PerspectivesProcess Technology? Check. Now, Profi tBY TODD TAYLOR
8 Talking PointBiodiesel Has a Bright, Multicolored FutureBY CLAYTON MCNEFF
10 Biodiesel Events
12 FrontEndBiodiesel News & Trends
18 Inside NBB
22 Business BriefsCompanies, Organizations & People in the News
44 Marketplace/Advertiser Index
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By all accounts, interest in biodiesel is on the rise again. And its about time too. Th e past two years have been extremely tough on the industry. Some have even expected it to fall. Were still here. Youre still here. Now its time to get to work and make this sector of renewable energy strong again.
Engineering fi rms are telling me that calls pertaining to biodiesel have picked up in the past month or two. Consultants are expanding their groups of experts to handle an increase in biodiesel interest. Process technology companies are making deals with EPC providers to bring their technologies to market.
On a broader level, the Obama administration is unwavering in its support for biofuel development. In April, Tom Vilsack, the U.S. secretary of agriculture, and Lisa Jackson, the administrator for U.S. EPA, toured an Iowa biodiesel plant owned by Renew-able Energy Group, after which they participated in a closed-door roundtable discussion with other big names in renewable fuels, such as ethanol mogul Jeff Broin. Also, the International Energy Agency put out a report in April that states biofuels will comprise 27 percent of the global fuel supplies in 2050. Twenty-seven percentthat is huge. It represents real progress. But we have to make it happen, and we have to ensure biodiesel can fulfi ll and surpass its expected role in the new energy economy of the future.
Plant safety, fuel quality, predictable long-term policy, increased market penetration, lawful RIN and wet-gallon transactions, and feedstock availability must all remain in the forefront of operations as we propel this great industry ahead. Theres no room for shortcuts. Regarding RIN separation, EPA released a statement to the industry in April cautioning people to make sure separation occurs in one of the nine pathways prescribed by law. As RIN expert Jess Hewitt with Lee Enterprises tells me, EPA does not give extra points for creativity. In fact, it may give something else for ita hefty fi ne.
Ron KotrbaEditorBiodiesel Magazinerkotrba@bbiinternational.com
Luke Geiver gives us Proving Out Supercritical Process-ing on page 24, which investigates where this award-winning tech-nology is today.
Bryan Sims took a temporary leave of absence this month to fi ght fl oodwaters in the Upper Midwest as a soldier in the National Guard.
Erin Voegele writes Making a Great Fuel Even Better on page 30, an update on bio-methanol production and what it could mean for biodiesel.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND PERSPECTIVE, VISIT KOTRBAS FAME FORUM BLOG AT BIODIESELMAGAZINE.COM/BLOG/READ
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