September 26, 2008

Wikipedia recently updated biodiesel information

Good to get a refresh here.

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Some people are still building biodiesel plants

in indonesia

LAS VEGAS, NV, Sep 25, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Renewable Fuel Corp (RFC), a leading producer and supplier of biodiesel and biodiesel blended fuels in North America and in key International markets, is pleased to announce today the acquisition of Bio Refining Industries, Inc. (BRII) which owns two Indonesian biodiesel projects, licenses and plant properties with nameplate capacity of 400,000 Metric Tons (MT) per year of biodiesel.
The facilities are in the early stages of development in Dumai, Indonesia. When at full production capacity the plants will have the ability to produce 120 million gallons of B100 biodiesel per year. The plant projects are strategically located adjacent to a primary international shipping route and near Kota Dumai and the port. Additionally, there is a large of supply of agriculturally produced crude palm oil and jatropha, which will be used as feedstocks.
These plants, when combined with RFC's current facilities in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia, will create one of the largest premier biodiesel and biofuels manufacturers and distributors in the industry. The combined nameplate capacity of all three plant facilities will be over 600,000 MT per year yielding 180 million gallons of B100 biodiesel per year. RFC will also have a significant position in the carbon credits marketplace, with carbon credits produced for each ton of biodiesel created.
"I have a vision of building a company that can truly leverage the worldwide biodiesel opportunity," said William Van Vliet, Chairman of Renewable Fuel Corporation. "This new acquisition is an important addition in our strategy to build a diverse worldwide green fuel company. As Chairman I intend to pursue a strategy of creating one of the most advanced vertical providers in the biodiesel / biofuel industry. With these new biodiesel facilities we are well positioned to fulfill this strategy."
About Renewable Fuel Corp
Renewable Fuel Corp is a premier provider of biodiesel and blended fuel solutions worldwide. The company operates a biodiesel facility in Kuantan, Malaysia which produces biodiesel for sale in the United States and Europe. Renewable Fuel Corporation produces all of its biodiesel to ASTM and EN biodiesel standards. Additionally Renewable Fuel Corporation is a distributor of ULSD D2 diesel fuel; the company provides custom biodiesel blends for customers to meet requirements for renewable fuel mandates in the United States and worldwide. For more information, contact us a

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December 23, 2006

A Biodiesel Primer

Thanks Methanol Institute for this best ever overview of markets, policy and economic drivers for biodiesel. A must read first document.

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November 5, 2006

Home of Kurt Cobain to be home to Biodiesel

Biofuel Plant Raises Hope Where a Rocker Brooded - The New York Times

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June 12, 2006

Case approves B5 and B20

A good start. Waste News | Waste Management/Recycling/Landfill Headlines

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Europe needs biodiesel not ethanol

This year diesel surpoassed unleaded as the primary on-road fuel. Europe is a net importer of diesel and net exporter of unleaded. Oil exec says Europe needs biodiesel, not ethanol - Autoblog

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November 21, 2005

biodiesel out of sticks and stones?

Still in the lab: Biodiesel: A New Way of Turning Plants into Fuel but may be a way to produce biodiesel cheaper than current transesterfication processes. Any one with experience on this?

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November 20, 2005

Washington making canola progress

HEre is the latest on Washington State: KING5 Seattle News | Environment. The article is actually more pessimistic than I believe is reality. There will be a crusher built in washington in 2006.

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Two new biodiesel plants in Singapore

Peter Cremer and ADM. Channelnewsasia.com

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Where to get fuel tanks

Thest guys: Fuel Tank Home supply the fuel tanks and retail filling stations for BioWilly. They also have smaller sized pre-engineered for co-ops. I am buying a small one for my house.


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November 18, 2005

B100 production tripples in 2005

According to the NBB: [E] - U.S. Biodiesel Production Expected to Triple in 2005 (Reporting by Roddy Scheer).. They called me at Seattle Biodiesel as well so I know they did a bottoms up analysis. From personal experience though I would say they are low. It will be closer to 100M gallons this year and 200M next year.

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October 16, 2005

Updated IRS guidance on Excise tax incentive

Here is the latest IRS rules. Biodiesel Notice 2005-62.pdf (application/pdf Object). Very useful for any producer. I am still unclear if the end user can file for the credit themselves or if only the producer or reseller can file for it and pass it along (or not).

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October 5, 2005

Green Barets going Biodiesel

Wired News: Green Berets Prefer Biodiesel

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September 28, 2005

Seattle Biofuels admits fuel quality problems, announces new certification and customer support

This from Seattle Biodiesel today on their blog: Seattle Biofuels: Has Seattle Biodiesel experienced fuel quality problems?. They will 100% warranty their fuel.

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September 9, 2005

plastic bottles to diesel

humm. sounds like magic. Treehugger: Ozmoenergy - converts plastic to diesel! does anyone know if it works?

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September 8, 2005

Australian Biodiesel IPO

Float to fuel plastic-diesel conversion - Business - Business - theage.com.au. Nice to be in a country that has a stock market willing to fund very early stage deals. I can't believe they are getting such a large amount for basically a plan to build an untested technology two years from now.


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August 18, 2005

India company makes small scale automatic biodiesel refinery

this came acorss the groups today. ELECTROCONTROL INTRODUCES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN INDIA LOW COST. Never used it. They don't mention what happens to the glycerin. Nor what is inside. Looks like a simple one container pot with a heater and a mixing wand in it. No mention of if it makes standard biodiesel or not. I was also VERY surprised to read that Jatropha has to grow for 5 YEARS before producing enough seed. Then it is a bush and I bet you destroy it in harvesting so you need to wait another 5 years? That sounds funny.

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August 15, 2005

New biodiesel pump selling seattle biodiesel

Over in Issaquah WA. Grange

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July 19, 2005

Good discecting of the flawed Pimentel study

GrimReader: Actually *reading* the article better than reporting on the reporting of the article ... by the author!

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July 18, 2005

Seattle Biodiesel in the news again

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: The future of fuel: It smells like popcorn

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July 2, 2005

Biodiesel has VERY high life cycle energy effeciency

I have seen this before, but now have the source. Biodiesel has a very favorable Energy Yield; that is, the amount of energy gained versus the amount of energy required to produce a gallon of biodiesel. This is one reason that interest in biodiesel has been so strong.

* USDA/DOE Study - “Lifecycle Inventory of Biodiesel and Petroleum Diesel for Use in an Urban Bus.”, May 98, Institute for Local Self Reliance, 8/95.

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June 30, 2005

Brazil starting finace program for biodiesel

Brazil already beat us in Ethanol. There ethanol is half the price of unleaded and 70% of the cars on the road are flex fuel. Now they are setting their sights on biodiesel. Portal da Cidadania. We better get moving.

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June 26, 2005

The Appleseed

Who says Open Source is only for software? Biodiesel Appleseed Reactor Plans Girl Mark is doing a great job here keeping the DIY side of things going. I saw a couple of these in use at University of New Hampshire last week. Very slick for home use. And also saw these reviewed in the latest issue of Home Power. Way to go!

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June 16, 2005

Washington State incentives for Biodiesel production

Wonder what they are. Look no further: Biodiesel Legislation. Washington state has not been out in front here. They basically allow you to defer some taxes on capital equipment and get a lower rate on some local taxes on capital equipment, but this is not a real incentive. What the state needs is a renewable fuel bill that requires a certain percentage in all fuels across the state.

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New process to extract biodiesel grade oil from Corn

Looks like Sunsource Biofuels has a plant in the works: Rapid City Journal: New technology turns corn into biodiesel. Apparently it is a new mechanical process instead of chemical. This is another one of those "build the $50M plant first" technologies and the unit economics are not discussed, but it could be good. The biodiesel industry definitely needs to diversify out of Soy as a feedstock.

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June 9, 2005

Cargill entering Biodiesel market

Cargill to build biodiesel plant and glycerin refinery in Iowa. This is good news. Validation. Will be interesting to see how they do.

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June 7, 2005

The Japanese make biodiesel without glycerin waste

So says a post last year from the Japan National Agricultural Research Center: Japan for Sustainability. Getting the yield up would be great. The real question with all these new catalyst systems is do they scale economically? If it costs more to use the new catalyst than it recovers in biodiesel, it won't work. And how to fit it into the production process. This is where most of these R&D projects fall down.

Anyone know if this one went any further?

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June 6, 2005

More biodiesel production coming to the Northwest

Joint Venture Building First Oregon Biodiesel Refinery A joint venture between SeQuential Biofuels (earlier post) and biodiesel pioneer Pacific Biodiesel is developing the first biodiesel refinery in Oregon. This represents Hawaii-based Pacific Biodiesels first joint venture on the mainland US. Ground-breaking on the SeQuential-Pacific refinery is targeted for August on a one-acre industrial parcel on the Kelly Point peninsula in Portland. Production would begin in November with the facility expected to produce in its first year a million gallons of ASTM-certified biodiesel from used cooking oil. Our goal from the beginning has been to make renewable fuel choices readily available to local businesses and individuals. Nothing is more sustainable than using recycled cooking oil to produce a healthy fuel choice, especially when we can manufacture it here in Oregon, reducing environmental impact of biodiesel transport and contributing to the local economy through job growth. With demand growing, were working aggressively to expand biodiesel availability, as well as fleet and retail markets for biodiesel throughout the Pacific Northwest. Tomas Endicott, managing partner of SeQuential Biofuels Investors in the project include Wells Fargo Bank, the Oregon Department of Energy and a group of minority investors that includes Cameron Healy, founder of Kettle Foods; John Miller, a biodiesel user and Oregon businessman committed to sustainability; Ron Tyree, owner of Tyree Oil, a Eugene-based petroleum distributor; and country music artist Willie Nelson, who helped launch the Willie Nelson Biodiesel Company, which provides biodiesel fuel to tanks and truck stops in Texas. Oregon-based Kettle Foods, a maker of all-natural potato chips and nut butters, will supply all of its used cooking oil to the new facility. The company is the first natural foods manufacturer to recycle all of its waste oil into biodiesel and the first of its size to contribute to the new facility. The company already runs a fleet of company cars on biodiesel. Kettle Foods also maintains one of the largest commercial solar arrays in the Pacific Northwest that last year produced 5 percent of the companys electricity. Employees also led efforts to restore a nearly two-acre wetland system at its headquarters, which improved environmental conditions, prompting the return of nesting herons and other wildlife. SeQuential Biofuels is a biofuels marketing and distribution company with offices in Eugene and Portland, Oregon, and is currently the states largest distributor of biodiesel. Founded in 1996, Pacific Biodiesel developed the first biodiesel plant in the Pacific Rim and the first retail biodiesel pump in the US. The company owns and operates two biodiesel plants in Hawaii. It was commissioned to build the Virginia Biodiesel plant visited by President Bush in recent weeks, has built a biodiesel plant in Japan and has two additional US biodiesel plants currently under construction.------ End of Forwarded Message

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FT diesel in Alaska

these guys are apparently trying to get a plant build to do Biomass to Diesel in Alaska. ANGTL - Alaska Natural Gas To Liquid. It is not clear from their site if they have been sucessful. I have e-mailed them.

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Germany working on synthetic Biodiesel that may sidestep current technologies

Today most biodiesel is made by the transesterfication of vegitable oil into methyl ester. Some smart Germans say they have a way make biodiesel from the ENTIRE PLANT much like some people are trying to make Ethanol from Cellulous rather than just the sugar part. Synthetic Diesel May Play a Significant Role as Renewable Fuel in Germany.

Now don't call me a skeptic yet, but lets get serious. It took the Ethanol industry 20 years to even get a permit to build their first cellulous ethanol plant. In that time, the old process worked just fine and made everyone alot of money. On biodiesel, I will call this one too early as well. But will of course keep my eye on it. The real question I have is what does the chemical molucule look like? If it is not a methyl ester (and it is not), they are going to have to replicate all the work that biodiesel industry has done so far on soy and rapeseed biodiesel to prove efficacy. This is a 5-10 year process folks.

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June 5, 2005

D1 oil raises over $40M in a PIPE

this news: Latest Business News and Financial Information | Reuters.co.uk caught many state side by surprise and made some optimistic. I say hold your horses.

First, the stock is VERY lightly traded. Little to no institutional ownership. Second, it was totally flat thru Feb then spiked about 300%. This smells of a pump and dump to me. Then they do a PIPE at 265 pence, a 16 percent discount off the market. Meaning the investors could immediately make 16 % on their money. Now did the investors really invest for the long term because they believe in the company, or because they could make 16 percent in one day by flipping the stock? I guess some at the company don't care because they have lots more money to persue their business. But the individual shareholders should care. I hope D1 finds a business because Biodiesel doesn't need an Enron this early in the industry.

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The EPA and economics of Camelina

It is always fun to read Green Car Congress. They scooped me on this: Green Car Congress: EPA Awards $75K for Waste-to-Biodiesel Project. And a commenter went into the economics of Camelina which is about double the oil productivity of soy. The Camelina story was much in the news this week as well.

While I applaud the commenter's search for a cheaper alternative to soy, his math is not quite right. With all oil seed crops the main economic driver of the crop (meaning the reason it is grown) is the MEAL, not the oil. In every case the oil is the lesser value product. The great thing about soy is that there is a HUGE and growing market for the meal. That makes the oil relatively cheapy. You don't grow soy for the oil. With camelina, if you grew it for the oil primarilly, you would have to charge WAY more for the oil to make up for the fact that there is not a well developed market for the meal.

Today farmers get more per pound for the meal of Soy than the oil. The total revenue per pound is what makes the crop economic. If you grow a higher oil content crop, it is wrong to assume the oil price will be lower. In fact it may have to be higher to make up for the fact that there is less meal. The total revenue per pound needs to be the same or greater than soy or farmers won't switch.

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June 4, 2005

Where to buy biodiesel

In Oregon
In all Northwest.
Across the country.

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May 19, 2005

Biodiesel Magazine industry directory on-line

Here it is: Biodiesel Industry Directory - 2005. Searchable and indexed. Everyone involved in the industry.

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May 16, 2005

How biodiesel REALLY gets done

Seems like everyone (including the President) these days is talking about Biodiesel. Reflecting on the flurry of events even in our little town of Seattle, something very obvious yet profound occured to me. While the politicians are making hay around this issue, it actually takes committed hard working people to DELIVER. I thought I would take a moment to give props to one of our local guys actually bringing biodiesel to the pump.

In the case of the recent Laurelhurst biodiesel pumps, Propel Fuels put the whole thing together. Rob, Mike and their merry band of biodiesel pioneers went out evangelizing the product. They found Laurelhurst Oil and convinced them to take the chance on a new fuel. They organized the station upgrade (even sanding, repainting and rebranding the site) and the distributor to deliver the fuel (from Seattle Biodiesel). They organized a killer grand opening that was covered by both local TV stations and produced a three hour long line of diesels to fuel up. Rob also got Maria Cantwell's people to use the site to launch some new legislation.

Without companies like Propel Fuels, many existing fuel jobbers, distributors, retailers and customers would proably not change. We need more Propel Fuels.

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May 14, 2005

Sustainable Systems gets $$ and more hands at the wheel

Good article recently in the Missoulian: Missoulian: Sustainable Systems founder riding biodiesel wave. Paul has hooked up with some $$ and oil industry talent. This is good to see for the business. I am betting more ex-oil industry executives will be coming into the biodiesel business. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with in terms of a production plan.

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May 10, 2005

City of Denton finally opens Biodiesel production facility

This week the long-planned biodiesl refinery in Denton Texas opened: RenewableEnergyAccess.com | Biogas Powers Biodiesel Production Plant. This three million gallon refinery has the cute extra of running on biogas from a nearby landfill. Daryl Hannah was there. Good job Rus.

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Another biodiesel plant succumbs to excess

Why do people always want to build big huge biodiesel plants? Then they can't get funding for them.

PJStar.com - Journal Star News

The plans for a Pekin plant died when Wisconsin-based Biodiesel Systems LLC was unable to secure the proper financing needed to build what would have been only the state's second biodiesel processing plant, city officials said.

The only plant in Illinois making biodiesel is in Joliet and is owned by Stepan Co. It has been producing the fuel for about three years.

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May 2, 2005

New oilseed crop forecast good for biodiesel production

The latest research report from USDA Economic Research Service Product shows soybean acreage plantings are goign down in 2005 and all other oilseed crops are going up. Largely due to the fact the soy is the cheapest oil crop and farmers are chasing the ever elusive buck in a higher price crop. Even though soy prices spiked in February, farmers still plan to reduce acreage. I was surprised to read that the reduction was mostly due to crop price and not to the treat of soy rust in the country. Maybe the farmers were being cagey. I bet they know that next growing season the price will still be low, but the costs will go up and the risk of crop loss goes up as they fight the rust.

What is good in here for biodiesel is the diversification of the farm economy to other oil crops. We need variety to keep farmers interested. We need variety to provide competition for soy. We need variety to get regional biodiesel economies going. This can't be an industry in Iowa only.

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Another biodiesel fuel pump in Washington

Sunday a new biodiesel B100 pump opened in Tacoma run by Associated Petroleum Products: KING5.com | News for Seattle, Washington | KING5 Top Stories. Now I can fill up on my way to Portland. This is only the second B100 pump I know of in Washington, but I know of a third coming online in two weeks.

I believe these pumps will be like network nodes. The value of the network increases exponentially with the number of nodes, not geometrically. What that means is that more is WAY MORE. 2x the pumps means probably 4x the consumers rather than 2x. And Dr. Dan should't worry about canibilization, he should worry about growing. The easier it is to find B100, the more people will use it.

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April 25, 2005

Bush meets Saudi's... they are out of extra capacity

NPR : Bush, Saudi Prince Meet to Discuss Oil Prices. This should be good for the price of oil yes? Well the real answer is no. Bush will ask for a production increase and the popular wisdom is that the Saudis have lots in reserve, but listen to the whole story. Youssef Ibrahim, managing director of Strategic Energy Investment Group, says the Saudis are tapped out. They are already running at 100% capacity with current infrastructure. And by the way they like oil at $55 per gallon. They have a heavy burden for their socialized state that has been underfunding domestic programs for some time. The high prices give them much needed money to quell the popular rebellion they are facing. And to expand capacity they will need to spend $50-$60B on inproved infrastructure. That is money they need NOW to placate a restless domestic population. See the fundamentalist gains in the recent elections? Watch out.

This is good for biodiesel. Petroleum prices are not going down any time soon. Ibrahim believes they will stay between $50-$70 per barrel for quite some time. At over $70 per barrel, some of the more expensive fields like Canada become interesting to restart and the Saudis don't want that.

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April 21, 2005

Sustainable Systems in contract to buy Montana Crusher

BELLACIAO - Montana oilseed processing plant to make biodiesel fuel, preserve jobs in rural community - Collective Bellaciao. Paul Miller has been busy. I wish them all the best luck. Getting a sustainable stable source and price for feedstock (oil) is the hardest part of the biodiesel refining business. I hope their vertical integration is successful.

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April 15, 2005

WVOfuels.com continuing the good fight

Thanks Clark (Clark Burbidge [clark@wvofuels.com]) for linking to some of the stuff I find here on B100Fuels.com. Nice site: Waste Vegetable Oil Fuels. The more people looking for info and sharing it the better. I want to buy some of your bumperstickers!

While I don't have the time nor the talent to home brew my own biodiesel, i sure do like the price! Keep it up.


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April 12, 2005

largest biodiesel plant in North America to start in North Dakota

AP Wire | 03/22/2005 | New $50 million biodiesel plant near Minot to use canola. Interesting. They say that they will utilize 355,000 acres of Canola. Now doing just some rough calculating, it costs about $5M in farmer payments to pay for 20,000 acres of Canola in October for harvesting in the summer. This money needs to be paid up front to farmers. So to grow 355,000 acres, the plant is going to need $90M in working capital for farmer payments. I wonder if they have that part figured out? Farmers aren't going to grow that much canola without a contract. I don't believe large scale facilites are the way to go. Too much working capital needed to build and to operate on a yearly basis.

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April 11, 2005

Biodiesel backgrounder with Euro slant

Want a 5 page overview of what is biodiesel and the state of the world industry? Here you go: Austrian report. Very eurocentric view, but clearly they are ahead. Great graphs.

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Senator Cantwell pushes new Biofuel legislation

Yesterday down at Seattle Biodiesel, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) launched her 20/20 leglislation. I was there and King 5 did a good story on it (with video): KING5.com | News for Seattle, Washington | KING5 Top Stories. The Seattle Times has a report as well. Komo4 was there but I can't find their report. I can't find a copy of the Cantwell legislation release on-line, but you can call Charla Neuman at 202-224-8277 for a copy (it should be on her site soon. Basically her "20/20 Biofuels Challenge Act" is a grab bag of incentives to get 20B gallons of domestically produced biofuels by 2020. An interesting tidbit she shared was that the cumulative testomy of people in DC pegs the "tipping point" at which consumers will flock to alternatives in mass as $2.50 per gallon for gas or diesel. Well we are darn close.

Maria asked me as an investor what I want the governement could do to encourage investment in biofuels. I said:

1. Extend the CCC credit. Currently it is set to expire in 2006 and has been cut recently. When an equity investor is investing alot in infrastructure with a 3-5 year payoff and the crop credits that equal profit are set to expire in one year, it is VERY hard to attract long term investors.

2. Make the tax incentive on consumption clearer and available for B100. Dr. Dan went through how the IRS tax credit is VERY hard for consumers running B100 to collect and VERY hard for retailers to pass on (since it is a tax credit and you need tax liability to use it therefore it is not a 1 for 1 reduction in the pump price). Some simplification and clarification of this program is needed so we see the retail price reflected.

3. focus on programs and incentives that drive down the price of the fuel in relation to petroleum. Do not worry about the vehicles. If the fuel is cheaper AND cleaner, people will buy the vehicles.

4. Take all federal and state taxes off domestically produced biofuels. Why not? If you want to incent the right behavior (conversion to domestic sources), then put the incentives in the right place. Tax the foreign oil and incent the domestic stuff. Simple.

I hope maria gets traction with this legislation.

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March 31, 2005

Kyoto showing the way in Biodiesel

I have been thinking about how biodiesel helps cities meet their Kyoto global warming committments, then I come across this: Japan for Sustainability. Kyoto itself has set up a waste oil (home and business) collection system that is manufactured into Biodiesel for the city owned garbage trucks and municipal buses. That is an advantage of Japan's more socialized system. They operate those two fleets themselves. In Seattle and most US cities, these two are contractors run for-profit. When those companies have to turn a profit and don't have the incentive to make a closed-loop system (with their potential competitors), it is harder to implement. But we will get there.

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March 14, 2005

Want to home brew B100?

All you need is here: LocalB100. I bought a kit off e-bay to do it, but haven't done it yet. The instructions suggest a bio/chem hazard suit and a clean room. I have neither. But I have seen other people make Biodiesel in a Blender.

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January 30, 2005

New biodiesel processor manufacturer launches

Greenline Industries launched their web site today. They will be introducing their innovative BioDiesel Processing System at the National Biodiesel Conference in Ft. Lauderdale this week.

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January 18, 2005

Mike Pelly's old school BioDiesel home brew

For those of you thinking about making B100 at home, here is a primer from Mike Pelly, one of the most experienced home brew manufacturers. Biodiesel recipe from Mike Pelly: Journey to Forever. Home Brewing is not for the faint at heart. You have to be a bit of a mad scientist and have the time to learn the basic chemistry and the space to refine the stuff safely. I personally would rather buy for convenience and standardization sake.

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January 17, 2005

Direct link to Willy's biodiesel site

here is a direct link to his site. Welcome to Willie Nelson's Biodiesel - Source of Farm Fresh BioDiesel. He is singing about B20. No doubt because he doesn't believe the force of his personality alone can get over the price difference of B100. Hopefully he is at least talking about it for those who want to know that there is an alternative. Think about it, B100 uses 5X the crops that B20 does? What do you think would happen to the price of feedstock if demand were 5X?

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Willie Nelson joins BioDiesel company

Well it is bound to happen. Stars try to pump up their cred with environmental causes. And of course Willie needs the money. So he: The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Singing praises of biodiesel. Thanks to an astute reader for the pointer. I think this is all goodness for BioDiesel. Anything that raises the profile in the general public.

I am also glad to see that Dan Gillian, president of the Petroleum Marketers Association of America is engaging in the time honored practice of FUD when a new technology comes along that threaten's his monopoly. He says that biodiesel has to be "stored in heated tanks to avoid gelling problems." What a liar! That may be the case for some biodiesel made from Waste Vegitable Oil, but it is NOT the case for Soy or Rapesead based biodiesel. It has been well below zero for the last week here in Seattle and my Touareg with B100 (WestSoy) has started faithfully every morning. Expect more of this disinformation from the entrenched petro monopolists. Come here to get the truth!

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January 6, 2005

Cold Flow Properties of West Central Soy

Here is a link to the cold flow properties of West Central Soy's Biodiesel. SoyPower Home. Now that is for the standard. A couple weeks ago, West Central Soy sent some rail cars over to Seattle that had been cleaned with water and the water contaminated the batch. It caused totally different performance of the fuel. In fact the water when mixed with diesel in the Ferry system caused sludge and filter clogging. So you need to consider all the conditions of the fuel all the way to the tank. The specs of the fuel out of the processor may be (in fact almost certainly are) different than what are experienced in the field.

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