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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 25, 2012 7:00 AM Flag

    Ag Chief says Biodiesel Driving and Revitalizing Rural Economy

    Ag Chief says Biodiesel Driving and Revitalizing Rural Economy

    Posted on 24 July 2012 by Andy Eubank

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack traveled back to Iowa today, praising biodiesel in his home state for driving and revitalizing rural America’s economy. In remarks during a meeting with Iowa biodiesel and farm industry representatives at the Soy Energy biodiesel production facility in Mason City, the USDA chief pointed to the green fuel as a demonstration of farmers bouncing back, according to this Iowa Biodiesel Board news release.

    “This is the resilient face of agriculture we see here today,” Vilsack said, flanked by Soy Energy plant workers. “Biodiesel plants like this one are getting America back in the business of manufacturing. They are creating jobs and revitalizing the rural economy.”

    The Iowa Biodiesel Board thanked the Secretary for his remarks and for his steadfast support of biodiesel.

    “Iowa’s leadership in renewable energy production shows what we as a nation are capable of in building energy security and green jobs, and we’re equipped to do even more,” said Randy Olson, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board.

    Those meeting with Vilsack pressed for more gallons of biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard-2 (RFS-2). The EPA wants to go from 1 billion gallons this year to 1.28 billion gallons in 2013, what the Iowa biodiesel industry sees as a modest increase from last year’s record nearly 1.1 billion gallons of production.

    The Iowa Biodiesel Board points out that Soy Energy, LLC is a “multi-feedstock” plant, capable of producing biodiesel from many different fats and vegetable oils, including corn oil left over from ethanol production.


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    • Truckers not on board with biodiesel increase Province planning diesel-blend hike

      $1-billion day bolsters Ontario auto sector

      By: Martin Cash
      Posted: 1:00 AM | Comments: 0 (including replies)

      MANITOBA'S trucking industry is far from pumped over the possibility the province may increase the biodiesel mandate to five per cent.

      Since early 2010, all diesel fuel sold in Manitoba must have an average two per cent blend of biodiesel.

      The province is at the early stages of considering an increase to that level, something a provincial official said was always part of the plan.

      According to the provincial government calculations, a five per cent biodiesel mandate in Manitoba will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 56,000 tonnes annually, the equivalent of taking 11,200 cars off the road.

      But truckers are concerned an increase to the blend might start gumming up engines because biodiesel has been known to get cloudy and gel at very low temperatures.

      As it is, since biodiesel does not perform well in cold weather, to achieve a two per cent average the fuel companies deliver a blend closer to five per cent in the summer months and much less than two per cent in winter.

      Bob Dolyniuk, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association, said increasing the mandate to five per cent would mean a blend closer to 10 per cent would be sold in the summer.

      "The problem with that," Dolyniuk said, "is that the diesel engine manufacturers, with the exception of Volvo, will not accept biodiesel over five per cent in their engines."

      An official with Manitoba Innovation, Energy and Mines (MIEM) said there are no imminent plans to increase the mandate to five per cent. But he said a consultation is likely to start this fall to get a reading from stakeholders.

      "We have not set any specific dates," said Bob Brennand, a business development project manager for transportation fuels with MIEM. "Engine warranty is a big factor and we appreciate the trucking industry's concerns."

      Other advocates for more biodiesel use are not so conciliatory to the truckers' concerns.

      Scott Thurlow, president of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association, said he does not have all of the information about engine warranty requirements.

      But he pointed out British Columbia has already increased its average mandate to four per cent.

      "The trucking industry has put up a barrier every time anyone has made a move on the mandate," Thurlow said. "There really is no demonstrated evidence there is anything to be worried about. If there are warranty concerns, they need to be brought up with the original equipment manufacturers."

      Dolyniuk said there are plenty of instances where trucks won't start in the cold and need to be brought inside to let the fuel warm up. Although there's no unequivocal evidence such instances can be blamed exclusively on biodiesel affecting the operation, there is plenty of anecdotal concern.

      "We are not opposed to alternative fuels as an industry," Dolyniuk said. "My board is in support, but there's certain criteria that have to be met."

      That criteria include: that it is equally or more efficient that diesel; the same price or better than diesel; does not affect operability or the warranty of the equipment; and demonstrates positive environmental impact.

      The trucking industry argues it should not have to pay the price for economic development incentives to produce biodiesel, noting there are no similar incentives available for truckers.


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      • July 24, 2012, 12:27 p.m. EDT

        New Approach to Growing Waste to Value Industry in United States
        BDI-BioEnergy and LPCiminelli Form Teaming Relationship

        BUFFALO, N.Y., July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Seeking to greatly expand its unique waste-to-value technology in the United States, Austrian-based BDI-BioEnergy International AG has entered into a teaming agreement with nationally-ranked construction firm LPCiminelli, Inc., headquartered in Buffalo, NY.

        The two companies began working together in 2010 on various BioDiesel and BioGas projects. Since then, there has been a significant increase in waste-to-value interest driven by unstable energy prices, an overall movement towards renewable energy sources and the need to recover valuable fertilizer from organic waste streams. This teaming agreement allows the firms to offer a value proposition to prospective clients of turn-key engineer-design-construct (EPC) services which include process performance guarantees.

        "The United States is not only the biggest consumer of energy but also by far the biggest producer of waste," said Louis Ciminelli, Chairman & CEO of LPCiminelli. "We knew waste-to-value could be a good business opportunity for our EPC/Solutions group if we teamed with the right technology partner and that partner is BDI."

        BDI has established itself in Europe already in the 1990's and has since pioneered the areas of MultiFeedstock BioDiesel and BioGas technology.

        "In the United States, we still find large organic waste streams which go to landfill rather than being turned into renewable electricity or compressed renewable natural gas for transportation as well as valuable fertilizer. Our proven Anaerobic Digestion technology is well established in Europe and meets ample opportunity stateside," says Dr. Edgar Ahn, CSO of BDI-BioEnergy.

        The two organizations will immediately begin a joint marketing effort touting their combined expertise and approach.


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