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Coverage of biodiesel since December 7, 2021.

Biofuel Made from Algae Isn’t the Holy Grail We Expected Hakai Magazine

"...As a group, biofuels—fuels made from renewable natural resources, such as plants, coffee grounds, and vegetable oils—emit less carbon dioxide into the environment than fossil fuels. And microalgae, phytoplankton that grow in fresh and salt water, have qualities that made them particularly hopeful candidates. Some phytoplankton produce up to 30 times more energy than other biofuels because they contain large quantities of fats that can be converted into fuel..."

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Atlantic premiers ask federal government to delay clean fuel regulations

"...Atlantic Canadian premiers requesting a delay on adopting countrywide regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions received a quick clapback from the federal government on Thursday. The four premiers — from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador — put out a statement saying federal clean fuel regulations, which are set to come into effect July 1 along with the carbon tax, place an unfair burden on the region. They said the regulations should not be implemented “until a plan can be developed to address the disproportionate impact of the regulations on Atlantic Canadians..."

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An Edmonton couple refitted their home to be completely net zero

"...The two used software to play around with different configurations. They realized that with enough insulation, it would be possible to cut off natural gas entirely and heat the house only with electricity, turning the scrappy bungalow into an energy-efficient, solar-powered dream. Tufts was thrilled: as a self-described “gearhead,” he already had an interest in EV-powered cars, and he once converted a Japanese mini-truck to battery electric and learned how to home-brew biodiesel to run cars on vegetable oil..."

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Port of Vancouver testing first renewable diesel vessel among federal agencies

"...“We don’t want to see a continuation forever of diesel engines. But there’s a lot of value built up in diesel assets that relate to the port, billions of dollars. That’s not all going to be converted to battery electric, hydrogen or some other kind of zero-emissions immediately..."

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Twelve clean fuel projects in BC to get federal funds

"...The 12 projects include the production of five types of low carbon fuels: hydrogen, renewable natural gas, sustainable aviation fuel, biodiesel and ethanol..."

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Ottawa to delay new fuel standards, ask oil and gas sector for more emissions cuts Globalnews.ca

"...The emissions intensity is calculated on what are known as life cycle emissions — every ounce of carbon dioxide, methane or other greenhouse gases produced when oil and gas is extracted, processed, refined, upgraded, transported and finally, burned. There are multiple options to lower emissions intensity, such as by replacing fossil fuels with clean electricity during the extraction or refining phases, distributing biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, or investing in electric or hydrogen fuel-powered vehicles..."

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Sensor-packed footbridge demonstrates efficacy of flax construction

"..."The first Smart Circular Bridge in Almere uses around 3. 2 tonnes of flax fibers, mainly from French production," explained the TU/e press release. "The fibers, woven into mats, are impregnated with a polyester resin..."

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Carbon Capture: sustainable or scam?

"...Atmospheric decarbonization mitigates the climate crisis by intentionally removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Atmospheric decarbonization is what photosynthetic bacteria, algae, and plants do naturally. Science has yet to develop a technology equal in efficiency and lower in cost than photosynthesis..."

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A brief history of Canada's climate plans

"...1992: Canada signs the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Rio de Janeiro, which sets up the next three decades of global conferences to address greenhouse gas emissions. 1993: In the federal election, Liberal Leader Jean Chrétien promises to cut emissions to 80 per cent of what they were in 1988 by 2005, the same target Mulroney agreed to in 1988. 1995: Chretien’s government introduces the National Action Program on Climate Change, promising to cut 66 million tonnes of emissions from current levels in 15 years..."

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McNab/Braeside working to bring garbage steaming plant to Ottawa Valley

"...The plant is intended to be built on the site of the current landfill on Calabogie Road at an estimated cost of $30-million and would employ 25 people. Peckett is hopeful the recycling plant could be up and running by the end of 2023 or start of 2024..."

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FOREST INK: Using wood biomass-to-gas-to-liquids looks promising

"...As with any new wood biomass venture it is more than just chemistry about converting wood waste into a useful end product but the process must also meet many government policies and regulations. As described in the article a diverse product mix (biodiesel and hydrogen) has a better chance for success but it must also meet levels of acceptable greenhouse gases. The conventional method of producing hydrogen is using natural gas as the primary feedstock but that gives off more than 10 tonnes of carbon dioxide for every tonne of hydrogen produced..."

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Biofuel Feedstock Trader - Montreal

"...Relevant experience includes domestic North American origination and sales, as well as international trade (imports and exports)..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention biodiesel.

EVs unlikely to derail growth in renewable diesel demand

Duration: 13:44

"...Government policies that promote the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) are unlikely to make a major dent in future demand for renewable diesel, says an author of a recent report on the future of the renewable diesel market..."

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Taking a look at the future of tractor engine power

Duration: 7:04

"...A diesel-powered engine is pretty powerful and much cleaner running than it used to be, but over the years has gotten a bad name..."

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RealAg Radio, March 19: Syrup forecasting, press conferences, an issues panel, and a Beef Market Update

Duration: 55:06

"...Thanks for stopping by this Friday edition of RealAg Radio..."

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RealAg Radio, October 7: BRM hyper-attention, canola biodiesel opportunities, and a Saskatchewan debate

Duration: 53:31

"...With a blink of an eye, we’re somehow at October 7..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about biodiesel.

Zero Emission Trucks : Can we afford to go there? Can we afford not to??

"...All of the world's biggest truck making firms are racing to get their hydrogen or battery electric vehicles to market in the next couple of years..."

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253. Full Interview with Jeremy Baines of Neste, largest producer of renewable fuels in the world

"...Green Energy Futures talks to Baines about the transformation of Neste Oil to just "Neste" and how they came to produce 3. 4 trillion litres of biodiesel and renewable jet fuels per year..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about biodiesel relevant to the latest news.

Methods to convert lignocellulosic waste into biohydrogen, biogas, bioethanol, biodiesel and value-added chemicals: a review

"...In the context of climate change and the circular economy, there is an urgent need to develop biofuels and value-added chemicals from lignocellulosic waste such as agricultural waste that amounts to about 1 million tons annually..."

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Algae and bacteria consortia for wastewater decontamination and transformation into biodiesel, bioethanol, biohydrogen, biofert

"...Here, we review the use of algae and bacteria in the treatment and valorization of wastewater with focus on cell-to-cell adhesion, wastewater properties, and techniques for algae harvesting and production of biodiesel, bioethanol, biohydrogen, exopolysaccarides, biofertilizers, and animal feeds..."

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Algal biomass dual roles in phycoremediation of wastewater and production of bioenergy and value-added products

"...Algal biomass has been gaining attention over the last decades as it is versatile and can be used in different industries, such as wastewater treatment and bioenergy industries..."

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Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions from power generation through cofiring coal and raw glycerol: a theoretical feasibility

"...High-ash coal and raw glycerol?that last deriving from renewable fuel (biodiesel) production?are mixed to form a slurry, which is pumped into the gasifier..."

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A robust optimization approach for an integrated hybrid biodiesel and biomethane supply chain network design under uncertainty:

"...To overcome the problems of environmental concerns and the depletion of fossil resources, as well as to improve energy security, renewable energy resources can be substituted for petroleum-based fuels..."

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Microalgae as a Source for Bioenergy: a Search for an Energy-Efficient Process

"...In this study, a life cycle energy assessment is applied to estimate the efficiency of different products from microalgae biomass as a source of bioenergy..."

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An Overview of Biodiesel Produced from 2nd Generation Feedstock: Mustard Seed Types

"...In biodiesel production, edible vegetable oils may cause many problems, such as jeopardizing biodiversity, depletion of food supply, economic imbalance, and high pricing..."

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Biomethanol production from renewable resources: a sustainable approach

"...The abundant availability of various kinds of biomass and their use as feedstock for the production of gaseous and liquid biofuels has been considered a viable, eco-friendly, and sustainable mode of energy generation..."

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An alternative fuel to CI engine: delonix regia seed through biochemical and solar-assisted thermal cracking process

"...The utilization of the waste biomass in the energy conversion process has been raised rapidly for the past years, because of depletion of fossil fuel and its influence on environmental impact..."

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The investigation of energy and exergy analyses in compression ignition engines using diesel/biodiesel fuel blends-a review

"...Using energy efficiency, exergy efficiency, and destroyed exergy values, a distinct perspective has been given to using biodiesel as an alternative fuel..."

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