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Daily News—12/27/10

Source:Daily News Biofuels
Published:12/27/2010 1:57:00 AM
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  China offers biodiesel tax breaks Photo from: In a major boost for the biofuel sector, China has decided to exempt taxes on pure biodiesel from waste animal fats and vegetable oils. Its new policy will actually be retroactive from January 1, 2009, with taxes that have already been paid to be refunded according to the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation. A report in Xinhau suggests the move is aimed at lifting the renewable resources sector while easing demand for petroleum and protecting the ecological environment. It is also expected to save biodiesel producers around 900yuan per tonne. It is hoped that biodiesel producers will now be more competitive in the fuel sector and this should help to guard against waste edible oils being reused for human consumption so as to ensure food safety. China is very serious about biodiesel, and as a country quickly becoming the manufacturing base of the world, we’ll see biodiesel use increasing more and more.   Green fields of Iowa: ethanol production up 13% Photo from: The U.S. Energy Information Agency reports that ethanol production in the United States is running 13 percent ahead of a year ago. For the week ending Dec. 17, domestic production totaled 892,000 barrels per day, down 4 percent from the week before. Bad weather cut into demand. The agency said 4.8 billion bushels of this year's 12 billion to 13 billion bushel corn crop will be needed to satisfy ethanol demand. Iowa produces about 30 percent of the total U.S. annual output of 13 billion gallons of ethanol. Strong demand from ethanol production is cited as one reason for continued high corn prices. Corn prices have risen about 70 percent since midsummer on higher demand and concerns about shorter crops in the United States as well as in central Asia. I do not like the fact that corn prices went up 70% because of ethanol, it places more importance on finding an answer to cellulosic ethanol production which would use only waste material—not food—to produce fuel.    City in Canada can’t seem to get rid of biodiesel fuel Photo from: BRANDON -- The City of Brandon is saying goodbye to its biodiesel processor. Getting the proper licensing from Manitoba Labour to run the processor proved too expensive and time-consuming, said Rod Sage, Brandon's director of operational services. The city hopes to sell the equipment and recoup its $50,000 investment. "It was built in Rapid City by Celtic Power and Machining and they commissioned it out there and everything was running good," Sage said. "We brought it in here (to the Eastview landfill) and in order for us, the city, to hook everything up, we're now faced with a few obstacles that we weren't aware of." At least another $50,000 would be needed just to secure designs and then seek the proper licensing. Sage said it's hard to justify spending that much when the city doesn't even know if it will get provincial approval to run the processor. "There may be additional changes in the design, there may be additional drawings required... To go back and spend $50,000 on something that may or may not pan out, I'm not prepared to keep putting money into a project that may not work," Sage said. Another problem the city has run into is that there is no immediate use for the refined fuel. With the Brandon's only "french fry" bus written off in an electrical fire last summer and most of the other suitable pieces of landfill machinery and the city's new fleet of transit buses still on warranty, the city was left scratching its head on what to do with the end product. "We're not about to use a biofuel product in a brand-new engine that may compromise the warranty," Sage said. Most of the people in Canada seem really smart, I wonder what the problem could be in this case? I find it hard to believe they can find no use for biodiesel, it doesn’t seem logical to me.   Montana researcher finds a way to make biodiesel from fungus Photo from: BOZEMAN - Last December, Angie Tomsheck walked into her professor's office and told him she didn't want to go home for the holidays, she didn't want to take her exams - heck, she didn't even want to eat lunch. "At last," Gary Strobel, her research professor, told her, "you know what it's like to discover." Tomsheck, who at the time was a Montana State University junior studying microbiology, had just discovered a fungus that produced eucalyptol - a rare compound only previously known to be found in eucalyptus bark. Eucalyptol has the potential to be a biodiesel, and with Tomsheck's discovery, would be much easier to produce, making it a stronger contender to become a gasoline alternative for the mass public. It's a finding that generates so much possibility that Strobel, 72, on Friday received more than $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue work on the discovery. I have commented previously on the versatility of biodiesel, it seems a new feedstock for biodiesel is discovered almost daily, and this is another non-food source of fuel.


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