The Industrial State of Biofuels Technologies

By Dr. Gerald Kutney, Lee Enterprises Consulting A myriad of biofuel technologies exist, but which ones are truly industrial processes? The question is not always easy to answer. And one must define what is meant by an industrial process. To facilitate this task, three classifications of industrial status are utilized: Established – modern facilities are numerous,…

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Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS)

What are Renewable Identification Numbers (RINS), and what does a RIN expert do?  A Renewable Identification Number (or RIN) is a serial number assigned to the volume of a batch of biofuel for the purpose of tracking its production, transfers, trading, and ultimate use or retirement.  This is required by the U.S. EPA’s Renewable Fuel…

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Biofuels Additives

Biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, are produced from the conventional or lignocellulose feedstock and biofuels additives are often necessary components.  Sugar and corn are the most prominent feedstocks for ethanol, while animal fats, waste vegetable oil, soybean and other plant oils, are the most prominent for biodiesel.  There is a great deal of research…

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