Renewable Diesel Projects

As of this 2022 writing, it appears to be a boom time for renewable diesel projects. The Energy Information Administration estimates that renewable diesel production capacity in North America will surge by up to 500% in a few short years.  The question facing the industry is whether there are enough feedstock fats, oils, and greases…

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Renewable Diesel Challenges

Renewable diesel (RD) is a hot renewable energy topic.  Produced by converting cooking oil, animal fat, and other waste products into renewable fuel, RD doesn’t rely on fossil fuels and it burns cleaner than either petroleum-based diesel or biodiesel. (The cetane rating of renewable diesel is 75 – 90 vs 48 – 52 for petroleum…

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Biomass Feedstock Contracting

Biomass feedstock contacting, to determine feedstock availability and reliability, is an essential component of any system of renewable energy production.  A key to success in this component of the operation is knowing the essentials of forward contracting and hedging of the biomass feedstock so that material is continually available and ready to use.  Contracting for…

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Feedstock Evaluation & Risk Analysis

As feedstock is the single largest expense in any biofuels operation, feedstock evaluation and the risks associated with the different feedstocks must be carefully delineated.   As opposed to other types of agricultural based operations, biofuels sees new feedstocks being constantly introduced to the  renewable energy market.  The risks, costs and benefits of each feedstock must…

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Landfill Consultants

What do landfill consultants do? In 1986, there were 7,683 MSW landfills in the United States. By 2009, there were just 1,908 active MSW landfills nationwide: a 75 percent decline in disposal facilities in less than 25 years.[15] However, this number is deceptive. Much of the decrease is due to the consolidation of multiple landfills…

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Hedging Ethanol Production

By Robert Boslego Ethanol accounts for around ninety-four percent of the renewable fuel market in the United States. Average daily production and consumption is over one million barrels per day.  This represents more than ten percent of the U.S. gasoline market, the largest in the world. Ethanol is a renewable resource primarily produced from corn…

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Feedstock Experts

What do “feedstock experts” do? In the “renewable” world, the term “feedstock” is used to mean any renewable, biological material that can be used directly as a fuel, or converted to another form of fuel or energy product raw material used to supply or fuel a machine or industrial process. These would include lots of different…

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Algae Biofuels Expert

What does an algae biofuels expert do?  Microalgae, commonly known as algae, are very small aquatic organisms that convert sunlight into energy. Some of these algae store energy in the form of natural oils and under proper conditions, can produce a lot of oil that can be converted into biofuels.  It is believed that algae…

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