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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Net-Zero By 2050?

Last year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) revealed that reaching net-zero will require 4 trillion to 5 trillion dollars in annual investment for decades to come. It also revealed that over 450 companies from 45 countries have committed to the decarbonization of the world economy. By the end of the conference, 136 countries, 115 regions,…

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CAN/CSA-ISO 17225 Solid Biofuels Standards for Forest Biomass

In 2015, the Canadian Standards Association adopted and published a series of CAN/CSA – ISO 17225 Solid Biofuels Standards based on the harmonization of European and ISO standards.  The objective of the series, as stated in the ISO Standard, is “to provide unambiguous and clear classification principles for solid biofuels and to serve as a…

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Renewable Energy

What is a renewable energy?  First, an energy source that is not renewable is finite.  Energy sources like petroleum, natural gas, and nuclear fuel are all finite.  No more is being made.  Once they are used, they are gone.  On the other hand, renewable energy is any form of energy that can be produced from…

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Renewable Energy Due Diligence

A renewable energy technical due diligence, or renewable due diligence team can reduce project risks for project developers, investors, and funders by providing a detailed review of all technical aspects of a project and determine its feasibility.    What does a renewable fuels or renewable chemicals due diligence expert do? Due diligence (DD) is a comprehensive…

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Alternative Energy and Renewable Fuels Companies

There are over a hundred alternative energy and renewable fuels companies publicly traded on the stock exchanges worldwide.  These range from solar and wind companies, to hydroelectric, bioenergy, and renewable fuel companies.  There are thousands more worldwide that are privately owned.  It is fair to assume that significant effort is moving toward energy that is…

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Biofuels Costs

The two most often asked questions with respect to biofuels revolve around their costs as compared to fossil fuels, and their impact on food. The cost of biofuels varies greatly depending on a number of factors.  Given that the majority of biofuels’ production costs are dependent on the price of the feedstock used to make…

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Renewable Energy Expert

What is a renewable energy expert?  Renewable energy, often referred to as clean energy, comes from natural sources or processes that are constantly replenished. This could include solar, wind, biofuels, hydroelectric and geothermal energy.  The opposite is nonrenewable energy which would includes fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal.  These take millions of years to…

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