Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Neste Oil to Buy Rapeseed Oil as Biodiesel Feedstock

Espoo, Finland [] Neste Oil and Raisio have agreed a contract under which Raisio will supply 10,000 tons of rapeseed oil to Neste Oil this year for use as a feedstock at its NExBTL Renewable Diesel plant at Porvoo. The plant, which is due to start up this summer, is based on proprietary Neste Oil technology that can use a flexible mix of vegetable oil and animal fat to produce premium-quality biodiesel. In September last year Neste Oil contracted to buy virtually all the byproduct tallow produced by the Finnish food processing industry as raw material input for its biodiesel production. The NExBTL plant at Neste Oil's Porvoo refinery is the first of its type and will have a capacity of 170,000 t/a. A second, identical plant is being built alongside, scheduled for completion late next year.

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Neste Oil Corporation

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Bio-Extraction & BioNex Energy Pursue "Cold Crushing" Biodiesel Venture

Toronto, Ontario []

Bio-Extraction Inc. signed a joint development agreement with BioNex Energy Corp (BEC) in which BioExx and BEC will work on a development study to test, and prove, the commercial efficiency of the BioExx extraction technology for use in tandem with a planned BEC biodiesel production facility slated for western Canada.

BEC is a developmental stage company that intends to use cold crushing technology in its plant as a first-stage process for removal of oil from canola and other high oil-content crops; BioExx would provide the second-stage process.

The first stage of oil removal will remove approximately 80% of the oil from the biomass while maintaining a consistently low temperature. In the second and final stage of oil removal, the process will remove up to 100% of the remaining oil while at the same time maintaining the protein value originally contained in the biomass.

On a combined basis, this process could improve yields of oil volume versus existing oil-removal technologies while at the same time increasing the residual value of the biomass. In some cases, BioExx may also be able to isolate the proteins for use as protein additives in animal or fish feed and eventually for human consumption.

The BioExx technology has the capability to remove up to 100% of the oil but at a significantly reduced operating temperature while retaining all of the nutritive content of the spent biomass. The spent biomass resulting from this process can have substantially higher value because they can be sold as higher quality animal feeds or other higher value protein applications and products. The BioExx technology may therefore have the potential to fundamentally improve the economics of biodiesel manufacturing operations, while at the same time mitigating the increasingly prominent "food versus fuel" conflict over global crop usage.

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Bio-Extraction Inc.

Soy-Based Biodiesel Can Burn as Cleanly as Natural Gas

LPP Combustion Technology proves that renewable fuel has zero emissions.

Columbia, Maryland [] LPP Combustion, LLC has demonstrated the patented LPP Combustion System will allow soybean oil-based biodiesel to burn as cleanly as natural gas, with no net greenhouse gas emissions. Because biodiesel is a renewable fuel, gas turbines burning this fuel with the LPP System can provide "carbon neutral" electrical power by producing no net greenhouse gas emissions. LPP Combustion has developed an enabling technology that provides the cleanest possible use of biofuels in a combustion device without the need for post-combustion pollution control equipment. The soy-based biodiesel was provided by Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REG), an Iowa-based full-service company and leader in the biodiesel industry. REG markets biodiesel to customers for the on-highway, marine, military, home heating and agricultural industries.

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LPP Combustion, LLC

Interest in Green Star Algae Biodiesel Expands Globally (June 5, 2007)

San Diego, California [] Green Star Products, Inc. (GSPI) has heard from companies from more than 20 countries on five continents expressing interest in GSPI's biodiesel and microalgae technology. In addition to numerous inquiries that have also been received from across the U.S., are South Africa, India, China, Brazil, Australia, Canada, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, Costa Rica, Sweden, Czech Republic, Zimbabwe, Spain, Italy, Nicaragua, Mexico, Russia, and Kazakhstan. This surge in "microalgae-oil-to-biodiesel" interest is accredited to two media events that explained the present and future status of biodiesel as an alternative fuel, which is based on feedstock oils from food sources such as corn oil and soy oil versus non-food microalgae oil. Algae can produce 50 to 100 times more oil per acre than food oils crops.

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Green Star Products, Inc.