Month: August 2006

Biodiesel-powered boat seeks record

Read the full story in EETimes.

SAN FRANCISCO — In an elaborate effort to promote the virtues of renewable energy, a crew of New Zealanders is aiming to break the world record for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat using a 78-foot craft powered exclusively by biodiesel.

New biodiesel hotline taking calls

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The National Biodiesel Board now has a 24-hour hotline that truckers can call to find biodiesel retailers. Michael Frybarger, a Maryland owner-operator who runs his business on a 20 percent biodiesel blend, made the ceremonial first call to 866-BIODIESEL, or (866) 246-3437, at a press conference Friday at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

Cooking oil on the menu as STA buses try green route

Read the full story in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Buses that run on fuel made from cooking oil could soon be making their trial run on Sydney streets, after transport authorities signed an alternative fuel deal with an international vehicle maker.

Sydney would become one of three international testing grounds for environmentally friendly vehicles being developed by Volvo, NSW Transport Minister John Watkins said yesterday.

Analysis: Algae may produce biofuels

Read the full story from United Press International (UPI).

BINYAMINA, Israel, Aug. 28 (UPI) — The newest source of biofuel, an oil alternative, could be algae that feed off of polluting factory emissions, researchers say.

Biodiesel crackdown nabs dangerous felon

Read the editorial in the Roanoke Times.

An accused felon is on the loose in Floyd County, putting Southwest Virginia at risk of ... cleaner air!

Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles agents took every precaution in apprehending Samuel Floyd Bolt. They kept him under surveillance for six weeks, finally arresting him last week for allegedly selling biodiesel fuel without a license, a misdemeanor.

Biodiesel group receives national grant, prestige

Read the full story in The Appalachian Online.

A group of Appalachian State University students are gaining national attention for their creative efforts to help America deal with rising gas prices and dependence on foreign oil.

This spring, ASU was one of six winners in the Environmental Protection Agency’s P3 Student Design Competition for Sustainability. The Appalachian Collaborative Biodiesel Project (ACBP) was awarded a grant of $75,000 to expand and continue its work in biofuels education and production. Biodiesel, a non-toxic and biodegradable fuel, is carbon neutral and cuts down on global warming pollution.

Are those UCSC Biodiesel Buses really running on Biodiesel?

Read the full story from the Santa Cruz Independent Media Center.

The University of California, Santa Cruz, has been claiming that it runs all campus buses on biodiesel, yet is unable to provide any evidence of this long-standing claim. Is it engaged in “Greenwashing”?

Cedar Springs: School buses to run on biodiesel

Read the full story in the Grand Rapids Press.

CEDAR SPRINGS — Save money. Be healthier.

That’s an attractive combination for Cedar Springs administrators, with the cost of biodiesel lower than traditional diesel. As part of a switch to a new vendor, the Board of Education approved a 20 percent soy-based fuel for use in district buses, a move that should cut costs and be better both for vehicles and students, administrators said.

Blagojevich, Topinka tout alternative energy plans

Read the full story in the Chicago Sun-Times.

COLFAX, Ill.– Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Republican challenger Judy Baar Topinka agreed Wednesday that Illinois needs to pump up production of ethanol and biodiesel, boosting demand for corn and soybeans that drive the state’s economy.

But during separate appearances at a meeting of agriculture and government leaders on a grain farm outside this small central Illinois town, Blagojevich touted plans unveiled last week to invest in alternative fuel plants while Topinka blasted the governor for waiting too long.

Countrymark says it is first to pump biodiesel blend through pipeline

Read the full (short) story in the Indianapolis Star.

Countrymark Cooperative says it has achieved a first in the United States: pumping a blend of conventional diesel fuel and diesel fuel made from soybeans through a pipeline.

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