Thursday, May 14, 2009

EU- Introduction of B7 announced

The German Association for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) has announced today in a news release that the introduction of B7 may begin immediately. The new blend’s name is DIN 51628.

According to UFOP, the market potential for bio-diesel is estimated to increase from the move from 1.5 to 2.1 million mt. Further, UFOP expects the demand for rape to be temporarily revived with this measure.

A novel technology for synthesizing chemicals from plant material could produce liquid fuels for just over €0.50 ($0.65) a liter, PhysOrg reports. Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have developed a novel technology, known as biolig, to produce a range of different types of liquid fuel such as diesel and chemicals from plant material such as wood and straw.

In conjunction with the German process engineering company Lurgi, the Institute is starting to construct a pilot plant based on the bioliq technology, which should be fully completed in 2012.

The creator of the Trident Iceni sports car, which can travel for 2,000 miles on one tank of either diesel or bio-diesel, will now fly to the US in an effort to strike a deal to use a General Motors recently closed plant in Dayton, The GreenCarWebsite reports. He began to work on the sports car two years ago and it has already been tested on a race track to prove it can achieve 68.9mpg while travelling at a steady 70mph. The inventor believes that his vehicle offers a real solution as both the US and UK governments scramble to bailout their auto industries and assist low carbon initiatives. (2 February 2009)

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