Indirect Land Use Impacts of Biofuels

What is Indirect Land Use Change?   Indirect land use change (iLUC) is a widely debated concept that seeks to quantify the impact a new policy or commercial activity has on global patterns of existing land use. These impacts differ from direct land use changes because they are induced or caused by secondary factors such

sunflower process

Preparation The first step in processing sunflower is to properly prepare the seed for oil removal. The seed is cleaned using magnets to remove metal and screening to remove impurities that can interfere with the process. The seed can be dehulled by cracking and removing the shell or can be sent to pressing with the

Biodiesel and the Food vs. Fuel Debate

Does biodiesel production impact food supplies? Learn about the “fuel versus food” debate, examine scenarios showing impacts and factors considered by scientists trying to unravel this complex question. Contents Biodiesel and Ethanol Five Traditional Uses of Biomass Does Biodiesel Production Cut into Food Supplies? Biodiesel is Often Made from Animal Feed By-products Biodiesel from Waste and

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) Basics for Biodiesel

  Introduction What is the Renewable Fuel Standard? Who Must Participate? EPA Terms Applied to Biodiesel Other Criteria Renewable Biomass Greenhouse Gas Reduction More about RINs Bibliography More Topics Introduction If you’re in the biodiesel industry or are considering entering the industry, you may have heard of the Renewable Fuel Standard . It is important

Handling Strong Bases in Biodiesel Production

Sodium and Potassium Hydroxides/Methoxides Used to catalyze the transesterification reaction, sodium and potassium hydroxide are extremely corrosive. The hydroxides are dry flakes or pellets and must be dissolved in methanol, which produces “methoxides” concentrated in methanol. The dust from the hydroxides is an airway irritant and will burn unprotected skin and eyes, especially when handled