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Biofuel Update with Emerson Process Management

Earlier this year we caught up with Alan Novak, Director of Alternative Fuels for Emerson Process Management, to discuss last December’s BioEnergy Summit.


In that post we touched on how, depending on your perspective, biofuel and bioenergy production represent either unmitigated hype and controversy on the one hand, or the potential promise and hope for a sustainable clean energy future based, in part, on an abundant renewable fuel source on the other.


Source: Gas 2.0


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Petrobras Begins Refining Oil from the Pre-Salt Basin

Petrobras said in an official release the start of the process at the Capuava Refinery will be relevant to evaluate the quality and potentiality of the oil products produced using the pre-salt oil.


"The oil, offloaded from Tupi Extend Well Test production system, presented the following characteristics: gravity of 28.5 degrees API, low sulfur and low acidity" reported Petrobras.


Source: MercoPress


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Low Energy Prices Forecast to Continue, Holding Down New Investments

U.S. energy prices will remain at their current soft levels, which will likely postpone and discourage investment in utility infrastructure and coal and gas development, a group of energy experts recently predicted. "Natural gas prices will remain low because industrial demand has been soft and storage rates have been high," said Neil Gamson, an economist with the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the data and statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy.


Source: Industrial Info Resources


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Wastewater Treatment Plant Mud Used As 'Green' Fuel

Catalan scientists have shown that using mud from waste water treatment plants as a partial alternative fuel can enable cement factories to reduce their CO2 emissions and comply with the Kyoto Protocol, as well as posing no risk to human health and being profitable. These are the results of an environmental impact assessment.


Dependency on oil and coal could be coming to an end. Researchers from the Rovira i Virgili University (URV) have analysed the environmental and human health impacts of an alternative fuel that solves various problems simultaneously.


Source: FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology


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Saudi Aramco, Dow Seek Interest for Petchem Complex

Saudi Aramco and Dow Chemical are looking for firms interested in building the first stage of a giant joint-venture petrochemical complex in the kingdom, contractor sources said on Monday.


"They issued a solicitation of interest a few days ago," said a source at a contracting firm that received the offer. "Everybody hopes this means they are going ahead with the project."


Source: Reuters


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