Issue Date: January 14, 2008
Biodiesel Spurs Two Agreements
Two pairs of companies have signed agreements intended to increase the availability and stability of biodiesel fuels. In the first, Süd-Chemie will manufacture catalyst for biodiesel firm Benefuel. Developed at India's National Chemical Laboratory, the solid catalyst turns low-grade vegetable oils and animal fats into fatty acid methyl esters, Benefuel says. The first commercial plant to use the technology, a 10 million-gal-per-year unit, is under construction in Seymour, Ind. Separately, specialty chemicals maker Innospec has signed a three-year agreement to provide biodiesel supplier World Energy Alternatives with its Biostable line of additives, which are designed to protect the fuel against oxidation and acid-induced degradation.
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