On January 20, 2016, U.S. Navy (Navy) Secretary Ray Mabus and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack launched a Carrier Strike Group (CSG) of ships running up to 50 percent biofuels as part of the 'Great Green Fleet' (GGF) initiative. For now, the majority of the ships will run on a mix of 90 percent petroleum and 10 percent biofuels, partially due to the low price of oil as well as a law prohibiting the mass purchase of biofuels that are not cost competitive with petroleum. The GGF is a year-long Navy initiative that was created to reduce reliance on foreign fossil fuels and to improve efficiency so ships can stay out longer before needing to refuel. The CSG deploys alternative fuels, while the USS Makin Island has a hybrid-elective drive that allows the ship to stay out three times longer before refueling than petroleum alone, for a 50 percent reduction of its normal fuel budget.
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- Navy Launches “Great Green Fleet” Featuring Biofuel Powered ...
Case study - HOTAB, Norway
Hotab chose Envibat’s flue gas condensation in its boiler plant, delivered to Statkraft , Sandefjord in Norway. The plant is built on lamella technology providing a compact design while performing good temperature efficiency.Boiler size: 2×4 MWFuel: BiofuelEnvibat has supplied a condensor for Air Pollution Control for flow gases from 2 bio fuel boilers of each 4 MW. In this facility, great temperature performance is combined with a very compact design.
BIO Writes Open Letter To Congress Encouraging Multi-Year Extension Of Biofuel Incentives
On October 18, 2016, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership, the Senate Finance Committee Chairs, and the House Ways and Means Committee Chairs calling for the extension of expiring renewable energy tax credits. The Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, the Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Fuels Credit, and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property are set to expire at...
Reports On Canadian Biofuels GHG Emissions Argue For And Against Biofuel Mandates Over Carbon ...
On October 4, 2016, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission (EFC) published a report, Course Correction: It’s Time to Rethink Canadian Biofuel Policies, arguing for the termination of biofuel subsidies. The report claims that Canadian biofuel policies have reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions an average of three million tonnes annually, accounting for less than 0.5 percent of Canada’s total GHG emissions. Annual costs of the biofuel policies were estimated to be C$640 million, resulting in an estimated...
Guide to Measuring Biofuel Blending
As the global commitment to renewable energy sources grows, the importanceof using biodiesel as a blending component with diesel fuel has increased.Biodiesel consists of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) which are produced by thetransesterification of certain feedstock oils, such as soy, rapeseed, canola, and others.The biodiesel is then blended with diesel fuel at amounts required by the regulatoryagencies of different countries. It is important for fuel terminals and distributors, aswell as regulatory agencies,...
EPA Releases Proposed Rule On Renewables Enhancement And Growth Support
On October 3, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support Rule. This proposed rule includes suggestions to improve the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and related pro-renewable fuel regulations. Updated regulations included in the proposed rule include allowing biofuel producers to process feedstock and then convert the material into fuels at different facilities, and an expansion to the availability of high-ethanol fuel blends. The...