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Last week, China Clean Energy Inc., announced a dramatic increase in its biodiesel production capaticy, thanks to an upgrade in its Fuqing City plant. Before the $500,000 investment, the plant could make 1.4 million gallons a year. Now it is capable of three million. That's less than a quarter of a gallon per person in China each year. Still, China Clean Energy was able to double biodiesel production capacity in a little over four months, and I'm sure they're looking to grow. China Clean Energy

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Lots of activity and new biodiesel production capacity is taking place in China at the moment. The latest report has China Clean Energy spending $9 million on a new facility which will increase the company's biodiesel production capacity by approximately 50,000 tons per year to be completed by the first half of 2008. They plan a second phase, to be completed by the end of 2008 which will require a further $6 million and also add around 50,000 tons per year capacity. China Clean Energy has signed

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You know the saying "you're one in a million"? In China, that means there are a thousand others like you. With the world's largest population, is it surprising that China also has the greatest potential to reuse its cooking oil as biodiesel? The Worldwatch Institute recently figured that China generates over 4.5 million tons of used oil and grease each year, and that half of that could be collected and turned into biodiesel.

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While it's been exporting heaps of plastic toys and cheap clothing, China has also recently become a big player in the international ethanol market. China will export at least an estimated 500,000+ tons this year (about 11,000 barrels a day), according to Reuters. The exports may even reach over 900,000 tons this year, up from about nothing last year. Most of this ethanol is sent to the United States. Two factors may influence the boom: the fact that China needs to import cassava to use as bioma

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China's Ministry of Agriculture announced Monday that they had bred a new kind of rapeseed plant with a record high oil content of 54.72 percent. The nearly two percent increase in oil content was achieved by the Institute of Oil Crops Research of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences without genetically modifying the plant. When grown in high altitute regions, the oil content was even higher, the ministry said. The plant was developed specifically to produce more biodiesel per plant. Wan

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While home brewers often operate under the radar of zoning laws, setting up a large-scale biodiesel plant requires a bit of work and legal wrangling. One couple's attempt to build such a facility came to a halt last week after the town Appeal's Board of China, Maine rejected their application again (the Planning Board first rejected it in November and the couple appealed). The couple said they plan to appeal again to the Supreme Court.

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