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It's been a tough year or so for Imperium Renewable. Imperium, the force behind one of America's largest biodiesel plants, is a Seattle-area company that was hit with a lawsuit from a former employee this spring. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer details the many other problems facing Imperium: a cancelled IPO, layoffs executives leaving. The latest dark spot comes from the sunny tropics (sort of), because cruise giant Royal Caribbean Cruises has canceled a ginormous biodiesel contract with Imperiu

Imperium Renewables operates a huge biodiesel plant in Grays Harbor in Washington State. But now the company has another potentially huge issue to deal with: a lawsuit from a former employee asking for millions of dollars.

Using an unmodified Boeing 747, pilots for Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic have successfully flown from London's Heathrow airport to Amsterdam using a biofuel made of a mix of coconut and babassu oil. This is the first biofueled-airline flight but not the first time an airplane has lifted off on biofuel. Recall BioJet I, for example.

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