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CLP Motorsports' Superlite Coupe Is Pretty Cool, Too

CLP Motorsports puts NEXBTL renewable diesel – and Tanner Foust – in its Superlite Coupe for a 2,500-mile drive on one tank of fuel.

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VW steadily developing an interest in Das Plug-ins... and algae diesel

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Exactly how much does it cost to produce a ton of renewable diesel fuel? Well, according to Neste Oil, the world's largest renewable diesel firm, the answer is: way more than anticipated.

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Over in the Netherlands, Neste Oil has celebrated the opening of Europe's largest renewable diesel facility. Located in Rotterdam, Neste Oil's new site boasts an annual production capacity of 800,000 tons of the firm's NExBTL renewable diesel fuel. NExBTL technology allows Neste to use a wide variety of oils, greases and fats as feedstock to make the fuel.

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Researchers from the University of Idaho and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have analyzed the energy life cycle of soybean-based biodiesel and presented updated data showing the renewable fuel offers a fossil energy ratio of 5.54 to 1. This isn't a typo. The 5.54:1 ratio comes mostly from the "free" power of the sun that helps the crops grow.

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On April 27th, Peugeot's radically styled EX1 electric ripped 'round the famed Nürburgring, setting a record for battery-powered vehicles with a time of 9 minutes 1.338 seconds. Come late June, a duo of vehicles – powered by Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable diesel fuel – will take to the 'Ring, marking the first time that NExBTL will be tested under extreme competition conditions.

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Beginning in April, Swedish oil giant Preem will offer diesel blends containing 15 percent renewable diesel (B15) and 5 percent biodiesel (B5) at 366 fueling stations throughout Sweden. The B15 blend, which Preem fittingly calls Evolution Diesel, is claimed to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 16 percent compared to conventional ultra-low-sulfur diesel.

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Aside from AIG, not many companies are having parties these days. One exception is Oakland, CA-based Amyris Biotechnologies. Amyris just held a modest party at its headquarters to celebrate the completion of a pilot plant to produce biofuel. Amyris has developed genetically-engineered yeasts that can break down cellulose and transform it into other products. The pilot plant has a capacity of 2.4 million gallons of renewable diesel annually. Amyris claims its synthetic diesel is closer in composi

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