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Dartmouth students tour country in biodiesel-powered "Big Green Bus"

Students at Dartmouth College, along with a handful of recent grads, are spending the entire summer touring the country in their converted, biodiesel-powered 1989 MCI coach appropriately named the "Big Green Bus." The students hope their cross-country trip will help spread the word about the advantages of choosing green technologies such as biodiesel. They describe the trip as a "science fair on wheels" and, given the bus' assortment of high-tech gadgetry – including four solar panels, ten

House passes biodiesel tax credit, bill moves on to Senate

Since late 2009, commercial biodiesel producers and users across the U.S. have been wandering through the diesel desert, shamefu

Finnish company Pegasor introduces real-time particulate sensor for diesel engines

Biodiesel is still in limbo here in the U.S., but even if we never return to large scale production, at least diesel vehicles can continue to get cleaner on their own. The latest example of cleaner diesel tech news comes from Finland, where Pegasor Ltd. has introduced a new, compact, continuously operating and real-time Nik Bristow

Adios biodiesel: behold the rise of the Cyclox diesel empire!

We feel like a broken record around here when we say "biodiesel is having a hard time." Yes, the biodiesel tax credit expired at the end of 2009. Yes, the EU has tariffed U.S. biodiesel off the continent. Yes, the economy has totally crunked, forcing many small biodiesel oper

Truckstop operators want their biodiesel back - and the $1-per-gallon tax credit

According to the real-time counter on the homepage of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), it's been 108 days since the $1.00 per gallon biodiesel tax credit expired. With an entire industry stalled and no clear end to the biodiesel purgatory in sight, more and more groups are petitioning their legislators to bring the tax credit back. Most recently, the

U.S. Senate approves extending biodiesel tax credit, final passage

Not that long ago, forecaster Don Reynolds said that biodiesel is poised to make a big comeback in 2010, a time of "recovery and renewed momentum" for the industry. The U.S. Senate has done its part to make Reynolds look smart by passing a bill that includes the reinstatement of the biodiesel blenders' tax credit. The $1 p

U.S.-EU biodiesel "splash and dash" tariff fight escalating

While biodiesel advocates go about setting up sustainability principles, the EU and the U.S. are in a growing dispute over the biofuel. The problem is that the Europeans see the $1-a-gallon tax credit that the U.S. provides for B99 (made up of 99 percent biodiesel and one percent petro-diesel) as an unfair subsidy that is harming the European biodiesel market. The EU's response: slap new (but

National Biodiesel Board gives thumbs down to IRS for TDP ruling

The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) says that the IRS' ruling "could leave promising biodiesel industry on a 'bridge to nowhere'" thanks to a loophole in the federal tax "that was designed to stimulate an emerging technology" but is instead being used by big oil companies for their own benefit.

On paying fines/taxes for your "free" waste veggie oil

Most roads are build and maintained using funds that governments collect from taxes on gasoline. So, what happens when you use alternative fuels, including some you make yourself? You might get a knock on the door from the Illinois Department of Revenue, asking for money. That's what happened to one biofuel-loving retired couple. Also, that 15-year-old in the UK who made his own biodiesel (see below) was hit with a per-liter tax, wasn't he? Techdirt lists a few other such cases, and their commen