Not all is pessimistic though, as the report also targets specific areas needing Research & Development, including strain selection, and wastewater use.
Researchers develop new non-catalytic process for converting lipids from sewage sludge to biodiesel; high yield and economic production
Original research paper here.]]>
The process used is likely a product of work from UCF chemistry professor Richard Blair. Using a ball mill to grind up the feedstock, his process does not require sulfuric acid and has no hazardous byproducts. The match between UCF and Thor was made via the Space Coast Energy Symposium.]]>
Florida Today reports that a 50,000 barrel shipment of biodiesel from Green Earth Fuels of Houston arrived recently. Green Earth Fuels reports soybeans and camelina (a non food source) as possible feedstocks for their product. At Seaport Canaveral, blends of B5 to B20 will eventually be used in cruise ships.
No word yet if any retail pumps will be available for users in North Brevard to fill up...]]>
Contact Scott at sgiacomi at ist.ucf.edu, or 321-695-8612 if you're interested.]]>