Alabama getting 30 B20 stations; 4 cities getting E85/B20 combo stations
Atlanta gets its first E85 pump; Georgia to get 20-25 more in the next 6 month.
Texas company "within matter of months" turning biodiesel waste product (glycerin) into ethanol
Non-mandated (i.e., market driven) ethanol blending breaks new weekly record.The process uses a non-pathogenic strain of E. coli to convert glycerin into ethanol, a method its developers say is easier and cheaper than using corn or sugarcane and more viable than using grass and other plants.
But the discovery's greatest impact could be on the biodiesel industry by creating demand for what has become its Achilles' heel -- the millions of gallons of glycerin produced each year as a by-product of biodiesel. "There is a big glut of glycerin, and if they keep producing biodiesel, they will keep producing glycerin," said Ramon Gonzalez, one of the two Rice University professors behind the process.
The worldwide overabundance of glycerin poses one of the biggest challenges to expanding biodiesel production. Refiners operate on narrow profit margins and often sell glycerin to subsidize production.
The Weekly Supply Estimates Report shows that conventional gasoline blending with ethanol reached an all-time high of 2.119 million barrels per day as of the week ending Friday, Nov. 2.