Neste Oil will invest about $1 billion to build a new biomass-to-liquid diesel plant in Rotterdam, Netherlands that will manufacture NExBTL renewable diesel fuel. The goal, 800,000 tons per year by 2011. Palm oil, rapeseed oil and animal fats will be mixed to make a high-quality diesel fuel.
Neste already has two such plants, though smaller, in Finland and Singapore.
NExBTL fuel is supposed to reduce total life cycle C02 emissions by 40-60% as compared to regular diesel fuel. The company is also researching the use of non-food vegetable oils, wood waste and algae to make diesel fuel.
“Where do you buy gasoline, Alex?”
“I buy mine at the Piggly Wiggly Gas Mart, Bill. How about you?”
“My car runs on buffalo chips.”
Sooner or later, we are going to figure out how to make replenishable fuels without cutting into the food supply. It’s just a matter of time.
[Source: Neste Oil]
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