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Fuels & Processing
Fuels & Processing

‘Diamond Green Diesel’ Wins CARB Nod

The staff of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on April 14 recommended approval of a new greenhouse-gas (GHG) calculation for used cooking oil feedstock for the 10,000 barrel-per-day Valero/Darling International “Diamond Green Diesel” (DGD) joint-venture plant in Louisiana.

Transportation & Logistics
Transportation & Logistics

Automakers Replacing Steel with Aluminum

Ford Motor Co.’s pioneering decision this year to replace relatively heavy steel with lightweight aluminum in its hugely popular F-150 pickup-truck bodies is now seen likely to be replicated widely – thanks to upcoming U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) fuel-economy and carbon dioxide (CO2) rules through 2025.

Fuels & Processing
Prices

U.S. Oil Futures Tally 2.6% Weekly Gain; Natgas Ends Lower

NYMEX-traded crude oil futures advanced nearly 2.5% last week, lifted by geopolitical tensions in Ukraine, a standoff over oil ports between the Libyan government and rebels, a reduced 2014 production forecast by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and a fall in U.S. jobless claims.

Fuels & Processing

Debate Continues on U.S. Crude-Export Ban

The word cyclical is tossed around a lot in the energy industry, primarily focusing on the up and down nature of the oil and gas markets as well as the different types of capital—private and public—being  invested into the sector. These markets tend to rise and fall on a regular basis.

Transportation & Logistics
Electric Power

Siemens Joins Organic Rankine Cycle Parade

Siemens announced April 10 that it’s expanding its product portfolio to include an Organic Rankine cycle (ORC) module that “enables owners/operators of industrial plants to generate power from waste heat with temperatures of around 300° Celsius.”

Electric Power

'Right-Sizing' the U.S. Power Grid

British polymath J.B.S. Haldane once posited that for every animal there is an optimal size—one which allows it to make best use of its environment and the physical laws that govern its activities.