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Neste Oil expects to produce biodiesel on commercial scale in 2015 [Registered]

Neste Oil announced in late October that it has opened a pilot plant in Porvoo, Finland to advance the production microbial oil converted from biomass feedstocks (in particular crop and forest industry residues). Details of the actual process conversion technology were not supplied – specifically regarding whether the microbe used is bioengineered or not, and whether enzyme engineering is a challenge. Lar Peter Lindfors, Neste Oil senior vice president, said that their technology will support the production of NExBTL “premium-quality renewable diesel”. Neste Oil launched its microbial oil research program with Aalto University School of Chemical Technology in 2007. The…

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