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By Robert Rapier on Nov 14, 2010 with 166 responses

Inside Shell’s Bintulu GTL Plant

Robert Rapier writes about his recent tour of Shell’s gas-to-liquids plant in Malaysia.

By Robert Rapier on Nov 2, 2010 with 104 responses

The Palm Oil Conundrum

People sometimes ask which biofuels are competitive head to head with crude oil. By competitive, I mean those that can actually compete favorably with oil prices on a level playing field (i.e., they don’t require big subsidies or mandates in order to compete). There are two that always come to mind: Ethanol from sugarcane (although less competitive currently due to high sugar prices) and fuel from palm oil (oil derived from the fruits of the African Oil Palm). In fact, in the first book chapter I wrote in 2007 (Renewable Diesel in Biofuels, Solar and Wind as Renewable Energy Systems: Benefits and Risks) I highlighted palm oil as a crop with great promise, but also great environmental risk: By far… Continue»