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Evonik Develops Catalyst for Second-Generation Biodiesel

4:49 AM MDT | June 25, 2009 | Alex Scott

Evonik says it has developed alkoxide catalysts that are suitable for converting oils from the jatropha nut into biodiesel. Evonik aims to sell its catalysts for second-generation biodiesel applications. The company says it has already successfully tested its alkoxide catalysts with jatropha oil and found them to be “fully functional.”   The nuts of the plant are not edible, and jatropha does not compete with other plants for farmland, Evonik says. “On the contrary, it flourishes under difficult climatic conditions and even on land that has...

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