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See amazing places in Europe & the Middle East through 33 SIENA award-winning photos.

(Voyagez en Europe et au Moyen Orient à travers  33 photos qui ont reçu le prix SIENA.) Continue reading See amazing places in Europe & the Middle East through 33 SIENA award-winning photos.

Finland: tough choices to make after the Brexit

Finland Politics

BrexitAfter the UK vote in favor of the Brexit,  panic seems to emerge on the Finnish economic playing field: according to YLE, on the first day of trading on the Helsinki Stock Exchange since Thursday’s vote, shares sank about six percent after the opening bell, at  its lowest level in five years. Outokumpu,  Metsä Board, Wärtsilä, Cargotec and Konescranes, Sampo, Nordea and Nokia dropped still more. And the  Finnish Parliament announced it will reconvene in a special session on Friday to consider the repercussions of the British vote.

In reality, from an economic point of view, Finland has little to lose as demonstrated by Standard and Poors’Financial Services has published a Brexit sensitivity index for countries. Finland, compared to other EU countries, has very little exports to UK (1,6% of GNP), a very low financial risk, very low foreign direct investments in GNP, and very low migrations to and from…

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New #biofuels eliminate need for blending with petroleum fuels #eia #usa #diesel

graph of global renewable diesel production, as explained in the article text

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, based on F.O. Licht, April 2015

A new type of renewable diesel fuel is meeting the growing demand for renewable biofuels, which is driven by biofuel mandates and customer demands for higher quality. Unlike other biofuels, hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) fuels are nearly indistinguishable from their petroleum counterparts. Worldwide, more than a billion gallons of HEFA fuels were produced in 2014.


//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js  HEFA fuels are hydrocarbons rather than alcohols or esters. Hydrocarbons from nonpetroleum sources are known as drop-in fuels because they are nearly identical to comparable petroleum-based fuels. During the refining process, the oxygen present in the alcohols and esters is removed, leaving only hydrocarbons. HEFA fuels are the most common drop-in biofuels; they can be used in diesel engines without the need for blending with petroleum diesel fuel. Currently, HEFA fuels are approved by ASTM International for use in jet engines at up to a 50% blend rate with petroleum jet fuel. The most common HEFA biofuel production to date has been a diesel replacement fuel alternately marketed as hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) abroad, or as renewable diesel in the United States. HEFA fuels are produced by reacting vegetable oil or animal fat with hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst. The equipment and process are very similar to the hydrotreaters used to reduce diesel sulfur levels in petroleum refineries. There are currently 10 plants worldwide that produce renewable diesel, one of which is ENI’s former petroleum refinery in Venice, Italy. Total is planning to convert its La Mede, France, refinery to HVO production, and four additional renewable diesel projects are being developed by other producers. Finnish Neste is the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel. Other major producers are Italy’s ENI, U.S.-based Diamond Green Diesel, and Swedish refiner Preem. Beyond diesel, another outlet for HEFA fuels using similar technology is biojet fuel, which can currently be blended with petroleum jet fuel in proportions up to 50%. As with any alternative jet fuel, HEFA biojet has to meet stringent specifications that ensure it will perform under a wide range of conditions. One potential consumer for this fuel is the U.S. Department of Defense, which intends to use biojet in its JP-8 jet fuel. JP-8 is a versatile fuel used in military vehicles, stationary diesel engines, and jet aircraft. This use of a common fuel simplifies logistics. There is also civilian interest in nonpetroleum jet fuel. Alaska Airlines, KLM, and United Airlines have demonstrated the use of HEFA biojet fuel on commercial flights since 2011.



Source: Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration (November 2015)

Principal contributors: Bill Brown, Tony Radich


A new technology debuts for renewable jet fuel

A Network of Russian Veins of Influence : Gas Pipelines of the European Continent


By South Front Global Research, August 22, 2015 , Companies’ sources (data from websites accordingly) and EIA.

Natural gas has limited and expensive transport options. As a result, natural gas pipelines are constantly used as a tool of  political pressure and bargaining.

One of the most notable battlefields is the European continent, where Russia has exerted its influence through an intricate network of pipelines.

This article presents information on fourteen European pipeline networks. Continue reading A Network of Russian Veins of Influence : Gas Pipelines of the European Continent