November 19, 2010 10:03 ET

Specialty Pipelines for Transportation Arise as a Catalyst for Growth in the Alternative Fuel Market

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 19, 2010) -  The international renewable energy arms race remains alternately smoldering and stagnant as proposed projects and investments aimed at harnessing carbon dioxide, ethanol, biodiesel, and similar power sources languish due to transportation logistics. However, the emergence of specialty pipelines that deliver renewable and alternative energy substances from points of production to points of blending, storage, or end use, will be a catalyst for growth in the development of current and future alternative fuel projects, according to Specialty Pipelines for Renewable and Alternative Energy Substances by market research publisher SBI Energy.

Specialty pipelines are required for several renewable and alternative energy substances due to corrosivity, lack of compatibility with conventional fuels distribution systems, industry and regulatory requirements, and the distributed locations of various renewable and alternative energy substances. Currently, rail and tanker transportation are the predominant forms of long-distance delivery for certain renewable energy sources, such as ethanol and biodiesel. Nevertheless, specialty pipelines represent the most cost-effective mode of transportation for highly produced energy products and substances.

Through 2015, the market for specialty pipelines will expand due to several factors including the continued development of renewable and alternative energy substance production capacities, government and industry efforts to facilitate comprehensive transitioning of national energy economies, and emerging trends of growth in the demand for various energy substances. SBI Energy estimates that the total global market for specialty pipelines will show year over year increases of at least 30% through 2015. This will result in the global specialty pipelines market being valued at over $3 billion by 2015.

"Without adequate midstream transportation assets or infrastructure, otherwise marketable renewable and alternative energy substances are excluded from major energy markets and consumers," says Robert Eckard, SBI Energy analyst and author of the industry study. "Investment in specialty pipelines is an emergent trend resulting from rising demand for renewable fuel and CO2 transportation and the inability of current logistics networks to meet projected regional and international demand for those substances. As stable short-term markets for renewable and alternative energy substances develop due to energy regulation and recovering fossil fuel prices, specialty pipelines will be integral to supplying major markets with bulk deliveries adequate to demand."

Specialty Pipelines for Renewable and Alternative Energy Substances features comprehensive data on the worldwide market for specialty pipelines, their components, materials, and supporting technologies, including historic (2006-2010) and forecast (2011-2015) market size data in terms of the dollar value of product shipments. The report identifies key trends affecting the marketplace, along with trends driving growth, and central challenges to further market development. The report also profiles leading manufacturers and suppliers of specialty pipelines and those that are most relevant to the specialty pipelines industry. Renewable and alternative energy substances covered include carbon dioxide, ethanol, biodiesel, biomehane, and biogas. For more information, please visit:

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