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Glycerine, also known as glycerol, is a simple polyol compound. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is sweet-tasting and non-toxic. It is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations, as a sweetener in the food industry, and as a humectant in moisturizers in cosmetics. Glycerine is also an important byproduct of the biodiesel manufacturing process. In the context of energy commodities trading, glycerine is relevant because it can be derived from both bio-based and petroleum sources, and its market dynamics are influenced by the production of biodiesel and other vegetable oils.

In biodiesel production, glycerine separates from fatty acids when they are processed to make biodiesel fuel. The quality and purity of the glycerine can vary depending on the manufacturing process, and it may require further refining for certain uses. As biodiesel production has grown, so has the supply of glycerine, which has led to innovative applications beyond its traditional uses, including in industrial chemicals and materials.

For more information about glycerine, consider visiting these two sources:

1. ( – The FDA offers comprehensive information about glycerine, including its properties, uses, and regulatory status, particularly in food and pharmaceutical applications.

2. ( – As the trade association representing the biodiesel industry in the United States, the National Biodiesel Board provides resources and information regarding the production of biodiesel and related byproducts like glycerine, including market trends and production technologies.

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