Preview: the January/February issue of Biodiesel Magazine

What's in store for the next print edition
By Ron Kotrba | January 09, 2013

The January/February issue of Biodiesel Magazine has been completed, and I would like to share some of its contents with you.

The theme is Process Technology & Plant Optimization: Processing Equipment, Technology Providers, Novel Techniques, Energy Innovations, Efficiencies, Services.

My featured article, “Zero-Waste & Plant Optimization,” was originally designed as two stand-alone pieces but as I began interviewing my sources, it became clear that these two concepts were two sides of the same coin. When a biodiesel plant is optimized, it produces less waste, more fuel and value-added coproducts. Optimization means higher yields, methanol recovery and reuse, feedstock flexibility, and a total systems review to ensure that things like additional piping installed, or new tees in the pipes, or under-performing pumps and heat exchangers, for instance, are not constraining your plant’s output volume. And both concepts have an economic motive. Zero-waste production, a term that means different things to different people, but at some basic level means precisely what it says, in degrees begins with not paying someone to haul off your waste; and reaches its zenith through innovation and technology with added capabilities and adequate capacity to minimize process waste, and to recycle and internalize unavoidable wastes to reduce operating costs, or to sell externally for a profit. For this article, I interviewed Will Smith, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies; Nat Harris, Newport Biodiesel; Derek Masterson, Crown Iron Works; Raj Mosali, Jatrodiesel; and Rocky Costello, R.C. Costello & Associates. Look for “Zero-Waste & Plant Optimization” to be published on our website very soon, and in our printed journal expected to arrive in subscribers’ mailboxes in the coming days.

As I mentioned in last week’s blog entry, I conducted a Q&A with Dave Elsenbast, vice president of supply chain management for REG, to be published in the January/February issue of Biodiesel Magazine. Dave talks about REG’s recent plant acquisitions and new terminal positions, corn oil’s growing role in the biodiesel feedstock mix, feedstock procurement advice for producers, and much more in the Q&A titled, “Biodiesel Growth Opportunities.”  

Attorney Thomas McGurk authors the Legal column, “The Grant-Back Clause in Your Technology License.” For anyone who operates a biodiesel plant using licensed technology and wants to make changes to optimize or upgrade the process, this is a must-read.

This issue’s Talking Point column, “Process Technology Meets New Biodiesel Challenges,” was authored by oil-industry-veteran-turned-biodiesel-technology-provider Roman Wolff, president of Houston-based Enhanced Biofuels. Roman discusses dealing with high FFAs, moisture, sulfur, heavies and solids to meet ever-tightening specs as producers continue seeking low-cost feedstocks.

In the interest of a broader sense of energy innovation and efficiency, Peter Brown, head of International Procurement Tools in addition to Euro Marketing Tools, writes, “Energy Farms: Is the Time Ripe?” He discusses project locations around the globe where either through planning or happenstance synergistic energy farm complexes are under development; how the co-location of wind, solar, biodiesel, ethanol, livestock and more, benefits the projects and their regions; and the underlying motivations to move in this direction.  

In the NBB section, Joe Jobe authors a column, “Biodiesel Industry, NBB Celebrate 20 Years.” This is a great piece that details the history of the industry and where it stands today, all told from Joe Jobe’s own unique perspective as CEO of the National Biodiesel Board.

Finally, you’ll notice in this issue we have expanded FrontEnd and Business Briefs sections for this particular issue, which will be distributed at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo next month.

And lastly, I would like to give a special thanks to all of the editorial contributors and advertisers. Below is a list of advertisers who supported the January/February issue.

2013 Algae Biomass Summit

2013 Fuel Ethanol Workshop

2013 International Biomass Conference & Expo

2013 National Biodiesel Conference

Algae Biomass Association

BBI Consulting Services

Biodiesel Industry Directory

California Biodiesel Alliance


Crown Iron Works Company


Eurofi ns QTA, Inc.

Evonik Degussa Corporation

GEA Westfalia Separator

Gorman-Rupp Pumps

International Process Plants

INTL FCStone Inc.

Iowa Central Fuel Testing Lab.

Jatrodiesel, Inc.

Louis Dreyfus

Methes Energies

Moeller Plastics

Oil-Dri Corporation of America


Reclamate Global LLC

Schroeder Industries

Superior Process Technologies

Wilks Enterprise, Inc.

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