Ron Kotrba

Ron Kotrba is Editor of Biodiesel Magazine, published by BBI International and based out of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Before becoming editor of Biodiesel Magazine, Kotrba was senior writer for all of BBI International’s publications, writing for the company since January 2005. Prior to that, Kotrba was an advanced engineering laboratory technician for an OEM exhaust supplier and was involved in developmental work on diesel aftertreatment systems such as diesel particulate filters, urea SCR and lean NOx traps. Kotrba earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Latest Posts by Ron Kotrba

January 29, 2016

Howell says 2016 may be busiest year yet for biodiesel at ASTM

An abundance of biodiesel activities at ASTM may make 2016 the busiest year yet at the organization, said National Biodiesel Board senior technical advisor Steve Howell, who detailed ongoing and future technical work to expand biodiesel markets. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

Tamoil sells renewable diesel blend in northern Italian Alps

Tamoil has begun selling arctic diesel containing a minimum of 20 percent Neste renewable diesel to its corporate customers in the northern Italian Alps region. The product is marketed as Gasolio Artico Tamoil - New Generation Diesel fuel. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

NREL conducts biodiesel stability study in HPCR fuel systems

NREL's Robert McCormick presented results at the 2016 National Biodiesel Conference from a recent study on biodiesel stability in high-pressure common rail (HPCR) fuel systems for diesel engines. The results show current standards are adequate. READ MORE

January 27, 2016

What biodiesel producers should know about FSMA

If your glycerin or free fatty acids may find their way into the food or feed supply, you must comply with the daunting Food Safety Modernization Act READ MORE

January 21, 2016

Insolvent biodiesel maker ARFuels enters voluntary administration

Australian Renewable Fuels announced its board of directors has placed the company into a state of voluntary administration, which is a form of insolvency arrangement. The firm cites declining oil prices and federal policy uncertainty as reasons. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

Eni rolls out renewable diesel blend to 3,500 stations in Italy

Eni, the Italian oil major that converted its Venice oil refinery to a renewable diesel manufacturing plant, is rolling out its renewable blended product to 3,500 fuel stations across Italy this month. The fuel contains 15 percent renewable diesel. READ MORE

January 15, 2016

Back On Solid Ground

After an extended period of policy uncertainty, the final renewable fuel standard (RFS) rule and a two-year retroactive reinstatement of the $1-per-gallon blenders tax credit are expected to bring stability back to the U.S. biodiesel sector. READ MORE

January 13, 2016

Total’s La Mède Conversion: The Unabridged Version

An unabridged version of Ron Kotrba's earlier article about supermajor oil company Total S.A. converting its 150,000-barrel-per-day La Mède oil refinery to produce renewable diesel, a nervous-making project for the French biodiesel sector. READ MORE

January 13, 2016

Oregon pushes renewable diesel use

The Oregon Department of Energy is helping public entities across the state tap into the emerging renewable diesel market READ MORE

January 12, 2016

Biodiesel Opportunities Abroad

Several U.S. producers, including Genuine Bio-Fuel, Hero BX and the now-defunct Promethean Biofuels, in addition to Miami-based biodiesel exporter and hopeful technology provider Lagosur, sketch out overviews of international developments. READ MORE