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

October 02, 2015

AGQM develops no-harm test for biodiesel heating oil stabilizers

Due to increasing demand for biodiesel-blended heating oil, the German biodiesel quality management association AGQM is offering for the first time a test to assess oxidation stabilizers for FAME that is intended for blending with heating oil. READ MORE

October 01, 2015

Propel sells Diesel HPR renewable diesel at new Bay Area location

Propel Fuels is now offering Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable diesel in the San Francisco Bay Area on West A Street in Hayward, California. Marketed as Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable), the fuel consists of 98.5 percent NExBTL renewable diesel. READ MORE

September 22, 2015

EU-based Nidera earns RSB cert for UCO biodiesel

The sustainability certification includes Nidera's trading operations and its 30 MMgy biodiesel plant in Spain READ MORE

September 21, 2015

US EPA busts VW on diesel emissions cheat device; VW responds

The EPA issued Volkswagen a notice of violation Sept. 18 alleging that 2009-'15 four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesels include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for NOx. VW admitted the wrongdoing and apologized to its customers. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Researchers in Wales synthesize methanol from crude glycerin

Researchers from U.K.-based Cardiff Catalysis Institute in Wales developed a way to convert glycerin from the transesterification process into methanol. They reacted glycerin with water, to provide hydrogen, with a magnesium oxide (MgO) catalyst. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

EU extends duties on US biodiesel as US imports surge

After a year-long investigation, the EU has extended duties on U.S. biodiesel, a move that the U.S. biodiesel trade association says is unfair. The decision comes at a time when U.S. biodiesel imports more than doubled from May to June. READ MORE

September 11, 2015

D4 RIN prices suggest traders predict tax credit reinstatement

According to University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin, a precipitous drop in biodiesel RIN prices, which outpaces the blend margin decline by more than two-fold, suggests that traders are banking on reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

September 09, 2015

AGQM to start first glycerol round robin test

For the first time ever, the German biodiesel quality management association AGQM will carry out a round robin test for pharmaceutical glycerol READ MORE

September 09, 2015

Pacific Biodiesel receives Platinum Certified Clean Fleet award

Pacific Biodiesel Logistics has received the Platinum Certified Clean Fleet award from Blue Planet Foundation and Honolulu Clean Cities as part of the new Hawaii Clean Fleets certification program. Platinum is the program's most prestigious level. READ MORE

September 08, 2015

Swedish biodiesel producer acquires Norway plant

Swedish specialty chemical company and biodiesel producer Perstorp announced it is acquiring a biodiesel plant in Fredrikstad, Norway, with plans to move the assets to Perstorp's biodiesel manufacturing facility in Stenungsund, Sweden. READ MORE