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

April 20, 2018

New FSMA compliance program launched for biodiesel producers

A new food safety program has been developed by the Iowa Biodiesel Board to help biodiesel producers comply with the U.S. government’s Food Safety Modernization Act, deadlines for which are quickly approaching. The cost range is $3,000 to $6,000. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Bridgeport Biodiesel files for bankruptcy, seeks buyer

The refinery was engineered as a 13 MMgy continuous flow plant and built next door to the original, smaller batch facility in Bridgeport. Biodiesel Magazine speaks with CEO Brent Baker and Mark Mauss of technology firm Lutros about the bankruptcy. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

BDI to engineer scale-up of phosphorus recycling plant in Germany

Austrian plant engineering firm and biodiesel tech provider BDI-BioEnergy International has been contracted for a scale-up project funded by the German environmental ministry to recover phosphorus from sewage sludge with Remondis and Hamburg Wasser. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Benefuel plans to build a 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Ontario

Biodiesel technology developer Benefuel Inc. is exploring construction of a new 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Engineering is underway and the company anticipates breaking ground by end of year, according to CEO Rob Tripp. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Futures plunge as China retaliates with tariffs on US soybeans

The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is taking its toll on America's soybean farmers, as soybean futures dropped nearly 40 cents a bushel April 4 following China's announcement of a 25 percent tariff on imported U.S. soybeans. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

FAME, rapeseed oil round robin tests modified to include UCO

In Germany, AGQM and FAM have opened registration for their annual round robin tests for biodiesel and rapeseed oil. After a decade of such tests, however, the groups have modified rapeseed oil fuel round robin test to include used cooking oil. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

ADM blames imports for cutting German biodiesel output

ADM announced plans in March to temporarily cease production of biodiesel at its facility in Mainz, Germany, as a result of increased biodiesel imports into the EU. Last fall, looming imports caused France's Saipol to make a similar decision. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

UK-based Vertas Group acquires waste management firm

Vertas Group provides catering for approximately 400 schools and MMB Environmental—now being rebranded as Vertas Environmental—has been converting the used cooking oil into biodiesel since 2016. The company says it plans to continue this practice. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

10-day comment period on PES settlement agreement closes March 26

The 10-day comment period opened after publication in the Federal Register on the proposed consent decree and environmental settlement agreement lodged by the U.S. Department of Justice with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the PES bankruptcy case. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Aemetis completes construction of biodiesel pretreatment unit

Aemetis announced that its 50 MMgy Universal Biofuels subsidiary in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, has completed construction of a biodiesel pretreatment unit to process low-cost feedstocks, which was part of a supply deal inked with BP Singapore. READ MORE