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

August 20, 2014

Notes from the Collective Biodiesel Conference

Closing notes from the 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference, including Bob Armantrout's tongue-in-cheek Six Stages of Biodiesel Fanaticism READ MORE

August 20, 2014

Oilman discusses biodiesel issues, distribution at CBC event

Third-generation oilman Brian Potter spoke at the 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference in Pittsboro, N.C., Aug. 14-17, about how Potter Oil & Tire Co. Inc. selects its biodiesel suppliers, and his company's views on the biodiesel industry. READ MORE

August 20, 2014

Biodiesel consultant gives advice for would-be producers at CBC

Consultant Rudy Pruszko has trained more than 500 people in the U.S. and 22 countries on how to build a successful biodiesel business. He spoke at the Collective Biodiesel Conference and offered attendees advice and tips from his experience. READ MORE

August 18, 2014

EcoComplex tour highlights benefits of applied industrial ecology

The Catawba County EcoComplex, co-located with the 800-acre Blackburn Landfill in western North Carolina, underscores the importance of co-location and resource utilization to produce renewable energy with minimal carbon intensity. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Tobacco-to-biojet partnership announced

Boeing, South African Airways and SkyNRG are collaborating to produce biojet fuel from a hybrid tobacco plant known as Solaris READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Abatec introduces system to convert glycerol into methanol

Abatec SA has introduced its Savoia BD4-MG system that can treat 1,000 liters (250 gallons) per day of glycerol to produce around 35 percent dry methanol, 25 percent free fatty acids and balance of glycols. The only inputs are water and power. READ MORE

August 12, 2014

Florida Biodiesel delivers plant to Avandith Energy in Nigeria

Florida Biodiesel Inc. announced it has completed sale of a B-60 biodiesel processor to Avandith Energy in Lagos, Nigeria. The unit will be used for Avandith Energy's pilot transesterification facility. The B-60 will also be used for education. READ MORE

August 05, 2014

Largest US biodiesel producer REG reports Q2 financial results

Renewable Energy Group Inc.'s revenues for Q2 2014 were $332.9 million. Compared to Q2 last year, REG sold 11 percent more gallons of biomass-based diesel, while revenue decreased by 13 percent and adjusted EBITDA decreased by 86 percent. READ MORE

August 05, 2014

2 biodiesel RIN fraud cases, 2 guilty pleas

Nathan Stoliar of Australia and Katirina Tracy of New Jersey both plead guilty in two unrelated biodiesel RIN fraud cases READ MORE

August 04, 2014

US EPA extends 2013 RFS compliance, attest deadlines again

EPA extended the deadlines for annual compliance and attest engagement reports for the 2013 compliance period under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program to 30 and 90 days, respectively, following publication of the 2014 RVO final rule. READ MORE