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

November 20, 2015

A Transformative Project: Total's La Mède Conversion

Supermajor oil company Total S.A. will convert its 150,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery in La Mède, France, to produce 500,000 tons (170 million gallons) of renewable diesel per year. This is only the second oil refinery to make such a conversion. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

Large glycerin refinery about to open

Louis Dreyfus Commodities' new glycerin refinery in Claypool, Indiana, will soon be operational. The company says the new 80-million-pound-per-year plant will be the second-largest in the U.S. producing USP-grade Kosher refined glycerin. READ MORE

November 16, 2015

Cowichan opens biodiesel station with new PoS technology

Cowichan Energy Alternatives, the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op and the Cowichan Valley Regional District are holding a ceremony Nov. 19 to celebrate Vancouver Island's first Green & Go Biofuel Station where users can fill up on biodiesel blends. READ MORE

November 13, 2015

Joule, Red Rock Biofuels announce intent to merge

Joule, technology developer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, and Red Rock Biofuels, a developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel biorefineries, announced their intent to merge. The transaction is expected to close by mid-December. READ MORE

November 12, 2015

Brazil special committee approves increasing biodiesel blend

Brazil's special committee on national development unanimously approved a senate bill Nov. 11 that mandates 7 percent biodiesel, increasing to 10 percent within three years, citing biodiesel's positive environmental and economic benefits. READ MORE

November 09, 2015

Neste, Boeing work toward biojet ASTM standard, market acceptance

Renewable diesel producer Neste is working with Boeing to achieve ASTM standard approval for high freezing point biojet fuel, along with the parallel goals of gaining widespread market acceptance and progressing sustainability accreditation efforts. READ MORE

November 05, 2015

Supercritical biodiesel plant at ethanol refinery now operational

Nearly two years after the project was announced, a 5 MMgy supercritical biodiesel plant in Annawan, Illinois, is operational. Designed and built by Jatrodiesel Inc., the innovative facility is co-located with a 125 MMgy CHS-owned ethanol refinery. READ MORE

November 03, 2015

Saipol invests in additional biodiesel production, biomass boiler

Avril Group subsidiary Saipol announced two major industrial investments in the French biodiesel sector totaling 28.5 million euros, including additional biodiesel production capacity in Sete, France, along with installation of a biomass boiler. READ MORE

November 03, 2015

Indonesian fire finger-pointing

Germany's UFOP says while EU's biofuel policy is falsely being pointed at as a driver of Indonesia's fires, continued EU and Indonesian inaction are really to blame since RED requirements and increased sustainability measures preclude such activity READ MORE

October 30, 2015

Biodico gives results of 5-year study to Navy, California gov't

Biodiesel producer and technology provider Biodico presented results of its five-year joint R&D project with the Navy to Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy, along with the California Energy Commission and Gov. Jerry Brown's staff. READ MORE