Preview: the January/February issue of Biodiesel Magazine

What's in store for the next print edition
By Ron Kotrba | December 23, 2014

The January/February issue of Biodiesel Magazine is now complete, and I would like to share some of its contents with you. The theme is Process Technology & Plant Optimization, and we feature several articles on these topics.

One of my featured articles, “Ever-Evolving Biodiesel Technology Developments,” provides updates and reviews of process R&D and commercially ready technologies making headlines and headway recently. From microwave processing to new developments in pretreatment, and from a host of enzyme advancements to ultrasonics, this article covers a wide spectrum of biodiesel technologies being researched for industrial application, or processes that are already being commercially deployed as optimization strategies or alternatives to traditional approaches.

In “Realizing the Vision to Reclaim, Recycle, Refuel,” I profile San Diego-based Buster Biofuels, a grease collecting company that is close to finishing its 5 MMgy enzymatic biodiesel plant. Led by CEO Buster Halterman, a former professional skateboarder, Buster Biofuels has partnered with Georgia-based Tactical Fabrication and Florida-based Viesel Fuel to establish the first enzymatic biodiesel plant on the West Coast. The article takes us from Buster’s early years in biodiesel as a homebrewer to today, including how the company’s project has changed since it began—but how staying true to its vision hasn’t—along with the story behind its current partnerships and what the experience of building a biodiesel plant has taught, and meant to, him.

We also feature a back-of-the-book contribution article from Ming Chai and Gus Kellogg of Greenleaf Biofuels, a 10 MMgy biodiesel plant in Connecticut using a continuous flow process. The article discusses how the team is continually improving its process and what it has done to debottleneck the plant to produce at its full capacity. Make sure to check out “Continual Improvements to Continuous Flow Production” in the upcoming issue.

This issue’s Talking Point column, “Immobilized Enzyme Technology Enters Commercial Stage,” is authored by Ahmed Tafesh, the chief technology officer at Israel-based TransBiodiesel. Tafesh provides updates on his company’s most recent progresses in commercializing its technology, and the value proposition TransBiodiesel is offering to industry.

For our Legal Perspective column, Banner & Witcoff attorney Benjamin C. Spehlmann writes “Patenting Strategies in the Biodiesel Industry.” Among other things, he discusses ways to help ensure that a patent is granted when it’s applied for.

As always, we feature our four-page Inside NBB section, our FrontEnd news pieces, in addition to Business Briefs and more.

Thanks to all our contributing writers who helped shape this issue’s editorial content.

Finally, I would like to thank our advertisers for their continued support:

2015 International Biomass Conference & Expo

AMERIgreen Energy

AOCS American Oil Chemists Society

BBI Project Development

Community Fuels

Crown Iron Works Comany

Desmet Ballestra North America

Evonik Corporation

GEA Westfalia Separator

Glycerin Traders

Gorman-Rupp Pumps

ICM, Inc.

INTL FCStone Inc.

Iowa Central Fuel Testing Lab

Louis Dreyfus

Methes Energies

NBB National Biodiesel Board

Oil-Dri Corporation of America

Pennsylvania State University

SGS North America, Inc.