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April 17, 2015

Cima Green's Joseph Furando pleads guilty to biodiesel RIN fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice Joseph Furando, together with two companies he operated in New Jersey, pleaded guilty April 15 for their parts in an Indiana-centered scheme with e-Biofuels to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives. READ MORE

April 17, 2015

UC employs synergistic approach to AD, algae and biodiesel

BY Ashley Duvelius University of Cincinnati researchers developed a breakthrough synergistic technology that uses anaerobic digestion to turn nutrient-rich food waste into biogas and fertilizer while using the CO2 fraction of biogas to grow algae for biodiesel. READ MORE

April 16, 2015

Total to convert oil refinery to renewable diesel production

BY Ron KotrbaTo curb financial losses, French oil company Total announced plans to invest $216 million to convert its La Mede oil refinery in southern France to a renewable diesel facility that will produce up to 500,000 tons per year (more than 160 MMgy). READ MORE

April 15, 2015

State report: Biodiesel use continues to grow in Iowa

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association A report from the state's revenue department showed that biodiesel sales (B100) increased by more than 15 percent over 2013 to an all-time-high of 33.3 million gallons. In turn, biodiesel now accounts for 4.6 percent of Iowa's total diesel supply. READ MORE

April 15, 2015

European biofuels cap 1 step closer to parliamentary approval

BY Erin Voegele and Ron Kotrba On April 14, the environment committee of the European Parliament voted to endorse a deal struck earlier this year that aims to cap the use of first-generation biofuels at 7 percent. Germany's UFOP and other EU organizations provide their take. READ MORE

April 14, 2015

UK energy department releases 2014 liquid biofuel data

BY Erin Voegele The U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change has released provisional annual energy statistics for 2014, reporting that biodiesel accounted for 3.4 percent of total diesel last year while ethanol accounted for 4.6 percent of gasoline. READ MORE

April 10, 2015

EPA to finalize 2014, 2015 and 2016 RFS rules by November

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing that the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with the 2017 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel, will be finalized by Nov. 30. READ MORE

April 08, 2015

Unique Oakland biodiesel project receives $3.4 million grant

BY Ron KotrbaViridis Fuels, a 20 MMgy biodiesel project in Oakland, California, is being awarded a $3.4 million grant to build its project. The company intends to build America's most visible biodiesel plant at the foot of the heavily traveled Bay Bridge. READ MORE

April 06, 2015

Cause of fires at REG Geismar, Viesel Fuel under investigation

BY Ron KotrbaLast week, Renewable Energy Group's renewable diesel plant in Geismar, Louisiana, and Viesel Fuel's biodiesel facility in Stuart, Florida, both suffered devastating fires that are currently under investigation, according to the two companies. READ MORE

April 03, 2015

Shut-off valve as a discharging valve when extracting glycerin

BY Seher Sevim In cooperation with biodiesel producer ecoMotion GmbH, Emil Kammerer GmbH provides the following case study for application of its shut-off valves as discharging valves when extracting glycerin from the waste products compound. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

Ocean Park Advisors advises on sale of biodiesel plant to Tenaska

BY Ocean Park Advisors Tenaska, a leading independent energy company, has acquired the assets of Clinton County Bio Energy in Clinton, Iowa, from a local group of investors. Ocean Park Advisors acted as exclusive financial advisor to CCBE on the sale transaction. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

The LCFS re-adoption and its possible repercussions

BY John Sens Due to legal actions that were concluded in 2013, California Air Resources Board is re-adopting the regulation to address the court's ruling. CARB took this opportunity as a chance to update the regulations and to implement program improvements. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

Biodiesel industry seeks to reverse Argentina import decision

BY The National Biodiesel Board In a petition filed March with U.S. EPA, the National Biodiesel Board cited the lack of public comment on the agency's decision and little transparency regarding the plans Argentinian producers can use to demonstrate compliance with the RFS. READ MORE

March 31, 2015

BDI-BioEnergy Int'l: Order delays negatively impact financials

BY BDI-BioEnergy International AG BDI-BioEnergy International AG reported a decline in revenues of 53.9 percent to 16.3 million euros in the 2014 financial year. The reason for this was the delay in the implementation of two major biodiesel projects in Croatia and the Netherlands. READ MORE

March 30, 2015

Methes to install its first PP-MEC pretreatment system in Ontario

BY Methes Energies International Ltd. The buyer, Drain Bros., will become the first facility in the world to use Methes' pretreatment system using the PP-MEC catalyst to process corn oil from a local ethanol plant. The company is also buying a Denami 600 biodiesel processor from Methes. READ MORE

March 25, 2015

US military base in Afghanistan to make biodiesel from UCO

BY Springboard Biodiesel Springboard Biodiesel has been selected to provide its biodiesel processing system to Bagram Airfield in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan. The BioPro 380EX and SpringPro T76 will be used to convert used cooking oil into biodiesel for use on base. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

ASTM D7861 validates use of portable biodiesel blend analyzers

BY Wilks - a Spectro Scientific Company ASTM method D7861 for measuring biodiesel blend ratios enables users to take full advantage of the speed, convenience and durability provided by portable infrared analyzers, such as those offered by Wilks - a Spectro Scientific Company. READ MORE

March 24, 2015

ASTM releases B20 heating oil specifications

BY Ron KotrbaD396-15a adds parameters for stability and allows a slightly higher distillation temperature for the blends, the same changes included in the D7467 specification passed by ASTM in 2008 for 6 to 20 percent biodiesel in on- and off-road diesel fuel. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

AEE report: Global biodiesel sales grew 23 percent from 2011-'14

BY Erin Voegele According to an Advanced Energy Economy report, biodiesel sales and new biodiesel refinery infrastructure took a 3 percent dip in 2014 compared to the year before, but biodiesel sales volumes grew by 1.4 billion gallons (23 percent) from 2011-'14. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

WRE to pay $3M settlement for generating 7.2M invalid RINs

BY U.S. EPA The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement with Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy LLC that resolves allegations that the company generated more than 7.2 million invalid renewable fuel credits worth more than $2 million. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

US EPA opens comment period on pennycress oil GHG analysis

BY Erin Voegele According to the EPA, its analysis indicates biofuels produced using the feedstock could qualify as biomass-based diesel or advanced biofuel if typical fuel production process technologies are used. The comment period closes April 20. READ MORE

March 23, 2015

UK biodiesel co. Greenergy earns RSB sustainability certification

BY The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Greenergy, one of Europe's leading makers of waste-based biodiesel, earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials sustainability certification for production of biodiesel from used cooking oil at its facilities in Immingham and North Cave. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Hawaii governor tours BIB plant, commemorates Nat'l Biodiesel Day

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui proclaimed March 18, 2015, as Pacific Biodiesel Day to perpetuate and honor the legacy of the inventor of the diesel engine, Rudolph Diesel, and contributions of Pacific Biodiesel. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Consumers' everyday tasks cut carbon on National Biodiesel Day

BY The National Biodiesel Board March 18 is National Biodiesel Day. In the U.S., diesel engines move 90 percent of the nation's goods. Last year nearly 1.8 billion gallons of biodiesel was in the mix. As a result, consumers just doing what they do helped support reduce carbon. READ MORE

March 18, 2015

Propel launches North America's first retail rollout of Neste HPR

BY Propel Fuels Propel's Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable) consists of 98.5 percent Neste Oil's NEXBTL renewable diesel. Diesel HPR will be available at 18 Propel locations in Sacramento, San Jose, East Bay, Redwood City and Fresno. READ MORE

March 13, 2015

Gov. Brown removes sunset date from Oregon's clean fuels standard

BY Erin Voegele Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed SB 324 into law. The bill removes the Dec. 31, 2015, sunset date from the state's clean fuels program. By signing SB 324, Brown has allowed the program to be implemented past the end of this year. READ MORE

March 11, 2015

Gevo sells its alcohol-based biojet fuel to NASA

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo announced that NASA bought its biojet fuel for aviation use at its research center in Cleveland, Ohio. Gevo's biojet fuel is manufactured at its demonstration biorefinery located in Silsbee, Texas, using renewable isobutanol made in Minnesota. READ MORE

March 06, 2015

Constructing a Full-Service Vision

BY Ron KotrbaIn the early stages of project development, startup company SG Preston has big plans for renewable diesel and its brand. Formed in 2012, the company has four business units: biomass, wood pellets, bioenergy and biofuels. READ MORE

March 05, 2015

Neste Oil claims world leadership in biofuels from waste, residue

BY Neste Oil In 2014, Neste Oil produced more than 420 million gallons of renewable fuel from waste and residues, enough to power all 650,000 diesel cars in Finland for two years. Waste and residues comprised 62 percent of its feedstock last year. READ MORE

March 04, 2015

Renewable Energy Group reports Q4, full year 2014 financials

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. The largest U.S. biodiesel producer sold 287 million gallons of biomass-based diesel in 2014, pulling in revenues of $1.27 billion for the year. Its production capacity increased to 332 MMgy in 2014 while expanding its product lines and into Europe. READ MORE

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