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July 23, 2014

Inside NBB: Next Generation Scientists program welcomes 3 new student leaders

BY NBB Three university students have been selected through a competitive process to help lead the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. Launched in 2010, the NBB program aims to educate young scientists with factual information about biodiesel. READ MORE

July 21, 2014

Inside NBB: Political Giving an Important Piece of Federal Policy Puzzle

BY Donnell Rehagen The biodiesel industry has long been commended for its advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C., and grassroots lobbying strength, but political fundraising remains an important component of supporting effective public policy. READ MORE

July 18, 2014

In Depth: Building the New Energy Economy

BY Justin Heller Akash Energy's retail division Root Fuel intends to change America's relationship with fuel. The company's objective is to utilize the existing, relatively low-cost cardlock infrastructure to create a new consumer fueling experience. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

In Depth: A Biodiesel Family Affair

BY Ron KotrbaThe Renwicks of South Carolina, owners of Winnsboro-based Midlands Biofuels, persevere through the biodiesel industry's instability with ingenuity, passion and teamwork. This is their story. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

EBB: European Commission should extend duties on US biodiesel

BY The European Biodiesel Board Unsurprisingly, the European Biodiesel Board applauded the European Commission's decision this month to initiate the investigation looking into the factual grounds for a potential extension of duties on biodiesel imports originating in the U.S. READ MORE

July 17, 2014

US DOE, USDA award $12.6M for feedstock improvement projects

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. DOE and USDA announced the selection of 10 projects that will receive funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower and biobased products. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Innovative catalysts open new opportunities in biodiesel market

BY William Summers Benefuel Inc.'s Chief Science Officer William Summers discusses the benefits of his company's Ensel fixed-bed process for biodiesel. The durable metal oxide catalyst is largely insensitive to water and effectively converts every feedstock tested. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

US DOE awards $6 million to advance cost-competitive biofuels

BY U.S. DOE DOE has announced $6 million for two projects to develop next-generation biofuels that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuels from biomass. The award recipients are SRI Int'l and the Research Triangle Institute. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Sapphire Energy selected as an EcoPartner with Sinopec

BY Erin Voegele Sapphire Energy Inc. has announced that its algae-derived renewable crude project with Sinopec, China's state-owned oil and gas conglomerate, was selected for the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program during a signing ceremony in Beijing July 10. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Petrixo to build biojet fuel refinery in UAE using UOP technology

BY Ron KotrbaThe Honeywell company UOP LLC announced this month that its green fuels process technology has been selected by Dubai-based Petrixo Oil & Gas to produce biojet fuel and renewable diesel at a new refinery to be built in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Enzyme-catalyzed biodiesel made from low-quality oils

BY P.M. Nielsen Blue Sun Biodiesel and Viesel Fuel are producing biodiesel based on lipase as catalyst. Novozymes has been the enzyme supplier and partner, and this accomplishment of full-scale enzymatic production is the result of lengthy, dedicated R&D work. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Methes Energies completes first US biodiesel sales transaction

BY Methes Energies International Ltd. Methes Energies completed its first biodiesel transaction in the U.S. The transaction included the import of biodiesel from its Sombra, Ontario, facility where its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary was the importer of record and the generator of RINs. READ MORE

July 15, 2014

Australian city to run 6-month B20 biodiesel trial at golf course

BY Ron KotrbaThe city of Canada Bay in New South Wales, Australia, is beginning a six-month trial using B20 blends of biodiesel at the Massey Park Golf Course. Once the project is complete, the B20 biodiesel trial may be expanded across the Australian city. READ MORE

July 14, 2014

Discovery in algae reveals evolutionary origin of sexes

BY The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center A team of scientists led by James Umen has made a discovery in the multicellular green alga, Volvox carteri, that reveals the origin of male and female sexes, showing how they evolved from a more primitive mating system in a unicellular relative. READ MORE

July 08, 2014

Opinion: Building the Bioheat Bridge - keys to playing offense

BY Michael Devine It seems obvious; building the Bioheat Bridge is simply the act of blending ASTM D6751 biodiesel with ASTM D396 heating oil. What's not obvious is recognizing the opportunities and various bridges that can be built through biodiesel marketing. READ MORE

July 08, 2014

Neste's renewable diesel to reduce carbon footprint of Flow Fest

BY Neste Oil Corp. Neste Oil is supporting the environmental goals of this year's Flow Festival in Helsinki by supplying 100 percent NEXBTL renewable diesel to generate electricity for the event. Held Aug. 8-10, the festival is known for prioritizing the environment. READ MORE

July 08, 2014

EPA issues final QAP rule, phases out more costly QAP-A option

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA released its much-anticipated final rule on the RFS quality assurance plan (QAP). EPA finalized both QAP-A and QAP-B options through 2014, but beginning in 2015, the program will consist of a single QAP option that resembles Option-B. READ MORE

July 08, 2014

Opinion: The fuel quality and tank design disconnect

BY Paul Nazzaro People rarely notices fuel storage tanks, nor does the consumer think about how fuel quality could be impacted by tank design. To appreciate what may be happening to these systems, we need to understand how the petroleum supply chain functions. READ MORE

July 08, 2014

Benefuel pulls $11M in first tranche of Series C stock offering

BY Ron KotrbaIrving, Texas-based biodiesel technology and production firm Benefuel Inc. announced it has closed $11 million in the first tranche of its offering of Series C Preferred Stock. A U.S. subsidiary of Canada's Suncor Energy was the primary subscriber. READ MORE

July 07, 2014

Aemetis biodiesel receives US EPA approval, EU ISCC certification

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis Inc. announced that it has received EPA approval for the issuance of D4 RINs upon the importation into the U.S. of biodiesel produced from waste fats and oils. The fuel also recently earned the EU's ISCC Category 2 certification. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

LCFS developments: proposal to simplify application process

BY John Sens The California Air Resources Board recently held a workshop outlining some of its proposed changes to the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) program. Among the changes proposed were those related to the new pathway submission and evaluation process. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

Palladium-gold nanocatalysts used for faster glycerol conversion

BY Rice University Chemical engineer Michael Wong has spent a decade amassing evidence that palladium-gold nanoparticles are excellent catalysts for cleaning polluted water, but even he was surprised at how well the particles convert glycerol to valuable chemicals. READ MORE

July 02, 2014

Heliae, Sincere Corp. to build algae production facility in Japan

BY Heliae Algae technology company Heliae recently announced a partnership with Japan-based Sincere Corp., a waste management and recycling company, to form a joint venture and develop a commercial algae production facility in Saga City, Japan. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

Biodiesel innovator, NGSB supporter Dallas Hanks dies at 51

BY Ron KotrbaDallas Hanks, 51 years old, died of cancer last week. Hanks was a big supporter of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program and pioneered the idea of growing biofuel feedstock plants on nontraditional agricultural lands. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

Minn. biodiesel requirement jumps to 10 percent

BY Ron KotrbaMinnesota has long been a biodiesel pioneer, becoming the first U.S. state to implement a biodiesel standard back in 2005 at 2 percent. In 2009, the biodiesel requirement jumped to 5 percent. The transition to B10 was originally scheduled for 2012. READ MORE

July 01, 2014

52 lawmakers ask White House to boost biodiesel volumes under RFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board Expressing urgent concerns about a proposed cut, 52 U.S. representatives from across the country called on President Obama in late June to continue growing biodiesel volumes under the renewable fuel standard. Continue reading to view the letter. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Evonik to raise sodium methylate prices in North America

BY Evonik Industries AG Effective July 1, or as contracts allow, Evonik Corp. will increase list and off list prices for all concentrations of sodium methylate solution in North America. Evonik is one of the world's largest producers of sodium methylate solution. READ MORE

June 25, 2014

Cellana signs LOI with Galil for algae products commercialization

BY Cellana Inc. Cellana Inc. entered into a letter of intent with Galil Algae Cooperative Agriculture Society Ltd. for production of algae products for aquaculture applications. Cellana produces industrial-scale quantities of its trademarked ReNew Algae. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Methes finalizes biodiesel supply agreements with US clients

BY Ron KotrbaMethes Energies International Ltd. recently announced that it has finalized agreements with U.S. clients to supply more than $6 million of biodiesel, including Methes Energies' share of the expected biodiesel blenders tax credit, by Sept. 30. READ MORE

June 24, 2014

Neste signs algae oil offtake agreement with US-based RAE

BY Neste Oil Corp. Neste Oil and Renewable Algae Energy, a U.S.-based algae biomass producer, have signed a contingent commercial algae oil offtake agreement. Algae oil is one of the alternatives being researched by Neste Oil for use as renewable diesel feedstock. READ MORE

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