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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

March 04, 2015

Wyo. imposes 24-cent-per-gallon tax on alternative fuels

BY Ron KotrbaWyoming Gov. Matthew H. Mead recently signed a bill (HB0009) into law imposing a fuel tax on previously exempt alternative fuels such as biodiesel and ethanol. The new rate of taxation on alternative fuels beginning July 1 is 24 cents per gallon. READ MORE

March 02, 2015

U. of Saskatchewan receives funding for glycerin purification

BY The University of Saskatchewan With more than $500,000 in government funding, researchers will be able to purchase highly specialized equipment for the development and commercialization of new, more efficient and affordable glycerol purification and conversion technologies. READ MORE

February 27, 2015

New test proposed to determine origin of biodiesel feedstock

BY Ehsan Ali This article proposes the development of a technique to easily determine the source of oil or biodiesel based on carbon isotope ratio in different regions of the world. It would be like a litmus test to check the source of oil for biodiesel. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

Iowa road funding bill passes with reduced tax rate for B11

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Legislature created a 3-cent per gallon differential tax rate for B11 and higher biodiesel blends in the road funding legislation passed Feb. 24. This provision is expected to boost the availability and sales of cleaner-burning biodiesel. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

US DOE awards $10M to develop innovative bioenergy processes

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office announces the selection of seven projects across the country to receive up to $10 million to support innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. READ MORE

February 24, 2015

Plant built by Pacific Biodiesel up for online auction Feb. 24-26

BY Ron KotrbaA 2.5 MMgy multifeedstock biodiesel plant built by Pacific Biodiesel is being sold in an online auction by West Auctions, with bids being accepted 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Feb. 24 through 10 a.m. PT Feb. 26. The courts ordered the plant to be sold. READ MORE

February 23, 2015

Iowa 'gas tax' proposal would spur growth of biodiesel use

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board The Iowa Biodiesel Board registered Feb. 20 in support of legislation that would raise the state's fuel tax. A provision of the legislation would give a partial exemption to the new tax for diesel blended with at least 11 percent biodiesel (B11). READ MORE

February 20, 2015

NREL 2013 Renewable Energy Data Book includes biofuel statistics

BY Erin Voegele The NREL report states biodiesel was the fastest growing biofuel type in 2013. U.S. production increased by 64 percent, while global production increased 17 percent. U.S. biodiesel production in 2013 was 360 times greater than production in 2001. READ MORE

February 20, 2015

Arizona high school students take part in biodiesel project

BY Arizona Charter Academy Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a high school math and science teacher from Arizona Charter Academy and a group of enthusiastic high school students, a diesel bus will soon driving down the road, powered by biodiesel made by the students. READ MORE

February 18, 2015

Evofuel expands castor activity in Brazil with Insolo

BY Evogene Ltd. Evogene subsidiary Evofuel Ltd. and Insolo Agroindustrial S.A. have signed a collaboration agreement for the selection and optimization of Evofuel's proprietary castor bean varieties in Insolo farms located in Piaui state in northeast Brazil. READ MORE

February 17, 2015

Scholarships bring 30 next-gen scientists to biodiesel show

BY The National Biodiesel Board In January, up-and-coming scientists joined 900 biodiesel supporters at the National Biodiesel Conference in Texas. About 30 student members of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel traveled to the event, many on scholarships through the NBB. READ MORE

February 13, 2015

Biodiesel's role in meeting AB 32 goals presented at Calif. event

BY The California Biodiesel Alliance The fourth annual California Biodiesel Conference, produced by the California Biodiesel Alliance, was held in Sacramento on Feb. 4 and featured key California regulatory, legislative, and environmental leaders and biodiesel industry professionals. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

CARB issues LCFS pathway for Sustainable Oils' patented camelina

BY Sustainable Oils Inc. Sustainable Oils has been issued a first-of-its-kind feedstock-only pathway by the California Air Resources Board for the production of camelina-based fuels under the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS). Its camelina-based biodiesel has a CI of 19 g/MJ. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

California GHG reporting obligations extend to biodiesel

BY Graham Noyes As a result of California's Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions program (MRR), biofuel producers, position holders and companies that import biodiesel into California are subject to reporting obligations based on specified thresholds. READ MORE

February 11, 2015

USDA holds media call on $280 million REAP funding opportunity

BY Erin Voegele USDA hosted a media call announcing that more than $280 million is being made available to eligible applicants through the Rural Energy for America Program. REAP helps ag producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption. READ MORE

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