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April 15, 2014

Z Energy to build 5 MMgy biodiesel facility in New Zealand

BY Ron KotrbaThis month, the mayor of New Zealand's capital city of Wellington, Celia Wade-Brown, welcomed an announcement by Z Energy of the company's plans to invest $21 million in a 20 MMly (5.3 MMgy) biodiesel production facility using tallow as feedstock. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

RI producer to supply biodiesel for America's newest Tall Ship

BY Tall Ship SSV Oliver Hazard Perry By the nature of sailing itself, the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be energy efficient, powered by the wind whenever possible. To reduce its energy footprint further, its diesel engines and generators will run on biodiesel from Newport Biodiesel. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

UK partnership formed around diesel storage tank maintenance

BY Ron KotrbaFuel Performance Solutions has entered into a business partnership with IPU Group and Unipart Group to market, sell, distribute and provide aftermarket support for PerfoClean, a new product designed to provide superior cleaning for storage tanks. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

2 Iowan fuel retailers receive grants to offer biodiesel blends

BY Ron KotrbaIowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Transportation held a press conference April 14 announcing two $125,000 grants to Farmers Cooperative and Oak Street Station. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

Vilsack talks about USDA efforts to further advanced biofuels

BY Holly Jessen Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack testified about the farm bill and the rural economy, during a U.S. House of Representatives Committee hearing. As part of that, he talked about the USDA's work to create markets for advanced biofuels. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

New Ontario biodiesel mandate falls short, troubles producers

BY Ron KotrbaThe Ontario government issued its biodiesel mandate regulations for the province April 1, and biodiesel stakeholders, including members of the Ontario Biodiesel Producers Association, are frustrated and concerned with how percentages are calculated. READ MORE

April 14, 2014

Springboard webinar to cover benefits of small-scale production

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel is offering a free webinar on Earth Day, April 22, titled, "The Many Benefits of Small-Scale Biodiesel Production." Topics will include strategies for production, biodiesel myths and much more. READ MORE

April 09, 2014

Registration opens for 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference

BY Ron KotrbaRegistration is now open for the 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference, Aug. 14-17 in Pittsboro, N.C. This year's event is being hosted by Piedmont Biofuels. The theme of the event is "Think Differently." Keep reading to register or view speakers. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Incbio to supply biodiesel plant to South American client

BY Ron KotrbaPortugal-based biodiesel technology provider Incbio announced it has secured an agreement to supply a 55,000 ton per year (16.5 MMgy) biodiesel plant for an undisclosed South American client. Incbio expects the plant to be complete by December. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Scripps, UCSD algae biofuel programs rated top in US by DOE

BY Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego A new report issued by the U.S. DOE ranked algal biofuels research programs at University of California San Diego as the two best in the United States. A program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography was rated the best in the nation. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Renewable oil firm Solazyme Inc. raises $212.8M in gross proceeds

BY Solazyme Inc. Solazyme closed the sale of its 5,750,000 shares of its common stock, and $149.5 million aggregate principal amount of 5.00 percent convertible senior subordinated notes due 2019, in each case pursuant to separate public offerings of the securities. READ MORE

April 08, 2014

Neol to perform ag-waste-to-oil scale-up testing at CB2G

BY Ron KotrbaGrenada, Spain-based Neol Biosolutions announced it has reached an agreement with the Center for Second Generation Biofuels (CB2G) of the Spanish Nat'l Renewable Energy Center (CENER) for scale-up testing of its Microbioil-2.0 technology platform. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

Pacific Biodiesel closes 18-year-old Maui-based prototype plant

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies Pacific Biodiesel was notified by the county that continuing the current operation would require multiple permits and extensive upgrades to comply with new requirements. With two years left on its contract, the firm couldn't justify the expenses. READ MORE

April 07, 2014

Lignol to use M Energy's pretreatment technology in Darwin plant

BY Lignol Energy Corp. Lignol Energy Corp. signed an MOU between M Energy Co. Ltd. establishing the framework by which the two companies will work together to restart LEC's 140 MMly (37 MMgy) biodiesel plant and incorporate M Energy's proprietary pretreatment technology. READ MORE

April 03, 2014

Senate Finance Committee passes tax package with biodiesel credit

BY Ron KotrbaThe Senate Finance Committee passed a tax extenders package April 3 that includes a two-year extension of the $1-per-gallon biodiesel credit through 2015, retroactive back to Jan. 1 after its expiration Dec. 31. NBB called on Congress to act swiftly. READ MORE

April 02, 2014

Biodiesel tax credit included in proposed tax extenders package

BY The American Soybean Association As part of its proposed tax extenders package released April 1, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee included two items critical to soybean farmers, including a two-year extension of the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive that expired Dec. 31. READ MORE

April 02, 2014

Springboard Biodiesel donates processor to nonprofit organization

BY Ron KotrbaSpringboard Biodiesel has donated a BioPro 380 processing unit to the Center for Sustainable Energy Farming, a Torrance, Calif.-based nonprofit research organization. The BioPro 380 can make 100 gallons of biodiesel in 48 hours from a variety of FOG. READ MORE

April 02, 2014

Iowa Senate shows overwhelming, bipartisan support for biofuels

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The IRFA commended the Iowa Senate for voting unanimously (48-0) to pass Senate File 2344, showing tremendous, bipartisan support for renewable fuels. The bill would extend the state's biodiesel production tax credit set to expire by end of year. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

BIO responds to US EPA halting fuel pathway petitions for RFS

BY Ron KotrbaEarlier this month, U.S. EPA announced it was asking RFS fuel pathway petitioners to wait six months before submitting their requests so the agency can improve the petition process. BIO's Brent Erickson said six months is too long of a wait. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

UFOP: Making the case for first-gen biofuels in EU policy future

BY UFOP Political bodies must recognize, outside the media spotlight and sometimes highly emotionally laden discussions, what successes have meanwhile been achieved in European Union climate protection policies with first-generation biofuels. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

Biofuels Isoconversion demonstration system deemed a success

BY Applied Research Associates The Biofuels Isoconversion process seamlessly processes renewable feedstocks such as plant oils, tallow and waste vegetable oil into 100 percent drop-in diesel and jet fuels, as well as naphtha that can be used as a gasoline blend stock. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

Florida Biodiesel delivers biodiesel plant to Ivory Coast, Africa

BY Ron KotrbaFlorida Biodiesel Inc. recently announced it has completed sale of a B-500 biodiesel plant to the Lorymat Corp. in Ivory Coast, Africa. The company has chosen the B-500 biodiesel processor for its primary transesterification facility. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

First functional 'designer' chromosome synthesized in yeast

BY NYU Langone Medical Center An international team of scientists has synthesized the first functional chromosome in yeast, an important step in the emerging field of synthetic biology, designing microorganisms to produce novel medicines, raw materials for food, and biofuels. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

IFT secures UK-based Tate-Smith fleet as additive customer

BY Ron KotrbaThis week fuel additive maker International Fuel Technology Inc. announced that through its U.K.-based sales group Environmental Fuel Technology Inc., another trucking fleet, Tate-Smith Ltd., is now relying on its trademarked DiesoLIFT10 additive. READ MORE

March 26, 2014

Opinion: The Calif. drought equation stresses need for biofuels

BY Peter Brown California is a symptom and an example of a new phenomenon: the fact that climate change, greenhouse gases and massive ice melts, storms and droughts are worldwide events that only an international solution can address. Biofuels offer a solution. READ MORE

March 25, 2014

Germany sets biodiesel export record in 2013

BY Ron KotrbaAt approximately 480.3 million gallons (just under 1.6 million metric tons), the German biodiesel industry set a new export record in 2013, according to an appraisal by AMI based on data from the German Federal Statistical Office. READ MORE

March 24, 2014

Advanced biofuel trade groups ask for extension of tax incentives

BY The National Biodiesel Board A group of biofuel trade organizations today sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and ranking member Orrin Hatch, encouraging extension of critical advanced biofuel tax incentives, including the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

March 24, 2014

Alfa Laval launches new tantalum range of heat exchangers

BY Alfa Laval The heat exchangers in Alfa Laval's new tantalum range are stainless steel heat exchangers that have undergone a unique treatment where a thin layer of tantalum is metallurgically bonded to all surfaces exposed to corrosive media. READ MORE

March 24, 2014

Portuguese researchers study alternative biodiesel processes

BY Ron KotrbaThe study involved heterogeneous transesterification using a very active calcium glyceroxide catalyst, followed by efforts to remove the soaps through pretreating the crude biodiesel with sodium carbonate and then ion exchange resin treatment. READ MORE

March 24, 2014

The biodiesel tax credit: gone today, here tomorrow?

BY Shashi Menon This article is an attempt to tease out the issues related to value allocation and to look at what impact, if any, the proposed legislation for a biodiesel tax credit extension (S.2021, U.S. Sens. Grassley and Cantwell) has on the price of B100. READ MORE

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