German biofuel maker to buy Atlantic Biodiesel plant in Ontario


A Canadian subsidiary of Germany-based Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG signed a contract May 2 to purchase Atlantic Biodiesel Corp.’s biodiesel production facility in Welland, Ontario, Canada. The plant is the former Great Lakes Biodiesel facility.
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National Biodiesel Foundation tours NYC’s sustainable side


The National Biodiesel Foundation hosted a small group of congressional staffers April 26 on a tour of New York City. The annual tour educates congressional staff about the city’s use of biodiesel as a key part of meeting its environmental goals.
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2 biodiesel antioxidants added to AGQM’s no-harm list


Germany’s biodiesel quality management association has successfully completed its 13th round of no-harm tests on oxidation stabilizers for biodiesel used in diesel fuel or heating oil. Antioxidants by Dorf Ketal and Rodanco have made the list.
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Secrets of secretion: Isolating eucalyptus genes for oil, biofuel


Michigan Tech’s Carsten Külheim has spent the past 10 years of his career studying eucalyptus. In particular, Külheim studies terpenes, organic compounds found in the leaves. The right terpenes can be used for essential oils or biofuel production.
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REG, Broco Oil Co. announce Bioheat partnership in Massachusetts


Renewable Energy Group Inc. and Broco Oil Co. are partnering to provide cleaner fuel options to heating oil dealers in the Northeast. The companies are working together to provide a state-of-the-art blending facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
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EPA delivers proposed 2020-’21 RVOs, ‘other RFS changes’ to OMB


The U.S. EPA has delivered a proposed rule to set 2020 RVOs under the Renewable Fuel Standard to the White House Office of Management and Budget. The proposed rule also includes the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel and other changes to the program.
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US DOE announces $79 million for bioenergy research, development


The U.S. DOE announced May 3 more than $79 million in funding for bioenergy research and development including biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. This supports DOE’s goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options.
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Velocys announces close-out of cellulosic diesel joint venture


Velocys announced April 29 the successful close-out of its Envia joint venture. The project was used to demonstrate the company’s Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquids technology. Operations at the plant were suspended in September 2018.
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Iowa biodiesel industry calls ‘mayday’ at Capitol Hill rally


Iowa Congressional leaders and members of the Iowa Biodiesel Board took part in a Capitol Hill rally May 1 in support of getting the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit renewed. The National Biodiesel Board hosted the event on the Senate Swamp.
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REG: Gallons sold up in Q1, buyer for Life Sciences identified


Renewable Energy Group released Q1 2019 results May 2, reporting a significant increase in biofuel gallons produced. REG also reported it has identified a buyer for its Life Sciences division and is working to expand renewable diesel capacity.
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