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October 01, 2014

US biodiesel industry challenges EU trade barriers

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board on filed comments Sept. 30 with the European Commission challenging unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from being exported to Europe since 2009. The bottom line is that a lot has changed in five years. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

US DOE announces up to $25M to reduce costs of algal biofuels

BY U.S. DOE In support of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the U.S. Department of Energy announced on Sept. 30 up to $25 million in funding to reduce the cost of algal biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent by 2019. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

ABO launches White House petition to encourage CO2 recycling

BY Algae Biomass Organization The Algae Biomass Organization announced Sept. 30 that it has initiated a "We the People" petition to the White House and called for those who support common sense, market-driven, job-creating and emissions-reducing technologies to sign the petition. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

Agrisoma closes financing round, appoints new board members

BY Ron KotrbaAgrisoma Biosciences Inc. recently announced the first closing of its Series A financing round, expected to total $8 million through 2014. It will use the funding to advance commercialization of Resonance Carinata, an RSB-certified oilseed crop. READ MORE

September 29, 2014

Increased 2014 biodiesel mandate is subject of API letter to EPA

BY Ron KotrbaAPI sent EPA a letter stating it has learned the agency is considering increasing the 2014 biomass-based diesel standard under RFS, and reminding EPA of the statutory lead time needed to do so. NBB says this is more of API playing politics with RFS. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

First-of-its-kind biodiesel plant prepares to start production

BY Ron KotrbaA biodiesel plant under construction at the 50 MMgy Adkins Energy ethanol refinery in Lena, Ill., will soon be making its first gallons of fuel. Adkins Energy General Manager Ray Baker said he anticipates production to begin in early October. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Schott, Algatech sign new R&D agreement following 1-year study

BY Schott AG Schott and Algatechnologies, a biotechnology company specializing in algae production, have signed an R&D agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study of new glass tubes at Algatech's algae production facility. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Maverick Synfuels introduces modular GTL methanol plants

BY Maverick Synfuels Maverick Synfuels has introduced the first small-scale, modular methane-to-methanol production plant that can be co-located at the methane source. Methanol is used to produce a variety of higher-value chemical products including biodiesel. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

IncBio contracted to supply 2.4 MMgy biodiesel plant to Greece

BY Ron KotrbaPorto, Portugal-based biodiesel technology provider IncBio announced it has signed a contract with SPA Renewables SA to supply a 2.4 MMgy biodiesel plant to be installed in Corinth, Greece. The company expects the plant to be complete in February. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

DOD awards 3 biofuel contracts under Defense Production Act

BY Anna Simet Red Rock Biofuels, Fulcrum Bioenergy and Emerald Biofuels have been awarded contracts under the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Protection Act to construct and commission biorefineries that will produce a collective 100 MMgy of drop-in biofuels. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

Blue Sun Biodiesel earns BQ-9000 Producer status

BY Blue Sun Biodiesel Blue Sun Biodiesel has received BQ-9000 Producer status from the National Biodiesel Accreditation Commission and the National Biodiesel Board. There are fewer than 50 companies that have achieved this milestone recognition. READ MORE

September 15, 2014

REG's chief financial officer named chair of Iowa Biodiesel Board

BY Ron KotrbaChad Stone, the chief financial officer for REG, has been named the new chair of the Iowa Biodiesel Board. Stone joined REG as its CFO in August 2009. Prior to that, he spent more than 17 years in public accounting and consulting in various roles. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

USU's Mike Morgan sets more biodiesel-powered speed records

BY Utah State University Using a biodiesel blend made at USU from algae, Morgan drove a privately owned Dodge Rampage in a heavy headwind to 132.620 mph. In the same vehicle, powered with USU-made, 100 percent safflower biodiesel, he cruised to 133.815 mph. READ MORE

September 12, 2014

Honolulu city council adopts resolution for biodiesel initiative

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies On Sept. 10, the Honolulu City Council adopted a resolution requesting the development of a biodiesel initiative for the city's existing mass transit diesel vehicles. The city and county of Honolulu have a commendable track record with biodiesel. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Methes breaks biodiesel production record; gets QAP-B RIN status

BY Ron KotrbaMethes Energies International outpaced its own biodiesel production record in August, making 412,000 gallons at its Sombra, Ontario, facility, beating a previous monthly record of 308,000 gallons. The firm's RINs also recently attained QAP-B status. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Nat'l Cheng Kung University to scale up unique biodiesel process

BY National Cheng Kung University The three-year NCKU project using microwaves and SrO to convert UCO to biodiesel is now in its second year. NCKU is about to realize the project and conduct the experiment on a larger scale with a new processing station, according to the university. READ MORE

September 11, 2014

Inside NBB: Biofuels tour educates through immersion

BY NBB Staff The National Biodiesel Foundation hosted an immersive, four-day tour through Iowa for federal and state agency officials and U.S. congressional staffers. This year's tour brought representatives from eight states to witness renewable achievements. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

In Depth: US Army Corps of Engineers Powers Floating Plants with Biodiesel

BY Bob Leitch and Tim Welp In 2009, an executive order was issued requiring federal agencies to reduce energy consumption, GHG emissions and fossil fuels, and increase renewable energy use. The USACE is using biodiesel to help comply. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

In Depth: QAP 2.0: The Final Rule

BY Ron KotrbaTraversing the maze of U.S. EPA's proposed RIN Quality Assurance Plan was daunting, but after 16 months, the final rule provides a simpler pathway to getting markets back on track. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

Inside NBB: NBB wins bid for USDA grant funding

BY NBB Staff This is the third time the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, with funding available from the Farm Bill, has been open to applicants, and the third time NBB received a significant portion of the grant. READ MORE

September 10, 2014

HGP to auction off 10 percent interest in Calif. biodiesel firm

BY Ron KotrbaAsset advisory and auction firm Heritage Global Partners announced it will be holding a telephonic auction of nearly 10 percent economic interest in North Star Biofuels LLC and related intellectual property owned by R Power Biofuels and Sauber LLC. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

RIN Academy 2014 offers critical information on RINs, RFS program

BY EcoEngineers RIN Academy is a place to learn how policy incentives impact the renewable fuels market and a gathering spot for biofuel and tech companies, feedstock suppliers and project developers to network with financiers, municipalities, off-takers and EPCs. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

Corn Oil One breaks ground on distillers corn oil frac facility

BY Ron KotrbaCorn Oil One announced it has broken ground on its new DCO frac facility that will use a patent-pending process to purify components out of DCO, such as waxes and free fatty acids. Construction is expected to be complete early next year. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

In Depth: A New Era of Technical Leadership

BY Ron KotrbaIn a Q&A with Biodiesel Magazine, Scott Fenwick, technical director for the National Biodiesel Board, discusses biodiesel fuel quality, ASTM developments and technical progress. READ MORE

September 09, 2014

Bridgeport Biodiesel resumes operations, gets expansion permits

BY Ron KotrbaBridgeport Biodiesel is back up and running after Tri-State Biodiesel and its parent company, The Sustainable Biodiesel Company, partnered with Lard-NABF LLC to purchase and upgrade the plant. Expansion and upgrading is expected to begin this month. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Fulcrum receives $105M USDA loan guarantee for biojet fuel plant

BY USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA has closed on a $105 million loan guarantee to Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels LLC to build a biorefinery in Nevada to produce 11 million gallons of biojet fuel annually from municipal solid waste. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

Opinion: Eurofins QTA to Introduce In-Line Analysis for Biodiesel Production

BY Kangming Ma Biodiesel producers are looking for a more effective analytical technology with constant monitoring directly at the critical test points. With all the advantages, Eurofins QTA in-line service will become a powerful analytical tool for producers. READ MORE

September 04, 2014

SwRI adds custom-designed circulating fluidized bed system

BY Southwest Research Institute Producing about a half a liter per hour, clients can use the circulating fluidized bed system at SwRI to evaluate new catalysts and determine how plant-derived, bio feedstocks and bio oils can be efficiently integrated into refineries. READ MORE

September 03, 2014

Inside NBB: Fight Continues Through Frustrating RFS Uncertainty

BY Anne Steckel As the leaves begin to turn, the biodiesel industry still waits for the 2014 final RFS rule. The National Biodiesel Board continues to fight for an increase in biodiesel volumes while simultaneously urging Congress to reinstate the tax credit. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

Opinion: Legal Liabilities for Sale, Shipment of Off-Spec Biodiesel

BY James L. Pray There are several steps that producers can take in order to avoid issues related to off-spec fuel and, once a problem has been identified, there are important measures that must be followed to successfully resolve the problem. READ MORE

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