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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

September 02, 2014

IEA releases mid-term forecast for biofuels, renewable energy

BY Erin Voegele The International Energy Agency has released its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. The forecast for biodiesel has actually been increased slightly, with 2020 production expected at 33 billion liters (8.7 billion gallons). READ MORE

September 02, 2014

Inside NBB: Biodiesel educator honored with Presidential Award

BY NBB Staff While the biodiesel industry has recognized Darrin Peters of Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton, Mo., before, this time the recognition came from the president's desk. He was recognized for his biodiesel-related work inside and outside the class. READ MORE

September 02, 2014

Methes Energies intro's PP-MEC catalyst, inks manufacturing deal

BY Ron KotrbaMethes Energies introduced its new biodiesel pretreatment process centered on a noncorrosive liquid catalyst it calls PP-MEC during an Aug. 28 Biodiesel Magazine webinar. The firm has inked a deal with Dorf Ketal to manufacture the new catalyst. READ MORE

August 29, 2014

Benefuel, Felda JV to retrofit 75 MMgy Malaysian biodiesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaNew ownership and biodiesel process technology are planned for a 75 MMgy plant in Kuantan Port, Malaysia. Benefuel Int'l Holdings and a Felda Global Ventures subsidiary agreed to purchase the plant and retrofit it with Benefuel's Ensel technology. READ MORE

August 27, 2014

Kelley Green Biofuel showcases biodiesel ingenuity at CBC event

BY Ron KotrbaSmall-scale biodiesel producers have long been a source of ingenuity, and the minds behind Kelley Green Biofuel simply confirm this assertion. Kristopher Kelley and Link Shumaker presented at the Collective Biodiesel Conference in Pittsboro, N.C. READ MORE

August 27, 2014

Algae Systems, IHI Corp. complete unique algae-biofuel demo

BY Ron KotrbaA demonstration plant in Daphne, Ala., combines wastewater with algae to produce what the company says is the world's first energy-generating wastewater treatment process, using carbon-negative technologies to yield biofuel and drinking water. READ MORE

August 27, 2014

Swiss firm MBP Group earns RSB sustainability certification

BY Ron KotrbaSwitzerland-based waste fats and oils collection company MBP Group has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials sustainability certification for their waste material collection, trading and distribution activities. READ MORE

August 25, 2014

US EPA sends long-awaited renewable fuels rule to White House

BY The National Biodiesel Board The EPA sent the proposed final rule for the 2014 RFS to the White House Office of Management and Budget late last week. The NBB's Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel urged a quick turnaround to get the biodiesel industry back on track. READ MORE

August 25, 2014

Year sees notable increase in UK renewable power, biodiesel use

BY Anna Simet From Q1 2013 to Q1 2014, ethanol consumption rose by only 1.1 percent, from 190 to 192 million liters. Biodiesel, however, saw a much larger increase. Consumption rose by 52 percent, from 128 million liters in Q1 2013 to 195 million in Q1 2014. READ MORE

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