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February 17, 2020

Biodiesel Production Technology Summit abstract deadline extended

BY BBI International The deadline to submit speaker presentation abstracts for the Biodiesel Production Technology Summit in Minneapolis June 15-17 has been extended. Abstracts are now being accepted through Feb. 21. Submit your idea at biodieseltechnologysummit.com. READ MORE

February 13, 2020

Forge secures Shell investment for Ontario renewable diesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaForge Hydrocarbons secured an equity investment from Shell Ventures and a follow-on contribution from Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, which will help build a 28.4 MMly renewable diesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, Canada, at a cost of CAD$30 million. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Plans abandoned for soybean crush facility in Spiritwood, ND

BY North Dakota Soybean Processors After more than three years, $6 million of investment and thousands of hours of management time, North Dakota Soybean Processors announced that it is abandoning its efforts to build a large-scale soybean crushing facility in Spiritwood, North Dakota. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Saola Energy, NextChem partner for int’l renewable diesel venture

BY Ron KotrbaNextChem of Italy and Kansas-based Saola Energy have formed a partnership to license renewable diesel technology to the international market. NextChem will be the licensor of the combined technology and provide clients with EPC services and training. READ MORE

February 11, 2020

Registration open until Feb. 28 for AGQM round robin tests

BY AGQM For the first time, all three round robin tests for fatty acid methyl esters (FAME, or biodiesel), vegetable and used cooking oils and pharmaceutical glycerol will be offered at the same time by Germany’s biodiesel quality management association. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

Sustainable biofuels from crops must be part of EU’s ‘Green Deal’

BY UFOP Sustainable biofuels from cultivated biomass must be a part of the overall strategy toward the decarbonization of the agricultural and transport sectors. UFOP Chairman Wolfgang Vogel emphasized this in a letter to members of the European Parliament. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

Delta agrees to purchase sustainable aviation fuel from NWABF

BY Delta Building on its $2 million investment for an ongoing feasibility study with Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, Delta has entered into one of the largest airline offtake agreements of its kind to purchase sustainable aviation fuel, if produced, from NWABF. READ MORE

February 04, 2020

Abstract deadline for new biodiesel technology event approaching

BY BBI International The Feb. 14 deadline for submitting presentation ideas to speak at the Biodiesel Production Technology Summit taking place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020, is approaching. Submit your abstract today at biodieseltechnologysummit.com. READ MORE

February 04, 2020

Industry veterans introduce BTC bridge loan funding for producers

BY Rock House Advisors and PB Renewables Joe Jobe of Rock House Advisors and Peter Behrle of PB Renewables are making bridge loan funding available for biodiesel producers expecting IRS refunds so they don’t have to wait months for their 2018 and 2019 biodiesel tax credit refunds. READ MORE

January 30, 2020

Detailing the data behind the latest US biodiesel quality report

BY Ron KotrbaTeresa Alleman, a senior fuel chemist with National Renewable Energy Laboratory, made her first appearance on the stage in several years at the National Biodiesel Conference in Tampa to discuss the biodiesel industry’s latest fuel quality report. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

President Trump signs USMCA trade deal into law, Canada to follow

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Donald Trump signed the USMCA agreement into law Jan. 29, a trade deal supplanting the North American Free Trade Agreement that has been in effect for the past 26 years. Mexico has already acted on USMCA and Canada is expected to soon. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

Manitoba to increase biodiesel, ethanol blend requirements

BY Ron KotrbaManitoba will increase the biodiesel content requirement in diesel fuel from 2 to 5 percent and the ethanol requirement in gasoline from 8.5 to 10 percent. Industry, stakeholder and citizen consultations will take place in the coming months. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

HollyFrontier picks HydroFlex tech for renewable diesel process

BY Ron KotrbaHollyFrontier announced it has chosen Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex process technology for production of renewable diesel at its Navajo refinery in Artesia, New Mexico. The 125 MMgy project is expected to cost $350 million and be operating in early 2022. READ MORE

January 28, 2020

Young scientists present next-gen biodiesel research in Tampa

BY Ron KotrbaStudent scientists from universities across the country converged in Tampa, Florida, at the National Biodiesel Conference to showcase their work as part of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. Four presented their work on a panel. READ MORE

January 28, 2020

Court strikes down 3 small refinery exemptions approved by US EPA

BY The Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union and National Corn Growers Association In a decision that is expected to broadly impact the U.S. EPA’s approach to granting SREs under the Renewable Fuel Standard, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit struck down three exemptions Jan. 24 that were improperly issued by EPA. READ MORE

January 24, 2020

2020 Eye on Biodiesel winners showcase an image of success

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to biodiesel. The commercial biodiesel industry wouldn’t be where it is today without them. Here are the 2020 recipients. READ MORE

January 23, 2020

Grants help WPI professor hone bio-oil process from mixed waste

BY Sharon Gaudin WPI associate professor Michael Timko has been awarded a $2 million grant from DOE and $275,000 from MCEC to expand his earlier research to mix food waste with municipal green waste and, through hydrothermal liquefaction, make an energy-dense oil. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

New US biodiesel industry vision lays out 2030, 2050 use targets

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s vision for the U.S. biodiesel industry includes ensuring the fuel be recognized for its superior performance characteristics, and growing its use to more than 6 billion gallons by 2030 and 15 billion gallons by 2050. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

Phillips 66, REG cancel Washington renewable diesel project

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Phillips 66 and REG are discontinuing their joint effort to construct a large-scale renewable diesel plant in Ferndale, Washington, the companies announced Jan. 21. The project has been canceled due to permitting delays and uncertainties. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

Diesel fleets will continue to thrive with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Conference & Expo attendees in Tampa Jan. 21 received a glimpse into the future as industry leaders from the Fuels Institute, NTEA and major OEMs mapped out the road ahead for the freight and transportation industries. READ MORE

January 20, 2020

Study addresses deforestation, confirms benefits of US biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Foundation The latest research from economic modeling experts at Purdue University shows the impacts of U.S. biofuel policy on deforestation in Southeast Asia are insignificant . The new research also confirms there is no shortage of feedstock or farmland. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

IRS publishes guidance on claiming 2018-’19 biodiesel tax credit

BY Ron KotrbaThe IRS published guidance Jan. 15 for companies seeking to claim the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit for 2018-’19. The IRS is providing a 180-day period for companies to claim retroactive tax credits, beginning Feb. 14 and ending Aug. 11. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Shaw says IRFA ready, willing to work with EPA in 2020

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association At the 2020 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit Jan. 16, IRFA executive director Monte Shaw addressed attendees on the state of the Iowa biofuels industry, characterizing it as frustrated but focused on moving forward, working cooperatively with EPA in 2020. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

Crown unveils innovative pretreatment system for renewable diesel

BY Crown Iron Works Crown introduces its game-changing Renewable Diesel Pretreatment System that doubles hydrotreater catalyst life, yields the industry’s highest output of pretreated product, and guarantees product quality specifications, regardless of feedstock. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

President Trump signs Phase 1 trade agreement with China

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Trump signed the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China Jan. 15, a move expected to deescalate trade tensions between the two countries while reopening key markets for U.S. farmers. Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans remain in place. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

Diamond Oil Co. receives biodiesel award from Iowa ag secretary

BY FUELIowa Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented Elliott Oil Co. of Ottumwa and Diamond Oil Company Inc. of Des Moines with the 2020 Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards at the FUELIowa annual meeting in Des Moines Jan. 14. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

Washington Gov. Inslee urges state to adopt Clean Fuel Standard

BY Erin VoegeleWashington Gov. Jay Inslee visited the Port of Seattle Jan. 10 to call on the state legislature to adopt a Clean Fuel Standard during its 2020 legislative session. He was joined by Alaska Airlines, which has announced its support for the program. READ MORE

January 10, 2020

GAO to investigate EPA’s misuse of small refinery exemptions

BY The Office of Rep. Abby Finkenauer Rep. Abby Finkenauer announced the Government Accountability Office will begin an investigation into the U.S. EPA’s granting of SRE waivers to the RFS. This investigation is a result of Finkenauer leading a bipartisan request to the GAO. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

Biofuels require little arable land but provide many benefits

BY UFOP Crop plants are grown on more than 1.56 billion hectares worldwide. Most of this produce is used as food. Only around 5 percent goes into biofuels. Despite the low cropland use, biofuels provide a number of benefits to the economy. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

Copper-based catalyst used to convert glycerin to DHA, hydrogen

BY Tokyo Institute of Technology Scientists at Tokyo Tech and Taiwan Tech developed a cheap, efficient, copper-based catalyst to convert glycerin into the high-value chemical dihydroxyacetone (DHA). In addition, this same process produces hydrogen molecules from water. READ MORE

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