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September 02, 2015

New study highlights importance of trade in int'l biofuel use

BY Ron KotrbaWritten by Jayson Beckman, an economist with USDA ERS, the report, Biofuel Use in International Markets: The Importance of Trade, focuses on the favorable market conditions and policies that have led to remarkable international growth in biofuels. READ MORE

September 02, 2015

Preliminary agenda out for Nat'l Advanced Biofuels Conference

BY BBI International A preliminary agenda has been announced for the 2015 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo Oct. 26-28 in Omaha, Nebraska. The event will focus on integration opportunities for ethanol and biodiesel plants to produce advanced biofuels. READ MORE

September 01, 2015

Missouri biodiesel plant gets new owners, lease on life

BY Ron KotrbaLakeview Energy LLC has purchased the assets of the former Producer's Choice Soy Energy facility in Moberly, Missouri, along with nearly 7 acres of land. The company plans to invest close to $5 million to upgrade the biodiesel production plant. READ MORE

August 31, 2015

Alabama technology firm ends deal for exclusive licensing rights

BY Ron KotrbaInventure Renewables, a subsidiary of Singapore-based holding company Inventure International (Pte) Ltd., has ended its relationship with Alchimia for exclusive licensing rights to Inventure’s patented process technologies in the western hemisphere. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

4 individuals from Florida sentenced for biodiesel RIN, tax fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice The defendants were all employees and officers of New Energy Fuels LLC, a business in Waller, Texas, that claimed to process animal fats and vegetable oils into biodiesel. The defendants subsequently relocated, operating a similar scheme in Ohio. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

UK-based biodiesel producer Olleco acquires Convert2Green

BY Ron KotrbaU.K.-based biodiesel producer Olleco has acquired Convert2Green Ltd., a used cooking oil collection company and biodiesel manufacturer also located in the U.K. With the acquisition, the number of Olleco's depots across the U.K. has increased to 17. READ MORE

August 26, 2015

Scotland's Argent Energy commissions BDI for multifeedstock plant

BY Ron KotrbaAustria-based BDI-BioEnergy International has been contracted to implement the next phase of construction, installation of multifeedstock technology, at Argent Energy (U.K.) Ltd.'s 13 MMgy biodiesel plant in Motherwell, Scotland. READ MORE

August 26, 2015

Scientists screen ocean-based algae for highest oil content

BY The Scottish Association for Marine Science Using a new technique, scientists examined microalgae strains in the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa, an internationally important algal store based at SAMS in Oban, to find out which ocean-based strains had the highest oil content. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

REG completes acquisition of Imperium biodiesel plant, terminal

BY Ron KotrbaThe acquisition of Imperium Renewables' assets by Renewable Energy Group has been completed. The assets include a 100 MMgy biodiesel plant, now called REG Grays Harbor LLC, and deep-water port terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Washington. READ MORE

August 21, 2015

Minnesota poised to play a role in next-generation heating oil

BY The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council At a forum sponsored by MSRPC, attendees listened as a diverse group of energy influencers described Bioheat, a blend of biodiesel and heating oil, as a 21st century heating oil that promises to increase the diversity of the U.S. energy supply. READ MORE

August 18, 2015

Poll: Voters want presidential candidates who support biodiesel

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board An independent public opinion poll commissioned by the IBB shows 76 percent of Iowa voters support expanding the RFS to increase biodiesel use. A majority of voters also said a presidential candidate's view on the RFS is important to their vote. READ MORE

August 13, 2015

BDI financials show positive net result for first half of year

BY Ron KotrbaAustria-based BDI-BioEnergy International AG released its financial results for the first half of 2015. The company's financial development was affected by the ongoing difficult market environment and delays in biodiesel projects during the period. READ MORE

August 12, 2015

Propel brings Neste renewable diesel to Southern California

BY Ron KotrbaPropel Fuels began offering Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable diesel Aug. 12 at 13 Southern California locations serving Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire. Marketed as Diesel HPR, the fuel consists of 98.5 percent NExBTL. READ MORE

August 11, 2015

USDA invests $63M in 264 renewable energy, efficiency projects

BY USDA USDA announced $63 million in loans and grants for 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects nationwide through its REAP program. Lakeview Biodiesel will use a $3.3 million loan guarantee to purchase and improve a Missouri biodiesel plant. READ MORE

August 10, 2015

Researchers gain better understanding of algae lipid production

BY Ron KotrbaA team led by scientists from the U.S. DOE Joint Genome Institute has analyzed the genes activated during algal lipid production, particularly the molecular machinery that orchestrates these gene activities inside the cell when it produces lipids. READ MORE

August 10, 2015

2 sentenced, another pleads guilty to biodiesel RIN fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice James Jariv was sentenced in a Las Vegas federal court to 10 years in prison Aug. 5 for his role in biodiesel RIN fraud. Nathan Stoliar of Australia was sentenced to two years in prison for his part. Alex Jariv also plead guilty in the scheme. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

REG reports increased biodiesel sales in Q2 earnings

BY Katie Fletcher Renewable Energy Group Inc. recently announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, reporting 96.1 million gallons of biomass-based diesel sales, 24.5 percent more than the comparable period in 2014. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Biodiesel and Bioheat Forum scheduled Aug. 19 in Minnesota

BY Ron KotrbaThe Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council is hosting a Biodiesel and Bioheat Forum Aug. 19 in Mankato, Minnesota, where leaders from the heating oil and biodiesel industries will discuss markets, new process technologies and fuel quality. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Algae.Tec projects in India, US on track for startup this year

BY Ron KotrbaAlgae.Tec Ltd. recently announced two business updates regarding its partnership with India-based Reliance Industries Ltd. and new plans for the company's test facility in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Both are slated for commissioning this year. READ MORE

August 03, 2015

REG to acquire Imperium's assets including 100 MMgy plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG and Imperium Renewables signed an asset purchase agreement where REG would acquire substantially all the assets of Imperium, including its 100 MMgy biodiesel refinery and deepwater port terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Washington. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

UPS makes deals with Neste, REG, Solazyme for renewable diesel

BY UPS UPS announced on July 29 agreements for up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one of the largest users of renewable diesel in the world. READ MORE

July 28, 2015

NBB to EPA: 2017 biodiesel standard should be 2.7 billion gallons

BY The National Biodiesel Board On July 27 the National Biodiesel Board called on the U.S. EPA to strengthen its proposal for biodiesel volumes under RFS. In extensive comments submitted to the agency on the pending RFS rule, NBB cited compelling benefits of increased production. READ MORE

July 27, 2015

Winners announced in Minnesota biodiesel essay contest

BY Ron KotrbaWinners have been announced for the 2015 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship open to Minnesota high school seniors. Brianna Bredeson, a recent graduate of Willmar Senior High, took first place. Sydney Benson of Burnsville placed second. READ MORE

July 23, 2015

B100 available at Root Fuel's Wallisville Road station in Houston

BY Ron KotrbaSix months after opening its Wallisville Road fuel station in Houston selling B20, Root Fuel is now offering B50 and B100 at the same location. CEO Justin Heller said he is selling B100 for $2.399 a gallon, 20 cents less than his B20 blends. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

San Francisco mayor says city fleet to use renewable diesel

BY The Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee announced his city will leapfrog its efforts to protect the climate from harmful effects of diesel emissions by phasing out use of petroleum diesel in the city fleet and replacing it with renewable diesel by year's end. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Senate committee passes 2-year biodiesel tax credit extension

BY Ron Kotrba and Erin Voegele The Senate Finance Committee passed a tax extenders package that includes a two-year extension of the biodiesel tax credit. The committee also accepted an amendment that changes the incentive from a blenders credit to a production credit. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

State-of-the-Art Algae Photobioreactors

BY Ron KotrbaPhotobioreactor manufacturers, including Algae Systems LLC, Algenol LLC and Heliae Development LLC, detail their latest designs and performance metrics and provide project updates from around the globe. READ MORE

July 22, 2015

Bipartisan group of 36 US senators calls for biodiesel growth

BY The National Biodiesel Board Thirty-six U.S. senators from across the United States urged the Obama administration July 20 to strengthen biodiesel volumes in the pending RFS proposal from the EPA. A letter was signed by senators on both sides of the aisle from 24 states. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

REG announces $31M upgrade to Danville, Illinois, biodiesel plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced it will invest $31 million to upgrade and enhance the company's 45 MMgy biodiesel plant in Danville, Illinois. The upgrades will include distillation, pretreatment capacity improvements and other optimizations. READ MORE

July 17, 2015

Biodiesel equipment scheduled for online auction ending Aug. 18

BY Maas Companies Maas Companies will auction surplus biodiesel process equipment from Green Gallons Solutions of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Aug. 18 via a timed online auction. The process equipment is being sold as one lot to be moved, with two tanks to be sold piecemeal. READ MORE

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