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April 12, 2018

Bridgeport Biodiesel files for bankruptcy, seeks buyer

BY Ron KotrbaThe refinery was engineered as a 13 MMgy continuous flow plant and built next door to the original, smaller batch facility in Bridgeport. Biodiesel Magazine speaks with CEO Brent Baker and Mark Mauss of technology firm Lutros about the bankruptcy. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Aemetis glycerin refining unit producing above nameplate capacity

BY Aemetis Inc. Universal Biofuels, Aemetis' Indian subsidiary, is producing refined glycerin at above nameplate capacity as demand for the product exceeds supply. The plant refines its own crude glycerin and imports crude product from Argentina and elsewhere. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

NBB submits FOIA request to ensure RFS transparency

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request to shed light on small refiner exemptions requested and issued under the Renewable Fuel Standard, as RFS transparency and certainty are key to biodiesel's competitiveness. READ MORE

April 11, 2018

Removing the brakes on plant oil production

BY Brookhaven National Laboratory Scientists at U.S. DOE's Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered new details about biomolecules that put the brakes on oil production. The findings suggest that disabling these biomolecular brakes could push oil production into high gear. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

BDI to engineer scale-up of phosphorus recycling plant in Germany

BY Ron KotrbaAustrian plant engineering firm and biodiesel tech provider BDI-BioEnergy International has been contracted for a scale-up project funded by the German environmental ministry to recover phosphorus from sewage sludge with Remondis and Hamburg Wasser. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

Reports say EPA to push Trump to destroy RFS at April 9 meeting

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, reports are circulating that EPA's Scott Pruitt will use the April 9 meeting with Trump to once again push Sen. Ted Cruz's disastrous RIN waiver scheme that would destroy demand for biofuels. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

Court approves PES bankruptcy settlement

BY Erin VoegeleOn April 4, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware approved the U.S. EPA's proposed settlement with Philadelphia Energy Solutions that allows the bankrupt refiner to waive a significant portion of its obligations under the RFS. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Benefuel plans to build a 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel technology developer Benefuel Inc. is exploring construction of a new 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Engineering is underway and the company anticipates breaking ground by end of year, according to CEO Rob Tripp. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Futures plunge as China retaliates with tariffs on US soybeans

BY Ron KotrbaThe escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is taking its toll on America's soybean farmers, as soybean futures dropped nearly 40 cents a bushel April 4 following China's announcement of a 25 percent tariff on imported U.S. soybeans. READ MORE

April 03, 2018

Refineries given RFS waivers is 'outrageous abuse of the statute'

BY The Renewable Fuels Association RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen had much to say about the April 3 Reuters report that the U.S. EPA has exempted several refineries owned by Andeavor, one of the U.S.'s largest oil refining companies, from compliance with RFS obligations. READ MORE

April 03, 2018

Last hurdle cleared in US biodiesel trade case as ITC votes 4-0

BY The National Biodiesel Board On April 3 the U.S. International Trade Commission voted 4-0 in favor of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition's position that the industry has suffered because of unfairly dumped imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

FAME, rapeseed oil round robin tests modified to include UCO

BY Ron KotrbaIn Germany, AGQM and FAM have opened registration for their annual round robin tests for biodiesel and rapeseed oil. After a decade of such tests, however, the groups have modified rapeseed oil fuel round robin test to include used cooking oil. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

ADM blames imports for cutting German biodiesel output

BY Ron KotrbaADM announced plans in March to temporarily cease production of biodiesel at its facility in Mainz, Germany, as a result of increased biodiesel imports into the EU. Last fall, looming imports caused France's Saipol to make a similar decision. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

DOJ must maintain integrity of RFS, reject PES settlement

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board called on the justice department to reconsider its proposed settlement allowing PES Holdings to escape the vast majority of its 2016-'17 RFS obligations, as it would harm the biofuels industries and undermine the program. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

Corn Oil One's Bob Riley receives leadership award

BY The Iowa Biotechnology Association and Cultivation Corridor The Iowa Biotechnology Association Executive Director Joe Hrdlicka and Cultivation Corridor Executive Director Billi Hunt have presented the 2018 Cultivation Corridor Iowa Biotech Leadership Award to Robert G. Riley Jr., owner of Corn Oil One. READ MORE

March 22, 2018

No renewal of biodiesel tax credit in omnibus spending bill

BY The National Biodiesel Board Congress is expected to pass an omnibus spending bill March 22 to fund the U.S. government, which does not include a reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit. In February, Congress passed a retroactive extension of the incentive for 2017 only. READ MORE

March 21, 2018

Scientists say California can get tougher on clean fuels

BY The Union of Concerned Scientists California can reduce carbon emissions by more than 70 million metric tons by 2030, akin to taking 15 million gasoline-powered cars off the road in one year, by adopting a higher target for its Low Carbon Fuel Standard, according to a new analysis. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

World Energy acquires AltAir biojet, renewable diesel assets

BY World Energy LLC The purchase includes a 63-acre complex consisting of a 45 MMgy renewable jet/renewable diesel production facility, 1.7 million barrels of product storage, a truck rack with 28,000 barrels per day of throughput capacity, rail storage and pipelines. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

UK-based Vertas Group acquires waste management firm

BY Ron KotrbaVertas Group provides catering for approximately 400 schools and MMB Environmental—now being rebranded as Vertas Environmental—has been converting the used cooking oil into biodiesel since 2016. The company says it plans to continue this practice. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

10-day comment period on PES settlement agreement closes March 26

BY Ron KotrbaThe 10-day comment period opened after publication in the Federal Register on the proposed consent decree and environmental settlement agreement lodged by the U.S. Department of Justice with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the PES bankruptcy case. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Aemetis completes construction of biodiesel pretreatment unit

BY Ron KotrbaAemetis announced that its 50 MMgy Universal Biofuels subsidiary in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, has completed construction of a biodiesel pretreatment unit to process low-cost feedstocks, which was part of a supply deal inked with BP Singapore. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

2018 International FEW announces technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International The 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference taking place June 11-13 in Omaha, Nebraska, has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Powerful reasons to celebrate National Biodiesel Day March 18

BY Ron KotrbaWhile the biodiesel industry is celebrated by many people every day of the year for its creation of jobs, support of farmers, use of byproducts and waste for clean energy, and its important role in helping the environment, March 18 is special. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

2 new members join REG board of directors, 1 resigns

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group Inc. has appointed two new members, Debora Frodl and James Borel, to its board of directors. Frodl comes from General Electric and Borel from DuPont. Director Michael Jackson has resigned from the board after serving 12 years. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Biodiesel can help reduce injector deposit formation

BY Ron KotrbaModern diesel engines utilize high pressure common rail fuel systems whose small injector gaps are highly sensitive to deposits. New research from the University of Rostock in Germany has shown that biodiesel use can help minimize deposit formation. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Oklahoma cellulosic diesel facility achieves D7 Q-RIN status

BY Ron KotrbaD7 RINs generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Envia Energy uses FT technology to convert landfill gas and natural gas into diesel fuel, naphtha and wax. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Chinese researchers boost algae lipids, reduce peroxidation

BY Ron KotrbaResearchers from Nanjing Tech University in China have published a paper in Biotechnology for Biofuels on their method to increase lipid content and reduce peroxidation in Schizochytrium sp., a marine microalgae rich in docosahexaenoic acid. READ MORE

March 14, 2018

Biodiesel industry makes strong case for tax credit to Congress

BY The National Biodiesel Board National Biodiesel Board member company AGP testified before a tax-writing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives March 14 in support of the biodiesel tax incentive. Read the strong case AGP made for reinstating the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Biodiesel producer to testify at tax extenders hearing March 14

BY Ron KotrbaA ways and means tax policy subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a hearing March 14 to discuss the importance of various tax extenders such as the biodiesel tax credit that were not addressed in the tax reform package. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

NBB and Cummins have some fun with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board The rugged growl of an old diesel engine and the steady purr of newer diesel models could be heard across the Missouri River as NBB's Director of Sustainability Don Scott joined a group from Cummins Inc. for some high-powered diesel fun. READ MORE

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