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December 22, 2014

Obama signs tax act reinstating biodiesel credit through 2014

BY Ron KotrbaObama signed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 into law Dec. 19, which reinstates the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credits from Jan. 1, 2014, through the end of the year. Producers are thankful but want long-term policy stability. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

REG, Neste settle patent lawsuits, enter into license agreement

BY Ron KotrbaFinland's Neste Oil and Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group both announced Dec. 19 that the companies have settled their patent infringement lawsuits against each other regarding renewable diesel processes and have entered into a new license agreement. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

Algae.Tec to raise more funds for pilot plant working capital

BY Ron KotrbaAlgae.Tec Ltd. announced an agreement with its largest partner, Reliance Industrial Investments, to raise $AUD2.4 million ($USD1.94 million) to provide additional working capital for development of an algae pilot plant in Jamnagar, India. READ MORE

December 17, 2014

Senate passes tax extenders; biodiesel credit to be reinstated

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. Senate passed the tax extenders package that the House passed earlier this month, which includes the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit. The BTC will be stated retroactively back to Jan. 1, and is good only through Dec. 31 of this year. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

Amyris renewable jet fuel receives regulatory approval in Brazil

BY Amyris Inc. Amyris Inc. welcomed the approval of its renewable jet fuel by Brazil's fuels regulator, ANP, clearing the way for the commercialization in Brazil of the Amyris renewable jet fuel in blends of up to 10 percent. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

AGQM's 9th No-harm Test Round on oxidation stabilizers begins

BY AGQM The German biodiesel quality management association AGQM started a new test round of biodiesel oxidation stabilizers. The sophisticated tests aim at eliminating possible detrimental interactions of additives when blended with diesel fuel. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

REG completes upgrades at Newton, Iowa, biodiesel plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. On Dec. 15, Renewable Energy Group Inc. celebrated the completion of upgrades to its 30 MMgy nameplate biodiesel plant in Newton, Iowa, which allows the plant to produce an even higher purity biodiesel from a wider variety of raw materials. READ MORE

December 15, 2014

ASTM approves spec for heating oil with 6 to 20 percent biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board The updated ASTM D396 Standard Specification for Fuel Oils with the new grade for blends of 6 to 20 percent biodiesel will be finalized and published by ASTM for public use after the usual ASTM review and editing process. It's expected by February. READ MORE

December 12, 2014

45 MMgy Canadian biodiesel plant assets up for sale

BY Ron KotrbaThe facility features Desmet Ballestra production technology, 8.5 million liters of on-site storage capacity and a rail/truck terminal to service 12 to 14 railcars per day. KPMG is the receiver. Bids must be received by 10:00 a.m. Jan. 7. READ MORE

December 10, 2014

Weaver launches fuel regulations Compliance Navigator app

BY Weaver The app's features include a searchable index of the EPA's Code of Federal Regulations (Title 40, Part 80), one of the most visited set of regulations by fuels industry professionals. The app allows users to search the full text of the regulations. READ MORE

December 10, 2014

Desmet to install CTi Nano Reactor at Indian soybean oil refinery

BY Cavitation Technologies Inc. Cavitation Technologies Inc. (CTi) announced this week that the Desmet Ballestra Group, CTi's strategic partner since 2010 and licensee of CTi's vegetable oil refining technology, has entered into another sales agreement in India. READ MORE

December 09, 2014

REG to acquire majority ownership of Germany's Petrotec AG

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. and IC Green Energy Ltd. announced Dec. 9 that REG, through a wholly owned subsidiary, will acquire ICG's majority equity ownership position in German biodiesel producer Petrotec AG. Closing is expected by year's end. READ MORE

December 09, 2014

Viesel develops continuous enzymatic biodiesel process

BY Brent Chrabas The revolutionary Viesel Skunk Works Continuous Enzymatic Process provides for simpler, faster conversion of cheap feedstocks to make biodiesel. In collaboration with Tactical Fabrication and Novozymes, the process will soon be offered commercially. READ MORE

December 09, 2014

Boeing runs 15 percent green diesel in 787 flight

BY Boeing Boeing powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane with a blend of 15 percent green diesel in the left engine. With 800 MMgy capacity in the U.S., EU and Asia, green diesel could supply 1 percent of global jet fuel demand. READ MORE

December 04, 2014

House votes to extend biodiesel tax credit through 2014

BY Ron KotrbaIn a vote of 378 to 46, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a short-term tax extenders package (HR 5771) Dec. 3 that would reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive retroactive to its expiration on Jan. 1, 2014, through the end of this year. READ MORE

December 03, 2014

Washakie Renewable Energy expands biodiesel production capacity

BY Ron KotrbaPlymouth, Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy is doubling its biodiesel production capacity from 20 MMgy to 40 MMgy. Production at the plant is currently down while additional reactors, settling capacity and a water-wash column are being installed. READ MORE

December 02, 2014

Hawaiian Electric, Pacific Biodiesel agree on new contract

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies Pacific Biodiesel signed a contract to supply biodiesel from waste cooking oil and other local feedstocks to Hawaiian Electric for primary use at its 110 MW Campbell Industrial Park generation facility, and other Oahu plants as needed. READ MORE

December 02, 2014

UFOP: Conservation through legally binding conventions, not ILUC

BY UFOP Germany-based Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) demands the continuation of a sustainable European biofuel policy after 2020 that involves statutory measures for habitat conservation instead of questionable ILUC factors. READ MORE

December 02, 2014

Support biodiesel science on Giving Tuesday

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Foundation has set a goal of raising $100,000 for biodiesel education, research and infrastructure development during Giving Tuesday, a day of giving back following the consumer shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. READ MORE

December 02, 2014

Novozymes' Eversa enzymatic biodiesel solution ready for market

BY Ron KotrbaAfter working with a handful of biodiesel producers over the past several years to prove out its technical and economic viability, Novozymes is making its Eversa enzymatic processing solution commercially available to the biodiesel industry. READ MORE

December 01, 2014

JM Davy earns prestigious award for reactive distillation process

BY Ron KotrbaThe team at Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies was recognized at the prestigious annual IChemE Awards last month by winning the Sustainable Technology Award for its development of a reactive distillation process for biodiesel production. READ MORE

November 26, 2014

IRFA reminds diesel users biodiesel can stretch supply

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Following Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's emergency proclamation to allow for more transport of diesel products, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association reminded diesel users and suppliers that using biodiesel blends can help stretch tight supplies. READ MORE

November 26, 2014

KSU Biodiesel Initiative gives students hands-on experience

BY Katie Allen, K-State Research and Extension By converting cooking oil into sustainable biodiesel fuel, the Kansas State University Biodiesel Initiative allows for collaboration among many campus departments and industry organizations. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

ISU researchers develop bio-adhesives from glycerin

BY Iowa State University Researchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. READ MORE

November 21, 2014

EPA decision to not finalize RFS volumes 'sorely' disappoints

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA announced Nov. 21 that the agency will not be finalizing the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes before the end of the year, disappointing both the biofuel and petroleum industries. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

National Biodiesel Board members elect governing board

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB members selected their trade association leadership in November, electing five returning governing board members and two new members to serve in leadership roles. Steven J. Levy, Sprague Operating Resources, remains the chairman. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

REG holds ceremony to celebrate Geismar plant grand opening

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. The event marked the successful start-up of the 75 MMgy nameplate capacity plant that REG acquired in June. Beginning production on Oct. 14, REG Geismar LLC has already produced more than 4.7 million gallons of renewable fuel. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

Iowa advanced biofuel producers urge passage of extenders package

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The IRFA reported Nov. 19 that nine of Iowa's advanced biofuel producers sent a letter to the entire Iowa Congressional Delegation encouraging the swift passage of a tax extenders package, which includes the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

RSB, Elements Software partner to help track sustainability data

BY The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Elements is a web based traceability platform that will help the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials' participating operators comply with Europe's RED, including managing data associated with multiple feedstocks from around the world. READ MORE

November 14, 2014

IBB applauds Gov. Branstad as chairman of Biofuels Coalition

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will become chairman of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition beginning in January, the GBC announced. Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, issued a congratulatory statement. READ MORE

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