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November 25, 2015

Support scholarships for students of biodiesel on Giving Tuesday

BY The National Biodiesel Foundation Donations made to the NBF's Dallas Hanks Memorial Fund on Giving Tuesday (Dec. 1) will specifically support the Next Generation Scientists Scholarships to send students to the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida, this January. READ MORE

November 23, 2015

NYOHA helps Bronx teacher incorporate Bioheat in HVAC training

BY The New York Oil Heating Association Peter Gonzalez is teaching the science of Bioheat fuel, as well as math, chemistry and English, to 17 Bronx Design and Construction Academy juniors this fall, with NYOHA's support. NYOHA helped the students gain insider views of the Bioheat industry. READ MORE

November 23, 2015

National Biodiesel Foundation elects new executive committee

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Foundation unanimously elected its executive committee during its fall directors meeting in Washington, D.C., recently. The foundation is designed to advanced initiatives important to the commercial biodiesel industry. READ MORE

November 20, 2015

A Transformative Project: Total's La Mède Conversion

BY Ron KotrbaSupermajor oil company Total S.A. will convert its 150,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery in La Mède, France, to produce 500,000 tons (170 million gallons) of renewable diesel per year. This is only the second oil refinery to make such a conversion. READ MORE

November 18, 2015

National Biodiesel Board members elect governing board

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB members selected their leadership mid-November, electing four returning governing board members and four new members to serve in leadership roles. During the annual fall membership meeting NBB members discussed a number of important topics. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

Hero BX purchases former Veros Energy biodiesel plant in Alabama

BY Hero BX Biodiesel producer Lake Erie Biofuels LLC doing business as Hero BX announced Nov. 17 that it has acquired the assets of the former Veros Energy biodiesel refinery in Moundville, Alabama. The plant will be operated under the name Hero BX Alabama LLC. READ MORE

November 17, 2015

Biodiesel leaders press Congress on reformed tax credit

BY The National Biodiesel Board Nearly 100 biodiesel leaders from across the country will press lawmakers on Capitol Hill Nov. 17 to reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive as a domestic production credit in line with a proposal passed unanimously by the Senate Finance Committee. READ MORE

November 16, 2015

Cowichan opens biodiesel station with new PoS technology

BY Ron KotrbaCowichan Energy Alternatives, the Cowichan Bio-Diesel Co-op and the Cowichan Valley Regional District are holding a ceremony Nov. 19 to celebrate Vancouver Island's first Green & Go Biofuel Station where users can fill up on biodiesel blends. READ MORE

November 13, 2015

Joule, Red Rock Biofuels announce intent to merge

BY Ron KotrbaJoule, technology developer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, and Red Rock Biofuels, a developer of renewable jet and diesel fuel biorefineries, announced their intent to merge. The transaction is expected to close by mid-December. READ MORE

November 13, 2015

BDI Q3 report discusses new algae business, UK biodiesel contract

BY BDI-BioEnergy International AG BDI-BioEnergy International started a new business segment in Q3 and began construction of an industrial plant for production of algae products. BDI was also commissioned with construction of a biodiesel plant in the U.K., worth 30 million euros. READ MORE

November 12, 2015

Brazil special committee approves increasing biodiesel blend

BY Ron KotrbaBrazil's special committee on national development unanimously approved a senate bill Nov. 11 that mandates 7 percent biodiesel, increasing to 10 percent within three years, citing biodiesel's positive environmental and economic benefits. READ MORE

November 11, 2015

Renewable diesel production, planned projects on the rise

BY The U.S. Energy Information Administration According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 10 renewable diesel plants currently exist across the globe, and five more projects are under development. In 2014, worldwide renewable diesel production approached 1.2 billion gallons. READ MORE

November 11, 2015

Biodiesel One Ltd.'s surplus equipment to be auctioned online

BY Maas Companies Maas Companies will auction surplus biodiesel process equipment for Biodiesel One Ltd. via a timed online auction ending Dec. 3 for piecemeal offers and Dec. 4 for entirety offers. The equipment is located in Southington, Connecticut. READ MORE

November 09, 2015

Neste, Boeing work toward biojet ASTM standard, market acceptance

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable diesel producer Neste is working with Boeing to achieve ASTM standard approval for high freezing point biojet fuel, along with the parallel goals of gaining widespread market acceptance and progressing sustainability accreditation efforts. READ MORE

November 06, 2015

Price gap between diesel, biodiesel widens in Germany

BY UFOP At October's end, Germany's wholesale price for biodiesel stood at around 75.60 euro cents per liter (USD $3.066 per gallon), excluding energy tax, exceeding the price for agricultural diesel by nearly 10 euro cents per liter (USD $0.416 per gallon). READ MORE

November 05, 2015

Supercritical biodiesel plant at ethanol refinery now operational

BY Ron KotrbaNearly two years after the project was announced, a 5 MMgy supercritical biodiesel plant in Annawan, Illinois, is operational. Designed and built by Jatrodiesel Inc., the innovative facility is co-located with a 125 MMgy CHS-owned ethanol refinery. READ MORE

November 03, 2015

REG Q3 numbers reflect tough energy, commodity market conditions

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. The largest U.S. biodiesel producer reports its Q3 financials. REG produced and sold more biodiesel in Q3 2015 than in Q3 2014, but its adjusted EBITDA was -$10 million vs. $11 million in Q3 2014, without any adjustment for the tax credit. READ MORE

November 03, 2015

Saipol invests in additional biodiesel production, biomass boiler

BY Ron KotrbaAvril Group subsidiary Saipol announced two major industrial investments in the French biodiesel sector totaling 28.5 million euros, including additional biodiesel production capacity in Sete, France, along with installation of a biomass boiler. READ MORE

October 30, 2015

National survey results: large majority of voters support RFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board A national survey shows that biodiesel is an increasingly popular alternative fuel and that support for the renewable fuel standard (RFS) is on the rise. With just one month until EPA releases its final rule, 80 percent of voters support an RFS. READ MORE

October 30, 2015

Biodico gives results of 5-year study to Navy, California gov't

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel producer and technology provider Biodico presented results of its five-year joint R&D project with the Navy to Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy, along with the California Energy Commission and Gov. Jerry Brown's staff. READ MORE

October 29, 2015

NBB to Congress: Stop subsidizing foreign biodiesel production

BY Ron KotrbaAs the battle over the biodiesel tax credit structure heats up, the National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee Oct. 28 urging reinstatement and conversion of the incentive from a blender to a producer credit. READ MORE

October 29, 2015

Biodiesel technology provider helps make brewery carbon-neutral

BY Ron KotrbaBDI-BioEnergy Int'l and Brau Union Österreich, part of the Heineken family, celebrated the opening of a new spent-grain fermentation plant at the Göss Brewery in Austria, the last milestone in a series of efforts to make the plant carbon-neutral. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

Iowa biodiesel producers urge Congress to swiftly pass tax credit

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s biodiesel producers sent a letter Oct. 28 to all members of the Iowa Congressional delegation urging them to help level the energy playing field by pushing for swift passage of a multiyear biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

Clean Cities honors NBB's Anne Steckel with Initiative Award

BY The National Biodiesel Board At its annual award luncheon Oct. 28, the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition honored National Biodiesel Board Vice President Anne Steckel with its Initiative of the Year Award for her work promoting biodiesel locally and nationally. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

BDI-designed Croatian biodiesel plant may get EIB investment

BY Ron KotrbaThe European Investment Bank is considering investing 38 million euros in Biom d.o.o.'s 100,000-ton multifeedstock biodiesel plant in Croatia, to be built by Austria-based BDI-BioEnergy International. The total project cost is 50 million euros. READ MORE

October 27, 2015

Trade groups debate fate of RFS at Nat'l Advanced Biofuels event

BY Anna Simet Agreeing to respectfully disagree was one of very few assenting points reached by association heads representing the biodiesel, ethanol and advanced biofuel groups during a candid debate about RFS, policy amendments and the best course of action. READ MORE

October 27, 2015

How I handled the Volkswagen TDI scandal

BY Lakota R. Denton Like millions of Volkswagen consumers, Lakota R. Denton, a North Carolina attorney, TDI owner and biodiesel user, felt defrauded in the wake of the automaker's diesel emissions scandal. How did he handle it? Simple. He sued, sold and moved on. READ MORE

October 26, 2015

UPM to field test wood-based diesel fuel in urban bus traffic

BY UPM Biofuels UPM is to start field tests in October of its novel wood-based diesel fuel in urban buses together with Helsinki Region Transport and the VTT Technical Research Centre. The field tests are also supported by St1, Volvo and Transdev Finland. READ MORE

October 22, 2015

Trade groups at odds over US biodiesel tax credit structure

BY Ron KotrbaCongress is expected to take up the tax extenders package soon. While the NBB strongly supports restructuring the biodiesel blender credit to a producer incentive, the ABFA and the petroleum groups it has aligned with solidly oppose the move. READ MORE

October 21, 2015

India exempts biodiesel input materials from central excise tax

BY Ron KotrbaThe Indian government issued a notice Oct. 19 stating it is exempting goods used for production of biodiesel from central excise tax. The specific biodiesel inputs that are now exempt are RBD palm stearin, methanol and sodium methoxide. READ MORE

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