Africa & The Middle East

April 02, 2020

In Depth: The Other Unseen Enemy

BY Ron Kotrba Targeted email fraud known as spear phishing is costing businesses, including those in the biodiesel sector, billions of dollars. Learn what to watch for, and how to avoid falling victim to these scams. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

EU produces a third of global biomass-based diesel output

BY Ron KotrbaGlobal biodiesel, renewable diesel and coprocessed renewable diesel production reached 41 million metric tons in 2018, or roughly 12.3 billion gallons, according to UFOP. The EU’s share was 34 percent, or approximately 4.2 billion gallons. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome

BY BBI International The Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

In Depth: A Geospatial View of Biodiesel Activity

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine provides a visual of prominent project development activities over the past year. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

Lebanese university to install biodiesel pilot plant on campus

BY Ron KotrbaThe Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon and IPT Energy Center signed an MOU in July to install a pilot biodiesel production plant fed by used cooking oil. The feedstock will come from households and will be collected at strategic locations. READ MORE

October 13, 2017

Biodiesel Magazine 2018 outlook webinar available free OnDemand

BY BBI International Biodiesel Magazine's 2018 Editorial Outlook Webinar, recorded Oct. 11, is available OnDemand, and registration is free of charge. Registrants are eligible for an exclusive advertising discount only available through this special offer. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

South African biodiesel producer recognized for ethical practices

BY Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan recognizes Biogreen Diesel with the 2016 South Africa Company of the Year Award. Biogreen has earned a reputation for delivering high-quality biodiesels that are sourced ethically and manufactured using the industry-best standards. READ MORE

July 15, 2016

1st sustainable flight in Africa fueled by tobacco-based biojet

BY The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials On Boeing's 100th anniversary, South African Airways celebrated Africa's first sustainable biofuel flight. The flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, operated by a Boeing 737-800, used biojet fuel produced from Sunchem's nicotine-free tobacco plant. READ MORE

May 11, 2016

Eugene con man sentenced in $1.4 million biodiesel fraud scheme

BY The U.S. Attorney's Office-District of Oregon U.S. District Court Judge Anna J. Brown sentenced Jack Holden, 76, of Eugene, Oregon, to 87 months in prison, restitution of $1,410,760, and a special assessment of $1,500 for his role in a fraudulent biodiesel scheme that spanned three continents. READ MORE

April 26, 2016

Latest diesel quality trends revealed in biennial survey

BY Infineum International Ltd. Infineum has revealed initial results from its latest biennial global Winter Diesel Fuel Quality Survey, offering a unique update on the current trends in the industry across the global marketplace. The survey collected samples from eight countries. READ MORE

March 23, 2016

RSB-certified North African biodiesel producer to double capacity

BY Ron KotrbaRecently certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Ben Arous, Tunisia-based Biodex-sa told Biodiesel Magazine that the company plans to double production capacity from 2.1 MMgy to 4.2 MMgy by the second half of this year. READ MORE

September 24, 2015

Bagram Air Field converts UCO to biodiesel to power incinerators

BY Summer Barkley, DVIDS Three unrelated problems were solved by one simple solution devised by Fluor Corp. to convert used cooking oil into biodiesel using a Springboard Biodiesel automated unit, to help power solid waste incinerators at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. 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

March 25, 2015

US military base in Afghanistan to make biodiesel from UCO

BY Springboard Biodiesel Springboard Biodiesel has been selected to provide its biodiesel processing system to Bagram Airfield in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan. The BioPro 380EX and SpringPro T76 will be used to convert used cooking oil into biodiesel for use on base. READ MORE

February 05, 2015

Hundreds of Dubai municipal vehicles to fuel up with biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaNeutral Fuels LLC and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement for Neutral Fuels to supply biodiesel for use in hundreds of Dubai's municipal vehicles. The deal may amount to the delivery of up to 2.5 MMgy of biodiesel from UCO. READ MORE

January 07, 2015

Researchers study new nanocatalyst for biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaThe catalyst was obtained by calcination of a mixture of potassium fluoride and gamma aluminum oxide at 500 degrees Celsius for three hours READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Appalachian Biofuels to build plant using TransBiodiesel enzymes

BY Ron KotrbaAppalachian Biofuels is investing $3.5 million to manufacture biodiesel from waste feedstocks using immobilized enzymes from Israel-based TransBiodiesel. The facility will be built in Russell County, Va. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Schott, Algatech sign new R&D agreement following 1-year study

BY Schott AG Schott and Algatechnologies, a biotechnology company specializing in algae production, have signed an R&D agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study of new glass tubes at Algatech's algae production facility. READ MORE

August 13, 2014

Tobacco-to-biojet partnership announced

BY Ron KotrbaBoeing, South African Airways and SkyNRG are collaborating to produce biojet fuel from a hybrid tobacco plant known as Solaris READ MORE

August 12, 2014

Florida Biodiesel delivers plant to Avandith Energy in Nigeria

BY Ron KotrbaFlorida Biodiesel Inc. announced it has completed sale of a B-60 biodiesel processor to Avandith Energy in Lagos, Nigeria. The unit will be used for Avandith Energy's pilot transesterification facility. The B-60 will also be used for education. READ MORE

July 16, 2014

Petrixo to build biojet fuel refinery in UAE using UOP technology

BY Ron KotrbaThe Honeywell company UOP LLC announced this month that its green fuels process technology has been selected by Dubai-based Petrixo Oil & Gas to produce biojet fuel and renewable diesel at a new refinery to be built in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. READ MORE

May 01, 2014

New TV ad exposes Saudi oil money bankrolling RFS smear campaign

BY Americans United for Change A new Sunday show TV blitz is being launched to help educate the public and decision makers in Washington about who is really behind the anti-RFS campaign and why: foreign oil interests wanting to keep America dependent on their dirty energy product. READ MORE

April 29, 2014

Global diesel engine sales forecast to rise 7.7 percent a year

BY The Freedonia Group Inc. Global diesel engine sales are forecast to rise 7.7 percent per year through 2017 to $248.5 billion, representing a marked acceleration from the 2007-'12 pace, according to "World Diesel Engines," a report published this month by The Freedonia Group. READ MORE

April 16, 2014

Portuguese firm delivers 2.4 MMgy biodiesel plant to Tunisia

BY Ron KotrbaPortugal-based biodiesel technology provider IncBio announced it has completed construction of an 8,000 ton per year (2.4 MMgy) biodiesel plant and has delivered the unit to Biokast Energy S.A., to be installed in Tunis, Tunisia, in North Africa. READ MORE

April 15, 2014

2012 global biodiesel production rises slightly

BY Ron KotrbaWhile overall global biofuel production fell in 2012 for the first time since 2000, biodiesel production rose slightly, according to a recent Worldwatch Institute report. READ MORE

March 31, 2014

Florida Biodiesel delivers biodiesel plant to Ivory Coast, Africa

BY Ron KotrbaFlorida Biodiesel Inc. recently announced it has completed sale of a B-500 biodiesel plant to the Lorymat Corp. in Ivory Coast, Africa. The company has chosen the B-500 biodiesel processor for its primary transesterification facility. READ MORE

March 18, 2014

Cold flow improvers to grow at CAGR of 7.9 percent from 2014-'20

BY Ron KotrbaThe global market for specialty fuel additives is expected to reach $8.5 billion by 2020, according to a new report by Grand View Research. With biodiesel's growth, cold flow improvers are expected to be the fastest growing product segment. READ MORE

March 11, 2014

Boeing, South African Airways explore sustainable biofuel crops

BY Boeing Boeing is launching a pilot program initiative with South African Airways and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials to expand opportunities for "smallhold" farmers in Southern Africa to grow crops that produce sustainable fuels. READ MORE

March 03, 2014

In Depth: Biodiesel Separation, Washing and Polishing: Upstream and Downstream Considerations

BY Ron KotrbaSeveral methods to cleanse and polish biodiesel are utilized, but the story on how well these work begins upstream. Therefore, the cost-effectiveness of biodiesel purification methods should be evaluated based on composition of upstream product. READ MORE

February 11, 2014

Annual biofuel demand forecasted at 51 billion gallons by 2022

BY Navigant Research The global biofuels industry is now on the verge of entering a new phase of development. According to a new report, global demand for biofuels for road transportation will grow from 32.4 billion gallons in 2013 to 51.1 billion by 2022. READ MORE