Asia Pacific

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

March 05, 2020

Gevo, Viva partner to develop renewable hydrocarbons in Australia

BY Gevo Inc. The agreement between Gevo and Viva Energy will solidify both parties’ intent to establish the technical and commercial feasibility of converting biomass into sustainable jet fuel and renewable gasoline from regionally sourced renewable resources. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

Bangchak now selling B10 at more than 400 stations in Thailand

BY Ron KotrbaThai petroleum refining company and fuel retailer Bangchak has started selling B10 at its more than 400 service stations across Thailand. The company is promoting the biodiesel blend’s performance, environmental and economic benefits to consumers. READ MORE

January 20, 2020

Study addresses deforestation, confirms benefits of US biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Foundation The latest research from economic modeling experts at Purdue University shows the impacts of U.S. biofuel policy on deforestation in Southeast Asia are insignificant . The new research also confirms there is no shortage of feedstock or farmland. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

President Trump signs Phase 1 trade agreement with China

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Trump signed the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China Jan. 15, a move expected to deescalate trade tensions between the two countries while reopening key markets for U.S. farmers. Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans remain in place. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

Copper-based catalyst used to convert glycerin to DHA, hydrogen

BY Tokyo Institute of Technology Scientists at Tokyo Tech and Taiwan Tech developed a cheap, efficient, copper-based catalyst to convert glycerin into the high-value chemical dihydroxyacetone (DHA). In addition, this same process produces hydrogen molecules from water. READ MORE

January 08, 2020

In Depth: Coming Full Circle

BY Ron KotrbaCelebrating 25 years, the Hawaii-based company that has built biodiesel plants across the U.S. and Japan has gone back to its roots, focusing on sustainability and local energy independence for the archipelago. 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

November 13, 2019

Malaysian hotel group partners for conversion of UCO to biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaSunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian conglomerate Sunway Group, announced a partnership Nov. 12 with FatHopes Energy to recycle its used cooking oil into biodiesel. Six of Sunway’s Malaysian properties are participating. 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

August 09, 2019

UFOP: Planned antisubsidy duties on palm biodiesel ineffective

BY UFOP Germany-based UFOP has drawn the conclusion that the preliminary antisubsidy duties of 8 to 18 percent on Indonesian biodiesel will not reduce imports of palm methyl esters. The organization calls on the EU Commission to impose higher tariffs. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

Neste hosts foundation stone ceremony for Singapore expansion

BY Neste Corp. Neste held a foundation stone ceremony July 31 to officially mark the €1.4 billion expansion of its renewable products production capacity in Singapore. Construction began early this year. The project is expected to come online in 2022. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

EU tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel welcomed with caution

BY Ron KotrbaThe EU Commission recently decided to introduce temporary countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Indonesia. Germany’s UFOP warns that a slowdown of imports must not lead to European biodiesel producers using palm oil as feedstock instead. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

Australian biodiesel plant reopens under new ownership

BY Ron KotrbaThe former Australian Renewable Fuels plant in Barnawatha, Victoria, a 13.2 MMgy biodiesel facility, has restarted operations under the new ownership of Just Biodiesel Pty Ltd. ARF shut down the plant and filed bankruptcy more than three years ago. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

Virgin Australia hits 1 million km milestone flying Gevo’s SAJF

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo announced that Virgin Australia has used Gevo’s sustainable aviation jet fuel to power 1 million kilometers of flights, for all aircraft operating in and out of Brisbane Airport when the fuel was put through the general fuel supply system. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Big-name cos. partner for sustainable palm project in Indonesia

BY Solidaridad BASF, The Estée Lauder Companies and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil are partnering with civil society organization Solidaridad to promote sustainable palm oil and palm derivatives production in the district of Waykanan, Lampung, Indonesia. READ MORE

May 21, 2019

Japan Engine, NYK Line cooperate in marine biofuel test

BY Ron KotrbaAdding to the growing number of shipping firms that have commenced biofuels testing to meet IMO regulations and initiatives, Japan Engine Corp. announced it is now collaborating with NYK Line to begin testing marine biofuel provided by GoodFuels. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Aemetis wins large biodiesel contract with mining co. in India

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis announced May 20 that its Universal Biofuels India subsidiary was awarded a large ongoing supply contract for distilled biodiesel by a multisite mining company for use in dump trucks and other heavy diesel equipment at mines in India. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

Yum China receives ISCC certification for its used cooking oil

BY Yum China Holdings Inc. Yum China Holdings says it is the first restaurant company in China to get the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification for its used cooking oil that will be converted into sustainable biodiesel following a successful pilot project. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

Secrets of secretion: Isolating eucalyptus genes for oil, biofuel

BY Michigan Technological University Michigan Tech’s Carsten Külheim has spent the past 10 years of his career studying eucalyptus. In particular, Külheim studies terpenes, organic compounds found in the leaves. The right terpenes can be used for essential oils or biofuel production. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

Neste expands partnership with city of Oakland, California

BY Ron KotrbaNeste announced an expanded partnership with the city of Oakland, California, in which waste oil from the city is being collected and shipped overseas to Singapore for processing into renewable diesel, after which Neste will ship the biofuel back. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

Air Liquide, Samsung Engineering partner for methanol plant study

BY Air Liquide Engineering & Construction Air Liquide Engineering & Construction is partnering with Samsung Engineering for the front-end engineering and design study of a methanol plant for Sarawak Petchem, a state-owned oil and gas firm owned by the government of Sarawak, Malaysia. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

Panalpina Singapore goes green with biodiesel trucks for L’Oréal

BY Panalpina Singapore Panalpina Singapore debuted new biodiesel trucks to serve its global customer L’Oréal Travel Retail Asia Pacific in alignment with L’Oréal’s sustainability program—Sharing Beauty with All. L’Oréal’s suppliers must participate in the program by 2020. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

Shell, Maxim’s Group partner in Hong Kong biodiesel pilot program

BY Shell Hong Kong Ltd. Shell announced that it has launched its pilot program with Maxim’s Group to use biodiesel from Maxim’s used cooking oil to power its fleet in Hong Kong. The first-of-its-kind program in Hong Kong will support more than 100 delivery trucks. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

EU biodiesel imports double 2016-’17, nearly triple 2017-’18

BY UFOP After the antidumping tariffs on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia were suspended, European imports showed a steep rise. In previous years, biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia only played a secondary role, but this has changed. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

Muenzer’s 1st community-scale UCO biodiesel plant in India opens

BY Ron KotrbaConstruction of the community-scale biodiesel plant in Navi Mumbai began last year, and the official opening of the new production facility just recently took place. The plant is scaled at 3,000 tons, or more than 900,000 gallons, per year. READ MORE

February 18, 2019

Universal Biofuels expands sales to retail stations in India

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis announced that Universal Biofuels has built distribution tanks and other infrastructure to begin sales of biodiesel to retail fuel stations from its Kakinada, India, plant. The government recently approved retail sale of biodiesel in India. READ MORE

January 16, 2019

EU imports of US soybeans balloon during trade war with China

BY UFOP Following China’s ban on U.S. soybeans, the U.S. has been in need of new buyers. The EU-28 benefits from this situation as its imports of U.S. soybeans have multiplied. Three-quarters of EU soybean imports are now coming from the U.S. READ MORE

January 11, 2019

Universal Biofuels completes 2-year upgrade project in India

BY Aemetis Inc. The upgrades at the Kakinada plant included installation of a pretreatment unit to process waste oils; expansion of boiler and other utility capacities; and implementation of environmental systems to enable full production of 50 MMgy of biodiesel. 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