Biodiesel Business

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 08, 2018

REG reports Q4, full-year financial results for 2017

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. For the full year, biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group sold 19.6 million more gallons and revenue increased by 6 percent compared to 2016. Adjusted net income increased by 313 percent, and adjusted EBITDA increased by 125 percent over 2016. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

California biofuel event showcases dynamics of evolving industry

BY The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance The California Advanced Biofuels Conference was held March 1 in Sacramento. The one-day event focused on various regulations and legislation in the Golden State, including AB 1745, which some are calling a ban on internal combustion engines. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

CARB approves Targray's NOx mitigating biodiesel additive

BY Targray The California Air Resources Board has announced the certification of a NOx mitigating biodiesel additive solution developed by BQ-9000-certified biofuels marketer Targray to help meet the latest requirements of the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

National Biodiesel Board adds 4 new members

BY Ron KotrbaFour companies have recently become new members of the National Biodiesel Board, the 25-year-old U.S. trade association representing biodiesel’s entire value chain. The firms are EcoEngineers, Eagle Transport, WWS Trading and All-Line Equipment. READ MORE

February 26, 2018

Neste touts more GHG reductions, new rank on the Global 100 list

BY Ron KotrbaWeeks after Neste landed second place on the Global 100 list of the most sustainable companies in the world, the oil refiner and renewable diesel maker stated its renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions by 8.3 million metric tons last year. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

Revived Calif. plant celebrates low-carbon biodiesel production

BY Western Iowa Energy LLC An open house and ribbon-cutting Feb. 21 drew supporters from the Midwest to the West Coast to celebrate the reopening of Agron Bioenergy, a 15 MMgy biodiesel production facility in Watsonville, California, recently acquired by Western Iowa Energy. READ MORE

February 15, 2018

Lanxess acquires Belgian firm's South Carolina chemical complex

BY Ron KotrbaLanxess, a supplier of ion exchange resin technology for biodiesel purification and the Baynox line of antioxidants for biodiesel fuel, has completed acquisition of the phosphorus chemicals business from Belgian chemicals group Solvay. READ MORE

February 05, 2018

UPM assesses construction of second biorefinery in Finland

BY UPM Biofuels UPM has begun an environmental impact assessment for a possible biorefinery in Mussalo, Kotka, in southeastern Finland. The 500,000-ton plant, which would be UPM's second, would use different feedstocks than the current UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery. READ MORE

January 26, 2018

BDI breaks ground on algae production facility in Styria, Austria

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel technology and engineering firm BDI-BioEnergy International AG officially broke ground Jan. 26 on its new algae biomass production plant at Hartberg Ecopark in the Austrian state of Styria. The milestone is the culmination of years of R&D. READ MORE

January 24, 2018

Industry honors biodiesel champions, reflects on history

BY The National Biodiesel Board As the U.S. biodiesel industry celebrates 25 years at its yearly gathering, this year back in Fort Worth, the National Biodiesel Board's annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to biodiesel. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

Big Oil, biodiesel join forces to combat electrification

BY Ron KotrbaEven though the petroleum and biodiesel industries rarely see eye to eye on energy policy, the two factions find common ground in a new threat to all liquid fuels—electric vehicles. An ad hoc partnership may have just formed in Fort Worth, Texas. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Evonik, Siemens to make chemicals from CO2, eco-electricity

BY Evonik Corp. Evonik and Siemens are planning to use electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to convert CO2 into specialty chemicals. The two companies are working on electrolysis and fermentation processes in a joint research project called Rheticus. READ MORE

January 15, 2018

Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott wins 2018 Biodiesel Marketing Award

BY Ron KotrbaThe Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, has been awarded the 2018 Biodiesel Marketing Award by Bill Northey, the state's agriculture secretary. Iowa 80 Truckstop began offering biodiesel in 2002. Today it offers blends from B11 to B20 year-round. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

Innoltek acquires Evoleum biodiesel plant in Quebec

BY Ron KotrbaCanadian biodiesel producer Innoltek Inc., based in Thetford Mines, Quebec, where it operates a 5 MMly biodiesel facility, has acquired the 19 MMly Evoleum biodiesel plant formerly known as QFI Biodiesel in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. READ MORE

January 11, 2018

National Biodiesel Conference to celebrate 25 years of growth

BY The National Biodiesel Board This year’s conference, Jan. 22-25 in Fort Worth, Texas, will be a special celebration as the National Biodiesel Board is honored for 25 years of service providing research and representation for the industry in Washington, D.C., and across the U.S. READ MORE

January 11, 2018

California Advanced Biofuels Conference to be held March 1

BY The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance The theme of the seventh annual conference—Evolve—denotes the changes being encountered by California's advanced biofuels industry. State agency staff and key experts will detail the range of important compliance changes under various regulations. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

Opinion: 15 Years of Biodiesel Magazine

BY Ron KotrbaIn his editor's note from the Winter 2018 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba celebrates the 15th year of publication for the magazine and provides a brief overview of what the issue has in store for readers. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

In Depth: Against the Odds

BY Ron KotrbaContinued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview of some of the activity, plus a special sidebar story from Joe Jobe. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

Inside NBB: Discovery Channel Documentary Spotlights Biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board The Discovery Channel’s documentary Hot Grease made its official debut this fall. Directors Sam Wainwright Douglas, Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson are set to appear on the main stage at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in January. READ MORE

January 05, 2018

Inside NBB: NBB Members Elect Leadership, Collaborate, Leverage Resources

BY The National Biodiesel Board One of the greatest values of membership in the National Biodiesel Board is the ability of the organization to leverage membership dues dollars with outside funding resources. Less than a third of last year's revenue came from member dues dollars. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

In Depth: Biodiesel Agents of Change

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spotlights four companies—a respected producer, a service-oriented wholesaler, a 200-year old chemical firm, and a fuel conditioning company—that enable biodiesel's role as an effective change agent. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

Opinion: M&As and Changing Biodiesel Market Conditions

BY Adam Hertzke and Joshua Andrews While the RVO for biodiesel is known, there are a number of other macroeconomic and political issues at hand that could impact the industry in the foreseeable future. Here we will take a brief look at the possible implications to biodiesel M&As. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Growmark provides biodiesel-blended Top Tier Diesel Fuel

BY Ron KotrbaIllinois-based agricultural cooperative Growmark Inc. is now providing biodiesel-blended Top Tier Diesel Fuel. The Top Tier Diesel Performance Standard was developed by a consortium of OEMs to benefit owners of diesel-powered vehicles and equipment. READ MORE

December 12, 2017

California Biodiesel Alliance changes name to be more inclusive

BY The California Advanced Biofuels Alliance The board of the California Biodiesel Alliance, the respected voice for biodiesel in the state since 2006, has voted to broaden the scope of membership to include advanced biofuels. The new name is the California Advanced Biofuels Alliance. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

NBB elects governing board made up of full biodiesel value chain

BY The National Biodiesel Board While in Washington, D.C., to advocate for U.S. biodiesel industry jobs, National Biodiesel Board members selected their trade association leadership Nov. 30. The board reflects the wide range of member companies in the biodiesel industry. READ MORE

November 27, 2017

Air Liquide to engineer, supply Cargill biodiesel plant in Kansas

BY Air Liquide Engineering & Construction Air Liquide Engineering & Construction has built six biodiesel plants for Cargill. Now, its leading-edge Lurgi biodiesel technology, which offers a complete oleochemical production chain, will be the heart of Cargill's new 60 MMgy Kansas plant. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

Western Iowa Energy acquires 15 MMgy California biodiesel plant

BY Ocean Park Advisors Agron Bioenergy closed the sale of its biodiesel plant in Watsonville, California, to Western Iowa Energy. The assets include a biodiesel refinery designed to produce 15 MMgy and patents encompassing Agron's centrifuge system and distillation steps. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

Discovery Channel documentary 'Hot Grease' spotlights biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board They've been following National Biodiesel Board workers and members around for almost two years. Now, finally, the story of biodiesel will be shared with a large, national audience as Discovery's Hot Grease makes its on-air debut Thursday, Nov. 16. READ MORE

November 14, 2017

Pacific Biodiesel to supply fuel to new Schofield power plant

BY Ron KotrbaHawaiian Electric Co. and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies signed a three-year biodiesel supply contract for the new 50-MW Schofield Generating Station, 8-MW Honolulu International Airport Emergency Power Facility, and other Oahu generation facilities. READ MORE