Biodiesel Business

January 24, 2020

2020 Eye on Biodiesel winners showcase an image of success

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to biodiesel. The commercial biodiesel industry wouldn’t be where it is today without them. Here are the 2020 recipients. READ MORE

January 21, 2020

Phillips 66, REG cancel Washington renewable diesel project

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Phillips 66 and REG are discontinuing their joint effort to construct a large-scale renewable diesel plant in Ferndale, Washington, the companies announced Jan. 21. The project has been canceled due to permitting delays and uncertainties. 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 15, 2020

Diamond Oil Co. receives biodiesel award from Iowa ag secretary

BY FUELIowa Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig presented Elliott Oil Co. of Ottumwa and Diamond Oil Company Inc. of Des Moines with the 2020 Renewable Fuels Marketing Awards at the FUELIowa annual meeting in Des Moines Jan. 14. 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

Opinion: A Vision for Biodiesel

BY Donnell Rehagen The theme this year for the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo is Vision 2020, and it is fitting for many reasons. First, it’s critical that any industry have a clear and complete vision of what it wants to accomplish. READ MORE

December 11, 2019

UK biodiesel maker Greenergy no longer suspect in investigation

BY Ron KotrbaU.K.-based biodiesel producer and midstream oil company Greenergy announced Dec. 11 that the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office has advised that the company and its employees are no longer suspects in an ongoing investigation first announced in May. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Greasezilla FOG separation tech to be installed in SE Virginia

BY Greasezilla Greasezilla announced Dec. 3 it has been selected by Hampton Roads Sanitation District to provide the most cost-effective and ecologically sound FOG (fats, oils and grease) separation technology for the Nansemond Treatment Plant in Suffolk, Virginia. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Evonik to expand sodium methylate capacity in Rosario, Argentina

BY Ron KotrbaChemical company Evonik will increase its production capacity for the biodiesel catalyst sodium methylate at its Rosario/Santa Fe facility in Argentina from 60,000 to 90,000 metric tons. The increased capacity will be built out in two stages. READ MORE

December 02, 2019

Evonik focuses on additives for plastics, rubber recycling

BY Evonik Corp. Evonik is engaged in R&D work to come up with solutions for recycling plastics and rubber. One aspect of this includes using alkoxides, which function as a catalyst in biodiesel production, to break down PET bottles into monomers. READ MORE

November 22, 2019

American GreenFuels’ biodiesel earns UL environmental validations

BY American GreenFuels LLC American GreenFuels announced Nov. 21 that its biodiesel has achieved two Underwriters Laboratories environmental claim validations for recycled content and byproduct synergy. The company will relaunch its You Are What You Heat campaign this year. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

Free Biodiesel Magazine 2020 outlook webinar Nov. 20 at 2 pm C

BY BBI International Biodiesel Magazine’s 2020 Editorial Preview webinar, free to all attendees, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 2:00 pm Central time. Presenting on the webinar will be Ron Kotrba, editor, and John Nelson, vice president of marketing and sales. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Azelio, Biodico partner for solar, wind power at biofuel units

BY Azelio Azelio has signed an MOU with Biodico to supply solar and wind power for a project in Atascadero, California. The project is expected to become operational in 2021 as a showcase for Biodico’s modular biodiesel and renewable natural gas systems. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

BTG, GoodFuels explore options for joint biorefinery investment

BY Biomass Technology Group Biomass Technology Group is setting up a new technology company for converting crude pyrolysis oil into diesel fuel suitable for the shipping sector. It will be the first refinery in the world for an advanced marine biofuel based on pyrolysis oil. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

Indiana biodiesel producer falls victim to US policy uncertainty

BY Ron KotrbaIntegrity Biofuels, a 6.4 MMgy multifeedstock biodiesel production facility in Morristown, Indiana, is the latest victim of congressional inaction on the lapsed biodiesel tax credit and an administration whose EPA is undermining the rule of law. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

REG commits to profitability with or without BTC in Q3 financials

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG released its Q3 financial results Nov. 5. Revenues for the third quarter were $584.4 million on 187.5 million gallons of fuel sold. Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter was $10.6 million compared to $39.4 million in the third quarter of 2018. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Pacific Biodiesel makes first B100 delivery to Hamakua Energy

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies LLC Pacific Biodiesel Technologies made its first delivery of biodiesel Nov. 4 to the Hamakua Energy power generation facility on Hawaii Island as part of the biodiesel supply contract the company signed last month with the Pacific Current subsidiary. READ MORE

October 31, 2019

Oil Heat Institute of RI rebrands to reflect evolving market

BY The Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island The Oil Heat Institute of Rhode Island has changed its name to the Energy Marketers Association of Rhode Island. The trade group’s board of directors voted in favor of the change at its monthly meeting held Oct. 16 at Maria’s Cocina in Providence. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

New contract a big victory for Pacific Biodiesel, local movement

BY Ron KotrbaPacific Biodiesel will supply Hamakua Energy with biodiesel to power the 60 MW facility. Both are located on the Big Island of Hawaii and the new contract ensures Pacific Biodiesel’s fuel will be used locally, which is a big deal for the company. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

Valero reports Q3 loss for ethanol, profit for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleValero Energy Corp. released third quarter financial results on Oct. 24, reporting a loss for its ethanol segment, but a profitable quarter for renewable diesel. The company also discussed plans to develop new renewable diesel production capacity. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

Van Sleet takes on new executive role at Evonik Oil Additives USA

BY Evonik Oil Additives USA Inc. Evonik Oil Additives USA Inc. announced Oct. 15 that Richard Van Sleet has been appointed regional president in the Americas. He will retain his current responsibilities as global head of marketing for lubricant additives. 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

October 11, 2019

Opinion: Feeling the Effects

BY Ron KotrbaIn his editor’s note from the Fall 2019 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the tough market and policy conditions that materialized this past summer, how it is impacting biodiesel producers, and the resiliency of this industry. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Websites Get Major Upgrade

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board recently unveiled its full redesigns of three of its most popular websites. The organization says the new sites offer abundant information in a clean, modern style, enhanced with mobile optimization. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

Industry veterans introduce comprehensive market, policy analysis

BY Rock House Advisors and Playmaker Strategies Over the past three years Playmaker Strategies, based in Washington, D.C., and Rock House Advisors of Jefferson City, Missouri, have teamed up to write and produce “Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Policy, Regulatory and Market Perspectives.” READ MORE

October 09, 2019

In Depth: Industry Know-How

BY Ron KotrbaFrom a company whose software facilitates small feedstock generators landing big contracts to a comprehensive report on biomass-based diesel, and a tax specialist with new solutions, the industry knowledge in this spotlight edition runs deep. READ MORE

October 07, 2019

Targray opens new biodiesel terminal in Antwerp, Belgium

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel marketer and distributor Targray has opened a new biodiesel terminal in Antwerp, Belgium. Targray began taking orders at the new terminal in the third quarter and supplies commercial volumes of biodiesel from a variety of feedstocks. READ MORE

September 30, 2019

In Depth: Cruel Summer

BY Ron KotrbaA series of unfortunate events this summer—all caused by U.S. government action or inaction—has led to a precarious situation in the biodiesel sector, but there may be a silver lining. READ MORE

September 27, 2019

Idled biodiesel producer holds hope for quick market turnaround

BY Ron KotrbaIn August, W2Fuel began idling its two biodiesel plants—a 15 MMgy facility in Adrian, Michigan, and a 10 MMgy plant in Crawfordsville, Iowa—due to poor market conditions. CEO Roy Strom says he plans to restart them when the market turns around. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Preliminary agenda announced for North Dakota Energy Conference

BY BBI International BBI International announced the preliminary agenda for the North Dakota Energy Conference & Expo, a premier event focused on the state’s energy technologies and efficiencies. The event will take place in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Nov. 13-14. READ MORE