Biodiesel Business

May 21, 2018

Biodiesel summer conference series kicks off June 12

BY Ron KotrbaFor the first time, the National Biodiesel Board, with funding from the Nebraska Soybean Board and Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, is taking biodiesel on a cross-country tour for a series of one-day workshops from coast to coast. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

In Depth: The Faces Behind the Statistics

BY Tom Slunecka While the economic effect biodiesel manufacturing has on small towns is quantifiably beneficial, the human effect is immeasurably invaluable. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

Valero acquires Pure Biofuels del Peru

BY Valero Energy Corp. Valero Energy Corp. has purchased Pure Biofuels del Peru, the third largest fuels importer in Peru. The transaction, funded with cash, also includes refined products terminals in in Callao, near Lima, and in Paita, near Piura in northern Peru. READ MORE

May 08, 2018

REG cites strong biodiesel margin environment in Q1 financials

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. In Renewable Energy Group Inc.'s first-quarter financial results, REG President and CEO Randy Howard said the margin environment for biodiesel continues to look strong as a result of a combination of higher energy and lower feedstock prices. READ MORE

May 04, 2018

Biodiesel maker Hero BX opens research lab at Penn State Behrand

BY Hero BX Located at Knowledge Park in the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center, the Hero BX lab advances the company's efforts to diversify and develop biodiesel products for new markets while utilizing the skills of Penn State Behrend students. READ MORE

May 02, 2018

REG Ultra Clean Diesel launched as new California fuel solution

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group launched its latest innovation in diesel fuel, trademarked REG Ultra Clean Diesel, at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in Long Beach, California, May 1. The fuel is a proprietary blend of biodiesel and renewable diesel. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Bridgeport Biodiesel files for bankruptcy, seeks buyer

BY Ron KotrbaThe refinery was engineered as a 13 MMgy continuous flow plant and built next door to the original, smaller batch facility in Bridgeport. Biodiesel Magazine speaks with CEO Brent Baker and Mark Mauss of technology firm Lutros about the bankruptcy. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

BDI to engineer scale-up of phosphorus recycling plant in Germany

BY Ron KotrbaAustrian plant engineering firm and biodiesel tech provider BDI-BioEnergy International has been contracted for a scale-up project funded by the German environmental ministry to recover phosphorus from sewage sludge with Remondis and Hamburg Wasser. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Benefuel plans to build a 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel technology developer Benefuel Inc. is exploring construction of a new 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Engineering is underway and the company anticipates breaking ground by end of year, according to CEO Rob Tripp. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Futures plunge as China retaliates with tariffs on US soybeans

BY Ron KotrbaThe escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is taking its toll on America's soybean farmers, as soybean futures dropped nearly 40 cents a bushel April 4 following China's announcement of a 25 percent tariff on imported U.S. soybeans. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

World Energy acquires AltAir biojet, renewable diesel assets

BY World Energy LLC The purchase includes a 63-acre complex consisting of a 45 MMgy renewable jet/renewable diesel production facility, 1.7 million barrels of product storage, a truck rack with 28,000 barrels per day of throughput capacity, rail storage and pipelines. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

UK-based Vertas Group acquires waste management firm

BY Ron KotrbaVertas Group provides catering for approximately 400 schools and MMB Environmental—now being rebranded as Vertas Environmental—has been converting the used cooking oil into biodiesel since 2016. The company says it plans to continue this practice. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

10-day comment period on PES settlement agreement closes March 26

BY Ron KotrbaThe 10-day comment period opened after publication in the Federal Register on the proposed consent decree and environmental settlement agreement lodged by the U.S. Department of Justice with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the PES bankruptcy case. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Aemetis completes construction of biodiesel pretreatment unit

BY Ron KotrbaAemetis announced that its 50 MMgy Universal Biofuels subsidiary in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, has completed construction of a biodiesel pretreatment unit to process low-cost feedstocks, which was part of a supply deal inked with BP Singapore. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

2018 International FEW announces technical sessions agenda

BY BBI International The 2018 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, the ethanol industry's largest conference taking place June 11-13 in Omaha, Nebraska, has released its highly anticipated agenda featuring more than 150 speakers and four comprehensive tracks. READ MORE

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