November 20, 2015

A Transformative Project: Total's La Mède Conversion

BY Ron KotrbaSupermajor oil company Total S.A. will convert its 150,000-barrel-per-day oil refinery in La Mède, France, to produce 500,000 tons (170 million gallons) of renewable diesel per year. This is only the second oil refinery to make such a conversion. READ MORE

November 13, 2015

BDI Q3 report discusses new algae business, UK biodiesel contract

BY BDI-BioEnergy International AG BDI-BioEnergy International started a new business segment in Q3 and began construction of an industrial plant for production of algae products. BDI was also commissioned with construction of a biodiesel plant in the U.K., worth 30 million euros. READ MORE

November 06, 2015

Price gap between diesel, biodiesel widens in Germany

BY UFOP At October's end, Germany's wholesale price for biodiesel stood at around 75.60 euro cents per liter (USD $3.066 per gallon), excluding energy tax, exceeding the price for agricultural diesel by nearly 10 euro cents per liter (USD $0.416 per gallon). READ MORE

November 03, 2015

Saipol invests in additional biodiesel production, biomass boiler

BY Ron KotrbaAvril Group subsidiary Saipol announced two major industrial investments in the French biodiesel sector totaling 28.5 million euros, including additional biodiesel production capacity in Sete, France, along with installation of a biomass boiler. READ MORE

November 03, 2015

Indonesian fire finger-pointing

BY Ron KotrbaGermany's UFOP says while EU's biofuel policy is falsely being pointed at as a driver of Indonesia's fires, continued EU and Indonesian inaction are really to blame since RED requirements and increased sustainability measures preclude such activity READ MORE

October 29, 2015

Biodiesel technology provider helps make brewery carbon-neutral

BY Ron KotrbaBDI-BioEnergy Int'l and Brau Union Österreich, part of the Heineken family, celebrated the opening of a new spent-grain fermentation plant at the Göss Brewery in Austria, the last milestone in a series of efforts to make the plant carbon-neutral. READ MORE

October 28, 2015

BDI-designed Croatian biodiesel plant may get EIB investment

BY Ron KotrbaThe European Investment Bank is considering investing 38 million euros in Biom d.o.o.'s 100,000-ton multifeedstock biodiesel plant in Croatia, to be built by Austria-based BDI-BioEnergy International. The total project cost is 50 million euros. READ MORE

October 26, 2015

UPM to field test wood-based diesel fuel in urban bus traffic

BY UPM Biofuels UPM is to start field tests in October of its novel wood-based diesel fuel in urban buses together with Helsinki Region Transport and the VTT Technical Research Centre. The field tests are also supported by St1, Volvo and Transdev Finland. READ MORE

October 16, 2015

Neste renewable diesel to power Oakland's city fleet

BY Neste Oil The city of Oakland, California, began filling up its vehicles with Neste's NEXBTL renewable diesel in order to reduce the emissions of its municipal fleet. Oakland is the first major U.S. city to convert its entire fleet to renewable diesel. READ MORE