Europe

February 25, 2015

EU biofuels policy winner is petroleum

BY Ron KotrbaThe European Parliament's Environment Committee passed a draft law Feb. 24 capping first-generation biofuels at 6 percent of transportation energy consumption by 2020 READ MORE

January 30, 2015

Greenergy acquires Harvest Biofuels' UK biodiesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaGreenergy announced Jan. 30 that it has acquired Harvest Biofuels' biodiesel manufacturing facility at Seal Sands on Teesside, England. The acquisition will allow Greenergy to help meet its national blending obligations with domestic product. READ MORE

January 30, 2015

BDI to upgrade Scotland-based Argent Energy biodiesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaBDI-BioEnergy International AG signed a $12.4 million contract with Argent Energy (U.K.) Ltd., a 13 MMgy biodiesel plant in Motherwell, Scotland, to construct an esterification plant for conversion of waste fats with high free fatty acid content. READ MORE

January 27, 2015

EU legislators called on to recognize advantages of biodiesel

BY The European Biodiesel Board On the occasion of a high-level policy conference in Brussels organized by the biodiesel supply chain, prominent researchers have underlined the benefits of biodiesel as well as their reservations regarding the readiness of the ILUC science. READ MORE

January 14, 2015

France increases biodiesel limit to 8 percent in diesel fuel

BY Ron KotrbaFrance's energy ministry recently issued an order to up the allowable biodiesel concentration in diesel fuel sold at public fueling stations across France. Ministerial order DEVR1431074A increases the allowable concentration from 7 to 8 percent. READ MORE

January 12, 2015

UPM's $206M renewable diesel plant begins commercial production

BY Ron KotrbaCommercial operations have begun at UPM's Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland, UPM announced Jan. 12. The 32 MMgy plant uses a hydrotreatment process to convert crude tall oil from wood pulping operations into renewable diesel, branded BioVerno. READ MORE

December 30, 2014

REG closes acquisition of majority stake in Germany's Petrotec

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced Dec. 29 that its wholly owned subsidiary has completed the acquisition of IC Green Energy's majority equity ownership position (69 percent) in German biodiesel producer Petrotec AG. READ MORE

December 19, 2014

REG, Neste settle patent lawsuits, enter into license agreement

BY Ron KotrbaFinland's Neste Oil and Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group both announced Dec. 19 that the companies have settled their patent infringement lawsuits against each other regarding renewable diesel processes and have entered into a new license agreement. READ MORE

December 16, 2014

AGQM's 9th No-harm Test Round on oxidation stabilizers begins

BY AGQM The German biodiesel quality management association AGQM started a new test round of biodiesel oxidation stabilizers. The sophisticated tests aim at eliminating possible detrimental interactions of additives when blended with diesel fuel. READ MORE