Europe

June 11, 2020

1st Nuseed Carinata shipment demonstrates sustainability, supply

BY Nuseed Saipol, the main subsidiary of Groupe Avril, Europe’s largest producer of biodiesel, has received the first Nuseed Carinata grain shipment at its processing facility in Rouen, France. The crop was grown as a scalable cover crop in Argentina. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

Renewable diesel drives growth in biomass-based diesel imports

BY The U.S. Energy Information Administration U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel grew 26 percent in 2019 to more than 27,000 barrels per day, ending two years in a row of decline. Imports increased in 2019 because of the increase in renewable diesel imports from Singapore. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

FAO vegetable oil price index falls to 8-month low

BY UFOP The April FAO price index for vegetable oils slipped 7.2 points, or 5.2 percent, compared to the previous month, to 131.8 points. This was the lowest level since August 2019 and also the third decline in three months running. READ MORE

May 19, 2020

51 additional stations in Finland carrying Neste renewable diesel

BY Ron KotrbaNeste is making its trademarked renewable diesel available to dozens of new fueling stations in Finland this spring. With 51 additional locations carrying the renewable fuel, approximately 120 stations across Finland will now carry the product. READ MORE

May 18, 2020

2 biodiesel cold flow improvers pass new AGQM no-harm test

BY Ron KotrbaOnly two of seven additives tested passed AGQM’s new no-harm test for biodiesel cold flow improvers, and both are manufactured by Chimec. The new test procedure, developed by Germany’s AGQM, is called the No-Harm Test BDFI and consists of two parts. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

Estimates suggest European soybean planting up 11% year-on-year

BY UFOP The area in the EU-27 planted with legumes for the 2020 crop will presumably be up 9 percent at 2.5 million metric tons. Soybeans account for the largest hectarage and see the biggest increase in area relative to other legume crops. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Neste further expands feed supply chain via terminal acquisition

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable diesel producer Neste Corp. furthered expansion of its raw material supply chain through acquisition of the Dutch Count Companies BV’s Count Terminal Rotterdam BV and its supporting entities, part of the First Dutch Group of Peter Goedvolk. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Verbio reports earnings up 15% over same period last year

BY Verbio AG Verbio reported an earnings improvement in its latest financial report. The primary drivers of the revenue and results trends in biodiesel in the reporting period were the increases in production and sales volumes thanks to an increase in capacity. READ MORE

May 04, 2020

Greasezilla system for FOG separation expands into new markets

BY Greasezilla Greasezilla developer Downey Ridge Environmental reports its installed base is expanding beyond its traditional wastewater treatment and grease trap waste hauling sectors and into biodiesel production, AD, food processing and water reclamation. READ MORE

May 04, 2020

Neste closes acquisition of US-based Mahoney Environmental

BY Neste Corp. Neste has closed on its acquisition of the U.S.-based grease collection and recycling company Mahoney Environmental, following approval by regulatory authorities. Neste first announced its intention to acquire Mahoney Environmental in March. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

New report shows excellence in German biodiesel fuel quality

BY AGQM Germany’s biodiesel quality management association AGQM published its Biodiesel Quality Report 2019 based on results from unannounced sampling of biodiesel producers and warehouse operators. Results show excellent quality and improvement over 2018. READ MORE

April 28, 2020

Neste reports record renewable diesel production in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleNeste Corp. released first quarter financial results on April 24. The company reported a solid start to the year considering the negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and said renewable diesel production was at a record high. READ MORE

April 27, 2020

2020 FEW moved to Omaha, date changed to Aug. 24-26

BY BBI International BBI International has moved the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo and co-located Biodiesel Production Technology Summit to Omaha Aug. 24-26 due to COVID-19. The events were originally scheduled to be held in Minneapolis this June. READ MORE

April 21, 2020

UK biofuel consumption up 24% in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government recently released updated energy statistics that show liquid biofuel consumption reached 2.351 billion liters (621.07 million gallons) last year, up approximately 24 percent from 2018. READ MORE

April 17, 2020

World soybean harvest expected to reach a record high

BY UFOP According to International Grain Council expectations, another bumper crop in Brazil, a standard U.S. crop and production increases in smaller soy-producing countries are set to boost global soybean output to a new record high in 2020-’21. READ MORE

April 09, 2020

In Depth: Opportunity Knocking

BY Ron KotrbaBioEconomy Solutions plans to create 200 jobs in South Carolina through operation of a new crush facility while commercializing a little-known crop for the biomass-based diesel industry. READ MORE

April 07, 2020

VTT to assess bio and waste oils suitable for power plants, ships

BY VTT In a Business Finland BioFlex project, VTT and partners are exploring suitability of fuel oils made from biomass and waste plastics for power plants and ship engines. The aim is to determine an economical and ecological replacement for fossil fuels. READ MORE

April 02, 2020

In Depth: The Other Unseen Enemy

BY Ron Kotrba Targeted email fraud known as spear phishing is costing businesses, including those in the biodiesel sector, billions of dollars. Learn what to watch for, and how to avoid falling victim to these scams. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Alfa Laval to supply equipment for St1 renewable diesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaAlfa Laval has won a $5.8 million contract to supply various pieces of equipment for a process line to remove impurities in waste fats and oils at St1’s renewable diesel biorefinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. Equipment deliveries are scheduled for 2021. READ MORE

March 20, 2020

More rapeseed meal in compound feeds despite declining production

BY UFOP The use of oilseed meals in Germany’s compound feeds has declined continuously over the past four years. In the first half of the 2015-’16 marketing year, it amounted to 3.4 million metric tons, whereas in 2019-’20 the figure was down 17 percent. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Neste, Finnair partner to reduce CO2 footprint of flying with SAF

BY Neste Corp. Finnair and Neste, the world’s largest producer of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable waste and residues, have signed a new agreement that will gradually and considerably increase Finnair’s use of SAF in its operations. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

German biodiesel exports of 2.3 million tons in 2019 break record

BY UFOP German foreign trade in biodiesel reached new record levels in 2019, both in imports and exports. Above all, exports were strikingly high, cracking the mark of 2 million tons for the first time and reaching 2.3 million tons, an 18 percent increase. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

Swedish firm Södra delivers biomethanol to Danish biodiesel maker

BY Södra Södra has built a commercial biomethanol plant at its pulp mill in Mönsterås, Sweden. An initial pilot delivery in late February was expected to go to Emmelev A/S, a Danish customer that will be using biomethanol in its biodiesel production. READ MORE

February 11, 2020

Registration open until Feb. 28 for AGQM round robin tests

BY AGQM For the first time, all three round robin tests for fatty acid methyl esters (FAME, or biodiesel), vegetable and used cooking oils and pharmaceutical glycerol will be offered at the same time by Germany’s biodiesel quality management association. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

Sustainable biofuels from crops must be part of EU’s ‘Green Deal’

BY UFOP Sustainable biofuels from cultivated biomass must be a part of the overall strategy toward the decarbonization of the agricultural and transport sectors. UFOP Chairman Wolfgang Vogel emphasized this in a letter to members of the European Parliament. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

EU produces a third of global biomass-based diesel output

BY Ron KotrbaGlobal biodiesel, renewable diesel and coprocessed renewable diesel production reached 41 million metric tons in 2018, or roughly 12.3 billion gallons, according to UFOP. The EU’s share was 34 percent, or approximately 4.2 billion gallons. READ MORE

December 13, 2019

Swedish waste power plant upgrades burners to run on biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaWaste power plant Renova in Sweden has switched its eight start-up and support burners to run on biodiesel made from rapeseed oil, thereby reducing its use of fossil fuel oil. The switch reduces CO2 emissions by 960 metric tons annually. 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 10, 2019

Neste to supply KLM additional biojet fuel for Schiphol flights

BY Neste Corp. KLM has purchased sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for flights out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The sustainable fuel is produced by Neste from used cooking oil and will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent compared to fossil kerosene. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Neste, Mantsinen Group to combat social exclusion among youth

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable diesel producer Neste and crane maker Mantsinen Group are working together to tackle social exclusion of impoverished youths living in developed countries. One in five children in developed countries lives in poverty, according to UNICEF. READ MORE