Europe

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

November 25, 2019

Infographic shows origins of Germany’s biodiesel, HVO feedstocks

BY UFOP An annual report published by Germany’s Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) provides information on the origins of biomass raw materials, including waste oils and fats. UFOP has illustrated this information in the associated infographic. 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 05, 2019

Neste’s IMO 2020 low-sulfur marine fuel available in Germany

BY Neste Corp. Neste and the German BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH signed a partner agreement concerning distribution and sales of Neste Marine 0.5. The fuel contains only 0.5 percent sulfur and became available in Bremerhaven, Germany, in early November. 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 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

October 03, 2019

In Depth: Algae Oil to Biodiesel: A Practical Application

BY Robert Raudner Within the All-Gas Project of Europe’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, BDI-BioEnergy International demonstrates algae oil extraction, characterization and conversion to biodiesel using its RepCat process. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

Eni opens its 2nd large-scale renewable diesel facility in Italy

BY Ron KotrbaOperations have begun at Eni’s renewable diesel plant in Gela, Italy, converted from an oil refinery. The plant has the capacity to process up to 750,000 metric tons a year and uses Ecofining technology developed jointly by Eni and Honeywell’s UOP. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Registration open for AGQM biodiesel antioxidant no-harm tests

BY Ron KotrbaRegistration is open until Oct. 11 for biodiesel antioxidant no-harm testing through Germany’s AGQM. Two test procedures were developed, one for biodiesel used as a diesel fuel component and the other for biodiesel to be blended into heating oil. READ MORE

September 19, 2019

Biodiesel prices up 30 percent in Germany over past month

BY UFOP Wholesale prices for biodiesel have seen a sharp rise since Aug. 14, from 70.5 euro cents per liter ($2.95 per gallon) in mid-August to recently 91.6 euro cents per liter ($3.82 per gallon). This translates to an approximately 30 percent increase. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

German biodiesel exports rise sharply in first half of year

BY UFOP In the first half of 2019, biodiesel exports increased significantly year-on-year by approximately 225,000 metric tons (67.5 million gallons) to 1.14 million tons (342 million gallons). This is approximately one third of Germany’s annual output. READ MORE