Europe

August 19, 2020

Air BP, Neste offer an increased volume of SAF in Europe

BY Air BP and Neste Air BP and Neste have signed an agreement to offer an increased volume of sustainable aviation fuel to airport customers in 2020 and 2021. The volume is five times larger than that supplied by the businesses in 2019. READ MORE

August 18, 2020

Velocys releases 2019 financial results, provides project updates

BY Erin VoegeleU.K.-based Veloycs plc on Aug. 6 released final audited financial results for 2019, providing an update on company operations and its proposed waste-to-biofuel plants under development in Immingham, U.K., and Natchez, Mississippi. READ MORE

July 30, 2020

German biodiesel, HVO consumption projected to rise 13% in 2020

BY Ron KotrbaUFOP estimates German consumption of biodiesel and renewable diesel, or hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), will be approximately 780.5 million gallons for 2020, an increase of approximately 90 million gallons, or 13 percent, over 2019. READ MORE

July 28, 2020

Neste sells record volume of renewable diesel in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleNeste announced July 23 that its renewable products business set a new quarterly sales volume record during the second quarter of this year. Nameplate production capacity for renewable diesel also increased during the quarter. READ MORE

July 27, 2020

2020 EU biodiesel production remains stable, consumption down 6%

BY Ron KotrbaDue to COVID-19-related market impacts, consumption of biodiesel and renewable diesel is expected to fall by 6 percent or approximately 301 million gallons in 2020, but the combined production volume of both is expected to remain relatively stable. READ MORE

July 22, 2020

Rapeseed oil remains primary feedstock for German biodiesel

BY UFOP In 2019, the German biodiesel industry produced approximately 3.4 million tons (1.02 billion gallons) of biodiesel, of which about 1.9 million tons were based on rapeseed oil. Used cooking oil was the second-most used feedstock for German biodiesel. READ MORE

July 21, 2020

Nuseed lands multiyear offtake agreement with Saipol for carinata

BY Nuseed Nuseed Ltd. has executed a commercial offtake agreement with Saipol, the largest biodiesel producer in Europe, to supply Nuseed Carinata as a feedstock for certified low carbon oil for renewable fuels and high-protein, non-GMO meal. READ MORE

July 07, 2020

San Francisco Int’l Airport gets 1st piped batch of SAF via Neste

BY Ron KotrbaNeste delivered its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel to San Francisco International Airport via pipeline. Biodiesel Magazine speaks with Jeremy Baines, president of Neste U.S., about the U.S. market and the company’s plans for growth. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

Circular-economy partnership formed in the Netherlands

BY Ron KotrbaUsed cooking oil (UCO) from McDonald’s Netherlands will be turned into renewable diesel by Neste, and then the fuel will be used to power HAVI trucks that both collect UCO from and deliver goods to McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands. READ MORE

June 18, 2020

Neste increases R&D in Finland to decrease use of crude oil

BY Neste Corp. Neste launched a new research project to develop sustainable and globally scalable raw materials such as forestry or ag residues, MSW, algae and more, and technology solutions for transportation fuels and the production of chemicals and polymers. READ MORE

June 18, 2020

EU soybean production up 11% this year, doubled in 10 years

BY UFOP Soybean production in the EU-27 continues to expand in 2020 due to significant increases in farmland planted with soybeans in key EU member states. Italy is by far the largest soybean-producing member state with 306,000 hectares planted this year. READ MORE

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