Feedstock

November 03, 2020

US biodiesel production up in August

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. biodiesel production reached 163 million gallons in August, up 1 million gallons when compared to the previous month and up 7 million gallons when compared to the same month of 2019, according to data released by the U.S. EIA on Oct. 30. READ MORE

November 03, 2020

Neste to acquire Bunge facility adjacent to Rotterdam biorefinery

BY Neste Neste has agreed to acquire Bunge Loders Croklaan's refinery plant located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The facility is connected to Neste's adjacent plant via pipeline and consists of a pretreatment facility, tank farm, and jetties. READ MORE

November 02, 2020

Yield10 Bioscience evaluates novel traits in camelina, canola

BY Yield10 Bioscience Inc. Yield10 Bioscience Inc., an agricultural bioscience company, on Oct. 1 announced it has completed the harvest for its 2020 Field Test Program for Camelina and canola trials conducted in the U.S. and Canada. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Letter urges EPA to recognize de minimis nature of biogenic CO2

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 13 members of Congress sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 19 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking recognizing the de minimis nature of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural crops. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Biodiesel Magazine announces 2021 media kit, digital offerings

BY BBI International Biodiesel Magazine the leading publication for the biodiesel industry, recently released its 2021 media kits. Biodiesel Magazine is now accepting 2021 advertising schedules across its print and digital platforms. READ MORE

October 23, 2020

Neste reports solid Q3 performance for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleNeste released third quarter financial results on Oct. 22, reporting solid performance despite the COVID-149 pandemic. Demand for the company’s renewable diesel remained good and sales volumes were relatively stable. READ MORE

October 22, 2020

Greasezilla to launch regional hub-and-spoke feedstock system

BY Downey Ridge Environmental Co. Downey Ridge Environmental Co., developer of Greasezilla, announces it is in the final planning stages with several biodiesel manufacturers across New England, the Southwest and the West Coast to deploy hub-and-spoke model systems for feedstock. READ MORE

October 20, 2020

UW Oshkosh, Agra Energy bring biofuel technology to dairy farms

BY University of Wisconsin Oshkosh The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has partnered with Agra Energy Corp. to promote a new gas-to-liquids technology that converts methane-rich biogas into liquid fuels that meet diesel fuel specifications. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

USDA forecasts soybean production at 4.27 billion bushels

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. soybean production is expected to be up 20 percent from 2019, forecast at 4.27 billion bushels, according to the Crop Production report issued by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service on Oct. 9. READ MORE

October 14, 2020

MSU researchers to lead $11 million study on camelina

BY Montana State University A research team led by faculty in Montana State University’s College of Agriculture received $5.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy designed to explore camelina, an oilseed with the potential to be an alternative biofuel and multi-use crop. READ MORE

October 13, 2020

Senators urge EPA to promulgate rule on biogenic carbon emissions

BY Erin VoegeleA group of 14 senators sent a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Oct. 12 urging the agency to promulgate a rulemaking that recognizes the de minimis character of biogenic carbon emissions from agricultural feedstocks. READ MORE

October 12, 2020

ANL releases 2020 updates to GREET Models

BY Erin VoegeleArgonne National Laboratory’s Systems Assessment Center on Oct. 9 released 2020 updates to its GREET Models. Updates include new pathways for a variety of biobased fuels and a new feedstock carbon intensity calculator. READ MORE

October 09, 2020

USDA increases forecast for 2020-’21 soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA reduced its forecast for 2020-’21 soybean production in the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Oct. 9. The forecast for soybean oil use in biodiesel production, however, was increased slightly. READ MORE

October 02, 2020

A vision of feedstocks

BY Donnell Rehagen, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board The biodiesel and renewable diesel industries have a vision to exceed 6 billion gallons by 2030 and with advancements in feedstocks, 15 billion gallons by 2050. The NBB believes the industry can reach that goal. READ MORE

October 01, 2020

Report: China’s biodiesel production up despite lower consumption

BY Erin VoegeleWhile China’s current biodiesel use is low, a report recently filed with the USDA FAS's Global Agricultural Information Network notes that increasingly stringent environmental measures are driving prospects for expanded use of the fuel. READ MORE

October 01, 2020

ISU researchers transform pennycress into a crop

BY Illinois State University Though farmers consider pennycress (Thlaspi arvense) nothing more than a weed, Illinois State Professor of Genetics John Sedbrook is working to change their perspective—and the plant itself, which could be processed into biofuel and other products. READ MORE

September 30, 2020

USDA: US soybean ending stocks down 42% from September 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its latest quarterly Grain Stocks report on Sept. 30, reporting that old crop soybeans stored in all positions on Sept. 1 totaled 523 million bushels, down 47 percent from a year ago. READ MORE

September 29, 2020

Researchers grow algae without sunlight

BY University of California – Riverside Elizabeth Hann, a doctoral student in plant biology at UC Riverside, is using the two-year, $60,000 fellowship to test whether she can grow algae for biofuels completely in the dark using solar-generated electricity. READ MORE

September 28, 2020

DOE solicits applications for Technology Commercialization Fund

BY Erin VoegeleThe Department of Energy on Sept. 23 issued its FY 2021 solicitation for the Technology Commercialization Fund, which aims to advance the commercialization of promising energy technologies and deploy lab-developed technologies to the marketplace. READ MORE

September 28, 2020

NBB names Matt Herman as director of environmental science

BY National Biodiesel Board The NBB has welcomed Matt Herman as the organization's new director of environmental science. He has experience using life cycle assessment to measure the environmental attributes of biodiesel, renewable diesel, and their supply chains. READ MORE

September 21, 2020

Report: Brazilian biodiesel production to increase 6% in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleBrazilian biodiesel production is expected to reach 6.27 billion liters (1.66 billion gallons) this year, up 9 percent when compared to 2019, according to report recently filed with the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

September 16, 2020

Prometheus Fuels licenses ORNL ethanol-to-jet-fuel process

BY Oak Ridge National Laboratory Prometheus Fuels has licensed an ethanol-to-jet-fuel conversion process developed by ORNL researchers. The ORNL technology will enable cost-competitive production of jet fuel and co-production of butadiene for use in renewable polymer synthesis. READ MORE

September 11, 2020

USDA maintains forecast for 2020-‘21 soybean oil use in biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleThe USDA maintained its forecast for 2020-’21 soybean use in biodiesel production its latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, released Sept. 11. Forecasts for soybean production, beginning stocks and ending stocks were lowered. READ MORE

September 10, 2020

Biogenic CO2 Coalition files petition for rulemaking with EPA

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition The Biogenic CO2 Coalition has filed a petition for rulemaking with the U.S. EPA providing a detailed explanation of the scientific and legal basis for the agency recognize the carbon neutrality of biogenic carbon emissions from crops. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Ethanol industry award winners to be recognized during FEW

BY BBI International Doug Tiffany and Doug Durante, the respective winners of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo's Award of Excellence and High-Octane Award, will deliver acceptance speeches at the virtual FEW on Sept. 16. READ MORE

September 08, 2020

ARPA-E funds 6 projects supporting the biofuels supply chain

BY Erin VoegeleARPA-E on Sept. 1 announced the award of $16.5 million for six projects that aim to bridge the data gap in the in the biofuel supply chain by quantifying feedstock-related GHG emissions and soil carbon dynamics at the field-level. READ MORE

September 04, 2020

Researchers win second pennycress research grant

BY Western Illinois University Western Illinois University researchers will receive a portion of a $13 million U.S. Department of Energy grant aimed at genetically strengthening pennycress plants for use in sustainable energy work. READ MORE

September 03, 2020

Iowa groups urge Perdue to champion reform of SRE program

BY Erin VoegeleThe Iowa Biodiesel Board and Iowa Soybean Association are imploring U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to champion reform of the RFS small refinery exemption (SRE) program during his Sept. 3 visit to Iowa. READ MORE

September 02, 2020

EIA: US biodiesel production at 151 million gallons in June

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. biodiesel production reached 151 million gallons in June, down slightly from the previous month but up when compared to the same month of last year, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Aug. 31. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

Report addresses impact of COVID-19 on Canada’s biofuel industry

BY Erin VoegeleA report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted ethanol and biodiesel producers in Canada. READ MORE