Feedstock

July 31, 2019

JBS to more than double biodiesel output with new plant in Brazil

BY JBS Global food company JBS announced it is building a new biodiesel plant in Brazil. JBS is investing approximately $48 million through Seara Alimentos to build and operate a biodiesel factory in Mafra. The plant will be operated by JBS Biodiesel. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

EU tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel welcomed with caution

BY Ron KotrbaThe EU Commission recently decided to introduce temporary countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Indonesia. Germany’s UFOP warns that a slowdown of imports must not lead to European biodiesel producers using palm oil as feedstock instead. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

UFOP: France bans palm oil from biofuels, Germany should follow

BY UFOP France is tightening up regulations on the use of palm oil as a feedstock in biofuels production. However, this only applies to palm oil eligibility within France. As a result, biofuels produced in France could push their way onto the EU market. READ MORE

July 18, 2019

Australian biodiesel plant reopens under new ownership

BY Ron KotrbaThe former Australian Renewable Fuels plant in Barnawatha, Victoria, a 13.2 MMgy biodiesel facility, has restarted operations under the new ownership of Just Biodiesel Pty Ltd. ARF shut down the plant and filed bankruptcy more than three years ago. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

EIA to update data reporting for biofuels

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking a three-year extension with changes to its Petroleum Supply Reporting System. The proposed changes include those related to biofuels reporting. Comments are due July 24. READ MORE

June 21, 2019

21 individuals indicted on grease theft, other charges

BY Ron KotrbaA U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr., announced June 20 that 21 individuals have been indicted by a grand jury for their roles in a major grease theft ring in the South. Six of the defendants are fugitives. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

Concerns rise as low palm oil prices may increase use for biofuel

BY UFOP UFOP fears that use of palm oil will increase because prices have tumbled to a very low level since January 2017, temporarily even falling below diesel fuel prices. The main reason is the continuing rise in global supplies of vegetable oils. READ MORE

June 04, 2019

More stable EU biodiesel policy helps Avril Group recover

BY Avril Group After two years marked by a contrasted economic situation in all its business lines and a context that remained difficult at the start of 2018, the Avril Group recorded a notable recovery in its activities during the second half of the year. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

State legislature comes through for Northwest Minnesota farmers

BY Ron KotrbaThe Minnesota state legislature approved $5 million in funding for a Soy Innovation Campus in Crookston, Minnesota. Among other important attributes, the campus will feature Epitome Energy’s 30 MMgy biodiesel production facility and crush plant. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

BP to supply Next Renewable Fuels with renewable diesel feedstock

BY Next Renewable Fuels Inc. Next Renewable Fuels and BP Products North America have entered into a long-term feedstock supply agreement whereby Next will purchase approximately 13.2 million barrels per year of renewable feedstocks for its planned Oregon renewable diesel plant. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Big-name cos. partner for sustainable palm project in Indonesia

BY Solidaridad BASF, The Estée Lauder Companies and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil are partnering with civil society organization Solidaridad to promote sustainable palm oil and palm derivatives production in the district of Waykanan, Lampung, Indonesia. READ MORE

May 15, 2019

Yum China receives ISCC certification for its used cooking oil

BY Yum China Holdings Inc. Yum China Holdings says it is the first restaurant company in China to get the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification for its used cooking oil that will be converted into sustainable biodiesel following a successful pilot project. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

Secrets of secretion: Isolating eucalyptus genes for oil, biofuel

BY Michigan Technological University Michigan Tech’s Carsten Külheim has spent the past 10 years of his career studying eucalyptus. In particular, Külheim studies terpenes, organic compounds found in the leaves. The right terpenes can be used for essential oils or biofuel production. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

Biodiesel plays active role in food waste reduction

BY The National Biodiesel Board The USDA, FDA and EPA recently announced April as Winning on Reducing Food Waste Month and the National Biodiesel Board sees biodiesel as an active player in reduction. Billions of pounds of food waste is made into biodiesel each year. READ MORE

April 25, 2019

Pacific Biodiesel founders obtain license to grow industrial hemp

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies Pacific Biodiesel Technologies and its founders Bob and Kelly King announced April 22 the development of Maui’s first state-licensed industrial hemp farm, operating under the Kings’ personal entity. The operation will be fully powered by biodiesel. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Soy Innovation Campus for NW Minn. gaining traction in Saint Paul

BY The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel plant in Crookston has passed a key hurdle in the Minnesota legislature. The proposed Soy Innovation Campus at the University of Minnesota Crookston will receive $5 million in funding as part of a new bill. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

Pacific Biodiesel eyes California as federal, local support wanes

BY Ron KotrbaAs the U.S. biodiesel sector pushes forward in an unsupportive federal environment, producers like Pacific Biodiesel find it necessary to operate outside their norm to continue operations. Pacific Biodiesel is considering shipping fuel to California. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

Neste expands partnership with city of Oakland, California

BY Ron KotrbaNeste announced an expanded partnership with the city of Oakland, California, in which waste oil from the city is being collected and shipped overseas to Singapore for processing into renewable diesel, after which Neste will ship the biofuel back. READ MORE

April 15, 2019

Alabama governor awards Auburn University grant to study carinata

BY The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs A $39,757 grant awarded by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will enable Auburn University to determine if an oilseed crop can be successfully grown and marketed in Alabama as a biofuel and become another cash crop for the state’s farmers. READ MORE

April 09, 2019

New study exposes absurdity of NWF land use change claims

BY The Renewable Fuels Association A new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy exposes the fatal methodological flaws and erroneous conclusions regarding biofuels and land use change (LUC) found in recent studies paid for by the National Wildlife Federation. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

Opinion: Balancing Act

BY Ron KotrbaIn his Editor’s Note from the Spring 2019 print edition, Kotrba discusses the writing process as it relates to development of his most recent feature article on biodiesel feedstock—“Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?” READ MORE

April 04, 2019

In Depth: Spotlight: Adding Value Across the Board

BY Ron KotrbaSpotlighting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, which championed the nation’s first biodiesel mandate as a way to add value to surplus soybean oil, and RPS, whose co-located biodiesel process adds 12 cents a pound to ethanol producers’ DCO. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

In Depth: Where Will All the Feedstock Come From?

BY Ron KotrbaAs a new wave of large-scale biomass-based diesel projects develops, experts suggest market forces are ready to deliver the necessary fats, oils and greases. READ MORE

March 21, 2019

US soy leaders push for trade, biodiesel on Capitol Hill

BY Ron KotrbaAlthough lawmakers were not in session, soy growers met with legislative staff on Capitol Hill to push for completion of the USMCA trade agreement, implementation of the Farm Bill and reinstatement of the lapsed biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

Soy Innovation Campus to co-locate with new Minn. biodiesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaThe Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council plans to co-locate its new Soy Innovation Campus with Epitome Energy LLC’s proposed 30 MMgy biodiesel production and soybean crush facility in Northwest Minnesota, in the town of Crookston. READ MORE

February 25, 2019

Brazil’s ECB Group to build renewable diesel complex in Paraguay

BY Ron KotrbaA first-of-its-kind South American renewable diesel project has moved one step closer to construction. Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benítez and ECB Group President Erasmo Carlos Battistella met at Palacio de los López where an MOU was signed Feb 25. READ MORE

February 25, 2019

Harnessing top algae strains for bioenergy through collaboration

BY Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Wanted: Algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. PNNL and its partners are offering collaboration opportunities. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

LSU grad student uses E. coli to create biodiesel feedstock

BY Louisiana State University Tatiana Mello of Piracicaba, Brazil, a mechanical engineering graduate student at Louisiana State University, is currently working on genetically engineering and optimizing E. coli to produce bioproducts, like biodiesel, in a cost-effective manner. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

Muenzer’s 1st community-scale UCO biodiesel plant in India opens

BY Ron KotrbaConstruction of the community-scale biodiesel plant in Navi Mumbai began last year, and the official opening of the new production facility just recently took place. The plant is scaled at 3,000 tons, or more than 900,000 gallons, per year. READ MORE

February 19, 2019

Montana State University explores potential algae breakthrough

BY Marshall Swearingen, Montana State University News Service Costs associated with supplying algae with supplemental CO2 from sources such as coal-fired power plants have discouraged commercial production. MSU researchers think a recently discovered strain of algae could be cultivated using only ambient CO2. READ MORE