Feedstock

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

September 01, 2020

EPA proposes to update regs for PIPs to increase ag productivity

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA on Sept. 1 released a proposed rule that would allow PIPs created through biotechnology to be exempt from existing regulations if they meet certain criteria. The EPA said the change would increase agricultural productivity. READ MORE

September 01, 2020

Yield10 Bioscience, GDM to evaluate new yield traits in soybean

BY Yield10 Bioscience Inc. Yield10 Bioscience Inc.on Aug. 11 announced that it has signed a three-year non-exclusive research agreement with GDM, a company specialized in plant genetics based in Gibson City, Illinois, to evaluate novel yield traits in soybean. READ MORE

August 28, 2020

ABO appoints new executive director

BY Algae Biomass Organization The Algae Biomass Organization’s board of directors on Aug. 20 announced the selection of Rebecca White as the ABO’s new executive director, effective Oct. 1. White is a recognized leader in the algae industry. READ MORE

August 25, 2020

Iowa provides COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers, retailers

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Aug. 25 that the state is allocating approximately $100 million of federal CARES Act relief funds to seven ag programs to offset the impact of COVID-19. Approximately $22.5 million of that will support biofuels. READ MORE

August 25, 2020

Climate plan addresses potential of biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleThe Senate Democrats Climate Committee released a new report on Aug. 25 that details how climate action by Congress can create new jobs and grow the U.S. economy. Biofuels and bioenergy are among the topics discussed. READ MORE

August 17, 2020

Study: Ag crops don’t contribute increase atmospheric GHG levels

BY Biogenic CO2 Coalition The Biogenic CO2 Coalition has released a scientific literature review that confirms biogenic CO2 emissions from annual agriculture crops do not contribute to elevated greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere. READ MORE

August 17, 2020

Scientists find how clock gene wakes up green algae

BY Nagoya University A team of researchers from Nagoya University, Japan, has found the mechanism of the night-to-day transition of the circadian rhythm in green algae. The findings could be applied to green algae to produce larger amounts of lipids for biofuels. READ MORE

August 10, 2020

Researchers to use DOE grant to help strengthen pennycress genes

BY The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center The U.S. DOE awarded a five-year, $13 million grant to a nationwide research project to genetically strengthen Thlaspi arvense, commonly known as pennycress, for use in sustainable energy efforts including biodiesel and sustainable aviation fuel. READ MORE

August 06, 2020

UK, German partners demo macaúba biofuel supply chain in Brazil

BY Ron KotrbaU.K.-based biodiesel technology and equipment supplier Green Fuels and Germany-based innovative oil and carbon solutions provider INOCAS GmbH are working together to develop a sustainable fuels value chain in Minas Gerais, Brazil. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

US DOE announces $97 million for bioenergy R&D

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. DOE announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy. Some funding is going toward SAF and algae projects, to name a few. READ MORE

July 31, 2020

US biodiesel production ticks up in May, soybean oil use hits 70%

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel manufacturing in the U.S. hit 147 million gallons in May, four million gallons higher than April and four million gallons less than March. Use of soybean oil feedstock grew again, making up a 70 percent share of the feedstocks consumed. 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 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

Chevron Lummus Global announces startup of Euglena biofuels unit

BY Chevron Lummus Global Chevron Lummus Global and Applied Research Associates Inc. announced the successful startup of Euglena Co. Ltd.’s integrated Biofuels Isoconversion unit in Yokohama, Japan. Its renewable diesel is being supplied to local bus services. 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 20, 2020

Marathon acquires Duonix biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska

BY Ron KotrbaMarathon Petroleum Corp. has purchased the 50 MMgy Duonix biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska. Marathon plans to use the facility to aggregate and pretreat feedstocks before shipping them to its renewable diesel refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota. READ MORE

July 16, 2020

City buses in Grand Forks, North Dakota, running on B20 biodiesel

BY The North Dakota Soybean Council This summer Cities Area Transit buses in Grand Forks, North Dakota, are running on a different fuel than normal. CAT recently switched to fueling its fleet with B20, a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel. READ MORE

July 14, 2020

Biodiesel project developer signs site lease for plant in Oman

BY Ron KotrbaA new, small-scale biodiesel project is being developed in Oman on the Arabian Peninsula, in the Khazaen Economic City. Wakud International, a joint venture involving U.K.-based Green Fuels, recently signed a lease on its new facilities. READ MORE

July 14, 2020

Q&A: A model for low-carbon fuels in the global energy transition

BY Alan P. Mammoser Alan Mammoser, independent writer on renewable energy, interviews Karl Feilder, CEO of Dubai-based Neutral Fuels, on the role his biodiesel company and local business model play in the global transition to climate-friendly transportation fuels. READ MORE

July 08, 2020

Amazon Air secures SAF from Shell Aviation made by World Energy

BY Ron KotrbaAmazon Air, the cargo airline of e-commerce giant Amazon, has secured up to 6 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Shell Aviation and produced by World Energy out of its Paramount, California, biorefinery. 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

July 03, 2020

In Depth: Pushing Through the Pandemic

BY Ron KotrbaSeveral U.S. biodiesel producers share their experiences during the height of the coronavirus crisis, painting a picture of the industry’s health during these uncertain times. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

Approving gap SREs would deal ‘devastating blow’ to soy farmers

BY The American Soybean Association The American Soybean Association this week urged the U.S. EPA to immediately reject the pending retroactive small refinery exemption (SRE) petitions listed on the agency website and stand with U.S. soybean growers in support of the RFS. READ MORE

July 01, 2020

Mo. soybean farmers offer matching biodiesel infrastructure funds

BY The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council A commitment from the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and Missouri Soybean Association provides up to $200,000 for entities to build or retrofit existing biodiesel infrastructure, from blending and distribution to fleet and retail locations. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

US biodiesel production down slightly in April, soy oil use rises

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. production of biodiesel fell by 8 million gallons in April as lockdowns amid the health crisis strengthened. Soybean oil feedstock use rose, however, while DCO and yellow grease consumption fell as ethanol producers and restaurants closed. 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 22, 2020

Biodiesel improving air quality in Chicago parks

BY The Illinois Soybean Association As Chicago residents begin to resume outdoor activities, they can expect to breathe a little easier. That’s because the Chicago Park District is working to improve air quality by fueling park refuse haulers with 100 percent biodiesel (B100). READ MORE

June 18, 2020

Louis Dreyfus Company launches corporate venture capital program

BY Louis Dreyfus Company B.V. Louis Dreyfus Company B.V. has launched a corporate venture capital program called LDC Innovations as an essential element in the company’s strategic plans to reinforce its position as a key value chain participant. Max Clegg will lead the program. 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