Feedstock

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

HollyFrontier to convert Cheyenne refinery to renewable diesel

BY HollyFrontier Corp. HollyFrontier Corp. announced June 1 that its board of directors has approved a plan to convert the Cheyenne refinery to renewable diesel production and to construct a pretreatment unit (PTU) located at the Artesia refinery. 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 20, 2020

Biofuel feedstock reimbursement act introduced in US Senate

BY Ron KotrbaLegislation was introduced May 19 in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar, which would provide assistance to biofuel producers adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout from the health crisis. READ MORE

May 15, 2020

W2Fuel targets June startup for Michigan, Iowa biodiesel plants

BY Ron Kotrba“It’s frustrating, but we’re doing the best we can,” W2Fuel President and CEO Roy Strom told Biodiesel Magazine, referring to the coronavirus pandemic and how the crisis is affecting the restart of his two biodiesel plants in Michigan and Iowa. 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 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

May 01, 2020

US biodiesel production reaches 132 million gallons in February

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. biodiesel production reached 132 million gallons in February, down 2 million gallons when compared to January, but up 1 million gallons when compared to February 2019, according to data released April 30 by the EIA. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

REG discusses Q1 impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleRenewable Energy Group Inc. released first quarter 2020 results April 30. While COVID-19 has had little impact on U.S. diesel demand, the company reported that the pandemic has significantly impacted feedstock markets. 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 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 15, 2020

Hero BX eyes expanding biodiesel footprint when pandemic subsides

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spoke with Hero BX President Chris Peterson on how the company and its employees are faring through the coronavirus crisis. While belts remain tight for now, Hero BX plans to grow its biodiesel presence once the pandemic subsides. READ MORE

April 13, 2020

CoverCress gets $5M in new financing for low CI crop development

BY CoverCress Inc. CoverCress Inc. closed a $5 million follow-on equity investment round to continue its development of a new winter oilseed crop named CoverCress, based on native pennycress. The new investment was led by Fulcrum Global Capital and Hermann Companies. 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 08, 2020

Inside NBB: NBB Celebrates ASA’s 100th Anniversary

BY The National Biodiesel Board Without support from the American Soybean Association, the U.S. biodiesel industry would not have had the national policy success from which it has benefited immensely. Thus, the biodiesel industry is proud to celebrate ASA’s century of growth. 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 07, 2020

Senators to USDA: Save biofuel producers struggling from pandemic

BY The Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley Senators sent a letter April 7 to the USDA requesting additional funds be allocated to the biofuel industry through the Commodity Credit Corporation during the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Vegetable oil prices under pressure due to coronavirus pandemic

BY UFOP The spread of the coronavirus sent global prices of crude oil and vegetable oil on a downward spiral. Diesel sales are in steep decline, and the demand for and use of biodiesel, and biodiesel producers’ demand for vegetable oil, are down. 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 18, 2020

IRFA partners with Iowa State University BioBus program

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association In recognition of the important role students and young professionals will play in the future of the biodiesel industry, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is announcing a partnership with Iowa State University’s BioBus program. READ MORE

March 11, 2020

Neste to acquire US grease collection, recycling company

BY Neste Corp. Renewable diesel producer Neste has agreed to acquire 100 percent of Mahoney Environmental, a U.S. collector and recycler of used cooking oil, and its affiliated entities. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and closing conditions. READ MORE

March 10, 2020

Missouri Soybean opens doors to new Center for Soy Innovation

BY Missouri Soybean The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council’s efforts to drive research and education for all things soy are starting 2020 by “leveling up” through new opportunities through the new Center for Soybean Innovation, which held a grand opening March 5. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Fiat Powertrain explores biodiesel from Brazil-native macaúba

BY Ron KotrbaFiat Powertrain Industrial, a brand of Case New Holland Industrial, is investigating production and use of biodiesel made from Acrocomia aculeata, more commonly referred to as macaúba—a native palm tree to Brazil, the Caribbean and South Florida. READ MORE

February 27, 2020

Diamond Green Diesel enters terminal lease agreement with IMTT

BY Darling Ingredients Inc. Norco, Louisiana-based renewable diesel producer Diamond Green Diesel has entered into a long-term lease agreement with International-Matex Tank Terminals, which will allow DGD access and use of IMTT’s St. Rose terminal as a logistics hub. READ MORE