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February 20, 2020

USDA: Ag Innovation Agenda is a solution for farmers, environment

BY USDA Through the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, the USDA will stimulate innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

Sandals explores expanding biodiesel project beyond St. Lucia

BY Sandals Resorts International Following the success of its first Biodiesel Conversion Centre in St. Lucia, Sandals Resorts International is exploring ways to expand its model of oil collection, conversion and biodiesel use on all islands where Sandals and Beaches resorts operate. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Plans abandoned for soybean crush facility in Spiritwood, ND

BY North Dakota Soybean Processors After more than three years, $6 million of investment and thousands of hours of management time, North Dakota Soybean Processors announced that it is abandoning its efforts to build a large-scale soybean crushing facility in Spiritwood, North Dakota. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

Sustainable biofuels from crops must be part of EU’s ‘Green Deal’

BY UFOP Sustainable biofuels from cultivated biomass must be a part of the overall strategy toward the decarbonization of the agricultural and transport sectors. UFOP Chairman Wolfgang Vogel emphasized this in a letter to members of the European Parliament. READ MORE

January 29, 2020

President Trump signs USMCA trade deal into law, Canada to follow

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Donald Trump signed the USMCA agreement into law Jan. 29, a trade deal supplanting the North American Free Trade Agreement that has been in effect for the past 26 years. Mexico has already acted on USMCA and Canada is expected to soon. READ MORE

January 28, 2020

Young scientists present next-gen biodiesel research in Tampa

BY Ron KotrbaStudent scientists from universities across the country converged in Tampa, Florida, at the National Biodiesel Conference to showcase their work as part of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel program. Four presented their work on a panel. READ MORE

January 23, 2020

Grants help WPI professor hone bio-oil process from mixed waste

BY Sharon Gaudin WPI associate professor Michael Timko has been awarded a $2 million grant from DOE and $275,000 from MCEC to expand his earlier research to mix food waste with municipal green waste and, through hydrothermal liquefaction, make an energy-dense oil. READ MORE

January 15, 2020

President Trump signs Phase 1 trade agreement with China

BY Ron KotrbaPresident Trump signed the Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China Jan. 15, a move expected to deescalate trade tensions between the two countries while reopening key markets for U.S. farmers. Chinese tariffs on U.S. soybeans remain in place. READ MORE

January 09, 2020

Biofuels require little arable land but provide many benefits

BY UFOP Crop plants are grown on more than 1.56 billion hectares worldwide. Most of this produce is used as food. Only around 5 percent goes into biofuels. Despite the low cropland use, biofuels provide a number of benefits to the economy. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Greasezilla FOG separation tech to be installed in SE Virginia

BY Greasezilla Greasezilla announced Dec. 3 it has been selected by Hampton Roads Sanitation District to provide the most cost-effective and ecologically sound FOG (fats, oils and grease) separation technology for the Nansemond Treatment Plant in Suffolk, Virginia. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Infographic shows origins of Germany’s biodiesel, HVO feedstocks

BY UFOP An annual report published by Germany’s Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) provides information on the origins of biomass raw materials, including waste oils and fats. UFOP has illustrated this information in the associated infographic. READ MORE

November 22, 2019

American GreenFuels’ biodiesel earns UL environmental validations

BY American GreenFuels LLC American GreenFuels announced Nov. 21 that its biodiesel has achieved two Underwriters Laboratories environmental claim validations for recycled content and byproduct synergy. The company will relaunch its You Are What You Heat campaign this year. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

BTG, GoodFuels explore options for joint biorefinery investment

BY Biomass Technology Group Biomass Technology Group is setting up a new technology company for converting crude pyrolysis oil into diesel fuel suitable for the shipping sector. It will be the first refinery in the world for an advanced marine biofuel based on pyrolysis oil. READ MORE

November 13, 2019

Malaysian hotel group partners for conversion of UCO to biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaSunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian conglomerate Sunway Group, announced a partnership Nov. 12 with FatHopes Energy to recycle its used cooking oil into biodiesel. Six of Sunway’s Malaysian properties are participating. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

SeQuential finalizes expansion, increases biodiesel production

BY Ron KotrbaSeQuential, the Oregon-based biodiesel producer in operation since 2005, has completed an expansion at its Salem plant increasing production capacity by 30 percent. The current run-rate of the plant is more than 1 million gallons a month. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

Phase Genomics awarded DOE grant for algae biofuel research

BY Ron KotrbaPhase Genomics Inc., a biotech provider of proximity-ligation next-generation sequencing solutions for metagenome assembly, is set to receive $325,000 as part of a $73 million funding package from U.S. DOE’s Office Efficiency and Renewable Energy. READ MORE

October 10, 2019

Inside NBB: National Biodiesel Board Premieres on Rural America Live

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel was the featured topic of an hour-long segment on RFD-TV’s flagship series Rural America Live in August. Steve Howell, NBB senior technical advisor, and Greg Anderson, an NBB governing board member and farmer leader, were guests. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

In Depth: Industry Know-How

BY Ron KotrbaFrom a company whose software facilitates small feedstock generators landing big contracts to a comprehensive report on biomass-based diesel, and a tax specialist with new solutions, the industry knowledge in this spotlight edition runs deep. READ MORE

October 03, 2019

In Depth: Algae Oil to Biodiesel: A Practical Application

BY Robert Raudner Within the All-Gas Project of Europe’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, BDI-BioEnergy International demonstrates algae oil extraction, characterization and conversion to biodiesel using its RepCat process. READ MORE

September 19, 2019

Biodiesel prices up 30 percent in Germany over past month

BY UFOP Wholesale prices for biodiesel have seen a sharp rise since Aug. 14, from 70.5 euro cents per liter ($2.95 per gallon) in mid-August to recently 91.6 euro cents per liter ($3.82 per gallon). This translates to an approximately 30 percent increase. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Cape Cod Biofuels founder receives environmental merit award

BY Ron KotrbaAndrew Davison, founder of Cape Cod Biofuels, was presented an environmental merit award by the U.S. EPA Sept. 10 for his unique, circular biodiesel business model that improves the air and water and increases energy and community resilience. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

Gevo develops low-carbon, no-particulate renewable diesel

BY Gevo Inc. Renewable fuels and chemical manufacturer Gevo Inc. announced Sept. 4 that it has developed proprietary, breakthrough processes that convert either low-carbon isobutanol or low-value fusel oils, byproducts of fermentation, into renewable diesel. READ MORE

August 26, 2019

Scientists discover how some algae harness solar energy

BY Rutgers University The Rutgers University-led discovery, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could help lead to more efficient and affordable algae-based biofuels and combat climate change from fossil fuel burning. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Petroleum companies ramp up HVO production in Europe

BY UFOP Production of hydrotreated vegetable oil in the EU has picked up pace since 2012. The key reason is the iLUC regulation introduced in 2015 permits biofuels from waste to be counted double. Also, pressure on feedstock prices has increased globally. READ MORE

August 09, 2019

UFOP: Planned antisubsidy duties on palm biodiesel ineffective

BY UFOP Germany-based UFOP has drawn the conclusion that the preliminary antisubsidy duties of 8 to 18 percent on Indonesian biodiesel will not reduce imports of palm methyl esters. The organization calls on the EU Commission to impose higher tariffs. READ MORE

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