Feedstock

January 29, 2019

Biodiesel market in EU opens for US soybeans

BY The American Soybean Association Conservation practices required for U.S. soybean production meet EU sustainability standards, and biodiesel produced from documented soybeans can now be used in the EU, the European Commission has formally announced. READ MORE

January 16, 2019

EU imports of US soybeans balloon during trade war with China

BY UFOP Following China’s ban on U.S. soybeans, the U.S. has been in need of new buyers. The EU-28 benefits from this situation as its imports of U.S. soybeans have multiplied. Three-quarters of EU soybean imports are now coming from the U.S. READ MORE

January 10, 2019

EIA proposes changes to biofuel reporting requirements

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. Energy Information Administration is seeking public comments on several changes it intends to make within its Petroleum Supply Reporting System, including those related to data collection on biofuels. Comments are due Feb. 25. READ MORE

December 29, 2018

Inside NBB: Biodiesel Benefits Animal Agriculture, Too

BY The National Biodiesel Board American Soybean Association farmer-leader Rob Shaffer and the National Biodiesel Board’s senior feedstock advisor Alan Weber were featured on the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s program Cattlemen to Cattlemen recently. READ MORE

December 28, 2018

In Depth: Biodiesel’s Cutting Edge

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine profiles nine companies whose process technologies, products and services are on the frontline of change in this industry. READ MORE

December 26, 2018

Opinion: Biodiesel’s Past, Present and Future

BY Marc Kellens Marc Kellens, the global technical director for Desmet Ballestra, takes us through the history and future of biodiesel production, identifying key milestones and cultural shifts, including the introduction and proliferation of renewable diesel. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

US President Donald Trump signs 2018 Farm Bill into law

BY Ron Kotrba and Erin Voegele Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law Dec. 20, reauthorizing several Energy Title programs including the Biorefinery Assistance Program, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels and $2 million a year for the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program. READ MORE

December 20, 2018

Biodiesel Coalition of Missouri wraps first year of partnerships

BY The Biodiesel Coalition of Missouri During its December meeting, the coalition's board of directors heard from members on joint efforts to support training programs and connect with youth on opportunities surrounding biodiesel, and to set the course for 2019. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

EU Commission begins antisubsidy process against Indonesia

BY UFOP UFOP calls for urgent action by application of customs duties on imports of palm oil biodiesel. The EBB warns that import duties to be applied in 2019 will be circumvented by the increased import of palm oil for production of biodiesel in the EU. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

Low river levels in Germany continue to push biodiesel prices up

BY UFOP The key issue affecting the product chain of rapeseed processing and biodiesel production in Germany is the uncertain transport situation due to low water levels in Germany's rivers that have curtailed the flow of goods and led to rising prices. READ MORE

November 16, 2018

Green Energy Biofuel receives 2018 Project of the Year Award

BY Ron KotrbaThe South Carolina Biomass Council held an award ceremony Nov. 15 on the grounds of its 2018 Biomass Project of the Year Award recipient, Green Energy Biofuel, in Warrenville. Green Energy Biofuel won the award in recognition of its new GEB3 plant. READ MORE

November 14, 2018

Biodiesel leads UK in biofuels that meet sustainability criteria

BY Erin Voegele The U.K. Department for Transport has published preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018. Of the biofuel that has met sustainability criteria, 59 percent was biodiesel, followed by 38 percent ethanol. READ MORE

October 31, 2018

Crown Iron Works breaks ground on global HQ, innovation center

BY Crown Iron Works Crown Iron Works has broken ground on its new global headquarters to support the 140-year-old company's commitment to growth and innovation. The new center will serve as a resource to leading global manufacturers in the oilseed processing industry. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Opinion: Issues of the Day

BY Ron KotrbaFrom his Editor's Note, Ron Kotrba highlights the contents of the Fall 2018 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine in the political context of what has ensued this autumn on Capitol Hill. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Inside NBB: BioFry 2018 Draws Hundreds for French Fries, Biodiesel Facts

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board hosted its annual Capitol Hill BioFry Sept. 25 to educate congressional staff about biodiesel and the U.S. companies that produce it. Hundreds enjoyed a free French fry snack while learning about biodiesel. READ MORE

October 24, 2018

In Depth: The Complex Dynamics of Coprocessing

BY Ron KotrbaWhile oil refiners adding a small percentage of renewable feedstock to their operations sounds simple, the political, economic, technical, societal and market consequences are anything but. READ MORE

October 23, 2018

In Depth: Consultative Expansion

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spotlights a producer whose recent acquisition fulfills increased feedstock demand, a consulting firm that assists in market entry and production efficiencies, and the expansion of one of today's fastest-growing biodiesel refiners. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

West Coast biodiesel consolidation: Crimson acquires SeQuential

BY Ron KotrbaCalif.-based biodiesel maker Crimson Renewable Energy has acquired Ore.-based producer and UCO collector SeQuential. Crimson gains feedstock supply options for its Bakersfield plant and expands its ability to supply biodiesel to West Coast customers. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

Opinion: The Road to Feedstock Flexibility

BY Chris Abrams Imerys personnel have spent much of 2018 talking about new and diverse feedstocks for biodiesel production, and how to help biodiesel manufacturers incorporate them into their existing processes. Here is an overview of that discussion. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

PHYCO2 algae pilot program with MSU reaches new milestones

BY PHYCO2 PHYCO2 reached a new milestone in its three-year pilot program with Michigan State University, announcing the operation of its new, scalable algae PBR, which will reduce the level of carbon emissions produced by electric power generation boilers. READ MORE

October 09, 2018

Global vegetable oil production set to reach new peak

BY UFOP As global vegetable oil production is set to break records, crude petroleum oil prices are rising. Rising vegetable oil stocks has put downward pressure on biofuel feedstock prices, causing renewable fuels to become more economically attractive. READ MORE

October 05, 2018

Baseball teams knock it out of the park with biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Sports fans nationwide are celebrating sustainable practices this weekend as Oct. 6 marks Green Sports Day. Ballparks throughout the country are recycling used cooking oil into clean-burning biodiesel, which reduces carbon emissions by 80 percent. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

10 years in, So. Carolina biodiesel producer expands, diversifies

BY Ron KotrbaWinnsboro, South Carolina-based Green Energy Biofuel, formerly known as Midlands Biofuels, has acquired an idle 40 MMgy biodiesel plant in Warrenville, South Carolina. The 10-year-old company is rapidly expanding and diversifying its offerings. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Pacific Biodiesel subsidiary launches natural sunscreen product

BY Ron KotrbaA wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Biodiesel, Maiden Hawaii Naturals, has introduced Kuleana Sunscreen, a natural, reef-safe product. Made from plant-based oils, minerals and other natural ingredients, the sunscreen contains no harmful chemicals. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UK biodiesel producer Greenergy makes major int'l investments

BY Ron KotrbaU.K. biodiesel producer Greenergy has just acquired Singapore-based used cooking oil exporter Rexon Energy. The acquisition comes less than two months after purchasing an idle biodiesel facility in Amsterdam from Oiltanking Amsterdam B.V. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Neste completes acquisition of Dutch animal fat trader IH Demeter

BY Ron KotrbaNeste's acquisition of 51 percent of the shares and controlling interest in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, is now complete. The former owners remain co-owners and the new name of the company is Neste Demeter B.V. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

NBB asks Farm Bill conferees to support biodiesel programs

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board sent a letter to leaders of the Farm Bill Conference Committee, reiterating the industry's strong support for passage of a new five-year Farm Bill that includes funding for programs that support biodiesel. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

ADM to acquire Brazilian oilseed facilities from Algar Agro

BY ADM Archer Daniels Midland Co. announced Aug. 16 that it has reached an agreement to purchase certain assets of Brazil-based Algar Agro, including oilseeds processing facilities in Uberlândia in the state of Minas Gerais, and Porto Franco in Maranhão. READ MORE

August 16, 2018

Global soybean production in 2018-’19 could reach record level

BY UFOP The USDA has raised its forecast considerably for 2018-’19 U.S. soybean production, now expecting a bumper crop. USDA projects world soybean production in 2018-’19 at 367 million metric tons, up 30 million tons year-on-year. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

Opinion: A Decade Deep: Positioned, Poised & Prospering

BY Jamie O’Brien Rocked by the financial collapse of 2008, the son of a Boston bus driver and plumber who had no commodity or trading experience, and just a high school education, took a chance on becoming an entrepreneur in the biodiesel space. And it paid off. READ MORE