Biodiesel Production

November 26, 2014

KSU Biodiesel Initiative gives students hands-on experience

BY Katie Allen, K-State Research and Extension By converting cooking oil into sustainable biodiesel fuel, the Kansas State University Biodiesel Initiative allows for collaboration among many campus departments and industry organizations. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

REG holds ceremony to celebrate Geismar plant grand opening

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. The event marked the successful start-up of the 75 MMgy nameplate capacity plant that REG acquired in June. Beginning production on Oct. 14, REG Geismar LLC has already produced more than 4.7 million gallons of renewable fuel. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

Biodiesel production, activity impressive despite uncertainty

BY Ron KotrbaPolicy uncertainty has adversely impacted the U.S. biodiesel industry, but media reports would have you believe the sector is teetering on collapse. The facts show otherwise. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

Opinion: Knowledge Best Defense for Fire Risks

BY Art Krugler Biodiesel production has no more or less fire hazard than an oil refinery. Plant personnel at all levels need to be vigilant and totally informed, realizing that what they do not know can lead to disaster. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

In Depth: Safety Your Way

BY Ron KotrbaProducers and technology providers, including Pacific Biodiesel, Kelley Green Biofuel, Piedmont Biofuels, WB Services and Crown Iron Works, discuss procedural and design elements to mitigate risk in biodiesel manufacturing. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

In Depth: Reducing Risk of Spontaneous Combustion

BY Rob Fransham and Jon Van Gerpen Industry and academia work together to find a solution to the common biodiesel fire hazard of spontaneous combustion, which occurs when heat, resulting from chemical or biological reactions, accumulates in loosely piled flammable materials. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

Springboard intro's methanol recovery, soap-casting equipment

BY Ron KotrbaChico, Calif.-based biodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel recently introduced its GL95/MC12/BD380 trio to recover more than 99 percent of excess methanol mixed in with the glycerin that's produced when making biodiesel. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

Buster Biofuels to employ Viesel Fuel enzymatic biodiesel process

BY Ron KotrbaA 5 MMgy plant in San Diego will be producing biodiesel using the latest process technology of enzymatic production. Buster Biofuels is working with Viesel Fuel and Tactical Fabrication to build the first enzymatic biodiesel plant on the West Coast. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Appalachian Biofuels to build plant using TransBiodiesel enzymes

BY Ron KotrbaAppalachian Biofuels is investing $3.5 million to manufacture biodiesel from waste feedstocks using immobilized enzymes from Israel-based TransBiodiesel. The facility will be built in Russell County, Va. READ MORE