Biodiesel Production

December 17, 2018

Crown announces process upgrade for biodiesel manufacturers

BY Crown Iron Works Crown Iron Works has unveiled a new process upgrade for biodiesel producers with the acronym ACRE, which stands for advanced catalyst reduction and economization. The ACRE process can provide savings of 3 cents per gallon and increase uptime. READ MORE

December 12, 2018

Neste to more than double renewable diesel capacity in Singapore

BY Ron KotrbaNeste made its final investment decision worth USD$1.6 billion to more than double its renewable diesel production in Singapore by adding an additional 1.3 million tons of annual production capacity. The plant exports significant volumes to the U.S. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

Benefuel looking to British Columbia for new biodiesel facility

BY Benefuel Inc. The total project will produce 150 MMly and will reduce GHG emissions by more than 550,000 metric tons per year, which is equal to roughly 10 percent of British Columbia's 2030 target reduction for transportation as detailed in the CleanBC Report. READ MORE

December 03, 2018

Evonik to expand sodium methylate capacity in Mobile, Alabama

BY Evonik Corp. Following U.S. EPA's decision to grow the biomass-based diesel standard under the Renewable Fuel Standard, Evonik has announced that the company is expanding its sodium methylate production capacity in Mobile, Alabama, to 90,000 metric tons per year. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Innoltek centralizes production, halts Thetford Mines operations

BY Ron KotrbaFollowing its acquisition of the 19 MMly Evoleum biodiesel plant in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Innoltek Inc. has ceased operations at its 5 MMly biodiesel plant in Thetford Mines, Quebec, and has concentrated production in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. READ MORE

November 06, 2018

Diamond Green Diesel approves major expansion to 675 MMgy

BY Ron KotrbaOn the heels of completing a major expansion project at its renewable diesel production facility in Norco, Louisiana, from 160 MMgy to 275 MMgy, Diamond Green Diesel will add another 400 MMgy of production capacity expected to come online in 2021. READ MORE

November 01, 2018

Phillips 66, REG to build renewable diesel plant in Washington

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Phillips 66 and REG announced Nov. 1 that planning is underway for the construction of a large-scale renewable diesel plant adjacent to Phillips 66's Ferndale Refinery in Washington State. The plant will use REG's proprietary BioSynfining technology. 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 24, 2018

World Energy invests $350M to expand Paramount biofuel production

BY World Energy LLC World Energy plans to invest $350 million to complete conversion of its partially converted petroleum refinery in Paramount, California, acquired from Delek US Holdings in March, and expand biofuel production on-site from 40 MMgy to 306 MMgy. 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 23, 2018

EFT licenses its Fischer-Tropsch technology to Red Rock Biofuels

BY Emerging Fuels Technology Inc. Emerging Fuels Technology Inc. has executed a license agreement with Red Rock Biofuels LLC under which EFT will provide its TL8a Fischer-Tropsch technology to provide additional FT capacity for Red Rock Biofuels' biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon. 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 17, 2018

Ace Ethanol begins D3MAX plant construction at Wisconsin facility

BY BBI International D3MAX and Ace Ethanol announced they have started construction of the first D3MAX facility at Ace Ethanol's plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol producer to integrate the patented D3MAX technology in its dry mill plant. 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 26, 2018

Hero BX acquires biodiesel facility in Clinton, Iowa

BY Hero BX The former Clinton County Biodiesel facility in Clinton, Iowa, is officially under new ownership. Lake Erie Biofuels, dba Hero BX, purchased the assets of the facility from Tenaska Commodities LLC, an affiliate of Tenaska Inc., on Sept. 21. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Exploring Biodiesel series adds 2 new dates, venues

BY Ron KotrbaPreviously dubbed "Five Cities, One Vision," the Exploring Biodiesel (XBX) regional seminar series has added two new cities to its coast-to-coast tour—Newport, Rhode Island, on Sept. 24; and Syracuse, New York, on Sept. 27. 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

Arkansas biologist receives grant to improve biofuel production

BY The University of Arkansas NSF grant recipient Ruben Michael Ceballos, a biologist at the University of Arkansas, will use a protein derived from microorganisms that live in acidic geothermal pools and springs to enhance the process of turning organic material into fuel. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

Pacific Biodiesel receives grant for equipment, facility upgrades

BY Ron KotrbaPacific Biodiesel has received grant funding from the Hawaii Technology Development Corp. to help reimburse recent facility upgrades and equipment purchases at its biodiesel plant on the big island of Hawaii and waste oil collection center on Oahu. READ MORE

August 13, 2018

In Depth: Biodiesel Firestarter

BY Ron KotrbaFrom garage batches to nationwide distribution, Escogo exemplifies American ingenuity and determination as an underdog that took on the establishment and, against all odds, is winning. READ MORE

August 07, 2018

Hero BX buys South Roxana, Illinois, biodiesel plant at auction

BY Ron KotrbaHero BX has just closed on purchasing the former Midwest Biodiesel Products facility located in South Roxana, Illinois, which was auctioned this summer by Maas Companies Inc. Hero BX plans to upgrade the facility and reopen it early next year. READ MORE

July 24, 2018

Lebanese university to install biodiesel pilot plant on campus

BY Ron KotrbaThe Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon and IPT Energy Center signed an MOU in July to install a pilot biodiesel production plant fed by used cooking oil. The feedstock will come from households and will be collected at strategic locations. READ MORE

June 13, 2018

Wilmar implements Inventure supercritical technology in China

BY Inventure Renewables Inventure Renewables announced successful implementation and nearly year-long operation of its Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at a Wilmar International plant in Jiangsu province, China, to produce FAME for oleochemicals and biodiesel. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

Benefuel advances modular plant engineering with support from BIC

BY Ron KotrbaBioindustrial Innovation Canada has approved a project with Benefuel through BIC's COMM SCI initiative program. The purpose of the project is to support a front-end engineering design study for Benefuel's modular 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Ontario. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

In Depth: Pioneering Achievements

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spotlights eight companies—four process technology providers, two commodity firms, a blending equipment manufacturer and an adsorbent supplier—forging new paths in their respective fields. READ MORE

May 22, 2018

Opinion: Co-locating: Look Before You Leap

BY Joe Leo While co-locating two facilities can offer both financial and operational benefits to both parties, there are additional risks that should be considered and mitigated before two facilities decide to pursue such a project. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

In Depth: The Faces Behind the Statistics

BY Tom Slunecka While the economic effect biodiesel manufacturing has on small towns is quantifiably beneficial, the human effect is immeasurably invaluable. READ MORE

May 14, 2018

Valero acquires Pure Biofuels del Peru

BY Valero Energy Corp. Valero Energy Corp. has purchased Pure Biofuels del Peru, the third largest fuels importer in Peru. The transaction, funded with cash, also includes refined products terminals in in Callao, near Lima, and in Paita, near Piura in northern Peru. READ MORE

May 10, 2018

REG completes major expansion project at Ralston biodiesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group wrapped up a $32 million expansion and upgrade project at its Ralston, Iowa, biodiesel plant. Production capacity in Ralston has more than doubled, from 12 to 30 MMgy, and its logistics and storage capabilities were upgraded. READ MORE