Biodiesel Production

June 04, 2019

More stable EU biodiesel policy helps Avril Group recover

BY Avril Group After two years marked by a contrasted economic situation in all its business lines and a context that remained difficult at the start of 2018, the Avril Group recorded a notable recovery in its activities during the second half of the year. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

State legislature comes through for Northwest Minnesota farmers

BY Ron KotrbaThe Minnesota state legislature approved $5 million in funding for a Soy Innovation Campus in Crookston, Minnesota. Among other important attributes, the campus will feature Epitome Energy’s 30 MMgy biodiesel production facility and crush plant. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

SkyNRG to develop Europe’s first dedicated biojet fuel plant

BY Ron KotrbaSkyNRG announced May 27 it will develop Europe’s first dedicated sustainable aviation fuel production plant in Delfzijl, The Netherlands. The facility is being scaled to produce 100,000 metric tons of biojet fuel and 15,000 tons of bioLPG per year. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Total prepares to begin operations at La Mède biorefinery

BY Ron KotrbaFrench oil giant Total S.A. is just days away from startup at its La Mède biorefinery in the south of France. A representative of Total told Biodiesel Magazine that the HVO processing facility is on track to begin production in late May or June. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

German biofuel maker to buy Atlantic Biodiesel plant in Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaA Canadian subsidiary of Germany-based Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG signed a contract May 2 to purchase Atlantic Biodiesel Corp.’s biodiesel production facility in Welland, Ontario, Canada. The plant is the former Great Lakes Biodiesel facility. READ MORE

May 02, 2019

Velocys announces close-out of cellulosic diesel joint venture

BY Erin VoegeleVelocys announced April 29 the successful close-out of its Envia joint venture. The project was used to demonstrate the company’s Fischer-Tropsch gas-to-liquids technology. Operations at the plant were suspended in September 2018. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Soy Innovation Campus for NW Minn. gaining traction in Saint Paul

BY The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association Funding for a soybean crush and biodiesel plant in Crookston has passed a key hurdle in the Minnesota legislature. The proposed Soy Innovation Campus at the University of Minnesota Crookston will receive $5 million in funding as part of a new bill. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

Pacific Biodiesel eyes California as federal, local support wanes

BY Ron KotrbaAs the U.S. biodiesel sector pushes forward in an unsupportive federal environment, producers like Pacific Biodiesel find it necessary to operate outside their norm to continue operations. Pacific Biodiesel is considering shipping fuel to California. READ MORE

April 10, 2019

BASF to expand sodium methylate production capacity in Brazil

BY BASF BASF will increase the production capacity for its sodium methylate plant in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. The nameplate capacity will increase by 30 percent, from 60,000 metric tons to 80,000 metric tons. The new capacity will come online in 2020. READ MORE

April 09, 2019

New study exposes absurdity of NWF land use change claims

BY The Renewable Fuels Association A new study published in the academic journal Biomass and Bioenergy exposes the fatal methodological flaws and erroneous conclusions regarding biofuels and land use change (LUC) found in recent studies paid for by the National Wildlife Federation. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

In Depth: Spotlight: Adding Value Across the Board

BY Ron KotrbaSpotlighting the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, which championed the nation’s first biodiesel mandate as a way to add value to surplus soybean oil, and RPS, whose co-located biodiesel process adds 12 cents a pound to ethanol producers’ DCO. READ MORE

March 27, 2019

Grants available for Minn. bioenergy/biochemical pilot projects

BY Ron KotrbaApplications are being accepted in Minnesota for the AGRI Bioenergy/Biochemical Pilot Project Grant to provide funding for advancing a bioenergy or biochemical production technology beyond bench or proof-of-concept scale toward commercial scale. READ MORE

March 07, 2019

Soy Innovation Campus to co-locate with new Minn. biodiesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaThe Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council plans to co-locate its new Soy Innovation Campus with Epitome Energy LLC’s proposed 30 MMgy biodiesel production and soybean crush facility in Northwest Minnesota, in the town of Crookston. READ MORE

February 25, 2019

Brazil’s ECB Group to build renewable diesel complex in Paraguay

BY Ron KotrbaA first-of-its-kind South American renewable diesel project has moved one step closer to construction. Paraguay President Mario Abdo Benítez and ECB Group President Erasmo Carlos Battistella met at Palacio de los López where an MOU was signed Feb 25. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

Muenzer’s 1st community-scale UCO biodiesel plant in India opens

BY Ron KotrbaConstruction of the community-scale biodiesel plant in Navi Mumbai began last year, and the official opening of the new production facility just recently took place. The plant is scaled at 3,000 tons, or more than 900,000 gallons, per year. READ MORE

January 11, 2019

Universal Biofuels completes 2-year upgrade project in India

BY Aemetis Inc. The upgrades at the Kakinada plant included installation of a pretreatment unit to process waste oils; expansion of boiler and other utility capacities; and implementation of environmental systems to enable full production of 50 MMgy of biodiesel. 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

January 02, 2019

Iowa produces 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association After a slight decrease in biodiesel production in 2017, Iowa’s 12 biodiesel plants rebounded with a record-breaking 365 million gallons of biodiesel production in 2018, roughly 80 million gallons more than the previous year. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

In Depth: The Perpetually Expanding Veteran Startup

BY Ron KotrbaArmed with a scrappy, do-it-yourself attitude, New Leaf Biofuel’s success is a testament to its—and the biodiesel industry’s—perseverance. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

In Depth: World Energy’s Big Year

BY Ron KotrbaBoston-based World Energy had a busy 2018 buying plants and expanding its reach. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

In Depth: A Geospatial View of Biodiesel Activity

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine provides a visual of prominent project development activities over the past year. 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

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 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