Biodiesel Production

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

April 24, 2018

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX technology at its Wisconsin facility

BY BBI International Ace Ethanol will be the first ethanol plant to integrate the patented D3MAX technology at its dry-mill ethanol plant in Stanley, Wisconsin. Fagen will build the new facility, also featuring membrane-based ethanol recovery from Whitefox Technologies. READ MORE

April 24, 2018

Hero BX to manufacture at Iowa Renewable Energy biodiesel plant

BY Hero BX Pennsylvania-based biodiesel producer Lake Erie Biofuels LLC, doing business as Hero BX, recently announced a strategic partnership with Iowa Renewable Energy based in Washington, Iowa, to manufacture and market biodiesel from IRE's Iowa facility. READ MORE

April 12, 2018

Aemetis glycerin refining unit producing above nameplate capacity

BY Aemetis Inc. Universal Biofuels, Aemetis' Indian subsidiary, is producing refined glycerin at above nameplate capacity as demand for the product exceeds supply. The plant refines its own crude glycerin and imports crude product from Argentina and elsewhere. READ MORE

April 06, 2018

BDI to engineer scale-up of phosphorus recycling plant in Germany

BY Ron KotrbaAustrian plant engineering firm and biodiesel tech provider BDI-BioEnergy International has been contracted for a scale-up project funded by the German environmental ministry to recover phosphorus from sewage sludge with Remondis and Hamburg Wasser. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Benefuel plans to build a 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel technology developer Benefuel Inc. is exploring construction of a new 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Engineering is underway and the company anticipates breaking ground by end of year, according to CEO Rob Tripp. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

ADM blames imports for cutting German biodiesel output

BY Ron KotrbaADM announced plans in March to temporarily cease production of biodiesel at its facility in Mainz, Germany, as a result of increased biodiesel imports into the EU. Last fall, looming imports caused France's Saipol to make a similar decision. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

World Energy acquires AltAir biojet, renewable diesel assets

BY World Energy LLC The purchase includes a 63-acre complex consisting of a 45 MMgy renewable jet/renewable diesel production facility, 1.7 million barrels of product storage, a truck rack with 28,000 barrels per day of throughput capacity, rail storage and pipelines. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Aemetis completes construction of biodiesel pretreatment unit

BY Ron KotrbaAemetis announced that its 50 MMgy Universal Biofuels subsidiary in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, has completed construction of a biodiesel pretreatment unit to process low-cost feedstocks, which was part of a supply deal inked with BP Singapore. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Powerful reasons to celebrate National Biodiesel Day March 18

BY Ron KotrbaWhile the biodiesel industry is celebrated by many people every day of the year for its creation of jobs, support of farmers, use of byproducts and waste for clean energy, and its important role in helping the environment, March 18 is special. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Oklahoma cellulosic diesel facility achieves D7 Q-RIN status

BY Ron KotrbaD7 RINs generated at a biorefinery in Oklahoma City producing cellulosic diesel fuel have been verified by Weaver and granted Q-RIN status. Envia Energy uses FT technology to convert landfill gas and natural gas into diesel fuel, naphtha and wax. READ MORE

March 08, 2018

March Madness: NBB releases field of 'Elite 8' biodiesel schools

BY The National Biodiesel Board As March Madness nears, the very best of college basketball will be showcased. In that spirit, the National Biodiesel Board has released its own bracket of colleges and universities upping their game with biodiesel research, production and education. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

US EPA approves new fuel pathway for REG Geismar

BY Erin Voegele The U.S. EPA approved a fuel pathway for the Renewable Energy Group Inc.'s Geismar, Louisiana, biorefinery that will allow the facility to generate D5 advanced biofuel renewable identification numbers (RINs) for naphtha and liquefied petroleum gas. READ MORE