Biodiesel Production

August 26, 2020

DOE: US biodiesel production at 1.9 billion gallons in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Energy published data on Aug. 24 showing that 1.9 billion gallons of biodiesel was produced in the U.S. in 2018. Facilities producing the fuel were located across 34 states. READ MORE

August 25, 2020

Iowa provides COVID-19 relief to biofuel producers, retailers

BY Erin VoegeleIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Aug. 25 that the state is allocating approximately $100 million of federal CARES Act relief funds to seven ag programs to offset the impact of COVID-19. Approximately $22.5 million of that will support biofuels. READ MORE

August 25, 2020

Climate plan addresses potential of biofuels, bioenergy

BY Erin VoegeleThe Senate Democrats Climate Committee released a new report on Aug. 25 that details how climate action by Congress can create new jobs and grow the U.S. economy. Biofuels and bioenergy are among the topics discussed. READ MORE

August 20, 2020

Brazil reduces biodiesel blend to 10% for September, October

BY Erin VoegeleThe Brazilian government announced on Aug. 13 that the blend requirement for biodiesel sold at the pump will be temporarily lowered from 12 percent to 10 percent for the months of September and October. READ MORE

August 19, 2020

EIA: US biodiesel production largely unchanged since 2019

BY U.S. Energy Information Administration U.S. biodiesel production has seen smaller reductions in recent months caused by the COVID-19 pandemic when compared with other transportation fuels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Petroleum Supply Monthly. READ MORE

August 14, 2020

Phillips 66 to convert San Francisco refinery to renewable fuels

BY Phillips 66 Phillips 66 announced Aug. 12 that it plans to reconfigure its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, to produce renewable fuels. The project would produce 680 million gallons annually of renewable diesel, gasoline and jet fuel. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

US DOE announces $97 million for bioenergy R&D

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. DOE announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy. Some funding is going toward SAF and algae projects, to name a few. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

Velocys delivers 4 FT reactors to Red Rock Biofuels in Oregon

BY Ron KotrbaVelocys has completed manufacturing and delivery of four Fischer-Tropsch reactors to Red Rock Biofuels. Red Rock Biofuels plans to convert 136,000 tons of waste woody biomass into more than 15 MMgy of renewable diesel and SAF in Lakeview, Oregon. READ MORE

July 31, 2020

US biodiesel production ticks up in May, soybean oil use hits 70%

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel manufacturing in the U.S. hit 147 million gallons in May, four million gallons higher than April and four million gallons less than March. Use of soybean oil feedstock grew again, making up a 70 percent share of the feedstocks consumed. READ MORE

July 28, 2020

Neste sells record volume of renewable diesel in Q2

BY Erin VoegeleNeste announced July 23 that its renewable products business set a new quarterly sales volume record during the second quarter of this year. Nameplate production capacity for renewable diesel also increased during the quarter. READ MORE

July 27, 2020

2020 EU biodiesel production remains stable, consumption down 6%

BY Ron KotrbaDue to COVID-19-related market impacts, consumption of biodiesel and renewable diesel is expected to fall by 6 percent or approximately 301 million gallons in 2020, but the combined production volume of both is expected to remain relatively stable. READ MORE

July 23, 2020

Pertamina to scale up renewable diesel production in Indonesia

BY Ron KotrbaFollowing a successful production trial of 100 percent renewable diesel in Dumai, Indonesia’s state-owned oil company Pertamina is ready to scale up its investments in renewable diesel. Pertamina plans two new standalone units in Plaju and Cilacap. READ MORE

July 21, 2020

Chevron Lummus Global announces startup of Euglena biofuels unit

BY Chevron Lummus Global Chevron Lummus Global and Applied Research Associates Inc. announced the successful startup of Euglena Co. Ltd.’s integrated Biofuels Isoconversion unit in Yokohama, Japan. Its renewable diesel is being supplied to local bus services. READ MORE

July 14, 2020

Petrobras concludes renewable diesel coprocessing tests in Brazil

BY Ron KotrbaPetrobras announced July 14 that it has concluded industrial-scale tests for coprocessing renewable diesel. The tests were performed at the Presidente Getúlio Vargas Refinery in Araucária, Paraná, where 2 million liters of soy oil were processed. READ MORE

July 14, 2020

Biodiesel project developer signs site lease for plant in Oman

BY Ron KotrbaA new, small-scale biodiesel project is being developed in Oman on the Arabian Peninsula, in the Khazaen Economic City. Wakud International, a joint venture involving U.K.-based Green Fuels, recently signed a lease on its new facilities. READ MORE

July 14, 2020

Q&A: A model for low-carbon fuels in the global energy transition

BY Alan P. Mammoser Alan Mammoser, independent writer on renewable energy, interviews Karl Feilder, CEO of Dubai-based Neutral Fuels, on the role his biodiesel company and local business model play in the global transition to climate-friendly transportation fuels. READ MORE

July 09, 2020

Opinion: Industry Rebirth

BY Ron KotrbaRon Kotrba, editor in chief of Biodiesel Magazine, discusses the contents of the Summer 2020 print issue in his latest editor’s note, particularly in context of the health crisis and overall biofuel policy environment in the U.S. READ MORE

July 09, 2020

In Depth: Technology Tools of the Trade

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spotlights the upcoming Biodiesel Production Technology Summit, Aug. 24-26 in Omaha, Nebraska, and Imerys’ CynerSorb filterable adsorbent for pretreatment of low-quality feedstock. READ MORE

July 07, 2020

San Francisco Int’l Airport gets 1st piped batch of SAF via Neste

BY Ron KotrbaNeste delivered its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel to San Francisco International Airport via pipeline. Biodiesel Magazine speaks with Jeremy Baines, president of Neste U.S., about the U.S. market and the company’s plans for growth. READ MORE

July 03, 2020

In Depth: Pushing Through the Pandemic

BY Ron KotrbaSeveral U.S. biodiesel producers share their experiences during the height of the coronavirus crisis, painting a picture of the industry’s health during these uncertain times. READ MORE

July 02, 2020

US DOE funds 7 ‘performance-advantaged’ biofuel projects

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. DOE announced July 2 the selection of seven projects totaling $1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

US biodiesel production down slightly in April, soy oil use rises

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. production of biodiesel fell by 8 million gallons in April as lockdowns amid the health crisis strengthened. Soybean oil feedstock use rose, however, while DCO and yellow grease consumption fell as ethanol producers and restaurants closed. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

Circular-economy partnership formed in the Netherlands

BY Ron KotrbaUsed cooking oil (UCO) from McDonald’s Netherlands will be turned into renewable diesel by Neste, and then the fuel will be used to power HAVI trucks that both collect UCO from and deliver goods to McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

CUHK scientists develop novel enzyme generation for biodiesel

BY The Chinese University of Hong Kong Researchers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed a novel method for extracting enzymes from bacteria, lowering production costs and improving enzyme stability. It also opens up a new avenue for the enzymatic production of biodiesel. READ MORE

June 18, 2020

Neste increases R&D in Finland to decrease use of crude oil

BY Neste Corp. Neste launched a new research project to develop sustainable and globally scalable raw materials such as forestry or ag residues, MSW, algae and more, and technology solutions for transportation fuels and the production of chemicals and polymers. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

US biodiesel production picks up slightly in March over February

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. production of biodiesel ticked up slightly in March over February despite the onset of lockdowns from the coronavirus pandemic that began to take hold in the U.S. that month, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

Bakersfield retrofit to use Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology

BY Ron KotrbaGlobal Clean Energy Holdings’ Bakersfield Renewable Fuels project will produce approximately 230 MMgy of renewable diesel from GCEH’s proprietary camelina oil and other renewable feedstocks using Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex process technology. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Oil refinery retrofit secures $365 million in capital partnership

BY Ron KotrbaOrion Energy Partners, GCM Grosvenor and Voya Investment Management have formed a capital partnership worth $365 million with Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, which plans to retrofit an existing Southern California oil refinery to make renewable diesel. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

HollyFrontier to convert Cheyenne refinery to renewable diesel

BY HollyFrontier Corp. HollyFrontier Corp. announced June 1 that its board of directors has approved a plan to convert the Cheyenne refinery to renewable diesel production and to construct a pretreatment unit (PTU) located at the Artesia refinery. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

April RIN generation down 62 percent from same month last year

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released updated RIN generation data, reporting that 1.05 billion RINs were generated under the RFS in April, down from 2.74 billion during the same period last year. The decrease is attributed to the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE