Biodiesel Production

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

June 03, 2020

LanzaTech forms LanzaJet with investments from Suncor, Mitsui

BY LanzaTech LanzaTech has launched LanzaJet, a new company to produce sustainable aviation fuel. Suncor Energy of Canada and Mitsui & Co. of Japan are investing a total of $25 million to establish the new venture. Jimmy Samartzis has joined as CEO of LanzaJet. READ MORE

May 26, 2020

WDB ‘running like gangbusters,’ implements distancing measures

BY Ron Kotrba“We had to make changes to how we load trucks, and how we deal with drivers and even our own employees,” said Tom Brooks, general manager of Western Dubuque Biodiesel in Farley, Iowa. “A lot of changes have been made because of the coronavirus.” READ MORE

May 15, 2020

W2Fuel targets June startup for Michigan, Iowa biodiesel plants

BY Ron Kotrba“It’s frustrating, but we’re doing the best we can,” W2Fuel President and CEO Roy Strom told Biodiesel Magazine, referring to the coronavirus pandemic and how the crisis is affecting the restart of his two biodiesel plants in Michigan and Iowa. READ MORE

May 14, 2020

Agenda for Biodiesel Production Technology Summit released

BY BBI International BBI International and Biodiesel Magazine are pleased to announce that the agenda for the Biodiesel Production Technology Summit, set to take place Aug. 24-26, 2020, in Omaha, Nebraska, has been released and is now available online. READ MORE

May 13, 2020

California refinery to be converted to produce renewable diesel

BY Global Clean Energy Holdings Inc. Global Clean Energy Holdings has purchased an oil refinery in Bakersfield, California, for $40 million. The company plans to retool the refinery to produce renewable diesel. Startup of the retrofitted plant is expected to occur in late 2021. READ MORE

May 12, 2020

CVR Energy explores making renewable diesel to offset RIN costs

BY Erin VoegeleTexas-based oil refiner CVR Energy announced this month it is considering converting some of its refining units to renewable diesel production as a way to offset costs associated with Renewable Fuel Standard compliance. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

Verbio reports earnings up 15% over same period last year

BY Verbio AG Verbio reported an earnings improvement in its latest financial report. The primary drivers of the revenue and results trends in biodiesel in the reporting period were the increases in production and sales volumes thanks to an increase in capacity. READ MORE

May 01, 2020

US biodiesel production reaches 132 million gallons in February

BY Erin VoegeleU.S. biodiesel production reached 132 million gallons in February, down 2 million gallons when compared to January, but up 1 million gallons when compared to February 2019, according to data released April 30 by the EIA. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

REG discusses Q1 impacts of COVID-19 pandemic

BY Erin VoegeleRenewable Energy Group Inc. released first quarter 2020 results April 30. While COVID-19 has had little impact on U.S. diesel demand, the company reported that the pandemic has significantly impacted feedstock markets. READ MORE

April 30, 2020

ADM discusses impacts of COVID-19 on ethanol, biodiesel

BY Erin VoegeleADM held an earnings call to discuss Q1 results on April 30 and announced a partnership with Sazerac to increase hand sanitizer production. During the call, the company discussed the impact of COVID-19 on its operations, including biofuel production. READ MORE

April 29, 2020

Valero: Q1 loss for ethanol segment, profit for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleValero released first quarter 2020 financial results April 29. While the company’s operations are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the executive team confirmed that demand for transportation fuels is beginning to rebound. READ MORE

April 28, 2020

Neste reports record renewable diesel production in Q1

BY Erin VoegeleNeste Corp. released first quarter financial results on April 24. The company reported a solid start to the year considering the negative impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and said renewable diesel production was at a record high. READ MORE

April 27, 2020

2020 FEW moved to Omaha, date changed to Aug. 24-26

BY BBI International BBI International has moved the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo and co-located Biodiesel Production Technology Summit to Omaha Aug. 24-26 due to COVID-19. The events were originally scheduled to be held in Minneapolis this June. READ MORE

April 24, 2020

EPA: 1.58 billion RINs generated in March

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. EPA has released renewable identification number (RIN) generation data for March, reporting that 1.58 billion RINs were generated during the month under the Renewable Fuel Standard, including 34.4 million cellulosic RINs. READ MORE

April 21, 2020

UK biofuel consumption up 24% in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.K. government recently released updated energy statistics that show liquid biofuel consumption reached 2.351 billion liters (621.07 million gallons) last year, up approximately 24 percent from 2018. READ MORE

April 15, 2020

Hero BX eyes expanding biodiesel footprint when pandemic subsides

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spoke with Hero BX President Chris Peterson on how the company and its employees are faring through the coronavirus crisis. While belts remain tight for now, Hero BX plans to grow its biodiesel presence once the pandemic subsides. READ MORE

April 14, 2020

In Depth: Joint Evolution

BY Ron KotrbaTechnology providers have adapted their pretreatment offerings as the biodiesel industry evolved to rely more on waste feedstocks, and as renewable diesel emerges. READ MORE

April 09, 2020

In Depth: Opportunity Knocking

BY Ron KotrbaBioEconomy Solutions plans to create 200 jobs in South Carolina through operation of a new crush facility while commercializing a little-known crop for the biomass-based diesel industry. READ MORE

April 03, 2020

World Energy doubles down on biodiesel amid coronavirus pandemic

BY Ron KotrbaIn late March, during the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Biodiesel Magazine spoke with Gene Gebolys about how the crisis is impacting his business, the biodiesel market, renewable fuels in general, the broader energy complex, and climate change. READ MORE

March 25, 2020

Vegetable oil prices under pressure due to coronavirus pandemic

BY UFOP The spread of the coronavirus sent global prices of crude oil and vegetable oil on a downward spiral. Diesel sales are in steep decline, and the demand for and use of biodiesel, and biodiesel producers’ demand for vegetable oil, are down. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Alfa Laval to supply equipment for St1 renewable diesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaAlfa Laval has won a $5.8 million contract to supply various pieces of equipment for a process line to remove impurities in waste fats and oils at St1’s renewable diesel biorefinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. Equipment deliveries are scheduled for 2021. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Iowa ethanol, glycerin donated for hand sanitizer production

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Two Iowa Renewable Fuels Association members sent the first donated shipment of Iowa ethanol and glycerin to the state of Iowa to be used by Iowa Prison Industries for the production of hand sanitizer during the national shortage. READ MORE

March 18, 2020

IRFA partners with Iowa State University BioBus program

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association In recognition of the important role students and young professionals will play in the future of the biodiesel industry, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is announcing a partnership with Iowa State University’s BioBus program. READ MORE

March 12, 2020

Biofuel production still powers Iowa economy despite tough times

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association A new study by ABF Economics commissioned by the IRFA finds that, despite challenges, Iowa biofuel production continues to have a significant impact on Iowa’s economy, supporting more than 48,000 jobs and more than $2.4 billion in household income. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Fiat Powertrain explores biodiesel from Brazil-native macaúba

BY Ron KotrbaFiat Powertrain Industrial, a brand of Case New Holland Industrial, is investigating production and use of biodiesel made from Acrocomia aculeata, more commonly referred to as macaúba—a native palm tree to Brazil, the Caribbean and South Florida. READ MORE