Biodiesel Production

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

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