Biodiesel Production

January 08, 2020

In Depth: Coming Full Circle

BY Ron KotrbaCelebrating 25 years, the Hawaii-based company that has built biodiesel plants across the U.S. and Japan has gone back to its roots, focusing on sustainability and local energy independence for the archipelago. READ MORE

January 07, 2020

In Depth: 2020 Biodiesel Plant Map Reflections

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine highlights industry changes as discovered during the 2020 U.S. & Canada Biodiesel Plant Map data collection efforts. READ MORE

January 06, 2020

In Depth: Innovations in Biodiesel Technology

BY Ron KotrbaNew biodiesel process technologies continue to emerge, promising optimization of production through greater efficiencies and lower costs. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

In Depth: Making Biodiesel Profitable Without Tax Credits?

BY Etienne Sturm Many U.S. biodiesel producers have faced financial challenges due to absence of the blenders tax credit, but a novel process can be retrofitted into existing facilities and improve economics by up to $1.30 a gallon. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

EU produces a third of global biomass-based diesel output

BY Ron KotrbaGlobal biodiesel, renewable diesel and coprocessed renewable diesel production reached 41 million metric tons in 2018, or roughly 12.3 billion gallons, according to UFOP. The EU’s share was 34 percent, or approximately 4.2 billion gallons. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Evonik to expand sodium methylate capacity in Rosario, Argentina

BY Ron KotrbaChemical company Evonik will increase its production capacity for the biodiesel catalyst sodium methylate at its Rosario/Santa Fe facility in Argentina from 60,000 to 90,000 metric tons. The increased capacity will be built out in two stages. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Azelio, Biodico partner for solar, wind power at biofuel units

BY Azelio Azelio has signed an MOU with Biodico to supply solar and wind power for a project in Atascadero, California. The project is expected to become operational in 2021 as a showcase for Biodico’s modular biodiesel and renewable natural gas systems. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

HollyFrontier to build renewable diesel unit at Navajo refinery

BY HollyFrontier Corp. Oil company HollyFrontier announced plans to build a new, $350 million renewable diesel production unit at its Navajo refinery in Artesia, New Mexico. The unit will be capable of producing 125 MMgy and is expected to be complete in early 2022. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

Construction of first D3MAX plant nears completion

BY BBI International Construction of the first commercial-scale D3MAX plant at Ace Ethanol in Stanley, Wisconsin, is nearly complete. D3MAX is a technology firm formed by BBI International to license its patented cellulosic ethanol technology to U.S. and Canadian plants. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

BTG, GoodFuels explore options for joint biorefinery investment

BY Biomass Technology Group Biomass Technology Group is setting up a new technology company for converting crude pyrolysis oil into diesel fuel suitable for the shipping sector. It will be the first refinery in the world for an advanced marine biofuel based on pyrolysis oil. READ MORE

November 14, 2019

Indiana biodiesel producer falls victim to US policy uncertainty

BY Ron KotrbaIntegrity Biofuels, a 6.4 MMgy multifeedstock biodiesel production facility in Morristown, Indiana, is the latest victim of congressional inaction on the lapsed biodiesel tax credit and an administration whose EPA is undermining the rule of law. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

SeQuential finalizes expansion, increases biodiesel production

BY Ron KotrbaSeQuential, the Oregon-based biodiesel producer in operation since 2005, has completed an expansion at its Salem plant increasing production capacity by 30 percent. The current run-rate of the plant is more than 1 million gallons a month. READ MORE

October 24, 2019

Valero reports Q3 loss for ethanol, profit for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleValero Energy Corp. released third quarter financial results on Oct. 24, reporting a loss for its ethanol segment, but a profitable quarter for renewable diesel. The company also discussed plans to develop new renewable diesel production capacity. READ MORE

October 16, 2019

Cargill’s Wichita biodiesel plant online, operating at capacity

BY Ron KotrbaCargill’s 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas, is now operating at capacity. Plans for the $90 million project were unveiled in September 2017. Air Liquide Engineering & Construction provided engineering, using its Lurgi process technology. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome

BY BBI International The Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

Opinion: Feeling the Effects

BY Ron KotrbaIn his editor’s note from the Fall 2019 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the tough market and policy conditions that materialized this past summer, how it is impacting biodiesel producers, and the resiliency of this industry. READ MORE

October 03, 2019

In Depth: Algae Oil to Biodiesel: A Practical Application

BY Robert Raudner Within the All-Gas Project of Europe’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, BDI-BioEnergy International demonstrates algae oil extraction, characterization and conversion to biodiesel using its RepCat process. READ MORE

September 30, 2019

In Depth: Cruel Summer

BY Ron KotrbaA series of unfortunate events this summer—all caused by U.S. government action or inaction—has led to a precarious situation in the biodiesel sector, but there may be a silver lining. READ MORE

September 27, 2019

Idled biodiesel producer holds hope for quick market turnaround

BY Ron KotrbaIn August, W2Fuel began idling its two biodiesel plants—a 15 MMgy facility in Adrian, Michigan, and a 10 MMgy plant in Crawfordsville, Iowa—due to poor market conditions. CEO Roy Strom says he plans to restart them when the market turns around. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

Eni opens its 2nd large-scale renewable diesel facility in Italy

BY Ron KotrbaOperations have begun at Eni’s renewable diesel plant in Gela, Italy, converted from an oil refinery. The plant has the capacity to process up to 750,000 metric tons a year and uses Ecofining technology developed jointly by Eni and Honeywell’s UOP. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

10 MMgy biodiesel plant in Delaware going to auction Nov. 13

BY Maas Companies Maas Companies of Rochester, Minnesota, will auction Chesapeake Green Fuels’ 10 MMgy biodiesel plant in Clayton, Delaware. The surplus assets will be sold via a sealed bid auction. The deadline for offers is Nov. 13 at 4:00 p.m. Central time. READ MORE

September 20, 2019

Western Dubuque Biodiesel recognized for exemplary safety record

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Western Dubuque Biodiesel, a 30 MMgy manufacturing plant in Farley, Iowa, has received recognition from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for achieving 1 million hours with zero lost-time accidents. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Cape Cod Biofuels founder receives environmental merit award

BY Ron KotrbaAndrew Davison, founder of Cape Cod Biofuels, was presented an environmental merit award by the U.S. EPA Sept. 10 for his unique, circular biodiesel business model that improves the air and water and increases energy and community resilience. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

Diamond Green Diesel evaluates new 400 MMgy plant in Texas

BY Darling Ingredients Inc. If plans proceed, this would be the first renewable diesel plant in Texas and would boost DGD’s production to 1.1 billion gallons per year, solidifying its position as the largest U.S. renewable diesel producer and second largest in the world. READ MORE

September 09, 2019

Port approves 90-acre lease with Next Renewable Fuels

BY The Port of Columbia County The Port of Columbia County Commissioners approved in early September a long-term ground lease with Next Renewable Fuels for a 90-acre industrial site at Port Westward, Oregon, for an advanced green diesel production facility. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

Paraguay President Benítez updated on Omega Green project

BY Ron KotrbaDuring a Sept. 4 meeting at Palacio de Los López, Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez received updates on the Omega Green project from developer ECB Group. The USD$800 million renewable diesel and SPK plant will be scaled at more than 300 MMgy. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

Gevo develops low-carbon, no-particulate renewable diesel

BY Gevo Inc. Renewable fuels and chemical manufacturer Gevo Inc. announced Sept. 4 that it has developed proprietary, breakthrough processes that convert either low-carbon isobutanol or low-value fusel oils, byproducts of fermentation, into renewable diesel. READ MORE

August 22, 2019

American GreenFuels slows production at New Haven facility

BY American GreenFuels LLC New England’s largest biodiesel producer announced a 50 percent reduction in production for Q4, citing market conditions attributed to uncertainty resulting from congressional inaction on the biodiesel tax credit and EPA’s gutting of the RFS. READ MORE

August 16, 2019

RFS waivers by Trump’s EPA push World Energy to close 3 plants

BY World Energy World Energy is closing three biodiesel plants in Georgia, Mississippi and Pennsylvania as a direct result of the Aug. 9 decision by Trump’s EPA to grant 31 new small refinery waivers from the nation’s Renewable Fuel Standard to oil companies. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Petroleum companies ramp up HVO production in Europe

BY UFOP Production of hydrotreated vegetable oil in the EU has picked up pace since 2012. The key reason is the iLUC regulation introduced in 2015 permits biofuels from waste to be counted double. Also, pressure on feedstock prices has increased globally. READ MORE