Biodiesel Quality

September 25, 2019

Registration open for AGQM biodiesel antioxidant no-harm tests

BY Ron KotrbaRegistration is open until Oct. 11 for biodiesel antioxidant no-harm testing through Germany’s AGQM. Two test procedures were developed, one for biodiesel used as a diesel fuel component and the other for biodiesel to be blended into heating oil. READ MORE

September 19, 2019

Biodiesel prices up 30 percent in Germany over past month

BY UFOP Wholesale prices for biodiesel have seen a sharp rise since Aug. 14, from 70.5 euro cents per liter ($2.95 per gallon) in mid-August to recently 91.6 euro cents per liter ($3.82 per gallon). This translates to an approximately 30 percent increase. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Neste introduces IMO 2020 fuel, announces new US partnership

BY Ron KotrbaNeste Corp. announced it will introduce a new fuel, Neste Marine 0.5, in the fourth quarter of this year, helping shippers comply with the IMO 2020 sulfur cap of 0.5 percent. The company also announced a partnership with McCall Companies in Oregon. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Brazil’s ANP approves B15, raises minimum biodiesel level to 11%

BY Ron KotrbaBrazil’s National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) announced Aug. 6 it has approved the sale and use of B15 and that, come Sept. 1, it is increasing the minimum biodiesel content required in diesel fuel from 10 to 11 percent. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

Opinion: Job No. 1

BY Ron KotrbaIn his editor's note from the Summer 2019 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the contents of the issue and the importance of fuel quality. READ MORE

July 15, 2019

In Depth: Diesel’s Fuel Quality Imperative

BY Ron KotrbaAdvancements in diesel engine technology require a critical look at diesel fuel quality issues. READ MORE

July 12, 2019

In Depth: Quality Solutions

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine profiles seven companies and organizations dedicated to improving biodiesel fuel quality and providing coproduct, feedstock collection and retail solutions. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

AGQM launches 1st no-harm test for biodiesel cold flow improvers

BY Ron KotrbaGermany’s biodiesel quality management association AGQM has launched a new no-harm test for cold flow improvers for use in biodiesel as a blend component in fuel. The no-harm test for cold flow improvers consists of testing B100 and a blended B10. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

2 biodiesel antioxidants added to AGQM’s no-harm list

BY Ron KotrbaGermany’s biodiesel quality management association has successfully completed its 13th round of no-harm tests on oxidation stabilizers for biodiesel used in diesel fuel or heating oil. Antioxidants by Dorf Ketal and Rodanco have made the list. 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 28, 2019

Registration open for annual AGQM, FAM biodiesel round robin test

BY Ron KotrbaGermany’s biodiesel quality association AGQM and the mineral oil and fuel standardization committee FAM launched this year’s round robin tests for biodiesel, vegetable oil and used cooking oil. The tests have been conducted for more than a decade. READ MORE

March 11, 2019

Proposed ASTM standard aims to nimbly determine biodiesel content

BY ASTM International A proposed ASTM International standard aims to offer a new way to determine biodiesel content in diesel fuel oil. The standard, WK55232, focuses on the use of portable, rapid, mid-infrared analyzers and is being developed by the D02 committee. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

XBX Exploring Biodiesel is back with 5 locations set for 2019

BY Ron KotrbaThe successful XBX Exploring Biodiesel regional seminar series that kicked off last year is back, with five free workshops in five different cities, starting March 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and wrapping up in Long Beach, California, this June. READ MORE

February 25, 2019

Report: German biodiesel hits quality mark despite challenges

BY Ron KotrbaHigh summer temperatures and cheap imports causing producers to push limits of economic efficiency didn't stop the German industry from making quality biodiesel last year. For 1,260 analysis values recorded, only 26 limit violations were identified. READ MORE

February 06, 2019

Paving biodiesel’s way for greater use in advanced diesel systems

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel’s use in heavy-duty diesel applications continues to grow in California thanks to the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, but how will California’s plan to further cut NOx emissions by another 90 percent affect the use of biodiesel? READ MORE

January 03, 2019

California Fueling files suit over biodiesel NOx additive

BY California Fueling LLC California Fueling filed suit in the Los Angeles Superior Court against Best Energy Solutions and Technology Corp., dba “Best Corp.,” asserting claims for, among other things, unfair business practices under California’s Business & Professions Code. 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

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 19, 2018

Biodiesel producer American GreenFuels launches Bioheat campaign

BY Ron KotrbaConnecticut biodiesel producer American GreenFuels LLC, part of Kolmar Americas Inc., has recently launched a new campaign to educate consumers about the branded biodiesel-blended heating oil known as Bioheat. The campaign is "You Are What You Heat." READ MORE

November 29, 2018

AGQM publishes new leaflet on cold properties of biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaThe new leaflet, Cold Properties of Biodiesel, provides important, clear and concise information on dealing with biodiesel. It explains basic parameters and standards and provides deeper insight into different FAME types and fatty acid patterns. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

B100 helps Phil Sharp take 3rd place in Route du Rhum ocean race

BY Ron KotrbaB100 produced by REG and purified with Cynersorb, a surface-functionalized diatomaceous earth from Imerys, helped skipper Phil Sharp take third place out of dozens of participants in this year's Route du Rhum yacht race in the Class40 category. 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 22, 2018

Opinion: The Road to Feedstock Flexibility

BY Chris Abrams Imerys personnel have spent much of 2018 talking about new and diverse feedstocks for biodiesel production, and how to help biodiesel manufacturers incorporate them into their existing processes. Here is an overview of that discussion. 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

August 15, 2018

In Depth: On the Road Again—Legally

BY Ron KotrbaJust over a year ago the future of B20 in California was uncertain, thanks to in-use requirements of the Alternative Diesel Fuels regulation, but as we’ve seen so many times, the biodiesel industry shone in the face of adversity. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

Opinion: NATSO Alternative Fuels Council Prioritizes Biodiesel Fuel Quality

BY Jeff Hove Alternative fuels such as biodiesel represent an important growth opportunity for fuel marketers nationwide. But for many fuel retailers, myriad state and federal regulations and incentives for alternative fuels can be complex and overwhelming. READ MORE

August 10, 2018

In Depth: Fuel Quality Focus

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spotlights three companies—an adsorbent manufacturer, a quality assurance firm and an additive maker—whose disparate fields converge on biodiesel to help ensure quality fuel in the marketplace. READ MORE

August 09, 2018

Opinion: Targeted Outreach Efforts Lay Foundation for Industry Growth

BY Donnell Rehagen As the national trade association representing the entire biodiesel value chain, the National Biodiesel Board continually strives to identify new opportunities to educate and engage stakeholders on the wide-ranging benefits of biodiesel. READ MORE

July 11, 2018

REG Ultra Clean Diesel powers Incredible Adventures fleet

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG announced a supply agreement July 11 with Dogpatch Biofuels to provide REG Ultra Clean Diesel—a proprietary, patent-pending blend of biodiesel and renewable diesel—to the bus fleet of Incredible Adventures, a leading adventure travel company. READ MORE