Biodiesel Quality

November 08, 2017

Hero BX hosts terminal event, unveils new branded Bioheat trucks

BY Hero BX Lake Erie Biofuels, dba Hero BX, celebrated one year of business at its blending and distribution terminal in North Hampton, New Hampshire, in grand style by hosting an open house and appreciation event Nov. 2 for customers and the community. READ MORE

October 18, 2017

In Depth: The Biodiesel Confidence Builders

BY Ron Kotrba Biodiesel Magazine profiles seven companies integral to boosting biodiesel markets through expert RIN management, proficient regulatory guidance, project consulting, customer-oriented maintenance and quality production. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Registration opens for 2017 no-harm test of biodiesel stabilizers

BY Ron KotrbaGermany's AGQM has opened registration for its latest round of no-harm tests on oxidation stabilizers for biodiesel. The no-harm tests ensure that additives do not cause negative interactions with the fuels. Registration is open until Oct. 15. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

New Sapp Bros. biodiesel blending facility opens in Nebraska

BY Ron KotrbaSapp Bros., owner of 17 travel plazas and more than 30 wholesale locations across the U.S., celebrated the opening of its new biodiesel blending terminal in Norfolk, Nebraska, Aug. 30. The biodiesel is procured from BQ-9000-certified facilities. READ MORE

August 15, 2017

First stabilizer passes no-harm test for B20 heating oil

BY Ron KotrbaGermany's AGQM has just released results from its second round of no-harm tests for antioxidants to be used in biodiesel-blended heating oil, and one additive has passed—IONOL BH 1000 from Oxiris Chemicals S.A. It's the first to pass the test. READ MORE

August 15, 2017

In Depth: Breaking New Ground

BY Ron KotrbaA Georgia-based joint venture is combining enzymatic and resin technologies with advanced distillation to convert brown grease to low-sulfur biodiesel. The plan is to prove out the process and make the technology available to the entire industry. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

In Depth: CFIs Help Make Biodiesel Fit for Purpose, Price-competitive

BY Alex Tsay Evonik's Viscoplex CFIs can improve the low-temperature properties of FAMEs by controlling the waxy structures formed at low temperatures. This is made possible by their ability to co-crystallize with the saturated methyl esters in the FAME solution. READ MORE

August 09, 2017

Opinion: New Findings in Free Glycerin Research Point to Improved Fuel Quality Testing Procedure

BY Richard Heiden Contamination of diesel by heterophases is a not a new concern, but, in the case of free glycerin, this has been ignored. Adjustments to test methods will help restore confidence in test data, which will ultimately lead to more consistent quality. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

In Depth: Spotlight: Here to Serve the Biodiesel Industry

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine profiles seven companies providing invaluable services, expertise and products that have helped build, grow and sustain the biodiesel manufacturing sector. READ MORE

July 26, 2017

CARB certifies new ADF-compliant biodiesel additive

BY The National Biodiesel Board The new additive ensures compliance with the Jan. 1, 2018, implementation of CARB's Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. A 20 percent blend of biodiesel with VESTA 1000 reduced NOx by 1.9 percent and PM by 18 percent compared to CARB diesel. READ MORE

July 21, 2017

REG celebrates completion of upgrades at German biodiesel plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. marked the completion of upgrades at its Emden, Germany, biorefinery July 19 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. REG invested €2.5 million for the installation of a new biodiesel distillation column and a thermal oil heater. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

4 biodiesel stabilizers added to AGQM's no-harm list

BY Ron KotrbaGermany's AGQM has added four biodiesel oxidation stabilizers to its no-harm list of additives following completion of its 11th no-harm test round. The four antioxidants added to the list are Xtendra BL100 and BL200, Baynox Ultra, and Pachem-BL. READ MORE

June 20, 2017

Round robin test for pharmaceutical glycerol finds curious result

BY Ron KotrbaTwelve European labs participated in the second round robin test for pharmaceutical glycerol organized by AGQM. The results showed that standard methods from the fuel sector showed better precision than those from the European Pharmacopeia. READ MORE

June 05, 2017

Proactive biodiesel blending practices help improve performance

BY Paul Nazzaro, Advanced Fuel Solutions Inc. As biodiesel continues to emerge as a blending component for distillates in the Northeast and beyond, a study commissioned by the Connecticut Energy Marketers Association highlights why it's imperative that those handling the fuel educate themselves. READ MORE

June 02, 2017

Quality survey shows German biodiesel is hitting the mark

BY AGQM In 2016, 64 biodiesel samples from AGQM members in Germany were taken and analyzed in four campaigns. Overall, 1,152 parameters were measured and only three limit violations were found that lay outside of the specification of EN 14214. READ MORE

April 30, 2017

Nat'l Oilheat Research Alliance releases biodiesel use survey

BY National Oilheat Research Alliance The National Oilheat Research Alliance recently released the results of a survey from 139 respondents on the usage and potentials benefits and issues associated with the blending of traditional heating oil with renewable biodiesel for home heat use. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

Spectro Scientific granted US, Australian patents

BY Spectro Scientific Spectro Scientific was awarded U.S. patent 9,448,112 B2 for a method to measure two key vehicle fluids. The patent for multifunctional fluid meter and method for measuring coolant, biodiesel, gas-ethanol and DEF has also been granted in Australia. READ MORE

March 17, 2017

Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance certifies SeQuential plant

BY The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has announced the certification of Oregon-based SeQuential, the longest-running commercial biodiesel producer on the West Coast, for its innovative and nearly zero-waste production of renewable fuel. READ MORE

March 15, 2017

Registration open for 2017 biodiesel round robin test

BY Ron KotrbaGermany's biodiesel quality management association (AGQM) and the mineral oil and fuels standards committee have begun registration for their annual round robin test for biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel for 2017. Registration is open until April 7. READ MORE

March 09, 2017

CBA event highlights California's thriving biodiesel market

BY Celia DuBose, the California Biodiesel Alliance Experts from California and all over the U.S. gathered in Sacramento in March to discuss biodiesel in the Golden State. The one-day event, the California Biodiesel Alliance's sixth annual show, addressed challenges and highlighted opportunities. READ MORE

March 09, 2017

US EPA gives Genscape extension to respond to notice of intent

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. EPA has granted Genscape Inc. an extension to respond to the agency's Jan. 4 notice of intent to revoke the company's ability to verify RINs as a third-party auditor under the RFS QAP. The company now has until April 18 to respond to EPA. READ MORE

February 20, 2017

Particle counting in diesel fuel and biodiesel blends

BY Stanhope-Seta Ltd. Particle counters are simple to operate and provide immediate results. They measure and count particles, presenting the results in size bands, giving a snapshot of the particle distribution in terms of particles/ml and ISO 4406 cleanliness codes. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

Speak up and let your biodiesel expertise be known

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. biodiesel sector is coming off its greatest year yet and there are so many stories to tell. Consider telling yours by submitting a speaker abstract for the 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo June 19-21 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

BBI seeks biodiesel abstracts by Feb. 24 for annual event in June

BY Ron KotrbaEvent organizer and Biodiesel Magazine publisher BBI International is now accepting speaker abstracts for the 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo June 19-21 in Minneapolis. Of particular interest is abstract submissions on biodiesel. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

Technical work lays foundation for biodiesel market growth

BY Ron KotrbaAt the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in San Diego this month, experts presented the latest information and data on efforts to grow biodiesel's presence in the market through further improving its technical standing. READ MORE

January 11, 2017

In Depth: Alternative Feedstock & Process Technology Overview

BY Will SmithFrom the Winter 2017 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Will Smith, the owner of Springhouse Consulting, reviews available lower-quality biodiesel feedstocks and the commercial processes employed for successful biodiesel conversion. READ MORE

January 09, 2017

In Depth: A Proven Biodiesel Process Technology Track Record

BY Ron KotrbaOn BDI-BioEnergy International's 20-year anniversary, Biodiesel Magazine takes a look back at the company's beginnings, accomplishments and biodiesel production technology. READ MORE

December 14, 2016

Gain free insight into new biodiesel, ethanol process improvements

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine is hosting a free webinar Thursday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. CST, on how MSA from BASF, available in two different concentrations, can improve efficiency and performance at biodiesel and ethanol production facilities. READ MORE

December 09, 2016

AGQM to start second glycerol round robin test

BY AGQM The German biodiesel quality management association AGQM will carry out a round robin test for pharmaceutical glycerol again. Registrations will be accepted until Dec. 23. Both company and commercial service labs are eligible to register. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

South African biodiesel producer recognized for ethical practices

BY Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan recognizes Biogreen Diesel with the 2016 South Africa Company of the Year Award. Biogreen has earned a reputation for delivering high-quality biodiesels that are sourced ethically and manufactured using the industry-best standards. READ MORE