Biodiesel Quality

February 28, 2018

CARB approves Targray's NOx mitigating biodiesel additive

BY Targray The California Air Resources Board has announced the certification of a NOx mitigating biodiesel additive solution developed by BQ-9000-certified biofuels marketer Targray to help meet the latest requirements of the state's Low Carbon Fuel Standard. READ MORE

January 24, 2018

Industry honors biodiesel champions, reflects on history

BY The National Biodiesel Board As the U.S. biodiesel industry celebrates 25 years at its yearly gathering, this year back in Fort Worth, the National Biodiesel Board's annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to biodiesel. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

Big Oil, biodiesel join forces to combat electrification

BY Ron KotrbaEven though the petroleum and biodiesel industries rarely see eye to eye on energy policy, the two factions find common ground in a new threat to all liquid fuels—electric vehicles. An ad hoc partnership may have just formed in Fort Worth, Texas. READ MORE

January 18, 2018

'White grease' suffocating fuel filters not biodiesel-related

BY Paul Nazzaro The historic cold snap that gripped New England and the Mid-Atlantic to kick off the New Year challenged fuel handlers throughout the region, causing sporadic operational issues for diesel fuel, heating oil professionals and their customers. READ MORE

January 04, 2018

In Depth: Biodiesel Agents of Change

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine spotlights four companies—a respected producer, a service-oriented wholesaler, a 200-year old chemical firm, and a fuel conditioning company—that enable biodiesel's role as an effective change agent. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

Registration opens for AGQM's third round robin test on glycerol

BY AGQM The round robin test offers the opportunity to perform an external independent quality assurance for analytics of pharmaceutical glycerol. Company and commercial service labs can validate their own measuring performance and verify the used methods. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

NBB technical director elected ASTM committee chair

BY The National Biodiesel Board ASTM International has officially announced that Scott Fenwick, technical director for the National Biodiesel Board, has been elected as the next chairman of the Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Growmark provides biodiesel-blended Top Tier Diesel Fuel

BY Ron KotrbaIllinois-based agricultural cooperative Growmark Inc. is now providing biodiesel-blended Top Tier Diesel Fuel. The Top Tier Diesel Performance Standard was developed by a consortium of OEMs to benefit owners of diesel-powered vehicles and equipment. READ MORE

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