Ron Kotrba

Ron Kotrba is Editor in Chief of Biodiesel Magazine, published by BBI International and based out of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Before becoming editor of Biodiesel Magazine in 2009, Kotrba was senior writer for all of BBI International’s publications, writing for the company since January 2005. Prior to that, Kotrba was an advanced engineering laboratory technician for an OEM exhaust supplier and was involved in developmental work on diesel aftertreatment systems such as DPFs, SCR units and lean NOx traps. Kotrba earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Latest Posts by Ron Kotrba

August 06, 2020

UK, German partners demo macaúba biofuel supply chain in Brazil

U.K.-based biodiesel technology and equipment supplier Green Fuels and Germany-based innovative oil and carbon solutions provider INOCAS GmbH are working together to develop a sustainable fuels value chain in Minas Gerais, Brazil. READ MORE

August 03, 2020

Velocys delivers 4 FT reactors to Red Rock Biofuels in Oregon

Velocys has completed manufacturing and delivery of four Fischer-Tropsch reactors to Red Rock Biofuels. Red Rock Biofuels plans to convert 136,000 tons of waste woody biomass into more than 15 MMgy of renewable diesel and SAF in Lakeview, Oregon. READ MORE

July 31, 2020

US biodiesel production ticks up in May, soybean oil use hits 70%

Biodiesel manufacturing in the U.S. hit 147 million gallons in May, four million gallons higher than April and four million gallons less than March. Use of soybean oil feedstock grew again, making up a 70 percent share of the feedstocks consumed. READ MORE

July 30, 2020

German biodiesel, HVO consumption projected to rise 13% in 2020

UFOP estimates German consumption of biodiesel and renewable diesel, or hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), will be approximately 780.5 million gallons for 2020, an increase of approximately 90 million gallons, or 13 percent, over 2019. READ MORE

July 27, 2020

Law firm investigating possible securities violations by REG

Lowey Dannenberg P.C. is investigating possible violations of federal securities laws on behalf of investors of Renewable Energy Group after stock prices fell 20 percent following REG’s downward revision of its expected Q2 adjusted EBITDA. READ MORE

July 27, 2020

2020 EU biodiesel production remains stable, consumption down 6%

Due to COVID-19-related market impacts, consumption of biodiesel and renewable diesel is expected to fall by 6 percent or approximately 301 million gallons in 2020, but the combined production volume of both is expected to remain relatively stable. READ MORE

July 23, 2020

Pertamina to scale up renewable diesel production in Indonesia

Following a successful production trial of 100 percent renewable diesel in Dumai, Indonesia’s state-owned oil company Pertamina is ready to scale up its investments in renewable diesel. Pertamina plans two new standalone units in Plaju and Cilacap. READ MORE

July 21, 2020

Neste opens 4 new renewable diesel fueling stations in California

Neste opened four new fueling stations for 100 percent renewable diesel in northern and central California. The stations, located near major commercial freight routes, are open 24/7 and designed to accommodate commercial fleet vehicles of all sizes. READ MORE

July 20, 2020

Marathon acquires Duonix biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska

Marathon Petroleum Corp. has purchased the 50 MMgy Duonix biodiesel plant in Beatrice, Nebraska. Marathon plans to use the facility to aggregate and pretreat feedstocks before shipping them to its renewable diesel refinery in Dickinson, North Dakota. READ MORE

July 14, 2020

Petrobras concludes renewable diesel coprocessing tests in Brazil

Petrobras announced July 14 that it has concluded industrial-scale tests for coprocessing renewable diesel. The tests were performed at the Presidente Getúlio Vargas Refinery in Araucária, Paraná, where 2 million liters of soy oil were processed. READ MORE