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

March 27, 2020

Beth Calabotta Sustainable Education Grant accepting applications

Students are invited to apply online for a grant award of up to $2,000 through the Beth Calabotta Sustainability Education Grant, established by the National Biodiesel Foundation to help full-time students interested in biodiesel sustainability. READ MORE

March 23, 2020

Alfa Laval to supply equipment for St1 renewable diesel plant

Alfa Laval has won a $5.8 million contract to supply various pieces of equipment for a process line to remove impurities in waste fats and oils at St1’s renewable diesel biorefinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. Equipment deliveries are scheduled for 2021. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Fiat Powertrain explores biodiesel from Brazil-native macaúba

Fiat Powertrain Industrial, a brand of Case New Holland Industrial, is investigating production and use of biodiesel made from Acrocomia aculeata, more commonly referred to as macaúba—a native palm tree to Brazil, the Caribbean and South Florida. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

EcoEngineers opens California office, hires Hartley from Agron

EcoEngineers has opened a new office in California to capitalize on the need for compliance, auditing and regulatory services in the western carbon markets, where growth in low-carbon fuels such as biodiesel, renewable diesel and biogas is booming. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

Bangchak now selling B10 at more than 400 stations in Thailand

Thai petroleum refining company and fuel retailer Bangchak has started selling B10 at its more than 400 service stations across Thailand. The company is promoting the biodiesel blend’s performance, environmental and economic benefits to consumers. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

ReadiJet SAF ready to take flight with inclusion in ASTM D7566

ASTM has approved a new production pathway for sustainable aviation fuel allowing up to a 50 percent blend of ReadiJet, a CHJ fuel produced through the Biofuels Isoconversion process developed by Applied Research Associates and Chevron Lummus Global. READ MORE

February 19, 2020

Sens. Ernst, Grassley urge IRS to pay BTC claims quickly

Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa are urging the Internal Revenue Service to quickly process 2018-’19 biodiesel tax credit (BTC) claims after Congress reinstated the incentive retroactively from Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2022. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

IRS revises Form 8849 Schedule 3 for 2018-’19 BTC claims

On Feb. 14 the IRS issued a revised Form 8849 Schedule 3 necessary to file claims for the $1 per gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit for 2018 and 2019. The IRS issued guidance Jan. 15 on the special one-time claim procedure. READ MORE

February 13, 2020

Forge secures Shell investment for Ontario renewable diesel plant

Forge Hydrocarbons secured an equity investment from Shell Ventures and a follow-on contribution from Valent Low-Carbon Technologies, which will help build a 28.4 MMly renewable diesel facility in Sombra, Ontario, Canada, at a cost of CAD$30 million. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Saola Energy, NextChem partner for int’l renewable diesel venture

NextChem of Italy and Kansas-based Saola Energy have formed a partnership to license renewable diesel technology to the international market. NextChem will be the licensor of the combined technology and provide clients with EPC services and training. READ MORE