Ron Kotrba

Ron Kotrba is Editor of Biodiesel Magazine, published by BBI International and based out of Grand Forks, North Dakota. Before becoming editor of Biodiesel Magazine, 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 diesel particulate filters, urea SCR and lean NOx traps. Kotrba earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.

Latest Posts by Ron Kotrba

October 16, 2019

Cargill’s Wichita biodiesel plant online, operating at capacity

Cargill’s 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas, is now operating at capacity. Plans for the $90 million project were unveiled in September 2017. Air Liquide Engineering & Construction provided engineering, using its Lurgi process technology. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

Feeling the Effects

In his editor’s note from the Fall 2019 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the tough market and policy conditions that materialized this past summer, how it is impacting biodiesel producers, and the resiliency of this industry. READ MORE

October 11, 2019

Quebec’s draft biofuel regulations ‘disappointing’ for biodiesel

While the minister of energy and natural resources is confident the “ambitious” targets will result in growth and investment in Quebec, a 2 percent biodiesel standard represents zero increase beyond the federal requirement in place for 10 years. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

Industry Know-How

From a company whose software facilitates small feedstock generators landing big contracts to a comprehensive report on biomass-based diesel, and a tax specialist with new solutions, the industry knowledge in this spotlight edition runs deep. READ MORE

October 07, 2019

Targray opens new biodiesel terminal in Antwerp, Belgium

Biodiesel marketer and distributor Targray has opened a new biodiesel terminal in Antwerp, Belgium. Targray began taking orders at the new terminal in the third quarter and supplies commercial volumes of biodiesel from a variety of feedstocks. READ MORE

October 04, 2019

US EPA will account for projected SREs in future RFS program

The U.S. EPA held a press briefing Oct. 4 to reveal the newly negotiated Trump deal to assuage the biofuel industries after the agency in August granted dozens of new small refinery exemptions under the RFS, leading to significant demand destruction. READ MORE

September 30, 2019

Cruel Summer

A series of unfortunate events this summer—all caused by U.S. government action or inaction—has led to a precarious situation in the biodiesel sector, but there may be a silver lining. READ MORE

September 27, 2019

Idled biodiesel producer holds hope for quick market turnaround

In August, W2Fuel began idling its two biodiesel plants—a 15 MMgy facility in Adrian, Michigan, and a 10 MMgy plant in Crawfordsville, Iowa—due to poor market conditions. CEO Roy Strom says he plans to restart them when the market turns around. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

Eni opens its 2nd large-scale renewable diesel facility in Italy

Operations have begun at Eni’s renewable diesel plant in Gela, Italy, converted from an oil refinery. The plant has the capacity to process up to 750,000 metric tons a year and uses Ecofining technology developed jointly by Eni and Honeywell’s UOP. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Registration open for AGQM biodiesel antioxidant no-harm tests

Registration 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