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

September 22, 2017

Solfuels USA begins loading railcars, trucks with biodiesel

Solfuels USA, a newly retrofitted 40 MMgy biodiesel plant in Helena, Arkansas, is now making commercial sales of biodiesel. In September the plant loaded its first trucks and railcars of fuel, and discharged its first barge of soybean oil. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

Cargill to build 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas

Cargill announced plans Sept. 21 to build a 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas. The facility is expected to cost $90 million and open in early 2019. Construction will begin this December. This will be Cargill's third U.S. biodiesel plant. READ MORE

September 15, 2017

Registration opens for 2017 no-harm test of biodiesel stabilizers

Germany'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 11, 2017

EU vote to lower Argentine biodiesel duties prompts add'l action

According to information provided by the European Biodiesel Board, only six countries voted in favor of the proposal, while 10 voted against it and 12 abstained. EU ag and biodiesel groups are joining forces on antisubsidy measures against Argentina. READ MORE

September 05, 2017

New Sapp Bros. biodiesel blending facility opens in Nebraska

Sapp 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

September 01, 2017

2018 print version of US & Canada Biodiesel Plant Map debuts soon

Biodiesel Magazine's 2018 U.S. and Canada Biodiesel Plant Map is in production and scheduled for printing this month. The most recent version of this longstanding, go-to industry staple features numerous updates since the 2017 printed map. READ MORE

August 25, 2017

First commercial US biodiesel plant completes major expansion

AGP recently completed a major expansion project at its Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, biodiesel production facility—the nation's first commercial-scale biodiesel plant, built in 1996. Production capacity in Sergeant Bluff has doubled from 30 to 60 MMgy. READ MORE

August 22, 2017

US biodiesel production, imports remain strong amid uncertainty

With U.S. EPA's July RIN generation figures now out, production of domestic and imported volumes of biodiesel remain strong despite uncertainty resulting from the new administration, a lapsed biodiesel tax credit, and concerns over RFS's growth. READ MORE

August 15, 2017

First stabilizer passes no-harm test for B20 heating oil

Germany'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

Breaking New Ground

A 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