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

July 20, 2018

UK producer Argent Energy to acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam facility

U.K.-based Argent Energy Group, a subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Ltd., has reached an agreement under Argent Energy Netherlands B.V. to acquire Amsterdam-based Simadan Group's biodiesel production, tank storage and cleaning facilities. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Biodiesel advocates say RFS growth is futile if waivers continue

RFS proponents and detractors gathered in Michigan July 18 to testify before EPA during a public hearing on the agency's proposed 2019 RVOs for conventional, cellulosic and overall advanced biofuels, and the 2020 biomass-based diesel RVO proposal. READ MORE

June 11, 2018

Bio Clean Energy SA wins $36M Bolivian biodiesel supply contract

Bio Clean Energy S.A. announced that its Bio Petro Biofuels subsidiary has won a contract to supply up to 9.5 million gallons of biodiesel to the Bolivian government-owned Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos in a public tender process. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

French farmers unite in solidarity ahead of June 10 protests

The French Federation of Oilseeds and Protein Producers is giving France's largest farmers' union, FNSEA, its complete support in planned blockades at strategic sites June 10 to protest policies and actions that jeopardize French crops and farmers. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

Despite palm oil polemic, Total's La Mède plant to start soon

Amid controversy over its planned use of imported palm oil, Total S.A. received an operating license for its La Mède biorefinery in the south of France. FNSEA called on farmers and consumers to protest the decision in support of French agriculture. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

Benefuel advances modular plant engineering with support from BIC

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has approved a project with Benefuel through BIC's COMM SCI initiative program. The purpose of the project is to support a front-end engineering design study for Benefuel's modular 20 MMgy biodiesel plant in Ontario. READ MORE

May 24, 2018

Sapp Bros. opens another biodiesel blending terminal in Nebraska

Sapp Bros., owner of 17 travel plazas and more than 30 wholesale locations across the U.S., celebrated the opening of its newest biodiesel blending terminal in Columbus, Nebraska, May 24. Last August Sapp Bros. opened a terminal in Norfolk, Nebraska. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

AGQM issues quality check material for pharmaceutical glycerin

The new QC material offering for PhGly can be used internally to check various analysis methods for glycerin from the European Pharmacopeia such as glycerin and water content, along with additional standard methods such as color via EN ISO 6271-2. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

Industry Innovations

In his Editor's Note from the Spring 2018 print issue of Biodiesel Magazine, Ron Kotrba discusses the nature of editors' notes, the Spotlight feature in this latest edition of the magazine, and the need to sometimes step back. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

Pioneering Achievements

Biodiesel Magazine spotlights eight companies—four process technology providers, two commodity firms, a blending equipment manufacturer and an adsorbent supplier—forging new paths in their respective fields. READ MORE