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

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

August 11, 2017

The Noble Fight

From the Summer 2017 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, editor Ron Kotrba writes in his editor's note that, even though the year started out rougher than many had hoped, there is a very good chance the year will end stronger than it began. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Biox suspends Sombra plant upgrades until shareholder vote

Biox is postponing completion of upgrades at its Sombra, Ontario, biodiesel facility pending an upcoming shareholder vote Sept. 7. The vote would approve going private and selling all outstanding common shares to FP Resources and CFFI Ventures. READ MORE

August 10, 2017

Researchers use waste tires as new biodiesel catalyst ingredient

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have demonstrated that carbon from waste tires can be functionalized with sulfonic acid to catalyze esterification of oleic acid or a mixture of fatty acids into biodiesel. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

Spotlight: Here to Serve the Biodiesel Industry

Biodiesel Magazine profiles seven companies providing invaluable services, expertise and products that have helped build, grow and sustain the biodiesel manufacturing sector. READ MORE

August 08, 2017

North Dakota soy processing, biodiesel plant moving forward

A letter of intent was signed to advance development of North Dakota Soybean Processors' $287 million soybean crush and biodiesel refinery in Spiritwood, North Dakota. The North Dakota Farmers Union also recently invested $500,000 in the project. READ MORE

August 01, 2017

State officials say Minnesota ready to move to B20 next year

Minnesota, the first U.S. state to mandate biodiesel use in 2005, is making history once again as state officials have determined that the increase from 10 to 20 percent biodiesel content in diesel fuel will take effect as planned May 1, 2018. READ MORE

July 19, 2017

California legislators extend LCFS, cap-and-trade programs

With a bipartisan, two-thirds supermajority vote, California legislators passed AB 398, extending the cap-and-trade and LCFS programs from their initial end date in 2020 through 2030. The extension will help foster greater biodiesel growth. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

Bill intro'd to extend, phase out biodiesel blenders tax credit

Under the proposed legislation to extend and phase out the biodiesel blenders tax credit, the value for the incentive would be $1 per gallon in 2017-'18, 75 cents in 2019, and 50 cents in 2020-'21. The tax credit would sunset Dec. 31, 2021. READ MORE