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

February 27, 2017

New 30 MMgy soy biodiesel plant slated for North Dakota

Minnesota Soybean Processors and its subsidiary North Dakota Soybean Processors are moving forward with plans to build a $240 million soybean crush facility and refinery in Spiritwood, North Dakota. The complex will include a 30 MMgy biodiesel plant. READ MORE

February 27, 2017

In Depth: Commercial Proving Grounds

With help from investors, Cielo Waste Solutions plans to fast-track deployment of its renewable diesel technology at a shuttered, gutted biodiesel plant in Alberta. Whether CWS can turn its dreams into cash returns for investors remains to be seen. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

US biodiesel interests gear up for court battle over RFS volumes

In continuation of the ongoing legal dispute over volumes set by the U.S. EPA under the RFS vs. statutory volumes required by Congress, the NBB filed a petition Feb. 10 asking the court to review EPA's final volume standards set for 2017-'18. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

Texas A&M’s Oil Mill Operators short course set for April 2-4

The Texas A&M oil mill operators short course will be held April 2-4 in College Station, Texas. Topics of interest to the biodiesel sector include maximizing oil recovery, new process technologies and greenhouse gas legislation. Registration is $150. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

Neste evaluates investing in US renewable diesel production

Neste Corp. is evaluating investment in new production capacity in Singapore and the U.S. The news comes after its most profitable year yet in renewables and speculation on how the new U.S. administration will view subsidized imported product. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

Speak up and let your biodiesel expertise be known

The U.S. biodiesel sector is coming off its greatest year yet and there are so many stories to tell. Consider telling yours by submitting a speaker abstract for the 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo June 19-21 in Minneapolis. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

Portuguese biodiesel firm develops new palm oil extraction tech

Portuguese biodiesel plant manufacturer IncBio has developed a new crude palm oil extraction technology that the company says can achieve an oil extraction rate of more than 25 percent, thereby increasing oil extraction by an additional 25 percent. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

BBI seeks biodiesel abstracts by Feb. 24 for annual event in June

Event organizer and Biodiesel Magazine publisher BBI International is now accepting speaker abstracts for the 2017 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo June 19-21 in Minneapolis. Of particular interest is abstract submissions on biodiesel. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

BDI to optimize American GreenFuels biodiesel plant in New Haven

BDI's latest biodiesel plant optimization work in the U.S. will occur on the East Coast at American GreenFuels LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kolmar Americas Inc. Kolmar has contracted with BDI to modernize the New Haven, Connecticut-based plant. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Report: Global biodiesel market to surpass $41 billion by 2021

Research and Markets is offering a new 168-page report, Biodiesel Market - Global Forecast to 2021, in which the analysts find that the global biodiesel market is projected to surpass $41 billion by 2021 at a CAGR of 3.8 percent from 2016-'21. READ MORE