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November 26, 2014

IRFA reminds diesel users biodiesel can stretch supply

BY Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Following Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's emergency proclamation to allow for more transport of diesel products, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association reminded diesel users and suppliers that using biodiesel blends can help stretch tight supplies. READ MORE

November 26, 2014

KSU Biodiesel Initiative gives students hands-on experience

BY Katie Allen, K-State Research and Extension By converting cooking oil into sustainable biodiesel fuel, the Kansas State University Biodiesel Initiative allows for collaboration among many campus departments and industry organizations. READ MORE

November 25, 2014

ISU researchers develop bio-adhesives from glycerin

BY Iowa State University Researchers at Iowa State University are working to prove that adhesives made from a byproduct of biodiesel production can offer consumers a cheaper, more environmentally friendly alternative to the acrylic adhesives currently on the market. READ MORE

November 21, 2014

EPA decision to not finalize RFS volumes 'sorely' disappoints

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.S. EPA announced Nov. 21 that the agency will not be finalizing the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes before the end of the year, disappointing both the biofuel and petroleum industries. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

National Biodiesel Board members elect governing board

BY The National Biodiesel Board NBB members selected their trade association leadership in November, electing five returning governing board members and two new members to serve in leadership roles. Steven J. Levy, Sprague Operating Resources, remains the chairman. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

REG holds ceremony to celebrate Geismar plant grand opening

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. The event marked the successful start-up of the 75 MMgy nameplate capacity plant that REG acquired in June. Beginning production on Oct. 14, REG Geismar LLC has already produced more than 4.7 million gallons of renewable fuel. READ MORE

November 20, 2014

Iowa advanced biofuel producers urge passage of extenders package

BY The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association The IRFA reported Nov. 19 that nine of Iowa's advanced biofuel producers sent a letter to the entire Iowa Congressional Delegation encouraging the swift passage of a tax extenders package, which includes the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

November 19, 2014

RSB, Elements Software partner to help track sustainability data

BY The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Elements is a web based traceability platform that will help the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials' participating operators comply with Europe's RED, including managing data associated with multiple feedstocks from around the world. READ MORE

November 14, 2014

IBB applauds Gov. Branstad as chairman of Biofuels Coalition

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will become chairman of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition beginning in January, the GBC announced. Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, issued a congratulatory statement. READ MORE

November 14, 2014

Inside NBB: Final advocacy push for biodiesel tax incentive in lame duck session

BY The National Biodiesel Board The biodiesel incentive will likely be considered as part of a comprehensive tax extenders package that includes many other tax breaks. It's important for biodiesel supporters to urge their representatives to take action. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

Opinion: New US Sanctions Against Russia Impact US Biofuels Companies

BY Richard Weiner and Sharon K. Freier The U.S. government has imposed sanctions against Russian individuals and companies in response to Russia's military action in Ukraine, which can make doing business in Russia a risky proposition. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

Inside NBB: The Biodiesel Event You Can't Afford To Miss

BY Donnell Rehagen The National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 19-22 in Fort Worth, Texas, is specifically designed to gather biodiesel decision makers from throughout the U.S. and the world in one place for education, and to jumpstart the year's business. READ MORE

November 13, 2014

In Depth: Global Biodiesel Additive Research Roundup

BY Ron KotrbaA recent report issued by Grand View Research indicates the global market for specialty fuel additives is expected to reach $8.5 billion by 2020. Clearly there is money to be made, and room for improvement, in the biodiesel additive market. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

Inside NBB: NBB members save big through dealer discount plans

BY The National Biodiesel Board Through long-standing partnerships working with automakers on biodiesel initiatives, National Biodiesel Board members can save big on a new vehicle from Detroit's Big Three automakers as more diesel models enter the marketplace than ever before. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

Bob King's 'Truth About Using Biodiesel' class scheduled Nov. 19

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies Pacific Biodiesel Technologies is partnering with the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at UH Maui College to hold a two-hour class on multi-industry use of biodiesel, titled, "The Truth About Using Biodiesel," to be presented by Bob King. READ MORE

November 12, 2014

Opinion: Knowledge Best Defense for Fire Risks

BY Art Krugler Biodiesel production has no more or less fire hazard than an oil refinery. Plant personnel at all levels need to be vigilant and totally informed, realizing that what they do not know can lead to disaster. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

In Depth: Safety Your Way

BY Ron KotrbaProducers and technology providers, including Pacific Biodiesel, Kelley Green Biofuel, Piedmont Biofuels, WB Services and Crown Iron Works, discuss procedural and design elements to mitigate risk in biodiesel manufacturing. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

In Depth: Reducing Risk of Spontaneous Combustion

BY Rob Fransham and Jon Van Gerpen Industry and academia work together to find a solution to the common biodiesel fire hazard of spontaneous combustion, which occurs when heat, resulting from chemical or biological reactions, accumulates in loosely piled flammable materials. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

Springboard intro's methanol recovery, soap-casting equipment

BY Ron KotrbaChico, Calif.-based biodiesel equipment manufacturer Springboard Biodiesel recently introduced its GL95/MC12/BD380 trio to recover more than 99 percent of excess methanol mixed in with the glycerin that's produced when making biodiesel. READ MORE

November 11, 2014

Buster Biofuels to employ Viesel Fuel enzymatic biodiesel process

BY Ron KotrbaA 5 MMgy plant in San Diego will be producing biodiesel using the latest process technology of enzymatic production. Buster Biofuels is working with Viesel Fuel and Tactical Fabrication to build the first enzymatic biodiesel plant on the West Coast. READ MORE

November 10, 2014

Tulsa man leverages biodiesel to change food truck industry image

BY Ron KotrbaTulsa, Okla.-based Wil Braggs, known as The Cheese Guy, is working to change people's perceptions of the food truck industry by going green. He is trying to raise enough money to build a new food truck that will run on solar power and biodiesel. READ MORE

November 10, 2014

Sprague Operating Resources to purchase Castle Oil Corp. assets

BY Ron KotrbaThe deal is worth $56 million plus payment for inventory at closing. Castle's Port Morris terminal is the largest deepwater petroleum products terminal in NYC, with 907,000 barrels of total storage, handling distillates, residual fuel and biodiesel. READ MORE

November 10, 2014

Mo. Secretary of State orders biodiesel firm to cease and desist

BY Missouri Secretary of State According to the order, Boyd A. Ware and his company Central Missouri Energy offered and sold securities without being registered with Kander's office, deceived investors with phony information and scammed Missourians out of nearly $200,000. READ MORE

November 05, 2014

Iowa Biodiesel Board congratulates state's congressional winners

BY The Iowa Biodiesel Board The Iowa Biodiesel Board offered its congratulations to last night's election winners, and remains optimistic for the future of biodiesel policies in Washington. Grant Kimberley, IBB executive director, issued a statement after the election. READ MORE

November 05, 2014

REG Q3 financials: more biodiesel sales but less revenue

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. REG's Q3 financials show that the company sold 14.4 percent more biodiesel and produced 12.3 percent more fuel over Q3 2013 while revenues declined by 16.2 percent due to lower RIN and per-gallon biodiesel prices. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Appalachian Biofuels to build plant using TransBiodiesel enzymes

BY Ron KotrbaAppalachian Biofuels is investing $3.5 million to manufacture biodiesel from waste feedstocks using immobilized enzymes from Israel-based TransBiodiesel. The facility will be built in Russell County, Va. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

IncBio moving headquarters to accommodate business growth

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel process technology provider IncBio is moving its headquarters from Porto to Maia, Portugal, to accommodate growth. It expects the move to be complete early next year, with the manufacturing business segment moving in the next two months. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

Former ABO executive director Mary Rosenthal dies

BY Ron KotrbaMary Rosenthal, the first executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization, died Nov. 1 after her battle with cancer. Rosenthal became executive director of the ABO in 2009 and was considered the voice of the algae industry by many. READ MORE

November 04, 2014

NREL scientists revive algae from frozen, dormant state

BY Bill Scanlon, NREL Tucked away in darkness and almost dead, algae can emerge from a frigid and foggy environment to live again; and perhaps even become the seeds for a new beginning that can provide biofuel for a clean energy future. But reviving them takes precision. READ MORE

November 03, 2014

REG expands biodiesel offerings in Northeast, Midwest

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. is expanding its division that sells heating oil and petroleum diesel along with biodiesel blends by offering additional biofuel blends in New York, Minnesota and Iowa, the company announced Oct. 31. READ MORE

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