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October 23, 2014

REG completes upgrades at 30 MMgy Mason City biodiesel plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. celebrated Oct.23 the completion of upgrades to its 30 MMgy biorefinery in Mason City, Iowa, which allows the plant to produce biodiesel from a wide variety of raw materials. The project took about one year. READ MORE

October 23, 2014

Students can apply for scholarship to Nat'l Biodiesel Conference

BY The National Biodiesel Board Science students are invited to apply for a travel scholarship to attend or even present their biodiesel-related work at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, Jan. 19-22 in Fort Worth, Texas. The application deadline is Nov. 24. READ MORE

October 22, 2014

CREW sues EPA for documents regarding 2014 RFS

BY Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is suing the U.S. EPA for failing to provide documents regarding oil industry efforts to influence the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS). READ MORE

October 21, 2014

2 SC firms to celebrate Nat'l Bioenergy Day via new collaboration

BY Midlands Biofuels In celebration of National Bioenergy Day, ATP-SC LLC and Midlands Biofuels jointly announced an innovative collaboration to grow biocrops, produce, sell and utilize solid and liquid biofuels, and to expand South Carolina's bioeconomy. READ MORE

October 21, 2014

BDI-BioEnergy Int'l contracted to optimize Calif. biodiesel plant

BY Ron KotrbaBDI-BioEnergy International announced it has signed a contract with Bakersfield, Calif.-based biodiesel producer Crimson Renewable Energy LP to increase plant capacity to 75,000 tons (22.5 million gallons) per year and modernize its process. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

Major Indo-US Advanced Bioenergy Consortium launches

BY Washington University in St. Louis The government of India's Department of Biotechnology, Indian corporate leaders and Washington University in St. Louis has invested $2.5 million to launch the Indo-U.S. Advanced Bioenergy Consortium for Second Generation Biofuels. READ MORE

October 17, 2014

New fueling permit brings biodiesel back to Maalaea Harbor

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies Divers and crew aboard Aqua Adventures Maui are no longer breathing petroleum exhaust when they begin their diving experience from the swim step of the vessel. The company has switched from fossil fuel to 100 percent locally produced biodiesel. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

NC attorney proudly logs thousands of miles a month on biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaFor the past eight years, Asheville attorney Lakota Denton has been powering his vehicle with biodiesel from Blue Ridge Biofuels. He's passionate about biodiesel because it supports local business while reducing emissions and his carbon footprint. READ MORE

October 15, 2014

Biodiesel teen Cassandra Lin honored with Nickelodeon HALO Award

BY Ron KotrbaRhode Island teen Cassandra Lin, founder of TGIF, the organization that gets donated used cooking oil and turns it into biodiesel for heating homes of families in need, received a Nickelodeon HALO Award and a $10,000 check for her education. READ MORE

October 13, 2014

Advanced biofuel industry leaders discuss policy issues at NABCE

BY Anna Simet President of the Advanced Biofuels Association Michael McAdams, CEO of the National Biodiesel Board Joe Jobe, and the Algae Biomass Organization Executive Director Matt Carr discussed policy uncertainty at the National Advanced Biofuels Conference. READ MORE

October 13, 2014

Keene State undergrads study biodiesel particulate toxicity

BY Ron KotrbaTwo undergraduate research teams at Keene State College in New Hampshire are studying the toxicity of biodiesel particulates from exhaust emissions and their impact on human health, research considered to be graduate-level work. READ MORE

October 10, 2014

NORA research shows 20 percent biodiesel OK for home heating

BY The National Oilheat Research Alliance Research conducted by NORA on blending ASTM D6751 biodiesel with both standard and low sulfur heating oil confirms that blends up to 20 percent biodiesel can be used in heating oil without incident. This research includes both lab and field results. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

Community Fuels gets $4.1M grant to expand process capabilities

BY Ron KotrbaThe CEC approved a grant award of $4.18 million to biodiesel producer Community Fuels to support installation of new equipment that will increase efficiencies and expand the range of low-carbon feedstocks its Port of Stockton plant can process. READ MORE

October 09, 2014

Neste Oil renewable diesel blends now available in Lithuania

BY Ron KotrbaNeste Oil announced Oct. 8 that its Neste Pro Diesel, containing a minimum of 15 percent NExBTL renewable diesel, is now for sale in the Lithuanian market, distributed through the company's local retail network and its 51 stations. READ MORE

October 08, 2014

North American soybean refinery to install CTi Nano Reactor

BY Ron KotrbaCavitation Technologies Inc. announced that its strategic partner and licensee of CTi's vegetable oil refining technology Desmet Ballestra Group has entered into a sales agreement with a soybean oil refinery in North America. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

Neste Oil to move away from microbial oil R&D

BY Ron KotrbaNeste Oil announced the company is realigning its long-term R&D efforts from microbial oil research to other areas of technology using forestry and agricultural waste. The firm says the time is not yet ripe for a commercial-scale microbial oil plant. READ MORE

October 07, 2014

German biodiesel exports up 18 percent year-on-year

BY Ron KotrbaTotaling around 282.7 million gallons, biodiesel exports were up nearly 18 percent year-on-year. The Netherlands received more than one third of total exports, a 33 percent increase from last year, making it the largest importer of German biodiesel. READ MORE

October 06, 2014

Study: biodiesel oil dilution impact on off-road equipment seals

BY Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies As agricultural and construction manufacturers increasingly accommodate the use of biodiesel fuels in their vehicles, components used to seal engines and transmissions against contamination and leaks must be made of tested, validated materials. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

10 percent biodiesel receives passing grade in Minn.

BY The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association With summer giving way to fall, Minnesota is celebrating a successful run with 10 percent biodiesel (B10) at the pumps. According to Steve Howell, president of Marc-IV consulting, said the stability of the product far exceeded the stability specs. READ MORE

October 03, 2014

Governors' Biofuels Coalition calls for amended RFS proposal

BY The Governors' Biofuels Coalition Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, chairman and vice chairman of the Governors' Biofuels Coalition, have sent a letter urging the Obama Administration to amend the 2014 renewable fuels standard proposal. READ MORE

October 01, 2014

US biodiesel industry challenges EU trade barriers

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board on filed comments Sept. 30 with the European Commission challenging unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from being exported to Europe since 2009. The bottom line is that a lot has changed in five years. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

US DOE announces up to $25M to reduce costs of algal biofuels

BY U.S. DOE In support of President Obama's all-of-the-above energy strategy, the U.S. Department of Energy announced on Sept. 30 up to $25 million in funding to reduce the cost of algal biofuels to less than $5 per gasoline gallon equivalent by 2019. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

ABO launches White House petition to encourage CO2 recycling

BY Algae Biomass Organization The Algae Biomass Organization announced Sept. 30 that it has initiated a "We the People" petition to the White House and called for those who support common sense, market-driven, job-creating and emissions-reducing technologies to sign the petition. READ MORE

September 30, 2014

Agrisoma closes financing round, appoints new board members

BY Ron KotrbaAgrisoma Biosciences Inc. recently announced the first closing of its Series A financing round, expected to total $8 million through 2014. It will use the funding to advance commercialization of Resonance Carinata, an RSB-certified oilseed crop. READ MORE

September 29, 2014

Increased 2014 biodiesel mandate is subject of API letter to EPA

BY Ron KotrbaAPI sent EPA a letter stating it has learned the agency is considering increasing the 2014 biomass-based diesel standard under RFS, and reminding EPA of the statutory lead time needed to do so. NBB says this is more of API playing politics with RFS. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

First-of-its-kind biodiesel plant prepares to start production

BY Ron KotrbaA biodiesel plant under construction at the 50 MMgy Adkins Energy ethanol refinery in Lena, Ill., will soon be making its first gallons of fuel. Adkins Energy General Manager Ray Baker said he anticipates production to begin in early October. READ MORE

September 24, 2014

Schott, Algatech sign new R&D agreement following 1-year study

BY Schott AG Schott and Algatechnologies, a biotechnology company specializing in algae production, have signed an R&D agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study of new glass tubes at Algatech's algae production facility. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

Maverick Synfuels introduces modular GTL methanol plants

BY Maverick Synfuels Maverick Synfuels has introduced the first small-scale, modular methane-to-methanol production plant that can be co-located at the methane source. Methanol is used to produce a variety of higher-value chemical products including biodiesel. READ MORE

September 23, 2014

IncBio contracted to supply 2.4 MMgy biodiesel plant to Greece

BY Ron KotrbaPorto, Portugal-based biodiesel technology provider IncBio announced it has signed a contract with SPA Renewables SA to supply a 2.4 MMgy biodiesel plant to be installed in Corinth, Greece. The company expects the plant to be complete in February. READ MORE

September 19, 2014

DOD awards 3 biofuel contracts under Defense Production Act

BY Anna Simet Red Rock Biofuels, Fulcrum Bioenergy and Emerald Biofuels have been awarded contracts under the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Protection Act to construct and commission biorefineries that will produce a collective 100 MMgy of drop-in biofuels. READ MORE

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