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October 08, 2015

Portuguese biodiesel firm IncBio completes new HQ renovations

BY Ron KotrbaPortugal-based biodiesel engineering company IncBio has completed renovations on its new headquarters in Maia to accommodate growth. IncBio says it is growing at a rate of more than 300 percent in 2015. The move from Porto began late last year. READ MORE

October 08, 2015

Peats Soil fuels new Scania fleet with its own B100 in Australia

BY Scania Australia Willunga, South Australia-based Peats Soil has developed its own biodiesel manufacturing plant, utilizing dirty water it collects from food manufacturing locations. The biodiesel will be used to fuel a new fleet of 13 Scania trucks. READ MORE

October 06, 2015

REG acquires various KiOR plant assets for $1.5 million

BY Ron KotrbaAfter receiving court approval, REG Synthetic Fuels is purchasing certain equipment from the bankrupt KiOR cellulosic diesel plant in Mississippi, including a 12-million gallon hydrotreating unit, distillation column and tankage, for $1.5 million. READ MORE

October 05, 2015

Hawaii regulators approve biodiesel contract for HECO plants

BY Pacific Biodiesel Technologies The contract between Hawaiian Electric and Pacific Biodiesel Technologies to supply biodiesel for Oahu power generators has been approved by Hawaii regulators. The two-year contract starts in November and is for a minimum of 2 MMgy and up to 3 MMgy. READ MORE

October 02, 2015

AGQM develops no-harm test for biodiesel heating oil stabilizers

BY Ron KotrbaDue to increasing demand for biodiesel-blended heating oil, the German biodiesel quality management association AGQM is offering for the first time a test to assess oxidation stabilizers for FAME that is intended for blending with heating oil. READ MORE

October 01, 2015

Propel sells Diesel HPR renewable diesel at new Bay Area location

BY Ron KotrbaPropel Fuels is now offering Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable diesel in the San Francisco Bay Area on West A Street in Hayward, California. Marketed as Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable), the fuel consists of 98.5 percent NExBTL renewable diesel. READ MORE

October 01, 2015

Michigan State, ExxonMobil enter $1M algae research partnership

BY Michigan State University A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels. The partnership will focus on improving algae photosynthesis. READ MORE

September 29, 2015

Another sentencing in Las Vegas for int'l biodiesel fraud scheme

BY U.S. Department of Justice Alex Jariv was sentenced Sept. 25 in federal court to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his role in illegal schemes to generate and sell fake biodiesel credits. He is the third to be sentenced in this RIN fraud scheme. READ MORE

September 25, 2015

CARB affirms biodiesel as lowest-carbon fuel in revised LCFS

BY The National Biodiesel Board The California Air Resources Board finalized the state's revised low carbon fuels standard Sept. 25. The new standard affirms that biodiesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent and often by as much as 81 percent vs. petroleum. READ MORE

September 24, 2015

Poll: Majority of Nebraskans want to develop biodiesel industry

BY Ann Bailey The majority of Nebraskans who responded to a Rural Nebraska Poll are in favor of developing alternative sources of energy, including biodiesel. About 2,000 rural Nebraska residents responded to the poll conducted by the University of Nebraska. READ MORE

September 24, 2015

Bagram Air Field converts UCO to biodiesel to power incinerators

BY Summer Barkley, DVIDS Three unrelated problems were solved by one simple solution devised by Fluor Corp. to convert used cooking oil into biodiesel using a Springboard Biodiesel automated unit, to help power solid waste incinerators at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. READ MORE

September 24, 2015

Tests show UPM's renewable diesel significantly reduces emissions

BY UPM Biofuels Finnish wood-based UPM BioVerno diesel has been found to significantly reduce harmful tailpipe emissions, according to a number of engine and vehicle tests that have been carried out recently across a number of key research institutes in Europe. READ MORE

September 22, 2015

Report: Biofuels capacity to grow to 61 BGY in 2018

BY Lux Research Global annual biofuel production capacity will expand by 6 billion gallons from 2014-'18. Ethanol and biodiesel will dominate with 96 percent of capacity in 2018, but novel fuels and feedstocks will help drive capacity growth, says Lux Research. READ MORE

September 21, 2015

US EPA busts VW on diesel emissions cheat device; VW responds

BY Ron KotrbaThe EPA issued Volkswagen a notice of violation Sept. 18 alleging that 2009-'15 four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesels include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for NOx. VW admitted the wrongdoing and apologized to its customers. READ MORE

September 18, 2015

MSU, PHYCO2 partner in algae development, CO2 absorption

BY Michigan State University Michigan State University and PHYCO2 have entered into a partnership to develop algae technologies produced from PHYCO2's revolutionary and patented concept that promotes algae growth and sequesters carbon dioxide from power plant emissions. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

Universal Biofuels converts bulk customers to B100 in India

BY Aemetis Inc. Aemetis announced distilled biodiesel produced by its subsidiary in India has been used by bulk customers to replace 100 percent petroleum diesel with 100 percent distilled biodiesel, reducing emissions by 80 percent and providing cost savings. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

Used cooking oil from KFCs in India to be converted to biodiesel

BY Advait Bio Fuel LLP Yum! Restaurants India Pvt Ltd., which operates KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut in India, has signed an agreement with Advait to collect its used cooking oil from KFC in the Andhra and Telangana regions. The UCO will be converted in India or Europe. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

Researchers in Wales synthesize methanol from crude glycerin

BY Ron KotrbaResearchers from U.K.-based Cardiff Catalysis Institute in Wales developed a way to convert glycerin from the transesterification process into methanol. They reacted glycerin with water, to provide hydrogen, with a magnesium oxide (MgO) catalyst. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

REG holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for 100 MMgy Grays Harbor plant

BY Renewable Energy Group Inc. Renewable Energy Group Inc. celebrated the formal opening of the newest addition to its fleet of biomass-based diesel refineries Sept. 14 with a ribbon cutting at REG Grays Harbor LLC. The plant is REG's 11th, and largest, biorefinery. READ MORE

September 15, 2015

EU extends duties on US biodiesel as US imports surge

BY Ron KotrbaAfter a year-long investigation, the EU has extended duties on U.S. biodiesel, a move that the U.S. biodiesel trade association says is unfair. The decision comes at a time when U.S. biodiesel imports more than doubled from May to June. READ MORE

September 11, 2015

D4 RIN prices suggest traders predict tax credit reinstatement

BY Ron KotrbaAccording to University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin, a precipitous drop in biodiesel RIN prices, which outpaces the blend margin decline by more than two-fold, suggests that traders are banking on reinstatement of the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

September 09, 2015

Pacific Biodiesel receives Platinum Certified Clean Fleet award

BY Ron KotrbaPacific Biodiesel Logistics has received the Platinum Certified Clean Fleet award from Blue Planet Foundation and Honolulu Clean Cities as part of the new Hawaii Clean Fleets certification program. Platinum is the program's most prestigious level. READ MORE

September 08, 2015

Swedish biodiesel producer acquires Norway plant

BY Ron KotrbaSwedish specialty chemical company and biodiesel producer Perstorp announced it is acquiring a biodiesel plant in Fredrikstad, Norway, with plans to move the assets to Perstorp's biodiesel manufacturing facility in Stenungsund, Sweden. READ MORE

September 04, 2015

Another fire at REG's Geismar renewable diesel plant injures 4

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable Energy Group Inc. announced Sept. 4 that another fire has occurred at its Geismar, Louisiana-based renewable diesel production complex that injured four workers. The company was nearly done rebuilding the facility from April's fire. READ MORE

September 02, 2015

New study highlights importance of trade in int'l biofuel use

BY Ron KotrbaWritten by Jayson Beckman, an economist with USDA ERS, the report, Biofuel Use in International Markets: The Importance of Trade, focuses on the favorable market conditions and policies that have led to remarkable international growth in biofuels. READ MORE

September 02, 2015

Preliminary agenda out for Nat'l Advanced Biofuels Conference

BY BBI International A preliminary agenda has been announced for the 2015 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo Oct. 26-28 in Omaha, Nebraska. The event will focus on integration opportunities for ethanol and biodiesel plants to produce advanced biofuels. READ MORE

September 01, 2015

Missouri biodiesel plant gets new owners, lease on life

BY Ron KotrbaLakeview Energy LLC has purchased the assets of the former Producer's Choice Soy Energy facility in Moberly, Missouri, along with nearly 7 acres of land. The company plans to invest close to $5 million to upgrade the biodiesel production plant. READ MORE

August 31, 2015

Alabama technology firm ends deal for exclusive licensing rights

BY Ron KotrbaInventure Renewables, a subsidiary of Singapore-based holding company Inventure International (Pte) Ltd., has ended its relationship with Alchimia for exclusive licensing rights to Inventure’s patented process technologies in the western hemisphere. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

4 individuals from Florida sentenced for biodiesel RIN, tax fraud

BY U.S. Department of Justice The defendants were all employees and officers of New Energy Fuels LLC, a business in Waller, Texas, that claimed to process animal fats and vegetable oils into biodiesel. The defendants subsequently relocated, operating a similar scheme in Ohio. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

UK-based biodiesel producer Olleco acquires Convert2Green

BY Ron KotrbaU.K.-based biodiesel producer Olleco has acquired Convert2Green Ltd., a used cooking oil collection company and biodiesel manufacturer also located in the U.K. With the acquisition, the number of Olleco's depots across the U.K. has increased to 17. READ MORE

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