Commerce dept. rules in favor of US producers in trade dispute

The NBB Fair Trade Coalition won a preliminary countervailing duty determination from the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Importers will be required to pay cash deposits.
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US biodiesel production, imports remain strong amid uncertainty

With U.S. EPA's July RIN generation figures now out, production of domestic and imported volumes of biodiesel remain strong despite uncertainty resulting from the new administration, a lapsed biodiesel tax credit, and concerns over RFS's growth.
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Largest US biodiesel producer responds to trade ruling

The U.S Department of Commerce announced its preliminary decision Aug. 22 to impose countervailing duties on biodiesel imported into the U.S. from Argentina and Indonesia. REG's CEO said this is a victory for American manufacturing and job creation.
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Targray launches new biodiesel program for fuel retailers

Targray has announced the nationwide launch of its turnkey biodiesel solution for the convenience and fuel retailing segment. The announcement comes as increasing freight movement in the U.S. is spurring diesel demand throughout the country.
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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.
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New Findings in Free Glycerin Research Point to Improved Fuel Quality Testing Procedure

Contamination of diesel by heterophases is a not a new concern, but, in the case of free glycerin, this has been ignored. Adjustments to test methods will help restore confidence in test data, which will ultimately lead to more consistent quality.
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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.
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CFIs Help Make Biodiesel Fit for Purpose, Price-competitive

Evonik's Viscoplex CFIs can improve the low-temperature properties of FAMEs by controlling the waxy structures formed at low temperatures. This is made possible by their ability to co-crystallize with the saturated methyl esters in the FAME solution.
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Unique biofilm reactor could advance biodiesel from algae

Researchers at Washington State University developed a unique biofilm reactor that recycles gases and uses less water and lower light than typical reactors. Because of a removable membrane, it was also easier to harvest than typical systems.
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MSU researchers identify new enzyme to boost oil yield in crops

In a recent study published in the journal The Plant Cell, researchers at Michigan State University demonstrate that the chloroplast—where plant photosynthesis occurs—also participates in new ways to provide seed oil precursors.
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National Biodiesel Board welcomes new membership of SCB Brokers

SCB Group is the world's largest biofuel brokerage group of companies and is a market leader in many carbon reduction credit markets such as RINS and LCFS in the U.S. As brokers, SCB connects buyers and sellers across the globe.
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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.
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German biodiesel sales stagnate despite higher GHG quota

Despite Germany's GHG reduction requirement increase from 3.5 to 4 percent, biodiesel consumption has fallen this year compared to last. This can be explained by biodiesel's improved GHG reduction profile and a well-intended but misaligned policy.
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Tax Credit Advocacy Keeps the Pressure on Washington

The American biodiesel industry currently supports 64,000 jobs across the U.S. Changing the structure of the tax credit would open the door for the industry to support an impressive 81,600 U.S. jobs and $14.7 billion in total economic benefit.
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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.
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