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February 16, 2017

Ace Ethanol to install D3MAX cellulosic ethanol pilot plant

BY BBI International D3MAX has announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology. The pilot facility will be installed at Ace Ethanol LLC in Stanley, Wisconsin, in late February. READ MORE

February 17, 2017

Amid controversy, Pruitt confirmed as US EPA administrator

BY Anna Simet and Ron Kotrba In a 54-46 vote, Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator of the U.S. EPA. President Donald J. Trump nominated Pruitt—arguably the most controversial of Trump’s cabinet nominees—as EPA administrator in early December. READ MORE

February 17, 2017

Handheld sensor unit determines biodiesel content in diesel fuel

BY Salunda Ltd. The handheld DieselProve technology from Salunda Ltd. is designed to provide a fast and simple diagnostic tool to assess the biodiesel content in diesel fuel blends as well as identify impurities, such as vegetable oil, white spirit and water. READ MORE

February 13, 2017

US biodiesel interests gear up for court battle over RFS volumes

BY Ron KotrbaIn 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

BY Ron KotrbaThe 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 10, 2017

PHYCO2, MSU make wastewater reusable through pure algae growth

BY PHYCO2 During Phase 4 of the multiyear trial with Michigan State University, the research of sequestering CO2 for algae growth has shown that PHYCO2's algae photobioreactor can be utilized to treat wastewater through algae growth and cultivation. READ MORE

February 09, 2017

Neste evaluates investing in US renewable diesel production

BY Ron KotrbaNeste 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

Doug Whitehead named National Biodiesel Board's second in command

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board named Doug Whitehead as its chief operating officer Feb. 7. Whitehead joins the executive team after 10 years in various roles with the organization, most recently as the director of operations and membership. READ MORE

February 08, 2017

Portuguese biodiesel firm develops new palm oil extraction tech

BY Ron KotrbaPortuguese 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 08, 2017

Brookfield acquires majority stake in UK biodiesel producer

BY Greenergy U.K. biodiesel producer Greenergy announced an agreement for Brookfield Business Partners to invest in the business with the aim of accelerating growth. Brookfield is acquiring 85 percent while Greenergy management will retain a 15 percent share. READ MORE

February 07, 2017

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

BY Ron KotrbaEvent 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 03, 2017

Syracuse researcher develops new medium to culture, harvest algae

BY Matt Wheeler Bendy Estime, a biomedical and chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate, developed a new medium, Tris-Acetate-Phosphate-Pluronic, to culture and harvest algae. TAPP can transition from a solution to a gel through small variations in temperature. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Gen-X's Estes sentenced to nearly 9 years in federal prison

BY U.S. Department of Justice Richard Estes was a member of a conspiracy involving Gen-X Energy Group Inc. Between March 2013 and May 2014, Estes and his co-conspirators laundered the proceeds of schemes to falsely claim RINs and file false claims for the biodiesel tax credit. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

BDI to optimize American GreenFuels biodiesel plant in New Haven

BY Ron KotrbaBDI'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

BY Ron KotrbaResearch 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

February 01, 2017

Biodiesel benefits 'global food system' as GHG profile improves

BY Ron KotrbaExperts discuss how, as the global population increases and affluence spreads, farming practices continue to improve, appetites change and surpluses of carbohydrates and fats naturally mean a consistently growing supply of biofuel feedstock. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

French, German farmers urge EU to keep 7 percent biofuel target

BY UFOP The future development of renewable energies does not have to compromise the existing rapeseed biodiesel industry, which also produces protein meal, but rather it should take into account its benefits while simultaneously promoting advanced biofuels. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

6th annual Calif. Biodiesel Conference, 'Thrive,' set for March 1

BY The California Biodiesel Alliance The California Biodiesel Alliance presents its sixth annual California Biodiesel Conference, highlighting how businesses can thrive in the state's flourishing but complex biodiesel market, March 1 at the Capitol Ballroom in downtown Sacramento. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

US biodiesel market hits new high, imports pass 1 billion gallons

BY The National Biodiesel Board U.S. consumers saw a record of almost 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2016, outpacing the previous record by 38 percent. Domestic production surpassed 1.8 billion gallons while imports surged to more than 1 billion gallons. READ MORE

January 24, 2017

Montana State University scientist wins grant to improve camelina

BY Montana State University A Montana State University scientist received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. DOE's Office of Science to research ways to improve the usefulness of camelina, an ancient crop that the modern world has come to value as a potential source of biofuel. READ MORE

January 23, 2017

Technical work lays foundation for biodiesel market growth

BY Ron KotrbaAt the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in San Diego this month, experts presented the latest information and data on efforts to grow biodiesel's presence in the market through further improving its technical standing. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

Trump nominates Perdue to serve as agriculture secretary

BY Erin Voegele On Jan. 19, President-elect Donald Trump nominated former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead USDA. The nomination, subject to U.S. Senate confirmation, represents Trump's final cabinet selection. Perdue served as Georgia governor from 2003-'11. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

As EPA administrator Pruitt vows to fulfill congressional intent

BY Erin VoegeleOn Jan. 18, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator of the U.S. EPA. Biofuels were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

Biodiesel industry honors year of achievements, industry growth

BY The National Biodiesel Board This year's National Biodiesel Board industry awards highlight champions who've had a major impact on biodiesel use. Clean air champions, policy drivers, fleet vehicle influencers, and lifetime biodiesel advocates were all honored in San Diego. READ MORE

January 20, 2017

90 MMgy Houston biodiesel plant begins operating at full capacity

BY Ron KotrbaWorld Energy Biox Biofuels, a joint venture between World Energy and Biox, has completed commissioning of its 90 MMgy biodiesel facility in Houston. The plant was purchased by the JV in summer 2016 and began operating at full capacity in December. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Automakers fuel US market with more biodiesel-capable models

BY The National Biodiesel Board Several automakers' new 2017 diesel models were featured at the San Diego Convention Center as part of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. The Biodiesel Vehicle Showcase event is presented by NBB and General Motors Fleet. READ MORE

January 18, 2017

Underdog industry rallies for continued growth at annual event

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel has spent most of its existence fighting as the underdog and often winning against the odds. This year will be no different, as the story was told by industry leaders at the 2017 National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego. READ MORE

January 16, 2017

In Depth: REG Marks 10 Years of Growth, Success & Continuous Improvement

BY Anthony HulenThe U.S.'s largest biodiesel manufacturer, Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc., matures from its single plant, single feedstock origins to a multifeedstock, multinational business. READ MORE

January 13, 2017

In Depth: Biodiesel Renaissance

BY Ron KotrbaFrom the Winter 2017 print edition of Biodiesel Magazine, this cover article dives into the past year's resurgence in U.S. biodiesel project expansions, upgrades, imports and M&As. It was a time unlike any in recent history. But what will 2017 bring? READ MORE

January 13, 2017

Hero BX offers branded Bioheat distributor program

BY Ron KotrbaHero BX's new program offers heating oil retailers the opportunity to carry the Hero BX brand and supporting technical and marketing benefits in exchange for Bioheat supply contracts. Hero BX has biodiesel plants in Pennsylvania and Alabama. READ MORE

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