Biodiesel Production

July 03, 2020

In Depth: Pushing Through the Pandemic

BY Ron KotrbaSeveral U.S. biodiesel producers share their experiences during the height of the coronavirus crisis, painting a picture of the industry’s health during these uncertain times. READ MORE

July 02, 2020

US DOE funds 7 ‘performance-advantaged’ biofuel projects

BY U.S. DOE The U.S. DOE announced July 2 the selection of seven projects totaling $1.94 million to conduct research and development to accelerate the adoption of performance-advantaged biofuel blendstocks. These fuels are derived from renewable feedstocks. READ MORE

June 30, 2020

US biodiesel production down slightly in April, soy oil use rises

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. production of biodiesel fell by 8 million gallons in April as lockdowns amid the health crisis strengthened. Soybean oil feedstock use rose, however, while DCO and yellow grease consumption fell as ethanol producers and restaurants closed. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

Circular-economy partnership formed in the Netherlands

BY Ron KotrbaUsed cooking oil (UCO) from McDonald’s Netherlands will be turned into renewable diesel by Neste, and then the fuel will be used to power HAVI trucks that both collect UCO from and deliver goods to McDonald’s restaurants in the Netherlands. READ MORE

June 25, 2020

CUHK scientists develop novel enzyme generation for biodiesel

BY The Chinese University of Hong Kong Researchers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed a novel method for extracting enzymes from bacteria, lowering production costs and improving enzyme stability. It also opens up a new avenue for the enzymatic production of biodiesel. READ MORE

June 18, 2020

Neste increases R&D in Finland to decrease use of crude oil

BY Neste Corp. Neste launched a new research project to develop sustainable and globally scalable raw materials such as forestry or ag residues, MSW, algae and more, and technology solutions for transportation fuels and the production of chemicals and polymers. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

US biodiesel production picks up slightly in March over February

BY Ron KotrbaU.S. production of biodiesel ticked up slightly in March over February despite the onset of lockdowns from the coronavirus pandemic that began to take hold in the U.S. that month, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. READ MORE

June 12, 2020

Bakersfield retrofit to use Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology

BY Ron KotrbaGlobal Clean Energy Holdings’ Bakersfield Renewable Fuels project will produce approximately 230 MMgy of renewable diesel from GCEH’s proprietary camelina oil and other renewable feedstocks using Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex process technology. READ MORE

June 04, 2020

Oil refinery retrofit secures $365 million in capital partnership

BY Ron KotrbaOrion Energy Partners, GCM Grosvenor and Voya Investment Management have formed a capital partnership worth $365 million with Bakersfield Renewable Fuels, which plans to retrofit an existing Southern California oil refinery to make renewable diesel. READ MORE