News Category: Biodiesel News
December 2, 2016
Thousands of fish have been killed by 3,000 gallons of biodiesel that leaked into a river from a truck stop in Kentucky, US. The diesel leaked into Little Eagle Creek near Sadieville in early to mid-November from a branch of the national Love’s Travel Stop chain of truck stops. Jack Donovan, director of the Georgetown/Scott County Emergency Management Agency, told... [Read More]

November 29, 2016
Finnish forest industry company UPM has announced that it has successfully tested Finnish wood-based diesel fuel both in laboratory conditions as well as in traffic. According to the frim its renewable diesel called UPM BioVErno, works just “like the best diesel fuels”. The laboratory tests of renewable UPM BioVerno diesel were conducted in the VTT Technical... [Read More]

November 25, 2016
A group of graduate biotechnologists from the Costa Rica Institute of Technology (TEC) has for four years been conducting research with whey and its potential in biodiesel production. The entrepreneurial project – called Cibus 3.0 – seeks to utilise bacteria to convert the dairy by-product into biofuel usable in transportation, industrial machinery... [Read More]

November 23, 2016
Canadian renewable diesel technology specialist Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. has signed a commercial purchase agreement with XR Resources to purchase a property located in High River, Alberta, on which there is an existing biodiesel refinery. This multi-feedstock processing plant was built in 2009 for an approximate capex cost of $10.2 million (€9.4m) and was capable... [Read More]

November 17, 2016
National Biodiesel Board members have voted to fill seven board member spots. The US trade association represents around 200 members involved in biodiesel and renewable diesel. “The biodiesel industry is fortunate to have a strong team of leaders from all sectors of the industry," said NBB CEO Donnell Rehagen. “The membership is united, optimistic, and will... [Read More]

November 15, 2016
The Malaysian government will defer implementation of its B10 mandate to a later date, Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Mah Siew Keong, said. The government was due to introduce a higher biodiesel mandate for the transportation and industrial sector starting from 1 December, 2016. However, it is now unclear when Malaysia will now implement the B10 initiative. Keong... [Read More]

November 11, 2016
US biofuels firm Renewable Energy Group (REG) has broken ground at its Ralston, Iowa biorefinery to start a $24 million (€21.7m) expansion. The company intends to increase the annual nameplate capacity of the plant from 12 million to 30 million gallons. ”REG Ralston has been an efficient biorefinery with an ample supply of lower cost, lower carbon intensity... [Read More]

November 8, 2016
Hong Kong-based biodiesel producer ASB Biodiesel is planning to expand its operations to the Pearl River Delta region in South China starting in 2018. The company considers China a land of “big potential” due to the large amounts of waste oils available, EJ Insight reports. ASB is currently considering the location for the plant, which could be near any city... [Read More]

November 3, 2016
In the US, the city of South Portland has launched a pilot programme to run a proportion of its municipal vehicles on locally produced biodiesel. During the year-long programme, the Maine city will trial the use of 20% biodiesel (B20) produced by Maine Standard Biofuels, which would upon success be expanded to the city’s entire vehicle fleet. With a goal to reduce... [Read More]

November 1, 2016
Renewable Energy Group plans a $24 million (€21.7m) investment to expand its first biorefinery to an annual nameplate production capacity of 30 million gallons. The REG Ralston expansion announcement comes on the heels of Landus Cooperative expanding its adjacent soy crush operation. "Ralston is where it all began for REG and the experience and lessons we have learned,... [Read More]

October 28, 2016
The National Biodiesel Board, a US biodiesel trade body, has written a letter to the US’ Congress urging it to extend the biodiesel tax incentive before it expires on 31 December, 2016. The letter was sent on behalf of US biodiesel producers nationwide and was sent to the House and Senate tax committee leaders. Policy stability is key to boosting advanced biofuels,... [Read More]

October 20, 2016
The Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio has signed legislation that will increase the amount of biodiesel in the city’s heating oil supply to 20%. The bill, which passed by a 47-3 vote in September, will increase the biodiesel percentage from the current 2% level to 5% by 1 October, 2017, and eventually up to 20% by 2034. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) estimates... [Read More]

October 20, 2016
US biofuels producer High Plains Bioenergy, a subsidiary of Seaboard Foods, has officially opened its newest biodiesel production plant, HPB-St. Joe Biodiesel, located in St. Joseph, Missouri. The plant will use vegetable oils as the primary feedstock to produce up to 28 million gpy of biodiesel, and it marks High Plains Bioenergy's second venture into the biofuels market. “The... [Read More]

October 14, 2016
The European Oilseed Alliance (EOA), the European Biodiesel Board (EBB), and the Vegetable Oil and Protein Meal Industry stress the importance of sustainable energy sources in the low-carbon economy post-2020. The organisation held on Wednesday a dinner debate in the European Parliament, during which panellists from all backgrounds discussed the role of sustainable biodiesel... [Read More]

October 13, 2016
Two men pleaded guilty in a US court earlier this week to conspiracy, fraud and making false statements related to the US government's controversial policy designed to boost use of renewable fuels, according to court documents and a report in Reuters. The media agency stated that the case comes in the last four weeks of a US presidential election campaign as the petroleum... [Read More]

October 13, 2016
Brazilian oil and gas heavyweight Petrobras announced that it will cease production activities at its biodiesel Petrobras Biocombustivel plant in Ceará state, due to low profitability. This decision is in line with the company's strategy to fully leave the biofuel sector. The process will start on 1 November, 2016, and should take around six months.... [Read More]