Tag: biodiesel

Beatrice biodiesel plant upgrade successful enough to warrant potential expansion

Beatrice biodiesel plant upgrade successful enough to warrant potential expansion

February 13, 2017 |

In Nebraska, following a $100 million retrofit, Flint Resource’s joint venture biodiesel plant with Benefuel has seen production ramp up enough over the past six months that it is eying further expansion. The facility was upgraded with a single-step solid catalyst ENSEL technology to widen the types of waste feedstock that could be used, the […]

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Rwanda abandoning $35 million jatropha biodiesel project after four years

Rwanda abandoning $35 million jatropha biodiesel project after four years

February 13, 2017 |

In Rwanda, after four years of unsuccessful attempts to get it off the ground, the government is abandoning its $35 million biodiesel project. Poor science behind the feasibility studies that expected jatropha to be a key feedstock but later was determined to not be viable in the country’s climate is blamed for the project’s failure. […]

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PWC report found extensive administrative chaos from biodiesel fraud investigation

PWC report found extensive administrative chaos from biodiesel fraud investigation

February 8, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, PricewaterhouseCoopers has released an in-depth study investigating the biofuel fraud that saw Nidera lose nearly $200 million over three years due to a rogue trader. The 250-page report that investigated more than 2,000 biodiesel transactions, seen by investigative news website “Follow the Money,” showed extensive administrative chaos that touched every part of […]

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Indonesian palm oil demand could increase 40% due to B20

Indonesian palm oil demand could increase 40% due to B20

February 7, 2017 |

In Indonesia, as the government looks to fully implement biodiesel blending mandate of 20% from the current 15% later this year for transportation fuel and 30% for power production, palm oil producers expect demand to increase as much as 40%. Voluntary roll out of the higher blend began in early 2016 while more pressure on […]

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BDI – BioEnergy to refit American GreenFuels’ Connecticut biodiesel plant

BDI – BioEnergy to refit American GreenFuels’ Connecticut biodiesel plant

February 2, 2017 |

In California, after the successful completion of a project in California, BDI – BioEnergy International begins 2017 with an additional retrofit project on the East Coast of the United States at American GreenFuels, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kolmar Americas, Inc. Kolmar has contracted with BDI to modernize American GreenFuels’ biodiesel plant in New […]

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UK biodiesel use up nearly 10% April-October but ethanol consumption falls

UK biodiesel use up nearly 10% April-October but ethanol consumption falls

February 2, 2017 |

In the UK, biodiesel use rebounded during April to October 2016, Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation data showed Thursday, with consumption up nearly 10% on the year at 398 million liters in line with 3% higher fossil diesel use yet ethanol consumption fell more than 6% to 386 million liters as gasoline demand fell slightly. Of […]

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November biodiesel production slipped to 142 million gallons

November biodiesel production slipped to 142 million gallons

February 1, 2017 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration said biodiesel production in November fell by 1 million gallons from the moth prior to 142 million gallons. Two-thirds of the production came from the Midwest where the majority of feedstocks used came from nearly 600 million pounds of soybean oil, accounting for more than 51% of feedstocks, followed […]

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Company looks to revive never-finished Illinois biodiesel plant

Company looks to revive never-finished Illinois biodiesel plant

January 30, 2017 |

In Illinois, Newton Biodiesel has been formed to try to recuperate the partially completed 30 million gallon per year biodiesel facility in Newton that never came online despite expectations it would do so in 2011. Though it isn’t clear yet who exactly is behind the new company and what experience they have, city officials are […]

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PolyU researchers develop new class of solid catalysts for biodiesel production

PolyU researchers develop new class of solid catalysts for biodiesel production

January 30, 2017 |

In China, PolyU researchers have thus adopted precise surface chemistry engineering to develop a new class of solid catalyst for use in biodiesel production. This new catalyst for green biodiesel can be synthesized in one step from low-grade unrefined feedstock such as waste cooking oil, with no aqueous treatment steps required. Ethanol or propanol extracted […]

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Indian biodiesel industry calls for implementation of blending and tax cuts

Indian biodiesel industry calls for implementation of blending and tax cuts

January 24, 2017 |

In India, the national biodiesel industry is calling on the government to implement its proposed biofuels policy including the lifting of taxation on biodiesel that currently makes the fuel uncompetitive against high sulfur diesel. The national association says that eliminating such taxes could see biodiesel production soar to 1 billion liters per year in the […]

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