In New York state, biodiesel’s boho factor has hit 34.02 cents/gal, up 4.83 cents at the highest level since July 2013, indicating poorer blending margins due to higher soyoil prices used to blend in heating oil. Heating oil prices have sunk, following oil prices south to below $60 last Friday. Biodiesel producers are considering shutdowns […]
In Pennsylvania, ASTM International has voted to approve performance specifications for blends of 6 to 20 percent biodiesel with traditional heating oil. The move is a significant leap forward in the industry effort to boost the percentage of cleaner burning biodiesel that homeowners and building managers use in oilheat equipment common to the Northeast and […]
In Brazil, the country’s 40th biodiesel auction held on Dec. 9 saw 667.8 million liters of biodiesel sold, of which 98.6% came from producers holding the social seal. The average price was BRL2.194 per liter. A total of 40 producers offered 764.5 million liters at the auction. The fuel will be used to supply the […]
In Connecticut, researchers at UConn have found that the fiber crop Cannabis sativa, known as industrial hemp, has properties that make it viable and even attractive as a raw material, or feedstock, for producing biodiesel. The plant’s ability to grow in infertile soils also reduces the need to grow it on primary croplands, which can […]
In Florida, Viesel Skunk Works is preparing to commercialize its enzymatic biodiesel production process that it developed with Tactical Fabrication of Dublin, Georgia, and Novozymes. The technology allows for better use of brown grease and other low-grade feedstocks by eliminating the sulfur that is typically found as part of the production process.
In Malaysia, Felda Global Ventures announced it intends to more than triple its biodiesel production to 350,000 metric tons by 2016 by investing $47.5 million in expanding capacity at its Kuantan biodiesel plant. The plans were announced at an event showcasing its B30 trial on commercial transport vehicles. The company plans to show the way […]
In New Hampshire, Sprague Resources announced its subsidiary has completed the asset purchase of Castle Oil Corporation and certain of its affiliates including Castle’s Port Morris terminal and its associated wholesale, commercial, and retail fuel distribution business for a combined $56 million in cash and SRLP units, plus payments for Castle’s inventory as of closing. […]
In Washington, the Iowa Biodiesel Board and Iowa Soybean Association organized a fly-in-to-lobby day in Washington, D.C. to reinstate the $1-per-gallon biodiesel blenders tax credit. The measure, which expired nearly a year ago, was reinstated in a retroactive package of tax incentives which the House recently passed. The bill will soon head to the Senate, […]
In Austria, logistics specialist Quehenberger has placed an order for 350 of the new 440 hp and 480 hp MAN TGX semitrailer tractors. The recent biodiesel option for MAN’s Euro 6 trucks is a crucial aspect of the new order: around 60 percent of the new trucks produced for Quehenberger are biodiesel models.
In the UK, start-up Faradair has launched a Kickstarter project for about $100,000 to help fund the first R&D stage of its Bio Electric Hybrid Aircraft that will run on solar and biodiesel. The plane, expected to retail around $1 million each, holds six people and is a Triple Box wing designed for lifting capability, […]