Ron Kotrba

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February 23, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Trucks approves use of renewable diesel

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has granted immediate approval for the use of HVO for its in-line six-cylinder engine variants of its OM 470, OM 471 and OM 936 as well as the in-line four-cylinder variants of the OM 934 meeting the Euro VI emissions standard. READ MORE

February 21, 2016

The Ultimate Biomass Heating Package

Via a contractual arrangement unique to biomass heat in the U.S., Wilton, New Hampshire-based High Mowing School replaced fuel oil with a biomass district heating system from Xylogen. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

Eni rolls out renewable diesel blend to 3,500 stations in Italy

Eni, the Italian oil major that converted its Venice oil refinery to a renewable diesel manufacturing plant, is rolling out its renewable blended product to 3,500 fuel stations across Italy this month. The fuel contains 15 percent renewable diesel. READ MORE

January 20, 2016

Defusing the Tinderbox

Cost-effective techniques to mitigate dust-related risks are available to less sophisticated wood pellet mills, where a lack of capital, education, code knowledge, and proper cleaning and maintenance protocols may exist. READ MORE

December 27, 2015

The Untold Upside of Low Oil Prices

Alternative energy companies typically prosper when oil prices are high, but it’s not all doom and gloom when the cost of crude nosedives. READ MORE

November 13, 2015

Land of the Rising Mill

The East Malaysian state of Sarawak is home to the region’s newest, and quite possibly the largest, pellet mill—the first of many to follow. READ MORE

November 09, 2015

Neste, Boeing work toward biojet ASTM standard, market acceptance

Renewable diesel producer Neste announced in November that it is working with aircraft manufacturer Boeing to promote and accelerate commercialization of biojet fuel. READ MORE

November 03, 2015

Saipol invests in additional biodiesel production, biomass boiler

During a press conference in late October at its Sète site in the South of France, Avril Group subsidiary Saipol announced two major industrial investments in the French biodiesel sector totaling 28.5 million euros. READ MORE

October 22, 2015

Trade groups at odds over US biodiesel tax credit structure

As the legislative year winds down, Congress is expected to take up the tax extenders package soon. The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has taken a stance opposing restructuring the $1 per gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credit. READ MORE

October 21, 2015

SG Preston locks in renewable diesel EPC contractor

SG Preston has struck an agreement with IHI E&C, a Houston-based EPC contractor and subsidiary of Japan-based IHI Corp., for a multi-facility program to include development and construction of at least five renewable diesel plants. READ MORE