February 22, 2017

Ethanol, biodiesel more important than ever for Iowa

Iowa ethanol and biodiesel producers both set production records in 2016, processing a record amount of Iowa corn, soybean oil, animal fats and other feedstocks into clean-burning renewable fuels. As that economic activity flowed throughout Iowa, it left a significant impact, according to a new economic impact study commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA).

February 21, 2017

Chevy Cruze Diesel: quieter, more fuel-efficient, B20-capable

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Sedan
Automakers today find themselves in something of an unenviable position. Strict corporate average fuel economy rules continue to ratchet up, while President Trump may - or may not - attempt to change those rules. Until the uncertainty resolves, however, automakers have to stick with their plans to meet CAFE standards through 2025. And even if U.S. regulations change, the rest of the world almost surely won't alter theirs - making fuel efficiency just as important as ever.

February 17, 2017

Bioheat heating oil use explodes, thanks to soybean growers and biodiesel

Millions of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic homeowners now stay snug and dry amid winter’s cold, thanks in part to U.S. soybean growers. How’s that? Both regions are already primed for a cleaner-burning heating oil. And soybean growers provide a major feedstock for biodiesel to blend with ultralow-sulfur heating oil.

February 14, 2017

Advanced Biofuel Production to Double by 2022

Source: Lux Research, Inc
Advanced biofuels will nearly double in five years — from 59 billion gallons per year in 2016 to 67.2 billion gallons per year in 2022 — as next-generation technologies enable commercial-scale production of these low-carbon fuels, according to Lux Research. While first-generation biofuels will continue to dominate the market, they will lose share as facilities based on non-food feedstocks and producing novel fuels account for over half of new capacity deployment for the first time in...

February 13, 2017

Portuguese biodiesel firm develops new palm oil extraction tech

Portuguese biodiesel plant manufacturer IncBio has developed a new crude palm oil (CPO) extraction technology that the company says can achieve an oil extraction rate of more than 25 percent, thereby increasing oil extraction by an additional 25 percent. “Considering [the oil extraction rate] for the Malaysian palm oil industry was 20.1 percent in 2016, this represents a potential efficiency gain of 25 percent,” the company stated.

February 8, 2017

Minnesota Co-op Plans to Build Soybean Plant in North Dakota

© Ben Potter

A Minnesota cooperative plans to build a $240 million soybean processing plant in North Dakota. Officials with Minnesota Soybean Processors, or MnSP, say the co-op has selected a site on 150 acres near Spiritwood, in eastern North Dakota. The group says the facility would produce 900,000 tons of soybean meal and 490 million pounds of soybean oil a year. Half of the oil would produce biodiesel.

February 1, 2017

Australian canola: European Union fuels demand

More than 80 per cent of Australia’s canola oil will end up in the fuel tanks of Euro­pean cars and trucks, rather than as human food, this year. Data compiled by Geelong grain industry consultancy Lachstock Consulting shows forecast exports of Australian canola topping 2.87 million tonnes this season, of which 2.36 million tonnes will be shipped to the European Union.