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Biodiesel Bulletin


The Biodiesel Bulletin is published monthly by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).




July 5, 2017  
Biodiesel Industry Heads to Capitol Hill to Fight for U.S. Jobs

Discovery's Diesel Brothers Going Big with Biodiesel

Biodiesel Makes a Splash in Marine Community

Biodiesel Industry Provides Jobs For Americans Nationwide

Biodiesel Fleets Look to Tell Their Story

Making a Case for Federal Research, Top Scientist Points to Biodiesel

Biodiesel Fueling Nations Around the World 

 
Biodiesel Industry Heads to Capitol Hill to Fight for U.S. Jobs

South Dakota Soybean staff met with Senator Thune in Washington

The National Biodiesel Board recently held its June membership meeting in Washington, DC. In addition to policy and technical updates provided by NBB staff, nearly 100 biodiesel advocates visited Capitol Hill to meet with their elected officials. NBB members urged for reinstatement of the biodiesel tax incentive that has been proposed in both the U.S. Senate (S. 944) and the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 2383).

NBB members highlighted the job creation aspect of the biodiesel tax incentive, noting that biodiesel supported roughly 64,000 jobs last year. The current legislative proposals in Congress reform the structure of the incentive such that U.S. producers—those who make biodiesel here in the United States—would qualify for the credit, and not those who blend biodiesel from anywhere in the world. Doing so would cut off subsidies for foreign manufacturing, create jobs here at home (instead of in other countries), reduce the potential for tax fraud, continue to lower the cost of diesel fuel for consumers, and save taxpayer dollars. It’s clear that the biodiesel tax incentive works, having helped grow the biodiesel industry from a 100-million-gallon market in 2005 to more than 2.9 billion gallons in 2016.

Participants on Capitol Hill included biodiesel producers, distributors and feedstock suppliers representing more than two dozen states. Biodiesel supporters across the nation are encouraged to reach out to their legislators as well by visiting the biodiesel website and make their voices heard.

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 Discovery's Diesel Brothers Going Big with Biodiesel

Discovery Channel's Diesel Brothers

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council is getting the word out about biodiesel through an unconventional, yet promising partnership with the DieselSellerz-- stars of Discovery’s hit show, Diesel Brothers.

“Farmers are hurting nationwide,” said MSR&PC Chairman Keith Schrader. “In Minnesota, we depend on the extra 63 cents a bushel biodiesel adds to soybeans. We’re proud of this fuel, and we want all Minnesotans to be proud of this fuel. Partnering with the DieselSellerz helps us showcase biodiesel on a state and national level.”

Dave Sparks, aka “Heavy D,” “Diesel Dave” Kiley, Josh Stuart as “Redbeard” and Keaton Hoskins as “The Muscle” will wow their fans by dedicating an episode to building a biodiesel truck.

“Biodiesel is something I have been interested in for quite some time,” Sparks said. “I am beyond excited to work with the MSR&PC to show the world that there are many options to power your diesel vehicle outside of fossil fuels.”

“Biodiesel contributed roughly $1.7 billion to the state’s economy last year,” Schrader added. “And it’s tough on air pollution. Increasing to a 20 percent blend of biodiesel in the state would be like removing the emissions from nearly 202,000 vehicles. Biodiesel is just a good fuel for Minnesotans.”

The DieselSellerz will also make appearances at Minnesota’s Farmfest in August and the 2018 MN Ag Expo, where the new biodiesel truck will be unveiled.

 

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Biodiesel Makes a Splash in the Marine Community

Photo courtesy of The Soundings Online

Biodiesel is making headway in marine applications across the country. Sightseeing fleets, water taxis, and even racing vessels are beginning to adopt the fuel as an alternative to petroleum diesel. Not only is it better for the environment, it offers higher lubricity, increased engine performance and produces less soot from exhaust.

“Biodiesel blends are an excellent choice for power on the water and have many benefits as a more sustainable option for fueling recreational boats and other marine applications,” says Kaleb Little, National Biodiesel Board senior communications manager.

One of the marine community’s biggest biodiesel supporters is Bob Morton, a retired marine geologist, offshore ocean racer and a founder of the alternative energy company Newport Biodiesel. Morton works to ensure that biodiesel is available in marinas across the country.

“My goal is having everybody — marinas and the world — using B20 [20 percent biodiesel], at least in summer,” says Morton. “If we used B20 it would be so much better. It reduces emissions, on average, 85 percent, compared to petroleum diesel. It’s the best fuel out there in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Emissions reductions continue to be a popular issue across the nation, but those working in the marine environment know its importance. These fragile marine ecosystems need the environmental protection offered by biodiesel.

“It has been clearly demonstrated that biodiesel works in marine diesel applications,” Little says. “Biodiesel is serving as a cleaner-burning, more environmentally friendly option for the marine environment. It is important for boaters to do their part to ensure future generations can enjoy the water the same way that they do.”

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Biodiesel Industry Provides Jobs For Americans Nationwide

Throughout the country, everyday citizens are working in great careers thanks to America’s Advanced Biofuel.

Quality Consultant Kent Bullard has worked in the biodiesel industry since 2004, serving as an auditor for the National Biodiesel Accreditation Program, known as BQ-9000. BQ-9000 is a cooperative and voluntary program for biodiesel producers and marketers that combines ASTM standards and a quality systems program which includes testing, distribution, fuel management practices, and more.

With a master’s degree in quality assurance, Bullard has audited 38 producers, marketers and labs. Auditors like Bullard have helped the BQ-9000 program become a success, as certified producers now account for more than 90 percent of the U.S. biodiesel volume. These efforts go a long way toward ensuring that top quality biodiesel is used across the country.

As a user himself, Bullard is also considered a biodiesel pioneer. While serving as fleet manager at Channel Islands National Park off the coast of Los Angeles, he led one of the first biodiesel programs at a national park, from 2000 until he retired in 2012. His personal experience with biodiesel allows him to share the benefits with those that may be trying it for the first time.

Whether the job is managing a fleet, auditing producers, or doing both like Bullard, the biodiesel industry is providing great careers in many sectors across America.

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Biodiesel Fleets Look to Tell Their Story

Biodiesel continues to be one of the top fuels of choice for fleets across the country. The National Biodiesel Board recently launched a new advertising campaign aimed at helping biodiesel fleets showcase their use of America’s Advanced Biofuel.

Anyone who uses biodiesel can qualify for up to $10,000 towards vehicle wraps or decals highlighting their biodiesel use.  Program applications are available now and due July 15.

It is simple to qualify. A key component of the program is that applicants match NBB’s investment to complete their project. Applicants must be recommended by an NBB member, and will be selected based on the opportunities their project presents for cross promotion and increasing biodiesel visibility. Decals/wraps can be any size. They must include the word biodiesel and the phrase America’s Advanced Biofuel.  Increasing biodiesel awareness will be the main selection criteria, and funds will be distributed to top applicants as available. All qualified biodiesel users are encouraged to apply.

The reasons that fleets use biodiesel range from improving engine performance, to reducing emissions, and even to raising their bottom line with increased fuel savings.

Semi-trucks aren’t the only fleets using biodiesel. Fleets outside the transportation sector such as emergency services, the U.S. military, and national park services are all taking advantage of biodiesel’s benefits. In the transportation sector, biodiesel is being used to transport people in fleets of buses such as Orlando’s LYNX transit. Biodiesel is also being used in schools like the University of Idaho and Harvard University, to power buses and campus equipment.

As the use of biodiesel grows among these fleets, their success stories are being shared across the country.

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 Making a Case for Federal Research, Top Scientist Points to Biodiesel

Mike Haas and a technician developing a new method for biodiesel synthesis

A Union of Concerned Scientists blog post recently featured the views of retired scientist Mike Haas, who pointed to biodiesel as a success story in the importance of federal research. It is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, he says, in An Insider’s View on the Value of Federal Research.

Haas worked for the Agricultural Research Service, the main research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for his entire career of 33 years. He is considered a leading biodiesel scientist.

“The increased market share for biodiesel alone is a success for federal research,” Haas says. “It was an obvious new outlet for U.S. lipids, and so my group and others in ARS began investigating various aspects related to its production and use. Today biodiesel is an accepted fuel used throughout the country (and world), powering vehicles and generators and heating homes. It is a true success story, one in which my lab, other USDA labs, and many other researchers played a part.”

Haas serves as a Biodiesel Ambassador and a student mentor in the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel, both programs of the National Biodiesel Board.

 

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Biodiesel Fueling Nations Around the World

A Malaysian truck fills up with B10 Biodiesel

Biodiesel is making headlines around the globe as more countries see the benefits of the advanced biofuel. As more nations are beginning to focus on their carbon footprint, they are learning what it takes to reduce emissions and be sustainable. Many of these countries are relying on biodiesel as their fuel of choice.

In Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has driven over 3 million kilometers using a mix of B10 biodiesel. The fleet tested around fifty different vehicles of various sizes and age with no breakdowns or issues. Through their use of biodiesel, DBKL noticed lower smoke levels, increased fuel savings, and no difference in power compared to petroleum diesel. The findings were so positive that DBKL’s mechanical engineer says that the City Hall is now considering extending the use of biodiesel to its entire 2,040 vehicle fleet.

India is another country that continues to see the benefits of biodiesel. Indian Railways is using biodiesel in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent in the next decade. Reducing emissions is a top priority for the most populated country in the world, so using biodiesel was a natural choice.

Around the world, even more countries are increasing their efforts such as Canada, who is looking to double its biofuels mandate, and Germany, who continues to refine and test the quality of their biodiesel. The world is embracing biodiesel to fuel the future and help keep the planet green.

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