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A Jolly Good Fellow: One-of-a-kind biodiesel scientist receives top recognition from peers

*Steve Howell becomes AOCS fellow* JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Members of the American Oil Chemists' Society have laid top honors on Steve Howell, selecting him for the prestigious AOCS Fellow Award. Howell has served as the National Biodiesel Board's technical director since shortly after NBB's inception in 1992, and is credited with helping to navigate the nascent biodiesel industry through an obstacle course of technical challenges. Those include completing Health Effects testing, establishing ASTM standards, and securing Original Equipment Manufacturer approval, to name just a...

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M4 represents NBB and the biodiesel industry at the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) Interim meeting

Rebecca Richardson represented NBB and the biodiesel industry at the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) Interim meeting in Charleston, SC January 27-30. The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) meets twice annually to review current regulations and consider new ones related to packaging, labeling, fuel quality and many other issues. During these meetings, NCWM officials and state regulators provide a forum for industry and other stakeholders to respond to proposed regulations that NCWM would recommend as model language for states. During this meeting, product...

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ASTM International Publishes New Grade of Biodiesel to Solve Intermittent Cold Weather Issues

After intense debate with ASTM and consensus building by ASTM Biodiesel Task Force Chairman Steve Howell of MARC-IV, ASTM International published a new grade of pure biodiesel in ASTM D6751 specifications for biodiesel (B100).  The new No. 1-B grade is designed to help eliminate relatively rare and sporadic instances of filter clogging with biodiesel blends in the US market.  The new No. 1-B specification adds a new maximum level of 0.4 wt % monoglycerides, which required development and approval of modified ASTM test methods as well as gaining consensus on the value of 0.4%.  The current...

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Weber Appointed to Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee

Alan Weber has been appointed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and U.S. Dept. of Energy to serve as a member of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee. The prestigious committee helps USDA and DOE in meeting important goals of a healthier rural economy and improved national energy security. Weber will advise the agencies on overcoming technical challenges through research and development that will lead to a greatly expanded biobased industry.

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