2016/11/15

AGQM to start next No-Harm Test Round for Oxidation Stabilizers

AGQM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V.) started its 11th no-harm test for oxidation stabilizers for Biodiesel and its second No-Harm Test for bio heating oil. more...
2016/06/13

AGQM No-Harm List Extended - 10th Test Round completed successfully

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel e. V. (AGQM) completed its 10th no-harm test round of oxidation stabilizers which resulted in adding three new products to AGQM’s existing no-harm list. Biodiesel producers can thus select from a total of 47 tested products of 28 producers of oxidation stabilizers. more...
2016/03/31

Round Robin Test 2016 for Biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel jointly organised by AGQM and FAM

The Association Quality Management Biodiesel e. V. (AGQM) organises again in cooperation with the Mineral Oil and Fuels Standardization Committee within DIN (FAM) a round robin test for Biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel. more...
2015/12/08

AGQM to start 10th No-Harm-Test

AGQM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V.) started its 10th Round Robin Test for oxidation stabilizers for Biodiesel and – for the first time – also for Bio heating oil. As experiences from the past show no-harm-testing is essential for safe additivation. more...
2015/11/30

AGQM elects new Board of Directors

On the occasion of their General Assembly in Berlin on 6 November 2015, the members of AGQM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel e.V.) elected their new Board of Directors. more...
2015/09/23

Safe Additivation of Bio Heating Oil Start of Newly Developed - AGQM No-Harm Test

For the first time AGQM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel e. V.) will also offer a test to assess oxidation stabilisers for Biodiesel (FAME) intended as blend component for heating oil. The sophisticated tests are meant to rule out probable harmful effects of the fuel itself as well as undesired interactions with other fuel components. more...
2015/09/09

First Round Robin Test for Pharmaceutical Glycerol

This year for the first time AGQM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel) will carry out a round robin test for pharmaceutical glycerol. Registrations will still be accepted until 20 September 2015. more...
2015/05/13

AGQM No-Harm List Extended - 9th Test Round completed successfully

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel e. V. (AGQM) completed its 9th no-harm test round of oxidation stabilizers which resulted in adding three new products to AGQM’s existing no-harm list. Biodiesel producers can thus select from a total of 44 tested products of 25 producers of oxidation stabilizers. more...
2014/12/15

Safe Additivation of Biodiesel - AGQM’s 9th No-harm Test Round commenced

AGQM started a new test round of Biodiesel oxidation stabilizers. The sophisticated tests aim at eliminating possible detrimental interactions of additives when blended with Diesel fuel. more...
2014/10/20

„7th International AGQM Conference“

This year the “7th International Conference” taking place in Berlin and organized by AGQM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V.) will focus on the practical implementation of the new German greenhouse gas emission reduction quota for biofuels which will be effective from next year on. more...
2014/05/26

7th International AGQM Conference FAME – Renewable Fuel and Chemical Building Block

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel e.V. (AGQM) will host its 7th International Conference in Berlin on 6 and 7 November 2014. more...
2014/05/08

AGQM No-Harm List Extended - 8th Test Round completed successfully

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel e. V. (AGQM) completed its 8th no-harm test round of oxidation stabilizers which resulted in adding two new products to AGQM’s existing no-harm list. Biodiesel producers can thus select from a total of 42 tested products of 24 producers of oxidation stabilizers. more...
2014/02/13

New Quality Check Material

AGQM extends its product range of reference material: jointly with Analytik Service Gesellschaft mbH (ASG) AGQM now offers new MR (multi reference) quality check material. more...
2013/12/11

Safe Additivation of Biodiesel - AGQM’s 8th No-harm Test Round commenced

AGQM started a new test round of Biodiesel oxidation stabilizers. The sophisticated tests aim at eliminating possible detrimental interactions of additives when blended with Diesel fuel. more...
2013/12/09

Reelection of AGQM's Board of Directors

AGQM’s members elected their Board of Directors during the General Assembly held in Berlin on 8 November 2013. more...
2013/12/05

Biodiesel Use for Parking Heaters - AGQM Project completed successfully

In cooperation with a leading manufacturer of parking heaters for passenger cars and trucks, AGQM could complete a project which demonstrates that Biodiesel can maintain a high quality for a long period of time. The results serve as basis for the continuing development of parking heaters fit for the operation with Biodiesel. more...
2013/08/09

AGQM No-Harm List Extended - 7th Test Round completed successfully

Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel e. V. (AGQM) completed its 7th no-harm test round of oxidation stabilizers which resulted in adding three new products to AGQM’s existing no-harm list. Biodiesel producers can thus select from a total of 40 tested products of 23 producers of oxidation stabilizers. more...
2013/05/27

Biodiesel – A Fuel on the Move AGQM’s - 6th International Conference

Strategies for Biofuels of the future must be developed jointly by all parties involved. This is the conclusion experts from the mineral oil, automotive and Biodiesel industries drew at the ‘6th International Conference on Biodiesel – A Fuel on the Move’. more...
2013/04/11

Biodiesel Quality again at Top Level in 2012

Again the Biodiesel quality of AGQM’s member companies is at top level in 2012; the annual report of Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel (AGQM), available now, impressively demonstrates that the production of high-class products is paramount for all members. more...
2013/02/26

6th International Conference on Biodiesel – A Fuel on the Move

On 7 and 8 May 2013 The Association of Quality Management Biodiesel (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel e.V., AGQM) will host its ‘6th International Conference on Biodiesel’ in Berlin. One session of the conference will deal in particular with the increasing requirements Biodiesel must fulfil both as pure fuel or blend component with regard to emissions, performance, material durability and wear as well as the reduction of fuel consumption. more...
2013/01/21

6th International Conference on Biodiesel - Biodiesel - A Fuel on the Move -

AGQM’s 6th International Conference on Biodiesel will be held in Berlin on 7th – 8th May 2013. At the beginning of the conference an outline will be given of the current market development of Biodiesel on the internationally crucial sales markets (EU, USA, Asia, South America). The German Biodiesel industry will take position with regard to the EU Commission’s proposals concerning renewable energies and fuel quality guidelines. more...
2012/08/20

AGQM´s no-harm list grows steadily

The working group Quality Management Biodiesel e.V. (AGQM) has completed the sixth test period of the no-harm test for oxidation stabilisers and added additional products to its no-harm list. These demanding tests ensure that chemical and physical properties are not affected by the use of oxidation stabilisers in Biodiesel, that no inadmissible reciprocal effects occurs with other oxidation stabilisers used in Diesel fuel (B7) and that security datasheets are available for the additive. more...
2012/06/01

DEUTZ Approves Engines for Operation with Biodiesel

The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP) welcomes the approval issued by Deutz AG for biodiesel as a clean fuel (B100) for the Agripower engines of series TCD 6.1 L6 and TCD 7.8 L6. more...
2012/03/27

Round Robin Test 2012 for Biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel jointly organised by AGQM and FAM

The Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) organises again in cooperation with the Fachausschuss für Mineralöl- und Brennstoffnormung (FAM) a round robin test for Biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel. more...
2012/03/22

AGQM Publishes Biodiesel Quality Report 2011

As already done in 2011, AGQM releases a report on the quality of Biodiesel produced in Germany. This report once again confirms the high quality level of the tested Biodiesel produced by AGQM members which exceeds that required by the Biodiesel standard DIN EN 14214 and the sometimes even more stringent AGQM specifications. more...
2012/02/07

Analytic Seminar „How to understand Biodiesel”

New date for a hand-on Seminar with Focus on Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiesel The Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) offers in cooperation with the Analytik Service GmbH (ASG) a seminar from 10 to 12 September 2012, held in English. more...
2012/02/06

Study published on the lifespan quality performance of Biodiesel along the logistics chain

Biodiesel does not have a negative impact on the filterability of Diesel fuel – this is the resumé of a study of the Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) which was now completed in cooperation with the mineral oil companies Total Deutschland GmbH and OMV AG. Diesel fuel according to standard DIN EN 590 contains Biodiesel of up to 7 % V/V. more...
2011/12/22

UFOP Publishes Report on International Biodiesel Markets

On behalf of the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V. (UFOP), Ecofys Gerrmany GmbH has compiled a report on the market development for biodiesel in the German and international biodiesel markets. more...
2011/12/22

Festive Commissioning of the HVO Production Plant in Rotterdam

Neste Oil AG commissioned its new facility with a capacity of 800,000 tonnes for the production of hydrated vegetable oil (HVO) in Rotterdam on 19th December 2011. more...
2011/11/10

Quality Check Material for Test Methods for Oxidation Stability

The Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) offers a quality check material for the testing of the method for oxidation stability of Biodiesel. more...
2011/10/31

AGQM/FAM Workshop Finalizes Round Robin Test for Biodiesel and Rapeseed Oil Fuels Increasing international significance noted

During their joint workshop AGQM and FAM presented the results of the 2011 RR test for Biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel to an expert audience. All in all 70 laboratories – of which 55 were German, 9 European and 6 from outside Europe – participated in this year’s international RR test. This development as well as the constantly increasing number of participants clearly shows that the RR test is gaining more and more in importance and international significance. more...
2011/10/11

Election of AGQM Board

During their annual General Meeting the members of Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitaetsmanagement Biodiesel e.V. (AGQM) confirmed in office as Members of the Board Dr Juergen Fischer (chairman)/ADM Research GmbH, Dr Georg Pollert (vice chairman)/Verbio AG and Rolf Sieber (vice chairman)/SBE BioEnergie Handelsgesellschaft mbH. Dr Ruediger Brautzsch/Bio-Diesel Wittenberge GmbH was also re-elected. Henning Bohne/Louis Dreyfus Commodities Wittenberg GmbH, Dr Frank Kohl/NEW Natural Energy West as well as Elmar Baumann/Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie e.V. were elected new Members of the AGQM Board. more...
2011/10/07

Biodiesel - a quality fuel with a future

The Association Quality management Biodiesel (AGQM) held its 5th "Biodiesel" International Conference on 6th and 7th October 2011 with lectures on the political framework, the conditions for marketing Biodiesel, quality aspects and the motor vehicle engineering requirements for meeting exhaust standards. The organiser´s expectations were met with more than 80, above all foreign, attendees. more...
2011/09/07

5th International ‘Biodiesel’ Conference in Berlin

The Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) will hold its fifth international expert conference "Biodiesel" from 6 to 7 October. Topics decisive for the future like sales perspectives on international markets, continuously growing demands on quality and analytical methods as well as increasing engine requirements will be discussed in detail in different lectures. more...
2011/07/22

AGQM completes 5th test round for oxidation stabilisers

The working group Quality Management Biodiesel e.V. (AGQM) has completed the fifth test period of the no-harm test for oxidation stabilisers and added additional products to its no-harm list. These demanding tests ensure that chemical and physical properties are not affected by the use of oxidation stabilisers in Biodiesl, that no inadmissible reciprocal effects occurs with other oxidation stabilisers and that security datasheets are available for the additive. more...
2011/07/22

5th International ‘Biodiesel’ Conference in Berlin

The Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) will hold its fifth international expert conference "Biodiesel" from 6 to 7 October. The conference aims at sharing the current and future developments on the international sales markets for Biodiesel and at presenting the research result and standardisation activities for Biodiesel. As a result, the conference focus is on the framework conditions which will be material for the sales perspectives of Biodiesel not just within but also outside Eruope. Furthermore, AGQM will also tackle topics, which will be decisive for the future, such as filterability, microbial contamination and increasing engine requirements due to the introduction of systems for the aftertreatment of exhaust gases. more...
2011/06/27

Expert discussion on mineral oil and biodiesel management

AGQM is presenting the results of its study. On the occasion of the 5th expert discussion, experts from the mineral oil industry and the Association Quality management Biodiesel (AGQM) discussed current issues on the quality development and assessment of biodiesel as well as on the level of pan-European norms with the aim of creating a norm for B10 and B30. AGQM presented different projects, among them the results of a jointly initiated project dealing with the issue of the filterability of biodiesel. more...
2011/05/31

AGQM publishes study on the quality of biodiesel

The Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) is publishing a study on the quality of biodiesel for the first time. The samples were taken and analysed during the course of 2010 from the member companies of AGQM as part of an unannounced sampling process by an independent test institute. The quality of the analysed biodiesel samples fuly meets the requirements of DIN EN 14214 as well as the stricter requirements of the AGQM quality assurance system. more...
2011/05/23

Biodiesel tested for sterol glycosides and filterability

AGQM study completed on the content of sterol glycosides and acylated sterol glycosides in vegetable oils and biodiesel In a broad study, the Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) examined the content of sterol glycosides (SG) and acylated sterol glycosides (ASG) as well as the correlation between the SG and ASG content of biodiesel and its filterability. No correlation could be found between poor filterability and a higher content of SG and ASG. more...
2011/05/04

Dioxin content of Biodiesel below limit for foods and animal feed

Due to the Dioxin scandal in Germany at the end of 2010, AGQM initiated the testing of Biodiesel with regard to any Dioxin content. Not only were all levels of the samples tested way lower than the permissible limit for technical products, but in all cases they were also below the significantly lower limits for foods and feed. In most cases the level was even below the quantification limit. more...
2011/04/13

5th „Biodiesel“ International Conference

The Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) organizes its fifth international conference on biodiesel in Berlin on 6th and 7th October, 2011. The focus at the conference will be on current aspects of quality assurance, research results of the application in engines (B100 and blends), in addition to current developments and trends in the international markets for biodiesel. For the first time, participants will be informed in detail on the future focus of the application of biodiesel as blending component in heating oil. more...
2011/03/28

AGQM and FAM organize joint round robin for biodiesel and rapeseed oil fuel

Round-robins for verifying test methods and the correctness of the work of professional laboratories have a long and successful tradition with Fachausschuss Mineralöl- und Brennstoffnormung (FAM), the Mineral Oil and Fuels Standardization Committee within DIN. The increasing use of biofuel and biogenic mixing components increasingly requires round robins also for these product classes. more...
2011/02/11

Biodiesel Analytic Seminar

The Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) offers a seminar on pressing issues regarding biodiesel standards, requirements and analytics. The Fuels Quality Directive (2009/30/EC), the Renewable Energies Directive (2009/28/EC), national legislation such as, e.g., the Biofuels Quota Act more...
2011/01/03

AGQM-project report: "Recommendations for a Mexican biodiesel standard and the Infrastructure required for its handling"

Since governments and societies becoming more and more aware of the geopolitical, economical and environmental risks of oil dependency biofuels are gaining a rising attention. In Mexico the use of biodiesel as an additive to improve the lubricity of Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel is considered. As the biodiesel quality affects the properties of the final blended fuel agreeing on common standard for biodiesel properties is an important step towards the creation of a national biodiesel market. more...
2010/11/10

Lectures of the conference “The Future of Biodiesel in Europe” in Brussels available

The conference „The Future of Biodiesel in Europe“ was held in Brussels on September 27 and 28 by Hart Energy Consulting and AGQM e.V. Lectures were given on various themes of national policies, sustainability and national certification systems, quality concern and markets, feedstocks and production technology developments. The conference was closed with an open discussion. The summary of the lectures are available on the AGQM homepage (www.agqm-biodiesel.de). more...
2010/11/09

No-harm-list for oxidation stabilisers for biodiesel

The Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM) has successfully completed the fourth period of no-harm tests for oxidation stabilisers in biodiesel as blend component. The purpose of these challenging tests was to ensure that the chemical and technical characteristics of the fuels are not impaired in any way, that no inadmissible interaction with other fuel components occurs and that a comprehensible description of application is available. more...
2010/09/20

AGQM and FAM complete 2010 joint round-robin for biodiesel and rapeseed fuel

Round-robin tests to verify the test methods and correct work of professional laboratories have a long and successful history with Fachausschuss Mineralöl- und Brennstoffnormung (FAM) of the DIN - the German standardization organization for fuels and lubricants. The increasing use of biofuels and organic mixing components has shown an increasing need for round-robins for these classes of products. Therefore, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V. (AGQM), together with FAM, is also conducting round robins to study biodiesel as an element of the quality assurance system. Based on these activities, cooperation between FAM and AGQM has become closer in the last few years. more...
2010/07/23

Minor Components in Rapeseed and Soy Oils – AGQM publishes study on steryl glycoside content

The processing and refining steps implemented by oil mills for the production of rapeseed and soy oils, intended for the production of Biodiesel, have an impact on the concentration of acylated steryl glycosides (ASG) and steryl glycosides (SG). These minor components – natural components of vegetable oils – are suspected to negatively influence the filterability of Biodiesel. more...
2010/06/25

Commercial vehicle manufacturer approvals on using biodiesel (B100)

German biofuel associations published a list of all commercial vehicles, which have received a release for the use of pure biodiesel (B100) or a proportion of 30 percent (B30) from their manufacturers. The list is based on a survey among commercial vehicle manufacturers carried out in the spring of 2010. more...
2010/06/25

‘The Future of Biodiesel in Europe’ International Conference on Biodiesel in Brussels

Hart Energy Consulting and AGQM - Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e. V. (German Association for Quality Management of Biodiesel) are currently preparing their first joint technical conference in Brussels on September 27th and 28th, 2010 themed ‘The Future of Biodiesel in Europe’. more...
2010/06/21

The European Biofuels Strategy – a Rag Rug 4th International Biodiesel Producers’ Conference – conference presentations available

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitäts-management Biodiesel e.V. (Association Quality Management Biodiesel - AGQM) organised its 4th International Conference of Biodiesel Producers on 31st May and 1st June, 2010. Right at the beginning of the conference, participants criticized the lack of coordination of the biofuels policy pursued by the European Union claiming it was a rag rug. more...
2010/06/10

European blending quotas for biofuels 2010

The blending quotas for biofuels required by law are dramatically different in the EU member states. The German Oilseed grower association UFOP “Union for the Promotion of Oilseeds and Protein Plants” sees this as an example of the poor level of harmonisation of the biofuel policies within the European Union. more...
2010/06/08

„Sustainable Biofuels“ UFOP/AGQM Workshop

Due to the fact that Germany is the only member country of the European Union so far to transpose the EU Directive on the Promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Sources (2009/28/EC) in national law, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) and also the Association Qualitiy Management Biodiesel(AGQM) had responded by organising together an international workshop to answer questions and meet the obvious large information deficit in this area. The workshop took place in Berlin on 28 May 2010. more...
2010/05/06

AGQM and FAM carry out a joint Round Robin Tests with Biodiesel and rape oil fuel

Round Robin Tests for the purpose of examining the test methods and the correct mode of operation in professionally working laboratories can look back at a long and successful history in the FAM – Technical Committee for Mineral Oil and Fuel Standardization of the German Institute for Standardization (DIN) of the Fuel and Lubricant Sector. more...
2010/05/05

4th International Conference for Biodiesel Manufacturers

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V. (AGQM – Association Quality Management Biodiesel), is mainly focusing its activities on issues concerning the fuel quality and the engine technology. The work team’s efforts are aimed at further developing the fuel quality and at opening up the technically possible sales potential on the basis of an adapted standard for the Biodiesel quality (EN14214) or adapted requirements for blended fuel. Against this background, the AGQM has now organized its 4th International Conference for Biodiesel Producers, scheduled to take place in Berlin on May 31/June 1, 2010. more...
2010/04/30

AGQM starts patent monitoring in the fields of bio-diesel production technology and additives

The association Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V. (AGQM – Association Quality Management Biodiesel), jointly with other opponents, has successfully attacked several patents which concern blending fuels made of mineral oil products and FAME (bio-diesel). These patent rights have been completely withdrawn after objections have been filed and hearings been conducted, even before the European Patent Court. more...
2010/04/28

AGQM makes successful petition for review of patent registrations with regard to competitive distortion and obstruction

Jointly with other parties, AGQM successfully challenged several patents which were supposed to protect blends of mineral oil products and FAME (Biodiesel). Had those patents been granted, in many countries the production of Biodiesel blend fuels could have become subject to licensing which would have induced further deterioration and aggravation of the already difficult situation of Biodiesel producers. more...
2010/04/28

Future projects for the increased use of bio-diesel as blending component in diesel

The market introduction of bio-diesel as blending component in diesel fuel is making considerable progress at international scale. The increase of the blending share of bio-diesel from up to 7 (B7) to 10 vol.-% (B10) or more has not only raised eyebrows among car manufacturers who voiced their criticism in this respect. more...
2010/04/01

4. International Conference for Biodiesel Producers in Berlin

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V. will hold its 4. International Conference in Berlin from 31 May to 1 June, 2010. The 2-day event will focus on current aspects of sales development and the market outlook for biodiesel. Participants will discuss the general government conditions in support of biodiesel, potential sales developments within the European Union and also look at major production and export countries, such as Argentina, the U.S.A. and Brazil. more...
2010/03/25

Further oxidation stabilisers added to no-harm-list for biodiesel.

TheStandard DIN 51628 urgently recommends oxidation stabilisers as biodiesel component in B7 fuel. This recommendation, which is based on practical experience, has been included in many binding delivery specifications for biodiesel throughout the world. Similar requirements are under discussion also for the revision of European Standards for blended fuels. DIN 51628 at the same time makes reference to additional no-harm requirements for such additives. more...
2010/02/01

Radical change in biodiesel use – no future as pure fuel?

Biodiesel sales slumped by about 740,000 MT on 2009 in comparison with 2007. The pure fuel, the core product for biodiesel producers, distributors and filling station owners, dropped from approximately 1.85 million MT to 0.231 million MT within the same period. more...
2010/01/22

National Implementation of Biomass Sustainability Regulations

A technical seminar organised by Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V. (UFOP) jointly with Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e. V. (AGQM) on 20&21 January 2010 received an unusually positive feedback. More than 120 representatives, most of them from the oilseed processing segment as well as the biodiesel and mineral oil industry, were welcomed by AGQM General Manager Dieter Bockey. more...
2010/01/20

UFOP Board Demands Further Development of the Biodiesel Strategy

At its first meeting in 2010 on the occasion of the International Green Week exhibition, the members of the Board of the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP) discussed the necessity of a sustainable orientation in the development of the strategy for the sale of biodiesel and plant oil fuels. more...
2009/12/14

DEUTZ recommends AGQM Biodiesel

In its latest release, DEUTZ AG reports on the state of release for the use of biodiesel as pure fuel. The release lists the engine series for which biodiesel has been permitted as pure fuel and the future TCD 2015 series, for which the release has been announced for 2010. more...
2009/11/30

Reviving biofuel markets in Germany: Biofuels industry presents catalogue of recommendations in Berlin

After the significant decline of the biofuels market share in transportation from 7,1% in 2007 to 5,9% in 2008, the new German government has promised a revitalization of the biofuel markets in their coalition agreement. In the now published draft law of the so called “Wachstumsbeschleunigungsgesetz” (“Law for accelerated growth”) the government proposes to freeze the actual tax on B100 and pure vegetable oils to this years’ rate for the next three years instead of the originally scheduled tax increase. But this measure won’t be sufficient to revitalize the markets, the more than 450 participants of the 7th International BBE/UFOP Conference on Biofuels, “Fuels of the Future 2009” on November 30th and December 1st in Berlin agreed. more...
2009/11/13

New AGQM website

On the occasion of the general meeting of AGQM Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V., the Association activated its redesigned internet platform. The website of AGQM contains an abundance of information on biodiesel, quality assurance, research and development as well as a constantly wider array of the Association’s service activities. more...
2009/11/09

REACH is a disaster for the biodiesel industry

The worst fears seem to be confirmed as the result of a hearing in the European Parliament on 3 November 2009. The Committee concludes that the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) responsible for the registration of chemicals under the European Chemicals Directive (REACH) is utterly unable to handle the situation and is grossly understaffed.Meanwhile they are even talking of an emergency plan in order to cope with the spade of applications which, according to ECHA Director General Geerd Dancet, is higher than expected by factor 20. more...
2009/08/14

AGQM Focus Seminar for Analysts and Plant Operators

AGQM is announcing its forthcoming Focus Seminar for Analysts and Plant Operators. It will be held from 18.11.-20.11.09 at ASG Analytik Service GmbH, Neusaess near Augsburg/ Germany. more...
2009/07/20

Oil Dilution of a Passenger Car Diesel Engine in Operation with blended Diesel Fuel B10

Currently Biodiesel (RME) is mixed according to EN 14214 and EN 590 with up to 5% of fossil Diesel fuel. With a further increase of RME fraction to 10% (B10 blend), there are uncertainties regarding the undisturbed longlife behavior due to variations of the physicochemical properties of RME more...
2009/07/13

Passenger cars are safe to use with B10 fuel – if a suitable regeneration strategy is applied

Modern cars can run on B10 fuel, i.e., fuel containing 10 per cent by volume biodiesel, under certain conditions. So far, suppliers have only released B7 fuel (7% admixture). This is the result of fleet tests organized by the Association of the German Bio Fuel Industry (VDB) with assistance of the Union for the Advancement of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP). more...
2009/02/06

Quality assurance for biodiesel at filling stations stopped

Germany has been world champion in the number of filling stations selling biodiesel as B100 for many years. No other country had more filling pumps for pure biodiesel than Germany. The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e. V. (AGQM) assumes that the number of filling stations selling biodiesel until last year amounted to about 1,900 in this country more...
2007/09/01

Biofuels Roadmap

At the round table discussions on biofuels held on 17 January and 5 June 2007 respectively, a joint strategy to promote biofuels – the Biofuels Roadmap – was agreed between Germany’s automotive industry, oil industry, SMEs operating in the oil industry, agricultural sector, Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) and Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV). more...