The vegetable oil produced at ADM’s new soy crush facility in Spiritwood, North Dakota will be sold to Marathon in Dickinson, North Dakota to make renewable diesel. NDSU Extension Bioenergy Economics Specialist David Ripplinger says the renewable diesel sector is profitable. “The amount of demand for renewable diesel in the next five years could increase two to five fold, making a big impact on all of agriculture.” Ripplinger says renewable diesel is different from biodiesel in the way the fuel is made, but there are a few similarities. “Both are extremely low-carbon fuel. They have certain similarities in terms of the Renewable Fuel Standard or low-carbon fuel standard states like California. There’s a huge market for renewable diesel.”
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