Targray Biofuels

Biodiesel Supply Solutions

Targray is a leading international biodiesel supplier that markets a range of wholesale fuel solutions for diesel distributors, fuel retailers, commodity traders and transportation companies throughout North America and Europe. Supported by a large company-managed rail fleet and fuel terminals in several markets, the Biofuels Division is focused on creating turnkey biodiesel solutions that intelligently address the growing global demand for biodiesel fuel in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and a dozen other EU states.

What is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a renewable, cleaner-burning fuel primarily used as a feedstock for blending with petroleum diesel. Consisting primarily of fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs), it is the world’s most diverse fuel, produced from agricultural by-products and co-products like soybean oil and other plant oils, rendered fats, recycled grease, and algae.

Biodiesel is the most common bio-based fuel in Europe and one of the fastest-growing fuel products in the United States. The first EPA-designated advanced biofuel to be commercialized in the U.S., Biodiesel meeting ASTM D6751 specifications can be used in existing diesel engines without modification.

Environmental Benefits
  • Cleaner-burning renewable fuel generating 60% lower GHG emissions than petroleum-based diesel
  • Reduces tailpipe emissions, including smog-causing particulate matter and harmful carcinogens
  • Significantly less flammable than petroleum diesel. Safer to handle and store
  • 10 times lower toxicity than table salt, with biodegradability equivalent to sugar
  • Safer to use in ecologically sensitive areas
Economic Benefits
  • Effective for meeting emissions targets, fulfilling green mandates at enterprise / state levels
  • Can be domestically produced in the United States and Europe, helping enhance energy independence
  • In states with low-carbon fuel policies, biodiesel is more cost-competitive than diesel
  • Biofuel producers and blenders can earn carbon credits in several jurisdictions. (Ex:. RINs, LCFS)
  • Easy-to-adopt solution requiring no changes to rail, storage and blending infrastructures
Fuel Efficiency

The power output of biodiesel depends on its blend and quality, as well as the load conditions under which the fuel is burnt. Fuel characteristics impacting fuel efficiency, such as viscosity, specific density, and flash point, will change as the blends as well as the quality of biodiesel varies. Moreover, the thermal efficiency of B100 – as compared to B20 – will vary due to the differing energy content of the various blends.

Fuel Combustion

While many heavy duty engines today are able to run with biodiesel blends up to B20, the fuel systems on some diesel engines are not designed to accommodate biodiesel. Traditional direct injection fuel systems operate at roughly 3,000 psi at the injector tip while the modern common rail fuel system operates at upwards of 30,000 PSI. In addition, more modern components are designed to operate at a greater temperature range, from below freezing to over 1,000 °F (560 °C).

Creating Value in the Biodiesel Market

Benefiting from 3 decades of experience in global trade, wholesale distribution and supply chain management, Targray is well-positioned to support the growing requirements of the North American and European low-carbon fuel markets. We manage the fuel supply chain for many of our customers, optimizing stock management, delivery, and haulage to help maximize their return on investment.

The Biofuels Division continuously invests in its terminal and rail infrastructure in order to access key markets and provide supply resilience for buyers. Our global reach enables us to source biodiesel products at the lowest possible cost and move those fuels in the most efficient way to our customers’ service areas.

Turnkey Biodiesel Programs

We market a range of solutions to help businesses enhance their profitability and growth while helping create a more sustainable economy for future generations. Our innovative biofuel supply programs are tailored to meet the evolving needs of our customers, which range in size from small, family-owned truck stops and diesel fuel distributors, to leading global convenience store chains and commodity trading houses.

Biodiesel Compliance Solutions

Leveraging our knowledge of government programs including the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2), the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), we are focused on ensuring that fuel industry participants are able to meet their blending requirements efficiently and cost-effectively.

Our expertise surrounding compliance, hedging, taxation and logistics enables us to create valuable turnkey biodiesel solutions for partners in markets throughout the U.S. and Europe. Supported by a company-operated rail fleet and a vast network of fuel terminals, we are the biodiesel supplier of choice for fuel marketers, distributors and retailers seeking to achieve greater profitability while also helping create a more sustainable energy future.

Biodiesel Partner Associations

Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers (SIGMA)

Founded in 1958, SIGMA is the national trade association representing the most successful, progressive, and innovative fuel marketers and chain retailers in the United States. The association serves to further the interests of both the branded and unbranded segment of the industry while providing information and services to members.

Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC)

The Low Carbon Fuels Coalition (LCFC) is a trade association dedicated to the support and expansion of market-based low carbon fuel policies. The association analyzes fuel policies aimed at reducing carbon pollution while creating jobs, improving air quality and stimulating agriculture.

California Fuels & Convenience Alliance (CFCA)

Founded in 1952, the California Fuels & Convenience Alliance (CFCA) is the industry’s statewide trade association representing the needs of independent wholesale and retail marketers of gasoline, diesel, lubricating oils and other petroleum products; transporters of those products; and retail convenience store operators.

Illinois Soybean Association (ILSOY) B20 Club

A partnership between the Illinois Soybean Association (ILSOY) and the American Lung Association in Illinois, the B20 Club recognizes a select group of Illinois-based organizations with strong commitments to run fleets on blends of 20 percent or greater.

National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is the industry’s leading advocate on motor fuels policy and represents 80% of the country’s retail fuel sales. NACS is committed to advancing the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve.

Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA)

The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) is focused on helping America transform to a low carbon economy. ABFA members are developing and commercializing their technologies to provide renewable, lower carbon fuels to move us closer to achieving energy and economic security.

Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association (MPMA)

The MPMA was formed in 1923 to provide services to petroleum marketers operating in the state of Minnesota. The Association has four main emphases – education, regulatory analysis and programs to help with compliance, legislative and regulatory monitoring, and services for its members.

European Bulk Oil Traders' Association (EBOTA)

Acting on behalf of its members, EBOTA engages issues impacting the bulk trading of oil liquids, petrochemicals, biofuels, refined products, feedstocks and associated derivatives in Europe. The organization also provides members with training on REACH and RED II compliance.