Major Stories

EPA slashes biofuels targets for 2014, 2015, 2016 under Renewable Fuel Standard

EPA slashes biofuels targets for 2014, 2015, 2016 under Renewable Fuel Standard

May 29, 2015 |

“EPA continues to assert authority under the general waiver provision to reduce biofuel volumes based on available infrastructure,” says BIO. “This is a point that will have to be litigated. It goes against Congressional intent.” In Washington, the EPA released its proposed standards for 2014, 2015, and 2016 and volumes for renewable fuels. The volumes, […]

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Cellulosic biofuels and perceptions of readiness, viability

Cellulosic biofuels and perceptions of readiness, viability

May 28, 2015 |

Readers rate 27 different cellulosic biofuels technologies on perceptions of commercial readiness, viability, reasons for skepticism, and levels of confidence and awareness. Recently, we asked Digest readers to rate 27 cellulosic biofuels technologies in terms of their perception of commercial readiness — a survey we conducted last fall and also in mid-2014. Our goal was […]

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8 Hot Targets in Advanced Bioeconomy R&D

8 Hot Targets in Advanced Bioeconomy R&D

May 27, 2015 |

Fuels, chemicals, pathways, and microbes that could shake it all up This week, we’ll be visiting with the Lords of Biofuels Creation at the annual retreat of the Joint BioEnergy Institute in California, which have issued an NDA the length of a Bible as a condition of admission. So we are skeptical we will be […]

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The Advanced Bioeconomy, a leadership conversation: Where do we go from here?

The Advanced Bioeconomy, a leadership conversation: Where do we go from here?

May 26, 2015 |

Anna Rath, CEO, NexSteppe; Jim Greenwood, CEO, BIO; and Dario Giordano, CEO, Beta Renewables step onto the stage at the World Bioenergy Leadership Forum in Seville to look at what’s next in feedstock, processing technology, policy and finance for the advanced bioeconomy. At the World Bioenergy Leadership Forum in Seville, in a conversation with noted […]

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Producer News

Kuwait to invest $1.5 billion in Mozambican sugarcane ethanol production

Kuwait to invest $1.5 billion in Mozambican sugarcane ethanol production

May 28, 2015 |

In Mozambique, Kuwait’s Al-Bader International Development Company plans to invest $1.5 billion in a mega sugarcane ethanol project in the Massingir district of Gaza state. The company also plans to invest $13 billion in a coal-to-liquid facility to support the country’s growing coal industry that is hampered by poor export infrastructure and a fall in […]

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NREL study shows most fuel tanks in US can safely store E15

NREL study shows most fuel tanks in US can safely store E15

May 28, 2015 |

In Colorado, NREL has released a new study sponsored by the RFA that shows the majority of installed fuel tanks across the US can store E15, rather than the previous expectation that they couldn’t handle blends above 10%. The study suggests that the requirement to upgrade fueling stations to allow for chip and pin credit […]

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Cash premium over T2 ethanol crashes to nine-month low as supplies hit market

Cash premium over T2 ethanol crashes to nine-month low as supplies hit market

May 28, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, the cash premium over T2 ethanol in Rotterdam fell to a nine-month low as active selling weighed on physical prices. Producers across Europe have been mothballed for the past few months, tightening supplies and boosting the premium but new product is expected to reach the market by the end of May and […]

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Wilmar under fire for landgrabbing in Nigeria for oil palm

Wilmar under fire for landgrabbing in Nigeria for oil palm

May 28, 2015 |

In Nigeria, Wilmar is being accused of land grabbing as it embarks upon a 30,000 ha backward integration project to bring former oil palm plantations back into production. Local and international environment groups say the project has polluted local streams and water resources. The company says boosting production will help the country reduce its reliance […]

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5-Minute Guides

Calysta: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide update

Calysta: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide update

May 13, 2015 |

Calysta is using biotechnology to create innovative products from sustainable sources. Calysta Nutrition develops and produces FeedKind ™ protein feed for commercial aquaculture and livestock feed. Calysta Energy is developing high value materials for use in industrial and consumer products with cost and performance advantages over current processes. Calysta proprietary technology uses methane as an […]

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Cobalt Technologies: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Cobalt Technologies: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

May 11, 2015 |

Cobalt Technologies is commercializing cellulosic biobutanol, a versatile platform molecule for the renewable chemicals and fuels. The Company’s technology efficiently converts diverse non-food feedstocks – initially, lignocellulosic extracts from woody biomass and sugar cane bagasse – into biobutanol. Cobalt will offer complete systems for sugar mill, pulp and paper, and biomass power facility retrofits with […]

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Kiverdi: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Kiverdi: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

May 11, 2015 |

Kiverdi makes high-value oils and chemicals for a variety of product applications such as detergents, biomaterials and fuel additives. Kiverdi’s chemicals are sustainably produced from waste carbon and decoupled from the price fluctuations, supply chain disruptions, and geopolitics associated with commodities. Kiverdi is in the class of gas fermentation companies – like, say, Coskata, INEOS […]

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The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 5/11/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 5/11/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

May 10, 2015 |

The Digest’s Dashboard is a convenient “news you can use” 5-Minute summary of current markets including key commodity prices, relevant futures, bioenergy-related stocks, and historical equities data. Latest prices – key commodities. Most recent commodity closing prices, and price changes, for NYMEX’s crude oil, Brent Crude, Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel, Natural Gas, RBOB gasoline, and Ethylene; ethanol […]

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R&D News

DOE-funded researchers look at gene from insect gut microbe to break down cellulose

DOE-funded researchers look at gene from insect gut microbe to break down cellulose

May 28, 2015 |

In California, in a study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, a team including researchers from the DOE JGI and the DOE-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center characterized the structure and function of a GH55 protein – SacteLam55A. The gene SACTE_4363 encodes this protein and was isolated from the microbe SirexAA-E in the gut […]

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Ceres awarded US patent for soybean-based genetic sequence

Ceres awarded US patent for soybean-based genetic sequence

May 27, 2015 |

In California, Ceres has been awarded a U.S. patent for a genetic sequence derived from soybean, covering uses of the gene in areas such as research, product development and plant transformation. The company believes that its gene is useful in regulating key biosynthetic processes that are the target of a class of commercial herbicides. Ceres […]

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Argonne National Lab says crop residue use making land management trickier

Argonne National Lab says crop residue use making land management trickier

May 26, 2015 |

In Illinois, the handling of agricultural crop residues appears to have a large impact on soil’s ability to retain carbon, making land management practices increasingly important, especially under a scenario where cellulosic materials become more heavily used as a feedstock for ethanol production, according to a recently published study led by researchers at the U.S. […]

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Danish researchers modifying bacteria to produce biofuels from CO2

Danish researchers modifying bacteria to produce biofuels from CO2

May 25, 2015 |

In Denmark, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark are developing a bacteria that can eat surplus electricity produced from solar and wind or other renewable energy sources to convert CO2 into biomaterials and biofuels. Currently the bacteria can only turn CO2 into methane and acetate but the researchers believe with some small genetic mutations […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Argentina nearly triples biodiesel export tax for April

Argentina nearly triples biodiesel export tax for April

May 28, 2015 |

In Argentina, the government nearly tripled its export tax on biodiesel for April, shooting up to 13.2% compared to 5% in March. The industry celebrated the lower tax in March that was lower than the 8.9% in February, expecting low taxes to remain a trend to help support the fuel’s competition against falling fossil fuel […]

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Surface Transportation Board wants public comments on ethanol shipments

Surface Transportation Board wants public comments on ethanol shipments

May 27, 2015 |

In Washington, the Surface Transportation Board will hold a public hearing on June 10, 2015, at its offices in Washington, DC, to further examine issues related to the accessibility of rate complaint procedures for grain shippers. In the comments, some shippers argued in favor of an expansive definition of “grain” that includes both grain and […]

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Australian livestock industries seek to limit ethanol to 5%

Australian livestock industries seek to limit ethanol to 5%

May 26, 2015 |

In Australia, the “Alliance Against Ethanol Mandates” including many livestock producers from poultry to beef has called the arguments behind proposed ethanol policies such as energy security “spurious at best”, saying 5% is the maximum the country could produce and blend. The group wants the Queensland government to explain why it has proposed an unidentified […]

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Indonesia’s palm oil export levy delayed until August

Indonesia’s palm oil export levy delayed until August

May 25, 2015 |

In Indonesia, the government’s palm oil export levy to finance the subsidies supporting a higher domestic blend is delayed, with implementation seen coming some time in August rather than by the end of May as previously expected. The policy should be ready in the next two weeks.

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Columnists

Editor’s Sketchbook: DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, Nevada, IA

Editor’s Sketchbook: DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, Nevada, IA

September 11, 2014 |

It towers above the surrounding central Iowa countryside like the Launch Assembly Building lords it over Cape Canaveral — it’s the new DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, on the outskirts of the town of Nevada. Functional yet inspiring, imposing yet accessible — when it opens before year end 2014 it is sure to be a monumental addition […]

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What’s Good for Algae is Good for Renewables

What’s Good for Algae is Good for Renewables

November 12, 2013 |

By Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization I had the privilege of sitting in the Science, Space, & Technology Committee Room of the Rayburn House Office Building last month for the launch of the new Congressional Algae Caucus with its bi-partisan chairmen, Republican Matt Salmon of Arizona and Democrat Scott Peters of California. They, […]

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Getting by with a little help from my friends

Getting by with a little help from my friends

June 11, 2013 |

by Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization What’s the secret to commercializing a new technology? Recently Jonathan Silver, the former head of the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, discussed how that program has an approximately 97% success rate, despite a few well-known failures. As the algae industry closes in on the launch of […]

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Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013

Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013

December 17, 2012 |

By Douglas Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” The International Energy Agency recently issued its World Energy Outlook 2012 with much press attention (and some misreporting), because of its dramatic projections about the emergence of new global energy landscape. Its main highlight: The U.S. could become, in less than a decade, the largest oil producer in the […]

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Other Recent Articles

Biofuels Digest Index edges down to 68.40 as advanced biofuels settle back

Biofuels Digest Index edges down to 68.40 as advanced biofuels settle back

May 29, 2015 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, edged down 0.19 percent to 68.40 as advanced biofuels settled back. For the day, Ceres (CERE) gave back 22.81 percent to $2.43 after an astonishing Wednesday rally, while Gevo (GEVO) rallied 16.88 percent to $3.60 . Among other equities, Metabolix (MBLX) retreated 3.27 percent […]

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National Oilheat Research Alliance report shows major benefits of Bioheat®

National Oilheat Research Alliance report shows major benefits of Bioheat®

May 28, 2015 |

In Washington, pursuant to Public Law 113-79 (the Agricultural Act of 2014), Congress required the National Oilheat Research Alliance to prepare a report on the utilization rate and analysis of the use of biofuels in Oilheating equipment. The report titled, “Developing a Renewable Biofuel Option for the Home Heating Sector“is most comprehensive report of its […]

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Pew Charitable Trusts shows major biofuel investment in emerging markets

Pew Charitable Trusts shows major biofuel investment in emerging markets

May 28, 2015 |

In Washington, a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts looks at renewable energy investment in emerging markets, with Peru leading the way with $749 million between 2009-13 out of a total $2.25 billion in biofuel investment in the top five countries. Other major destinations for biofuel investment included Thailand with $639 million and Vietnam […]

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4 minutes with… Tim Donohue, Director, Great Lakes Bioenergy

4 minutes with… Tim Donohue, Director, Great Lakes Bioenergy

May 28, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Great Lakes Bioenergy is a DOE, Office of Science-funded Bioenergy Research Center. Its mission is to develop ways to produce ethanol, advanced biofuels and chemicals from the non-edible, lignocellulosic part of plant biomass. The Center includes researchers at UW-Madison & Michigan State University, […]

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Time for a Bioenergy Reset?

Time for a Bioenergy Reset?

May 28, 2015 |

By Douglas L. Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” Secretary of State Clinton famously called for hitting the “reset” button in our relations with Russia at the start of the Obama Administration. I believe it is time to call for a reset in our bioenergy policies. It’s easy now to forget that not too long ago the […]

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Trustee doesn’t believe KiOR will have enough money to be viable post Chapter 11

Trustee doesn’t believe KiOR will have enough money to be viable post Chapter 11

May 27, 2015 |

In Delaware, Acting U.S. Trustee Andrew Vara says KiOR shouldn’t be allowed it implement its bankruptcy reorganization plan to leave Chapter 11, saying it won’t have enough money to be a viable business. According to the plan, the company will have $30 million in exit financing with about $7 million going to creditors and $10 […]

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