Major Stories

Engineered skin: brilliant start up Upside Biotechnologies offers new hope for burn victims

Engineered skin: brilliant start up Upside Biotechnologies offers new hope for burn victims

March 28, 2017 |

In New Zealand, Upside Biotechnologies and its advanced skin replacement treatment for patients suffering major burns passed a major milestone this week, raising $2.3M in Series A funding round. That would be good news for anyone, but this company happens to be developing on the far side of the world, down in the volcanic if […]

Read More

The Race for Bionylon heats up: Rennovia enters piloting stage of its key bio-based HDO platform

The Race for Bionylon heats up: Rennovia enters piloting stage of its key bio-based HDO platform

March 27, 2017 |

  In California, Rennovia has now successfully commissioned, and is operating, all core pilot plant operations for its sugars to 1,6-hexanediol (1,6-HDO) process. When we say something as obscure as 1.6-hexanediol, think “nylon” Rennovia’s 1,6-HDO is a platform intermediate to several commodity chemicals with over $20 billion market value, including hexamethylenediamine (HMD), adipic acid, and […]

Read More

Waste-stream, Slip-stream, Main-stream: The Born Global Slip-Stream Challenge gets underway

Waste-stream, Slip-stream, Main-stream: The Born Global Slip-Stream Challenge gets underway

March 26, 2017 |

There are six oddly-named streams in the bioeconomy, and it reminds one of the nomenclature of subatomic quarks. There is upstream, midstream, downstream, main-stream, waste-stream, and slip-stream. But of all the streams, perhaps there is nothing so vital yet muddled as the identity of the mainstream and that of the slipstreams. What really drives the company […]

Read More

BioChar’s Buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M cap raise is feeding it

BioChar’s Buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M cap raise is feeding it

March 23, 2017 |

In Colorado, Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products. This latest round of funding was led by Agustín Coppel and North Bridge Venture Partners. All together, Cool Planet has raised nearly $30 million in the last 18 […]

Read More

Dumpers! NBB files suit against Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers: “flooding the U.S. market”

Dumpers! NBB files suit against Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers: “flooding the U.S. market”

March 23, 2017 |

In Missouri, the National Biodiesel Board filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition, making the case that Argentine and Indonesian companies are violating trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel. The petition was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition, which is made up of the National Biodiesel […]

Read More

8-Slide Guides

Tech for the cheap oil era: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius and REACH technology

Tech for the cheap oil era: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius and REACH technology

March 27, 2017 |

Mercurius says it “has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet fuel markets and satisfying government requirements.” Behind Mercurius is REACH technology — significantly faster than fermentation – taking 2-3 hours versus 2 or more days. […]

Read More

Industrial sugars from waste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Comet Biorefining

Industrial sugars from waste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Comet Biorefining

March 26, 2017 |

Earlier this month, we reported that Comet Biorefining had successfully closed an investment round to fund its proposed cellulosic sugar production facility using stover and wheat straw as feedstock. PM Equity Parnership, the corporate venture and private equity investment arm of Philip Morris International, led the financing round that was also joined by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) […]

Read More

Advanced biorefining leadership: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

Advanced biorefining leadership: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

March 23, 2017 |

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. We are an international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and are North America’s largest producer of advanced biofuel. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases, […]

Read More

Nutrition and Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta

Nutrition and Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta

March 22, 2017 |

In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for fish, livestock and pets. Start-up is expected in late 2018. Amidst a flurry of development announcements, Calysta’s Lori Giver gave this illuminating overview of Calysta’s […]

Read More

Any alcohol into any drop-in fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

Any alcohol into any drop-in fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

March 21, 2017 |

Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Byogy’s jet fuel is not an additive, but instead, a full replacement standalone fuel, and hence can be used at any blend ratio up […]

Read More

The Latest World News

Coleman Oil identified as source of biodiesel spill in Columbia River

Coleman Oil identified as source of biodiesel spill in Columbia River

March 28, 2017 |

In Washington state, a coordinated investigation by state and federal authorities in Wenatchee has identified Coleman Oil, Inc., a fueling facility near the Columbia River, as the source of the biodiesel spill that has been leaking into the river. The search for the source narrowed last week when spill responders identified the product as biodiesel. […]

Read More

Europe T2 ethanol prices falling as supplies set to increase for April

Europe T2 ethanol prices falling as supplies set to increase for April

March 28, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, T2 ethanol prices have slid to a three-month low on the back of new expectations for supply availability. Although some production is offline for seasonal maintenance, those plants are only minor suppliers to the European market, leaving trade unconcerned about availability so in turn prices have begun to come off the 15-month […]

Read More

Convicted biodiesel tax fraudster appealing federal prison sentence

Convicted biodiesel tax fraudster appealing federal prison sentence

March 28, 2017 |

In Indiana, a man convicted of $55 million in illegal profits from biofuel tax credit fraud is seeking to appeal his six-year federal prison sentence, likely believing that it was too high despite agreeing to a plea deal. Both the US Attorney’s Office who prosecuted the defendant as well as the National Biodiesel Board believe […]

Read More

Edeniq and Aemetis toss lawsuits at each other over failed merger

Edeniq and Aemetis toss lawsuits at each other over failed merger

March 28, 2017 |

In California, Edeniq announced that it has filed a cross-complaint against Aemetis, Inc. for fraud and negligent misrepresentation among other claims. Edeniq terminated its merger agreement with Aemetis, Inc. in August 2016 and is defending itself against a lawsuit Aemetis filed shortly thereafter. Edeniq is confident that it will prevail in its defense against the […]

Read More

New life on the cards for Illinois biodiesel project

New life on the cards for Illinois biodiesel project

March 28, 2017 |

In Illinois, a new proposal for a biodiesel plant in Newton would be double the size of the original project planned but never brought to full production capacity. The 100 million gallon per year facility would require an additional investment of more than $28 million, a deal the city council is currently negotiating with the […]

Read More

R&D News

Australian Paper teaming with CSIRO on major lignin biorefinery

Australian Paper teaming with CSIRO on major lignin biorefinery

March 28, 2017 |

In Australia, Australian Paper is teaming with CSIRO to bolt on bio-manufacturing technologies to utilize lignin removed from pulp production to make paper. The company already has a 50MW biomass power plant that will serve as the cornerstone of the project that is expected to attract over A$100 million in investment over two phases and […]

Read More

Sierra Energy building MSW gasification demo plant at California Army base

Sierra Energy building MSW gasification demo plant at California Army base

March 27, 2017 |

In California, Sierra Energy has teamed with the Army to trial its FastOx Gasifier technology that turns MSW into hydrogen for use in vehicles, carbon monoxide for electricity production and liquid metal as well as slag for reuse in other industries. The demo is being built at the Army’s Fort Hunter Liggit following initial testing […]

Read More

WSU, PNNL researchers find new way to characterize cellulose, advance bioproducts

WSU, PNNL researchers find new way to characterize cellulose, advance bioproducts

March 26, 2017 |

In Washington state, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways to make a variety of crucial bioproducts. For the first time, researchers revealed the differences between the surface layers and […]

Read More

Benson Hill Biosystems, CTC validate multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model crop

Benson Hill Biosystems, CTC validate multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model crop

March 26, 2017 |

In Missouri, Benson Hill Biosystems and Brazil’s Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira have validated multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model plant system and CTC officials said that the milestone increases the probability of success in sugarcane since the photosynthetic systems of the two plants are very similar. The next phase is to validate the genes’ efficacy […]

Read More

BASF licenses CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology from the Broad Institute

BASF licenses CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology from the Broad Institute

March 26, 2017 |

In North Carolina, BASF reached a global licensing agreement with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard for the use of CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technology to improve products in agricultural and industrial microbiology applications. The technology advances genome editing because it has the potential to be a simpler and more precise tool for making targeted changes […]

Read More

Policy & Policymakers

Australia’s Productivity Commission says biofuels a bad deal all around

Australia’s Productivity Commission says biofuels a bad deal all around

March 28, 2017 |

In Australia, the federal government’s economic advisor—The Productivity Commission—has called on New South Wales, Queensland and commonwealth governments to drop biofuel blending, saying the polices unnecessarily increase fuel prices for consumers. It also dismissed out of hand Queensland’s claims that ethanol blending creates jobs, pointing the finger at various policy attempts to do so through […]

Read More

Slough of bills attacking RFS in both Washington and Georgia

Slough of bills attacking RFS in both Washington and Georgia

March 27, 2017 |

In Washington, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia is going for the Renewable Fuel Standard’s jugular with the reintroduction of a pair of bills meant to eliminate the RFS all together and to ban blends above 10%. Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas reintroduced a bill capping ethanol blending 10% a well. All three bills are in […]

Read More

GRFA Calls on G20 Leaders to Increase Action on Climate Change in Light of New Report

GRFA Calls on G20 Leaders to Increase Action on Climate Change in Light of New Report

March 26, 2017 |

In Canada, Bliss Baker, the President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, called on G20 leaders to build on the historic international cooperation achieved in 2016 with the ratification of the first binding climate agreement, the Paris Accord reached at COP21. “The global community must scale up the ambitiousness of policies to reduce emissions in the […]

Read More

Cantwell supports NBB biodiesel anti-dumping claims

Cantwell supports NBB biodiesel anti-dumping claims

March 23, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) supported the National Biodiesel Board’s complaint against Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports. “We’ve known for a long time that foreign producers of biodiesel have been flooding our markets at the expense of American producers, knowing they can take advantage of our tax policy. Today’s suit confirms just how […]

Read More

Ukrainian parliament approves law to set renewable heat prices at 90% of gas

Ukrainian parliament approves law to set renewable heat prices at 90% of gas

March 22, 2017 |

In the Ukraine, in an effort to boost consumption of renewable fuel for heat sources, the national parliament has passed a bill setting tariffs at 90% of the cost of heat from gas. The bill also decentralizes decision making on license issuance and price negotiations for business consumers to the local level, away from the […]

Read More

Other Recent Articles

CARB approves 12 new biodiesel and renewable diesel pathways

CARB approves 12 new biodiesel and renewable diesel pathways

March 28, 2017 |

In California, the Air Resources Board has approved eight new biodiesel pathways and another four for renewable diesel under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard using its CA-GREET 2.0 model. The biodiesel pathways are for tallow, soy oil and UCO feedstocks produced at Delek Renewables’ facilities in Texas and Arkansas, two for REG’s Newton, Iowa biodiesel […]

Read More

The Secret Word is Plastics: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Secos

The Secret Word is Plastics: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Secos

March 28, 2017 |

SECOS Group Limited was formed through the merger of Cardia Bioplastics and Stellar Films Group in April 2015. It develops, manufactures and markets its proprietary high quality cast films and patented renewable resource-based materials and finished products derived from its proprietary Cardia technology for the global packaging and plastic products industries. Here’s the latest investor […]

Read More

Neste pleased with Sweden’s draft laws to boost biofuels use for carbon emissions reductions

Neste pleased with Sweden’s draft laws to boost biofuels use for carbon emissions reductions

March 27, 2017 |

In Sweden, Neste welcomed the Swedish government’s draft law proposals for the emission reduction mandate for traffic fuels and the continued tax exemption for high-blend biofuels. Long-term perspective and ambitious targets provide a much-needed basis for innovation and investments in the biofuels sector, while ensuring the necessary carbon emission reductions in transportation. “Sweden is showing […]

Read More

Indonesia already filed WTO complaint against US’s biodiesel anti-dumping duties

Indonesia already filed WTO complaint against US’s biodiesel anti-dumping duties

March 27, 2017 |

In Indonesia, just days after the US’s National Biodiesel Board announced anti-dumping duties would be lobbed on Indonesian and Argentine biodiesel imports issued by the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission, Indonesia’s trade minister said the government had already filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization. In 2016, nearly 94% […]

Read More

DSV testing Mercedes-Benz hybrid electric-HVO trucks

DSV testing Mercedes-Benz hybrid electric-HVO trucks

March 27, 2017 |

In Sweden, DSV Sweden is currently testing a unique Atego Hybrid truck from Mercedes-Benz in Malmo city distribution. The truck runs on both electricity and the new biofuel HVO 100. After a six-month test period in Malmo city traffic, the project will be evaluated. The results will help determine if electric hybrids can become long-term solutions to distribution […]

Read More

Iowa coop demos use of B5 and B20 for farm trucks

Iowa coop demos use of B5 and B20 for farm trucks

March 27, 2017 |

In Iowa, a demonstration by an Iowa farm cooperative aims to persuade more farmers in the state to use biodiesel. United Farmers Cooperative, based at Afton in southern Iowa, put two trucks head-to-head to compare how blends of 5% and 20% biodiesel (B5 and B20) performed. The B20 truck won. The four-month trial in 2016 […]

Read More