Major Stories

The Crash of ’18

The Crash of ’18

May 23, 2016 |

Economists are saying that the US is experiencing the “most-unloved bull market in history”. You might wonder why, if shares are rising, GDP is rising, unemployment is falling and inflation is steady, why is everyone so nervous? Let’s start here: If your story matches the average American investment experience, roughly half of your worth is […]

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EPA Is Trying to Get Out of Its Own Way on the RFS

EPA Is Trying to Get Out of Its Own Way on the RFS

May 22, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice-President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest In setting the 2014-2016 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cited “practical and legal constraints” on the oil industry’s ability to meet the volumes established by Congress. The agency’s methodology in that rule – which it has now proposed […]

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Good news, kemosabe: Reverdia and Wageningen UR launch development of new Bio-PBS compounds

Good news, kemosabe: Reverdia and Wageningen UR launch development of new Bio-PBS compounds

May 19, 2016 |

In the Netherlands, Reverdia and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research have launched a joint development programme on bio-based PBS (polybutylene succinate) compounds for injection moulding. The new bio-PBS compounds will be durable and based on Reverdia’s Biosuccinium. PBS? It’s found in everything from boxes, bags, tableware, even mulching films. We want it to be […]

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EPA proposes 18.8 billion gallons for US biofuels for 2017

EPA proposes 18.8 billion gallons for US biofuels for 2017

May 19, 2016 |

In Washington, the EPA released its draft Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) renewable volume obligations (RVOs) for 2017. The agency proposed a total renewable fuel volumes of 18.8 billion gallons: The volumes The highlights Total renewable fuel volumes would grow by nearly 700 million gallons between 2016 and 2017. Advanced renewable fuel — which requires 50 percent lifecycle […]

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KiOR: the inside true story of a company gone wrong, Part 2

KiOR: the inside true story of a company gone wrong, Part 2

May 18, 2016 |

Note. This is Part 2 of our series on the inside true story of KiOR. In part 1 of our series, here, we explored: the formation of BIOeCON and KiOR, the problem of too much oxygen and coke, the entry of Khosla Ventures, and the loss of a CEO. Also, “a recipe for technical failure”, disastrous pilot […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Wonder from Down Under: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Licella

The Wonder from Down Under: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Licella

May 29, 2016 |

Licella produces drop-in biofuels from a wide range of biomass and uses a supercritical water-based technology and catalysts to break up biomass and reform it into a drop-in fuel hydrocarbon. The compelling features of supercritical are several: 1. It uses all of the biomass, including lignin. So, higher yields, fewer discussions on how to monetize […]

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After 40 years: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Toxic Substances Control Act reform

After 40 years: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Toxic Substances Control Act reform

May 25, 2016 |

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform has been a “work in progress” for years. House and Senate passage in 2015 of substantive TSCA reform measures considerably improved the odds that Congress would enact TSCA-reform legislation in 2016. Which appears to be happening with news that the US House and Senate have agreed on a TSCA […]

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Disrupting value chains: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Genomatica

Disrupting value chains: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Genomatica

May 23, 2016 |

Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology leader for the chemical industry, and for four years running has been the #1-ranked company in the Hot 30.  It delivers new manufacturing processes that enable its partners to produce the world’s most widely-used chemicals from alternative feedstocks, with better economics and greater sustainability than petroleum-based processes.

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Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to TERRA

Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to TERRA

May 22, 2016 |

What’s up at ARPA-E’s TERRA program?  — Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture? ARPA-E has released these project overviews for its TERRA Program.

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Renewable specialty chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

Renewable specialty chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

May 18, 2016 |

Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, sugar cane bagasse, forest materials and grasses). GBL works with feedstock partners to deliver capital efficient production models, and we work with downstream partners to […]

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The Latest World News

GBB, Stern Brothers & Co. Announce Renewable Energy from Waste Agreement

GBB, Stern Brothers & Co. Announce Renewable Energy from Waste Agreement

May 29, 2016 |

In Virginia, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton and Stern Brothers & Co. will enter into an agreement for Waste-to-Energy, infrastructure and alternative energy sector projects. Under the advisory relationship agreement, GBB will support Stern’s execution of specific transactions by providing strategic industry consulting, industry research, project due diligence, financial analysis and other functions related to the […]

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Diesel prices rally substantially

Diesel prices rally substantially

May 29, 2016 |

In Germany, UFOP is reporting that prices for partially taxable agricultural diesel are on a firm trend, moving closer to those for biodiesel and almost reaching the level of rapeseed oil. The trend is driven by a massive rise in crude oil prices. The nearby futures price on the NYMEX currently stands at just under […]

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US ethanol production dips to 14.489 billion gallon annual clip

US ethanol production dips to 14.489 billion gallon annual clip

May 29, 2016 |

According to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 946,000 barrels per day—or 39.73 million gallons daily. That is down 2,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 945,000 b/d for an annualized rate of 14.49 billion gallons. Stocks of ethanol stood at […]

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AVA-CO2 develops new interfaces for FDCA oxidation

AVA-CO2 develops new interfaces for FDCA oxidation

May 29, 2016 |

In Switzerland, AVA-CO2 has developed a new interface allowing for the use of different solvents which are tailored to the oxidation processes for producing 2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) on an industrial scale. This development enables a more flexible implementation of industrial 5-HMF and FDCA production, paving the way for using polyethylene furanoate (PEF) in competitive application […]

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Deinove wins €200K first phase of Worldwide Innovation Challenge for its R&D program

Deinove wins €200K first phase of Worldwide Innovation Challenge for its R&D program

May 29, 2016 |

In France, Deinove has won the first phase of the second edition of the Worldwide Innovation Challenge for its R&D program Deinoplast (biobased production of muconic acid) and will be allocated accordingly a subsidy of €200,000. 70% of this amount has already been paid to the Company. The World Innovation Competition was initiated by the […]

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R&D News

Expert panel gives thumbs up to Taurus Energy’s XyloFerm

Expert panel gives thumbs up to Taurus Energy’s XyloFerm

May 29, 2016 |

In Sweden, an expert panel convened by Taurus Energy has issued a favorable opinion regarding XyloFerm®as a feed component. It remains for the panel to assess and issue a statement regarding the final feed product. The panel members have, individually and collectively, determined that the genetic modifications made to create XyloFerm strains do not form […]

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MIT researchers develop biodiesel from CO2

MIT researchers develop biodiesel from CO2

May 26, 2016 |

In Massachusetts, new research from the Stephanopoulos group at MIT reports engineered microorganisms that can generate sustainable biofuel from carbon dioxide emissions. Their research was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This conversion process starts with mixtures of carbon dioxide and either carbon monoxide or hydrogen, The gas is bubbled into […]

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Researchers find fertilizer runoff from soy and corn not as high as thought

Researchers find fertilizer runoff from soy and corn not as high as thought

May 25, 2016 |

In Iowa, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering researchers Chris Jones, Keith Schilling, and Kung-Sik Chan, along with colleagues at the Iowa Soybean Association, evaluated water monitoring results from more than 7,000 water samples collected in the Raccoon River watershed of Central Iowa from 1999-2014. The team also had access to fertilization data for 700 fields in the […]

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ASU gets DOE funding for algae and cyanobacteria research

ASU gets DOE funding for algae and cyanobacteria research

May 24, 2016 |

In Arizona, two Arizona State University biofuel projects are among six nationwide receiving $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to explore innovative solutions in bioenergy. ASU’s research projects approach the question from two different angles: • Algae: This project will develop mixotrophic algae that can consume both CO2 and cellulosic sugars and significantly improve […]

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JBEI develops workflow method to study biofuel production on microbial hosts

JBEI develops workflow method to study biofuel production on microbial hosts

May 23, 2016 |

In California, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) in collaboration with researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a workflow that integrates various omics data and genome-scale models to study the effects of biofuel production in a microbial host. The development of omics technologies, such as […]

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Policy & Policymakers

EPA sets June 9 for national hearing for Renewable Fuel Standard program

EPA sets June 9 for national hearing for Renewable Fuel Standard program

May 29, 2016 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  is announcing a public hearing to be held in Kansas City, Missouri on June 9, 2016, for the proposed rule “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2017 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018.” The hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to comment on the proposal. All […]

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EU refers Poland to Court of Justice for law banning biofuel and feedstock imports

EU refers Poland to Court of Justice for law banning biofuel and feedstock imports

May 26, 2016 |

In Belgium, the European Commission has decided to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for establishing restrictions in Polish law against certain imported biofuels and raw materials for biofuel. Polish law is not fully in line with EU law. Firstly, fuels can only be marketed if specific fuel requirements are in place, […]

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California biofuel industry calls on support for $210 million for biofuels fund

California biofuel industry calls on support for $210 million for biofuels fund

May 25, 2016 |

In California, the state’s biofuel industry is calling on state legislators to allocate $210 million in the Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to incentivize in-state production of low carbon biofuels. For the first time, biodiesel, ethanol and biomethane trade associations and companies are united by the common goal of getting the biofuel initiative passed as […]

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USDA unveils 2016 BCAP funding program

USDA unveils 2016 BCAP funding program

May 24, 2016 |

In Washington, USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. The funds come through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Facilities seeking to be qualified by USDA […]

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Indian ethanol blending mandate jeopardized by “faked and forged” docuement

Indian ethanol blending mandate jeopardized by “faked and forged” docuement

May 23, 2016 |

In India, the national sugar mills association says that a “faked and forged” document claiming that mills in Uttar Pradesh must have a certain license if they are to produce ethanol is jeopardizing the country’s capacity to achieve the national ethanol blending policy. UP is India’s largest ethanol producer, last year reaching 560 million liters, […]

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5-Minute Guides

Rho Renewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Rho Renewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

October 18, 2015 |

Rho Renewables, Inc. is using both classical yeast genetic engineering and modern molecular biology tools to develop powerful fermentation systems for the high-yield production of monocyclic aromatic compounds that have significant market potential. Rho’s lead compounds are high value specialty chemicals, biofuels, and flavors and fragrances including Meta-cresol, Rhoctane, Vanillin and Orsellinic acid and derivatives […]

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Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

August 23, 2015 |

Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to launch other value-added co-products: 5-hydroxyl-methyl furfural (HMF) and downstream derivatives The company’s TriVersa Process meets the need for a renewable, environmentally friendly process to deconstruct aggregated agricultural residues created from existing 1st generation industries, into high-end chemicals and advanced materials. […]

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Red Rock Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Red Rock Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

July 20, 2015 |

Red Rock takes waste biomass from forests and sawmills, and using a proprietary process, transforms it into domestically produced jet, diesel and naphtha fuels. The company’s process begins with the gasification of woody biomass to produce syngas, which is then cleaned and sent to a Fischer-Tropsch unit where it is converted to a high grade, […]

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Corbion: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Corbion: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

July 15, 2015 |

Corbion has over 80 years of experience in fermentation and downstream processing, is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, and a leading company in functional blends containing enzymes, emulsifiers, minerals and vitamins. The company delivers high performance biobased products made from renewable resources and applied in global markets such […]

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Pacific Ag: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Pacific Ag: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

June 6, 2015 |

Founded in 1998 in the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Ag is the largest, most experienced agricultural biomass supply company in the US.  Today, Pacific Ag provides biomass supply chain solutions from six locations across the nation and works with more growers, owns and operates more equipment, has more personnel, and harvests more biomass tons per year […]

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Other Recent Articles

Licella, Canfor form JV for low-cost, drop-in biofuels from wood residues and biomass

Licella, Canfor form JV for low-cost, drop-in biofuels from wood residues and biomass

May 29, 2016 |

Licella and Canfor will form a joint-venture under the name “Licella Pulp Joint Venture” to integrate Licella’s unique Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor upgrading platform into Canfor Pulp’s kraft and mechanical pulp mills to economically convert biomass, including wood residues from Canfor Pulp’s kraft pulping processes, into biocrude oil, to produce next generation biofuels and biochemicals. This […]

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Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative turns 10, tots up the successes

Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative turns 10, tots up the successes

May 29, 2016 |

In Washington, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative turned 10 last week, and is “looking ahead to solving the challenging issues that remain for broad use of alternative jet fuel.” The group said in the next 10 years it will focus on enabling industry production of SAJF volumes that help aviation achieve carbon neutral growth […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index edges up 0.22 percent to 53.93 as advanced bio gain

Digest Bioeconomy Index edges up 0.22 percent to 53.93 as advanced bio gain

May 29, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, edged up 0.22 percent to 53.93 as advanced bio gained. For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) was up 4.84 percent to $6.07, while Renewable Energy Group (REGI) rallied 3.94 percent to $8.96. Among other equities, Biox (BX.T) surged 11.54 percent to $0.58. Overall, […]

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IEA Bioenergy hosting Green Gas webinar June 2

IEA Bioenergy hosting Green Gas webinar June 2

May 26, 2016 |

In cyberspace, IEA Bioenergy will host a webinar on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 8 a.m. Eastern Time. During the webinar, participants will learn about the technologies and feedstocks that can contribute to reaching 100% green gas in the gas grid by 2050. The international webinar—Green Gas—will be presented by Professor Jerry D. Murphy, task […]

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COFCO setting up ethanol trading desk for US-Brazil-China trade

COFCO setting up ethanol trading desk for US-Brazil-China trade

May 26, 2016 |

In New York, COFCO is setting up an ethanol trading desk in an attempt to penetrate the US ethanol market. The company has headhunted a trader from Louis Dreyfus Commodities and will likely source others to facilitate trade from the US and Brazil into China. They trader would also look to trade between the US […]

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Nigeria’s Cross River to get $2.5 million cassava ethanol plant

Nigeria’s Cross River to get $2.5 million cassava ethanol plant

May 26, 2016 |

In Nigeria, the Cross River government is supporting the development of a $2.5 million cassava ethanol plant in the state in collaboration with the Partnership Initiative for the Niger Delta (PIND) Foundation but it is unclear the government’s role or who the private sector partner is for the project. The state is the country’s largest […]

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