Major Stories

Feedstocks in Focus for March 31: Municipal Solid Waste and urban residues

Feedstocks in Focus for March 31: Municipal Solid Waste and urban residues

March 30, 2015 |

10 weeks out from ABFC, this week’s Feedstock in Focus is “MSW and Industrial residues”. Also known as “Urban waste”, it’s nasty, here, inevitable and aggregated. The feedstocks are available at fixed, affordable prices and in long-term supply contracts from credit-worthy entities. Everyone loves the idea. So, when will we have it? What are the trends? […]

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Rubber Security

Rubber Security

March 30, 2015 |

Though we usually think of diversifying away from petroleum via the fuels for our cars — what about the petroleum in the tires?  Rubber security, as it turns out, offers some of the same chills and thrills as energy security. The Digest investigates. “I’ll take ‘Fungi that wiped out an industry’ for $500, Alex.” “Leaf blight has […]

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Look, up in the Sky! The best of the aviation biofuels slides from ABLC 2015

Look, up in the Sky! The best of the aviation biofuels slides from ABLC 2015

March 29, 2015 |

Great Scott! New molecules, new feedstocks, new technologies, and reaching scale — the best of the best. At ABLC 2015, the focus on innovation included a complete program on aviaiton — and numerous producers elsewhere on the program are producing aviation biofuels as a party of an overall strategy including multiple products. From the annual […]

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Feedstocks in Focus for March 30: Municipal Solid Waste and urban residues

Feedstocks in Focus for March 30: Municipal Solid Waste and urban residues

March 29, 2015 |

10 weeks out from ABFC, this week’s Feedstock in Focus is “MSW and Industrial residues”. Also known as “Urban waste”, it’s nasty, here, inevitable and aggregated. The feedstocks are available at fixed, affordable prices and in long-term supply contracts from credit-worthy entities. Everyone loves the idea. So, when will we have it? Learn All About It […]

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Producer News

IEA Clean Coal Center to hold webinar on microalgal removal of CO2 from flue gas

IEA Clean Coal Center to hold webinar on microalgal removal of CO2 from flue gas

March 30, 2015 |

In the UK, microalgal removal of CO2 from flue gas is the subject for the next webinar, from the IEA Clean Coal Center, which will be presented by Xing Zhang on Wednesday 22 April at midday (UK time). Various methods have been developed to remove CO2 from the flue gas of coal-fired power plants. Biological […]

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Methes Energies receives initial payment for biodiesel system in Ontario

Methes Energies receives initial payment for biodiesel system in Ontario

March 30, 2015 |

In Canada, Methes Energies International Ltd. announced that it has received C$250,000 as initial payment for the sale of a Denami 600 biodiesel processor and a PP-MEC pretreatment system to be installed in Havelock, Ontario, Canada. Additional scheduled payments are due in the near future upon shipment and installation of the equipment, and the balance is […]

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Tetra Financial funds lease financing for Ohio-based ethanol company

Tetra Financial funds lease financing for Ohio-based ethanol company

March 30, 2015 |

In Utah, Tetra Financial Group announced it has provided $800,000 in lease financing to a large Ohio-based ethanol company for a grain elevator. The company’s operations involve the purchase, storage and sale of corn, soy beans, wheat and various other types of grains. The financing in this transaction was for a grain elevator, silos, bins […]

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Zambia approves Sunbird Energy’s $150 million ethanol project

Zambia approves Sunbird Energy’s $150 million ethanol project

March 30, 2015 |

In Zambia, the national development agency has approved a $150 million ethanol project by Sunbird Energy in Kawambwa District of Luapula Province. The facility aims to produce 150 million liters of ethanol annually with construction on the site potentially starting in November.

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5-Minute Guides

Genomatica: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Genomatica: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

March 31, 2015 |

Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology leader for the chemical industry. 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. Genomatica’s first process, for the production of BDO, is commercial. Our GENO BDO™ process has been licensed […]

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PanAridus: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

PanAridus: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

March 30, 2015 |

PanAridus was launched in 2010 with a goal to improve the genetics of the guayule (why-you-lee) seed through the biosciences of genetics and selective breeding to the point that it would be profitable for farmers to grow, which has been the primary drawback to growing an alternative source of domestic natural rubber. PanAridus has worked […]

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Anellotech: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Anellotech: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

March 29, 2015 |

Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX), are used to make plastics for consumer goods such as beverage bottles and packaging, clothing, carpeting, automotive parts, home and construction materials, electronic […]

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Reverdia: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Reverdia: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

March 26, 2015 |

Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is aiming at the market for sustainable succinic acid, focusing on market development by establishing partnerships with direct and indirect customers, building on customer needs and Reverdia’s strengths. Biosuccinium […]

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R&D News

University of Georgia finds gene repression boosts xylan and pectin growth

University of Georgia finds gene repression boosts xylan and pectin growth

March 30, 2015 |

In Georgia, researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that manipulation of a specific gene in a hardwood tree species not only makes it easier to break down the wood into fuel, but also significantly increases tree growth. In a paper published recently in Biotechnology for Biofuels, the researchers describe how decreasing the expression […]

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Economist shows how E15 could provide significant CO2 savings

Economist shows how E15 could provide significant CO2 savings

March 26, 2015 |

In Illinois, a new analysis produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s principal research economist Dr. Stefen Mueller found that giving consumers more access to cleaner fuel options like E15 would provide significant environmental benefits. In Kansas, giving consumers the choice to use E15 would reduce carbon pollution by 184,226 metric tons per year. […]

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Japanese researchers to commercialize biobutanol technology from tangerines

Japanese researchers to commercialize biobutanol technology from tangerines

March 25, 2015 |

In Japan, graduate researchers at Mie University Graduate School of Bioresources plan to commercialize their method for producing biobutanol from spoiled tangerines in the next two to three years. The region is a major producer of mandarin oranges and as such about 150 tons of fruit go to waste annually, with about 2/3 being incinerated. […]

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UT researchers develop new mutant yeast strain to boost biofuel yields

UT researchers develop new mutant yeast strain to boost biofuel yields

March 24, 2015 |

In Texas, researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels. Their findings […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Iowa RFA happy with Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act to extend E15 approval

Iowa RFA happy with Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act to extend E15 approval

March 30, 2015 |

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) applauded Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for introducing S.889, the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act, that would extend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 1 psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to E15, just as the Agency has done for E10, allowing E15 to […]

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RFA & others send appropriations letter for blender pump funding

RFA & others send appropriations letter for blender pump funding

March 30, 2015 |

In Washington, ethanol and agriculture industry groups came together last week to advocate for continued funding of U.S. blender pump initiatives and U.S. export promotion efforts in a letter to the House Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Programs Committee on Appropriations. The letter countered a request led by Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Peter […]

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Growth Energy applauds Senate’s efforts to extend the RVP volatility waiver to E15

Growth Energy applauds Senate’s efforts to extend the RVP volatility waiver to E15

March 30, 2015 |

In Washington, following the introduction of S. 889, the Fuel Choice and Deregulation Act, legislation by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), which contains a provision to extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to E15, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued the following statement: “We certainly support efforts by Senator […]

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Czech goverment biofuel support

Czech goverment biofuel support

March 26, 2015 |

In the Czech Republic, the government has recently approved an extension for lower taxes on biofuels that should help boost demand from distributors. The country’s finance minister however owns one of the largest rapeseed processors, which has caused concern regarding conflict of interest considering it was his ministry that prepared the allegedly poorly developed legislation […]

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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

Plastic Energy looks to set up biodiesel facility in Nicaragua

Plastic Energy looks to set up biodiesel facility in Nicaragua

March 30, 2015 |

In Nicaragua, Plastic Energy is conducting a feasibility study into the development of a biodiesel plant from plastic waste in Managua. About 50 metric tons of plastic waste would be collected daily to supply the plant.

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RFA teams with ACE, Growth Energy and farmers against appropriations bill

RFA teams with ACE, Growth Energy and farmers against appropriations bill

March 30, 2015 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association, American Coalition for Ethanol, National Farmers Union, National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy have written a letter to Chairman Aderholt and Ranking Member Farr of the House of Representative’s subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Programs to express our strong opposition to the inclusion of language […]

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4 minutes with… Bill Topp, Manager, Biotechnology Associates

4 minutes with… Bill Topp, Manager, Biotechnology Associates

March 30, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. We provide due diligence analyses to the venture capital community of investment opportunities in firms that exploit advanced technologies Tell us about your role and what you are focused on in the next 12 months. Most of our work at the present time is coming out […]

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Biofuels Digest Index rallies to 65.84 despite an advanced biofuels drop

Biofuels Digest Index rallies to 65.84 despite an advanced biofuels drop

March 30, 2015 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 0.40 percent to 65.84 despite an advanced biofuels drop. For the day, Green Plains (GPRE) rallied 2.31 percent to $27.46, while Gevo (GEVO) retreated 13.88 percent to $0.22. Among other equities, Ceres (CERE) fell 4.17 percent to $0.35. Overall, advances led declines by […]

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Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy to use Syngenta’s Enogen tech

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy to use Syngenta’s Enogen tech

March 30, 2015 |

In Minnesota, Syngenta announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy(SIRE) to begin using Enogen corn enzyme technology at its Council Bluffs, Iowa, ethanol production facility following the 2015 harvest. SIRE is the third Iowa plant to sign such an agreement. SIRE is located on 275 acres in Council Bluffs, Iowa, operating a […]

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Gevo announces shrinking net loss for Q4 2014

Gevo announces shrinking net loss for Q4 2014

March 30, 2015 |

In Colorado, Gevo, Inc. announced a net loss for the Q4 2014 of $11.1M compared to $17.3 during the same period in 2013. Revenues for Q4 2014 were $9.5M compared to $1.7 million in the same period in 2013. The increase in revenue during 2014 is primarily a result of the production and sale of […]

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