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Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?

Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?

December 1, 2016 |

This week, in Washington and Brussels, four news flashes on global renewable fuel volumes appeared on the radar. Can you safely ignore them and get on with other work, or is there something to get deeply informed about? Let’s look into it. #1. The Point of Obligation RFS Crisis. The issue.  Several parties petitioned the US EPA […]

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Blue Marble Biomaterials to offer Equity Shares to the Public via Reg A+

Blue Marble Biomaterials to offer Equity Shares to the Public via Reg A+

November 30, 2016 |

In Montana, Blue Marble Biomaterials will become the first biomaterials company to utilize Regulation A+,  a type of equity crowdfunding regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and will offer equity shares to the public. Regulation A+ differs from other popular crowdfunding methods, such as Kickstarter. Under Reg A+, investors buy equity in the company. A natural-biochemical […]

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ABLC 2017 initial agenda announced

ABLC 2017 initial agenda announced

November 29, 2016 |

In Florida, The Digest announced the initial agenda for ABLC 2017 (the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference) on March 1-3, 2017 at the Mayflower Hotel and in Washington DC. The theme of the conference is “Performance and Value in the Trump Era” and the speakers will cover more than 200 organizations and technologies from feedstocks through […]

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Be the Change: Maine’s new Born Global challenge 

Be the Change: Maine’s new Born Global challenge 

November 28, 2016 |

For some time in The Digest, we have examined the problem of matching capital to projects. As Ecostrat’s Jordan Solomon observed at ABLC Next a few weeks back, “the vast majority of projects are given junk ratings, if they can get rated at all”. And that leaves aside all the fine technologies that falter or […]

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Canada to adopt national Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Canada to adopt national Low Carbon Fuel Standard

November 27, 2016 |

In Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced that Canada will adopt a national clean fuels standard, as an important step for climate action and the growth of Canada’s cleantech economy and green jobs. This federal leadership builds on the early actions of British Columbia, Oregon and California, and will greatly improve […]

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8-Slide Guides

Hi-performance tech package: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid process

Hi-performance tech package: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid process

December 1, 2016 |

Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for example corn stover in North America, bagasse in South America or wheat straw in Europe and can be adapted to various plant concepts. The production […]

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Renewable Fuels for all Transport Modes: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

Renewable Fuels for all Transport Modes: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

November 30, 2016 |

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 […]

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Gigabase is the New Megabase: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gen9

Gigabase is the New Megabase: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gen9

November 29, 2016 |

The company manufactures custom, high-quality, synthetic DNA used by scientists to construct genes, pathways, genomes and organisms that will enable the next generation of breakthroughs in biology. Founded by pioneering scientists in fabrication, genetics, and bio-engineering, Gen9 is democratizing synthetic biology. The goal is to enable broad adoption of powerful synthetic biology techniques by providing […]

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We Provide the Where & How: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Maine’s Born Global challenge 

We Provide the Where & How: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Maine’s Born Global challenge 

November 28, 2016 |

For some time in The Digest, we have examined the problem of matching capital to projects. To address this challenge, along comes a shiny, almost unheard of process for developing biobased projects — the Maine Born Global Challenge. The founders sum up the goal, thus: To commercialize “innovative technologies by providing physical locations and real projects for market expansion […]

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Fuels, Joules & Molecules: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Paul Bryan’s “The Future of Biomass”

Fuels, Joules & Molecules: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Paul Bryan’s “The Future of Biomass”

November 27, 2016 |

Without a significant cost of CO2 emissions, biofuels will never gain enough market share to meaningfully reduce those emissions,” said Paul Bryan at ABLC Next in San Francisco. Agree, disagree? Former VP Biofuels for Chevron and head of the DOE’s Biomass Program, Bryan is an expert on the subject — but you can examine his […]

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The Latest World News

US government opposing Abengoa’s bankruptcy plan

US government opposing Abengoa’s bankruptcy plan

December 1, 2016 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy, Department of Justice and other federal agencies are opposing Abengoa’s bankruptcy plan, saying at least part of the $130 million in subsidies the US government has plowed into the company over the years be recuperated. The case is set to be heard in a Delaware bankruptcy court on Tuesday. […]

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol sales slip 20% during H1 November

Brazilian hydrous ethanol sales slip 20% during H1 November

December 1, 2016 |

In Brazil, hydrous ethanol sales dropped more than 20% during the first half of November at 503.18 million liters compared to the two weeks prior. Anhydrous sales fell a little more than 3% to 411.11 million liter. Of the total, only 28.71 million liters were exported, leaving the vast majority for the domestic market. About 920 […]

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Bankruptcy court OKs Synata Bio to buy Hugoton plant

Bankruptcy court OKs Synata Bio to buy Hugoton plant

December 1, 2016 |

In Kansas, a district bankruptcy court has given Synata Bio the green light to buy Abengoa Bioenergy’s Hugoton cellulosic ethanol facility for $48.5 million despite Shell’s stalking horse bid of $26 million. Synata Bio submitted a $27.05 million qualified bid on Nov. 18, so when both companies went to auction on Nov. 21, Shell stopped […]

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National Biodiesel Board welcomes DOE’s biodiesel guide

National Biodiesel Board welcomes DOE’s biodiesel guide

December 1, 2016 |

In Missouri, the biodiesel industry welcomed the publication of the U.S. DOE’s fifth edition of the Biodiesel Handling and Use Guide, developed in conjunction with the DOE Clean Cities program. The guide is a comprehensive document designed to educate those who blend, distribute and use biodiesel and biodiesel blends. It provides basic information on the proper […]

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Tight supplies mixed with unseasonal demand lifts T2 ethanol to four-month high

Tight supplies mixed with unseasonal demand lifts T2 ethanol to four-month high

December 1, 2016 |

In the Netherlands, T2 ethanol prices hit a four-month high on Wednesday following several weeks of gains thanks to a tight market and a bullish mood in the European market heading into the last stretch of the year.  Imports from Central America typically enter the European market during this period but they are missing at […]

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R&D News

Japan’s first privately owned rocket to be fueled by ethanol

Japan’s first privately owned rocket to be fueled by ethanol

December 1, 2016 |

In Japan, the country’s first privately owned rocket to potentially reach an altitude of 100km is to be powered by ethanol. Interstellar Technologies, founded by maverick Japanese entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, could launch the rocket in January and will collect atmospheric data during its four-minute flight before falling into the Pacific Ocean. Although ethanol provides less […]

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Berkeley Lab researchers use atomic science to improve biofuel production

Berkeley Lab researchers use atomic science to improve biofuel production

November 30, 2016 |

In California, researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions vital to fuel production and other processes. This disruption to reactions is known as deactivation or poisoning. The research team employed a combination of measurements, including X-ray experiments at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory […]

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University of Wisconsin researcher spins out company tackling lactic acid in ethanol production

University of Wisconsin researcher spins out company tackling lactic acid in ethanol production

November 29, 2016 |

In Wisconsin, a researcher from the University of Wisconsin has spun out a company called Lactic Solutions to advance a judo-like remedy for lactic acid production during ethanol fermentation: using genetic engineering to transform enemy into friend. Instead of killing lactic acid bacteria with antibiotics, he’s spliced in genes for ethanol production so these organisms […]

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Minnesota researchers find exotics can help repair soils following maize-soy rotation

Minnesota researchers find exotics can help repair soils following maize-soy rotation

November 28, 2016 |

In Minnesota, researchers led by the University of Minnesota found that the negative soil legacy of the maize–soybean rotation for native plant performance in interaction with exotics was greatly diminished in soils conditioned by native or exotic perennial species, irrespective of nitrogen addition. This highlights the potential value of perennial species in conversion from row-crop […]

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SAE J1488_201010 needed for Diesel Infrastructure Corrosion, Prevention, says Dieselpure

SAE J1488_201010 needed for Diesel Infrastructure Corrosion, Prevention, says Dieselpure

November 27, 2016 |

In Washington, a July 2016 EPA report has brought corrosion into the spotlight. What was not mentioned in the EPA report is that there is a simple preventative maintenance item that prevents corrosion, filtering biodiesel blends with filters tested against SAE J1488_201010. Fuel experts have documented severe and rapid corrosion in our existing diesel infrastructure, […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Indian policy stuck on methanol blending levels

Indian policy stuck on methanol blending levels

December 1, 2016 |

In India, the issue of methanol blending is stuck while the ministry of petroleum and natural gas sorts out what the right blending level should be. The fuel has been identified as an alternative to expensive fossil fuels that make up the majority of transportation energy in the country. Ethanol blending has been slow to […]

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EU pits conventional biofuels against advanced biofuels in new 2030 policy

EU pits conventional biofuels against advanced biofuels in new 2030 policy

November 30, 2016 |

In Belgium, Novozymes came out swinging against the European Commission’s 2030 biofuels proposals, saying it’s a move backwards rather than forward, while the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels from Clariant to Dong Energy welcomed the policy, especially it’s binding target for advanced biofuels. The policy proposal would limit first generation biofuels to 3.8% by 2030 while […]

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UK opens public consultation on 2017 RTFO

UK opens public consultation on 2017 RTFO

November 29, 2016 |

In the UK, the government has launched a consultation to seek the views of the public and stakeholders on proposed changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Order (RTFO). In particular it concerns increases to the obligation level, the appropriate level for the contribution of renewable fuels created from agricultural crops, and increases to the […]

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Australian competition watchdog finds NSW drivers paid A$85 million extra for E10 in 2014/15

Australian competition watchdog finds NSW drivers paid A$85 million extra for E10 in 2014/15

November 28, 2016 |

In Australia, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s found that drivers in New South Wales paid an extra A$85 million during 2014/15 compared to other parts of the country due to the state’s ethanol blending mandate. Sydney drovers chose to fill up on premium unleaded rather than E10 during that period. During the third quarter […]

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Petition for rCCU integration in the RED presented to European Commission

Petition for rCCU integration in the RED presented to European Commission

November 27, 2016 |

In Belgium, a petition for Carbon capture and use support was presented to Marie Donnelly, Director Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, European Commission DG Energy; 86 renowned companies and leading universities have already signed. The authors asked for inclusion of the following mechanisms in the new legislation on the Renewable Package: • To fully […]

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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

Elite Octane in negotiations for incentives to build 120 gallon ethanol plant in Iowa

Elite Octane in negotiations for incentives to build 120 gallon ethanol plant in Iowa

December 1, 2016 |

In Iowa, Elite Octane is negotiating with Cass County on an incentives package to develop a new 120 million gallon ethanol plant with several proposals going back and forth predominantly dealing with tax rebates during the first 10 years of the plant’s life. The state’s economic development agency already has secured a $4.25 million sales […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index loses 0.57 percent to 57.24 as advanced bio falls

Digest Bioeconomy Index loses 0.57 percent to 57.24 as advanced bio falls

December 1, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, lost 0.57 percent to 57.24 as advanced bio fell. For the day, Biox (BX.T) dropped 4.11 percent to $0.70, while Amyris (AMRS) dumped 6.62 percent to $0.82. Among other equities, ADM rallied 2.52 percent to $44.32 on news of a sale of a GrainCorp […]

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Glycerin as Anti-Freeze Agent for Coal

Glycerin as Anti-Freeze Agent for Coal

December 1, 2016 |

By Dennis Zeedyk, Glycerin Traders, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Anyone who has produced biodiesel knows that glycerin can set up like wax if the process is over-catalyzed and/or animal fats are used as feedstocks. More than one of us has shoveled our share of “hard” glycerin.   As a result, many biodiesel producers […]

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Global bioplastics production to reach 6.1 million tons by 2021

Global bioplastics production to reach 6.1 million tons by 2021

November 30, 2016 |

In Germany, European Bioplastics says the global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 4.2 million tons in 2016 to approximately 6.1 million tons in 2021. Packaging remains the largest fields of application for bioplastics with almost 40 percent (1.6 million tons) of the total bioplastics market in 2016. The data also confirms […]

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Fortress Paper announces birch hemiscellulose project to advance R&D

Fortress Paper announces birch hemiscellulose project to advance R&D

November 30, 2016 |

In Canada, Fortress Paper Ltd. announced a strategic supplement to the already announced birch usage project at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill aimed at extracting hemicellulose from underutilized species such as birch. The Hemicellulose Project will allow the Company to advance its research and development in hemicellulose derivative products. Hemicellulose is a cellulosic sugar, which […]

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Successful tests of UMP BioVerno in both the lab and in traffic

Successful tests of UMP BioVerno in both the lab and in traffic

November 30, 2016 |

In Finland, UPM has successfully tested Finnish wood-based diesel fuel both in laboratory conditions as well as in traffic. The tests clearly demonstrated that UPM’s renewable diesel, UPM BioVerno, works just like the best diesel fuels. The laboratory tests of renewable UPM BioVerno diesel were conducted in the VTT Technical Research Centre (VTT) and field […]

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