Major Stories

Gasoline is 30% dirtier than 10 years ago: new UCS report

Gasoline is 30% dirtier than 10 years ago: new UCS report

February 10, 2016 |

It’s not your Dad’s gasoline. In fact, it’s worse, says the Union of Concerned Scientists in a new report. But the good news is that alternatives, by contrast, are getting cleaner. In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists reports that the gas pumped by American motorists is 30 percent dirtier to extract and refine than […]

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A new, renewable, drop-in, waste-based fuel emerges, competitive with $30 oil

A new, renewable, drop-in, waste-based fuel emerges, competitive with $30 oil

February 9, 2016 |

Out of the EU comes a biogasoline blendstock made from waste residues in a novel process that promises to radically slash the cost of bioconversion. The Digest reports. In Germany and Portugal, a new drop-in biofuels process has emerged which is cost competitive with $30 oil, according to the inventors. The process breaks even with […]

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The Extreme 16: Strutting microbial Terminators pumping up the pursuit of sustainable molecules

The Extreme 16: Strutting microbial Terminators pumping up the pursuit of sustainable molecules

February 8, 2016 |

Take it to the Extreme, with these microscopic wonders that are changing the way we pursue sustainable fuels, renewable chemicals and biobased materials. These days, researchers are turning up life forms trapped under hundreds of feet of Antarctic ice, in the syrupyist salty ponds, in mineral waters heated to more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit — in […]

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Mega-Bio: Energy Department Announces $11.3M for Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels

Mega-Bio: Energy Department Announces $11.3M for Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels

February 8, 2016 |

The Energy Department today announced up to $11.3 million in funding to develop flexible biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. These pathways could consist of a route to a platform chemical that could be converted to products or renewable hydrocarbon […]

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Producer News

Poet shortens corn receiving hours and shuts down plants temporarily

Poet shortens corn receiving hours and shuts down plants temporarily

February 10, 2016 |

In Indiana and Ohio, Poet has shortened the hours during which it receives corn at six of its facilities in the two states, while the Alexandria, Indiana facility will be shut for two days next week for maintenance. Those that reduced their hours have already been shut down for a day or two this week […]

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Abengoa seeking more than $1 billion from creditors and bondholders to keep afloat

Abengoa seeking more than $1 billion from creditors and bondholders to keep afloat

February 10, 2016 |

In Spain, between Feb. 20 and 25 Abengoa will seek a $843 million loan from creditors in addition to EUR160 million from bondholders to keep afloat while it sorts out a financing plan with lenders. To bring down the company’s whopping debt to EUR3 million from the current EUR9 million, creditors must be willing to […]

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UK’s NFU wants crop-based biofuels cap set at 7%

UK’s NFU wants crop-based biofuels cap set at 7%

February 10, 2016 |

In the UK, the National Farmers Union is urging the Department for Transport to put the cap on crop-based biofuels at 7% rather than choosing a lower limit, which could put farmers in a difficult position financially and become uncompetitive against other European producers. The Indirect Land Use Change legislation approved by the European institutions […]

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China to invest $1.12 billion in first-of-its-kind wood biorefinery in Finland

China to invest $1.12 billion in first-of-its-kind wood biorefinery in Finland

February 10, 2016 |

In Finland, Chinese company Kaidi said it plans to invest $1.12 billion in a biorefinery producing 200,000 tons of drop-in diesel and gasoline from wood annually. The first-of-its-kind facility is schedule to be commissioned by the end of 2019. The company already owns biorefineries in China and Vietnam, and will make the final decision on […]

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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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R&D News

Fiji to get biofuel testing laboratory at University of the South Pacific

Fiji to get biofuel testing laboratory at University of the South Pacific

February 10, 2016 |

In Fiji, a biofuel testing laboratory will soon be set up at the University of the South Pacific in partnership with the Department of Energy. The $404,000 facility to be established at the Institute of Applied Science is meant to help biofuel producers in Fiji and around the region have access to accredited fuel testing […]

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NREL leads work on bacterium research to boost advanced biofuel production yields

NREL leads work on bacterium research to boost advanced biofuel production yields

February 9, 2016 |

In Colorado, researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) say better understanding of a bacterium could lead to cheaper production of cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuels. Their discovery was made during an investigation into the performance of Clostridium thermocellum. The scientists found the microorganism utilizes […]

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IEA-RETD releases scoping paper on co-locating 2G biofuels at 1G facilities

IEA-RETD releases scoping paper on co-locating 2G biofuels at 1G facilities

February 8, 2016 |

In Germany, integration of advanced (2nd generation / 2G) biofuel plants with conventional (1st generation / 1G) biofuel plants can lead to significant synergies and cost savings, especially for bioethanol plants. For biodiesel, conversion of fossil refineries to advanced biofuel production is another promising option as well. These are the results of a scoping study […]

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Cleaner biomass cookstoves could prevent up to 4 million deaths each year: researchers

Cleaner biomass cookstoves could prevent up to 4 million deaths each year: researchers

February 7, 2016 |

In Tennessee, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Colorado State University and Envirofit International report that up to the 4 million premature deaths each year attributed to indoor cookstove smoke might be prevented because cleaner biomass cookstoves. With 3 billion people in developing countries using open fire cookstoves, the need is great for durable, low-cost […]

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Policy & Policymakers

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers challenges RFS rulemaking in court

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers challenges RFS rulemaking in court

February 10, 2016 |

In Washington, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) filed a petition for review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rulemaking for 2014-2016. AFPM President Chet Thompson said, “Despite the agency’s best efforts, certain aspects of the final RFS rule still […]

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115 civil society groups call for bioenergy to be excluded from the RED post-2020

115 civil society groups call for bioenergy to be excluded from the RED post-2020

February 9, 2016 |

In the UK, 115 civil society organizations and networks from across the globe have published a declaration calling for bioenergy to be excluded from the next EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The declaration is being submitted to a consultation into the renewal of the directive for 2020 onwards. The EU intends industrial bioenergy, i.e. biofuels […]

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Argentina boosts ethanol mandate to 12%

Argentina boosts ethanol mandate to 12%

February 8, 2016 |

In Argentina, the country has approved a shift to 12% ethanol blending from the current 10%, with the additional 20% in demand—about 160,000 cubic meters—to be serviced entirely by sugarcane-based ethanol in an effort to help the industry recover from low sugar prices. Currently sugarcane ethanol represents about 41% of the country’s total ethanol production, […]

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Biofuels, a winner or loser in Iowa Caucuses? Opinions sharply divide

Biofuels, a winner or loser in Iowa Caucuses? Opinions sharply divide

February 7, 2016 |

In Iowa, the America’s Renewable Future advocacy group said that 83% of voters supported candidates who recognized that the RFS is crucial to over 852,000 American jobs, our lowered dependence on foreign oil, and consumers’ choice at the pump for a clean, less expensive fuel. “83 percent of Iowans supported pro-RFS candidates in 2016. In […]

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8-Slide Guides

Crude or Crud: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to oil, renewables emissions

Crude or Crud: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to oil, renewables emissions

February 10, 2016 |

The Union of Concerned Scientists reports that the gas pumped by American motorists is 30 percent dirtier to extract and refine than it was just ten years ago, according to an analysis released just now by UCS. Here’s a slide deck with the key stats from the report, which can be accessed in full here.

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Drop-in renewable fuels, competitive with $30 oil: The Digest’s 20-Slide Guide to the Correia process

Drop-in renewable fuels, competitive with $30 oil: The Digest’s 20-Slide Guide to the Correia process

February 9, 2016 |

In Germany and Portugal, a new drop-in biofuels process has emerged which is cost compettive with $30 oil, according to the inventors. The process breaks even with crude oil, on an 10-year amortized basis for capex, at roughly $20.30 per barrel of crude oil (assuming refining costs of $8.66 per barrel). The documentation of the […]

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The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Industrial Symbiosis

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Industrial Symbiosis

February 7, 2016 |

Around the world today, we have some examples of integrated industrial systems — where communities reduce waste and consumption through a connected overall design that delivers the wastes from one industrial process as the feedstock of another, and where homes are integrated into the overall design so that no-energy and low-energy homes use the same strategies. […]

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Half The Oil: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to the UCS plan to reduce petroleum use

Half The Oil: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to the UCS plan to reduce petroleum use

February 4, 2016 |

In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists has released a major report, “Half the Oil”, outlining steps required to achieve a 50% reduction in petroleum use in the US Pacific Coast States by 2030. The take-off point was a call by California Governor Jerry Brown to achieve that 50% reduction in petroleum consumption by 2030, […]

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Other Recent Articles

Queensland premier proposes Biofutures Industry Development Fund

Queensland premier proposes Biofutures Industry Development Fund

February 10, 2016 |

In Australia, the Queensland premier announced development of a Biofutures Industry Development Fund that is meant to help first-movers in biofuels and the bioeconomy bridge the early stage funding gap in order to get to implementation. The funding facility will help cover the costs of due diligence processes so that investment-ready projects can access capital. […]

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Malaysian palm oil stocks, production, exports and imports all fall in January

Malaysian palm oil stocks, production, exports and imports all fall in January

February 10, 2016 |

In Malaysia, January palm oil stocks fell more than 12% from December to 2.31 million metric tons, while crude palm oil stocks fell more than 18% to 1.30 million tons, similar to the 19% drop in CPO production at 1.13 million tons. Biodiesel exports during the month sank to just 61 tons from 10,004 tons […]

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Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

February 10, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization USDA’s Section 9003 Program created by the comprehensive Farm Bill has successfully helped fund construction of biofuel biorefineries over the past six years and it is now expanding to launch renewable chemical facilities as well. Like other USDA programs, this loan guarantee enables manufacturers to access […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index sheds 0.88 percent to 46.41 as large caps wilt

Digest Bioeconomy Index sheds 0.88 percent to 46.41 as large caps wilt

February 10, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, shed 0.88 percent to 46.41 as large caps wilted.  For the day, Green Plains (GPRE) fell 6.54 percent to $15.01, while Monsanto (MON) dumped 6.54 percent to $87.58. Among other equities, The Andersons (ANDE) declined 3.82 percent to $26.94. Overall, declines led advances […]

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Lincoln Terminal buys North Carolina biofuel terminal and will soon offer biodiesel blends

Lincoln Terminal buys North Carolina biofuel terminal and will soon offer biodiesel blends

February 9, 2016 |

In North Carolina, Lincoln Terminal has purchased the Eco terminal in Charlotte, bringing its total holdings to four terminals across the southeast. The Charlotte terminal formerly known as Crown has a total capacity of 130,000 bbl, and serves gasoline, ULSD, ethanol and biodiesel, and will soon offer automated biodiesel blending in an effort to boost […]

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RFA says 836 million gallons of ethanol worth $1.8 billion exported in 2015

RFA says 836 million gallons of ethanol worth $1.8 billion exported in 2015

February 9, 2016 |

In Washington, the U.S. ethanol industry exported 836 million gallons of ethanol worth $1.8 billion in 2015, according to a new summary of ethanol trade statistics released today by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). The final tally for 2015 was identical to the 2014 export total. The RFA publication, which draws data from several U.S. […]

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