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10 Industrial Biotechnology Wave Trends to Watch

10 Industrial Biotechnology Wave Trends to Watch

May 25, 2017 |

There are news items, then there are trends, and finally there are wave trends — trends of critical importance and that carry the likelihood of having long-lasting impact. Like the fast ripples that presage a fearsome tsunami, they are not always easy to discern from the ordinary newsflow. What are the Top 10 Wave Trends we’re seeing […]

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USDA bioenergy programs gutted in 2018 Trump Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide

USDA bioenergy programs gutted in 2018 Trump Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide

May 24, 2017 |

Rural Business Service to shut down; BCAP, REAP, loan guarantees gone; food stamps, crop insurance slashed. Want to understand what USDA is targeting, cutting, growing or eliminating — but don’t have the time to wade through all 1000+ pages of the budget request? Try our 7-Minute Guide. In Washington, the US Department of Agriculture proposed […]

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Renewables nuked; nukes renewed: Bioenergy slashed 69% as US DOE budget gets detail; The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide to the DOE Budget

Renewables nuked; nukes renewed: Bioenergy slashed 69% as US DOE budget gets detail; The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide to the DOE Budget

May 23, 2017 |

Want to understand what DOE is targeting, cutting, growing or eliminating — but don’t have the time to wade through all 2300+ pages of the budget request? Try our 7-Minute Guide. In Washington, the US Department of Energy submitted a request for a $1.433B cut, or 69.3 percent to the Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy annual […]

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Livin’ La Vida Octane: The quest for torque and affordable, sustainable vroom

Livin’ La Vida Octane: The quest for torque and affordable, sustainable vroom

May 22, 2017 |

Most gearheads with a passion for awesome cars will make at least one pilgrimage to the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. Among it’s many charms, it’s Hot Rod heaven and speed demon dreamland, and the faithful make the Hajj. But the real Mecca of the Muscle Car, where the Rajas of […]

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T Minus 90. Amyris’ next 90 days will say much, and may say all

T Minus 90. Amyris’ next 90 days will say much, and may say all

May 21, 2017 |

Moving fast, but will escape velocity be reached? Amyris reports 164% product revenue jump — yet questions linger. In California, Amyris reported Q1 revenues of $13.0M compared with $8.8M for Q1 2016, and touted the “significant increase in product sales, primarily in the personal care and health and nutrition markets, offset by a slight decline […]

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8-Slide Guides

Supercritical Hydrofaction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Steeper Energy and decarbonizing long-haul transport

Supercritical Hydrofaction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Steeper Energy and decarbonizing long-haul transport

May 25, 2017 |

Not long ago, we updated on Steeper Energy, which has been executing on a $3m grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada towards development of a $30M 100 barrel per day demonstration project for the company’s hydrofaction biomass-to-liquids technology platform. It’s a supercritical technology. For those new to the the field, that means high temperatures and high pressures, […]

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Advancing the bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and feedstock R&D

Advancing the bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA and feedstock R&D

May 24, 2017 |

Former Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the production of biofuels and biobased products is not only good for farm incomes. The whole economy benefits […]

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Supplying the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE feedstocks R&D programs

Supplying the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE feedstocks R&D programs

May 23, 2017 |

More than 1 billion tons of biomass could be domestically converted into biofuels and products, say DOE. Biomass could displace 25% of U.S. petroleum use annually by 2030, keeping $260 billion in the United States, adding 1.1 million direct jobs, and reducing annual CO2 emissions by 450 million tons or 7% of U.S. energy emissions. All of that depends on feedstocks, and […]

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Protein, pathway design: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda

Protein, pathway design: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda

May 22, 2017 |

Arzeda’s proprietary technology combines targeted computational enzyme design and protein optimization with state-of-the-art metabolic bioengineering to create entirely novel designer cell factories capable of industry-scale chemical production. CEO Alex Zanghellini gave this illuminating overview of Arzeda’s breakthrough technology at ABLC 2017 in Washington, DC.

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Scale-up, efficiency, available markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber

Scale-up, efficiency, available markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber

May 21, 2017 |

BioAmber reported an unsurprisingly lackluster sales figure and a Q1 loss of $10.5M compared to a loss of $8.1M for Q1 2016 – unsurprising given the delays at major customer PTT. We covered the fortunatelys and unfortunatelys of this intriguing storyline here. But even better, EVP Mike Hartmann gave this illuminating overview of the technology,m markets […]

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The Latest World News

GreenField Specialty Alcohols rebrands to Greenfield Global

GreenField Specialty Alcohols rebrands to Greenfield Global

May 25, 2017 |

In Canada, GreenField Specialty Alcohols, Inc., Canada’s largest ethanol producer and a world leader in high-purity specialty alcohols, announced it has changed its name to Greenfield Global. The name change reflects the company’s broader product categories and its expertise in driving innovations to demonstrate and commercialize new biochemicals and biofuels. As part of its rebranding, […]

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Aemetis agrees three-year biodiesel deal with BP Singapore

Aemetis agrees three-year biodiesel deal with BP Singapore

May 25, 2017 |

In California, Aemetis, Inc. announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India has signed a three-year biofuels supply agreement with BP Singapore Pte Limited (BPS), the regional trading arm of BP Plc, which has an expanding biofuels portfolio. The Aemetis plant in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh has a capacity of 50 million gallons per year and […]

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Penn State researchers find hope in strip mining reclamation through switchgrass

Penn State researchers find hope in strip mining reclamation through switchgrass

May 25, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, Penn State researchers are looking at how switchgrass might be successfully grown on former strip mining lands, of which there are many in the state, to help begin bringing life back and providing value from biofuel or ethanol at the same time. After reviewing test results and his colleagues’ recommendations, the lead connected […]

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More than 1 billion miles drives on E15

More than 1 billion miles drives on E15

May 25, 2017 |

In Washington, American consumers have helped E15—a fuel containing 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline—reach a significant milestone. According to Growth Energy’s ongoing analysis of fuel sales and consumption data reported by major gasoline retailers, drivers across the United States have logged more than 1 billion miles on E15—attesting to the fuel’s performance, safety, […]

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GoodFuels announces GoodShipping Program to help cargo owners boost biofuel uptake

GoodFuels announces GoodShipping Program to help cargo owners boost biofuel uptake

May 25, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, a new groundbreaking initiative will hand cargo owners the opportunity to control and greatly reduce the carbon footprint of their ocean freight. The ‘GoodShipping Program’ enables ocean cargo owners with a quick, transparent and convenient way to reduce their carbon footprint – from the industry itself, and not from alternative mitigation schemes […]

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R&D News

Russian researchers lead team using gold nanoparticles catalysts to produce chemicals from glycerol

Russian researchers lead team using gold nanoparticles catalysts to produce chemicals from glycerol

May 25, 2017 |

In Russia, gold nanoparticles serve as catalysts for obtaining valuable chemical products based on glycerol. Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and their international colleagues are developing gold catalysts to recycle one of the main byproducts of biofuel production. The obtained products are in high demand in medicine, agriculture, the cosmetics industry and other sectors. Scientists […]

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California researchers strike gold by sequencing green alga’s genome

California researchers strike gold by sequencing green alga’s genome

May 24, 2017 |

In California, plant biologists and biochemists from UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a green alga called Chromochloris zofingiensis. Scientists have learned in the past decade that the tiny, single-celled organism could be used as a source of sustainable biofuel and that […]

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Los Alamos researchers map 3D structure of protein that could boost cellulosic biofuel yields

Los Alamos researchers map 3D structure of protein that could boost cellulosic biofuel yields

May 23, 2017 |

In New Mexico, using neutron crystallography, a Los Alamos research team has mapped the three-dimensional structure of a protein that breaks down polysaccharides, such as the fibrous cellulose of grasses and woody plants, a finding that could help bring down the cost of creating biofuels. The research focused on a class of copper-dependent enzymes called […]

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Universities of Pittsburg and Oklahoma find short-rotation oak good 2G aviation biofuel feedstock

Universities of Pittsburg and Oklahoma find short-rotation oak good 2G aviation biofuel feedstock

May 22, 2017 |

In the UK, the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Energy & Environmental Science recently published research by a team from the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Oklahoma investigating the full life cycle impact of one promising “second-generation biofuel” produced from short-rotation oak. The study found that second-generation biofuels made from managed trees and […]

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Poll: No Boater Confusion at the Pump

Poll: No Boater Confusion at the Pump

May 21, 2017 |

In Washington, CK Motorsports and Growth Energy released a new survey, which found 94 percent of boaters “find it easy to pick the right fuel” and are confident in their selection. Labeling is mandated under federal law, as some small equipment and marine engines should only be fueled with E10. Ninety-seven percent of the nation’s […]

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Policy & Policymakers

All hopes on Iowa’s former and current governors

All hopes on Iowa’s former and current governors

May 25, 2017 |

In Iowa, with much of the national ethanol industry’s hopes focused on the former governor-cum-new ambassador to China in order to smooth relations and open back up ethanol and DDGS trade, the state’s industry looks to the new governor to be as supportive of biofuels as his predecessor. Key policy goals include working with the […]

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Icahn’s conflict of interest becoming more apparent with $60 million RIN windfall

Icahn’s conflict of interest becoming more apparent with $60 million RIN windfall

May 24, 2017 |

In Washington, Carl Icahn’s role as special advisor to the president appears to have netted his independent oil refiner CVR $60 million in savings over last year’s Q1 RIN spend as he worked to introduce instability into the RIN market that eventually pushed down prices 19% since November’s election. It’s still not clear why the […]

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Arizona governor signs bill allowing stations to sell isobutanol blends

Arizona governor signs bill allowing stations to sell isobutanol blends

May 23, 2017 |

In Arizona, Gevo Inc. recently announced that a bill signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will let gas stations sell isobutanol-blended gasoline for on-road vehicles, enabling higher performing finished fuels with renewable content for drivers in the state. Bill HB 2368 permits isobutanol to be used as an oxygenate in gasoline for on-road vehicles in […]

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Ethanol industry looking for a trade fight with China

Ethanol industry looking for a trade fight with China

May 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the head of the Renewable Fuels Association told a Commerce Department hearing last Thursday that it wants action taken against China’s moves to block imports of ethanol and DDGS which the RFA says is significantly injuring American farmers and ethanol producers. With the governor of Iowa nominated to be the ambassador to China, […]

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EPA can improve its implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 6 ways: BIO

EPA can improve its implementation of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 6 ways: BIO

May 21, 2017 |

In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization called on the US EPA to “improve its implementation of RFS,” and noted six key improvements. issue its annual Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the RFS on time; interpret its general waiver authority as it did before 2013; make process improvements for RFS pathway approvals – not only to […]

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Other Recent Articles

RFA unveils summer E85 price reporting contest

RFA unveils summer E85 price reporting contest

May 25, 2017 |

In Washington, reporting prices for higher ethanol blends this summer could win you $50 in free fuel per day. Beginning on Memorial Day, the Renewable Fuels Association is launching an “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest, allowing both retailers and consumers to report the price posted for E85 and other ethanol blends. To enter, consumers must […]

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IGC sees US and Chinese corn ethanol bringing down global grain stocks to three-year lows

IGC sees US and Chinese corn ethanol bringing down global grain stocks to three-year lows

May 25, 2017 |

In the UK, the International Grains Council expects increased demand for ethanol in China and the US to wear down grains stocks to three year lows at 479 million metric tons by the end of this season, 12 million tons lower than its previous estimate. The IGC sees global corn stocks to fall below 200 […]

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Chinese to invest in 100,000 ton per year Cambodia cassava ethanol project

Chinese to invest in 100,000 ton per year Cambodia cassava ethanol project

May 24, 2017 |

In Cambodia, as part of China’s “The Belt and Road Initiative”, Hong Kong-based North Asia Resources will buy 14,000ha in Pursat Province for more than $52 million in order to produce cassava that will supply a 100,000 metric ton per year ethanol plant. Methane, carbon dioxide, bio-solid organic fertilizers and bio-power generation will also be […]

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Southern Oil to inaugurate advanced biofuel pilot plant on June 1

Southern Oil to inaugurate advanced biofuel pilot plant on June 1

May 24, 2017 |

In Australia, Queensland’s premier will inaugurate Southern Oil’s $18 million advanced biofuel pilot project in Gladstone on June 1. The facility will use various crop wastes such as sugarcane bagasse and macadamia shells as well as plastics and wood waste to produce renewable diesel and power with an aim of supplying 1 million liters of […]

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Hollywood becomes South Florida’s first E85 city

Hollywood becomes South Florida’s first E85 city

May 24, 2017 |

In Florida, Protec Fuel Management, LLC announced the completion of a project to enable the City of Hollywood to run all Flex Fuel capable vehicles on the cleaner-burning biofuel E85. Protec, the largest distributor of higher ethanol blend fuels to independent retailers and government fleets in the United States, worked closely with city management to […]

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Argentine biofuel production soars during Q1 thanks to bumper grain crop

Argentine biofuel production soars during Q1 thanks to bumper grain crop

May 24, 2017 |

In Argentina, biofuel production during Q1 jumped thanks to a larger grain harvest, with ethanol production up 25.6% on the year while biodiesel rose more than 31%. As a result, revenues rose more than 26% to $147 million despite exports falling by 2.5%. During the period, exports were hit by anti-dumping policies in the US […]

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