Major Stories

Solar Fuels: Making hydrocarbon fuels directly from CO2 and sunlight

Solar Fuels: Making hydrocarbon fuels directly from CO2 and sunlight

July 6, 2015 |

Drop-in Hydrocarbon fuels made directly by plants? Here. we look at the science and risks of turning an “ability” into an “industrial reality”. It’s common knowledge that terrestrial plants (and many aquatic species) use carbon dioxide, water and sunlight to make the molecules they need — using a complex series of metabolic pathways established and […]

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Why such a struggle to advance renewable fuels?: The (non-cooperative) games people play

Why such a struggle to advance renewable fuels?: The (non-cooperative) games people play

July 3, 2015 |

Are there reasons that mandates and subsidies have a hard time stabilizing, or driving volumes of advanced biofuels or green chemicals — reasons that are grounded in the Prisoner’s Dilemma and game theory?  Is there another, better way to advance the advanced bioeconomy? Classical economics is grounded in the analysis of choices between “guns or […]

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The 10 Hottest, Bossest Renewable Plastic Technologies

The 10 Hottest, Bossest Renewable Plastic Technologies

July 2, 2015 |

Plastics — we love the price, performance and versatility. But why not renewable and sustainable, too? We want it all! And you can have it, with 10 technologies that are changing the landscape. Let’s dive into the who and why. 10. Using plastic to make fuels One way to get plastics out of the landfill, where […]

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Cellulosic ethanol: Where are the gallons? Answers for your questions.

Cellulosic ethanol: Where are the gallons? Answers for your questions.

July 1, 2015 |

Seen a number of high-profile cellulosic projects open in recent years, and not much ethanol being produced? Wondered why? Here are answers to your questions. As Jack Webb used to say on Dragnet, just the facts, ma’am. Fact one. There’s not much ethanol being produced at the new generation of cellulosic projects. Fact two. We have […]

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Producer News

Petrobras still believes in ethanol for energy security

Petrobras still believes in ethanol for energy security

July 6, 2015 |

In Brazil, despite looking to sell off the majority of its ethanol assets in nothing less than a fire sale, Petrobras’ CEO says the company still believes ethanol is key for the company to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. He said Petrobras is keeping fuel prices in line with market forces.

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Ensus ethanol plant likely to remain shuttered until 2017

Ensus ethanol plant likely to remain shuttered until 2017

July 6, 2015 |

In the UK, the Ensus ethanol plant that has been mothballed since February is likely to remain shut until 2017. Owner CropEnergies plans to invest EUR40 million in upgrades so the facility is operation when it opens up again, but has to shed 22 of 98 jobs in order to make the books balance.

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Ho Chi Minh City mandates public vehicles use E5

Ho Chi Minh City mandates public vehicles use E5

July 6, 2015 |

In Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City has decided to mandate all government vehicles and those belonging to state-owned companies to use E5 in an effort to encourage uptake of the fuel among the public. Barely more than 50 stations currently offer E5 despite plans to have more than 160 offering it by the end of […]

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Odebrecht to boost ethanol production 22% on year

Odebrecht to boost ethanol production 22% on year

July 6, 2015 |

In Brazil, Odebrecht plans to boost its cane crush this year by 15% and in turn boost ethanol production by 22% from the 1.58 billion liters is produced last year. The company plans to invest $193 million this year, betting on bioenergy, despite the lowest sugar prices in more than six years. Last year it […]

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5-Minute Guides

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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Calysta: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide update

Calysta: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide update

May 13, 2015 |

Calysta is using biotechnology to create innovative products from sustainable sources. Calysta Nutrition develops and produces FeedKind ™ protein feed for commercial aquaculture and livestock feed. Calysta Energy is developing high value materials for use in industrial and consumer products with cost and performance advantages over current processes. Calysta proprietary technology uses methane as an […]

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Kiverdi: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Kiverdi: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

May 11, 2015 |

Kiverdi makes high-value oils and chemicals for a variety of product applications such as detergents, biomaterials and fuel additives. Kiverdi’s chemicals are sustainably produced from waste carbon and decoupled from the price fluctuations, supply chain disruptions, and geopolitics associated with commodities. Kiverdi is in the class of gas fermentation companies – like, say, Coskata, INEOS […]

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The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 5/11/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 5/11/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

May 10, 2015 |

The Digest’s Dashboard is a convenient “news you can use” 5-Minute summary of current markets including key commodity prices, relevant futures, bioenergy-related stocks, and historical equities data. Latest prices – key commodities. Most recent commodity closing prices, and price changes, for NYMEX’s crude oil, Brent Crude, Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel, Natural Gas, RBOB gasoline, and Ethylene; ethanol […]

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R&D News

Researchers say perennial crops could use same water as corn in Upper Midwest

Researchers say perennial crops could use same water as corn in Upper Midwest

July 6, 2015 |

In Michigan, converting large tracts of the Midwest’s marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water between rainfall, evaporation and movement of soil water to groundwater. In humid climates such as the U.S. Midwest, evaporation returns more than half of the […]

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Renewables critical for island economies: IRENA Report

Renewables critical for island economies: IRENA Report

July 3, 2015 |

In Brussels, International Renewable Energy Agency released three reports today for Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu, concluding that a combination of solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biomass and biofuel could meet domestic energy needs while decreasing electricity costs, increasing energy access, and boosting energy independence. Renewables Readiness Assessments offer a holistic evaluation of conditions for […]

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UW-M leads work on reducing toxins for bacteria in bioprocessing

UW-M leads work on reducing toxins for bacteria in bioprocessing

July 2, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, a team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic — literally — for the organisms that do the heavy lifting in the increasingly important field of bio-products derived from cellulosic biomass. When industrious bacteria like Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Zymomonas […]

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DOE plans to issue “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2” call in July

DOE plans to issue “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2” call in July

July 1, 2015 |

In Washington, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2”. BETO’s mission is to engage in research and development (R&D) and demonstration activities at increasing scale to transform renewable biomass resources into commercially […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Illinois’ ag director calls on EPA to boost RFS for ethanol

Illinois’ ag director calls on EPA to boost RFS for ethanol

July 6, 2015 |

In Illinois, the state’s agriculture director Philip Nelson is calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to reconsider the proposed Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) volume obligations that were laid out earlier this spring.  This action comes as several partner states, such as Iowa and Missouri, testified recently in opposition of the proposal at the […]

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US should help capitalize state green banks, says Brookings report

US should help capitalize state green banks, says Brookings report

July 3, 2015 |

In Washington, the Brookings Institution released a report calling on the Federal Government to help capitalize and scale up the new state-level green banks by smoothing their access to relevant federal dollars. “Support requires no major change of policy,” the report authors say. “Instead, it requires mostly administrative action: clarifications of definitions, clarifications of eligibility, […]

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Washington state nixes Low Carbon Fuel Standard via transport bill “poison pill”

Washington state nixes Low Carbon Fuel Standard via transport bill “poison pill”

July 3, 2015 |

In Washington state, state lawmakers passed a $15B transportation package by a 27-22 vote that includes a provision that “effectively prohibits a Clean Fuel Standard for Washington state,” according to the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition. The bill now proceeds to the Governor for his signature, which is expected. The “poison pill” provision in the bill […]

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OMB against plan to recognize forest bioenergy as carbon neutral

OMB against plan to recognize forest bioenergy as carbon neutral

July 2, 2015 |

In Washington, following a letter from nearly half of the US Senate wanting cross-agency recognition of carbon neutrality for forestry-based bioenergy, the White House Office of Management and Budget has come out against the idea as laid out in the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, also known as H.R. 2822. […]

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Other Recent Articles

Malaysia says October for B10 implementation

Malaysia says October for B10 implementation

July 6, 2015 |

In Malaysia, the government has set October as the start date for the new B10 policy despite concerns from automakers that their vehicles won’t run properly on the fuel. Achieving B10 nationwide will push crude palm oil consumption to 1 million metric tons annually.

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Argentina boosts cane-based ethanol prices 5% for July to $1.04/liter

Argentina boosts cane-based ethanol prices 5% for July to $1.04/liter

July 6, 2015 |

In Argentina, the government has raised sugarcane-based ethanol prices to $1.04 per liter for July, reaching the maximum 5% increase per month allowed. Corn-based ethanol prices were only raised 2%. March ethanol production reached 64,599 metric tons, up 55% on the year.

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4 minutes with… Bill Holmberg, Chairman Emeritus, Biomass & Biofuels American Council On Renawable Energy

4 minutes with… Bill Holmberg, Chairman Emeritus, Biomass & Biofuels American Council On Renawable Energy

July 6, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Launching a new effort to work with most of all the associations, organizations, groups and industries affiliated in any way with food, fiber, feed, fertilizers, feedstocks for biochemicals, and fuels from farms and forests Tell us about your role and what you are […]

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Biofuels Digest Index falls to 63.24 as large caps swoon

Biofuels Digest Index falls to 63.24 as large caps swoon

July 6, 2015 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, fell 1.56 percent to 63.24 as large caps swooned. For the day, Eni (E) dropped 5.23 percent to $33.50, while Shell (RDS) shed 1.85 percent to $55.99. Among other equities, BP lost 3.34 percent to $39.91. Overall, declines led advances by a 7 to […]

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Top 10 Lessons Learned commercializing advanced biotechnologies, Part 2

Top 10 Lessons Learned commercializing advanced biotechnologies, Part 2

July 6, 2015 |

By Mark Warner, P.E, Founder, Warner Advisors Special to The Digest In part one of the three-part series of Top Ten Lessons Learned, we reviewed process development topics. In this second segment, we will explore process design and deployment. PART 2 – PROCESS DESIGN AND DEPLOYMENT Facility Design – Understanding fit for purpose Without a doubt, […]

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Top 10 Lessons Learned commercializing advanced biotechnologies

Top 10 Lessons Learned commercializing advanced biotechnologies

July 3, 2015 |

By Mark Warner, P.E, Founder, Warner Advisors Special to The Digest Spending half a billion dollars placing steel in the ground to commercialize advanced biotechnologies for fuels, chemicals and food applications, is the easy part. Doing it successfully is the hard part – but I have been fortunate to lead many successful projects over the last […]

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