Major Stories

Algae: Will Bossie Like it?

Algae: Will Bossie Like it?

September 29, 2014 |

Will protein be the Big, Easy app that puts algae technology on the road to awesome? The Digest ruminates. It’s the world’s favorite biobased feedstock, the crop of dreams, and you just can’t find as much as you’d think would be out there. Why, everyone asks? That’s easy. With algae, the most pressing need relates […]

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Clariant’s demonstration cellulosic ethanol plant in Germany: The complete facility, in pictures

Clariant’s demonstration cellulosic ethanol plant in Germany: The complete facility, in pictures

September 28, 2014 |

Our first up-close look at this cellulosic technology, now at demonstration scale. Producing enzymes and yeasts on site, as part of the complete biomass-to-fuels manufacturing process. About 30 miles southwest, as the crow flies, from the Czech border with the German state of Bavaria, lies the front lines of Bavaria’s investments and achievements in high […]

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The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 9/29/14: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 9/29/14: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

September 28, 2014 |

About The Digest Dashboard. Biofuels 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, […]

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The Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy: Winning Photo Votes 9/29/2014

The Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy: Winning Photo Votes 9/29/2014

September 28, 2014 |

Here are the winning photo votes chosen for the week starting 9/22/14 in this years’s competition for the Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, Renewable Chemicals & Biomaterials. “There’s nothing like a photo vote to help a company — in the strange and microscopic world of industrial biotechnology — to visualize its creativity, company spirit, and communicate […]

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Producer News

Cuba prefers focus on co-gen rather than ethanol

Cuba prefers focus on co-gen rather than ethanol

September 29, 2014 |

In Cuba, the government is holding out for now with plans to produces sugarcane ethanol, not convinced it will help the country’s energy situation, and will instead focus on investing in boosting co-generation production to boost domestic electricity supplies. Current targets are for 20 sugarcane mills to produce 730MW by 2030, providing about 14% of […]

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API says EPA can’t boost biodiesel RFS targets

API says EPA can’t boost biodiesel RFS targets

September 29, 2014 |

In Washington, the Clean Air Act explicitly prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from increasing the biomass-based diesel mandate for the 2014 compliance year, wrote American Petroleum Institute (API) Downstream Group Director Bob Greco in a letter sent Friday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The Clean Air Act expressly compels EPA to provide a […]

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Company fined $70 million for importing US biodiesel via Canada to Romania

Company fined $70 million for importing US biodiesel via Canada to Romania

September 29, 2014 |

In Romania, KazMunayGas Trading will have to pay $70 million Romanian tax administration agency ANAF for US biodiesel imports that were shipped via Canada following a lawsuit initiated by Austrian oil company OMV. The case started as a result of an investigation by the EU’s fraud office OLAF.  

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Total may invest in biodiesel facility at oil refinery near Marseille

Total may invest in biodiesel facility at oil refinery near Marseille

September 29, 2014 |

In France, Total is thinking to include a biodiesel production facility as part of an oil refinery upgrade at the La Mede refinery near Marseille. Investments to upgrading the site to comply with environmental regulations by 2018 could reach up to $475 million. Decision on the potential upgrade and investment is due in the spring. […]

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5-Minute Guides

4 Minutes With…Barry Breede, Chief Innovation Officer, Cox Recovery Solutions

4 Minutes With…Barry Breede, Chief Innovation Officer, Cox Recovery Solutions

September 29, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. We are the largest producer of utility poles in the U.S. We are trying to develop an alternative solution for the disposal of treated utility poles other than landfill, and have been actively working with biofuel producers on the creation of a feedstock […]

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4 Minutes With…Seema Singh, Director- Biomass Pretreatment, Joint BioEnergy Institute

4 Minutes With…Seema Singh, Director- Biomass Pretreatment, Joint BioEnergy Institute

September 28, 2014 |

Last week we profiled JBEI and Sandia legend Blake Simmons — now we get a chance to profile the other half of JBEI’s biomass deconstruction dynamic duo, Seema Singh. If you’ve been thinking about investigating ionic liquids as a pretreatment strategy — well, that’s some of JBEI’s signature work. Perhaps unsurprisingly for someone who spends […]

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4 Minutes With..Valerie Reed, Deputy Directory, Bioenergy Technology Office, Department of Energy

4 Minutes With..Valerie Reed, Deputy Directory, Bioenergy Technology Office, Department of Energy

September 25, 2014 |

She’s officially listed as Deputy Director of the Bioenergy Technology Office at DOE — but I count at least two terms as interim director, and totaling I believe over a year in that post. Sometimes in that job, you get the joy of seeing a technology break through at scale. Some days, you probably feel […]

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4 Minutes With…Steve Hartig, General Manager Licensing, POET DSM Advanced Biofuels

4 Minutes With…Steve Hartig, General Manager Licensing, POET DSM Advanced Biofuels

September 24, 2014 |

Recently, if you had attended at the opening of the POET-DSM project in Emmetsburg, you would have seen Steve Hartig at the back of the pack on the plant tours — one of the go-to guys, answering all the detailed questions, deflecting the sensitive ones, getting the vision across not only for this demonstration facility, […]

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R&D News

ASU researcher recognized internationally for water and biodiesel work

ASU researcher recognized internationally for water and biodiesel work

September 29, 2014 |

In Arizona, ASU Regents’ Professor Bruce Rittmann flew across the Atlantic this week to accept an award of which he is the first winner: the 2014 ISME/IWA Bio Cluster Award. “I am really, really thrilled about this,” said Rittmann, who was honored Sept. 25, in Lisbon, Portugal, at the International Water Association Congress, for his […]

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85% of India’s consumers say “biobased is better”

85% of India’s consumers say “biobased is better”

September 28, 2014 |

In India, DuPont released the DuPont Green Living Survey: India, conducted by TNS Global, and found that more than 63 percent of Indian consumers are familiar with green products and of those, 85 percent have confidence that they are better for the environment. It is interesting to note that India’s confidence in green products being […]

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Schott, Algatech find that thin glass walls for improve algae cultivation efficiency in photobioreactors

Schott, Algatech find that thin glass walls for improve algae cultivation efficiency in photobioreactors

September 28, 2014 |

In Israel, Schott and Algatech, have signed an extension of their R&D agreement covering thin-walled DURAN glass tubes glass tubes for Algatech’s algae production facility, that have “significantly improved cultivation efficiency in the yields of Algatech’s AstaPure natural astaxanthin.” A dedicated section of Algatech’s factory in the Arava Desert will serve as a beta site […]

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Clariant, Haltermann and MB announces positive sunliquid 20 results

Clariant, Haltermann and MB announces positive sunliquid 20 results

September 25, 2014 |

In Germany, Clariant, Haltermann and Mercedes-Benz have tested a fuel of the future in a fleet test since January. Initial results prove the high quality and excellent properties of sunliquid 20 fuel (contains 20 percent ethanol coming from straw). With its first-class combustion properties, sunliquid 20 improves engine efficiency so that its 4 percent lesser energy content, […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Argentina boosts ethanol blend to 10% by December

Argentina boosts ethanol blend to 10% by December

September 29, 2014 |

In Argentina, the government approved an increase in ethanol blending to 8.5% from the current 7% with a 0.5% increase every month until reaching 10% in December. The ethanol industry could provide up to 12% of annual fuel demand, roughly a million cubic meters of ethanol, compared to the 8 million cubic meters of fuel […]

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Brazil publishes boost to biodiesel and ethanol blends

Brazil publishes boost to biodiesel and ethanol blends

September 25, 2014 |

In Brazil, the federal government has approved the increase of biodiesel blending to 7% from Nov. 1 and 6% from July. The law was published in the Official Gazette on Thursday. The ethanol blend was also officially raised to 27.5% from the current 25% following studies that showed the increase was technically feasible.

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Iowa State ag economists says corn prices rather than policy impact E10

Iowa State ag economists says corn prices rather than policy impact E10

September 24, 2014 |

In Iowa, researchers at Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development have released a study showing that the effects of increasing ethanol mandates that are physically feasible to meet on the price of E10 are close to zero. This result is robust to different gasoline supply elasticities and gasoline export demand elasticities. The […]

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UK researchers call for policies to support biofuels at UN Climate Summit

UK researchers call for policies to support biofuels at UN Climate Summit

September 23, 2014 |

In the UK, as heads of government, business, and finance gather in New York for the annual United Nations Climate Summit September 23, University of Sheffield researchers back the economic benefits of global action on climate change verses the cost of inaction. Research at the Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID), suggests there are a […]

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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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Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

August 28, 2014 |

By Jim Stewart, Chairman, BioEnergy Producers Association The momentum leading to the introduction of new technologies for alternative energy production has become increasingly evident during 2014. The year has brought a steady stream of announcements from the industry regarding equity infusions, strategic alliances and commercial demonstration projects. However, as far as the use of conversion […]

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White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry

White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry

August 25, 2014 |

By Dr. Doria Gordon, The Nature Conservancy  Cultivation of bioenergy crops is predicted to increase to between 27 and 120 million acres by 2022 in order to meet the renewable energy needs of the U.S. and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard. These crops may be used for production of ethanol, biodiesel or heat through […]

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In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic

In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic

August 24, 2014 |

By Todd Taylor, partner, Fredrikson & Byron Skeptic: from the Greek “skeptikos” meaning “to consider, examine” “Skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.” [Miguel de Unamuno, "Essays and Soliloquies," 1924] “Trust, but Verify” – President Ronald Reagan […]

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Other Recent Articles

Agrisoma Biosciences closes $8 million in Series A funding

Agrisoma Biosciences closes $8 million in Series A funding

September 29, 2014 |

In Canada, Agrisoma Biosciences announced the first closing of its Series A financing round, expected to total $8 million through 2014. The funding round was led by Cycle Capital Management and included participation of BDC Venture Capital, one of Agrisoma’s current equity investors. The funding is in support of Agrisoma’s further commercialization of Resonance® Carinata, […]

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Palm oil export prices seen up to $750 in Q1 2015

Palm oil export prices seen up to $750 in Q1 2015

September 29, 2014 |

In Indonesia, export prices for crude palm oil could hit $750 per metric ton during Q1 2015, up from the current $680 per ton, as dry weather conditions begin to impact production in both Indonesia and Malaysia. Continued dryness in October could have further negative impacts on supplies. Soy oil prices are also seen higher […]

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Biofuels Digest Index drops to 74.22 as advanced bio tanks

Biofuels Digest Index drops to 74.22 as advanced bio tanks

September 29, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, shed 0.82 percent to 74.22 as advanced biofuels tanked. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) dropped 4.16 percent to $3.92, while Gevo (GEVO) lost 5.85 percent to $0.32. Among other equities, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) declined 4.79 percent to $14.91. Overall, declines led advances 5 to […]

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US gasoline demand up, ethanol production down last week, reports EIA

US gasoline demand up, ethanol production down last week, reports EIA

September 28, 2014 |

According to EIA data as reported by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 889,000 barrels per day last week—or 37.34 million gallons daily. RFA adds: “That is down 42,000 b/d (or 4.5%) from the week before and the lowest average since the week ending 3/21/2014. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 917,000 […]

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Gevo to Appeal US Patent Office ruling following setback on separation, recovery patents

Gevo to Appeal US Patent Office ruling following setback on separation, recovery patents

September 28, 2014 |

In Colorado, Gevo announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued an inter partes review decision rejecting the claims of Gevo’s U.S. Patent Nos. 8,283,505 (the ’505 Patent) and 8,304,588 (the ’588 Patent), which cover methods of isobutanol separation and recovery in retrofit ethanol plants. Gevo plans to appeal the decision to […]

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BIO launches Rosalind Franklin Award to recognize women in industrial biotechnology

BIO launches Rosalind Franklin Award to recognize women in industrial biotechnology

September 28, 2014 |

In Washington, the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), announced the creation of the Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology to be presented at the BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology held December 7-9, 2014 in San Diego, California. The Award will honor the unique achievements of Rosalind Franklin, her contributions to the field of […]

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