Major Stories

Santa’s comin’ to town with Red Tractor and sustainability schemes

Santa’s comin’ to town with Red Tractor and sustainability schemes

December 16, 2017 |

All some farmers want for Christmas this year is a sustainability certification that is EU approved. Farmers and biofuel producers in the EU, or exporting biofuel to the EU, need to validate their products and supply chain as sustainable for buyers who demand it and the EU government which requires it, but when their sustainability […]

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Ginkgo’s insane $275M venture haul says it loud: Digital Biology is here

Ginkgo’s insane $275M venture haul says it loud: Digital Biology is here

December 14, 2017 |

Last week we shared with you a framework for a rising technology wave — we called it Digital Biology, the convergence of digital and biological technology waves that is changing genetics from an artisan’s niche into a branch of information technology. More evidence of the power of the Digital Biology wave arrives this week with […]

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Of Esters and Investors: The story of Prairie Catalytic’s leap to scale

Of Esters and Investors: The story of Prairie Catalytic’s leap to scale

December 13, 2017 |

On November 29, 2017, Prairie Catalytic, a subsidiary of Greenyug, closed on the sale of project bonds to finance its first commercial production facility to develop a 50,000 metric tons per year urethane grade ethyl acetate production facility that is located adjacent to the Archer-Daniels-Midland Company  ethanol production facility in the City of Columbus, Platte […]

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The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points right now

The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points right now

December 12, 2017 |

  As ABLC’s storied 2 for 1 offer comes to a close this week, we look at the top themes that Delegates will be coming to Washington to explore, debate, negotiate, argue, pray for, fear, delight in and generally obsess over. Yep, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference — which convenes in Washington, DC on February […]

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I Don’t Like Losses, Sport: The invention of bioeconomy risk insurance and Fulcrum BioEnergy’s leap to scale

I Don’t Like Losses, Sport: The invention of bioeconomy risk insurance and Fulcrum BioEnergy’s leap to scale

December 11, 2017 |

We have news you can use today on the subject of the most powerful, inevitable, fearsome, mysterious, taboo, and untouchable four-letter word in the advanced bioeconomy lexicon. Risk. The problem of Investor risk is ridiculously easy to understand and ridiculously hard to solve. If you think back to your own 401(k) or IRA for a […]

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8-Slide Guides

Creative financing mechanisms: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to structures for bioeconomy and power projects

Creative financing mechanisms: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to structures for bioeconomy and power projects

December 14, 2017 |

Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern Brothers, Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part of the go-to team for more projects than there […]

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Challenges in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy projects

Challenges in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy projects

December 13, 2017 |

Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern Brothers, Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part of the go-to team for more projects than there […]

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Fish, wildlife & bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable impacts on fish and wildlife habitats

Fish, wildlife & bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable impacts on fish and wildlife habitats

December 11, 2017 |

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is working with bioenergy industries and leaders to assist them in the sustainable development of bioenergy that includes our fish and wildlife resources, in the quest towards sustainable bioenergy to meet our nation’s needs for energy independence and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while also preserving our nation’s […]

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Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy projects in the US vs Internationally

Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy projects in the US vs Internationally

December 11, 2017 |

Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern Brothers, Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part of the go-to team for more projects than there […]

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Bioproducts, USDA and you: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Agricutural Research Service partnership

Bioproducts, USDA and you: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Agricutural Research Service partnership

December 10, 2017 |

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: Ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products; Assess the nutritional needs of Americans; Sustain a competitive agricultural economy; […]

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The Latest World News

Neste moves forward with Renewable Products program

Neste moves forward with Renewable Products program

December 16, 2017 |

In Finland, Neste’s Board of Directors decided that Neste’s additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. The decision initiates technical design of the new production line, with the aim of a final investment decision by the end of 2018. If the […]

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Scania invests SEK 1.5 billion in energy-efficient foundry

Scania invests SEK 1.5 billion in energy-efficient foundry

December 16, 2017 |

In Sweden, Scania plans to invest about SEK 1.5 billion (a little over $176 million) in a new foundry in Södertälje, in order to triple production capacity and achieve a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption compared to the technology and methods used in the current foundry. Through more efficient materials handling and recycling, a […]

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Arizona Public Service study calls for more biomass energy generation

Arizona Public Service study calls for more biomass energy generation

December 16, 2017 |

In Arizona, a study presented to the Arizona Corporation Commission and conducted by Arizona Public Service is promoting the addition of more biomass into its energy portfolio. APS hopes the increase in biomass use will allow the utility to collect an additional $95 million in revenues, according to WMI Central. “The study could provide a […]

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Södra and Statkraft building new demo plant in Norway

Södra and Statkraft building new demo plant in Norway

December 16, 2017 |

In Norway, Sweden-based Södra and Statkraft are investing approximately SEK 500 million (nearly $59 million) in a new demo facility for fossil-free fuel. The biofuel will be based on forest raw material and the demo facility is expected to be in operation by spring 2019. The investment will be made through the joint company Silva […]

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Conventional soybean meal prices jump sharply

Conventional soybean meal prices jump sharply

December 16, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that prices of conventional soybean meal firmed substantially at the end of November 2017 following the sharp drops seen in the first three quarters of 2017. Dryness in Argentina fueled concerns about soybean crop failures and, as a result of this, a decline in processing. Since hitting this year’s low at […]

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R&D News

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile

December 16, 2017 |

In Colorado, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) established a novel catalytic method to produce renewable acrylonitrile using 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP), which can be biologically produced from sugars. This hybrid biological-catalytic process offers an alternative to the conventional petrochemical production method and achieves unprecedented acrylonitrile yields. Researchers were able to achieve a 98% […]

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US and German researchers produce biofuel from Greek yogurt waste

US and German researchers produce biofuel from Greek yogurt waste

December 14, 2017 |

In New York state, consumers across the world enjoy Greek yogurt for its taste, texture, and protein-packed punch. Reaching that perfect formula, however, generates large volumes of food waste in the form of liquid whey. Now researchers in the United States and Germany have found a way to use bacteria to turn the leftover sugars […]

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DOE awards Washington University in St. Louis $3.9 million to develop bacteria for biofuel production

DOE awards Washington University in St. Louis $3.9 million to develop bacteria for biofuel production

December 13, 2017 |

In Missouri, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels — energy sources made from plants or microbes. The researchers, representing a collaboration of investigators at the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering & Applied […]

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NREL researchers gain insights into how glycosylation affects key cellulase enzyme

NREL researchers gain insights into how glycosylation affects key cellulase enzyme

December 12, 2017 |

In Colorado, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory  have gained new insights into how glycosylation—the natural attachment of sugars to proteins—affects a key cellulase enzyme. This work could be used to improve enzyme performance to better break down biomass and convert waste plant matter to renewable fuels and products. Namely, […]

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Penn State to boost industrial hemp acreage 100-fold next year

Penn State to boost industrial hemp acreage 100-fold next year

December 12, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, WESA-FM reports that industrial hemp acres could increase by 100-fold to 5,000 acres next year from just 50 acres this year as research at Penn State looks to continues to scale up, looking at uses included biofuels and cooking oil. Research has so far shown promising results when farmers plant it after harvesting […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Cruz proposes 10 cent cap on each renewable fuel credit

Cruz proposes 10 cent cap on each renewable fuel credit

December 16, 2017 |

In Texas, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) proposed a cap of 10 cents on each renewable fuel credit, which is a fraction of their value, to be placed to help the oil industry and refiners deal with the RFS requirements. His proposal requests that the EPA sell “fixed price waiver credits” at 10 cents each […]

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Canada publishes framework for design of Clean Fuel Standard

Canada publishes framework for design of Clean Fuel Standard

December 14, 2017 |

In Canada, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, moved Canada a step closer to using cleaner fuels, with the release of the regulatory framework outlining the proposed design of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard. The framework will provide the basis for technical discussions and regulations that will require the use of cleaner fuels […]

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ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects

ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects

December 14, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $100 million in funding for new projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA‑E) latest OPEN funding opportunity. OPEN will support America’s top innovators through dozens of early-stage research and development projects as they build technologies to transform the nation’s energy system. “The Department […]

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RenovaBio policy passes Brazilian Senate, awaits President’s signature

RenovaBio policy passes Brazilian Senate, awaits President’s signature

December 13, 2017 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the Senate passed the long-awaited RenovaBio policy, the last step before heading to the President for his signature, potentially before the end of the year. The House of Representatives passed the bill just a few days after it was presented in November in an effort to push the legislation through. […]

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DOE launches Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Directed Funding Opportunity

DOE launches Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Directed Funding Opportunity

December 12, 2017 |

In Washington, news arrived that the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is overseeing a Directed Funding Opportunity (DFO) call. Interested industrial and academic partners wanting to collaborate with research experts and leverage unique technology capabilities at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s national laboratories are encouraged to apply. Lignocellulosic biorefineries’ development and operation have suffered from […]

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Other Recent Articles

U.S. ethanol production hits second-highest volume on record

U.S. ethanol production hits second-highest volume on record

December 16, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production averaged 1.089 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 45.74 million gallons daily production, which is down 20,000 b/d from last week’s record high, yet still high enough to capture the second-highest volume on record, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. The four-week average for ethanol […]

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University of Florida researchers find sorghum varieties that could produce 1,000 gallons per acre

University of Florida researchers find sorghum varieties that could produce 1,000 gallons per acre

December 14, 2017 |

In Florida, the potential for sorghum as a biofuel feedstock just grew as University of Florida researchers found three UF/IFAS-developed sorghum varieties could produce up to 1,000 gallons of ethanol per acre. UF/IFAS scientists like sorghum because it can be cultivated twice a year in Florida, requires little fertilizer, uses water efficiently and can be […]

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Argentine biodiesel export tax could support EU prices

Argentine biodiesel export tax could support EU prices

December 14, 2017 |

In Argentina, Platts expects European biodiesel prices to be supported by the new 8% export tariff lobbed onto Argentine biodiesel exports following significant supply pressure as a result of a return to imports into Europe. The new import tax expected for January 1 could boost FAME-0 prices sufficiently that imports become unviable or that inbound […]

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China to import 2.5 million tons of cassava for ethanol production

China to import 2.5 million tons of cassava for ethanol production

December 14, 2017 |

In Tanzania, China has signed an offtake agreement for 2.5 million metric tons of cassava that will later be imported for ethanol production. Although much of the focus on the 2020 10% ethanol-blending mandate has been on corn-based ethanol, cassava-based ethanol production has been growing in China and the wider Asian region. Already the country […]

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Indian sugar mills say they could supply more ethanol if needed

Indian sugar mills say they could supply more ethanol if needed

December 14, 2017 |

In India, the Hindu newspaper says that despite sugar mills contracting a record amount of ethanol sales with oil marketing companies, they say that if a second round of tenders was held that more volume could be offered. A total of 3.13 billion liters are required to achieve the 10% ethanol-blending mandate in 2018 but […]

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Corn state senators not willing to pull back RFS but could help adaptation

Corn state senators not willing to pull back RFS but could help adaptation

December 14, 2017 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that corn state senators say they’ll never allow the Renewable Fuel Standard’s biofuel blending mandate be reduced but they are open to doing what they can to help oil states such as Texas adapt. Staff of Texas senator Ted Cruz said during a meeting held at the White House that he […]

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