Major Stories

Professor Snape and partners create magic with first Hydrothermal Carbonization plant in UK

Professor Snape and partners create magic with first Hydrothermal Carbonization plant in UK

January 21, 2018 |

Without Professor Snape in Harry Potter, there would be no Harry Potter. Without Professor Snape at University of Nottingham, perhaps there would be no Hydrothermal Carbonization in the UK? The University of Nottingham’s Professor Snape isn’t working alone and has partners that are helping magic happen in the biomass and biofuel world. In the United […]

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5 Crazy Ways to Use Algae That Turn Out to Be Not So Crazy

5 Crazy Ways to Use Algae That Turn Out to Be Not So Crazy

January 17, 2018 |

Algae chocolate, algae ink, algae protein powder, algae as a solar technology and algae as a diversification strategy for tourist economies? Algae investors and project developers may be the most inventive group of people in the world when it comes to finding new market niches for the world’s oldest living oil source, friend of the […]

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The Silver in Silva: The Story of Steeper Energy and SGF’s’s $59M advanced biofuels project in Norway

The Silver in Silva: The Story of Steeper Energy and SGF’s’s $59M advanced biofuels project in Norway

January 16, 2018 |

This week we reported that Steeper Energy is partnering with Silva Green Fuel, a Norwegian-Swedish joint venture, to construct a $59M industrial scale demonstration plant at a former pulp mill located in Tofte, Norway leading to a future commercial scale project. Let’s look at that item in more detail. Silva is a joint venture between Norway’s […]

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Affordable, green hydrogen — it is here, near, or nowhere in sight (again)?

Affordable, green hydrogen — it is here, near, or nowhere in sight (again)?

January 15, 2018 |

News arrives from Israel’s Technion Institute that they have developed a stable catalyst that can split water at extravagantly low energy-levels – and haven’t ruled out being able to split water with energy levels obtainable from the sun. Before you skip this story to check out more pulse-quickening items such as Oscar nominees or pre-Olympics […]

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Aries Clean Energy Receives $25 Million Commitment of Project Equity from Spring Lane Capital

Aries Clean Energy Receives $25 Million Commitment of Project Equity from Spring Lane Capital

January 14, 2018 |

We dreamed of the day waste projects would get the funding needed to gain ground, and that day may have finally come. One of the most remembered parts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech is when he said “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the […]

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8-Slide Guides

Dry Idea: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioeconomy in Arid Regions

Dry Idea: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioeconomy in Arid Regions

January 21, 2018 |

The Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Scale up to profitable production, however, requires feedstock improvements, expansion of cultivation, agronomic knowledge and practices, and economic crop residue utilization. Researchers from The University of Arizona (UA), Bridgestone Americas, Inc., […]

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Top 20 advanced bioeconomy projects underway in North America

Top 20 advanced bioeconomy projects underway in North America

January 18, 2018 |

To date, North America is the most active of all regions in terms of deploying advanced technology — whether it is cellulosic ethanol, isobutanol for fuels and chemicals, or renewable chemical plants, you see the first and the most, here. There are three drivers for that: 1. Continued and robust technology development, from Silicon Valley […]

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC regional biojet fuel consortium

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC regional biojet fuel consortium

January 18, 2018 |

Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case. As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of the University of Florida (lead), the University of South Florida, the University of Georgia, Auburn University, and other institutions, government agencies, […]

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Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program

Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program

January 17, 2018 |

The 2014 Farm Bill provides for support of Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing by providing loan guarantees for up to $250 million. USDA has funding available and is actively looking for new applications. These illuminating slides on the USDA process come from Todd Hubbell, Chief, Technology Branch, USDA Rural Development as presented originally at ABLC […]

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Start Right, Finish Right: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Project Development for New Technology

Start Right, Finish Right: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Project Development for New Technology

January 16, 2018 |

Scale-up. Everyone wants it, but how do you get it done, right, on-time, on-target, on-budget? How do you meet the safety, reliability, economic and sustainability goals? Mike Schultz is Managing Director of PTI Global Solutions, with nearly twenty years of experience in the fuels, chemicals, and energy space.  He has led the scale up and […]

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The Latest World News

SynSel secures $300M in construction funds for biofuel plant

SynSel secures $300M in construction funds for biofuel plant

January 21, 2018 |

In Michigan, SynSel has secured $300 million in construction funds to move forward on a former paper mill site that SynSel is converting to a biofuel plant. While taking longer than planned, the Synsel plant is expected to bring hundreds of new jobs to the Ontonagon area but will require expansions to local rail systems […]

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Bangchak plans $315M investment and will add biofuel subsidiary to Stock Exchange

Bangchak plans $315M investment and will add biofuel subsidiary to Stock Exchange

January 21, 2018 |

In Thailand, Bangchak Corporation plans to invest ฿ 10 billion Thai Baht (about $315 million) to boost refinery capacity and production over the next two years, according to The Nation. Bangchak President, Chaiwat Kovavisarach, announced the plan that will increase refining capacity up to to130,000 barrels per day, from the current level of 120,000 barrels […]

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Report says there is enough biomass for biofuels without affecting food supply

Report says there is enough biomass for biofuels without affecting food supply

January 21, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP published a report on global biomass market supply for the purpose of biofuel production in relation to supply in the food and feedstuff markets saying that strong global harvest yields mean that supply on international markets is more than sufficient and is enough to meet worldwide demand, even if many parts of […]

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Statutory GHG reduction requirement for biofuels increases to 50 percent

Statutory GHG reduction requirement for biofuels increases to 50 percent

January 21, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP sent out a reminder that the increased GHG reduction requirement for biofuels took effect on 1st January 2018 in accordance with the “iLUC Directive” from 2015. In accordance with this, biofuels from cultivated biomass must demonstrate a reduction in greenhouse gases compared to fossil fuels of at least 50 percent to be […]

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Vegetable oil prices decline to 5-month low

Vegetable oil prices decline to 5-month low

January 21, 2018 |

In Italy, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that the vegetable oil price index fell to a five-month low in December 2017. FAO’s price indices for oilseeds and vegetable oils fell by, respectively, 2.2 and 9.6 points (or 1.5 and 5.6 percent), whereas the oilmeal index rebounded by 7.0 points (or […]

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R&D News

ADM and Vland enter joint development agreement for enzyme research

ADM and Vland enter joint development agreement for enzyme research

January 21, 2018 |

In Illinois, Archer Daniels Midland Company and China-based Qingdao Vland Biotech Group Co., Ltd. signed a joint development agreement for the development and commercialization of enzymes for animal feed applications. In addition to ADM’s research center in Decatur, Illinois, ADM will open a new U.S. enzyme research and development lab in California that will directly […]

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Chinese researchers demonstrate efficient jatropha biofuel production using nanotube catalyst

Chinese researchers demonstrate efficient jatropha biofuel production using nanotube catalyst

January 18, 2018 |

In China, recent research published in a report in Nano showed biofuels were obtained from jatropha oil using carbon nanotube (CNT) catalyst, which showed efficient cracking activity. The performance was activated by the high stability, metal sites, acid sites, electroconductivity, and coking tolerance of CNT. Two cracking circulations were found in the hydroprocessing. The sulphur-free […]

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Study provides agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks

Study provides agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks

January 17, 2018 |

In Illinois, until now, producers have had to rely on incomplete information and unrealistic, small-scale studies in guiding their decisions about which feedstocks to grow, and where. A new multi-institution report provides practical agronomic data for five cellulosic feedstocks, which could improve adoption and increase production across the country. The project, backed by the U.S. […]

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PNNL makes strides with ADM producing propylene glycol

PNNL makes strides with ADM producing propylene glycol

January 16, 2018 |

In Washington state, PNNL, working with the National Corn Growers Association, was exploring ways that sorbitol, a corn-derived sugar alcohol typically used as a sugar substitute, could be used to create propylene glycol (PG). Funded by DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, the-funded project succeeded. The team discovered a catalyst that efficiently made PG not only from […]

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USDA awards $3 million grant for biomass-based chemicals

USDA awards $3 million grant for biomass-based chemicals

January 15, 2018 |

In Georgia, Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. announced the award of a $3 million grant from the USDA to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies owned by Meridian’s subsidiary, Attis Innovations, Inc. Attis Innovations is the combination of recent transactions with American Science and Technology Corp. and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites […]

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Policy & Policymakers

EPA and RFS to be tested by potential refinery bankruptcy

EPA and RFS to be tested by potential refinery bankruptcy

January 21, 2018 |

In Pennsylvania, the potential bankruptcy of Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery could test the RFS by seeing if the U.S. government can collect biofuels related debt from a company in pain. As the oldest and largest refiner on the East Coast, Philadelphia Energy Solutions likely is carrying a shortfall of RFS credits worth over $100 million, […]

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Iowa’s senators say no way to RIN cap

Iowa’s senators say no way to RIN cap

January 18, 2018 |

In Washington, Iowa’s senators are playing the same kind of hardball with Senator Ted Cruz as he’s playing with them, refusing to hold a second meeting on the Renewable Fuel Standard until the pending appointment for a USDA undersecretary is confirmed, something Cruz has been holding up in order to get leverage on the RFS […]

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Brazil may drop ethanol import tariff in exchange for beef exports to the US

Brazil may drop ethanol import tariff in exchange for beef exports to the US

January 17, 2018 |

In Brazil, just months after implementing the controversial move, the government is already exploring whether it should drop its 20% import tariff on ethanol imports above 600 million liters per year. The decision, however, is tied to whether or not the US drops its ban on beef imports from Brazil following a safety inspection scandal […]

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European Parliament to vote on REDII Wednesday

European Parliament to vote on REDII Wednesday

January 16, 2018 |

In Belgium, all eyes are on the European Parliament that is set to vote on Wednesday regarding the extension of the Renewable Energy Directive through 2030, known as REDII. ePure and farm groups Copa-Cogeca are pushing hard on the yea side while a group of 30 NGOs including WWF and Transport and Energy on the […]

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RFA says ethanol industry can’t negotiation with oil over RFS until they know what they want

RFA says ethanol industry can’t negotiation with oil over RFS until they know what they want

January 15, 2018 |

In Washington, the CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association told DTN that a constructive discussion on the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard could not be held until the oil industry decides what its position is rather than half a dozen different positions all fighting for dominance. He said some oil companies made investments in […]

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Other Recent Articles

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2018 5-Minute Guide

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2018 5-Minute Guide

January 21, 2018 |

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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Ethanol production up from last week

Ethanol production up from last week

January 21, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production averaged 1.061 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 44.56 million gallons daily, according to government data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. That is up 66,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production decreased to 1.045 million b/d for an annualized rate of 16.02 billion gallons. Stocks […]

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Amyris wins two grants for about $25 million

Amyris wins two grants for about $25 million

January 18, 2018 |

In California, Amyris announced two grants that have been awarded, valued in aggregate at approximately $25 million, to accelerate innovation and enable the company to further extend its leadership position in the industrial biotechnology sector. The first grant is in Europe and focused on furthering the company’s current artificial intelligence (AI) and Informatics platform at […]

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Malaysia vows to win over EU member states to stay palm oil biodiesel ban

Malaysia vows to win over EU member states to stay palm oil biodiesel ban

January 18, 2018 |

In Malaysia, in the wake of the European Parliament’s vote to ban palm oil for biodiesel from 2021, “referred to as a “black day” for free trade by the Malaysian government, it vowed to work hard in convincing the European Commission and European member states of palm oil’s role in the European market before the […]

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German Aerospace Center teams with NASA to test alternative fuel emissions and contrails

German Aerospace Center teams with NASA to test alternative fuel emissions and contrails

January 18, 2018 |

In Germany, the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration are set to conduct joint research flights in Germany for the first time. The focus will be on alternative fuel emissions and the characterization of ice crystals in condensation trails (contrails), using biofuel as […]

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Malawi ethanol producers to invest $100 million to crush cane for feedstock

Malawi ethanol producers to invest $100 million to crush cane for feedstock

January 18, 2018 |

In Malawi, Presscane and Ethco plan to invest $100 million in two sugarcane crushing facilities to produce syrup for ethanol production at their existing facilities. The companies currently rely on an unsteady supply of molasses from Illovo Sugar that keeps their distilleries running far below 100% production capacity even though there is sufficient demand in […]

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