Major Stories

Turn and Face the Strange: The new Algae makes a Bowiesque pivot into new markets

Turn and Face the Strange: The new Algae makes a Bowiesque pivot into new markets

June 30, 2016 |

What are our tiny green friends doing to earn their living, now? 2009 – that was the Summer of Algae. It seemed like every venture forming had algae somewhere in its sights. The ventures were bold in their vision — renewable fuels, proving protein for a hungry world, and recycling CO2, re-using land that had […]

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Intrexon: Will its GTL business arrive in 2018?

Intrexon: Will its GTL business arrive in 2018?

June 29, 2016 |

The indictment was handed down this week in The Motley Fool, which averred: Intrexon is…failing to learn the dangers of over-promising on manufacturing milestones. While investors have been told to expect the natural gas-to-fuels platform to be commercialized by 2018, real-world indicators essentially guarantee that won’t be the case — and hint that it won’t […]

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Amyris busts a move: major deals with Givaudan, Ginkgo

Amyris busts a move: major deals with Givaudan, Ginkgo

June 29, 2016 |

Zombies with attitude. New partnerships for making magic molecules and exploitin’ the heck out of ’em. These days, nothing in Hollywood beats a great zombie movie, more than 50 have been released in recent years. Zombies rise from the dead, and change everything around them. It’s not always pretty, or predictable, but they’re a disruptive force. […]

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The top 20 ways to capture and make use of carbon

The top 20 ways to capture and make use of carbon

June 27, 2016 |

It was back in 2010 that the first large-scale set of projects were funded to to test innovative concepts for the beneficial use of carbon dioxide, part of a Recovery Act investment into carbon capture technology. The DOE pumped $106 million into the effort. 12 projects did phase 1 feasibility studies, six went on to […]

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The 20 Hottest Carbon-Capturing Technologies of 2016

The 20 Hottest Carbon-Capturing Technologies of 2016

June 27, 2016 |

Well, you can’t just capture carbon these days. That’s mundane. You have to use it, in a sustainable and novel way that makes carbon capture more affordable and cycles carbon more effectively through the industrial system. As LanzaTech’s Jennifer Holmgren observed in a recent article by Peter Forbes in Aeon: “Carbon is precious. This means we […]

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8-Slide Guides

Feedstock for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

Feedstock for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

June 30, 2016 |

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The gas-to-isobutanol gambit: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Intrexon

The gas-to-isobutanol gambit: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Intrexon

June 29, 2016 |

Intrexon’s proprietary methanotroph bioconversion platform has the potential to transform the gas-to-liquids industry through use of optimized microbial cell lines to convert natural gas into higher carbon compounds such as isobutanol and farnesene under ambient temperatures and pressures.  This novel approach avoids costly, resource intensive thermochemical GTL conversion methods, and offers a biofuel that does […]

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Biomass to aromatics: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech

Biomass to aromatics: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech

June 28, 2016 |

Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes, are used to make plastics for consumer goods such as beverage bottles and packaging, clothing, carpeting, automotive parts, home and construction materials, electronic products, […]

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Simple Fuel, Engine, Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

Simple Fuel, Engine, Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

June 26, 2016 |

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The DME Option: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DME as a fuel

The DME Option: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DME as a fuel

June 26, 2016 |

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The Latest World News

Jamaica Broilers sells ethanol dehydration plant to West Indies Petroleum

Jamaica Broilers sells ethanol dehydration plant to West Indies Petroleum

June 30, 2016 |

In Jamaica, a ship bunkering company based in Kingston, West Indies Petroleum has agreed to buy JB Group’s terminal at Port Esquivel including a 120 million-gallon ethanol plant along with share in a St. Lucia-based services company that is the holding company for the ethanol business for $4 million, along with $18.5 million in debt […]

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Siouxland Ethanol to invest $8 million to boost ethanol production capacity 15%

Siouxland Ethanol to invest $8 million to boost ethanol production capacity 15%

June 30, 2016 |

In Nebraska, Siouxland Ethanol will invest $8 million to boost the ethanol production capacity of its facility by another 15% following upgrades earlier this year that boosted production to about 65 million gallons per year. Work on the expansion should begin in the next month or two after permits have been secured. Corn oil as […]

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Nigeria taking another look at jatropha for biodiesel

Nigeria taking another look at jatropha for biodiesel

June 30, 2016 |

In Nigeria, the agriculture minister is taking another look at biodiesel following a spike in fossil diesel prices. Farmers continue to face obstacles affording fossil diesel but the hope is that biodiesel produced on farm could help to boost agricultural yields by providing fuel for tractors and other machinery. The ministry plans to first take […]

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Thai fuel fraudsters making a mess of ethanol and biodiesel sales

Thai fuel fraudsters making a mess of ethanol and biodiesel sales

June 30, 2016 |

In Thailand, fraudsters are making a fortune by selling illegal fuel blends throughout the northern and southern parts of the country, typically at non-brand fueling stations. Instead of E10, some are selling E20 because ethanol is cheaper than gasoline and therefore making several cents profit per liter. On the diesel side, low quality diesel is […]

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Alliance BioEnergy Plus to sub-license technology to Colombia

Alliance BioEnergy Plus to sub-license technology to Colombia

June 30, 2016 |

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus announced it has received an LOI from Smart Business International Trading, S.A.S (Smart Business) of Bogata, Columbia for the purchase of an initial sub-license to install and use ALLM’s patented CTS cellulose conversion technology. A single plant sub-license carries a $5,000,000.00 sub-license fee plus a yearly royalty based on the […]

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R&D News

Algae biofuel technology transferred to Zimbabwe

Algae biofuel technology transferred to Zimbabwe

June 30, 2016 |

In Zimbabwe, technical capacity for biodiesel production from algae has been successfully transferred to Harare Polytecnic and the fuel has passed B100 quality standards. The university is using photoreactors to grow the algae for later processing. Algae is being promoted as a quicker and better alternative to jatropha because it requires only 24 days to […]

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Brazilian researchers determine soy biodiesel doesn’t damage lungs

Brazilian researchers determine soy biodiesel doesn’t damage lungs

June 29, 2016 |

In Brazil, researchers led by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro have determined that soy-based biodiesel is less toxic to lung cells, provoking no damage unlike fossil-based diesel. The tests exposed particles from combustion of fossil diesel, soy biodiesel, soy biodiesel with additives and ethanol to lung cells. Researchers hope that the results […]

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Brookhaven lab alters lignin without inhibiting growth

Brookhaven lab alters lignin without inhibiting growth

June 28, 2016 |

In New York state, by engineering a novel enzyme involved in lignin synthesis, Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have altered the lignin in plant cell walls in a way that increases access to biofuel building blocks without inhibiting plant growth. Lignin is a natural component of plant cell walls, the scaffolding that surrounds each cell and […]

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Researchers look at knowledge gaps in biomass biogeochemical processes and ecosystem sustainability

Researchers look at knowledge gaps in biomass biogeochemical processes and ecosystem sustainability

June 27, 2016 |

In Washington state, an ARS researcher led a team looking at the current state of knowledge and highlight gaps in research on biogeochemical processes and ecosystem sustainability related to biomass production. Biomass production systems incrementally remove greater quantities of organic matter, which in turn affects soil organic matter and associated carbon and nutrient storage (and […]

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Fleischmann, Kaptur, Koninckx, McGinn to keynote Bioenergy 2016 meet-up in DC

Fleischmann, Kaptur, Koninckx, McGinn to keynote Bioenergy 2016 meet-up in DC

June 26, 2016 |

In Washington, members of Congress Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Congresswoman, Dupont’s Jan Koninckx and US Assistant Secretary of the Navy Dennis McGinn are among the keynote speakers announced by the US Department of Energy for its annual Bioenergy 2016 meeting, which will be held July 12-14 in Washington. In addition, Bernardo Silva, Executive President, […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Finnish economy minister says advanced biofuels key to achieving climate goals

Finnish economy minister says advanced biofuels key to achieving climate goals

June 30, 2016 |

In Finland, the country’s economic affairs minister and former European Commissioner Olli Rehn says that liquid biofuels for transport and especially second-generation biofuels are vital in order to achieve the country’s energy and environmental goals for 2030. They are seen as a main way to cut vehicle emissions in line with the aim to end […]

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City of Austin investigating possible “boondoggle” over biomass power plant

City of Austin investigating possible “boondoggle” over biomass power plant

June 29, 2016 |

In Texas, the City of Austin is looking into the waste wood-burning plant at Nacogdoches Operating Facility in East Texas operated by Austin Energy and Southern Power that is costing the utility’s customers $54 million per year but has produced hardly energy in the past four years. Lawyers have been contracted to investigate the contract […]

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency gives A$2.4 million grant for biorefinery project

Australian Renewable Energy Agency gives A$2.4 million grant for biorefinery project

June 28, 2016 |

In Australia, the country’s first biorefinery capable of producing renewable diesel and jet fuels from plant material could become a reality in Queensland with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. ARENA is providing A$2.4 million in funding support for Southern Oil Refining to develop and construct a state-of-the-art biocrude and biofuel laboratory in Yarwun, near […]

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UCO biodiesel trial picking up speed in Guatemalan capital

UCO biodiesel trial picking up speed in Guatemalan capital

June 27, 2016 |

In Guatemala, after a slow start, the capital city’s UCO collection program and biodiesel production trial has grown significantly, now with six collection units working to source the feedstock and more municipal departments requesting their vehicles to be part of the program. Now the Unidad de Innovación Ambiental is set to build a more commercial-scale […]

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39 US Senators calls for robust Renewable Fuel Standard as EPA finalizes 2017 volumes

39 US Senators calls for robust Renewable Fuel Standard as EPA finalizes 2017 volumes

June 26, 2016 |

In Washington, 39 senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging EPA to ensure the final 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard rule “promotes growth in the U.S. biofuel sector and capture economic opportunity rather than drive investment overseas.” The 2017 proposal calls on refiners to blend 14.8 billion gallons of conventional biofuels in 2017, […]

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5-Minute Guides

Rho Renewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Rho Renewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

October 18, 2015 |

Rho Renewables, Inc. is using both classical yeast genetic engineering and modern molecular biology tools to develop powerful fermentation systems for the high-yield production of monocyclic aromatic compounds that have significant market potential. Rho’s lead compounds are high value specialty chemicals, biofuels, and flavors and fragrances including Meta-cresol, Rhoctane, Vanillin and Orsellinic acid and derivatives […]

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Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

August 23, 2015 |

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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Red Rock Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Red Rock Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

July 20, 2015 |

Red Rock takes waste biomass from forests and sawmills, and using a proprietary process, transforms it into domestically produced jet, diesel and naphtha fuels. The company’s process begins with the gasification of woody biomass to produce syngas, which is then cleaned and sent to a Fischer-Tropsch unit where it is converted to a high grade, […]

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Corbion: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Corbion: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

July 15, 2015 |

Corbion has over 80 years of experience in fermentation and downstream processing, is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, and a leading company in functional blends containing enzymes, emulsifiers, minerals and vitamins. The company delivers high performance biobased products made from renewable resources and applied in global markets such […]

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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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Other Recent Articles

Svebio says Brexit could provide more policy freedom for biofuels

Svebio says Brexit could provide more policy freedom for biofuels

June 30, 2016 |

In Sweden, Svebio says that Brexit may be a way for European countries to obtain more independence for their own policymaking, allowing them to go a bit more out on their own. In this case, the biofuels association is referring to going beyond European Union regulations on biofuels taxation, where state aid rules forbid providing […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index soars 2.83 percent to 55.23 as advanced bio rockets up

Digest Bioeconomy Index soars 2.83 percent to 55.23 as advanced bio rockets up

June 30, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, soared 2.83 percent to 55.23 as advanced bio rocketed up. For the day, TerraVia (TVIA) rallied 12.93 percent to $2.62, while Amyris (AMRS) climbed 10.12 percent to $0.45. Among other equities, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) was up 8.13 percent to $5.45. Overall, advances led […]

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Nidera exits biofuel trading after rogue trader loses $188 million net

Nidera exits biofuel trading after rogue trader loses $188 million net

June 29, 2016 |

In the Netherlands, a rogue trader lost around $188 million net in biofuels trades over five years for COFCO-owned Nidera. The “severe” irregularities led to the first time in five years the company declared a loss. The trades resulting in overstating stocks, its forward book and led the company to a substantial debt position, which […]

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RIN prices jump after Goldman Sachs predicts tight RIN market through 2017

RIN prices jump after Goldman Sachs predicts tight RIN market through 2017

June 29, 2016 |

In New York state, Goldman Sachs has warned that next year’s higher biofuels blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard could lead to tightness in the markets, which in turn saw RIN prices jump several cents. Goldman said in its report that RIN supplies have been drawn down, along with stocks for renewable fuels. It […]

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Former CEO of Michigan Biodiesel indicted over tax fraud scheme

Former CEO of Michigan Biodiesel indicted over tax fraud scheme

June 29, 2016 |

In Michigan, the former CEO of Michigan Biodiesel LLC was indicted with 14 counts tax fraud, bankruptcy fraud, false claims, false documents and other charges amounting as part of a scheme to defraud the federal government of $2 million in tax credits. The scheme dealt with trying to falsify the use of glycerin produced from […]

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KPMG sees major opportunity for crop waste as ethanol feedstock in SE Asia

KPMG sees major opportunity for crop waste as ethanol feedstock in SE Asia

June 29, 2016 |

In Singapore, KPMG says crop waste from rice, sugarcane and palm oil could prove to be good feedstocks for boosting ethanol production in the Southeast Asian region. On the palm side, both palm kernel cake from pressing oil from the seeds as well as empty fruit bunches and tree trunks could prove viable for second-generation […]

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