Major Stories

Quo Vadis, Mr. President-elect?

Quo Vadis, Mr. President-elect?

January 20, 2017 |

“Our challenges, our risk level went up a little bit; we are going to have to redouble our efforts in 2017,” said energy policy expert Jim Massie, essaying the political landscape as the National Biodiesel Conference’s annual policy forum kicked off in San Diego. A standing-room only crowd of more than 350 packed the small […]

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FHR unveils a $50M gambit to make Überprotein at ethanol plants

FHR unveils a $50M gambit to make Überprotein at ethanol plants

January 18, 2017 |

In Nebraska, Flint Hills Resources will invest more than $50M in its Fairmont, Neb. ethanol plant to install a new technology that will produce a high protein animal and fish feed ingredient from a portion of the plant’s distiller grains, a co-product of ethanol production. The project is one of the largest investments in co-product […]

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Biodiesel 2017: what’s up with Earth’s favorite advanced biofuel?

Biodiesel 2017: what’s up with Earth’s favorite advanced biofuel?

January 17, 2017 |

The makers of biodiesel, America’s favorite advanced biofuel, are gathering this week in San Diego for the leading annual gathering on the future of diesel-side renewable fuels, and how the quest for energy security, domestic jobs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions is coming along. As the National Biodiesel Conference opened, NBB’s new CEO Donnell Rehagen […]

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Sugar, sugar: Toray, Mitsui set out to build monster cellulosic sugar plant in Asia

Sugar, sugar: Toray, Mitsui set out to build monster cellulosic sugar plant in Asia

January 16, 2017 |

Last week we reported that Toray Industries has teamed with Mitsui to produce cellulosic sugars from bagasse leftover from the sugar production process at Thai sugar mills. The companies will invest up to $51 million to build one of the world’s largest bagasse-based cellulosic sugar plants. Producing 1,400 tons of cellulosic sugar annually that will be used […]

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Walk This Way: NYC agrees to Run D.M.E. in new fuels trial

Walk This Way: NYC agrees to Run D.M.E. in new fuels trial

January 15, 2017 |

A generation ago, a group known as Run-D.M.C. came Straight Outta New York City with the idea that you could make it out of the underground world of hip-hop and to the world of mainstream music with chart-topping anthems that were true to their roots. After a partnership with Aerosmith resulted in the best version […]

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8-Slide Guides

Boosting Ethanol’s Value via CO2 use: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs

Boosting Ethanol’s Value via CO2 use: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs

January 20, 2017 |

US-based White Dog Labs have developed a new process that eliminates the production of CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, during fermentation and instead shifts the carbon to added ethanol production, boosting fermentation yields by around 50 percent. The by-products are distillers grains, corn oil (if extracted from the grains) and water. The process can boost […]

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Prebiotics: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ISOthrive technology

Prebiotics: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ISOthrive technology

January 18, 2017 |

“Each microbe makes a contribution to your health; some directly, indirectly, it’s an orchestra and they have to be in tune,” says our old friend Jack Oswald, a serial entrepreneur well-known in industrial biotechnology circles but for the last couple of years heading up ISOThrive, which produces and distributes dietary supplements for your microbiome. Companies […]

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Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-based marine microalgae system

Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-based marine microalgae system

January 17, 2017 |

Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a series of photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of microalgae. Since 2009, Cellana has operated its Kona Demonstration Facility, […]

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Taking the financial step to scale: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Project Finance

Taking the financial step to scale: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Project Finance

January 16, 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 Stern Brothers and managing director John May, and some combination of Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part of the go-to team for more […]

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Lessons from 102 years of licensing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP

Lessons from 102 years of licensing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP

January 15, 2017 |

Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. UOP also owns a Renewable Energy & Chemicals business that produced green diesel using its Ecofining […]

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The Latest World News

Biodiesel’s backers: Build on 2016 Momentum for 2017 and beyond

Biodiesel’s backers: Build on 2016 Momentum for 2017 and beyond

January 22, 2017 |

In California, the closing session of the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo provided an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year while also taking a peek at how America’s Advanced Biofuel will fuel the country’s future in 2017 and beyond. “There were a number of milestones reached in 2016 that will have a significant […]

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Germany cuts palm oil use for biodiesel by 1/3: report

Germany cuts palm oil use for biodiesel by 1/3: report

January 22, 2017 |

In Germany, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food published an English-language edition of its Evaluation and Progress Report 2015 under the Biomass Energy Sustainability Ordinance. Biofuel Sustainability Ordinance The FOAF reports that in the biofuels sector, FAME biodiesel made up the largest share of biofuels – almost 65%.  Rapeseed was the most frequently used […]

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US ethanol production sets new all-time high

US ethanol production sets new all-time high

January 22, 2017 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 1.054 million barrels per day — or 44.27 million gallons daily. That is up 5,000 b/d from the week before and a new all-time high. This marks the third straight week of record production. The four-week average for […]

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Novozymes gets 6% jump in organic sales for Q4 2016, but layoffs loom

Novozymes gets 6% jump in organic sales for Q4 2016, but layoffs loom

January 22, 2017 |

In Denmark, Novozymes reported that it will lay off 198 employees after reporting 2016 organic sales growth of 2% organically and by 1% in DKK, primarily driven by Agriculture & Feed and Technical & Pharma. The EBIT margin improved by 0.2 percentage points to 27.9%, and EBIT grew by 2%. Net profit increased by 8%. […]

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GM offers 20 vehicles for B20 Biodiesel in new Lineup

GM offers 20 vehicles for B20 Biodiesel in new Lineup

January 22, 2017 |

In Michigan, General Motors announced eight new diesel vehicle options hitting the roadways in 2017 – 2018, and a full line-up of twenty different diesel models, from passenger cars, to pickups and SUVs, to commercial vans and low cab forward trucks – all of which are approved for use with B20. GM’s announcement, along with […]

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R&D News

New microbe offers better path to bio-based electronics: UMass

New microbe offers better path to bio-based electronics: UMass

January 22, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, microbiologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report that they have discovered a new type of natural wire produced by bacteria that could greatly accelerate the researchers’ goal of developing sustainable “green” conducting materials for the electronics industry. The study by Derek Lovley and colleagues appears this week in mBio, the American Society […]

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MIT researchers genetically program yeast to better produce fats from sugars

MIT researchers genetically program yeast to better produce fats from sugars

January 19, 2017 |

In Massachusetts, MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel. The researchers modified the metabolic pathways of yeast that naturally produce large quantities of lipids, to make them about […]

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Cornell researcher finds how bacteria turns waste into biofuels

Cornell researcher finds how bacteria turns waste into biofuels

January 18, 2017 |

In New York state, to unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied the bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium’s sugar-processing complexities may lead to improved biofuel yields. She used an emerging biochemical approach, called metabolomics, to track different sugar carbon atoms inside the bacterial cells and […]

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SUNY Morrisville working to get hemp commercial

SUNY Morrisville working to get hemp commercial

January 17, 2017 |

In New York state, SUNY Morrisville is doing its part in supporting New York’s dynamic and evolving economy, pioneering the reintroduction of hemp to New York State. Under a research license from MSC, JD Farms in Eaton, Madison County, is experimenting with growing hemp as a commercial crop. JD Farms is New York’s first industrial […]

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PNNL leads $6 million Algae DISCOVR Project to streamline species selection

PNNL leads $6 million Algae DISCOVR Project to streamline species selection

January 16, 2017 |

In Washington state, a new, approximately $6-million collaborative project is using a unique climate-simulating laboratory system as part of a new streamlined process to quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for renewable fuels. Discovering which algae species is best suited to make biofuel is no […]

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Policy & Policymakers

EPA OKs Gevo Isobutanol as advanced Biofuel

EPA OKs Gevo Isobutanol as advanced Biofuel

January 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the EPA has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program. This is the first time that the EPA has approved a pathway for an advanced biofuel that uses starch from feed corn to produce an alcohol. With a partial substitution […]

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EPA denies oil industry request to waive cellulosic biofuel blending for 2016

EPA denies oil industry request to waive cellulosic biofuel blending for 2016

January 19, 2017 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has written a letter to the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers denying the group’s request for a waiver on the cellulosic biofuel-blending mandate for 2016 of 230 million gallons. Though data through November shows that less fuel was produced than mandated in 2016 as the AFPM argues, the EPA […]

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Proposed EPA administrator says will “honor” Congress’ wishes on RFS

Proposed EPA administrator says will “honor” Congress’ wishes on RFS

January 18, 2017 |

In Washington, during his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said that during his tenure as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency he would keep to the timetables outlined by Congress for the Renewable Fuel Standard and “honor” its original intent. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for the top spot has raised […]

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Groups appeal permit for PBF’s proposed Delaware ethanol transshipment project

Groups appeal permit for PBF’s proposed Delaware ethanol transshipment project

January 17, 2017 |

In Delaware, Delaware Audubon and the League of Women Voters of Delaware have jointly appealed the permit awarded at the end of last year to PBF Energy to begin transshipments of up to 10,000 barrels of ethanol per day along the Eastern Seaboard, arguing the project goes directly in contra to the Coastal Zone Act […]

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Traders cancel cargoes as China seen boosting ethanol import duty to 30%

Traders cancel cargoes as China seen boosting ethanol import duty to 30%

January 16, 2017 |

In China, as many as seven cargos of US ethanol—as much as 443,000 cubic meters—set for import through March have been canceled as the government looks to likely boost import taxes in an effort to protect its market that needs to absorb millions of tons of spoiled corn, predominantly in the form of ethanol and […]

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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

FAO’s Veggie Oil Index jumps 4% in December to 3-year hihg: UFOP

FAO’s Veggie Oil Index jumps 4% in December to 3-year hihg: UFOP

January 22, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the vegetable oil price index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) surged by more than 4 per cent in December 2016, reaching a three-year high. Nevertheless, the index is far below its January 2011 record. According to the German trade group, “Prices for vegetable oils […]

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Edeniq raises $7 million in equity capital from existing and new investors

Edeniq raises $7 million in equity capital from existing and new investors

January 19, 2017 |

In California, Edeniq, Inc. announced it has raised $7 million in equity capital. The proceeds will be used to support rapid growth in Edeniq’s Pathway cellulosic ethanol business. The Company is focused on customer acquisition, adding resources to support existing customers, and developing technology enhancements that can potentially increase the amount of cellulosic ethanol eligible […]

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Zimbabwe’s ethanol crunch boosting gas prices at the pump

Zimbabwe’s ethanol crunch boosting gas prices at the pump

January 19, 2017 |

In Zimbabwe, the country continues to suffer from an ethanol supply crunch that has led to prices increasing at the pump by 4 cents per liter over the past month. Though blending has reached 20%, it was rolled back to 5% in light of the lack of ethanol supply availability, so higher imported gasoline prices […]

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Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil renew algae research agreement

Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil renew algae research agreement

January 19, 2017 |

In California, Synthetic Genomics, Inc. and ExxonMobil announced that they have extended their agreement to conduct joint research into advanced algae biofuels after making significant progress in understanding algae genetics, growth characteristics and increasing oil production. ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have been jointly researching and developing oil from algae for use as a renewable, lower-emission […]

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Alliance Bioenergy submitted bid to take over INEOS Florida plant

Alliance Bioenergy submitted bid to take over INEOS Florida plant

January 19, 2017 |

In Florida, Alliance Bioenergy says it would be willing to come in and take over the closed INEOS plant and adapt its patented technology to the facility and get it back online quickly if the yard waste contract comes along with the deal. The company submitted an offer last week to Arbor Bank who currently […]

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Thai ethanol tanker carrying 40,000 liters crashes and explodes

Thai ethanol tanker carrying 40,000 liters crashes and explodes

January 19, 2017 |

In Thailand, an ethanol tanker truck carrying 40,000 liters of ethanol en route to a depot in Bangkok’s Phra Khanong district exploded Wednesday night when the driver crashed into a ditch. The driver, who authorities believe fell asleep at the wheel, will be charged for the accident. Foam was sprayed on the fuel that had […]

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