Major Stories

Biobased Upstream: A Yield revolution that anyone can Join

Biobased Upstream: A Yield revolution that anyone can Join

December 8, 2016 |

Beck’s joins the Benson Hill Biosystems genetics ecosystem In Missouri, more signs of the democratization of crop genetics arrives with news major seed retailer Beck’s will leverage CropOS, Benson Hill’s cognitive platform, to accelerate and enhance their corn breeding program. The Beck’s’ backstory Beck’s is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in […]

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The Emerging Bioeconomy Ecosystems

The Emerging Bioeconomy Ecosystems

December 7, 2016 |

In political circles, the theme of “Better Together” has been under siege of late — barely winning (for now) in the Sctoland independence, debate, and losing unexpectedly in the Brexit vote — but it remains a theme for surviving and thriving in the advanced bioeconomy. We tipped it a few months ago, in “The Rise […]

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6 Hottie Trends to Watch In Bioeconomy Feedstocks

6 Hottie Trends to Watch In Bioeconomy Feedstocks

December 6, 2016 |

Fair to say that, hands-down, the most interesting bioconversion engines ever assembled were crowd-sourced, if you will, via evolution — and they reside inside plants (aquatic and terrestrial). There appears to be no end to the metabolic pathways they contain. And, despite millions of years of frenetic evolution, as Sinatra sang it in 1964 with […]

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Winter is Not Coming: Pushing back the Frost Wall for more food, more fuel, more money, more everything

Winter is Not Coming: Pushing back the Frost Wall for more food, more fuel, more money, more everything

December 5, 2016 |

Winter barley and early tomatoes may sound like a dull foundation upon which to further a revolution in agriculture — but then again, the Spanish hardly developed California in two centuries of sovereignty because they couldn’t see the point. As Master Po said in Kung Fu, “Because a man can see, he does not look.” […]

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Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta select Tennessee for methane-to-feed project

Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta select Tennessee for methane-to-feed project

December 4, 2016 |

In Minnesota, Cargill and Calysta revealed that they will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for fish, livestock and pets. Start-up is expected in late 2018. So we’re going to Graceland. Memphis that is, home to Elvis. What exactly is […]

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8-Slide Guides

We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

December 8, 2016 |

Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They have developed an industrial scale yeast biocatalyst to produce isobutanol without typical byproducts operating at parameters equivalent to commercial ethanol producers. The second piece […]

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The emerging synthetic biology ecosystem: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gingko BioWorks

The emerging synthetic biology ecosystem: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gingko BioWorks

December 7, 2016 |

Recently, Ginkgo BioWorks announced the launch of their next generation foundry, Bioworks2. With 125,000 square feet and an 6X expected increase in capacity compatred to BioWorks 1, Bioworks2 represents a step change in what is possible for organism design. The company, which has raised a monstrous amount of money in the past 18 months, is strategically focused […]

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Pest Be-Gone: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Crop Enhancement

Pest Be-Gone: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Crop Enhancement

December 6, 2016 |

Founded by Dr. David Soane, a renowned serial entrepreneur and inventor in the field of materials science and surface chemistry, Crop Enhancement is developing formulations that employ advanced and environmentally friendly chemistry to eliminate or minimize pesticide use. Their “innovative platforms also enable precise and effective delivery of active agrochemicals.” CEO Kevin Chen gave this overview […]

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Bolting chemicals onto ethanol plants: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Greenyug

Bolting chemicals onto ethanol plants: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Greenyug

December 5, 2016 |

Greenyug is a privately held technology development company with a mission to research, develop and commercialize production of commodity chemicals, specialty chemicals, polymers and fuels derived from renewable sources. The laboratory facility is based in Santa Barbara and the scale-up and process development facility is based in India. Capabilities include all aspects of technology development […]

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Hi-performance tech package: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid process

Hi-performance tech package: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid process

December 1, 2016 |

Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for example corn stover in North America, bagasse in South America or wheat straw in Europe and can be adapted to various plant concepts. The production […]

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The Latest World News

Leaf Resources teams with Novozymes to boost yields of cellulosic sugar production

Leaf Resources teams with Novozymes to boost yields of cellulosic sugar production

December 8, 2016 |

In Australia, Leaf Resources announced a collaboration with Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial enzymes, to further increase the yields and efficiency associated with Leaf Resources’ innovative biomass conversion technology. GLYCELL is a unique combination of well-established process engineering and advanced chemistry. The GLYCELL technology operates at low temperature and pressure, and uses crude […]

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Ribbon cutting to be held Monday at Southern Oil’s new advanced biofuels lab

Ribbon cutting to be held Monday at Southern Oil’s new advanced biofuels lab

December 8, 2016 |

In Australia, the small business minister is set to attend Southern Oil’s ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday where the company’s new $4 million advanced biofuels lab in Gladstone, Queensland will be officially opened. The lab is part of a wider $16 million investment in an advanced biofuels pilot plant that was announced earlier this year […]

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Kaidi gives the green light for EUR1 billion biodiesel investment in Finland

Kaidi gives the green light for EUR1 billion biodiesel investment in Finland

December 8, 2016 |

In Finland, China’s Kaidi has agreed to go ahead with the EUR1 billion investment in a biodiesel plant in the northern part of the country, with a groundbreaking set for sometime next year. The company is currently in negotiations with potential investors to ensure that the financial backing is in place before moving forward. Last […]

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Thailand to use spoiled rice as ethanol feedstock to fill the supply gap

Thailand to use spoiled rice as ethanol feedstock to fill the supply gap

December 8, 2016 |

In Thailand, 4 million metric tons of spoiled rice is set for use as feedstock for ethanol production to help fill the gap in supplies required to meet current blending mandates. The late start to the sugarcane crush means an ethanol supply shortage is expected in December and January, so the department of energy business […]

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Canadian community works to ensure ethanol plants never come to their town

Canadian community works to ensure ethanol plants never come to their town

December 8, 2016 |

In Canada, in response to the final decision against development of an ethanol plant at the Port of Oshawa, local authorities and activists are teaming up to ensure that policy is in place to keep potential ethanol development from coming to the community in the future. Authorities are going so far as to take the […]

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R&D News

WSU research shows consumers willing to pay 11% premium for biofuels

WSU research shows consumers willing to pay 11% premium for biofuels

December 8, 2016 |

In Washington state, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. “We were surprised the premium was that significant,” said Jill McCluskey, WSU professor in the School of Economic Sciences. “We wanted to study people in different regions of the country, to make […]

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign develop method to lower dry grind ethanol production process costs

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign develop method to lower dry grind ethanol production process costs

December 7, 2016 |

In Illinois, new research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus could significantly change ethanol production by lowering operating costs and simplifying the dry grind process. “There are currently more than 200 dry grind plants that are processing corn to produce ethanol,” says Vijay Singh, director of IBRL and […]

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WSU Tri-Cities researchers receive NSF I-Corps grant to commercialize biojet research

WSU Tri-Cities researchers receive NSF I-Corps grant to commercialize biojet research

December 6, 2016 |

In Washington state, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. The team has successfully demonstrated a new, water-based process for deconstructing and recovering lignin from biomass and converting it into jet fuel-range hydrocarbons. These could be certified […]

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University of Manchester students win Cargill challenge to solve ethanol production problem

University of Manchester students win Cargill challenge to solve ethanol production problem

December 5, 2016 |

In the UK, students Rachana Halasabele and Alessia Xu from The University of Manchester in the UK recently triumphed with their innovative and practical winning solution to a real-life industry problem set by Cargill’s ethanol experts at their starches and sweeteners plant in Trafford Park, Manchester. The UK-wide competition, open to all Universities, is the […]

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Japan’s first privately owned rocket to be fueled by ethanol

Japan’s first privately owned rocket to be fueled by ethanol

December 1, 2016 |

In Japan, the country’s first privately owned rocket to potentially reach an altitude of 100km is to be powered by ethanol. Interstellar Technologies, founded by maverick Japanese entrepreneur Takafumi Horie, could launch the rocket in January and will collect atmospheric data during its four-minute flight before falling into the Pacific Ocean. Although ethanol provides less […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Senate subcommittee hearing tears into EPA and RFS challenges

Senate subcommittee hearing tears into EPA and RFS challenges

December 8, 2016 |

In Washington, a hearing was held last week by the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management to tackle concerns surrounding the Environment Protection Agency’s handling of biofuel blending mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard and recent reports from the White House’s General Accounting Office alleging that GHG emissions reductions goals won’t be achieved […]

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Trump taps anti-RFS attorney to lead EPA

Trump taps anti-RFS attorney to lead EPA

December 7, 2016 |

In Washington, president-elect Donald Trump has chosen Oklahoma’s attorney general to run the Environmental Protection Agency despite the AG’s long history of going to battle against the EPA on issues ranging from water to GHG emissions regulations. He is a known opponent to the Renewable Fuel Standard, says the policy is flawed and is in […]

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Pennsylvania seeks farmers to trial industrial hemp

Pennsylvania seeks farmers to trial industrial hemp

December 6, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, the state’s department of agriculture has opened up an application period through Jan. 6 for farmers interested in farming industrial hemp. Only 30 growers will be approved, individuals or research institutions, on a maximum of five acres. Some are concerned that the costs to participate are too high and will keep would-be farmers […]

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Philippines cracking down on methanol blending

Philippines cracking down on methanol blending

December 5, 2016 |

In the Philippines, the Department of Energy has been monitoring gas stations to make sure they comply with the ethanol-blending mandate and found several locations where methanol is blended into gasoline contrary to the biofuel law. Most of those found to be blending methanol are independent retailers with just a single station. The Independent Philippine […]

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Voyage to Mars: Braskem, NASA, MadeinSpace launch “3D printing in space” using renewables

Voyage to Mars: Braskem, NASA, MadeinSpace launch “3D printing in space” using renewables

December 4, 2016 |

In Brazil, a partnership between Braskem, NASA and MadeInSpace has developed a technology “hat is critical to future manned missions including Mars exploration” – and we are doing this with a bioplastic, Braskem “I’m green” polyethylene. In summary, the bioplastic is currently in use in the International Space Station where a zero-gravity 3D printer uses […]

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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

Nebraska drivers to save $17 million in 2016 thanks to ethanol blending

Nebraska drivers to save $17 million in 2016 thanks to ethanol blending

December 8, 2016 |

In Nebraska, drivers will save approximately $17 million by using ethanol-blended gasoline in 2016. The savings is based on lower prices for ethanol compared to wholesale gasoline and the state’s projected spark-ignition fuel consumption of 900 million gallons. Between August 2015 and August 2016, the cost of wholesale ethanol averaged 18 cents per gallon less […]

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Kentucky filling station says no to biodiesel until it can stop its leak

Kentucky filling station says no to biodiesel until it can stop its leak

December 7, 2016 |

In Kentucky, the Love’s Travel Stop filling station to blame for a fishkill in a nearby creek following the accidental release of about 5,000 gallons of biodiesel says it will stop supplying the fuel until it can sort out the problem. The decision was made following an inspection of the facility. The biodiesel storage tank […]

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MOUs for five second generation ethanol plants in India signed

MOUs for five second generation ethanol plants in India signed

December 7, 2016 |

In India, MOUs were signed following the Petrotech 2016 conference in New Delhi between Praj Industries and Indian Oil Corporation and Bharat Petroleum Corporation for one second-generation ethanol plant each. BPC signed a technology transfer deal with Institute of Chemical Technology for a second-generation ethanol plant at Bina as well while the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation […]

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Fitch Ratings gives the thumbs down to Latin America’s ethanol sector for 2017

Fitch Ratings gives the thumbs down to Latin America’s ethanol sector for 2017

December 7, 2016 |

In Brazil, the 2017 sector outlook for Latin American sugar and ethanol has shifted to positive from negative, according a new Fitch Ratings report. “Systemic risk receded due to soaring international sugar prices. While forecasts point to positive fundamentals for sugar prices for the next two seasons, a more selective approach by banks and capital […]

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China to open up to more international investment including for ethanol

China to open up to more international investment including for ethanol

December 7, 2016 |

In China, the central government has published draft guidelines for foreign investment to help “increase openness with the outside world,” with industries such as corn processing and fuel ethanol seen as target sectors for foreign investment. It includes cutting the list of prohibited sectors where foreign investment is allowed to 62 from 93. The US […]

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Navy’s bad ass reputation appears safe using algae, according to the Daily Show

Navy’s bad ass reputation appears safe using algae, according to the Daily Show

December 7, 2016 |

In Washington, you know the Navy’s attempt to transition to a green fleet with algae-based biofuels has really hit mainstream when it is profiled on the Daily Show. Even the Secretary of the Navy got front and center with the comedy news show’s reporter during the interview where myths were dispelled about the switch to […]

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