Major Stories

Amyris and the velocity of renewables

Amyris and the velocity of renewables

August 27, 2015 |

What makes Amyris, Amyris? We look at the products, the evolution of the story, the partners, the focus on yield, and deeper into the story of Rate. “I mean, man, whither goest thou? Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?” “Whither goest thou?” echoed Dean with his mouth open. We sat […]

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Algae fuels, the Earth Room Problem, and Osmotic Shock Around the Clock

Algae fuels, the Earth Room Problem, and Osmotic Shock Around the Clock

August 26, 2015 |

What is the Earth Room Problem and how is osmotic shock helping us to solve it? You may have wondered to yourself — at some point between 2009’s Summer of Algae and now, in 2015’s Summer of Where Are the Gallons?  — “Gee, I wonder what happened to all those algae technologies that were going to fuel […]

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8 Ways to Win with $30 Oil: “Energy at the extremes”

8 Ways to Win with $30 Oil: “Energy at the extremes”

August 25, 2015 |

What works, what struggles, what changes when oil prices head into the tank? Who will feed China’s manufacturing monster? At Clariant’s “Defining the Future VII” conference in San Francisco, the delegates were leaning forward, straining to hear, as IHS Vice-President Mark Eramo undertook the task of looking at forward trends in energy and chemicals feedstocks […]

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The US Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

The US Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

August 25, 2015 |

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop and demonstrate technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g. biosolids). BETO works with a broad spectrum of industrial, academic, agricultural, and nonprofit partners across the […]

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Producer News

Four sentenced to federal prison for RIN and biodiesel tax credit fraud

Four sentenced to federal prison for RIN and biodiesel tax credit fraud

August 27, 2015 |

In Florida, four people were sentenced in US district court for RIN fraud with sentences ranging from just over a year to more than five years.  First the group committed the fraud with New Energy Fuels in Waller, Texas claiming to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil and then moved to Chieftain Biofuels in Logan, […]

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Colombian ethanol sales rebound in July to January 2014 levels

Colombian ethanol sales rebound in July to January 2014 levels

August 27, 2015 |

In Colombia, ethanol sales in July rebounded to levels not seen since January 2014 at 40.7 million liters, up 9% on the year and up 18% from June. Ethanol sales through July are up 8% on the year at 255 million liters. The domestic ethanol blend is current at 8%. Production though July is also […]

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UK innovation center helping Fiberight to get its MSW-to-sugar technology to market

UK innovation center helping Fiberight to get its MSW-to-sugar technology to market

August 27, 2015 |

In the UK, the Wilton-based Centre for Process Innovation along with over partners is helping Fiberight to fine tune its MSW to sugars production process through a $1.5 million project that will span the next 12 months. The CPI says Fiberight’s process is the closest of its kind to market in the UK. The company […]

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Ethanol production falls to lowest since May 8

Ethanol production falls to lowest since May 8

August 27, 2015 |

In the Midwest, the Energy Information Agency says ethanol production slipped to its lowest level last week since May 8 at 954,000 barrels per day on average. Despite the fall in production, stocks were higher around the country except for the major production center in the Midwest and Gulf Coast stocks where more exports originate […]

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5-Minute Guides

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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R&D News

Argonne researchers develop landscape approach to reduce bioenergy environmental impacts

Argonne researchers develop landscape approach to reduce bioenergy environmental impacts

August 27, 2015 |

In Illinois, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory developed an approach to design such landscapes at a field scale to minimize concerns of land use change, water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions associated with production of food and bioenergy. This study leverages concepts of nutrient recovery and phytoremediation to place bioenergy crops on the landscape to […]

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New report on MSW as biofuel feedstock looks at LCA and different technologies

New report on MSW as biofuel feedstock looks at LCA and different technologies

August 26, 2015 |

In North Carolina, the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has published two reports, which are the first to result from EREF’s Internal Research Program (IRP). The reports are “Using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as a Biofuel Feedstock” and “Anaerobic Digestion of MSW: Report on the State of Practice.” Using a first-of-its-kind Life-Cycle Assessment model […]

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Latvian researchers may have broken the ethanol and furfural co-production conundrum

Latvian researchers may have broken the ethanol and furfural co-production conundrum

August 25, 2015 |

In Latvia, researchers led by the University of Latvia Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology have demonstrated the viability of a technique that produces both ethanol and furfural from wheat straw. Producing furfural from biomass typically involves destroying up to half of the cellulosic material, reducing yields for ethanol production significantly but the researchers claim to […]

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Queensland researcher looking to produce biofuels from bagasse for US Navy

Queensland researcher looking to produce biofuels from bagasse for US Navy

August 24, 2015 |

In Australia, a researcher from Queensland University of Technology is working to develop technology to turn sugarcane bagasse into aviation and other fuels under a $4.5 million grant from the Federal Government. The target market is the US Navy who is seeking biofuel filling stations in Australia to supply its green fleet. Already Queenland ports […]

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Policy & Policymakers

India looking to buy 2.7 billion liters for blending but no imports allowed

India looking to buy 2.7 billion liters for blending but no imports allowed

August 27, 2015 |

In India, oil marketing companies have issues a tender to buy 2.7 billion liters of ethanol only from domestic sources, with imports ruled out. The fuel is meant to supply 10% of gasoline demand between December this year through November 2016. The current blend is 5% though the country has so far only managed to […]

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Hillary Clinton out and proud about her support of RFS and ethanol overall

Hillary Clinton out and proud about her support of RFS and ethanol overall

August 26, 2015 |

In Iowa, Hillary Clinton has come out strongly in favor of ethanol as part of her rural development policy platform. She would seek to strengthen the RFS, to boost use of higher blends such as E15 and E85 as well as promote the development of advanced biofuels. From tax breaks to grants to supporting young […]

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Avalara releases white paper looking at tax policies related to biodiesel

Avalara releases white paper looking at tax policies related to biodiesel

August 25, 2015 |

In Washington state, sales tax management software company Avalara has released a white paper looking at the new tax challenges that arise from biodiesel. With future growth of biodiesel consumption in many ways dependent on tax policy in addition to the quotas set in the RFS, the paper goes over the maze of federal and […]

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Nagpur unilaterally decides to move forward with ethanol bus project

Nagpur unilaterally decides to move forward with ethanol bus project

August 24, 2015 |

In India, Nagpur Municipal Corporation has gone ahead and unilaterally approved a number of policies at a recent council meeting without discussion among the general body, including the ethanol bus program and the feasibility study for the project, with opposition claiming anti-democratic processes. The city has already sought federal government permission to buy 55 ethanol […]

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8-Slide Guides

Sustainable, high-performance oils & lubes: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Novvi

Sustainable, high-performance oils & lubes: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Novvi

August 27, 2015 |

Novvi is a joint venture of Amyris, Inc. and Cosan S.A. Industria e Comercio created to develop, produce, market, and distribute high-performance oils and lubricants from renewable sources. Novvi draws from the strength of both companies, applying Amyris’ synthetic biology platform to produce targeted hydrocarbon molecules from plant sugar and Cosan’s feedstock capabilities and supply […]

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Algae at the Energy Department: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the DOE algae program

Algae at the Energy Department: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the DOE algae program

August 26, 2015 |

The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Algae Program is carrying out a long-term applied research and development (R&D) strategy to increase the yields and lower the costs of algal biofuels by working with partners to develop new technologies, to integrate technologies at commercially-relevant scales, and conduct crosscutting analyses to understand the potential and challenges of an […]

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The US Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

The US Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

August 25, 2015 |

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop and demonstrate technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g. biosolids). BETO works with a broad spectrum of industrial, academic, agricultural, and nonprofit partners across the […]

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Biobutanol breakout: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Butamax

Biobutanol breakout: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Butamax

August 25, 2015 |

A BP joint venture with DuPont, Butamax Advanced Biofuels is developing the isobutanol, which has a higher energy content that ethanol, can be blended at higher rates into fuel that can be used by vehicles on the road today and may be able to facilitate the adoption of biofuels into the fuel supply chain at a […]

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Other Recent Articles

Ensyn gets EPA approval for RFDiesel

Ensyn gets EPA approval for RFDiesel

August 27, 2015 |

In New York, Ensyn has been granted a key regulatory approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its renewable diesel product, RFDiesel. This approval, pursuant to Title 40 CFR Part 79 of the Clean Air Act, is required for the sale of RFDiesel into U.S. commerce. RFDiesel, a drop-in diesel transportation fuel, is […]

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Patriot Capital teams with Protec Fuel to offer 0% financing on higher level ethanol pumps

Patriot Capital teams with Protec Fuel to offer 0% financing on higher level ethanol pumps

August 27, 2015 |

In Georgia, Fuel marketers seeking a competitive edge by offering alternative fuel options, can now quickly and affordably add ethanol-enhanced fuels to their dispensing lineup. Through an expansion of an existing partnership, Patriot Capital Corporation, a leader in innovative equipment financing solutions, is offering a zero-percent financing program to dealers who enlist Protec Fuel to […]

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Do Liberals Hate Biofuels?

Do Liberals Hate Biofuels?

August 27, 2015 |

By Douglas L. Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative”, special to The Digest Most liberals don’t hate biofuels. But most don’t love them either, mainly because of their underlying environmental concerns about first-generation biofuels, corn starch ethanol and soy biodiesel. The left’s deep ambivalence toward biofuels is thus a mirror image of conservative views, amplifying that political […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index rallies to 52.86 as advanced biofuels recover

Digest Bioeconomy Index rallies to 52.86 as advanced biofuels recover

August 27, 2015 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, rallied to 52.86, up 3.44 percent, as advanmced biofuels recovered. For the day, Abengoa (ABGB) fell 9.03 percent to $5.64, while while Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) soared 11.74 percent to $6.95. Among other equities, BioAmber (BIOA) rocketed up 10.48 percent to $5.80. Overall, advances […]

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Wyoming Ethanol shutting down plant in Torrington after 20 years

Wyoming Ethanol shutting down plant in Torrington after 20 years

August 26, 2015 |

In Wyoming, Wyoming Ethanol is closing its facility in Torrington after 20 years due to the toxic mix of low oil prices and corn prices that make processing the fuel too expensive with almost no chance of profits. The city provides the plant electricity, so without the demand the city may have to raise rates […]

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UK largest UCO converter has purchased Covert2Green

UK largest UCO converter has purchased Covert2Green

August 26, 2015 |

In the UK, Olleco, the UK’s largest converter of used cooking oil and food waste into renewable energy, announced the successful acquisition of Convert2Green Ltd. This acquisition is evidence of Olleco’s continued commitment to achieve its vision of 100% resource recovery for the food industry. Bringing together Convert2Green and Olleco increases our number of depots to […]

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