Major Stories

The roar for Diesel, Diesel, Diesel: UPS jumps its renewable diesel use by 15X

The roar for Diesel, Diesel, Diesel: UPS jumps its renewable diesel use by 15X

August 2, 2015 |

UPS brings overall use of drop-in fuels over 10% of fleet use in REG, Neste , Solazyme buy. In Georgia, UPS announced agreements for the purchase up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years from Neste, REG and Solazyme, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one […]

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As biobased diesel surges, REG buys Imperium Renewables for $32M and a back-end deal

As biobased diesel surges, REG buys Imperium Renewables for $32M and a back-end deal

August 2, 2015 |

Biggest US biodiesel, renewable diesel producer buys the biggest US facility in asset deal. In Iowa, REG will acquire substantially all the assets of Imperium Renewables, including a 100-million gallon nameplate capacity biomass-based diesel refinery and deepwater port terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Washington, according to an asset purchase agreement signed by the two […]

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Solazyme trims revenues, losses, adds BASF, UPS as customers in Q2 2015 report: what does it mean?

Solazyme trims revenues, losses, adds BASF, UPS as customers in Q2 2015 report: what does it mean?

August 2, 2015 |

In California, Solazyme reported Q2 revenues of $11.7M compared with $15.9M in Q22014. GAAP net loss was $37.2 million for Q2 2015, compared to net loss of $42.9M in the prior year period. The company said that “year over year decline in revenues was due to expected decreases in funded program revenue as well as […]

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The Three Microb-eteers: Methanogens, methanotrophs, acetogens and knallgas bacteria

The Three Microb-eteers: Methanogens, methanotrophs, acetogens and knallgas bacteria

July 30, 2015 |

Which microbes achieve a better, faster, cheaper transformation of the world around us? OK, so you’ve just counted “one, methanogens, two, methanotrophs, three, acetogens, four, knallgas bacteria.” Three Microbeteers?! Lookee, Mom, at those morons at The Digest! They can’t even count to four! So, grasshopper, explain to me Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D’Artagnan as the Three […]

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Producer News

Solazyme trims revenues, losses, adds BASF, UPS as customers in Q2 2015 report: what does it mean?

Solazyme trims revenues, losses, adds BASF, UPS as customers in Q2 2015 report: what does it mean?

August 2, 2015 |

In California, Solazyme reported Q2 revenues of $11.7M compared with $15.9M in Q22014. GAAP net loss was $37.2 million for Q2 2015, compared to net loss of $42.9M in the prior year period. The company said that “year over year decline in revenues was due to expected decreases in funded program revenue as well as […]

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Shell axes 6500 jobs, slashes 2015 capex by $3B, as oil prices bite

Shell axes 6500 jobs, slashes 2015 capex by $3B, as oil prices bite

August 2, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, Royal Dutch Shell announced 6500 job cuts and slashed 2015 capex by $3 billion from the April forecast and $7 billion from 2014, as it reported Q2 earnings of  $3.4 billion compared with $5.1 billion for the same quarter a year ago. The company said “Compared with the second quarter 2014, earnings […]

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Algae Biomass Organization calls EPA’s RFS proposal a “first step toward restoring the investment climate for advanced biofuels,” but says distribution must not be limited by administrative barriers, obligated party intransigence

Algae Biomass Organization calls EPA’s RFS proposal a “first step toward restoring the investment climate for advanced biofuels,” but says distribution must not be limited by administrative barriers, obligated party intransigence

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization added its voice to comments on the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposal for 2014-2016. We highlighted commentary from other parties here. Matt Carr, executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization, writes: EPA’s proposed RVOs for 2014-2016 represent a significant improvement over the prior notice of proposed rule-making released in […]

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US ethanol production rate dips to below 15 billion gallon/year threshold

US ethanol production rate dips to below 15 billion gallon/year threshold

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 965,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 40.53 million gallons daily. That is down 8,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 977,000 b/d for an annualized rate of 14.98 billion gallons. Stocks of ethanol […]

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5-Minute Guides

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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Calysta: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide update

Calysta: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide update

May 13, 2015 |

Calysta is using biotechnology to create innovative products from sustainable sources. Calysta Nutrition develops and produces FeedKind ™ protein feed for commercial aquaculture and livestock feed. Calysta Energy is developing high value materials for use in industrial and consumer products with cost and performance advantages over current processes. Calysta proprietary technology uses methane as an […]

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R&D News

China’s economic growth will cease without energy diversification: explosive new report

China’s economic growth will cease without energy diversification: explosive new report

August 2, 2015 |

The global economic engine known as China will creak to a halt, tossing a big question mark into global economic growth, without energy diversification away from fossil energy, especially coal, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study, published in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change, looks at the […]

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Biogas-producing microbial community deeply sequenced  and made public in landmark research effort

Biogas-producing microbial community deeply sequenced  and made public in landmark research effort

July 30, 2015 |

In Germany, researchers reported on the deeply sequenced metagenome and metatranscriptome of a complex biogas-producing microbial community from an agricultural production-scale biogas plant located in North Rhine Westphalia. “We assembled the metagenome and, as an example application, show that we reconstructed most genes involved in the methane metabolism, a key pathway involving methanogenesis performed by […]

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Rice is nice, but can it be less of a methane-belching device? PNNL says “yes, if you take our advice”

Rice is nice, but can it be less of a methane-belching device? PNNL says “yes, if you take our advice”

July 29, 2015 |

In Washington state, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies during growth. With the change, it also packs much more of the plant’s desired properties, such as starch for a richer food source […]

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Aston University’s portable baby-wipes-to-biofuels system embarks on summer tour

Aston University’s portable baby-wipes-to-biofuels system embarks on summer tour

July 28, 2015 |

In the UK, Aston University researchers are taking their prototype, portable Pyrofab technology on a summer tour to evaluate sustainable sources of bioenergy from waste across north-west Europe. The Pyrofab is based on Pyroformer technology, developed in the UK by the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University. The Pyrofab converts carbon from organic […]

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Policy & Policymakers

US Agriculture, Manufacturing sectors bite their nails over carve-outs, as Trans-Pacific Partnership talks reach 11th hour

US Agriculture, Manufacturing sectors bite their nails over carve-outs, as Trans-Pacific Partnership talks reach 11th hour

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, Hours before the latest Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation round in Maui, Hawaii, concludes the Agriculture and manufacturing sectors, in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, called on the US  to focus on strong outcomes, “not lowest common denominator” tactics and to “keep weakening carve-outs out of final TPP deal”. The National […]

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Civil rights for chemicals, next? Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to extend production, investment tax credits to renewable chemicals

Civil rights for chemicals, next? Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to extend production, investment tax credits to renewable chemicals

July 30, 2015 |

In Washington, Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced H.R. 3390, which provides renewable chemical producers access to production or investment tax credits currently available to other renewable energy producers. The production tax credit was the subject of a Digest column by Corinne Young and Michelle Jalbert of re:chem earlier this […]

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Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Use provision in Senate Energy Legislation 

Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Use provision in Senate Energy Legislation 

July 29, 2015 |

In Washington, The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, hailed language included in the energy reform package released last Wednesday by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that would prioritize research and development of carbon utilization technologies under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy program. The Energy Policy Modernization Act […]

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Avon’s new Palm Oil Promise: deforestation-free, traceable, and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil compliant

Avon’s new Palm Oil Promise: deforestation-free, traceable, and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil compliant

July 28, 2015 |

In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists is hailing the updated “Palm Oil Promise” from cosmetic giant Avon, which said that “Avon recognizes that palm oil is a significant cause of tropical deforestation and peatland depletion, which can result in the loss of natural habitats for endangered species, and also has known human rights issues.” […]

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8-Slide Guides

REG: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

REG: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

August 2, 2015 |

Use the page links below to see the entire slide deck.

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Abengoa: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

Abengoa: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

July 30, 2015 |

1. Abengoa is active in three areas in biofuels: a. Traditional fermentation of cereal grains and sugar cane for the commercial production of bioethanol; b. Traditional transesterification for the production of biodiesel from cereal and vegetable oils.; and c. Commercial scale cellulosic fuel production. Follow the page links below for the complete guide.

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Renmatix: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

Renmatix: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

July 29, 2015 |

Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food biomass into cellulosic sugars, used in the global chemical and fuels markets.

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ABLC NEXT: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

ABLC NEXT: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

July 28, 2015 |

It’s the most widely-viewed advanced bioeconomy event — two days of amazing, transformative event sessions on the hottest of the hot trends, and four days in all including the two days of off-site lab tours. It’s ABLC NEXT 2015 and you can find out all about it here at the event website — or follow […]

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Other Recent Articles

DSM, CVC partnership for Polymer Intermediates, Composite Resins finalizes, changes shape of nylon industry

DSM, CVC partnership for Polymer Intermediates, Composite Resins finalizes, changes shape of nylon industry

August 2, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, DSM and CVC Capital Partners (CVC) have finalized the formation of ChemicaInvest B.V. for Polymer Intermediates (Caprolactam and Acrylonitrile) and Composite Resins. DSM contributed its global caprolactam business (Europe, North America, its 60% stake in DNCC (China) and the caprolactam licensing business), acrylonitrile business and composite resins business including its 75% stake […]

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Growth Energy’s Tom Buis steps back from CEO role, becomes co-chair of the Board of Directors

Growth Energy’s Tom Buis steps back from CEO role, becomes co-chair of the Board of Directors

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, Growth Energy announced today that CEO Tom Buis has been named as co-chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. Buis will join POET Founder and Executive Chairman Jeff Broin as co-chairmen of the Growth Energy board. In his new role Buis will remain actively involved in member activities and policy matters important to […]

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Abengoa revenues up, EBITDA spike, but says bioenergy sector conditions “remain challenging in the US”

Abengoa revenues up, EBITDA spike, but says bioenergy sector conditions “remain challenging in the US”

August 2, 2015 |

In Spain, Abengoa reported revenues of €3,390 million for the first half of 2015, an increase of 3 % versus the same period of the previous year. EBITDA rose by 9 % to €650 million while net income reached €72 million, a 5 % increase compared to the same period of 2014.  Net income for […]

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4 Minutes with…Daniel Hayes, CEO, Celignis Analytical

4 Minutes with…Daniel Hayes, CEO, Celignis Analytical

August 2, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy.   Celignis undertakes laboratory analysis of biomass samples to determine properties relevant for the production of biofuels and bioenergy. We are the only company to offer near infrared (NIR) analysis for cellulosic properties relevant to advanced biofuel production. This means we can provide […]

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The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 8/3/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 8/3/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

August 2, 2015 |

New and improved! Now, with D5 advanced biofuels RINs. The Digest’s Dashboard is a convenient “news you can use” 5-Minute summary of current markets including key commodity prices, relevant futures, bioenergy-related stocks, and historical equities data. Latest prices – key commodities. Most recent commodity closing prices, and price changes, for NYMEX’s crude oil, Brent Crude, Ultra-Low […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index drops to 58.98 as advanced bio falls, led by Solazyme’s tumble

Digest Bioeconomy Index drops to 58.98 as advanced bio falls, led by Solazyme’s tumble

August 2, 2015 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, dropped 1.68 percent to 58.98 as advanced bio fell primarily led by Solazyme’s tumble.  For the day, Solazyme (SZYM) dumped 20.41 percent after a miss on Q2 earnings erased earlier-week gains, while Aemetis (AMTX) gave back 6.11 peecent to $3.56.  Among other equities, […]

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