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Blue Skies: the high-value opportunities above us for advanced biofuels

Renewable chemicals and nutraceuticals are rightly hot because their high-margin markets offer go-to opportunities for emerging technologies. But what about high-margin markets for advanced fuels? The Digest investigates. Now that Labor Day is past, we are all supposed to get back to work or school — and in the world of the advanced bioeconomy that […]

September 1, 2014 More

Olivefield: Benefuel announces JV with Felda for Malaysian biodiesel retrofit

There’s greenfield construction – new plants. There’s brownfield — redeveloping disused industrial sites. Now, there’s olivefield. Transforming existing sites with new technology that diversify the inputs, reduce the carbon scores, or broaden the product set. As a new JV between Benefuel and Felda exemplifies. In May in “The Neodiesel revolution” we wrote: “Here comes Neo […]

August 31, 2014 More

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 9/1/14: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

About The Digest Dashboard. Biofuels 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 Sulphur Diesel, Natural Gas, […]

August 31, 2014 More

Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

By Jim Stewart, Chairman, BioEnergy Producers Association The momentum leading to the introduction of new technologies for alternative energy production has become increasingly evident during 2014. The year has brought a steady stream of announcements from the industry regarding equity infusions, strategic alliances and commercial demonstration projects. However, as far as the use of conversion […]

August 28, 2014 More

Producer News

“Biofuels Barometer” report offers sober assessment of biofuels prospects in the EU

In the EU, Energies Renouvelables is noting that biofuels consumption has dropped 6.8 percent in the EU road transport sector between 2012 and 2013, with a 4.7% overall “incorporation rate”. The group, which has published its Biofuels Barometer (available here), said that “sustainable biofuels” consumption rates are now exceeding 86 percent and that, despite the […]

September 1, 2014 More

Taurus Energy notes global surge in cellulosic biofuels testing and partnering activity

In Sweden, Taurus Energy has revealed that it is currently holding discussions and negotiations on XYLOFERM with over 10 companies, noting that “The level of interest in producing second-generation ethanol has increased over the past year, since a number of production facilities have come on-stream. Leaders in the industry no longer regard ethanol produced from […]

September 1, 2014 More

Can corn compete in Brazil with cane? Ethanol Baron’s Summit Group to develop $140M corn ethanol project in Mato Grosso

In Iowa, after tipping earlier in the year that there were substantial opportunities in Brazil and Argentina for corn ethanol expansion, “Ethanol Baron” Bruce Rastetter and his Summit Group have announced a $140 million corn ethanol project for Lucas do Rio Verde in Mato Grosso state. Summit Group will finance the project through its US […]

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Strong ethanol margins bring South Dakota’s Red River Energy plant back online

In South Dakota, the 25 million gallon Red River Energy ethanol plant in Rosholt is re-opening after an idle period that stretches back to early 2013, according to press reports. In an interview with the Watertown (SD) Public Opinion,  general manager Rick Serie said “The margins are good in ethanol, corn is abundant at this […]

September 1, 2014 More

5-Minute Guides

4 Minutes With…Kyle Teamey, CEO, Liquid Light

Elsewhere in the Digest this morning we make reference to the technologies and markets being explored by Liquid Light — specifically the opportunity to make a molecule with a powerful market such as mono ethylene glycol (MEG) out of waste CO2. Leading the company is Kyle Teamey, who left behind a military career (including two tours of […]

September 1, 2014 More

4 Minutes With… Eric McAfee, Chairman & CEO, Aemetis

Best known as one of the founders of Pacific Ethanol and later the founder of Aemetis — less known for his family’s farms and its Organic Pastures businesses — and as a  mentor to countless young entrepreneurs. Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year […]

August 31, 2014 More

4 Minutes With…Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

Best known as the czar of all things industrial biotech at BIO — less known as a former aide to Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson, and as a distinguished artist. Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology […]

August 28, 2014 More

4 Minutes with…Todd Taylor, Fredrickson & Byron; board member, ABO

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. We help bioeconomy companies get it done. From setting up their company, raising money, protecting IP, building a plant, strategic partnerships, IPO and M&A’s, if a bioeconomy company has a legal need, we can help. Tell us about your role and what you […]

August 28, 2014 More

R&D News

China biodiesel demand to double by 2017: report

In China, a new report from ResearchinChina says biodiesel consumption in China is expected to double by 2017 from 2013 levels, to as much as 2.,5 million tons per year or higher. The report authors said that in 2013, China’s total capacity of biodiesel exceeded 3.7 million tons per year, but output attained 1-1.2 million […]

September 1, 2014 More

Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems to demonstrate tractor-trailer scale mobile biomass gasifier

In Tennessee, the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) will take to the road to show off the research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast utilizing fast growing, short rotation woody crops (SRWC). Coordinated by the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon, and […]

September 1, 2014 More

Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems to demonstrate tractor-trailer scale mobile biomass gasifier

In Tennessee, the Southeastern Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) will take to the road to show off the research progress of the regional partnership, which is focused on biofuels production centered in the Southeast utilizing fast growing, short rotation woody crops (SRWC). Coordinated by the University of Tennessee Center for Renewable Carbon, and […]

September 1, 2014 More

University of Louisville Renewable Energy Research Center receives NSF grant for $4.2 million

In Kentucky, the University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has received a five-year grant from the Nation Science Foundation that will provide $4.2 million in funding for its “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future” project. The center leads research that increases homegrown energy sources to meet the national need while […]

August 28, 2014 More

Policy & Policymakers

IEA warns that policy uncertainty is global threat to advance of renewables

From Brussels, the International Energy Agency has released its in its 3rd annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report — and the agency is becoming bearish on the expansion prospects for renewables unless policy constraints are addresses. According to the report, power generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro grew strongly in 2013, […]

September 1, 2014 More

Iowa awards Champion of Renewable Fuels awards to 16 state legislators

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association announced the winners of its “Champion of Renewable Fuels” awards for state legislators. The IRFA PAC Board awarded state legislators seeking reelection who maintained a clear voting record supporting renewable fuels and displayed leadership for renewable fuels in the Iowa Legislature. Winners include Senators: Sen. Bill Anderson                  SD […]

September 1, 2014 More

Lobbyists permitted for nomination to Renewable Energy Trade Administration advisory committee

In the US, the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration will allow federally-registered lobbyists to be nominated for its renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee, which the group is reestablishing. Members will serve a two-year term to advise the secretary on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of […]

August 28, 2014 More

Chile, US to continue collaboration on Navy biofuels research

In Chile, the US Navy and the Chilean Navy will extend their four-year collaboration for mutual research on advanced alternative fuels. The latest agreement enables both nations to boost energy security and deliver an increased certainty of energy supply and cost; the US Navy aims to have 50% of overall organizational use powered by alternative […]

August 28, 2014 More

Financial News

Biofuels Digest Index jumps to 6-week high of 82.87 as ethanol equities surge

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 1.32 percent to a 6-week high of 82.87 as ethanol equities surged.  For the day, Gevo (GEVO) soared 10.45 percent to $0.52, while Kior (KIOR) slumped 8.48 percent to $0.10. Among other equities, Cosan (CZZ) was up 4.47 percent to $14.50. Overall, advances […]

August 31, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index dips to 81.79 as large caps decline

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, dipped 0.58 percent to 81.79 as large caps declined. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) lost 6.18 percent to $4.10, while OriginOil (OOIL) rebounded 13.33 percent to $0.17. Among other equities, Abengoa (ABGB) shed 2.22 percent to $27.82. Overall, advances and declines were even for […]

August 28, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index hit 6-week high of 82.27 as ethanol soars

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 0.48 percent to a six-week high of 82.27 as ethanol soared. For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) jumped 4.95 percent to $22.47, while Biox (BX.T) dumped 14.49 percent to $0.59. Among other equities, Sacom (SAM.MI) advanced 4.64 percent to $3.43. Overall, advances led […]

August 28, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index surges to six-week high of 81.88 as enzymes jump

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 0.99 percent to a six-week high of 81.88 as enzymes jumped. For the day, Biox (BX.T) surged 43.75 percent to $0.69, while Codexis (CDXS) leapt 6.07 percent to $2.62. Among other equities, Abengoa (ABGB) was up 5.36 percent to $28.72. Overall, advances led declines […]

August 26, 2014 More

Other Recent Articles

Masdar, Tadweer launch Emirates effort to improve waste cooking to biodiesel conversion tehcnology

In the Emirates, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Tadweer, the Center of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi have inked a two-year R&D pact to explore imporvemtns in tehcnologies for the conversion of waste cooking oil to biodiesel. The groups will be joined in the project by Australia’s Laboratory for Turbulence Research in […]

September 1, 2014 More

Joule to host climate change seminar in Norway, Jeffrey Sachs will headline

In Norway, Joule will be hosting a strategic seminar on climate change next Tuesday, September 9th in Oslo. The seminar, entitled “Converting Words to Action on Climate Change: The Role of Technology” will discuss the role of newer technologies that are still advancing towards maturity and economic feasibility, requiring the collective support of government, academia […]

September 1, 2014 More

Ethanol production drops again, stocks at 14-week low

In the US, ethanol production for the week before last averaged 913,000 barrels per day, or 38.35 million gallons daily, which is down 24,000 barrels per day from the week before. Stocks of ethanol stood at 17.3 million barrels. That is a 5.1% decrease from last week and a 14-week low. Gasoline demand for the […]

September 1, 2014 More

Sustainable Development Technology Canada accepting applications for Tech Fund and Natural Gas Fund grants

In Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada is accepting applications for grants from their SD Tech Fund and Natural Gas Fund through October 15, 2014. The Tech Fund supports technologies focused on responsible resource development, next generation transportation, resource and energy efficiency, clean energy, agriculture, and northern and remote communities. The Natural Gas Fund coshes on […]

September 1, 2014 More

Iowa vodka producer creates 100% pure vodka from corn products

In Iowa, IngeniOz has produced a 100% pure vodka, claiming to be the purest vodka in the world. The process is based out of Iowa State University and involves alcohol production by the fermentation of corn syrup and starch and then distilling the product six times. IngeniOz vodka is treated further by ozone oxidation, activated carbon […]

September 1, 2014 More

Cambrian Innovation and Genomatica receive World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer awards

In Switzerland, the World Economic Forum has named both Cambrian Innovation and Genomatica as a 2015 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. Cambrian employs a bioelectric technology to cost-effectively clean wastewater by generating significant clean energy in the process, assisting with sustainable management of water resources. Genomatica, on the other hand, was recognized for its biotechnology-based […]

September 1, 2014 More