Major Stories

The Digest’s 9th Birthday Special Issue

The Digest’s 9th Birthday Special Issue

July 28, 2016 |

9 years ago, The Digest debuted with two subscribers and a guess. This week, The Digest turns nine,. We thought back in 2007 that the industry needed a concise, 5-Minute daily summary of “news you can use” for the advanced bioeconomy. That a vast audience out there was as interested in the convergence of biotechnology, national defense, climate […]

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The Hot 40 and Hot 50 for 2016-17: Nominations open for annual Advanced Bioeconomy rankings

The Hot 40 and Hot 50 for 2016-17: Nominations open for annual Advanced Bioeconomy rankings

July 28, 2016 |

Who will be #1 – who will get your vote? Photo Voting expanded – special bonus votes for most original artwork. In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of nominations for the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy and the 40 Hottest Early-Stage Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Nominate companies here. Voting Rules Voting […]

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The Top Advanced Bioeconomy 25 Stories of the Year

The Top Advanced Bioeconomy 25 Stories of the Year

July 28, 2016 |

What were the hot reads, the must-sees, the stories that readers rewarded with their most important and non-renewable commodity: time? We looked at the past year, and these are the 25 Top Stories of the Year, as measured by the number of readers. 25 The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top 10 Pyrolysis projects in […]

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Taxing virtue as sin: US tax rate on E85 renewable fuel soars past 100%

Taxing virtue as sin: US tax rate on E85 renewable fuel soars past 100%

July 27, 2016 |

The US passed a dubious and historic milestone this week. The tax rate on E85 renewable fuels now exceeds 100% in some formulations. By comparison, the tax rate on E10 renewable fuel is running at an estimated 41% and the tax rate on straight gasoline is running at an estimated 35%. As Shakespeare observed in […]

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This won’t hurt a bit, tell us all about cellulosic sugars, lignin: DOE’s new RFI

This won’t hurt a bit, tell us all about cellulosic sugars, lignin: DOE’s new RFI

July 26, 2016 |

In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing capabilities to produce lignocellulosic sugars and lignin for use by the research community. Many conversion technologies that produce biofuels or bioproducts utilize cellulosic sugars or lignin in their process. As a result, […]

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8-Slide Guides

Zero Net Energy Farms: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Biodico

Zero Net Energy Farms: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Biodico

July 27, 2016 |

Biodico is matching the CEC funds to develop a real-world conceptual design that combines solar cogeneration, wind turbines, anaerobic digestion and gasification at Red Rock Ranch in Five Points, Fresno County, California. In May, we reported that the company picked up a $1.2 million grant for its Zero Net Energy Farms project from the California Energy Commission, […]

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Carbon negative biofuel: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Aljadix

Carbon negative biofuel: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Aljadix

July 26, 2016 |

Aljadix is developing carbon negative biofuel from microalgae feedstock.  It has required a substantial re-design of the biofuel process.  Using Sapphire Energy and Algae Systems as models, Aljadix developed an innovative sea-surface cultivation platform (using sea-water growth media) to expressly avoid the requirement for land and freshwater.  The platform is a combination of the “open raceway pond” […]

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Cellulosic sugars heading for scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Leaf Resources

Cellulosic sugars heading for scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Leaf Resources

July 25, 2016 |

Leaf Resources Limited (ASX:LER) is focused on making sustainable products from plant biomass,  offering an advanced technology package for breaking down plant derived biomass to useful, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable products. Leaf Resources’ Glycell technology is getting a lot of attention as a source of low-cost cellulosic sugars. Here is the listed company’s latest (edited) […]

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Decision Support: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to AgSolver land management systems

Decision Support: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to AgSolver land management systems

July 24, 2016 |

AgSolver agronomic decision service products help increase profits by improving land management decisions, simplifying mandatory compliance and reporting activities, and maximizing returns for agricultural land investments. AgSolver’s technology uses readily available precision agriculture data including yield maps, soil sample data, and fertilizer application data, in combination with simulation tools to guide better management decisions. The […]

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Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach

Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach

July 21, 2016 |

Genera Energy “leads the nation in the commercialization of integrated biomass supply chain solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biochemicals markets.” Initially formed in 2008, Genera works with leading technology providers and strategic investors to develop and deliver customized biomass supply chain solutions tailored to specific process technologies and geographic regions. The company offers services […]

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The Latest World News

Colombia pump prices adjust based on ethanol and biodiesel shifts

Colombia pump prices adjust based on ethanol and biodiesel shifts

July 28, 2016 |

In Colombia, the regulated price of diesel has fallen by 3.5 cents per gallon thanks to adjustments in the price of biodiesel, while gasoline has inched up slight by less than a cent due to the adjusted price for ethanol. Prices had been frozen since May but the new prices are effective the end of […]

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Pacific Ethanol sees record-breaking results for Q2 with profit up 591%

Pacific Ethanol sees record-breaking results for Q2 with profit up 591%

July 28, 2016 |

In California, Pacific Ethanol reported a 591% increase in its Q2 profits of $4.70 million, up from just $680,000 during the same period last year. Revenue also rose 85.8% to a record $422.86 million thanks to record gallons sold from the company’s increased production capacity from the company’s Midwest assets and higher third party sales, […]

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EPA says 1.7 billion RINs generated in June

EPA says 1.7 billion RINs generated in June

July 28, 2016 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency said more than 1.7 billion RINs were generated in June including 14.11 million D3 cellulosic RINs. Of the total, 2.02 million came from ethanol while the remainder were generated from renewable CNG and renewable LNG. The year-to-date total for D3 RINs is now 76.97 million. For D5 advanced biofuel […]

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Women carrying disproportionate burden resulting from Chisumbanje Ethanol

Women carrying disproportionate burden resulting from Chisumbanje Ethanol

July 28, 2016 |

In Zimbabwe, researchers from the CGIAR program Collective Action and Property Rights found that women have been disproportionately impacted by the Chisumbanje Ethanol Project. The communities in the area near the sugarcane ethanol project, including the 3,000 homes that were displaced, have lost their capacity for food sovereignty and are suffering from worsened poverty. Whereas […]

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Former CEO of Imperial Petroleum convicted with securities fraud in RIN scam

Former CEO of Imperial Petroleum convicted with securities fraud in RIN scam

July 28, 2016 |

In Indiana, U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler for the Southern District of Indiana announced the guilty verdict after an eight-day jury trial of Jeffrey Wilson of Evansville, Indiana, who was charged with securities fraud related to a massive multi-state fraud scheme.  Wilson’s crimes centered on the e-biofuels biodiesel business in Middletown, Indiana, which was a […]

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R&D News

PNNL discovers why certain blue-green algae grows super fast under relentless bright light

PNNL discovers why certain blue-green algae grows super fast under relentless bright light

July 28, 2016 |

In Washington state, while relentless bright light brings many forms of cyanobacteria to their knees — figuratively, of course — Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 does the opposite, thriving and growing at a rate that far outpaces most of its peers. That makes the organism, commonly called a form of blue-green algae, an attractive target for […]

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New law to allow Penn State to research hemp growing and applications

New law to allow Penn State to research hemp growing and applications

July 27, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a law on July 20 allowing the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and institutions of higher education to grow hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) for research purposes. Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is working with the state department of agriculture to develop the policies, procedures and applications needed to facilitate […]

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Cornell researchers develop ethanol production from anaerobic microbe

Cornell researchers develop ethanol production from anaerobic microbe

July 26, 2016 |

In New York state, Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide. To make biofuel from inorganic, gaseous industrial rubbish, the researchers learned that the bacterium Clostridium ljungdahlii responds thermodynamically – rather than genetically – in the process of tuning favorable enzymatic […]

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Basque-French R&D centers team up for algae demonstration project

Basque-French R&D centers team up for algae demonstration project

July 25, 2016 |

In Spain, a consortium of six R&D centers in the Basque Autonomous Community, Navarre and France -NEIKER-Tecnalia, National Centre of Renewable Energies (CENER), Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Association of Industry of Navarre (AIN), Association for the Environment and Safety in Aquitaine (APESA) and the Centre for the Application and Transformation of Agro-resources (CATAR-CRITT)- are participating […]

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Applications open for NatLabs’ innovators for Chain Reaction Innovations: 2 year support deals

Applications open for NatLabs’ innovators for Chain Reaction Innovations: 2 year support deals

July 24, 2016 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, opened the application process to select the first national cohort of innovators for Chain Reaction Innovations. CRI is the second energy and science technology accelerator to open at a national laboratory and the first one located in the Midwest, […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Philippines cuts ethanol quota for Q4 by 4,500 cu m per month

Philippines cuts ethanol quota for Q4 by 4,500 cu m per month

July 28, 2016 |

In the Philippines, the Sugar Regulatory Authority has lowered the monthly allocations for ethanol supply during the fourth quarter by 4,500 cu m to 62,400 cu m. Ethanol production will ramp up during the last part of the year, from 18,000 cu m in October to 24,100 cu m. Oil companies must buy ethanol from […]

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Hillary Clinton’s energy advisor takes a pass on RFS reform questions

Hillary Clinton’s energy advisor takes a pass on RFS reform questions

July 27, 2016 |

In Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton’s energy advisor has chosen to stay mum about potential reforms to the RFS following comments by President Barack Obama’s former energy advisor that the blending mandate could use some adjustments. Though the advisor cautioned against “throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” she said that some modifications could be made to […]

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40 Senators write letter to EPA wanting higher 2018 biodiesel RVO

40 Senators write letter to EPA wanting higher 2018 biodiesel RVO

July 26, 2016 |

In Washington, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Patty Murray (Wash.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) led a bipartisan letter, signed by 36 of their Senate colleagues, urging the Obama administration to increase its proposed 2018 Renewable Volume Obligations for biodiesel to encourage continued growth in the industry and diversity in the nation’s energy […]

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Friends of the Earth Europe says TTIP sabotaging Paris climate agreement

Friends of the Earth Europe says TTIP sabotaging Paris climate agreement

July 25, 2016 |

In Belgium, a leaked EU document obtained by Friends of the Earth Europe and covered in a story by The Guardian confirms that TTIP would “sabotage” the Paris climate agreement and US and EU commitments to tackle global warming. The 14th round of negotiations were held earlier this month in Brussels for the European Union-US trade […]

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EU should strengthen existing sustainability rules for biofuels: European Court of Auditors

EU should strengthen existing sustainability rules for biofuels: European Court of Auditors

July 24, 2016 |

In Brussels, a European Court of Auditors report published found that “there are a number of gaps in the European Commission’s existing biofuels sustainability certification framework.” ePURE said that the sustainability regime for biofuels in Europe can and should be strengthened further to ensure that only the most sustainable biofuels, like European ethanol, are promoted […]

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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

Ethanol production falls back below 1 million barrels per day

Ethanol production falls back below 1 million barrels per day

July 28, 2016 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency said ethanol production has fallen back after record-breaking figures throughout the year, falling below 1 million barrels per day to 998,000 b/d, down 31,000 on the week. Platts estimates that as a result, corn consumption was 3% lower at 104.790 million bushels. Despite the lower production, cumulative corn usage […]

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Does the U.S. EPA Not Want Biofuels?

Does the U.S. EPA Not Want Biofuels?

July 28, 2016 |

By Nathan Vander Griend, President, ERI Solutions, Inc., a Strategic Partner of Lee Enterprises Consulting Group Special to The Digest The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) mission is to protect human health and the environment. They are charged with delivering on that mission by using the best scientific information available. We can all agree […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 0.39 percent to 56.79 as enzyme equities rise

Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 0.39 percent to 56.79 as enzyme equities rise

July 28, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 0.39 percent to 56.79 as enzyme equities rose.  For the day, Biox (BX.T) fell back 4.29 percent to $0.67, while Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) rose 5.12 percent to $6.78. Among other equities, Neste Oil (NTOIF) rallied 3.53 percent to $37.00. Overall, advances and […]

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Syngenta’s Enogen corn used in more than 20 ethanol plants in the US

Syngenta’s Enogen corn used in more than 20 ethanol plants in the US

July 27, 2016 |

In Switzerland, Syngenta says that its Enogen corn is used at more than 20 dry grind ethanol plants across the US. The plants represent about 10% of national ethanol production volume. Combined with its Cellerate partnership that allows for cellulosic ethanol production, the two technology solutions can help plants boost ethanol production by more than […]

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New study looks at economic side of butanol from propylene and syngas

New study looks at economic side of butanol from propylene and syngas

July 27, 2016 |

In Texas, Intratec Solutions released a report presenting an economic analysis of n-Butanol production from propylene and syngas, assuming a plant located on the US Gulf Coast. The process under analysis is similar to the LP OXO technology jointly licensed by JM Davy and Dow, employing Selector 30 catalyst. This detailed study presents plant construction […]

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Reuters analysis shows 20% of US car fleet can safely use E15

Reuters analysis shows 20% of US car fleet can safely use E15

July 27, 2016 |

In New York state, Reuters analysis shows 20% of the US car fleet could safely use E15, much higher than the 14% estimated by the American Automobile Association in June 2015, and that number will continue to rise as drivers buy new vehicles going into the end of the year. Despite growing capability, full fleet […]

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