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The 14 hottest slides from ABLC on financing biofuels, from early-stage to commercial projects

Experts from Citi, Heartland Bank, Braemar Energy Ventures, Wilson, Sonsini, Kreig DeVault, Stern Brothers, Kilpatrick Townsend were among the highlight presenters at the 3rd annual Biofuels Financing and Investment Summit, an integrated part of ABLC, the annual bioeconomy conference week now underway in Washington, DC. The Summit this year looked at the complete range of […]

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April 23, 2014 More

ABLC buzzes about finance, government actions, chemicals, carbon, and technology advances

As ABLC completes its second day, companies, agencies, financiers step forward to detail advances toward scale, new programs. In Washington, more than 35 companies came under the microscope as delegates at ABLC, the annual bioeconomy leadership conference which continues through Wednesday with more than 100 speakers on the agenda, moved from policy considerations to a […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Hot slides from ABLC’s opening day

On ABLC’s opening morning, here were some top slides from the company presentations on the topic of global green growth. 1. Inbicon’s biomass refineries. Inbicon was touting the flexibility of its cellulosic ethanol and power production system,. We found this one particularly poignant, given that Nature published a study critiquing the emissions associated with cellulosic […]

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April 22, 2014 More

ABLC buzzes about biofuels policy, Administration support, chemicals, and lignin

As ABLC opens, industry association executives rally the troops to fight the EPA’s slashed advanced biofuels targets, get pathway approvals faster, and to buzz about chemicals, chemicals, chemicals. Also, the industry buzzed about a weird study on cellulosic biofuels emissions, and how much Administration bashing is a good idea. In Washington, top bioeconomy trade groups predicted […]

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April 22, 2014 More

Producer News

PDC and partners patent new class of aviation biofuel components

In the Netherlands, as a part of the European Union funded EuroBioRef1 project, together with several partners, Process Design Center (PDC) developed a new class of bio aviation turbine fuel (ATF) components consisting of heavy branched alcohols. The project demonstrated the possibility to produce these alcohols in two ways from lignocellulosic biomass: Black liquor from […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Gevo teams with Lufthansa to test aviation biofuel

In Colorado, Gevo announced that it has come to an agreement with Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo’s renewable jet fuel with the goal of approving Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use. Lufthansa’s testing is being supported through work with the European Commission.

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April 23, 2014 More

Indonesian crude palm exports soar 13% in March

In Indonesia, crude palm oil exports soared 13% month-on-month in March to 1.79 million metric tons, up from 1.58 million tons in February. Higher soybean prices led to increased demand for palm oil. Soybean prices rose 5% in February and another 6.3% in March.

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April 23, 2014 More

Fuels America launches “Oil Rigged” campaign

In Washington, Fuels America coalition members announced the launch of the “Oil Rigged” television and digital ad campaign and OilRigged.com to expose the many ways the oil industry is rigging the system to protect their profits and block the transition to clean, American renewable fuels. The campaign began on Tuesday with the launch of OilRigged.com, at […]

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April 23, 2014 More

5-Minute Guides

Liquid Light: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Liquid Light develops electrocatalytic technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally abundant carbon dioxide (CO2).  Licensees benefit from a lower cost of production and can reduce their carbon footprint. Liquid Light is funded by BP Ventures, Redpoint, Osage University, VantagePoint and Chrysalix, and now coming out of stealth after six years of developing a […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Primus Green Energy: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Primus’ liquid fuel synthesis technology is a proprietary low cost  process to convert syngas to gasoline, jet fuel and aromatic chemicals directly, without the need for further treatment. The result is a highly efficient process, producing approximately 5 gallons of drop-in transportation fuels per mmBTU of natural gas. The process produces drop-in fuels that are ready for […]

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Praj Industries: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Praj has adopted a new identity in line with its future growth strategy. Over the past 3 decades, Praj has transformed itself from being a single business sector company of Ethanol Solutions to multiple business organization, providing solutions for brewery, water & wastewater, process equipment & systems, high purity application and bio-products. The company plans to […]

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Valero: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. Valero subsidiaries employ approximately 10,500 people, and assets include 16 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3 million barrels per day, 10 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.2 billion […]

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April 15, 2014 More

R&D News

Carnegie researchers create tool to ID photosynthesis genes

In California, researchers at the Carnegie Institute for Science team including developed a highly sophisticated tool that will transform the work of plant geneticists by making large-scale genetic characterization of Chlamydomonas mutants possible for the first time. Their work is published by The Plant Cell. Their tool is a major step forward in the goal […]

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April 23, 2014 More

University of Nebraska-Lincoln says GHG of stover ethanol worse than gasoline

In Nebraska, using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln team of researchers cast doubt on whether corn residue can be used to meet federal […]

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April 21, 2014 More

USDA researchers simplify pyrolysis process

In Pennsylvania, innovations at the USDA are bringing researchers one step closer to developing “green” biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to produce renewable fuels for commercial markets. The researchers modified the standard pyrolysis process by gradually replacing nitrogen gas in the processing chamber with the gases produced during pyrolysis. […]

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April 17, 2014 More

University of Hawaii gets funding to study hemp for biofuels

In Hawaii, the state legislature has approved a bill that would allow the University of Hawaii to undertake two years of research into hemp as a biofuel feedstock, but the approved bill has strengthened the language to ensure that marijuana is not used instead of hemp. The state’s House of Represented added $72,600 in research […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Policy & Policymakers

Argentina may drop biodiesel taxes until EU lifts anti-dumping duties

In Argentina, the country’s president has asked its Congress to drop the 22% tax on biodiesel for power generation and the 19% levy on liquid fuels, a policy that would stay in place as long as the European Commission continues to levy anti-dumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports.

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April 23, 2014 More

US Senator wants DDGs removed from proposed FDA rule

In Washington, U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb) wrote Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging FDA to exempt raw agricultural commodities, distillers grain and other byproducts from a promised revision of a proposed rule dealing with livestock feed. As first proposed, the rule would add new requirements to producers of distillers grains – […]

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April 21, 2014 More

EPA taking comments on ADM’s carbon sequester plan at Illinois ethanol plant

In Illinois, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comment on a proposed permit that would allow Archer Daniels Midland to inject carbon dioxide deep underground at a facility in Decatur, Illinois. This process – known as “carbon sequestration” – is a means of storing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate […]

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April 17, 2014 More

DOE announces $4 billion loan guarantee solicitation for renewables: drop-in biofuels targeted

In Washington, the Department of Energy issued a draft loan guarantee solicitation for innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects located in the U.S. that avoid, reduce, or sequester greenhouse gases. When finalized, the solicitation is expected to make as much as $4 billion in loan guarantees available to help commercialize technologies that may be […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Financial News

Biofuels Digest Index jumps to 80.60 as advanced biofuels surge

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, jumped 2.41 percent to 80.60 advanced biofuels soared. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) rocketed up 35.63 percent to $1.18 as news of a Lufthansa partnership for jet fuel emerged, while KiOR (KIOR) dropped 5.32 percent to $0.58. Among other equities, BioAmber (BIOA) was up […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index rises to 78.70 as enzymes equities advance

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, rose 0.77 percent to 78.70 as enzymes advanced.  For the day, Amyris (AMRS) gained 7.27 percent to $3.54, while Codexis (CDXS) soared 11.43 percent to $1.95. Among other equities, Gevo (GEVO) dropped 6.45 percent to $0.87. Overall, advances led declines 8 to 7 for […]

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April 22, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index climbs to 78.10 as ethanol equities rally

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, climbed 0.68 percent to 78.10 as ethanol equities rallied.  For the day, Biofuel Energy (BIOF) soared 27.39 percent to $7.72, while Gevo (GEVO) rebounded 12.45 percent to $0.93. Among other equities, Ceres (CERE) slumped 10/15 percent to $0.61. Overall, advances led declines 7 to […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index rebounds to 77.57 on ethanol gains

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, rebounded 2.44 percent to 77.57 as ethanol equities advanced.  For the day, Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE) climbed 4.31 percent to $29.02, while Amyris (AMRS) jumped 5.68 percent to $3.35. Among other equities, Codexis (CDXS) rose 6.63 percent to $1.77. Overall, advances led declines […]

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Other Recent Articles

Vireol selects Murex to market ethanol from Virginia plant

In Texas, Vireol Bio Energy, LLC has selected Murex LLC as their marketing partner for the bioethanol plant in Hopewell, Virginia. Vireol recently announced their plans to bring the 63 million gallon per year ethanol plant in Hopewell, Virginia online in April of 2014. Vireol originally planned to transfer the plant to the UK, but […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Indian food processor to invest US$65.7 million corn ethanol plant

In India, Rasoya Proteins is set to invest US$65.7 million in a corn-based ethanol plant with feedstock sourced locally in Nagpur and surrounding regions in Maharashtra. The facility will complement the company’s other food processing facilities including rice, wheat and soy.

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April 23, 2014 More

REG passes 1 billion gallon milestone

In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced April 21 it has reached a new milestone, having sold a cumulative 1 billion gallons of advanced biofuel during its 17-year history. REG achieved this milestone through investments in a fully integrated value chain including its manufacturing, sales and marketing, and supply chain management capabilities. The company also […]

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April 21, 2014 More

Superior court judges hit Green Power where it hurts

In Washington state, a King County Superior Court judge has found Green Power’s application for receivership to be “suspect” while a Franklin County Superior Court judge has ruled that the Port of Pasco can evict the company from the Big Pasco Industrial Park. The company’s CEO was arrested last year for wire fraud, aggravated identity […]

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April 21, 2014 More

Cuba to receive award for progress in implementing biofuels

In Bolivia, the Pan-American Union of Associations of Engineers will award Cuba the Luis Wannoni Lander International Prize for its progress in biofuels during the union’s annual meeting in August. The country has introduced biofuel for cooking, heating and electricity and there are moves underway to extend biofuel use to agricultural equipment, refrigeration and home […]

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April 21, 2014 More

Discover Minerals in JV with Syngar in industrial hemp deal

In Canada, Discovery Minerals Ltd. has agreed to form a Joint Venture (JV) partnership with biofuel technology company Syngar Technologies, Inc. (SGI) of Alberta. The Joint Venture will authorize use of Syngar’s synthesis technology for applications within the Industrial Hemp sector. The result is a sustainable approach toward the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp. […]

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