Major Stories

Mind the (Carbon) Gap: with sustainable aviation fuels, what will it take, who’s gonna pay?

Mind the (Carbon) Gap: with sustainable aviation fuels, what will it take, who’s gonna pay?

February 26, 2017 |

So there’s this gap, say researchers at Utrecht University in their report on aviation biofuels, between the emission goals that airlines have set themselves (call this, carbon-neutral growth), and what is going to be achieved through operational efficiency. Totaling 232 million tonnes of CO2 over the period 2020-2030. Let’s put that in perspective, that’s the […]

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Trump at the Renewable Pump: will he bump, thump or dump?

Trump at the Renewable Pump: will he bump, thump or dump?

February 23, 2017 |

“Trump Reiterates Support for Ethanol, RFS” is the major headline to come out of the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, which is the Renewable Fuels Association’s annual conflab and as usual produced a flurry of studies, keynotes and statements on the viability and importance of US ethanol to everything from American jobs to advanced […]

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The pile-on for bionylon: ADM, Rennovia, JM accelerate the chase

The pile-on for bionylon: ADM, Rennovia, JM accelerate the chase

February 22, 2017 |

Just when we’ve chided ADM for being quieter in the sector than a Sensory Deprivation Chamber, they’ve gone and been associated with two major announcements in the week leading up to ABLC. From California we learn that Johnson Matthey and Rennovia have signed a license agreement with Archer Daniels Midland Company to provide catalyst and […]

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Greenyug to go commercial-scale in 2017, signs key ethyl acetate offtake deal with Helm

Greenyug to go commercial-scale in 2017, signs key ethyl acetate offtake deal with Helm

February 21, 2017 |

In California, HELM AG and Greenyug signed an off-take agreement for the purchase and sale of bio-based Ethyl Acetate produced at Greenyug’s planned Ethyl Acetate facility in Columbus, Nebraska. This agreement will make significant amounts of bio-based Ethyl Acetate available first time to the market. As we reported last June, Greenyug has formed a subsidiary, […]

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Ground Delay: Where are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

Ground Delay: Where are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

February 20, 2017 |

When it comes to sustainable aviation fuels, the public is yelling impatiently for take-off, and the airlines are pleading impatiently for off-take. So, where are the gallons? There are two hold-ups, primarily, and they have nothing to do with the usual suspects in advanced technology – those are the unworkable technology and the unaffordable feedstock, and […]

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8-Slide Guides

A global corporate market for low-carb fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Below50

A global corporate market for low-carb fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Below50

February 26, 2017 |

Below50 is an initiative that brings businesses together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) to promote the best-of-breed of sustainable fuels has launched in South America. The companies and organizations driving the initiative include ABBI, Arizona State University, Audi, BSR, CGEE, […]

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Back on Track: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the RFA Ethanol Outlook

Back on Track: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the RFA Ethanol Outlook

February 23, 2017 |

Looking to better understand the outlook for the US ethanol industry, but lack the time to wade through the entire 40-page Ethanol Outlook 2017 from RFA (which is right here, for download, in complete form)? Well, enjoy our selection of the essential slides from the Outlook, which will give you the news you can use […]

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New biobased chemical options: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Rennovia

New biobased chemical options: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Rennovia

February 22, 2017 |

Rennovia, Inc. is a chemical process technology development company focused on the creation of novel processes for the cost-advantaged production of commodity and specialty chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Rennovia is developing processes for the production of biobased glucaric acid, adipic acid, 1,6-hexanediol, hexamethylenediamine (HMD), and other important building blocks for a wide range of functional […]

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Ethanol to drop-in fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic ethanol upgrade technology

Ethanol to drop-in fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic ethanol upgrade technology

February 21, 2017 |

The program objective seen in these slides is to take a technology from Technical Readiness Level 2 to TRL 3/4 — a technology that directly upgrades ethanol to a drop-in hydrocarbon fuel at a high yield. Among the investors here are three of the technology gurus behind Vertimass – Chaitanya Narula, Martin KellerBrian H. Davison — although […]

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From off-take to take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US renewable jet fuels program

From off-take to take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US renewable jet fuels program

February 20, 2017 |

In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the near-term. This initiative sought to achieve multiple, commercial scale integrated biorefineries, cost-competitive biofuel with conventional petroleum (w/o subsidies), domestically produced fuels from non-food feedstocks, and […]

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The Latest World News

Rapeseed enjoys competitive price edge over wheat: report

Rapeseed enjoys competitive price edge over wheat: report

February 26, 2017 |

 In Germany, the trade assocaitino UFOP reports forward-contract price gap between wheat and rapeseed currently amounts to around EUR 220 per tonne, virtually reaching the seasonal high. “The gap between forward-contract prices of soft wheat and rapeseed from the 2017 crop has increasingly widened in eastern Germany over the past several months,” the association noted. “Whereas […]

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Bio-based polymer capacity expands 4% in 2016, despite low oil prices

Bio-based polymer capacity expands 4% in 2016, despite low oil prices

February 26, 2017 |

In Germany, nova institut reports that production capacity for bio-based polymers grew by 4% to 6.6 Million tonnes from 2015 to 2016. This represents a share of 2% of the global polymer market. The bio-based polymer turnover was about €13 billion worldwide in 2016 compared to €11 billion in 2014. Production capacity of bio-based polymers […]

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Biossance launches at Sephora with new look

Biossance launches at Sephora with new look

February 26, 2017 |

In California, Amyris’s biotechnology-backed beauty brand Biossance launched on Sephora.com on February 17 and in select SEPHORA stores nationwide beginning in February through this Spring. Known for pioneering the first renewably-sourced 100% plant-based squalane, the mega-moisture molecule that keeps skin healthy and hydrated, Biossance has made a commitment to providing sustainable solutions for the personal […]

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US ethanol production slips to 16.05 billion gallon annual clip

US ethanol production slips to 16.05 billion gallon annual clip

February 26, 2017 |

In Washington, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 1.034 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 43.43 million gallons daily. That is down 6,000 b/d from the week before and 27,000 b/d removed from last month’s record high. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 1.047 million b/d for […]

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Pacific Biodiesel begins farming  Hawaii’s biggest biofuel crop

Pacific Biodiesel begins farming  Hawaii’s biggest biofuel crop

February 26, 2017 |

In Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies commenced a initial crop project on 115 acres will expand diversified agriculture by growing combine-harvested oil crops on land previously used for sugar cane production. This is the largest biofuel crop project in the state of Hawaii and the only biofuel farming operation in the state running on 100% renewable […]

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R&D News

Modular Energy Production Systems in sight at RAPID Manufacturing USA Institute

Modular Energy Production Systems in sight at RAPID Manufacturing USA Institute

February 26, 2017 |

In Iowa, Iowa State University is reporting that it will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute. The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity and efficiency of chemical manufacturing, and could save the chemical industry more than $9 billion annually, […]

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Princeton researchers boost bioreactor efficiency with new integrated approach

Princeton researchers boost bioreactor efficiency with new integrated approach

February 23, 2017 |

In New Jersey, to improve bioreactor efficiency, researchers at Princeton University will create an integrated approach to monitoring and controlling the organisms’ metabolic activity thanks to support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., and his wife, Wendy, created the $25 million endowment […]

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BETO launches Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium

BETO launches Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium

February 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the launch of its Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Made up of seven DOE national laboratories, ChemCatBio will bring new catalytic materials to commercial bioenergy […]

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Penn State professor supporting croton data collection in Kenya

Penn State professor supporting croton data collection in Kenya

February 21, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, a Penn State professor was hired by World Agroforestry Centre to help a small company, Eco Fuels Kenya, or EFK, to survey subsistence farmers in five counties and dozens of villages in Kenya about their willingness to grow croton trees. He asked them such things as how many trees they have, whether they […]

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IIT-Kharagpur researchers develop methodology for cellulose-hemicellulose dual process

IIT-Kharagpur researchers develop methodology for cellulose-hemicellulose dual process

February 20, 2017 |

In India, IIT-Kharagpur researchers have developed a process that results in four-fold increase in the yield of fermentable sugars and bioethanol from hemicelluloses, allowing feedstocks like grasses and lake hyacinth to finally become viable feedstocks. Lake hyacinth is 50% hemicellulose, for example, so a kilo of dry feedstock can now produce 0.18-0.29kg of ethanol. Research […]

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Policy & Policymakers

35 groups urge EPA to maintain RFS point of obligation

35 groups urge EPA to maintain RFS point of obligation

February 26, 2017 |

In Washington, a diverse group of more than 35 organizations and companies representing downstream blenders, fuel retailers, marketers and end users at the federal and state levels expressed support to keep the current compliance structure under the RFS. “NATSO is heartened by the overwhelming number of stakeholders who are urging the EPA to keep the […]

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Oklahoma releases 7,564 pages of new EPA Administrator’s emails showing deep oil links

Oklahoma releases 7,564 pages of new EPA Administrator’s emails showing deep oil links

February 23, 2017 |

In Washington, 7,564 pages of emails by then-Oklahoma Attorney General, now-Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, following a freedom of information request and a court order to release them by the Center for Media and Democracy show the administrator’s very tight relationship with several key players in the oil and gas industry who went so […]

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Trump assures ethanol industry it remains key to national energy strategy

Trump assures ethanol industry it remains key to national energy strategy

February 22, 2017 |

In California, through a letter, President Donald Trump assured participants at the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego this week that ethanol remains an important part of the national energy strategy despite the appointment and confirmation of an EPA administrator who in the past has been a legal opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard and […]

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Five Senators ask Pruitt to address EPA’s volatility regulation inhibiting E15 sales

Five Senators ask Pruitt to address EPA’s volatility regulation inhibiting E15 sales

February 21, 2017 |

In Washington, five Senators, led by Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to address EPA’s volatility regulation that makes it more difficult to sell ethanol blends above 10% year-round. The senators asked the administrator to extend the 1-psi RVP waiver to E15 and other higher ethanol blends, “to […]

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Singapore shifts diesel taxes to volumetric as lead in to carbon tax

Singapore shifts diesel taxes to volumetric as lead in to carbon tax

February 20, 2017 |

In Singapore, in an effort to tax carbon emissions, the government has implemented a S$0.10 per liter duty on all diesel, both automotive and industrial, in an effort to promote a switch toward cleaner fuels. The tax on diesel vehicles is currently a lump annual sum but will switch to a volumetric tax in an […]

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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

German biodiesel blending falls as diesel consumption increases

German biodiesel blending falls as diesel consumption increases

February 23, 2017 |

In Germany, biodiesel blend was slightly lower on the year last year at 5.61% in part as a result of double counting waste-based biofuels while ethanol blending was slightly higher at 5.78%. Although the biodiesel blending rate fell in percentage terms, biodiesel consumption was actually slightly higher at 2.15 million metric tons but diesel consumption […]

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RFA study says ethanol supported nearly 340,000 jobs in 2016

RFA study says ethanol supported nearly 340,000 jobs in 2016

February 23, 2017 |

In Washington, a new report commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Agency says the U.S. ethanol industry added $42.1 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and supported nearly 340,000 jobs in 2016. According to the analysis, the production and use of 15.25 billion gallons of ethanol last year also: ¥ contributed nearly $14.4 billion to […]

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Alliance Bioenergy submits offer for INEOS New Planet Bioenergy

Alliance Bioenergy submits offer for INEOS New Planet Bioenergy

February 23, 2017 |

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus announced that it has submitted an offer to purchase a 145+ acre ethanol plant previously owned by INEOS New Planet Bioenergy in Vero Beach, FL. If successful the Company will begin to retrofit the front end of the facility immediately with its patented CTS process and quickly be converting local […]

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County approves LOI with Elite Octane to move forward on ethanol facility

County approves LOI with Elite Octane to move forward on ethanol facility

February 23, 2017 |

In Iowa, the Elite Octane project set for Atlantic has been pulled from the brink after the Cass County Board of Commissioners approved a letter of intent with the project’s developers, agreeing to invest $4.4 million in infrastructure improvements including roads and a pipeline to transport gray water from the community’s wastewater treatment plant for […]

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Newport Biodiesel supplies B20 to sailing school vessel on its way to Cuba

Newport Biodiesel supplies B20 to sailing school vessel on its way to Cuba

February 23, 2017 |

In Rhode Island, biodiesel is taking to the high seas in a special ship traveling from Rhode Island to an ultimate goal of Cuba on 6,000 gallons of B20 supplied by Newport Biodiesel. The 200-foot Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry fueled up with 20 percent biodiesel this week at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode […]

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Pacific Biodiesel to trial sunflower and other biofuel crops on Maui

Pacific Biodiesel to trial sunflower and other biofuel crops on Maui

February 23, 2017 |

In Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel is trialing various biofuel crops including sunflowers on a 115 acre test site on Maui, a project that is not related to the parent company of C&H Sugar that recently closed down sugarcane operations and looked to sunflower as a potential alternative crop. More details on the community-based project are to […]

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