Major Stories

Big Australia is back: Oz’s ARENA, China’s JTL go big with a cellulosic biofuels bet

Big Australia is back: Oz’s ARENA, China’s JTL go big with a cellulosic biofuels bet

November 21, 2017 |

This season in the United States, Outback Steakhouse has been running a series of promotions on the theme of “The Big Australia is Back”, but we think that a far better demonstration is the news that the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has made its single largest direct investment in second-generation biofuels via $11.9M in funding support […]

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Amyris’ Sweet-‘N-High: Biotech pioneer sells farnesene plant to DSM, focuses on next-gen sweetener

Amyris’ Sweet-‘N-High: Biotech pioneer sells farnesene plant to DSM, focuses on next-gen sweetener

November 20, 2017 |

The nine month and Q3 2017 results are in for Amyris, and there’s reason for the long-suffering shareholder to take some near-Christmas cheer. YTD revenue is up more than 1/3 and product revenue has more than doubled. Guidance for year-end revenues was upped. The company has found a new deep-pocketed champion in DSM. But there […]

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Farm to flight – Carinata crop commercialization takes off

Farm to flight – Carinata crop commercialization takes off

November 19, 2017 |

In Australia, Qantas will operate the world’s first biofuel flight between the United States and Australia early in the new year in collaboration with World Fuel Services and Altair Fuels. Qantas’ new Dreamliner is being powered by Brassica Carinata (carinata), a non-food, industrial type of mustard seed that has been around for years but is […]

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Waste Erased: Top 7 EU-based industrial advances in utilizing waste residues

Waste Erased: Top 7 EU-based industrial advances in utilizing waste residues

November 16, 2017 |

Europe pursuing biorefineries, power-gen based on advanced use of waste residues. In Europe, the race to erase industrial and municipal waste is on, and now has taken on a more serious ardor with the arrival of some new tech. For too long, ideas on dealing with waste have revolved around reduction and recycle rather than […]

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$2.25 per gallon biohydrocarbon fuels, unsubsidized? Biozin licenses IH2 Technology — heads for commercial-scale in Norway

$2.25 per gallon biohydrocarbon fuels, unsubsidized? Biozin licenses IH2 Technology — heads for commercial-scale in Norway

November 15, 2017 |

In Texas, CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2 technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding. The Front End Loading (FEL-2) package will be completed for the core IH2 technology by global engineering and construction specialists KBR.  KBR is CRI’s preferred FEED engineering services provider for […]

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8-Slide Guides

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Scale-Up: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to building industrial fermentation for world scale

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Scale-Up: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to building industrial fermentation for world scale

November 21, 2017 |

At ABLC Next, we invited Genomatica’s Jeff Lievense as part of a special session focused on the scaling-up of fermentation technologies — from the pitfalls to the pratfalls. Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology leader for the chemical industry, delivering new manufacturing processes that enable its partners to produce the world’s most widely-used chemicals from alternative feedstocks, […]

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Microorganism Factories: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Verdezyne

Microorganism Factories: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Verdezyne

November 20, 2017 |

Verdezyne is a privately held industrial biotechnology company that is developing and commercializing novel genetically engineered microorganisms for use as “factories” to manufacture renewable chemicals. Verdezyne’s unique microorganisms permit greener, cleaner and more cost effective production of chemicals compared with traditional methods. The Company is commercializing its technology through partnerships with leading chemical manufacturers. Verdezyne […]

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Does regulating indirect land use change work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC reform

Does regulating indirect land use change work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC reform

November 17, 2017 |

University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana professor Madhu Khanna has been raising issues with including an indirect land use change factor for compliance with  low carbon fuel standards. Why, since ILUC is a required calculation for the Renewable Fuel Standard? Khanna notes that estimates of ILUC factor have varied considerably across studies and over time; plus, inclusion […]

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The Ministry of All the Talents: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

The Ministry of All the Talents: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

November 16, 2017 |

JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers are using the latest tools in molecular biology, chemical engineering, computational and robotic technologies, and pioneering work in synthetic biology to transform biomass […]

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From Pollution to Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

From Pollution to Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

November 15, 2017 |

LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use. LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the current highly centralized global energy system by enabling the regional production of low-cost energy from local wastes and residues, including gases as varied […]

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The Latest World News

DowDuPont ethanol plant’s demise may be linked to RIN policy

DowDuPont ethanol plant’s demise may be linked to RIN policy

November 21, 2017 |

In Iowa, there is speculation that a key reason for the failure of DowDuPont’s Nevada cellulosic ethanol plant is that significantly cheaper to produce methane mined from landfills counts for the same RINs as cellulosic ethanol, significantly reducing the demand for the ethanol that would be produced at the 2G plant or the willingness of […]

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Nigerian 120,000 liter per day ethanol plant set for commissioning in two months

Nigerian 120,000 liter per day ethanol plant set for commissioning in two months

November 21, 2017 |

In Nigeria, Africa’s largest ethanol plant is set for commissioning in about two months, producing an expected 120,000 liters per day in Ota Ogun state. The plant is expected to supply a third of its production to the wider group of companies under the Sona Group while the rest will be supplied to the domestic […]

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Ethtec awarded A$11.9 million federal loan for 30 million liter 2G ethanol facility

Ethtec awarded A$11.9 million federal loan for 30 million liter 2G ethanol facility

November 21, 2017 |

In Australia, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has awarded an A$11.9 million loan for a project that would implement Ethtec’s cellulosic ethanol technology in a 30 million liter per year facility. The project, developed in conjunction with the University of Newcastle, the local council and Chinese investment company Jiangsu Jintongling Fluid Machinery Technology, will use […]

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Hainan Airways flies to Chicago on UCO blend as part of Sino-US cooperation

Hainan Airways flies to Chicago on UCO blend as part of Sino-US cooperation

November 21, 2017 |

In China, a Hainan Airways flight departed from Beijing en route to Chicago flying on a blend of waste cooking oil-based aviation biofuel produced by Sinopec as part of a international cooperation project between China and the US. The fuel is made at Sinopec’s Zhenhai Refining and Chemical Company in Ningbo, East China’s Zhejiang province […]

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Enerkem Alberta receives C$3.5 million federal grant for Edmonton plant

Enerkem Alberta receives C$3.5 million federal grant for Edmonton plant

November 21, 2017 |

In Canada, Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, a subsidiary of Montreal-based Enerkem Inc., is receiving C$3.5 million from the Government of Canada through the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative to build the final phase of a facility that converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into liquid biofuels and chemicals. The Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility is the first of […]

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R&D News

University of Washington researchers find younger poplar trees could be viable alternative to fossil fuels

University of Washington researchers find younger poplar trees could be viable alternative to fossil fuels

November 21, 2017 |

In Washington state, a University of Washington team is trying to make poplar a viable competitor to fossil fuels by testing the production of younger poplar trees that could be harvested more frequently—after only two or three years—instead of the usual 10- to 20-year cycle. These trees, essentially juveniles compared with fully grown adults, are […]

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UAE researchers produce biodiesel from date pits

UAE researchers produce biodiesel from date pits

November 20, 2017 |

In the UAE, a group researchers led by UAE University found that date pits hold nearly 12% oil that is suitable for biodiesel production at about 90% efficiency. The study Biodiesel Production from Oils Extracted from Date Pits, appears in the journal Green and Sustainable Chemistry. “It’s a waste material. It’s not a valuable material we’re looking […]

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Russian scientists discover method to convert food waste into biofuels

Russian scientists discover method to convert food waste into biofuels

November 19, 2017 |

In Russia, scientists from Skoltech and the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Joint Institute for High Temperatures proposed a new way to convert food waste into biofuel via hydrothermal liquefaction – a thermal depolymerization process used to turn wet biomass into oil. Other researchers use carbohydrates fermentation or fat transesterification for biofuel production but since only […]

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University of Wisconsin researchers say ethanol created more CO2 than it saved

University of Wisconsin researchers say ethanol created more CO2 than it saved

November 16, 2017 |

In Wisconsin, a new study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin shows that crop expansion in the US between 2008 and 2012 emitted 115 million tons of CO2 and that much of that can be attributed to biofuels because it was during a period of policy-driven biofuel production increase. The paper says that the […]

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Brazilian researcher given award for improving GHG emissions of sugarcane production

Brazilian researcher given award for improving GHG emissions of sugarcane production

November 15, 2017 |

In Brazil, the director of the Center for Research and Development of Soils and Environmental Resources at the Agronomic Institute of Campinas has been awarded the Norman Borlaug Award on World Fertilizer Day by the International Fertilizers Association for developing a method of sugarcane cultivation that reduces GHG emissions. The method integrates urease inhibitors that […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Katter’s Australian Party offers A$400 million to North Queensland Bioenergy Corp if it wins election

Katter’s Australian Party offers A$400 million to North Queensland Bioenergy Corp if it wins election

November 21, 2017 |

In Australia, Katter’s Australian Party has offered an A$400 million loan towards the A$640 million North Queensland Bioenergy Corp. project proposed nearly a decade ago if it’s able to keep its balance of power in the upcoming state elections through the successful bid of a local candidate. The project’s promoter welcomed the prospect of the state-led […]

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Indonesia ready for court and WTO if US doesn’t cancel biodiesel anti-dumping duties

Indonesia ready for court and WTO if US doesn’t cancel biodiesel anti-dumping duties

November 20, 2017 |

In Indonesia, the government is considering filing a suit in US courts and a complaint with the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement body over the anti-dumping duties lobbed onto its biodiesel exports to the US if they aren’t canceled. On December 21, the US International Trade Commission is set to announce whether the 34.45 to […]

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U.N. COP23 closes with 19-country announcement for biofuel targets

U.N. COP23 closes with 19-country announcement for biofuel targets

November 19, 2017 |

In Germany, the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) wrapped up on Friday in Bonn, with 19 Member countries of the ‘Biofuture Platform,’ including Brazil, China, Egypt, France, India, Morocco, Mozambique, announcing a formal agreement on the development of targets for biofuels and to construct an action plan to achieve them. The U.S. is no longer […]

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RFA hits back at oil industry’s attempts to undermine the truth about E15 storage

RFA hits back at oil industry’s attempts to undermine the truth about E15 storage

November 16, 2017 |

In Washington, the Petroleum Marketers Association of America’s recent claims that underground storage tanks at fueling stations cannot legally store gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) are “grossly overstated” and the group’s conclusion that Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements should be reduced is “completely unfounded,” the Renewable Fuels Association wrote this week to Senate Environment […]

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European Parliament split on future of REDII

European Parliament split on future of REDII

November 15, 2017 |

In Belgium, the legislative process towards the new Renewable Energy Directive post-2020 took a step backwards last week when not only center right and rightwing members of the European Parliament’s transportation committee voted against the proposal that would phase out conventional biofuels and the use of palm oil completely but socialists and democrats also voted […]

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Other Recent Articles

RFA releases online calculator to help consumers understand savings from E15 and E85

RFA releases online calculator to help consumers understand savings from E15 and E85

November 21, 2017 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association released an easy-to-use online calculator to help consumers understand how much money they can save by choosing ethanol blends like E15 and E85. With 51 million Americans expected to travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving, the new tool comes just in time to help consumers choose the best […]

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Australia’s ARENA makes its largest bet on advanced biofuels, as Ethtec taps Aussie waste for fuels

Australia’s ARENA makes its largest bet on advanced biofuels, as Ethtec taps Aussie waste for fuels

November 21, 2017 |

In Australia, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has made its single largest direct investment in second-generation biofuels via $11.9M in funding support for Ethtec to complete the development and demonstration of its advanced biofuel production technology. The total project cost is $30M, and the ARENA funding of $11.9 million is being matched by Jiangsu Jintongling […]

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Philippines sets Q1 2018 local monthly allocation at 75,790 cu m

Philippines sets Q1 2018 local monthly allocation at 75,790 cu m

November 20, 2017 |

In the Philippines, oil companies will be required to purchase and blend 75,790 cu m of domestically-produced ethanol during Q1 2018, 7,040 cu m higher than 68,750 during Q4 this year but roughly in line with the 75,835 cu m set for the local monthly allocation in Q1 2017. The quarterly volume was set by […]

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Shell teams with bio-bean to fuel London buses with coffee-based B20

Shell teams with bio-bean to fuel London buses with coffee-based B20

November 20, 2017 |

In the UK, Shell and bio-bean announce that together they are helping to power some of London’s buses using a biofuel made partly from waste coffee grounds. The B20 biofuel contains a 20% bio-component which contains part coffee oil. The biofuel is being added to the London bus fuel supply chain and will help to […]

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency awards Microbiogen with A$4.03 million grant

Australian Renewable Energy Agency awards Microbiogen with A$4.03 million grant

November 20, 2017 |

In Australia, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced A$4.03 million in funding for Australian yeast developer Microbiogen to make production of bioethanol from plant waste cheaper and more efficient. The project, totaling A$8.06 million, will aim to optimize biocatalysts targeted to more efficiently convert sugars to bioethanol for commercial production. Microbiogen’s project is expected […]

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“Green Gold” documentary blames EU biofuel lobby for bad policy

“Green Gold” documentary blames EU biofuel lobby for bad policy

November 20, 2017 |

In Belgium, a new documentary called “Green Gold” premiers this week looking at the evolution of the Renewable Energy Directive and how the biofuels lobbies at member state and European level impacted its development, pointing the finger at them for creating negative environmental impacts around the world as forests were allegedly cleared to produce biofuel […]

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