Major Stories

Earth Day: 3 Big Reads for a Sustainable BioFuture

Earth Day: 3 Big Reads for a Sustainable BioFuture

April 20, 2015 |

Want to help Mother Earth? Get on your backside and master these key reports.  If you’ve not put it in your calendar, Earth Day is this week, April 22nd to be exact. On the original Earth Day, in 1970, hundreds of thousands of people gathered around the world, to demonstrate support for greener policies with respect […]

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Sweetwater Energy raises $10M; begins ramp-up to first commercial

Sweetwater Energy raises $10M; begins ramp-up to first commercial

April 19, 2015 |

Sweetwater Energy announced it has closed on a $10 million bridge loan. The loan closed as Sweetwater said that it is now opening its Series B investor round to begin construction of a first commercial facility. Sweetwater make quite a splash with a series of high-profile deals in 2012-13 based around the production of cellulosic […]

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EU reshapes its biofuels policy

EU reshapes its biofuels policy

April 16, 2015 |

Jettisons indirect land use change for now, citing poor data visibility; caps food-crop biofuels to 7%; limits proposed Directives to 2020. In Brussels, the European Parliament’s Environmental Committee has voted this week to endorse the Council’s proposed compromise on reform of the EU biofuels policy, and indirect land use change. The final vote was 51 votes in […]

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Agrisoma Biosciences management acquires 22% stake via equity investment 

Agrisoma Biosciences management acquires 22% stake via equity investment 

April 16, 2015 |

What’s up with carinata? 2015 looks like an inflection year for the non-irrigated, heat-tolerant, sandy-soil loving canola cousin that is ready-to-wear for aviation biofuels and biodiesel. Meanwhile, the management team doubles down as the marketing year is underway. In Quebec, Agrisoma Biosciences announced that a group led by its management team has made an equity […]

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Producer News

North Carolina town gives green light to zoning change for biofuels production

North Carolina town gives green light to zoning change for biofuels production

April 20, 2015 |

In North Carolina, the town of Navassa has put forward a proposal to allow biofuel production in heavy industrial areas and conditionally in light industrial areas. An algae-to-methane project is interested in siting a facility in the town, prompting the change to the zoning ordinance, but strict controls on smokestacks, industrial appearance and other aspects […]

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DOT makes voluntary rule mandatory on speed limit for ethanol rail cars in urban areas

DOT makes voluntary rule mandatory on speed limit for ethanol rail cars in urban areas

April 20, 2015 |

In Washington, the Dept. of Transportation has issued new rules requiring train shipments carrying more than 35 cars of ethanol and oil products or an uninterrupted block of 20 cars carrying the fuel must slow down to 40 mph in urban areas with more than 100,000 people, making a formerly voluntary rule mandatory. The rule […]

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Fiberight puts MSW-to-ethanol on hold in Iowa and opts for bio-CNG instead

Fiberight puts MSW-to-ethanol on hold in Iowa and opts for bio-CNG instead

April 20, 2015 |

In Iowa, Fiberight is switching gears and rather than build a garbage-to-ethanol facility at a mothballed ethanol plant in Blairsville, the company will instead produce biogas for CNG from the garbage. The move comes as a result of federal credits for creating on-site biogas while attracting investment for MSW-to-ethanol is very difficult at the moment. […]

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DOE to host webinar on biofuel sustainability

DOE to host webinar on biofuel sustainability

April 20, 2015 |

In Washington, the DOE will present a live webinar titled “Biofuels for the Environment and Communities” on Wednesday, April 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During this webinar, Drs. Virginia Dale from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Christina Negri from Argonne National Laboratory will discuss their EERE-sponsored research on how to […]

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5-Minute Guides

Byogy: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Byogy: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

April 20, 2015 |

Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Byogy’s jet fuel is not an additive, but instead, a full replacement standalone fuel, and hence can be used at any blend ratio up […]

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DuPont Industrial Biosciences: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

DuPont Industrial Biosciences: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

April 19, 2015 |

Several years ago, DuPont purchased Danisco and its Genencor unit and added their expertise into a new unit: DuPont Industrial Biosciences. This integration allows DuPont to optimize its bioscience technology and commercialization capabilities with Genencor’s biofuel enzyme technology. DuPont has developed a three-part strategy to deliver these new technologies to the growing biofuels market to […]

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NexSteppe: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

NexSteppe: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

April 16, 2015 |

NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, NexSteppe is developing Malibu sweet sorghum and Palo Alto high biomass sorghum to produce feedstocks tailored for these biobased industries. Named for the city where […]

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GeoSynFuels: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

GeoSynFuels: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

April 15, 2015 |

GeoSynFuels is a private, U.S. based company that has developed an economic method for the production of biofuels and biochemicals (including cellulosic ethanol and acetic acid). This technology “bolts-on” to existing sugar cane processing facilities (or other biomass facilities) and enables the production of significant incremental ethanol from the xylose fraction at low cost. The […]

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R&D News

Freudenberg-NOK develops bio-rubber from sugarcane feedstock

Freudenberg-NOK develops bio-rubber from sugarcane feedstock

April 20, 2015 |

In Germany, with the ever-increasing emissions standards and push for sustainability solutions, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies has developed an ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber compound from a polymer produced from sugarcane-based feedstock. The bio-renewable rubber, for which development began in 2012, is made from a polymer that is made via a process that begins with […]

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Nebraska’s economy has expanded $2b because of ethanol, according to UN-Lincoln study

Nebraska’s economy has expanded $2b because of ethanol, according to UN-Lincoln study

April 20, 2015 |

In Nebraska, Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity has grown tenfold between 1995 and 2014 and has a positive impact on Nebraska’s economy over the last five years, according to a recent impact study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As of June 2014, Nebraska’s production capacity was 2,077 million gallons per year with 1,301 full-time employees at […]

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DOE researchers develop method to quickly map out plant genomes

DOE researchers develop method to quickly map out plant genomes

April 16, 2015 |

In California, through a combination of high-throughput sequencing, high performance computing, and genetic mapping, DOE JGI researchers have derived a sequence assembly for the highly repetitive plant genome of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum). The researchers pointed out that the strategy they developed and applied to the polyploidy species bread wheat is also applicable to any species, […]

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MSU researchers discover switch in plants that regulates photosynthesis

MSU researchers discover switch in plants that regulates photosynthesis

April 15, 2015 |

In Michigan, a team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis – the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to grow and produce food. Photosynthesis stores energy in two forms that are used to power plants’ metabolism. The amount of energy flowing into each of […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Minnesota truckers sue state over B10 policy

Minnesota truckers sue state over B10 policy

April 20, 2015 |

In Minnesota, the state’s trucking association has sued the state in U.S. District Court in Minnesota for the B10 blending policy, alleging truckers must ignore warranties that only guarantee up to B5 compatibility and that the price of fuel is more expensive due to the higher blend. Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, […]

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Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduces bill to extend RVP volatility waiver to E15

Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduces bill to extend RVP volatility waiver to E15

April 20, 2015 |

In Washington, Rep. Adrian Smith (R-NE) has introduced legislation to extend the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to E15, allowing retailers to offer E15 without restriction and provide greater consumer choice for motorists. Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, issued a statement of support for the legislation, stating that “this has been a major […]

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Hillary Clinton says still in favor of maintaining the RFS

Hillary Clinton says still in favor of maintaining the RFS

April 16, 2015 |

In Iowa, Hillary Clinton has expressed support for maintaining the RFS. During her 2008 presidential campaign she pushed for boosting biofuel production to 60 billion gallons by 2030 and repealing incentives for the oil industry. She voted against the RFS in 2006 as a Senator from New York.

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Nebraska Congressman proposed bill to allow E15 sales during the summer

Nebraska Congressman proposed bill to allow E15 sales during the summer

April 15, 2015 |

In Nebraska, Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced legislation to broaden consumer fuel choice by expanding the existing waiver of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations related to the Reid vapor pressure of motor vehicle fuel to include E15 gasoline in addition to E10. EPA regulations currently inhibit E15 fuel sales during the summer months. E10 fuel […]

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Columnists

Editor’s Sketchbook: DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, Nevada, IA

Editor’s Sketchbook: DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, Nevada, IA

September 11, 2014 |

It towers above the surrounding central Iowa countryside like the Launch Assembly Building lords it over Cape Canaveral — it’s the new DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, on the outskirts of the town of Nevada. Functional yet inspiring, imposing yet accessible — when it opens before year end 2014 it is sure to be a monumental addition […]

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What’s Good for Algae is Good for Renewables

What’s Good for Algae is Good for Renewables

November 12, 2013 |

By Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization I had the privilege of sitting in the Science, Space, & Technology Committee Room of the Rayburn House Office Building last month for the launch of the new Congressional Algae Caucus with its bi-partisan chairmen, Republican Matt Salmon of Arizona and Democrat Scott Peters of California. They, […]

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Getting by with a little help from my friends

Getting by with a little help from my friends

June 11, 2013 |

by Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization What’s the secret to commercializing a new technology? Recently Jonathan Silver, the former head of the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, discussed how that program has an approximately 97% success rate, despite a few well-known failures. As the algae industry closes in on the launch of […]

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Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013

Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013

December 17, 2012 |

By Douglas Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” The International Energy Agency recently issued its World Energy Outlook 2012 with much press attention (and some misreporting), because of its dramatic projections about the emergence of new global energy landscape. Its main highlight: The U.S. could become, in less than a decade, the largest oil producer in the […]

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Other Recent Articles

European T2 ethanol hits five-month supporting crush margins

European T2 ethanol hits five-month supporting crush margins

April 20, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, T2 ethanol reached a nearly five-month high of EUR600 per cubic meter thanks to reduced production following maintenance shut downs, short term supplies and possible issues at Abengoa’s Rotterdam ethanol plant. In turn, the crush spreads for both corn and wheat ethanol rose to the highest levels seen since September.

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Midwest dry mill crush margins hit four-month high

Midwest dry mill crush margins hit four-month high

April 20, 2015 |

Across the Midwest, dry mill ethanol crushing margins are estimated to have reached a four-month high of 60.69 cents/gal, up 2.26% on the week, thanks to lower corn prices that hit a 10-week low.

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4 minutes… Jeff Kelley, Director of Marketing, Airstream Innovations

4 minutes… Jeff Kelley, Director of Marketing, Airstream Innovations

April 20, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Airstream Innovations delivers patented fully-screened wind-assisted positive-pressure structures from one-half to over 2 acres in size. These fully-automatic customizeable greenhouses maximize photosynthesis and use the physics of ventilation to optimize transpiration resulting in the fastest growth possible. Tell us about your role and […]

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Biofuels Digest Index slips to 69.45 as advanced biofuels dip

Biofuels Digest Index slips to 69.45 as advanced biofuels dip

April 20, 2015 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, slipped 0.14 percent to 69.45 as advanced biofuels dipped. For the day, Codexis (CDXS) dropped 6.69 percent to $4.74, while Amyris (AMRS) rebounded 3.05 percent to $2.70. Among other equities, Gevo (GEVO) slumped 6.25 percent to $0.17. Overall, declines led advances by a 9 […]

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North Carolina launches statewide public education campaign on transportation options

North Carolina launches statewide public education campaign on transportation options

April 20, 2015 |

In North Carolina, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University has announced the start of Fuel What Matters,  a statewide public education media campaign that will connect North Carolina residents and fleets with resources and information to make informed choices about how they use transportation. With support from the N.C. Department of […]

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Connecticut legislators attend briefing on hydrogen and fuel cell technology

Connecticut legislators attend briefing on hydrogen and fuel cell technology

April 20, 2015 |

In Connecticut, a briefing for Connecticut state legislators about hydrogen and fuel cell technology was led by the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition (CHFCC) and Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC), both administered by Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT). The briefing, held April 9, focused on measures to improve energy reliability, increase environmental protection, […]

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