Major Stories

BNDES OKs $116M in financing for Abengoa cellulosic ethanol plant in Sao Paulo State

BNDES OKs $116M in financing for Abengoa cellulosic ethanol plant in Sao Paulo State

December 19, 2014 |

In Brazil, the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) approved $223.38 in financing for four sugarcane projects. The largest announced financing is for Abengoa Bioenergy SA Agribusiness, which will receive $116.8M to implement its second-generation ethanol plant. The new project will be integrated with the Usina São Luiz first-generation ethanol plant in Pirassununga, in São Paulo […]

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Bipartisan Policy Center and it’s “Fix the RFS” recipe, or lack thereof

Bipartisan Policy Center and it’s “Fix the RFS” recipe, or lack thereof

December 18, 2014 |

After a year-long talk fest, the BPC emerges with a report on RFS reform, and lays an egg. Was the process doomed from the start by an insistence of “RFS reform” as a topic for discussion, instead of RFS enforcement? The Digest investigates. In Washington, the Bipartisan Policy Center has issued its high-awaited 61-page report […]

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Raizen, Iogen commence cellulosic ethanol production in Brazil

Raizen, Iogen commence cellulosic ethanol production in Brazil

December 17, 2014 |

1 billion liters by 2024, vows Raizen. Record speed on start-up. What’s the story on the ground? The Digest investigates. In Brazil, Iogen and Raízen announced they have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on schedule at Raízen`s newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil. Raízen broke ground on the $US100 […]

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US Senate passes tax extenders through 2014 only; biodiesel tax credit renewed, but will expire again in two weeks.

US Senate passes tax extenders through 2014 only; biodiesel tax credit renewed, but will expire again in two weeks.

December 17, 2014 |

In Washington, the US Senate passed the tax extenders bill, including the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit, 76-16. The tax extender legislation including a one-year retroactive extension of four key advanced biofuels tax provisions as part of a larger package of tax credit extensions. These four advanced biofuels incentives include: (1) the Second Generation […]

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Producer News

REG, Neste Oil Settle US, Singapore IP lawsuits

REG, Neste Oil Settle US, Singapore IP lawsuits

December 19, 2014 |

In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group and Neste Oil have entered into a Settlement and License Agreement whereby the parties have settled Neste’s US patent infringement lawsuit against REG and REG’s Singapore patent infringement lawsuit against Neste and REG has licensed certain Neste Oil NEXBTL technology and intellectual property rights for use at REG Geismar. REG […]

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Leifmark teams with New Holland on biomass harvesting technology

Leifmark teams with New Holland on biomass harvesting technology

December 19, 2014 |

In Iowa, Leifmark, LLC and New Holland Agriculture teamed up to test equipment and methods used to gather, bale, and store the corn stover left behind after the grain harvest in two Iowa cornfields in early November. Paul Kamp, Leifmark’s Chicago-based partner, coordinated the 520-bale collection. “Using local specialists and best practices, we showed stover […]

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UNICA says hard for ethanol to compete with $60 oil as nine more mills shut

UNICA says hard for ethanol to compete with $60 oil as nine more mills shut

December 19, 2014 |

In Brazil, UNICA says that ethanol and all renewable energies become a challenge with oil at $60 per barrel, but that the choice of ethanol over gasoline has to be about more than just price. The ethanol industry is suffering from a lack of confidence, which has partly led to more mills mothballing. Nine more […]

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Novozymes pushing forward with advanced biofuels despite $60 oil

Novozymes pushing forward with advanced biofuels despite $60 oil

December 19, 2014 |

In Denmark, Novozymes isn’t phased by the drop in oil prices to 2009 levels, saying that it will stay the course in cellulosic biofuels that it has invested in since 2002. The company says that commodity prices change but that cellulosic biofuels will eventually be competitive with oil, and it’s willing to wait around a […]

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5-Minute Guides

The Complete 2014 5-Minute Guides

The Complete 2014 5-Minute Guides

May 4, 2014 |

The Complete List of Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guides, published to date: Abengoa Bioenergy Algenol Altranex American Process Amyris Applied Biorefinery Sciences Applied Research Associates (ARA) Avantium Avello Bioenergy BASF Beta Renewables BioAmber BP Biofuels Butamax Calysta Energy Cellana Ceres Clariant Cobalt Technologies Cool Planet Coskata Direvo Industrial Biotechnology DSM Bio-based Products & Services DuPont […]

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

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

April 17, 2014 |

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

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

April 17, 2014 |

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 Industries: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

April 17, 2014 |

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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R&D News

Brazil’s CTBE signs MOU with York’s Biorenewables Development Centre

Brazil’s CTBE signs MOU with York’s Biorenewables Development Centre

December 19, 2014 |

In the UK, Brazil’s National Laboratory of Science and Technology of Bioethanol (CTBE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), based in York. For the past five years, plant biologists, geneticists and green chemists from across Europe have been working with CTBE experts on sugarcane breeding and bioethanol production, […]

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University of Guelph researchers cook farm waste to produce biofuels

University of Guelph researchers cook farm waste to produce biofuels

December 17, 2014 |

In Canada, it takes some cooking, but turning farm waste into biofuels is now possible and makes economic sense, according to preliminary research from the University of Guelph. Guelph researchers are studying how to make biofuels from farm waste, especially “wet” waste that is typically difficult to use. They have developed a fairly simple procedure […]

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Universities look how to produce bioproducts from wastewater

Universities look how to produce bioproducts from wastewater

December 16, 2014 |

In Nebraska, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will explore the “Production of Bioisoprene from Wastewater” (WERF project # NTRY6R14). The research team will convert biomass from wastewater treatment facilities into isoprene (used in production of rubber components of automotive tires), as well as renewable biofuel (methane) using an engineered microbe. Greeley and Hansen is conducting research […]

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Natural Resources Canada focused on oil & gas research while ditching biofuels

Natural Resources Canada focused on oil & gas research while ditching biofuels

December 15, 2014 |

In Canada, Natural Resources Canada failed to spend $298.6 million that was budgeted for biofuels, green energy, energy efficiency and technology plans last year, yet somehow spent more than $438 million on programs for oil and gas research and market development, including research on how to clean up spills. Of the total, $113 million went […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Biofuels proponents think 2015 might be their year with greener legislature

Biofuels proponents think 2015 might be their year with greener legislature

December 19, 2014 |

In Oregon, biofuels supporters expect to have a better go in the 2015 legislative session to get the Clean Fuels Act finally operational. Democrats picked up two state senate and one house seat, tipping the balance to a decidedly democratic majority, which is expected to help the policy that requires gas and diesel to low […]

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Obama set to sign biofuel tax credit extender bill in coming days

Obama set to sign biofuel tax credit extender bill in coming days

December 17, 2014 |

In Washington, the Senate passed the tax extenders bill in a 76 to 16 vote that included a $1 per gallon biodiesel and renewable diesel tax credits, but they’re only valid from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. President Obama is expected to sign the bill in the next few days, as the House already […]

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Leadership shuffle supports Green Fuel’s plans for second ethanol plant

Leadership shuffle supports Green Fuel’s plans for second ethanol plant

December 16, 2014 |

In Zimbabwe, a shift in local leadership is opening the way for Green Fuels to develop its second ethanol plant, this time in Mwenezi. The former area leader was blocking the project, but the new leaders want to see the lowveld’s sugarcane plantations expand to help supply fuel towards the country’s blending mandate while also […]

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Glauber retires as USDA Chief Economist

Glauber retires as USDA Chief Economist

December 16, 2014 |

In Washington, USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber is set to retire after a 30-year federal career.  Current USDA Deputy Chief Economist Dr. Robert Johansson has been named Acting Chief Economist. Johansson has served as USDA’s Deputy Chief Economist since 2012 and holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota. Johansson will assume […]

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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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Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

August 28, 2014 |

By Jim Stewart, Chairman, BioEnergy Producers Association The momentum leading to the introduction of new technologies for alternative energy production has become increasingly evident during 2014. The year has brought a steady stream of announcements from the industry regarding equity infusions, strategic alliances and commercial demonstration projects. However, as far as the use of conversion […]

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White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry

White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry

August 25, 2014 |

By Dr. Doria Gordon, The Nature Conservancy  Cultivation of bioenergy crops is predicted to increase to between 27 and 120 million acres by 2022 in order to meet the renewable energy needs of the U.S. and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard. These crops may be used for production of ethanol, biodiesel or heat through […]

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In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic

In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic

August 24, 2014 |

By Todd Taylor, partner, Fredrikson & Byron Skeptic: from the Greek “skeptikos” meaning “to consider, examine” “Skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.” [Miguel de Unamuno, "Essays and Soliloquies," 1924] “Trust, but Verify” – President Ronald Reagan […]

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Other Recent Articles

New York state awards bioenergy projects with economic development grants

New York state awards bioenergy projects with economic development grants

December 19, 2014 |

In New York state, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $709.2 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IV of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative. Bioenergy projects that received funding include: Seneca Bioenergy LLC: Seneca Bioenergy was awarded a $250,000 ESD grant to support the expansion of biodiesel […]

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Shanks Group leads preferred bidders for Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility

Shanks Group leads preferred bidders for Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility

December 19, 2014 |

In the UK, waste-to-product company Shanks Group plc announced that Iris Solutions, a consortium led by Orgaworld Canada, part of Shanks’ Organics Division, has been selected as the preferred proponent for the Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility project in Canada. Shanks will build the biofuel processing facility, which will process 115,000 tonnes of residual kitchen and […]

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Biofuel developer may get $550,000 soft loan from Indian town to build plant

Biofuel developer may get $550,000 soft loan from Indian town to build plant

December 19, 2014 |

In Indiana, Delaware-based S.G. Preston Company is negotiating with Logansport city council for a $550,000 forgivable loan towards the development of a $400 million biodiesel or biojet facility in the community that would use waste oils as feedstock. The facility would have an annual production of between 120 million and 400 million gallons. The final […]

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4 minutes with… Dr. Indresh Mathur, Director, Research and Development, Haltermann Solutions

4 minutes with… Dr. Indresh Mathur, Director, Research and Development, Haltermann Solutions

December 18, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. My company is in the business of supplying Test and Reference fuels and other special fuels to the automotive, aviation, and space industry. Tell us about your role and what you are focused on in the next 12 months. Develop high energy rocket […]

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Biofuels Digest Index is flat at 61.09 despite a large cap gain

Biofuels Digest Index is flat at 61.09 despite a large cap gain

December 18, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, was flat at 61.09, up 0.03 percent despite a large cap gain. For the day, Neste Oil (NTOIF) dumped 18.08 percent to $19.75, while Biox (BT.T) plunged 24.39 percent to $0.31. Among other equities, ADM gained 3.06 percent to $51.16. Overall, advances led declines […]

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Iogen’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil comes online

Iogen’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil comes online

December 17, 2014 |

In Canada, Iogen and Raizen announced they have begun production of cellulosic ethanol on schedule at Raizen’s newly expanded Costa Pinto sugar cane mill in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Raizen broke ground on the $100 million “biomass-to-ethanol” expansion just over one year ago. The new facility will convert biomass such as sugar cane bagasse and […]

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