Major Stories

Amyris inks 5-year $100M+ biofene supply pact for nutraceutical market

Amyris inks 5-year $100M+ biofene supply pact for nutraceutical market

April 28, 2016 |

In California, the Eco-Emirs of Emeryville, Amyris executed a five year Biofene supply agreement with a global nutraceuticals company. Upping the ante from January This new, long-term agreement replaces the parties’ one-year purchase agreement, which was previously announced on January 4, 2016.  More on that deal here. Under the new supply agreement, the mystery customer […]

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2 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol, no extra feedstock, no plant, no emissions, no kidding

2 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol, no extra feedstock, no plant, no emissions, no kidding

April 27, 2016 |

In Iowa, Quad County Corn Processors increased ethanol production by 20 percent in an 18-day trial using a combination of Cellerate process technology and Enogen corn. The results were vetted via third-party verification procedures performed by Christianson & Associates. “With Cellerate, the biofuels industry now has the technology available to create 2 billion gallons of […]

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Biofuels driving emissions cuts thru 2030, says Lux: but which feedstocks?

Biofuels driving emissions cuts thru 2030, says Lux: but which feedstocks?

April 26, 2016 |

Lux Research projects that the emergence of low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29% in 2030 compared to a business as usual scenario, with biofuels and natural gas vehicles together accounting for 45% of potential fossil fuel displacement as nations look for new technologies to cut emissions. The sharp cut – exceeding […]

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C-Sharp: Spring’s 3 hottest markets start with C

C-Sharp: Spring’s 3 hottest markets start with C

April 25, 2016 |

California and the green premium One of the biggest myths running is that there is no green premium, which is to say that customers will not pay a cent more for a cleaner fuel than a dirty one, given the choice. Though there is, many contend, a green preference — at the same price, customers […]

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Producer News

Air NZ committed to aviation biofuel despite potential Virgin Australia divestment

Air NZ committed to aviation biofuel despite potential Virgin Australia divestment

April 28, 2016 |

In New Zealand, Air NZ is expected to continue its aviation biofuel collaboration with Virgin Australia despite the likelihood it will divest from the Australian airline. Currently Air NZ owns 25.9% of Virgin Australia. Last month the two airlines launched a joint procurement exercise for aviation biofuels in an attempt to stimulate the industry. Even […]

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Blaze takes out biodiesel storage tanks at India’s Biomax Fuels Limited

Blaze takes out biodiesel storage tanks at India’s Biomax Fuels Limited

April 28, 2016 |

In India, a fire began at Biomax Fuels Limited with 11 of its 15 storage tanks caught up in the blaze. Two fire engines with chemical foam were borrowed from Hindustan Petroleum and Eastern Naval Command while five standard fire trucks were also on scene to battle the fire. Six oil tankers also caught fire, […]

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Volkswagen teams with Shell to convince EU the way to decarbonize transport

Volkswagen teams with Shell to convince EU the way to decarbonize transport

April 28, 2016 |

In Belgium, Volkswagen has teamed with Shell on a new report by Roland Berger promoting a policy path forward towards a European transport market that achieves environmental and GHG goals set at the COP21 meeting in Paris through the use of biofuels rather than the current trend towards electric vehicles. The integrated roadmap for 2030 […]

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Australian researchers find freshwater algae good for aviation biofuel

Australian researchers find freshwater algae good for aviation biofuel

April 28, 2016 |

In Australia, a native freshwater algae grown in northern Australia can be used to create a high-quality, renewable jet fuel, an international research team has found. The multi-disciplinary team including researchers from James Cook University, University of Sydney and Israel’s Ben Gurion University has developed a proof-of-concept process to create high quality renewable biofuel from the […]

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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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R&D News

Australian researchers developing new tech using sugarcane waste for energy

Australian researchers developing new tech using sugarcane waste for energy

April 28, 2016 |

In Australia, Queensland University of Technology researchers are leading the way in developing and testing new technologies as part of a A$5.7 million three-year project with the potential to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the sugar industry. Associate Professor Ian O’Hara, from QUT’s Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities, said the project would see […]

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University of Greenwich researchers find challenges with macroalgae in the UK

University of Greenwich researchers find challenges with macroalgae in the UK

April 27, 2016 |

In the UK, researchers at the University of Greenwich have published a study that takes a critical view to opportunities for macroalgae production for biofuels in the British Isles, in particular for the MacroBioCrude processing pipeline for the sustainable manufacture of liquid hydrocarbon fuels from seaweed in the UK. The production of biofuel from seaweed […]

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MIT to use drones for tracking sorghum growth in hopes of boost bioenergy capacity

MIT to use drones for tracking sorghum growth in hopes of boost bioenergy capacity

April 26, 2016 |

In Massachusetts, researchers at MIT will next month undertake a season-long experiment by using three drones—one from the air and two by land—to monitor sorghum production every two weeks in an attempt to pinpoint the exact moment of the plant’s peak as a biofuel feedstock. The hope is that using drones and their on-board sensors […]

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India inaugurates first second generation biofuel plant

India inaugurates first second generation biofuel plant

April 25, 2016 |

In India, the country has inaugurated its first second generation biofuel production facility that processes 10 metric tons of cellulosic feedstock per day using domestically-developed technology. Developed by DBT-ICT Centre for Energy Biosciences at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) Mumbai, supported by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology and the Biotechnology Industry […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Iowa extends biofuels incentives through 2024

Iowa extends biofuels incentives through 2024

April 28, 2016 |

In Iowa, the state’s senate has unanimously approved a bill to extend incentives for ethanol and biodiesel blending through 2024 rather than ending in 2017 as planned, with the house voting 88-6 in favor. The bill now goes to the governor for signature. The bill extends the E85 tax credit, E15 credit, the B5 credit […]

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Mercedes tells India it’s ok to go with B100

Mercedes tells India it’s ok to go with B100

April 27, 2016 |

In India, the national transport minister has received a letter from Mercedes-Benz India saying their buses ad trucks can run on 100% biodiesel, including that produced against the country’s standards. The government has hit out against SUVs and high-end cars with engine capacity of 2000 CC or more in an effort to reduce emissions in […]

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Norway reclassifies PFAD so it complies with EU sustainability criteria

Norway reclassifies PFAD so it complies with EU sustainability criteria

April 26, 2016 |

In Norway, the government has changed the way it regulates biodiesel produced from PFAD, or palm-fatty-acid-distillate, so that as of Jan. 1, 2017 it will be classified as a byproduct feedstock rather than a waste, meaning that it will then be subject to the European Union’s sustainability criteria. Neste in particular uses PFAD as a […]

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Transport & Environment says EU biofuels increasing transport emissions

Transport & Environment says EU biofuels increasing transport emissions

April 25, 2016 |

In Belgium, using biodiesel for transport was supposed to reduce CO2 emissions but instead it’s set to increase Europe’s overall transport emissions by almost 4%, according to a new analysis of the European Commission’s latest study on biofuels. These extra emissions are equivalent to putting around 12 million additional cars on Europe’s roads in 2020, […]

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8-Slide Guides

Scale-up from Pilot to Commercial: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fermentation 2.0.1

Scale-up from Pilot to Commercial: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fermentation 2.0.1

April 28, 2016 |

As part of March Madness 2016, Genomatica’s Jeff Lievense presented this master class on Fermentation 2.0 — alongside Mark Warner’s super presentation which you can see here While you’re at it, you can access our 8-Slide Guide to Genomatica here. And, you can access the recorded webinar here.

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Scale-up from Pilot to Commercial: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fermentation 2.0

Scale-up from Pilot to Commercial: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fermentation 2.0

April 27, 2016 |

As part of March Madness 2016, Mark Warner presented this highly-praised slide deck on Fermentation 2.0. You can access the recorded webinar here.  And Mark’s latest Thought Leadership column in The Digest is here, on Commercializing Innovative Foods.

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Define Your Problem: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Partnering in Advanced Biotechnology

Define Your Problem: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Partnering in Advanced Biotechnology

April 26, 2016 |

This month, we held a well-attended webinar on renewable chemicals intermediates and cellulosic sugars, with the sugars slide deck presented by industry consultant Vonnie Estes — whose latest Digest column is here. Vonnie’s latest deck is a winner, on partnering and its realities, especially for emerging companies in the sector.

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Not just CH3-CH2-OH: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced

Not just CH3-CH2-OH: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced

April 25, 2016 |

This month, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of ethanol from conventional to advanced. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from industry consultant Michele Rubino — whose latest Digest column is here. The recorded version of the “Ethanol from conventional to advanced” webinar can be accessed here.

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Other Recent Articles

US Bankruptcy Court decides Spain takes precedence over Abengoa case

US Bankruptcy Court decides Spain takes precedence over Abengoa case

April 28, 2016 |

In Delaware, a judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington ruled Abengoa’s bankruptcy proceedings in Spain are the main proceedings and must take the lead in how creditors in the US are treated. The judge granted protection under Chapter 15, a bankruptcy code created in 2005 that allows foreign bankruptcy proceedings to take precedence. […]

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Physical Chicago Argo ethanol prices return to premium

Physical Chicago Argo ethanol prices return to premium

April 28, 2016 |

In Illinois, physical prices for Chicago Argo ethanol are back at a premium over paper trade, even if only by a cent per gallon, for the first time since April 7 thanks to maintenance season pulling production offline and starting to drag down stocks. The trade expects production to bounce right back up after maintenance […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index is flat at 55.48 despite an advanced bio drop

Digest Bioeconomy Index is flat at 55.48 despite an advanced bio drop

April 28, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, was flat at 55.48 despite an advanced bio drop. For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) tumbled 3,73 percent to $4.91, while Aemetis (AMTX) gained 4.00 percent to $2.86. Among other equities, Waste Management rallied 3.42 percent to $58.33. Overall, advances and declines were […]

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Brazilian biodiesel production stable in March but ethanol soars 24%

Brazilian biodiesel production stable in March but ethanol soars 24%

April 27, 2016 |

In Brazil, biodiesel production remained stable in March at 321,000 cubic meters, bringing the quarterly total to 892,000 cu m. The country’s total installed production capacity is 7,243,000 cu m as of March, though many facilities remain mothballed due to lack of demand. The Midwest region accounts for 40% of the production capacity while the […]

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Infineum study shows use of renewable fuels from service station data in eight countries

Infineum study shows use of renewable fuels from service station data in eight countries

April 27, 2016 |

In the UK, Infineum has revealed the initial results from its latest biennial global Winter Diesel Fuel Quality Survey, offering a unique update on the current trends in the industry across the global marketplace. The Infineum survey collected samples from service stations from across eight countries in order to represent the production from each refinery or […]

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Earth Gen-BioFuel to expand castor for biofuels in Laos

Earth Gen-BioFuel to expand castor for biofuels in Laos

April 27, 2016 |

In California, Earth Gen-BioFuel announced that it has finalized plans for expanding castor bean operations in Laos. Import demand for countries processing Castor Beans continues to be very strong. To capitalize on this trend, Earth Gen plans to upgrade the close to 600 acres of castor beans already planted and expand operation to new locations […]

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