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

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 […]

August 28, 2014 More

Hot 30, Hot 40, Hot 50 voting opens

Yes, it’s time for voting in the 2014-15 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy; the 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals & Materials: and the 40 Hottest Small Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Who will be #1 – who will get your vote? PhotoVoting expanded – special bonus votes for most original artwork. In Florida, Biofuels Digest […]

August 28, 2014 More

Surface-to-air: How Vertimass might shatter conventional yields in alcohol-to-jet fuels

Saturated E10 ethanol markets; unmet demand in aviation biofuels: can Vertimass’ technology provide the bridge? So there’s this idea in aviation biofuels called alcohol to jet, and it’s conceptually powerful. Behind it is the idea that the E10 ethanol market in the US is right at the saturation point, there’s excess production capacity available — […]

August 28, 2014 More

MillionMinds – Advanced networking for the Advanced Bioeconomy

It takes hundreds of people working cooperatively together to make a venture successful. You have to network like crazy. Part of the daily routine in the sector has become finding and keeping up with friends, supporters, partners, customers and suppliers. As Kreig Devault partner John Kirkwood observed elsewhere in the Digest today, in talking about the Advanced Bioeconomy […]

August 26, 2014 More

Producer News

Europe biofuels consumption declines for the first time, says EurObserv’ER

In Europe, the EurObserv’ER has released its annual Biofuel Barometer, reporting a decline in consumption of biofuels in Europe for the first time. The decline was attributed to Spain’s incorporation target cuts and Germany’s abolishment of tax exemptions for the biodiesel sector. Some countries, including the U.K., Sweden and Denmark, significantly increased their incorporation rates, […]

August 28, 2014 More

Kelley Green Biofuels demos innovative methanol-recovery method in biodiesel production

In North Carolina, Kelley Green Biofuels presented an innovative approach to biodiesel production and methanol recovery at the 2014 Collective Biodiesel Conference this month in Pittsboro. With the technology, the company’s biodiesel exits the reactor containing 4-6% methanol by volume, at which point the fuel is sent through a flash drum which recovers up to […]

August 28, 2014 More

Valero restarts Indiana ethanol plant production

In Indiana, Valero Energy has restarted production at its ethanol plant in Indiana, shuttered more than two years ago. Valero purchased the plant in March from Illinois-based Aventine Renewable Energy for $34 million. The plant is expected to raise Valero’s ethanol production to 1.3 billion gallons annually, setting it up third in ethanol production behind […]

August 28, 2014 More

University of Kentucky receives $20m for biofuels research from Kentucky NSF grant

In Kentucky, the University of Kentucky has received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The grant, which is to support 150 jobs over the next five years, will focus on three research areas: chemical biology for advanced materials, which can help biofuel manufacturing processes; advanced-membrane technologies, […]

August 28, 2014 More

5-Minute Guides

4 Minutes With…Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

Best known as the czar of all things industrial biotech at BIO — less known as a former aide to Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson, and as a distinguished artist. Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. BIO is the world’s largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology […]

August 28, 2014 More

4 Minutes with…Todd Taylor, Fredrickson & Byron; board member, ABO

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. We help bioeconomy companies get it done. From setting up their company, raising money, protecting IP, building a plant, strategic partnerships, IPO and M&A’s, if a bioeconomy company has a legal need, we can help. Tell us about your role and what you […]

August 28, 2014 More

4 Minutes With…John Kirkwood, Partner, Kreig Devault

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Krieg Devault became involved in the advanced bioeconomy in the early 2000s when the corn-to-ethanol revolution swept accross the USA. Since then, we have worked on many of the marquee projects in the bio industry including wind, solar, advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals. […]

August 26, 2014 More

4 Minutes with…Marc Verbruggen, CEO, NatureWorks

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. NatureWorks manufactures Ingeo, a bio-plastic (PLA) made from plants, in a large plant in Nebraska.  We sell Ingeo worldwide in a large variety of applications based on the 3P-value principle: Performance + Price competitive + Preference (carbon reduction or safety/health concerns). Tell us […]

August 25, 2014 More

R&D News

University of Louisville Renewable Energy Research Center receives NSF grant for $4.2 million

In Kentucky, the University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has received a five-year grant from the Nation Science Foundation that will provide $4.2 million in funding for its “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future” project. The center leads research that increases homegrown energy sources to meet the national need while […]

August 28, 2014 More

Algae to be used for cattle feed in Australia

In Australia, algae may have a new application: cattle feed. Research sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia and conducted by the University of Queensland was unveiled last week, debuting an on-farm algae growing prototype in Queensland. Lead researcher Professor Peer Schenk said the farm showed algae could be grown easily in Australian conditions without competing […]

August 28, 2014 More

Canola seed genome sequenced by Georgia research team

In Georgia, a study published in the Science Journal has sequenced the canola seed genome, opening new doors to accelerating the improvement of the species. The genome is a combination of the genomes of Brassica rapa and Brassica oleracea. Ultimately, this genome sequence may help researchers develop feedstocks that are suited to more sustainable biofuel […]

August 27, 2014 More

Genetic Signatures May Help Predictive Climate Models

In Tennessee, a team of researchers has teamed up to understand how selection affects plants and the genome level as poplar trees adapted to temperature and light factors in a study recently published in Nature Genetics. “If you know every base in a genome, you can skip whole generations and use genomic information to predict […]

August 25, 2014 More

Policy & Policymakers

Lobbyists permitted for nomination to Renewable Energy Trade Administration advisory committee

In the US, the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration will allow federally-registered lobbyists to be nominated for its renewable energy and energy efficiency advisory committee, which the group is reestablishing. Members will serve a two-year term to advise the secretary on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the competitiveness of […]

August 28, 2014 More

Chile, US to continue collaboration on Navy biofuels research

In Chile, the US Navy and the Chilean Navy will extend their four-year collaboration for mutual research on advanced alternative fuels. The latest agreement enables both nations to boost energy security and deliver an increased certainty of energy supply and cost; the US Navy aims to have 50% of overall organizational use powered by alternative […]

August 28, 2014 More

Rail safety grants totaling $350,000 awarded to assist with fuel transport

In the US, the Federal Railroad Administration has awarded two grants totaling $350,000 to improve the safety of rail transport of hazardous materials by developing a Short Line Safety Institute. After recent concerns over chemical and oil spillage from trains transporting fuel products, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced legislation in June to authorize […]

August 27, 2014 More

In Nebraska’s race for governor, Keystone XL will be hot issue

In Nebraska, the Keystone XL pipeline will be a key and divisive issue in the gubernatorial race between Republican Pete Ricketts and Democrat Chuck Hassebrook. Hassebrook, against the pipeline, believes that Nebraska should focus on alternative energy development, such as wind and biofuels, as a response to global warming. Ricketts, a supporter of the pipeline, […]

August 25, 2014 More

Financial News

Biofuels Digest Index dips to 81.79 as large caps decline

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, dipped 0.58 percent to 81.79 as large caps declined. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) lost 6.18 percent to $4.10, while OriginOil (OOIL) rebounded 13.33 percent to $0.17. Among other equities, Abengoa (ABGB) shed 2.22 percent to $27.82. Overall, advances and declines were even for […]

August 28, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index hit 6-week high of 82.27 as ethanol soars

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 0.48 percent to a six-week high of 82.27 as ethanol soared. For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) jumped 4.95 percent to $22.47, while Biox (BX.T) dumped 14.49 percent to $0.59. Among other equities, Sacom (SAM.MI) advanced 4.64 percent to $3.43. Overall, advances led […]

August 28, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index surges to six-week high of 81.88 as enzymes jump

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 0.99 percent to a six-week high of 81.88 as enzymes jumped. For the day, Biox (BX.T) surged 43.75 percent to $0.69, while Codexis (CDXS) leapt 6.07 percent to $2.62. Among other equities, Abengoa (ABGB) was up 5.36 percent to $28.72. Overall, advances led declines […]

August 26, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index reaches 81.08 as chemicals jump

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 0.50 percent to 81.08 as chemicals jumped. For the day, Biox (BX.T) rallied 9.09 percent to $0.48, while Evogene (EVGN) fell back 6.92 percent to $13.05. Among other equities, Abengoa (ABGB) was up 4.04 percent to $27.26. Overall, advances led declines 3 to […]

August 25, 2014 More

Other Recent Articles

Growth Energy demos model ethanol plant at Farm Progress Show

In Iowa, Growth Energy, in partnership with New Holland, created a special display for the Farm Progress Show which demonstrated a model ethanol plant. The educational display includes a fully built-to-scale plant demonstrating how feedstocks come into the plant and how products are made. The push from Growth Energy fits into New Holland’s commitment to […]

August 28, 2014 More

As huge corn crop looms, corn futures hit new contract lows

In the US, nearby corn futures have seen new contract lows, with low prices benefitting end-users like ethanol producers, causing unusually high margins. With the big crop looming, new crop carry-out is expected to increase but low prices will encourage future demand in 2015. Despite the lows, various private analysts have released final yield estimates […]

August 28, 2014 More

Indonesian airline Garuda to deploy aviation biofuel blend by 2016

In Indonesia, airline Garuda expects to be using an aviation biofuel blend by 2016 comprised of biofuel and avtur (aviation turbine fuel). The aircraft are already equipped to use biofuel and the carrier aims to run a trial flight soon. However, the state-owned carrier’s commitment to supporting the use of clean energy will be highly […]

August 28, 2014 More

Cenex to make E15 more available to Minnesota consumers by covering installation costs

In Minnesota, E15 will be more available to consumers if CHS’s new program across their 1400 locations is a success. For Cenex retailers wanting to offer E15 in addition to their current gasoline products, the Cenex Tank Program will cover a significant portion of the cost to purchase and install an additional storage tank for […]

August 28, 2014 More

Dropping palm oil prices blamed on market flooding, but is a rebound ahead?

In Southeast Asia, palm oil prices are expected to drop to near-production levels, the lowest since 2009. Futures have fallen to the lowest close in more than five years. According to Dorab Mistry, director at Godrej International, “We know from experience that during bear markets, the price tends to gravitate toward the cost of production.” […]

August 28, 2014 More

Hawaii looks to expand renewable electric capacity

In Hawaii, Hawaiian Electric Company has proposed plans for Hawaii’s energy future that will lower electric bills, give customers more service options and nearly triple the amount of distributed solar while achieving the highest level of renewable energy in the nation by 2030. Plans include expanding solar and wind capacity, as well as utilizing more […]

August 28, 2014 More