Major Stories

Advances in carbon fiber and graphene tech: The higher purpose in higher value carbon products

Advances in carbon fiber and graphene tech: The higher purpose in higher value carbon products

August 21, 2017 |

Today we’d like to highlight advances in the production and use of higher-value forms of carbon as examples of a society slowly moving away from a hunter-gatherer culture in energy and materials and towards a pastoral and agricultural approach. Specifically we’ll look at clean, cost-efficient approaches of producing carbon fiber from biomass — and it’s […]

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Major study says “Cut cellulosic ethanol out”, RFA says “No Way Jose”

Major study says “Cut cellulosic ethanol out”, RFA says “No Way Jose”

August 20, 2017 |

In Iowa, a new tractable multi-market model study finds that the RFS has substantially benefited the U.S. economy by lowering gasoline, crude oil prices, and crude oil imports, while increasing prices and benefits for corn and soy farmers and reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But in their ‘what if there was no RFS?’ scenarios and […]

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Transformation time for Brazilian energy, agriculture

Transformation time for Brazilian energy, agriculture

August 17, 2017 |

There he goes again. Bruce Rastetter, that is. It wasn’t enough to be one of the transformers of the US ethanol industry with the development of Hawkeye Renewables and its 450 million gallons of capacity. When Thomas H. Lee Partners bought 80% of the company in 2006 for a reported $312 million (some sources put […]

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MetGen, Sweetwater unlocking lignin – the roughest, toughest, ornieri’st material that ever bushwhack’d a pioneer in the Valley of Death

MetGen, Sweetwater unlocking lignin – the roughest, toughest, ornieri’st material that ever bushwhack’d a pioneer in the Valley of Death

August 16, 2017 |

MetGen, Sweetwater Energy say “there’s gold in them thar side-streams” For all of your questions about the advanced bioeconomy there’s just the one answer and that is “lignin”. Why don’t we see more biobased chemical plants built these days? Lignin. Why do people shy away from hardwoods as a raw material even though it’s sustainable, […]

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The Valley of Fog: As Sundrop moves on from Louisiana, what’s up and what’s wrong with Loan Guarantee programs?

The Valley of Fog: As Sundrop moves on from Louisiana, what’s up and what’s wrong with Loan Guarantee programs?

August 15, 2017 |

In Louisiana, reports surfaced in Alexandria’s TownTalk online paper that Sundrop Fuels has struck an agreement to sell the 1200-acre site where it once planned to build its $450 million, 50 million gallon capacity first commercial plant to produce green gasoline from woody biomass. The company selected the site, the former location of the Cowboy […]

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8-Slide Guides

DOE, DOD aim for take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation

DOE, DOD aim for take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation

August 21, 2017 |

In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the near-term. This initiative sought to achieve multiple, commercial scale integrated biorefineries, cost-competitive biofuel with conventional petroleum (w/o subsidies), domestically produced fuels from non-food feedstocks, and […]

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Case Studies of Funding Bioeconomy Projects: US vs Around the World

Case Studies of Funding Bioeconomy Projects: US vs Around the World

August 21, 2017 |

Structuring and financing an International Bioeconomy Project is not for the neophyte or the faint of heart — =so advises Kilpatrick Townsend’s massively-experienced partner Mark Riedy. Where is it best to build? In this illuminating presentation from ABLC 2017, Riedy looked at regulatory uncertainty, returns, available supply chains and the risk therein, among many other factors that […]

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Value Days at the Landfill: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to unlocking polylactic acid from waste biogas

Value Days at the Landfill: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to unlocking polylactic acid from waste biogas

August 20, 2017 |

Methane in biogas offers a renewable alternative to natural gas as a feedstock and intermediate in bioprocesses. The US DOE is supporting a development effort led by NatureWorks in collaboration with Calysta to develop a commercially viable, disruptive fermentation process using methane in biogas and engineered methanotrophic bacteria for the production of lactic acid (HLA). Such a […]

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New fuels, vehicles, both, together: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Co-Optima Market Transformation project

New fuels, vehicles, both, together: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Co-Optima Market Transformation project

August 17, 2017 |

The US Department of Energy initiated a project to identify and mitigate the challenges of moving new fuels and vehicles into markets. Specifically, engaging with all critical stakeholders (OEM’s, fuel producers, distribution networks, gas station owners, UL, regulators, consumers, etc.), to understand and address impacts, concerns, opportunities, and barriers. The goal is to facilitate new […]

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3D printable resin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to melt-stable engineered lignin thermoplastic

3D printable resin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to melt-stable engineered lignin thermoplastic

August 16, 2017 |

The DOE is supporting an Oak Ridge-led project to produce and commercialize lignin-derived, industrial-grade composites with properties including 3D printability, rivaling current petroleum-derived alternatives. The project outcomes? A novel family of commercial-ready, lignin-based 3D-printable composites. Also, suitable for high-volume applications. With recyclable compositions retain their unprecedented mechanical properties. Also, utilizing unmodified lignin at ≥50 (%) […]

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The Latest World News

Novozymes launches new Spirizyme products for highest total sugar conversion

Novozymes launches new Spirizyme products for highest total sugar conversion

August 20, 2017 |

In Denmark, Novozymes announced the launch of Spirizyme 2.0 T and Spirizyme Ultra T for the European ethanol market. The two products are part of the Spirizyme T Portfolio, glucoamylase enzymes with trehalase that deliver yield enhancing activities documented to provide the highest total sugar conversion in the industry. The products have a low risk […]

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Biofuel candidate needed for RETAC vacancy at STB

Biofuel candidate needed for RETAC vacancy at STB

August 20, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the Surface Transportation Board is looking for two candidates for vacancies on its Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee, one of which would represent the biofuels industry. Specifically, they are looking for a biofuel feedstock grower or provider and biofuel refiner, processor and distributor to fill the biofuel vacancy. The other vacancy is […]

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Construction begins on Flint Hills Resources ethanol plant in Nebraska

Construction begins on Flint Hills Resources ethanol plant in Nebraska

August 20, 2017 |

In Nebraska, construction is starting on the Flint Hills Resources ethanol plant in Fairmont to install a new, bolt-on technology, called Maximized Stillage Co-Products. The $50 million project is one of the largest investments in co-product upgrading technologies ever made by a dry mill ethanol manufacturer. Once operational, the MSC technology will allow the plant […]

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Ethanol production highest in 28 weeks

Ethanol production highest in 28 weeks

August 20, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association reports that according to EIA data, ethanol production averaged 1.059 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 44.48 million gallons daily. That is up 46,000 b/d—a 4.6% jump from the week before and the highest volume in 28 weeks. The four-week average for ethanol production increased to 1.021 million b/d […]

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Rapeseed oil prices set to firm up but palm oil prices declined

Rapeseed oil prices set to firm up but palm oil prices declined

August 20, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that vegetable oil prices on the European cash market diverged. While rapeseed oil firmed, palm oil declined sharply. Trends for the coming weeks are mixed. Prices for rapeseed oil, soybean oil and sunflower oil continued to diverge. Whereas palm oil was on a continued downward trend due to abundant supply of […]

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R&D News

New approach for potato waste to ethanol conversion

New approach for potato waste to ethanol conversion

August 20, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers from Penn State found a more efficient and less expensive way to convert potato waste into ethanol, which is good news for the more than 20 potato chip manufacturing companies located in the region. By adding a bioreactor of mold and yeast while breaking down potato peels and residuals from complex carbohydrates […]

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Illinois to demo biofuel production from grasses collected from highway roadsides

Illinois to demo biofuel production from grasses collected from highway roadsides

August 17, 2017 |

In Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way (ROW). The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multi-disciplinary team including the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the Prairie Research Institute of the University of Illinois. The […]

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University of British Columbia researcher boosts methane production 172%

University of British Columbia researcher boosts methane production 172%

August 16, 2017 |

In Canada, new research from a professor of engineering at UBC’s Okanagan Campus might hold the key to biofuels that are cheaper, safer and much faster to produce. Starting with materials commonly found in agricultural or forestry waste—including wheat straw, corn husks and Douglas fir bark—she compared traditional fermentation processes with their new technique and […]

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Study shows North Dakota ethanol industry added $623.4 million to state’s economy in 2015

Study shows North Dakota ethanol industry added $623.4 million to state’s economy in 2015

August 15, 2017 |

In North Dakota, a study by North Dakota State University’s the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics, The Center for Social Research, says the state’s ethanol industry added $623.4 million to the economy during 2015 including 234 FTE direct jobs and another 873 FTE secondary jobs. Secondary impacts from the ethanol industry were $411.1 million for the state’s economy. […]

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Stanford researchers discover new copper-based catalyst to produce ethanol from CO2

Stanford researchers discover new copper-based catalyst to produce ethanol from CO2

August 14, 2017 |

In California, Stanford researchers recently innovated a renewable method of producing the fuel additive, ethanol. This method simply delivers water, carbon dioxide and electricity through a copper catalyst. This innovation has enticed scientists and current state-of-the-art electrocatalysts will be improved in product selectivity and energy efficiency to make this alternative solution viable for the future. […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Algae derived biofuel in the works for Serbia thanks to NATO funding

Algae derived biofuel in the works for Serbia thanks to NATO funding

August 20, 2017 |

In Serbia, scientists are using a three year research project supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security Program to commercially produce algae-derived biofuel as a way to improve their energy security. They are working with Belgrade’s Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Manchester University in the United Kingdom and Baylor University in the United States. […]

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Nebraska’s governor touts future of E15 at AEC annual convention

Nebraska’s governor touts future of E15 at AEC annual convention

August 17, 2017 |

In Nebraska, the governor waved the flag for higher ethanol blends during the American Ethanol Coalition’s annual conference in Omaha, saying the value addition that come from ethanol not only creates jobs but attracts investment to rural communities that in turn keep them strong. He says ethanol is at the heart of the state’s “golden […]

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Philippine industry seeking green light for palm oil as biodiesel feedstock

Philippine industry seeking green light for palm oil as biodiesel feedstock

August 16, 2017 |

In the Philippines, the leading industry association is calling on the government to expand permitted biodiesel feedstocks to include domestic palm oil instead of just coconut oil. Palm oil currently costs less than half as much as coconut oil at $725 per metric ton. The current blending mandate is for 2% but coconut oil producers […]

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Karnataka first Indian state to cut much-needed red tape on ethanol trade

Karnataka first Indian state to cut much-needed red tape on ethanol trade

August 15, 2017 |

In India, Karnataka has become the first state to implement amendments to the Industries Development and Regulation (IDR) Act by dropping the requirement for permits issued from the excise department for the movement of ethanol. The move is among the requests by the ethanol industry for the government to reduce red tape and facilitate improved ethanol […]

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New Brazil ethanol policy

New Brazil ethanol policy

August 14, 2017 |

In Brazil, the president is expected to announce a presidential decree bringing in the long-awaited RenovaBio policy that is meant to boost biofuel production and consumption as a way to achieve its climate change goals. With about 20% of sugarcane mills mothballed since 2010 due to lack of competitiveness with gasoline thanks to unstable policy, […]

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Other Recent Articles

Dyadic authorizes new stock repurchase program

Dyadic authorizes new stock repurchase program

August 20, 2017 |

In Florida, Dyadic International, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new stock repurchase program, under which the Company may repurchase up to $5 million of its outstanding common stock. Under this new stock repurchase program, Dyadic may repurchase shares in accordance with all applicable securities laws and regulations, including Rule 10b-18 […]

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Targay launches turnkey 24/7 biodiesel solution

Targay launches turnkey 24/7 biodiesel solution

August 17, 2017 |

In Canada, biofuels marketer Targray has announced the nationwide launch of its turnkey biodiesel solution for the convenience and fuel retailing segment. The announcement comes as increasing freight movement in the U.S. is spurring diesel demand throughout the country. Created following a two-year pilot program and multiple rounds of customer consultations, Targray’s innovative 24/7 biodiesel solution for […]

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Bergen becomes second Norwegian airport to offer aviation biofuels

Bergen becomes second Norwegian airport to offer aviation biofuels

August 17, 2017 |

In Norway, together with the opening of the new terminal at Flesland, sustainable biofuel has become available to airlines. “We are delighted to be only the second airport in Norway who are now making aviation biofuel available to airlines. This is an important step in establishing a market and infrastructure for the production and delivery of […]

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CoBank report says ethanol industry will soon face worsening margins that could lead to consolidation

CoBank report says ethanol industry will soon face worsening margins that could lead to consolidation

August 17, 2017 |

In Colorado, according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, the ethanol market will soon face worsening slim-to-negative profit margins, which could potentially push the industry toward consolidation. However, producers that are well-capitalized with strong balance sheets and cash reserves will be in the best position to weather the softening market. The report, […]

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Greenbelt Resources trials technology with Puration for cannabidiol extraction

Greenbelt Resources trials technology with Puration for cannabidiol extraction

August 17, 2017 |

In California, Greenbelt Resources Corporation announced that Puration, Inc. has selected its bioethanol to test for potential use in Puration’s patented CBD (cannabidiol) extraction method. Extraction methods commonly use ethanol but this will be the first time bioethanol produced from Greenbelt’s patent pending energy efficient membrane dehydration technology will be used in the process. Puration […]

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Argent Energy turning UK’s fatbergs into biodiesel for buses

Argent Energy turning UK’s fatbergs into biodiesel for buses

August 17, 2017 |

In the UK, Argent Energy is taking fatbergs collected by the sewer companies and transforming them into biodiesel. Between 24% and 40% of the fatberg ends up as biodiesel after it has been melted down and separated into oil and grease. Currently, every week 30 metric tons of fatburgs from Birmingham are converted into biodiesel […]

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