Major Stories

BioChar’s Buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M cap raise is feeding it

BioChar’s Buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M cap raise is feeding it

March 23, 2017 |

In Colorado, Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products. This latest round of funding was led by Agustín Coppel and North Bridge Venture Partners. All together, Cool Planet has raised nearly $30 million in the last 18 […]

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Dumpers! NBB files suit against Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers: “flooding the U.S. market”

Dumpers! NBB files suit against Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers: “flooding the U.S. market”

March 23, 2017 |

In Missouri, the National Biodiesel Board filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition, making the case that Argentine and Indonesian companies are violating trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel. The petition was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition, which is made up of the National Biodiesel […]

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DC’s climate change: renewables adapting to shifting political weather

DC’s climate change: renewables adapting to shifting political weather

March 22, 2017 |

There’s climate change in Washington; it’s the only kind that no one denies, and that’s political change. The hot air is blowing hotter than usual, and it’s impacting the US renewables community as the policy shifts initiated by the Trump Administration begin to bite. The Basket of Budget Deplorables The predictable response has issued from the messaging blast furnaces at […]

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As OPEC falls, what is the liberated market signaling to producers?

As OPEC falls, what is the liberated market signaling to producers?

March 21, 2017 |

The biggest two pieces of news in renewable fuels in the past 12 months have been the collapse in RIN prices, and the complete offsetting of reduced Middle Eastern oil production with increases in US rig counts for fracking operations. In other words, OPEC has collapsed in terms of its goal of setting a global oil […]

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The Zero-Emission Planet: IRENA says “affordable, achieveable”.

The Zero-Emission Planet: IRENA says “affordable, achieveable”.

March 20, 2017 |

Eliminating Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Possible, New IRENA Study Finds Since the election of Donald Trump as US President, we’ve heard a great deal less about “reductions in greenhouse gas emissions” from friends of the advanced bioeconomy, but two new studies out this week may rally supporters with striking findings relating to the potential of biofuels to […]

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8-Slide Guides

Advanced biorefining leadership: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

Advanced biorefining leadership: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

March 23, 2017 |

Renewable Energy Group, Inc. is a leading North American advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals. REG utilizes a nationwide production, distribution and logistics system as part of an integrated value chain model to focus on converting natural fats, oils and greases into advanced biofuels and converting diverse feedstocks into renewable chemicals. With 10 […]

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Nutrition and Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta

Nutrition and Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta

March 22, 2017 |

In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for fish, livestock and pets. Start-up is expected in late 2018. Amidst a flurry of development announcements, Calysta’s Lori Giver gave this illuminating overview of Calysta’s […]

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Any alcohol into any drop-in fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

Any alcohol into any drop-in fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

March 21, 2017 |

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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Perspectives for the energy transition: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to IRENA’s low-carbon energy outlook

Perspectives for the energy transition: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to IRENA’s low-carbon energy outlook

March 20, 2017 |

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, the growth rate for renewables must double in order to meet global emission goals. The good news? Renewables are already cost competitive in many situations, with technology costs continuing to fall and the potential for economic applications continuing to grow. Governments must create the enabling policy framework to spur […]

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Co-processing biointermediates: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP

Co-processing biointermediates: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP

March 19, 2017 |

Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. UOP also owns a Renewable Energy & Chemicals business that produced green diesel using its Ecofining […]

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The Latest World News

Indian cabinet gives up on jatropha JVs once and for all

Indian cabinet gives up on jatropha JVs once and for all

March 23, 2017 |

In India, the cabinet has approved the closure of the two joint ventures set up in 2008 and 2009 with HPCL and Indian Oil with the Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency to develop and commercialize jatropha-based biodiesel. The agency had provided waste land to grow the jatropha on but the resulting crops had results that […]

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POET Biorefining to decide on Marion expansion by month’s end

POET Biorefining to decide on Marion expansion by month’s end

March 23, 2017 |

In South Dakota, POET Biorefining is looking to invest up to $130 million to expand one of its existing 27 corn-based ethanol plants, with the Marion facility confirmed as being on the short list. The decision expected to be made by the end of this month would see production double, in the case of Marion […]

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Alliance Bioenergy seeking $10 million to buy INEOS Bio plant

Alliance Bioenergy seeking $10 million to buy INEOS Bio plant

March 23, 2017 |

In Florida, Alliance Bioenergy announced its filing of a Regulation D (506(c)) offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The purpose of the filing is to secure funds through accredited investors for the purchase of the INEOS bioethanol plant in Southeast Florida that would enable the Company to increase production capacity and profitability […]

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RIN production down in February

RIN production down in February

March 23, 2017 |

In Washington, though D6 RIN production fell in February compared to January to 1.16 billion from 1.26 billion, D3 cellulosic biofuel RIN production jumped to 15.9 million in February from just 459,000 the month before. The ethanol portion of the D3 production was just 357,000 however, with the rest coming from renewable LNG and CNG. […]

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Brazilian biodiesel production fell in January but feedstock mix is diversifying

Brazilian biodiesel production fell in January but feedstock mix is diversifying

March 23, 2017 |

In Brazil, this year is not starting in the most positive way for biodiesel plants. According to data recently released by the ANP, the production in January was a disappointing 255.3 million liters, down 5.9% on the year. The raw materials mix of the Brazilian biodiesel industry is still in transition at the beginning of […]

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R&D News

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture approves 16 hemp R&D projects

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture approves 16 hemp R&D projects

March 23, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has approved 16 research proposals that seek to demonstrate the value and viability of industrial hemp cultivation in the state. The projects were approved under the new Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program, which the department launched in December after Governor Tom Wolf and the General Assembly enacted Act […]

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Thai researchers use yeast to lower cassava ethanol production costs

Thai researchers use yeast to lower cassava ethanol production costs

March 22, 2017 |

In Thailand, researchers from the Thailand Institute of Science and Technological Research have discovered that the yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae can be used to better produce ethanol from cassava thanks to its heat resistance and speed in consuming sugars, reducing production costs down to those of molasses. The research leading to the discovery took 18 months […]

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Researchers find fungal cell organelle could help boost biofuel production

Researchers find fungal cell organelle could help boost biofuel production

March 21, 2017 |

In Minnesota, recent study revealed that an organelle within fungal cells called the endoplasmic reticulum acts as a cellular factory for synthesizing diverse natural products called sesquiterpenes in fungal cells. While some sesquiterpenes are toxins that contaminate cultivated grains and pose a health risk to humans, others are potential precursors to alternative fuels. Understanding how […]

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Algae bioplastics research advanced into biopreservatives

Algae bioplastics research advanced into biopreservatives

March 20, 2017 |

In South Korea, researchers are looking to take advances made in algae processing technology for the creation of bioplastics and apply them to biopreservatives in an attempt to reduce potential side effects from those currently used in cosmetics, food and personal care products. It is the use of enzymes in the process to produce bioplastics […]

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Honeywell UOP researchers win plaudits by AICHE for Methanol-to-Olefins process

Honeywell UOP researchers win plaudits by AICHE for Methanol-to-Olefins process

March 19, 2017 |

In Illinois, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Fuels and Petrochemical Division has recognized four Honeywell scientists with the 2016 Industrial Research & Development Award for the development and commercialization of the UOP Advanced Methanol-to-Olefins process. The award recognizes the scientists’ work on the technology that converts methanol from sources such as coal and natural […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Cantwell supports NBB biodiesel anti-dumping claims

Cantwell supports NBB biodiesel anti-dumping claims

March 23, 2017 |

In Washington, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) supported the National Biodiesel Board’s complaint against Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports. “We’ve known for a long time that foreign producers of biodiesel have been flooding our markets at the expense of American producers, knowing they can take advantage of our tax policy. Today’s suit confirms just how […]

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Ukrainian parliament approves law to set renewable heat prices at 90% of gas

Ukrainian parliament approves law to set renewable heat prices at 90% of gas

March 22, 2017 |

In the Ukraine, in an effort to boost consumption of renewable fuel for heat sources, the national parliament has passed a bill setting tariffs at 90% of the cost of heat from gas. The bill also decentralizes decision making on license issuance and price negotiations for business consumers to the local level, away from the […]

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Veterans send letter Trump urging rule for ethanol and RFS in his energy plan

Veterans send letter Trump urging rule for ethanol and RFS in his energy plan

March 21, 2017 |

In Washington, more than 120 military veterans working and investing in the ethanol industry sent a letter to President Trump last week, urging him to include a prominent role for ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in his “America First Energy Plan.” According to the letter, “many of us have witnessed firsthand the dangers […]

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Indonesia to file WTO complaint against EU’s biodiesel duties by end-March

Indonesia to file WTO complaint against EU’s biodiesel duties by end-March

March 20, 2017 |

In Indonesia, the country plans to formally file a complaint against the European Union’s anti-dumping duties on Indonesia biodiesel during a meeting at the World Trade Organization headquarters at the end of March. Argentina, who suffered duties like Indonesia since 2013 and whose biodiesel industry suffered significantly as a result, has also filed cases and […]

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Groups hail recall of EPA’s federal fuel economy and emissions rules

Groups hail recall of EPA’s federal fuel economy and emissions rules

March 19, 2017 |

In Washington, the High Octane Alliance called the Trump Administration’s recall the fuel economy rule “an important first step in achieving realistic reductions in fuel consumption.” Alliance Chairman Tom Daschle said the recall was necessary due to the fact the rule, while well intended, was simply rushed through last year without the thorough and comprehensive […]

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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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Pacific Ag: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Pacific Ag: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

June 6, 2015 |

Founded in 1998 in the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Ag is the largest, most experienced agricultural biomass supply company in the US.  Today, Pacific Ag provides biomass supply chain solutions from six locations across the nation and works with more growers, owns and operates more equipment, has more personnel, and harvests more biomass tons per year […]

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Other Recent Articles

Source of biodiesel spill on Columbia River unknown

Source of biodiesel spill on Columbia River unknown

March 22, 2017 |

In Washington state, a biodiesel spill has been detected in the Columbia River near Wenatchee but the source of the fuel has yet to be determined. Bystanders first notice a sheen on the river Friday and reported to the state’s department of ecology who has been monitoring the situation ever since and is using absorbent […]

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EIA says 2016 biodiesel imports jumped 65%

EIA says 2016 biodiesel imports jumped 65%

March 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration said biodiesel and biomass-based diesel imports jumped 65% last year to 916 million gallons thanks to support from the biodiesel blenders credit during much of the year. December imports passing 100 million gallons despite the biodiesel blenders credit already having expired. Of the total, 64% of imports came from […]

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African Climate Technology Center grants US consortium funds for ethanol clean cooking research

African Climate Technology Center grants US consortium funds for ethanol clean cooking research

March 22, 2017 |

In the Ivory Coast, the Berkeley Air Monitoring Group (US), in partnership with International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development / University of Nigeria, Nsukka; Project Gaia Prospects Ltd. and Winrock International will conduct a pilot evaluation of diffusion and usage of ethanol cooking technology in urban neighborhoods of Lagos with funding from the African […]

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RFS volumes for 2017 back on following expiry of regulatory freeze

RFS volumes for 2017 back on following expiry of regulatory freeze

March 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the Regulatory Freeze Pending Review by the new US administration, which was applied to the renewable fuel volume requirements for 2017, has expired. Hence, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to implement the final ruling under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program as published on 23 November 2016. The ruling calls for increases […]

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Vopak Americas investing in 138,000 cubic meters of new biofuel storage capacity

Vopak Americas investing in 138,000 cubic meters of new biofuel storage capacity

March 22, 2017 |

In Texas, 10 new tanks are planned by Vopak Americas, a division of Royal Vopak, for their Deer Park Brownfield Expansion project. The planned expansion at the Vopak Terminal Deer Park, located on the Houston Ship Channel, will add approximately 138,000 cubic meters of capacity and related infrastructure to receive, store and export ethanol and […]

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California actively reviewing LFCS including LCA models and aviation biofuel

California actively reviewing LFCS including LCA models and aviation biofuel

March 22, 2017 |

In California, review of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is well underway with a public meeting looking scheduled for April 4 looking at lifecycle assessment modeling for fuels and feedstocks including potential updates to CA-GREET and other model changes. Presentations from last month’s meeting on inclusion of aviation biofuel in the LFCS as well as […]

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