Major Stories

What’s in the Clinton Plan for Rural America and Renewable Fuels?

What’s in the Clinton Plan for Rural America and Renewable Fuels?

August 30, 2015 |

As the nation’s newspapers spend another month wrapped up in Email-Gate and Benghazi-Gate, we look at a proposal that’s won raves from the renewable fuels community. In Washington, the America’s Renewable Future group committed the remarkable act, in this US presidential election cycle, of praising a presidential candidate’s views on renewable fuels. Specifically, the group […]

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Amyris and the velocity of renewables

Amyris and the velocity of renewables

August 27, 2015 |

What makes Amyris, Amyris? We look at the products, the evolution of the story, the partners, the focus on yield, and deeper into the story of Rate. “I mean, man, whither goest thou? Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?” “Whither goest thou?” echoed Dean with his mouth open. We sat […]

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Algae fuels, the Earth Room Problem, and Osmotic Shock Around the Clock

Algae fuels, the Earth Room Problem, and Osmotic Shock Around the Clock

August 26, 2015 |

What is the Earth Room Problem and how is osmotic shock helping us to solve it? You may have wondered to yourself — at some point between 2009’s Summer of Algae and now, in 2015’s Summer of Where Are the Gallons?  — “Gee, I wonder what happened to all those algae technologies that were going to fuel […]

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8 Ways to Win with $30 Oil: “Energy at the extremes”

8 Ways to Win with $30 Oil: “Energy at the extremes”

August 25, 2015 |

What works, what struggles, what changes when oil prices head into the tank? Who will feed China’s manufacturing monster? At Clariant’s “Defining the Future VII” conference in San Francisco, the delegates were leaning forward, straining to hear, as IHS Vice-President Mark Eramo undertook the task of looking at forward trends in energy and chemicals feedstocks […]

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Producer News

Benson Hill Biosystems lands $7.3M in Series A financing 

Benson Hill Biosystems lands $7.3M in Series A financing 

August 30, 2015 |

In Missouri, Benson Hill Biosystems, dubbed “The Photosynthesis Company”, announced  it has secured an investment of $7.3 million in its Series A round of financing. Middleland Capital led the round, with co-investors Mercury Fund, Prelude Ventures, Prolog Ventures, Alexandria Venture Investments, Cultivation Capital, and TechAccel.  Existing investors Missouri Technology Corporation and Biogenerator also participated in the round. […]

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Free GREET Users workshop, for greenhouse gases in transportation, announced for October

Free GREET Users workshop, for greenhouse gases in transportation, announced for October

August 30, 2015 |

In Illinois, the Argonne GREET team will hold two-day GREET users workshop on October 15-16, 2015, at Argonne National Laboratory to help familiarize GREET users with new developments and updates of the GREET 2015 suite of models. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the GREET (Greenhouse gases, […]

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Looking at Solazyme, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials: free “Emerging Bioeconomy” event

Looking at Solazyme, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials: free “Emerging Bioeconomy” event

August 30, 2015 |

In Washington, the “The Emerging Bioeconomy – a Case Study” will be held at a luncheon at the National Wildlife Federation’s National Advocacy Center on K Street in Washington, DC. There will be a Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials from chairperson Barbara Bramble, and “Case Study:  Considering the benefits and impacts of microalgae” focusing on the […]

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Clariant significantly expanding in North America 

Clariant significantly expanding in North America 

August 30, 2015 |

In San Francisco, Clariant said at the Clariant Roundtable event that it is significantly expanding its North American workforce to capture opportunities in catalysis, oil & mining services and biotechnology. Clarinet is the developer of the sunliquid cellulosic ethanol process. The commercial relevance of the North American region in general was highlighted by Hariolf Kottmann, CEO […]

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5-Minute Guides

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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R&D News

Free GREET Users workshop, for greenhouse gases in transportation, announced for October

Free GREET Users workshop, for greenhouse gases in transportation, announced for October

August 30, 2015 |

In Illinois, the Argonne GREET team will hold two-day GREET users workshop on October 15-16, 2015, at Argonne National Laboratory to help familiarize GREET users with new developments and updates of the GREET 2015 suite of models. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the GREET (Greenhouse gases, […]

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US DOE launches SPRUCE to measure carbon sinks under climate change pressure 

US DOE launches SPRUCE to measure carbon sinks under climate change pressure 

August 30, 2015 |

In Michigan, the SPRUCE (Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change) project launched today about 25 miles north of Grand Rapids. The site consists of about seven acres of raised bog in the peatlands of the Chippewa National Forest. With the ability to control heating of the air and soil within the enclosures […]

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Argonne researchers develop landscape approach to reduce bioenergy environmental impacts

Argonne researchers develop landscape approach to reduce bioenergy environmental impacts

August 27, 2015 |

In Illinois, researchers at Argonne National Laboratory developed an approach to design such landscapes at a field scale to minimize concerns of land use change, water quality, and greenhouse gas emissions associated with production of food and bioenergy. This study leverages concepts of nutrient recovery and phytoremediation to place bioenergy crops on the landscape to […]

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New report on MSW as biofuel feedstock looks at LCA and different technologies

New report on MSW as biofuel feedstock looks at LCA and different technologies

August 26, 2015 |

In North Carolina, the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) has published two reports, which are the first to result from EREF’s Internal Research Program (IRP). The reports are “Using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as a Biofuel Feedstock” and “Anaerobic Digestion of MSW: Report on the State of Practice.” Using a first-of-its-kind Life-Cycle Assessment model […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Sustainable Development Technology Canada issues call for funding applications

Sustainable Development Technology Canada issues call for funding applications

August 30, 2015 |

In Canada, the SD Tech Fund and the SD Natural Gas Fund are now open for applications through October 14, 2015. On behalf of the Government of Canada, SDTC helps bring Canadian clean technologies closer to market, readying them for growth and export markets. The SDTC portfolio is currently comprised of 269 clean technology projects […]

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India looking to buy 2.7 billion liters for blending but no imports allowed

India looking to buy 2.7 billion liters for blending but no imports allowed

August 27, 2015 |

In India, oil marketing companies have issues a tender to buy 2.7 billion liters of ethanol only from domestic sources, with imports ruled out. The fuel is meant to supply 10% of gasoline demand between December this year through November 2016. The current blend is 5% though the country has so far only managed to […]

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Hillary Clinton out and proud about her support of RFS and ethanol overall

Hillary Clinton out and proud about her support of RFS and ethanol overall

August 26, 2015 |

In Iowa, Hillary Clinton has come out strongly in favor of ethanol as part of her rural development policy platform. She would seek to strengthen the RFS, to boost use of higher blends such as E15 and E85 as well as promote the development of advanced biofuels. From tax breaks to grants to supporting young […]

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Avalara releases white paper looking at tax policies related to biodiesel

Avalara releases white paper looking at tax policies related to biodiesel

August 25, 2015 |

In Washington state, sales tax management software company Avalara has released a white paper looking at the new tax challenges that arise from biodiesel. With future growth of biodiesel consumption in many ways dependent on tax policy in addition to the quotas set in the RFS, the paper goes over the maze of federal and […]

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8-Slide Guides

An integrated approach to cellulosic fuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid process

An integrated approach to cellulosic fuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid process

August 30, 2015 |

Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for example corn stover in North America, bagasse in South America or wheat straw in Europe and can be adapted to various plant concepts. The production […]

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Sustainable, high-performance oils & lubes: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Novvi

Sustainable, high-performance oils & lubes: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Novvi

August 27, 2015 |

Novvi is a joint venture of Amyris, Inc. and Cosan S.A. Industria e Comercio created to develop, produce, market, and distribute high-performance oils and lubricants from renewable sources. Novvi draws from the strength of both companies, applying Amyris’ synthetic biology platform to produce targeted hydrocarbon molecules from plant sugar and Cosan’s feedstock capabilities and supply […]

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Algae at the Energy Department: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the DOE algae program

Algae at the Energy Department: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to the DOE algae program

August 26, 2015 |

The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Algae Program is carrying out a long-term applied research and development (R&D) strategy to increase the yields and lower the costs of algal biofuels by working with partners to develop new technologies, to integrate technologies at commercially-relevant scales, and conduct crosscutting analyses to understand the potential and challenges of an […]

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The US Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

The US Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

August 25, 2015 |

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop and demonstrate technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g. biosolids). BETO works with a broad spectrum of industrial, academic, agricultural, and nonprofit partners across the […]

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Other Recent Articles

Malama wins Certified Biobased Product Label for Studio BioFoam, Pacific BioFoam

Malama wins Certified Biobased Product Label for Studio BioFoam, Pacific BioFoam

August 30, 2015 |

In California, Malama Composites, Inc. has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product Label and is identified for Federal preferred purchasing for its Studio BioFoam and Pacific BioFoam products. The USDA Certified Biobased Product Label verifies that the product’s amount of renewable bio-based ingredients meets or exceeds levels set by USDA.   […]

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ACE honors ethanol contributors with 2015 awards

ACE honors ethanol contributors with 2015 awards

August 30, 2015 |

In South Dakota, Nebraska Ethanol Board Administrator Todd Sneller, Husker Ag, Little Sioux Corn Processors CEO Steve Roe, America’s Renewable Future, Kum & Go, and Tom RIter of WNAX Radio were the winners as the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) honored a select group of individuals and companies for their substantial efforts to advance the […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index jumps to 54.06, up 2.27 percent, as chemical equities advance

Digest Bioeconomy Index jumps to 54.06, up 2.27 percent, as chemical equities advance

August 30, 2015 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, jumped to 54.06, up 2.27 percent, as chemical equities advanced. For the day, Aemetis (AMTX) soared 13.92 percent to $3.11, while Green Plains (GPRE) was up 4.16 percent to $20.55. Among other equities, The Andersons (ANDE) was up 6.12 percent to $35.20. Overall, […]

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Four sentenced to federal prison for RIN and biodiesel tax credit fraud

Four sentenced to federal prison for RIN and biodiesel tax credit fraud

August 27, 2015 |

In Florida, four people were sentenced in US district court for RIN fraud with sentences ranging from just over a year to more than five years.  First the group committed the fraud with New Energy Fuels in Waller, Texas claiming to produce biodiesel from used cooking oil and then moved to Chieftain Biofuels in Logan, […]

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Colombian ethanol sales rebound in July to January 2014 levels

Colombian ethanol sales rebound in July to January 2014 levels

August 27, 2015 |

In Colombia, ethanol sales in July rebounded to levels not seen since January 2014 at 40.7 million liters, up 9% on the year and up 18% from June. Ethanol sales through July are up 8% on the year at 255 million liters. The domestic ethanol blend is current at 8%. Production though July is also […]

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UK innovation center helping Fiberight to get its MSW-to-sugar technology to market

UK innovation center helping Fiberight to get its MSW-to-sugar technology to market

August 27, 2015 |

In the UK, the Wilton-based Centre for Process Innovation along with over partners is helping Fiberight to fine tune its MSW to sugars production process through a $1.5 million project that will span the next 12 months. The CPI says Fiberight’s process is the closest of its kind to market in the UK. The company […]

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