Major Stories

High Flying

High Flying

March 26, 2015 |

Can you make ultra-performing diesel and jet fuels from essential oils found in cannabis sativa, a/k/a marijuana? Turns out, you can. Caryophyllene is a highly fragrant molecule found in a whole bunch of plants, and is the third-highest active component in catnip. It’s found in oregano, pepper, hops, cinnamon, basil, black caraway, and in pretty good concentration in […]

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EPA Issues 2014 and 2015 Cellulosic Waiver Credit prices

EPA Issues 2014 and 2015 Cellulosic Waiver Credit prices

March 25, 2015 |

In Washington, the EPA announced 2014 and 2015 Cellulosic Waiver Credit prices, and “a Clarification of the Data Sources Used in the Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price Calculation”. The EPA stated: EPA has calculated the CWC prices for 2014 and 2015 using the data sources and methodology specified in this rule, as described above. The CWC […]

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Revolutionary Road (materials)

Revolutionary Road (materials)

March 25, 2015 |

The cost of replacing crumbling roads will tumble, with the introduction of an Arizona Chemical additive that enables more low-cost recycled asphalt to be used. Could a biobased $100 billion dollar savings be in the offing? If you haven’t noticed, US roads are a shocker. In fact, in 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the US […]

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Praj inks MOU for up to 250M gallons of Gevo isobutanol capacity by 2025

Praj inks MOU for up to 250M gallons of Gevo isobutanol capacity by 2025

March 24, 2015 |

In Colorado, Gevo announced that Praj Industries Limited has signed a memorandum of understanding to become a Gevo licensee for producing renewable isobutanol at sugar-based ethanol plants. Under the MOU, Praj will undertake to license up to 250 million gallons of isobutanol capacity for sugar-based ethanol plants over the next ten years. Gevo will market the […]

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Producer News

EIA says 2014 ethanol exports reached highest level since 2011

EIA says 2014 ethanol exports reached highest level since 2011

March 26, 2015 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says US ethanol exports in 2014 hit the highest level since 2011 at 826 million gallons in 2014, short of the 1.3 billion gallon record. At the same time, ethanol imports fell to their lowest since 2010 at just 73 million gallons, down 81% on the year. The US […]

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Mothballing Ensus puts pressure on exporters to sell more UK wheat abroad

Mothballing Ensus puts pressure on exporters to sell more UK wheat abroad

March 26, 2015 |

In the UK, the Home Grown Cereals Agency has cut its estimates for domestic wheat demand by 296,000 metric tons in part due to the temporary mothballing of Ensus. As a result, there’s more pressure on the country to export half a million tons of wheat—a level not seen since 2008—in order to not build […]

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Kentucky Soybean Board want farmers to demand biodiesel blends for planting

Kentucky Soybean Board want farmers to demand biodiesel blends for planting

March 26, 2015 |

In Kentucky, the state’s soybean board is encouraging farmers to ask their fuel distributors for biodiesel blends this spring during planting season in an effort to help boost demand for locally-produced biodiesel as well as to show distributors the market opportunities available within the agricultural community. Currently finding B20 for agricultural machinery is difficult in […]

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New Zealand community pushing for bioenergy solutions to red algal blooms

New Zealand community pushing for bioenergy solutions to red algal blooms

March 26, 2015 |

In New Zealand, residents of have formed an environmental watchdog group to find solutions for cleaning up Lake Karapiro that is suffering from red algal blooms. One of the solutions presented to the Waikato Regional Council is to harvest the algae as feedstock for a digester, teaming with Waipa District Council and Mighty River Power […]

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5-Minute Guides

Reverdia: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Reverdia: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

March 26, 2015 |

Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is aiming at the market for sustainable succinic acid, focusing on market development by establishing partnerships with direct and indirect customers, building on customer needs and Reverdia’s strengths. Biosuccinium […]

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Cellana: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Cellana: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

March 25, 2015 |

Cellana, a leading developer of algae-based bioproducts, uses the most productive plants on earth — marine microalgae — to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed/food, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system enables economic, sustainable, and consistent production of photosynthetic, non-GMO algae at industrial scale. Cellana intends to […]

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Propel Fuels: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Propel Fuels: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

March 24, 2015 |

Propel builds, owns & operates a network of American made renewable fuel stations. Propel’s Clean Fuel Points are owned and operated by Propel. The CFPs are designed to be located at existing gas stations. To that end, they partner with station owners to make it easy for customers to find and fill with clean, renewable […]

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OriginOil: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

OriginOil: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

March 23, 2015 |

OriginOil offers a non-chemical, low-energy technology for the removal of organic materials in water. The company’s proprietary Electro Water Separation (EWS) technology can be applied across the algae, oil & gas and waste industries to remove both contaminants and valuable resources. For the algae industry, OriginOil is able to effectively and efficiently harvest algae in […]

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R&D News

Economist shows how E15 could provide significant CO2 savings

Economist shows how E15 could provide significant CO2 savings

March 26, 2015 |

In Illinois, a new analysis produced by the University of Illinois at Chicago’s principal research economist Dr. Stefen Mueller found that giving consumers more access to cleaner fuel options like E15 would provide significant environmental benefits. In Kansas, giving consumers the choice to use E15 would reduce carbon pollution by 184,226 metric tons per year. […]

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Japanese researchers to commercialize biobutanol technology from tangerines

Japanese researchers to commercialize biobutanol technology from tangerines

March 25, 2015 |

In Japan, graduate researchers at Mie University Graduate School of Bioresources plan to commercialize their method for producing biobutanol from spoiled tangerines in the next two to three years. The region is a major producer of mandarin oranges and as such about 150 tons of fruit go to waste annually, with about 2/3 being incinerated. […]

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UT researchers develop new mutant yeast strain to boost biofuel yields

UT researchers develop new mutant yeast strain to boost biofuel yields

March 24, 2015 |

In Texas, researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would make biofuels more economically competitive with conventional fuels. Their findings […]

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UI-UC researchers find pigs eating DDGS get same results as with corn-soy feed

UI-UC researchers find pigs eating DDGS get same results as with corn-soy feed

March 23, 2015 |

In Illinois, researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne tested pig diets containing 30 percent conventional DDGS (DDGS-CV), high-protein distillers dried grains (HP-DDG), or uncooked DDGS (DDGS-BPX), and compared them with a corn-soybean meal basal diet. They conducted one experiment using growing pigs and another experiment using finishing pigs to determine if the stage of […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Czech goverment biofuel support

Czech goverment biofuel support

March 26, 2015 |

In the Czech Republic, the government has recently approved an extension for lower taxes on biofuels that should help boost demand from distributors. The country’s finance minister however owns one of the largest rapeseed processors, which has caused concern regarding conflict of interest considering it was his ministry that prepared the allegedly poorly developed legislation […]

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Second EU triologue negotiations on ILUC fail to reach an agreement

Second EU triologue negotiations on ILUC fail to reach an agreement

March 25, 2015 |

In Belgium, the second triologue negotiation between the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission has yet again failed to reach an agreement on ILUC. The three main areas of disagreement continue to be the cap on first-generation biofuels, whether or not to include an ILUC factor, and a sub-mandate for advanced biofuels. The third […]

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Fees and taxes increase with highway funding package

Fees and taxes increase with highway funding package

March 24, 2015 |

In South Dakota, a new law will soon come into force, including a 6 cents per gallon tax increase on ethanol at the pump, that would see the state’s revenues increase by $2.25 million. Other motor fuels will also be subject to the same increase, as well as other various license plate and excise taxes, all […]

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Alexandria’s mayor dead set against ethanol rail expansion plans

Alexandria’s mayor dead set against ethanol rail expansion plans

March 23, 2015 |

In Virginia, Alexandria’s mayor is against Norfolk Southern’s plans to lengthen the trains carrying ethanol through the city. The company also plans to reconfigure its track layout and install stationary product transfer equipment, including spill containment, along with a truck rack. Its rail-to-truck ethanol transfer point will be moved one-quarter mile west. “An industrial facility […]

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Columnists

Editor’s Sketchbook: DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, Nevada, IA

Editor’s Sketchbook: DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, Nevada, IA

September 11, 2014 |

It towers above the surrounding central Iowa countryside like the Launch Assembly Building lords it over Cape Canaveral — it’s the new DuPont cellulosic ethanol project, on the outskirts of the town of Nevada. Functional yet inspiring, imposing yet accessible — when it opens before year end 2014 it is sure to be a monumental addition […]

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What’s Good for Algae is Good for Renewables

What’s Good for Algae is Good for Renewables

November 12, 2013 |

By Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization I had the privilege of sitting in the Science, Space, & Technology Committee Room of the Rayburn House Office Building last month for the launch of the new Congressional Algae Caucus with its bi-partisan chairmen, Republican Matt Salmon of Arizona and Democrat Scott Peters of California. They, […]

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Getting by with a little help from my friends

Getting by with a little help from my friends

June 11, 2013 |

by Mary Rosenthal Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization What’s the secret to commercializing a new technology? Recently Jonathan Silver, the former head of the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program, discussed how that program has an approximately 97% success rate, despite a few well-known failures. As the algae industry closes in on the launch of […]

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Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013

Cleantech Conservative: 10 New Realities, Priorities for Biofuels in 2013

December 17, 2012 |

By Douglas Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” The International Energy Agency recently issued its World Energy Outlook 2012 with much press attention (and some misreporting), because of its dramatic projections about the emergence of new global energy landscape. Its main highlight: The U.S. could become, in less than a decade, the largest oil producer in the […]

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Other Recent Articles

EIA says February biodiesel production fell from January first time since 2011

EIA says February biodiesel production fell from January first time since 2011

March 26, 2015 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says that biodiesel production in February fell to 84.86 million gallons, down 6.84 million gallons from January and down almost 23% from February 2014. The production trend reversed from 2014 when February production was higher than in January as had happened every year since 2011.

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PNNL shows redox processes switch on and off 2,100 spots in cyanobacterium

PNNL shows redox processes switch on and off 2,100 spots in cyanobacterium

March 26, 2015 |

In Washington state, chemical reactions involving reduction and oxidation, or redox, play a key role in regulating photosynthesis in plants and metabolism in animals and humans, keeping things running on an even keel. Now, in a study reported in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, a team of scientists from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington University […]

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4 minutes with… Kristina Osterman, Consultant, Nickel Institute

4 minutes with… Kristina Osterman, Consultant, Nickel Institute

March 26, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. We are an international non-profit industry association with key focus on the development of responsible and sustainable use of stainless steel and other nickel-containing materials. We are here to support the developing bio-based chemicals industry with NEUTRAL and COMPLIMENTARY TECHNICAL ADVICE regarding the […]

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Biofuels Digest Index is flat at 65.49 despite an advanced biofuels gain

Biofuels Digest Index is flat at 65.49 despite an advanced biofuels gain

March 26, 2015 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, was flat at 65.49 despite an advanced biofuels gain. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) was up 3.43 percent to $0.27. while Cares (CERE) rallied 8.38 percent to $0.37. Among other equities, Cosan (CZZ) retreated 2.28 percent to $6.63. Overall, declines led advances by a […]

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Germany’s biodiesel exports and imports grew in 2014

Germany’s biodiesel exports and imports grew in 2014

March 25, 2015 |

In Germany, biodiesel exports grew more than 5% in 2014, reaching 506.7 million gallons. Exports in 2013 were up 32% over 2012, however, so export growth has slowed down significantly. The Netherlands took about 35% of the 2014 exports, while half that volume went to France — double what it imported from Germany in 2013. […]

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Springboard Biodiesel to supply small-scale biodiesel system to Bagram Airfield

Springboard Biodiesel to supply small-scale biodiesel system to Bagram Airfield

March 25, 2015 |

In Afghanistan, Springboard Biodiesel announced it has been selected to provide its turn-key, small-scale biodiesel processing system to Bagram Airfield in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan. Springboard Biodiesel’s BioPro 380EX and SpringPro T76 comprise a small-scale biodiesel processing system designed to inexpensively convert the base’s used cooking oil (UCO) into ASTM-grade biodiesel that can then […]

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