Major Stories

37 US Senators call on EPA to stand tough on Renewable Fuel Standard

37 US Senators call on EPA to stand tough on Renewable Fuel Standard

April 26, 2015 |

Big jump in “Defend the RFS” ranks as 37 Senators press EPA to set a big target for biofuels in 2015-16 In Washington, 37 Senators wrote EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to set strong biofuel volume requirements for 2014 and beyond that are consistent with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). U.S. Senators Dick […]

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16 “Red Hot Devil” Questions about biofuels, chemicals, bioproducts and the new agriculture, answered

16 “Red Hot Devil” Questions about biofuels, chemicals, bioproducts and the new agriculture, answered

April 23, 2015 |

Your toughest questions, the Red Hot Devils — impossible to ignore, and hot to handle. Here we present 16 of the best, answered. With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen to get a hold of the powerpoint decks. But how do you get a hold of the great Q&A that follows the presentations  — […]

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The Catalyst That Refused To Die

The Catalyst That Refused To Die

April 22, 2015 |

Battelle-led group succeeds in US Department of Energy challenge — 1,000 hours of continuous biomass hydrotreating on a single catalyst charge. The undefeated champ hits 1200 hours before being retired from the ring. Next stop, 4000 hours? In Ohio, we hear from Battelle that they have succeeded at the United States Department of Energy challenge to […]

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China Steel green-lights commercial-scale LanzaTech advanced biofuels project

China Steel green-lights commercial-scale LanzaTech advanced biofuels project

April 22, 2015 |

Phase 1 will produce 17M gallons/year of gasoline blendstock and ethanol; in Phase 2, a 34M gallon facility. In Taiwan, China Steel Corporation announced formal Board approval of a $46M capital investment in a LanzaTech commercial ethanol facility. This follows the successful demonstration of the revolutionary carbon recycling platform at the White Biotech Demonstration Plant in […]

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Producer News

Propel Fuels relocates HQ to Sacramento, heart of “The low carbon economy”

Propel Fuels relocates HQ to Sacramento, heart of “The low carbon economy”

April 26, 2015 |

In California, Propel Fuels announced it will move its headquarters from Redwood City to Sacramento. As California’s low carbon economy grows over the next decade, Sacramento will be home to the people and policies shaping its future.  “The low carbon economy is being defined in Sacramento,” said Propel’s founder and CEO, Rob Elam, “There’s nowhere […]

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New study highlights fast pyrolysis bio-oil yields of 17-27% from cellulosic feedstocks

New study highlights fast pyrolysis bio-oil yields of 17-27% from cellulosic feedstocks

April 26, 2015 |

In Washington state, a new study released in the journal Energy & Fuels is providing the first, fully integrated assessment of common feedstocks from the field to refinery-ready crude fuel, based on hydrotreatment or fast pyrolysis. The assessment capture valuable feedstock performance data (yields) during each step throughout the process, and examined six different pure […]

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Radical, dude: world’s first surfboard made from algae

Radical, dude: world’s first surfboard made from algae

April 26, 2015 |

In California, Solazyme’s oils have been instrumental in creating the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard. Solazyme supplied its innovative algal oil to scientists at UC San Diego, who in turn used these sustainable oils to create an algae-based surfboard. The surfboard was publicly unveiled and presented to San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer just before Earth […]

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NASCAR, American Ethanol highlight benefits of E15 ethanol at 5-year partnership mark

NASCAR, American Ethanol highlight benefits of E15 ethanol at 5-year partnership mark

April 26, 2015 |

In Virginia, for five years and more than seven million miles, American Ethanol and NASCAR have worked together to increase horsepower and decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the sport by 20 percent with Sunoco Green E15, a renewable fuel blended with American Ethanol. “In 2011, we made the seamless transition to Sunoco Green E15 and […]

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5-Minute Guides

BIOeCON: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

BIOeCON: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

April 26, 2015 |

BIOeCON is a Dutch start-up R&D Company, founded in 2005, with the vision and goal of developing cost-effective technologies to convert lignocellulosic biomass into fuels and/or chemicals. Within 5 years BIOeCON invented and patented 2 novel breakthrough technologies: Biomass Catalytic Cracking (BCC) a gas phase catalytic pyrolysis process which is the basis for the KiOR […]

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Cargill: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Cargill: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

April 23, 2015 |

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 140,000 people in 65 countries, Cargill is one of the world’s largest privately-held companies, in biofuels Cargill is a producer, and has developed a comprehensive package of services and tools from capital […]

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Siluria Technologies: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Siluria Technologies: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

April 22, 2015 |

Siluria’s catalytic process transforms methane into transportation fuels and commodity chemicals in an efficient, cost-effective, scalable manner using processes that can be seamlessly integrated into existing industry infrastructure. Siluria’s oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) technology, catalytically converts methane (and can co-feed ethane) into ethylene and water. Ethylene is the world’s largest petrochemical building block used in the […]

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Newlight Technologies: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Newlight Technologies: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

April 21, 2015 |

Newlight, founded in 2003, is harnessing methane-based carbon emissions as a resource to replace oil and reduce the cost of plastics production–fundamentally changing both the economics and environmental impact of the plastics industry. The AirCarbon production process begins with concentrated methane-based carbon emissions that would otherwise become a part of the air, rather than fossil […]

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R&D News

Linnaeus Plant Sciences Joins EU Consortium; Smart Earth Seeds expands global Camelina production 

Linnaeus Plant Sciences Joins EU Consortium; Smart Earth Seeds expands global Camelina production 

April 26, 2015 |

In Alberta, Linnaeus Plant Sciences announced the formation of Linnaeus Plant Sciences BV, headquartered in Wageningen, The Netherlands. This incorporation will allow Linnaeus to join a group of eighteen EU-based partners, of which 50% are SMEs and large enterprises and the remaining 50% are universities and research institutes. The research consortium is being managed by […]

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Brazilian biodiesel producers say B20 in major urban transport could cut CO2

Brazilian biodiesel producers say B20 in major urban transport could cut CO2

April 23, 2015 |

In Brazil, the Union of Brazilian Biodiesel Producers have released a study saying that introducing B20 in the urban bus fleets of the 40 metropolitan areas across the country that have more than 500,000 inhabitants would reduce fuel production CO2 emissions by up to 70% and fuel use emissions by up to 15%. More than […]

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University of Wisconsin researcher engineers softwoods to act like hardwoods

University of Wisconsin researcher engineers softwoods to act like hardwoods

April 22, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, scientists have demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could improve the economics of the pulp, paper and biofuels industries and reduce those industries’ environmental […]

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Rice University scientists get top results from algae municipal wastewater treatment

Rice University scientists get top results from algae municipal wastewater treatment

April 21, 2015 |

In Texas, in one of the first studies to examine the potential for using municipal wastewater as a feedstock for algae-based biofuels, Rice University scientists found they could easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent of nitrates and more than 50 percent of phosphorus from wastewater. The findings, which […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Illinois could reduce carbon emissions 663K tons/yr with E15 ethanol: report

Illinois could reduce carbon emissions 663K tons/yr with E15 ethanol: report

April 26, 2015 |

In Illinois, a new analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s principal research economist, Dr. Steffen Mueller, found that giving Illinois consumers more access to cleaner fuel options such as E15 (gasoline with 15 percent ethanol blend) would provide significant environmental benefits – reducing carbon pollution from Illinois by up to 663,646 tons per […]

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Queensland warms up to ethanol again but Katter says it’s not enough

Queensland warms up to ethanol again but Katter says it’s not enough

April 23, 2015 |

In Australia, Queensland will publish a decision paper on using ethanol in the state, a move welcomed by Canegrowers but criticized by MP Rob Katter for not going far enough by issuing a blending mandate under an independent commission. Pushing for an ethanol mandate is one of his party’s key negotiating points. An assistance and […]

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Senate bill would require EPA set cellulosic blend at existing production levels

Senate bill would require EPA set cellulosic blend at existing production levels

April 22, 2015 |

In Washington, Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has introduced bill S. 934, known as the Phantom Fuel Reform Act, to require EPA to set the cellulosic biofuel mandate under the RFS based on existing production and to remove biogas-based fuels from qualifying. The volume would be fixed based on the average produced at facilities between Jan. […]

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European Commission confirms antitrust raids on Spanish ethanol producer

European Commission confirms antitrust raids on Spanish ethanol producer

April 21, 2015 |

In Belgium, the European Commission confirmed that on March 24, 2015, Commission officials carried out an unannounced inspection in Spain at the premises of a company active in the production, distribution and trading of ethanol, a biofuel. It follows inspections that the Commission and the EFTA Surveillance Authority undertook in May 2013 in the crude oil, […]

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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

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 4/27/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 4/27/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

April 26, 2015 |

The Digest’s Dashboard is a convenient “news you can use” 5-Minute summary of current markets including key commodity prices, relevant futures, bioenergy-related stocks, and historical equities data. Latest prices – key commodities. Most recent commodity closing prices, and price changes, for NYMEX’s crude oil, Brent Crude, Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel, Natural Gas, RBOB gasoline, and Ethylene; ethanol […]

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Thought Leadership: The Toxic Substances Control Act and the Bioeconomy: Part 1, The Impact of Nomenclature on the Commercialization of Biobased Chemicals

Thought Leadership: The Toxic Substances Control Act and the Bioeconomy: Part 1, The Impact of Nomenclature on the Commercialization of Biobased Chemicals

April 26, 2015 |

By Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., special to The Digest When I meet people from bioeconomy companies, I ask them about their products’ status under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The most common answers I receive are: “TSCA doesn’t apply because our product is not toxic,” “TSCA doesn’t apply because our product is naturally occurring,” […]

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4 Minutes with…Roger Kilburn, CEO, the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre

4 Minutes with…Roger Kilburn, CEO, the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre

April 26, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy.   IBioIC’s role is as a specialist in the Industrial Biotechnology (IB) sector, designed to stimulate the growth and success of the IB industry in Scotland by connecting the dots between industry, academia and government. It represents all four colors of IB, facilitating […]

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Biofuels Digest Index slips to 68.90 as enzymes fall

Biofuels Digest Index slips to 68.90 as enzymes fall

April 26, 2015 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, slipped 0.71 percent to 68.90 as enzymes fell. For the day, Solazyme (SZYM) dropped back 3.07 percent to $3.79, while Biox (BX.T) jumped 12.24 percent to $0.55. Among other equities, Codexis (CDXS) dumped 6.18 percent to close at $4.71. Overall, declines led advances by […]

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Novozymes Q1 2015 results hit expectations; 2015 outlook adjusted for currency flux

Novozymes Q1 2015 results hit expectations; 2015 outlook adjusted for currency flux

April 26, 2015 |

In Denmark, Novozymes announced its Q1 2015 sales growth of 8% organically and by 18% in DKK compared with Q1 2014. EBIT grew by 6%, and the EBIT margin was 27.4%. Adjusting for the one-time impact from The BioAg Alliance in Q1 2014, EBIT grew by ~20%, and the EBIT margin expanded by ~1 percentage […]

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Ethanol stocks hit 4 week high as 2015 sales lag 2% behind 2014

Ethanol stocks hit 4 week high as 2015 sales lag 2% behind 2014

April 26, 2015 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 930,000 barrels per day —or 39.06 million gallons daily. That is up 6,000 b/d from the week before, but still well below the year-to-date average of 951,000 b/d. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 935,000 b/d for […]

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