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The 11 hottest slides on advancing aviation biofuels, from ABLC

Experts from Solena Fuels, British Airways, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI),  the US Navy, the Federal Aviation Administration, Amyris,  Byogy, Gevo, BioProcess Algae, Virent, Mercurius, and ARA were among the highlight presenters at the 5th annual Global Aviation Biofuels Summit, an integrated part of ABLC, the annual bioeconomy conference now underway in Washington, […]

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April 24, 2014 More

The Buzz from ABLC: Byogy, Avianca announce partnership to drive approval of alcohol-to-jet fuels

In Washington, ABLC’s third day was headlined by the 5th annual Global Aviation Biofuels Summit, where in turn the headline announcement was news of a partnership between Avianca Brasil and Byogy Renewables to drive approval of the alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) renewable jet spec. Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, […]

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April 24, 2014 More

The 14 hottest slides from ABLC on financing biofuels, from early-stage to commercial projects

Experts from Citi, Heartland Bank, Braemar Energy Ventures, Wilson, Sonsini, Kreig DeVault, Stern Brothers, Kilpatrick Townsend were among the highlight presenters at the 3rd annual Biofuels Financing and Investment Summit, an integrated part of ABLC, the annual bioeconomy conference week now underway in Washington, DC. The Summit this year looked at the complete range of […]

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April 23, 2014 More

ABLC buzzes about finance, government actions, chemicals, carbon, and technology advances

As ABLC completes its second day, companies, agencies, financiers step forward to detail advances toward scale, new programs. In Washington, more than 35 companies came under the microscope as delegates at ABLC, the annual bioeconomy leadership conference which continues through Wednesday with more than 100 speakers on the agenda, moved from policy considerations to a […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Producer News

Platts Kingsman says boosting Brazilian ethanol blend will stretch capacity

In Brazil, Platts Kingsman says that any increase in the ethanol blending mandate would stretch the country’s production capacity, likely impacting its ethanol trade flows with the US. Talk is that the 25% ethanol blend could rise to 27.5% as soon as next month. Platts Kingsman says ethanol demand would increase by 95 million liters […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Proterro hits Q1 sugar-production pilot milestones

In Washington, “Proterro has reached its Q1 sugar-production pilot milestones,” CEO Kef Kasdin reported here today at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference. “We have been designing and producing a range of engineered solutions employing high-performance flexible materials since 1947, for use in many applications, most notably the spacesuits we produce for NASA and the containment solutions we […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Indonesia’s move to support biodiesel backfires on non-subsidized fuel sales

In Indonesia, the government is trying to lower the amount of subsidized fuel consumed in the country but its move to mandate biodiesel blending has actually had the reverse effect. Consumption of non-subsidized fuel actually fell by 3 billion liters during 2013 from the previous year. Subsidies were introduced to off-set the fuel prices when […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Spanish drug kingpin laundered money through foreign biodiesel companies

In Spain, one of the country’s top drug traffickers known as Casper allegedly laundered upwards of 40,000 euros by investing in a biodiesel facility in Ukraine and another half million euros in a similar project in Cameroon by way of at least two separate companies. Casper is facing 105.5 years in prison for his crimes.

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April 23, 2014 More

5-Minute Guides

Liquid Light: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Liquid Light develops electrocatalytic technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally abundant carbon dioxide (CO2).  Licensees benefit from a lower cost of production and can reduce their carbon footprint. Liquid Light is funded by BP Ventures, Redpoint, Osage University, VantagePoint and Chrysalix, and now coming out of stealth after six years of developing a […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Primus Green Energy: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Primus’ liquid fuel synthesis technology is a proprietary low cost  process to convert syngas to gasoline, jet fuel and aromatic chemicals directly, without the need for further treatment. The result is a highly efficient process, producing approximately 5 gallons of drop-in transportation fuels per mmBTU of natural gas. The process produces drop-in fuels that are ready for […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Praj Industries: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Praj has adopted a new identity in line with its future growth strategy. Over the past 3 decades, Praj has transformed itself from being a single business sector company of Ethanol Solutions to multiple business organization, providing solutions for brewery, water & wastewater, process equipment & systems, high purity application and bio-products. The company plans to […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Valero: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. Valero subsidiaries employ approximately 10,500 people, and assets include 16 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3 million barrels per day, 10 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.2 billion […]

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April 15, 2014 More

R&D News

OriginOil teams with Catalina Sea Ranch to research off-shore algae production

In California, OriginOil will provide its demonstration-scale EWS Algae Model 12 system to Catalina Sea Ranch, which will use it to treat incoming seawater and harvest algae to feed its shellfish nursery and selective breeding program. Catalina Sea Ranch will provide independent data on the efficiency and use of the machine, and will give OriginOil access to […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Carnegie researchers create tool to ID photosynthesis genes

In California, researchers at the Carnegie Institute for Science team including developed a highly sophisticated tool that will transform the work of plant geneticists by making large-scale genetic characterization of Chlamydomonas mutants possible for the first time. Their work is published by The Plant Cell. Their tool is a major step forward in the goal […]

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April 23, 2014 More

University of Nebraska-Lincoln says GHG of stover ethanol worse than gasoline

In Nebraska, using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln team of researchers cast doubt on whether corn residue can be used to meet federal […]

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April 21, 2014 More

USDA researchers simplify pyrolysis process

In Pennsylvania, innovations at the USDA are bringing researchers one step closer to developing “green” biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to produce renewable fuels for commercial markets. The researchers modified the standard pyrolysis process by gradually replacing nitrogen gas in the processing chamber with the gases produced during pyrolysis. […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Policy & Policymakers

EPA cuts 2013 cellulosic blending mandate to under a million gallons

In Washington, the EPA at last released its 2013 blending mandate for cellulosic biofuels, cutting to just 810,185 gallons from the 6 million gallons originally expected. Oil companies complained they would have to buy RINs even though there wasn’t actual cellulosic ethanol available to blend. A federal court said last year the EPA must set […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Argentina may drop biodiesel taxes until EU lifts anti-dumping duties

In Argentina, the country’s president has asked its Congress to drop the 22% tax on biodiesel for power generation and the 19% levy on liquid fuels, a policy that would stay in place as long as the European Commission continues to levy anti-dumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports.

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April 23, 2014 More

US Senator wants DDGs removed from proposed FDA rule

In Washington, U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb) wrote Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging FDA to exempt raw agricultural commodities, distillers grain and other byproducts from a promised revision of a proposed rule dealing with livestock feed. As first proposed, the rule would add new requirements to producers of distillers grains – […]

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April 21, 2014 More

EPA taking comments on ADM’s carbon sequester plan at Illinois ethanol plant

In Illinois, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comment on a proposed permit that would allow Archer Daniels Midland to inject carbon dioxide deep underground at a facility in Decatur, Illinois. This process – known as “carbon sequestration” – is a means of storing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Financial News

Biofuels Digest Index reaches 81.03 as ethanol equities advance

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, edged up 0.53 percent to 81.03 as ethanol advanced. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) settled back 7.63 percent to $1.09 up 35.63 percent, while Biofuel Energy (BIOF) surged 14.83 percent to $8.75. Among other equities, Renewable Energy Group (REGI) was up 5.59 percent to […]

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April 24, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index jumps to 80.60 as advanced biofuels surge

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, jumped 2.41 percent to 80.60 advanced biofuels soared. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) rocketed up 35.63 percent to $1.18 as news of a Lufthansa partnership for jet fuel emerged, while KiOR (KIOR) dropped 5.32 percent to $0.58. Among other equities, BioAmber (BIOA) was up […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index rises to 78.70 as enzymes equities advance

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, rose 0.77 percent to 78.70 as enzymes advanced.  For the day, Amyris (AMRS) gained 7.27 percent to $3.54, while Codexis (CDXS) soared 11.43 percent to $1.95. Among other equities, Gevo (GEVO) dropped 6.45 percent to $0.87. Overall, advances led declines 8 to 7 for […]

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April 22, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index climbs to 78.10 as ethanol equities rally

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, climbed 0.68 percent to 78.10 as ethanol equities rallied.  For the day, Biofuel Energy (BIOF) soared 27.39 percent to $7.72, while Gevo (GEVO) rebounded 12.45 percent to $0.93. Among other equities, Ceres (CERE) slumped 10/15 percent to $0.61. Overall, advances led declines 7 to […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Other Recent Articles

India still failing to implement 5% ethanol blend

In India, implementing the 5% ethanol blend remains a challenge due to the oil companies having only contracted 620 million liters from sugar mills, compared to the 1.05 billion liters needed. Of the contracted volume, 300 million liters remains in storage in the depots. Mills are stuck because once the volume is offered to the […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Asian ethanol exports into Philippines have a short window of opportunity

In the Philippines, there is a short window for ethanol imports from Thai and Vietnamese producers following higher US ethanol prices. Ethanol prices in the US are starting to slip however, meaning that the opportunities for regional trade into the Philippines aren’t likely to last long.

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April 23, 2014 More

PDC and partners patent new class of aviation biofuel components

In the Netherlands, as a part of the European Union funded EuroBioRef1 project, together with several partners, Process Design Center (PDC) developed a new class of bio aviation turbine fuel (ATF) components consisting of heavy branched alcohols. The project demonstrated the possibility to produce these alcohols in two ways from lignocellulosic biomass: Black liquor from […]

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April 23, 2014 More

Gevo teams with Lufthansa to test aviation biofuel

In Colorado, Gevo announced that it has come to an agreement with Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo’s renewable jet fuel with the goal of approving Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use. Lufthansa’s testing is being supported through work with the European Commission.

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April 23, 2014 More

Indonesian crude palm exports soar 13% in March

In Indonesia, crude palm oil exports soared 13% month-on-month in March to 1.79 million metric tons, up from 1.58 million tons in February. Higher soybean prices led to increased demand for palm oil. Soybean prices rose 5% in February and another 6.3% in March.

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April 23, 2014 More

Fuels America launches “Oil Rigged” campaign

In Washington, Fuels America coalition members announced the launch of the “Oil Rigged” television and digital ad campaign and OilRigged.com to expose the many ways the oil industry is rigging the system to protect their profits and block the transition to clean, American renewable fuels. The campaign began on Tuesday with the launch of OilRigged.com, at […]

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April 23, 2014 More