Major Stories

Brexit: What does it mean for the advanced bioeconomy?

Brexit: What does it mean for the advanced bioeconomy?

June 24, 2016 |

In the UK, the British people voted to exit the European Union in a historic vote which was announced in the early Friday hours. Following the vote, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said he would resign, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was “highly likely” that the SNP would seek a referendum on leaving […]

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Verdezyne, CB&I, Albemarle, Dow AgroSciences, Newlight Technologies land 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Verdezyne, CB&I, Albemarle, Dow AgroSciences, Newlight Technologies land 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

June 23, 2016 |

In Washington, the EPA announced that Verdezyne, CB&I, Albemarle, Dow AgroSciences, Newlight Technologies and Princeton Professor Paul Chirik are winners of the 2016 Presidential Green Chemistry Awards. Though less well-known than the Presidential Challenge on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition — think of it as basically the same thing, only for really tiny athletes. In this […]

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Knock on wood: why trade and brand will trump tech in the advanced bioeconomy

Knock on wood: why trade and brand will trump tech in the advanced bioeconomy

June 22, 2016 |

Adapted from remarks by Digest editor Jim Lane at the 2016 International Bioenergy Conference. Knock Knock Who’s there? Noah. Noah who? Noah good low carbon technology? Well, yes, you do. Lucky you. With all the uncertainty about the future of the world in the face of trade issues, immigration woes, energy and national security concerns, […]

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Psst! Heard on the Floor at the International Bioenergy Conference

Psst! Heard on the Floor at the International Bioenergy Conference

June 21, 2016 |

Is that Miss Scarlet in the Library with the Rope, or Mr. Licella in Canada with biomass? In British Columbia, the experts convene and unveil the unusual suspects. The eyes of the world might well be on tiny Prince George, British Columbia these days — because that is the proposed site of Canfor’s commercial-scale biofuels and […]

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Sweet smell of success: Greenyug, ADM taking biobased chemicals to scale

Sweet smell of success: Greenyug, ADM taking biobased chemicals to scale

June 20, 2016 |

Digest readers didn’t place ethyl acetate in the top 50 in our “Hottest Biobased Molecules” in our early 2016 poll — so, prepare for a shocker. In California, Greenyug said it will build an industrial-scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Company’s wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska. Greenyug has […]

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8-Slide Guides

Climate opportunities: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

Climate opportunities: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

June 23, 2016 |

Through The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into business opportunities, spurring innovation and economic development — tackling climate change, water, and chemical issues. Here are the winners between 2012 and 2015.

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The Terpene fuel machine: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to terpenes

The Terpene fuel machine: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to terpenes

June 22, 2016 |

Much has been written about terpenes in the area of flavors and fragrances. But they have astonishing properties for super high-density jet fuels in the 130,000-140,000 BTU range. Think valencene, premnaspirodiene, and b-caryophyllene. Now, we get into an interesting range of molecules, which Allylix and the Naval Air Warfare Center have been working on. Why […]

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De-risking the supply chain: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Pacific Ag

De-risking the supply chain: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Pacific Ag

June 21, 2016 |

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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Ester for your investor is a brew that is true: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenyug

Ester for your investor is a brew that is true: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenyug

June 20, 2016 |

Greenyug said it will build an industrial-scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Company’s wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska. The partners have not confirmed scale of the facility, but Greenyug has avowedly been pursuing a 50 kiloton per year project. Think 15 million gallons per year if you’re relating this […]

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The Library of Bioenergy Feedstocks: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s feedstock repository and tools

The Library of Bioenergy Feedstocks: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s feedstock repository and tools

June 18, 2016 |

The Bioenergy Feedstock Library is a physical sample repository and database for physical, chemical and conversion performance characteristics of biomass feedstock. The library provides tools to store, record, track, retrieve, and analyze data to help researchers and industry overcome challenges posed by biomass variability. The Library is sponsored by the US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).  It […]

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The Latest World News

Scania prepares to launch biodiesel hybrid trucks on electric highway

Scania prepares to launch biodiesel hybrid trucks on electric highway

June 23, 2016 |

In Sweden, Outside Gävle in central Sweden, the last preparations are being made at the test strip for an electrically powered truck from Scania operating under real traffic conditions. During the two-year test period, the electric truck will perform normal transportation assignments for Ernsts Express, a mid-sized logistics company in central Sweden. The truck can […]

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Indian sugar mills won’t reach E10 despite government push

Indian sugar mills won’t reach E10 despite government push

June 23, 2016 |

In India, sugar mills still are having difficulties supplying sufficient ethanol to oil marketing companies to comply with the E10 blending mandate despite several policies to facilitate ethanol production, availability and trade. For last year’s E5 blend, mills supplied enough ethanol for about E3 but couldn’t reach E5, at just 680 million liters. Though mills […]

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Irish and French companies teamed to supply biodiesel for Euro 2016 football stadium lighting

Irish and French companies teamed to supply biodiesel for Euro 2016 football stadium lighting

June 23, 2016 |

In Ireland, Greentech Biofuels, an Irish Company based in Kildare, Ireland specializing in green energy solutions, teamed up with Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro in order to bring biofuel-powered floodlights to one of the stadiums hosting Euro 2016. The three organizations joined forces to produce large amounts of biodiesel which were used to keep […]

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ALUR signs deal to export another 140,000 liters of UCO biodiesel to Holland

ALUR signs deal to export another 140,000 liters of UCO biodiesel to Holland

June 23, 2016 |

In Uruguay, ALUR has signed a deal to export 140,000 liters of UCO biodiesel to the Netherlands. Holland is the country’s first export market, with 100,000 liters exported in December and another 120,000 liters exported in March. Had the UCO from the most recent shipment not be turned into biodiesel, the oil could have potentially […]

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Seville to trial UCO biodiesel in urban bus fleet as part of EU project

Seville to trial UCO biodiesel in urban bus fleet as part of EU project

June 23, 2016 |

In Spain, part of Seville’s urban bus fleet will trial UCO biodiesel as part of an EU-funded life project that aims to encourage residents to recycle cooking oil rather than throwing it out. A pilot biodiesel facility will be built in the town of Gereza and the fuel will be tested for quality and then […]

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R&D News

Canadian researchers commercializing new microorganism biofuel process

Canadian researchers commercializing new microorganism biofuel process

June 23, 2016 |

In Canada, researchers from the University of Calgary co-founded the startup Solar Biocells which uses an entirely new concept for the capture and conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into biomass in a innovation for the production of renewable, clean energy. Solar Biocells uses micro-organisms, like algae or cyanobacteria, which naturally process energy from sunlight and take up CO2 […]

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POET expanding its cover crop research as part of Project LIBERTY sustainability work

POET expanding its cover crop research as part of Project LIBERTY sustainability work

June 22, 2016 |

In South Dakota, POET is expanding its cover crop research as part of soil sustainability work in Emmetsburg, Iowa for cellulosic ethanol development. The work is part of an ongoing commitment to helping farmers make sound management decisions around harvesting crop residue for cellulosic ethanol. To ensure proper land management, Iowa State University and USDA […]

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Arkansas State University biodiesel lab reaching young hearts and minds

Arkansas State University biodiesel lab reaching young hearts and minds

June 21, 2016 |

In Arkansas, the biodiesel lab at Arkansas State University is helping high schools and college students to see the benefit of biofuels through hands on production, testing and use. The lab was set up in 2010 with the intention of testing and analyzing fuels, but with so little biodiesel being produced in the state, if […]

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North Carolina house committee approves hemp research

North Carolina house committee approves hemp research

June 20, 2016 |

In North Carolina, the state may follow in Hawaii’s footsteps to begin supervised research on hemp as a feedstock for biofuels and other biomaterials thanks to approval of a bill by the state’s House Agriculture Committee. Land grant universities, under the supervision of the USDA and a nine-member commission, could begin growing the crop for […]

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No conflict gallons? “Biofuels actually supports food security in developing countries”: IFPRI report

No conflict gallons? “Biofuels actually supports food security in developing countries”: IFPRI report

June 18, 2016 |

  In Washington, a group of researchers from 10 institutions led by IFPRI released a report (access the complete report here) concluding that bioenergy can actually support food security. This challenges the “fuel vs. food” argument that biofuels contribute to global hunger. The effects of bioenergy policies on food security could be strongly positive, the […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Thailand agrees to trial B20 in trucks and B10 for military and government use

Thailand agrees to trial B20 in trucks and B10 for military and government use

June 23, 2016 |

In Thailand, the energy ministry has agreed to subsidize the use of B20 in trucks under a trial program that will pay companies 11 cents per liter of biodiesel consumed for up to 50,000 liters. Biodiesel is currently 7 cents per liter more expensive than fossil diesel. The government will also study the use of […]

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Maine governor hits back at higher ethanol blends with executive order

Maine governor hits back at higher ethanol blends with executive order

June 22, 2016 |

In Maine, Governor Paul R. LePage has issued an Executive Order in an effort to better understand the human health risks and effects of emissions produced by the combustion of ethanol containing gasoline and the effect of increasing ethanol blends on emissions. The Executive Order follows federal mandates, which have resulted in increased domestic production […]

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Congressmen seek E15 reprieve from EPA following NMMA lobbying

Congressmen seek E15 reprieve from EPA following NMMA lobbying

June 21, 2016 |

In Washington, following a lobbying push by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, 45 congressmen have sent a letter to the EPA administrator voicing concerns about the 2016 blending mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard and necessity of E15 to comply with the law despite the agency saying that E15 was not appropriate for boats and […]

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NFU pushing for Congress to drop loophole exempting military from biofuels use

NFU pushing for Congress to drop loophole exempting military from biofuels use

June 20, 2016 |

In Washington, repeated attempts to undermine the national security benefits of advanced biofuels through previous defense spending bills have been unsuccessful. As House lawmakers met last week to debate the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for FY 2017, National Farmers Union (NFU) is hopeful that a provision exempting the U.S. military from biofuels use will […]

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GRFA: Commit to biofuels policies to achieve COP21 targets

GRFA: Commit to biofuels policies to achieve COP21 targets

June 18, 2016 |

In Canada, Bliss Baker, the President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, called on parties to the climate agreement reached at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to take immediate action to significantly reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector and incorporate increased biofuels blending as part of their national plans. Of the 195 […]

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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

Colombian researchers develop process to produce 1.3 propanodiol from glycerin

Colombian researchers develop process to produce 1.3 propanodiol from glycerin

June 23, 2016 |

In Colombia, researchers at the Biotechnology Institute at the country’s National University (IBUN) are using a microorganism found in local soils known as IBUN 158B Clostridium to produce 1.3 propanodiol from glycerin using a metabolic process. About half a kilo of the chemical can be produced from a kilo of glycerin, which could be a […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index jumps 2.59 percent to 4.97 as ethanol equities rally

Digest Bioeconomy Index jumps 2.59 percent to 4.97 as ethanol equities rally

June 23, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, jumped 2.59 percent to 4.97 as ethanol equities rallied. For the day, Metabolix (MBLX) surged 8.25 percent to $0.80, while Green Plains (GPRE) jumped 7.83 percent to $19.41. Among other equities, Gevo (GEVO) soared 15.53 percent to $0.58. Overall, advances led declines by […]

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US biodiesel industry suffering despite bumper soy crop

US biodiesel industry suffering despite bumper soy crop

June 22, 2016 |

In California, the US biodiesel industry continues to be drowned out by steadily growing imports from Singapore, Argentina and South Korea despite a huge soy crop that has feedstock low enough to make production competitive and bring back the 1.5 billion gallons of installed capacity that have been idled. Last year, 31% of the 1.73 […]

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Corn Plus ethanol plant agrees to several steps to correct several environmental violations

Corn Plus ethanol plant agrees to several steps to correct several environmental violations

June 22, 2016 |

In Minnesota, the Corn Plus ethanol plant in Winnebago in southern Minnesota has again agreed to take steps to correct several environmental violations and pay a $39,450 penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Agency inspections and records reviews found several violations of the plant’s stormwater permit that sets conditions to ensure runoff from […]

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POET’s CEO says boost in global ethanol consumption needed to avoid agri crisis

POET’s CEO says boost in global ethanol consumption needed to avoid agri crisis

June 22, 2016 |

In Wisconsin, POET’s CEO says a boost in ethanol consumption around the world is necessary to avoid a global agricultural crisis. Earlier this year, stagnant demand for ethanol led to higher production costs that translated to thin or negative margins for producers. Ensuring that demand increases over time will help to stabilize grain prices overall, […]

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Tongaat Hullet to boost ethanol production to 28 million liters

Tongaat Hullet to boost ethanol production to 28 million liters

June 22, 2016 |

In Zimbabwe, Tongaat Hullet plans to boost its ethanol production to 70% of installed capacity at its Hippo Valley sugar mill, up from the 50% it has been running at for several years. That will boost annual production to about 28 million liters from the 20 million to 21 million liters it has averaged. The […]

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