Major Stories

Carbon-negative fuels in the spotlight as Ohio State, Argonne National Labs, Energy Vision make material progress

Carbon-negative fuels in the spotlight as Ohio State, Argonne National Labs, Energy Vision make material progress

February 20, 2018 |

OK, you know the climate change drill. Burning liquid fuels releases CO2 and that leads to global warming. It’s one of the reasons that eco-warriors drive electric cars. But is that paradigm shifting? The biggest news along that front represents early-stage technology, but we read here that engineers at Ohio State announced that they’ve devised […]

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Hot Spots Around the World: Who’s Adding What, Where in Biofuels

Hot Spots Around the World: Who’s Adding What, Where in Biofuels

February 19, 2018 |

South America In Brazil, ICM has completed startup and commissioning of the FS Bioenergia dry-mill corn ethanol plant. The plant is  a joint venture between U.S. – based Summit Agricultural Group and Fiagril Ltda of Brazil — and is Brazil’s first standalone  corn ethanol project. The ICM-designed ethanol plant is located in the middle of […]

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Trash to Treasure – From Canada to Europe, Enerkem turns trash to cash

Trash to Treasure – From Canada to Europe, Enerkem turns trash to cash

February 17, 2018 |

In Canada, more big news is coming out of Enerkem with the latest waste-to-chemistry project in Rotterdam to be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for non-recyclable wastes, converting waste plastics and other mixed wastes into new raw materials. Background In case you’ve been hibernating this winter and […]

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Big Algae chases Omega-3 dominance: DSM, Evonik underway on $200M algae project in Nebraska

Big Algae chases Omega-3 dominance: DSM, Evonik underway on $200M algae project in Nebraska

February 15, 2018 |

DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition — something that’s been traditionally been made from wild-caught fish oil. They’re calling it Veramaris — and they’re cutting out the middlefish, more or less, as Cellana CEO Martin […]

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Vive le ROI: has Sylvatex uncovered a gold mine in renewable fuels?

Vive le ROI: has Sylvatex uncovered a gold mine in renewable fuels?

February 14, 2018 |

One of the purest, high-yield financial plays we have ever seen in the energy business is possibly emerging, one that could put fracking returns to shame. Vive le ROI. And Vive le IRR and DCF, while we’re at it. Catalyst for industry attention is the news that Sylvatex and Valicor inked a Joint Development Agreement […]

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8-Slide Guides

High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels

High Performance Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s Co-Optima Project and HP fuels

February 20, 2018 |

The US Department of Energy has a key project called Co-Optima, which aims to determine key fuel properties that enable improved engine efficiency, provide key science to enable high efficiency combustion modes, and capitalize on unique properties available from bio-blendstocks. Within that project is an emphasis on high-performance fuels, that has a goal to develop […]

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Second Front in the Yeast Wars: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering cellulosic tolerance in yeast

Second Front in the Yeast Wars: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering cellulosic tolerance in yeast

February 19, 2018 |

We’ve been covering some important movements in the design and performance of yeast in recent weeks, including the arrival of Novozymes’ Innova drive strains. Most of the activity has been focused on 1G ethanol fermentation. But it’s been known for a long time that engineering a high tolerance to combined feedstock + product toxicity removes […]

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Hotties: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering thermophiles for syngas-to-fuels

Hotties: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering thermophiles for syngas-to-fuels

February 17, 2018 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a Kiverdi-led project to develop microbial biocatalysts to convert syngas into monoterpenes. Syngas feedstocks are relatively inexpensive and diverse, and thermophiles have several unique advantages; Meanwhile, end products have value as fuel and solvent applications among others. The diversity of feedstocks available to syngas processes (including waste) together […]

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Big Algae: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Veramaris

Big Algae: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Veramaris

February 15, 2018 |

DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition — something that’s been traditionally been made from wild-caught fish oil. They’re calling it Veramaris — and they’re cutting out the middlefish, more or less, as Cellana CEO Martin […]

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Making it Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry

Making it Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry

February 14, 2018 |

The Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC) is a joint core research and development activity among five national laboratories that has been created to utilize unique DOE computational modeling facilities and experience in order to accelerate the discovery and deployment of novel materials in support of the Energy Materials Network and the Materials Genome […]

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The Latest World News

Partnering for Growth returns to Iowa with big line-up of biotech biggies and early-stagers

Partnering for Growth returns to Iowa with big line-up of biotech biggies and early-stagers

February 20, 2018 |

In Iowa, the very best of the state-level biotech events, the Partnering For Growth Biotech Innovation Showcase and Forum, is returning March 20th-21st at the FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. Presenting companies include 3Bar Biologics, Aker Technologies, Hurd Health Group, N-Sense, Nebullam, Ohana Vaccines, Plastomics, PowerPollen, SciBac, […]

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Stora Enso launches Lineo to provide biobased alternatives for fossil-based materials

Stora Enso launches Lineo to provide biobased alternatives for fossil-based materials

February 20, 2018 |

In Finland, the launch of Lineo by Stora Enso is an important step in the way towards replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. Lineo is available to companies seeking more sustainable, biobased alternatives. Lignin is a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials which are used in resins for plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber […]

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Kenyan cotton ginner reboots futures thanks to biodiesel

Kenyan cotton ginner reboots futures thanks to biodiesel

February 20, 2018 |

In Kenya, a third-generation cotton ginner has managed to use biodiesel produced from cottonseed to not only ensure the viability of his business but also to support his local community. He began experimenting with biodiesel in 2008 and then later scaled up to 5,000 liters of production per day. When cotton yields plummeted to a […]

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Uttar Pradesh cabinet approves biofuels policy

Uttar Pradesh cabinet approves biofuels policy

February 20, 2018 |

In India, the Uttar Pradesh state cabinet approved the state’s new biofuel policy last week, paving the way for an investment package worth $1.23 billion that will focus on agricultural residue such as bagasse and crop waste as feedstock. The details of the planned investments will be announced at the UP Investors Summit being held […]

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Petrobras sells remaining shareholding in Sao Martinho for $137 million

Petrobras sells remaining shareholding in Sao Martinho for $137 million

February 20, 2018 |

In Brazil, Petrobras sold its remaining 24 million shares in Sao Martinho, worth 6.59% of the company, at an auction held at the Sao Paulo B3 exchange for $137 million. The companies had previously collaborated on ethanol plants but Petrobras backed out in 2016 as it began reorganizing its assets that later became a fire […]

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R&D News

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center looks to designing advanced biofuels as way forward

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center looks to designing advanced biofuels as way forward

February 20, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, building on the success of 10 years of investigation into the production of renewable fuels from plants, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), led by the University of Wisconsin–Madison, recently embarked on a new mission: to develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and products currently derived from petroleum. On Feb. 18 at […]

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Researchers discover enzyme found in fungi that break down wood

Researchers discover enzyme found in fungi that break down wood

February 19, 2018 |

In the UK, an international team of researchers, including scientists from the University of York, has discovered a set of enzymes found in fungi that are capable of breaking down one of the main components of wood. The enzymes could now potentially be used to sustainably convert wood biomass into valuable chemical commodities such as […]

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DOE releases two studies on co-optimization of engines and fuels

DOE releases two studies on co-optimization of engines and fuels

February 17, 2018 |

In Washington, DC, the U.S. Energy Department released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative. The study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine Performance, identifies eight representative high-octane blendstocks across five chemical groups that could be blended into gasoline for better performance. These new blendstocks, co-optimized with advanced […]

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Swedish researchers develop quick method to map carbs in plant matter

Swedish researchers develop quick method to map carbs in plant matter

February 15, 2018 |

In Sweden, researchers from Karolinska Institutet have developed a quick and non-destructive method to map the carbohydrates of plant matter. By making composition analysis more easy and accessible, this method will help to understand where inefficiencies lie in many processes from paper recycling to the production of biofuel and will eventually lead to less waste […]

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University of Georgia researchers find gene can improve both poplar and switchgrass for biofuels

University of Georgia researchers find gene can improve both poplar and switchgrass for biofuels

February 14, 2018 |

In Georgia, a research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels. In a paper published recently in Nature Biotechnology, the researchers report that reducing the activity of a specific gene […]

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Policy & Policymakers

UK launches investigation into alleged dumping of Argentine biodiesel

UK launches investigation into alleged dumping of Argentine biodiesel

February 20, 2018 |

In the UK, an investigation was announced in the Official Journal reference C34 on January 31, 2018, relating to imports of biodiesel originating in Argentina. The investigation must be concluded within 13 months, although it can be terminated earlier. A decision to impose provisional duties can be taken after a minimum of 60 days from […]

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Texas Senator to propose new type of RINs to weigh down current RIN prices

Texas Senator to propose new type of RINs to weigh down current RIN prices

February 19, 2018 |

In Washington, Texas Senator John Cornyn is set to soon release details of his proposed legislation that he’s been working on for the past two years in an attempt to unify the oil and biofuels industries on a path forward for the Renewable Fuels Standard. The new policy centers around the creation of the D8 […]

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Study says fixing RFS is getting easier and easier

Study says fixing RFS is getting easier and easier

February 17, 2018 |

In Illinois, a new study from the University of Illinois analyzes why the gap between the ethanol blend wall and the conventional ethanol mandate is so important to understanding the movement of ethanol RINs prices, how the gap is rapidly shrinking, and what this means for the future ethanol RINs price levels. The report said […]

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Growth Energy says EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 sees bright future for biofuels

Growth Energy says EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 sees bright future for biofuels

February 15, 2018 |

In Washington, federal forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) demonstrate a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels says Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth Energy. The EIA “reference” case, which contains projections through 2050 based on current trends and regulations, predicts an […]

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API wants EPA to keep fair playing field for all refiners and not favor smaller ones

API wants EPA to keep fair playing field for all refiners and not favor smaller ones

February 14, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the American Petroleum Institute wrote the Environmental Protection Agency urging an even playing field for all refiners under the Renewable Fuels Standard and to not provide waivers for the two dozen smaller refiners who have applied for leniency, a move supported by several governors. The API has instead called for […]

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Other Recent Articles

EU re-opens investigation into alleged US ethanol dumping

EU re-opens investigation into alleged US ethanol dumping

February 20, 2018 |

In Belgium, an investigation was announced in the Official Journal of the European Union on February 20 relating to imports of ethanol originating in the US. ePure requested in November that the investigation is re-opened, and as the current 9.5% duty on US-origin ethanol that has been in place since 2013 was set to expire […]

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Delek Logistics Partners teams with Green Plains Partners on terminal JV

Delek Logistics Partners teams with Green Plains Partners on terminal JV

February 20, 2018 |

In Tennessee, Delek Logistics Partners and Green Plains Partners LP announced the companies have formed DKGP Energy Terminals LLC, a 50/50 joint venture engaging in the light products terminalling business. DKGP signed a membership interest purchase agreement to acquire two light products terminals from an affiliate of American Midstream Partners, L.P. These light products terminals […]

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Argo ethanol highest in four months thanks to slowing production

Argo ethanol highest in four months thanks to slowing production

February 19, 2018 |

In Illinois, Platts reports that ethanol production has finally begun to slow down while export demand remains steady for the moment, lending a bullish tone to the market that has led the Argo ethanol price to a four-month high of $1.4780/gal, the highest since October 2. December saw the highest volume of exports on record […]

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Two die in explosion at French biodiesel facility

Two die in explosion at French biodiesel facility

February 19, 2018 |

In France, Reuters reports that an explosion at the country’s largest biodiesel producer’s Dieppe facility led to the death of two workers. Another worker was injured while seven were in a state of shock. The Saipol facility produces biodiesel and other products from rapeseed and remains offline for the time being. The company said it […]

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January RIN production down as non-corn ethanol production slips

January RIN production down as non-corn ethanol production slips

February 19, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that Environmental Protection Agency data showed a slight increase in ethanol RIN production in January to 1.283 billion, 5.57 million more than in December, but RIN production was down more than 9% overall to 1.52 billion RINs. D4 RINs generated through biomass-based diesel production fell by more than 36% to 132.13 […]

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Royal Vopak expands its Jakarta terminal to boost biofuels storage and blending

Royal Vopak expands its Jakarta terminal to boost biofuels storage and blending

February 19, 2018 |

In the Netherlands, Royal Vopak announces the expansion with 100.000 cbm for the storage of gasoline and biofuels of the PT Jakarta Tank Terminal (JTT), a joint venture company in Indonesia between Royal Vopak and PT AKR Corporindo Tbk (AKR). The expansion will take the total tank capacity of JTT to more than 350,000 cbm. […]

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