Major Stories

The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top 10 Pyrolysis projects in renewable fuels

The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top 10 Pyrolysis projects in renewable fuels

August 3, 2015 |

It’s been around for a generation or so — fast pyrolysis, that is. Though in the original low-tech incarnation — known as “cooking fire” — pyrolysis has been around since the dawn of man. But the numbers have never been so close to commercial, even in these days of low fossil fuel energy prices. Who’s in […]

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The roar for Diesel, Diesel, Diesel: UPS jumps its renewable diesel use by 15X

The roar for Diesel, Diesel, Diesel: UPS jumps its renewable diesel use by 15X

August 2, 2015 |

UPS brings overall use of drop-in fuels over 10% of fleet use in REG, Neste , Solazyme buy. In Georgia, UPS announced agreements for the purchase up to 46 million gallons of renewable fuels over the next three years from Neste, REG and Solazyme, constituting a 15-fold increase over prior contracts and making UPS one […]

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As biobased diesel surges, REG buys Imperium Renewables for $32M and a back-end deal

As biobased diesel surges, REG buys Imperium Renewables for $32M and a back-end deal

August 2, 2015 |

Biggest US biodiesel, renewable diesel producer buys the biggest US facility in asset deal. In Iowa, REG will acquire substantially all the assets of Imperium Renewables, including a 100-million gallon nameplate capacity biomass-based diesel refinery and deepwater port terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor, Washington, according to an asset purchase agreement signed by the two […]

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Solazyme trims revenues, losses, adds BASF, UPS as customers in Q2 2015 report: what does it mean?

Solazyme trims revenues, losses, adds BASF, UPS as customers in Q2 2015 report: what does it mean?

August 2, 2015 |

In California, Solazyme reported Q2 revenues of $11.7M compared with $15.9M in Q22014. GAAP net loss was $37.2 million for Q2 2015, compared to net loss of $42.9M in the prior year period. The company said that “year over year decline in revenues was due to expected decreases in funded program revenue as well as […]

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Producer News

Philippines´ Q4 ethanol quota up 18% but lower than expected

Philippines´ Q4 ethanol quota up 18% but lower than expected

August 3, 2015 |

In the Philippines, the ethanol blending mandate for Q4 has been set at 18% higher than for Q3 at 46.95 million liters, up 7.25 million liters. Yet the mandate is lower than the 60 million liters expected by the market that would have matched the Q1 and Q2 quotas. The sugarcane milling season is set to start […]

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UK´s first commercial algae farm to be set up off Scottish coast

UK´s first commercial algae farm to be set up off Scottish coast

August 3, 2015 |

In the UK, the country´s first commercial seaweed farm will be set up off the Scottish coast neary Argyll in hopes of supplying a future biofuel industry. The one hectare farm will produce up to 24 metric tons of seaweed annually and will first be used as a demonstration site. Brown and red varieties of […]

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India´s OMCs launch first biodiesel tender at 850 million liters

India´s OMCs launch first biodiesel tender at 850 million liters

August 3, 2015 |

In India, oil manufacturing companies have launched the country´s first tender for biodiesel, seeking to procure 850 million liters from local producers between now and Marh 2016. Bids are to be submitted online by Aug. 19. The policy is meant to help with local Price discovery ahead of a potential 20% blend for biodiesel in […]

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European ethanol´s front month swap hits near two-year high

European ethanol´s front month swap hits near two-year high

August 3, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, tight availability for ethanol in Rotterdam continues to support prices, with the front month swap now nearly reaching a two year high. Ensus remains offline while other European ethanol producers are running at full capacity. Exports are not expected to arrive until late August or September.

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5-Minute Guides

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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Calysta: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide update

Calysta: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide update

May 13, 2015 |

Calysta is using biotechnology to create innovative products from sustainable sources. Calysta Nutrition develops and produces FeedKind ™ protein feed for commercial aquaculture and livestock feed. Calysta Energy is developing high value materials for use in industrial and consumer products with cost and performance advantages over current processes. Calysta proprietary technology uses methane as an […]

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R&D News

ORNL produces hydrogen from plants like switchgrass

ORNL produces hydrogen from plants like switchgrass

August 3, 2015 |

In Tennessee, biorefineries could benefit from a new process developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that produces hydrogen from plant sources such as switchgrass. The method converts biomass waste streams into hydrogen through heating and processing in microbe-based electrochemical cells. This approach reduces the use of natural gas during biofuel production, which could help biorefineries […]

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China’s economic growth will cease without energy diversification: explosive new report

China’s economic growth will cease without energy diversification: explosive new report

August 2, 2015 |

The global economic engine known as China will creak to a halt, tossing a big question mark into global economic growth, without energy diversification away from fossil energy, especially coal, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study, published in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change, looks at the […]

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Biogas-producing microbial community deeply sequenced  and made public in landmark research effort

Biogas-producing microbial community deeply sequenced  and made public in landmark research effort

July 30, 2015 |

In Germany, researchers reported on the deeply sequenced metagenome and metatranscriptome of a complex biogas-producing microbial community from an agricultural production-scale biogas plant located in North Rhine Westphalia. “We assembled the metagenome and, as an example application, show that we reconstructed most genes involved in the methane metabolism, a key pathway involving methanogenesis performed by […]

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Rice is nice, but can it be less of a methane-belching device? PNNL says “yes, if you take our advice”

Rice is nice, but can it be less of a methane-belching device? PNNL says “yes, if you take our advice”

July 29, 2015 |

In Washington state, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies during growth. With the change, it also packs much more of the plant’s desired properties, such as starch for a richer food source […]

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Policy & Policymakers

India releases draft policy that would pave way for up to B100 vehicles

India releases draft policy that would pave way for up to B100 vehicles

August 3, 2015 |

In India, the road transport ministry has issued draft mass emissions standards for B100 vehicles that are expected to open the door for locally manufactured B100 vehicles. The policy is meant for engines that can run on a combination of biodiesel and diesel, from 100% of one fuel to 100% of the other.

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US Agriculture, Manufacturing sectors bite their nails over carve-outs, as Trans-Pacific Partnership talks reach 11th hour

US Agriculture, Manufacturing sectors bite their nails over carve-outs, as Trans-Pacific Partnership talks reach 11th hour

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, Hours before the latest Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation round in Maui, Hawaii, concludes the Agriculture and manufacturing sectors, in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, called on the US  to focus on strong outcomes, “not lowest common denominator” tactics and to “keep weakening carve-outs out of final TPP deal”. The National […]

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Civil rights for chemicals, next? Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to extend production, investment tax credits to renewable chemicals

Civil rights for chemicals, next? Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to extend production, investment tax credits to renewable chemicals

July 30, 2015 |

In Washington, Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced H.R. 3390, which provides renewable chemical producers access to production or investment tax credits currently available to other renewable energy producers. The production tax credit was the subject of a Digest column by Corinne Young and Michelle Jalbert of re:chem earlier this […]

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Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Use provision in Senate Energy Legislation 

Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Use provision in Senate Energy Legislation 

July 29, 2015 |

In Washington, The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, hailed language included in the energy reform package released last Wednesday by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that would prioritize research and development of carbon utilization technologies under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy program. The Energy Policy Modernization Act […]

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8-Slide Guides

Cool Planet: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

Cool Planet: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

August 3, 2015 |

Curious about this advanced pyrolysis-based manufacturer of renewable fuels and soil amendment, but need something quick? Our 8-Slide Guide can help. 1. What is Cool Planet? The company self-describes as “poised to revolutionize the energy, food, and water markets with its clean energy solution. Our technology, which has the capability to be carbon negative, harnesses […]

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REG: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

REG: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

August 2, 2015 |

Use the page links below to see the entire slide deck.

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Abengoa: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

Abengoa: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

July 30, 2015 |

1. Abengoa is active in three areas in biofuels: a. Traditional fermentation of cereal grains and sugar cane for the commercial production of bioethanol; b. Traditional transesterification for the production of biodiesel from cereal and vegetable oils.; and c. Commercial scale cellulosic fuel production. Follow the page links below for the complete guide.

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Renmatix: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

Renmatix: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

July 29, 2015 |

Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food biomass into cellulosic sugars, used in the global chemical and fuels markets.

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Other Recent Articles

Ener-Core´s Power Oxidizer passes Sub Scale Acceptance Test

Ener-Core´s Power Oxidizer passes Sub Scale Acceptance Test

August 3, 2015 |

In California, Ener-Core announced that it has successfully achieved all of the Sub Scale Acceptance Test (SSAT) criteria required by Dresser-Rand with regard to scaling up Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizer technology to the 1.75-2 MW size/power capacity. Since January 2015, Ener-Core and Dresser-Rand engineers have been working together to scale up Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizer and integrate […]

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UNICA says could supply 2 billion gallons of ethanol under RFS

UNICA says could supply 2 billion gallons of ethanol under RFS

August 3, 2015 |

In Washington, UNICA has submitted comments to the EPA urging it to boost the advanced biofuel quota for 2014, 2015 and 2016, arguing that more than enough Brazilian ethanol exports are available under the right economic conditions to supply the US market. Brazilian mills will invest more than $3.5 billion through 2017 on new ethanol […]

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4 minutes with… Jon Auerbach, VP Business Development, Bioenergy Development Group

4 minutes with… Jon Auerbach, VP Business Development, Bioenergy Development Group

August 3, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Bioenergy Development Group produces biodiesel from high FFA, low cost, waste oils. Tell us about your role and what you are focused on in the next 12 months. I purchase all the inputs and sell all the output of the plant. I also […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index drops to 57.89 on large caps tumble, led by Abengoa’s fiery plunge

Digest Bioeconomy Index drops to 57.89 on large caps tumble, led by Abengoa’s fiery plunge

August 3, 2015 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, dropped 1.85 percent to 57.89 as large caps tumbled, driven by Abengoa’s spectacular plunge. For the day, Abengoa (ABGB)  shed 29.90 percent to $7.75 after raising €650M in an equity round, while Cosan (CZZ) gave back 5.53 percent to $4.44.  Among other equities, […]

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Shell axes 6500 jobs, slashes 2015 capex by $3B, as oil prices bite

Shell axes 6500 jobs, slashes 2015 capex by $3B, as oil prices bite

August 2, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, Royal Dutch Shell announced 6500 job cuts and slashed 2015 capex by $3 billion from the April forecast and $7 billion from 2014, as it reported Q2 earnings of  $3.4 billion compared with $5.1 billion for the same quarter a year ago. The company said “Compared with the second quarter 2014, earnings […]

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Algae Biomass Organization calls EPA’s RFS proposal a “first step toward restoring the investment climate for advanced biofuels,” but says distribution must not be limited by administrative barriers, obligated party intransigence

Algae Biomass Organization calls EPA’s RFS proposal a “first step toward restoring the investment climate for advanced biofuels,” but says distribution must not be limited by administrative barriers, obligated party intransigence

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization added its voice to comments on the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposal for 2014-2016. We highlighted commentary from other parties here. Matt Carr, executive director of the Algae Biomass Organization, writes: EPA’s proposed RVOs for 2014-2016 represent a significant improvement over the prior notice of proposed rule-making released in […]

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