Major Stories

State of the Algae Industry: 10 Top-Level commercial leaders look at the path to scale

State of the Algae Industry: 10 Top-Level commercial leaders look at the path to scale

October 1, 2014 |

10 leaders, 10 enterprises, 10 paths to scale — what’s really key to making algae a commercial crop for feed, fuel and pharma, soon? This week at the Algae Biomass Summit, a pair of key sessions featured 10 of the leading companies in the algae sector: Paul Woods, CEO, Algenol Jason Kolb, VP, Algix Tim […]

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ARPA-E announces $30M funding opportunity for energy crop development

ARPA-E announces $30M funding opportunity for energy crop development

October 1, 2014 |

In Washington, the Advanced Research Projects Agency (Energy) announced a $30 million funding opportunity entitled Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture, or TERRA. ARPA-E is making up to $30 million available for the TERRA program to develop automated, predictive and systems-level approaches to enable the quick and easy identification of traits that can be leveraged […]

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DOE launches $25M funding opp to overcome two key barriers for algae biofuels

DOE launches $25M funding opp to overcome two key barriers for algae biofuels

September 30, 2014 |

In California, US Assistant Secretary of Energy David Danielson, addressing the Algae Biomass Summit in San Diego, announced a $25 million funding opportunity announcement, entitled “Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts”. The TABB FOA seeks alternative pathways to overcome two of the key barriers to commercializing algal biofuels: the high cost of producing algal biomass and […]

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Algae Biomass Organization launches petition to support approval of CO2 Recycling for emissions reduction

Algae Biomass Organization launches petition to support approval of CO2 Recycling for emissions reduction

September 30, 2014 |

In California, the Algae Biomass Organization announced a “We the People” petition to the White House aimed at securing US EPA approval of carbon capture and use technologies to meet the emissions reductions targets set by the agency. “We need EPA and those involved in the power generation industry to recognize that algae and other […]

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Producer News

RFA releases updated guidelines for quality control and assurance

RFA releases updated guidelines for quality control and assurance

October 1, 2014 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) released an updated version of its guidelines to help companies establish successful quality control and quality assurance programs. “This document underscores the commitment of the Renewable Fuels Association to help ethanol producers provide the highest product quality with the highest product integrity,” said Kristy Moore, RFA’s vice president […]

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Emerald Biofuels to use UOP’s renewable diesel process for DOD contract

Emerald Biofuels to use UOP’s renewable diesel process for DOD contract

October 1, 2014 |

In Illinois, UOP announced that its advanced process technology will be used to produce renewable diesel for the U.S. military through the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Drop-in Biofuels Production Project. Emerald Biofuels LLC will use Honeywell’s UOP/Eni Ecofining™ process technology to refine non-edible oils and animal fats into renewable diesel, also known as Honeywell […]

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Aemetis secures $19 million in EB-5 funds

Aemetis secures $19 million in EB-5 funds

October 1, 2014 |

In California, Aemetis announced $19 million in EB-5 program funds have been received into escrow from foreign investors, representing more than 50% of the maximum of $36 million to be raised in the offering. A total of 47 qualified investors at $500,000 per investor have subscribed for $23.5 million in the offering.  

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Philippines boosts ethanol blend for Q4

Philippines boosts ethanol blend for Q4

October 1, 2014 |

In the Philippines, the ethanol blending mandate for the fourth quarter has been boosted 7% by volume to 46,065 cubic meters of domestic product. The notice reached oil companies later than usual but even so, market players didn’t think they would be too impacted because of the availability of local ethanol supplies.  

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5-Minute Guides

4 Minutes With…Timothy D. Lebrecht, Lead Engineer Refinery and Bio-fuel Applications, Air Products and Chemicals

4 Minutes With…Timothy D. Lebrecht, Lead Engineer Refinery and Bio-fuel Applications, Air Products and Chemicals

October 1, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Air Products is an industrial gas company that supplies many of the required raw materials to make bio-based fuel and chemical manufacturing possible. The company has achieved a leadership position among the top 10 percent of companies in its industry as a component […]

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4 Minutes With…Manoel Carnauba, COO, GranBio

4 Minutes With…Manoel Carnauba, COO, GranBio

September 30, 2014 |

It’s been the most amazing month for GranBio, highlighted by the official opening of the world’s largest cellulosic biofuels refinery, in Alagoas, Brazil. The venture has moved so fast that even industry insiders have had little time to get to know the technologists and executives bringing this venture to life. Here, we’re delighted to be […]

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4 Minutes With…Barry Breede, Chief Innovation Officer, Cox Recovery Solutions

4 Minutes With…Barry Breede, Chief Innovation Officer, Cox Recovery Solutions

September 29, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. We are the largest producer of utility poles in the U.S. We are trying to develop an alternative solution for the disposal of treated utility poles other than landfill, and have been actively working with biofuel producers on the creation of a feedstock […]

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4 Minutes With…Seema Singh, Director- Biomass Pretreatment, Joint BioEnergy Institute

4 Minutes With…Seema Singh, Director- Biomass Pretreatment, Joint BioEnergy Institute

September 28, 2014 |

Last week we profiled JBEI and Sandia legend Blake Simmons — now we get a chance to profile the other half of JBEI’s biomass deconstruction dynamic duo, Seema Singh. If you’ve been thinking about investigating ionic liquids as a pretreatment strategy — well, that’s some of JBEI’s signature work. Perhaps unsurprisingly for someone who spends […]

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R&D News

USDA to reinstate monthly grain and oilseed reports

USDA to reinstate monthly grain and oilseed reports

October 1, 2014 |

In Washington, the USDA will begin publishing its grain and oilseed reports again next year after having stopped in 2011. Data will include information on dry and wet alcohol milling as well as oilseed crushing. Key will be the resumption of the soybean crush reports for the biodiesel industry. The USDA will begin reaching out […]

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White Paper: Advanced Biofuel Development Using Parallel Bioreactor Systems

White Paper: Advanced Biofuel Development Using Parallel Bioreactor Systems

October 1, 2014 |

The Digest has added a new White Paper to SuperData Free Access: Advanced Biofuel Development Using Parallel Bioreactor Systems Summary: To make biofuels such as bioethanol and biodiesel competitive with fossil fuels extensive research in the field of process development is needed. Taking into account the special requirements of biofuel production, such as high temperatures, […]

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California may be biofuel and fossil free by 2050 but needs biodiesel to get there

California may be biofuel and fossil free by 2050 but needs biodiesel to get there

September 30, 2014 |

In California, researchers have published a study that shows the state could be powered entirely be renewable resources by 2050. The study focuses on water, wind and sunlight, ostensibly pushing biofuels into the “unwanted” category with fossil fuels, natural gas and nuclear power. In the meantime, however, the California Air Resources Board expects biodiesel, renewable […]

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ASU researcher recognized internationally for water and biodiesel work

ASU researcher recognized internationally for water and biodiesel work

September 29, 2014 |

In Arizona, ASU Regents’ Professor Bruce Rittmann flew across the Atlantic this week to accept an award of which he is the first winner: the 2014 ISME/IWA Bio Cluster Award. “I am really, really thrilled about this,” said Rittmann, who was honored Sept. 25, in Lisbon, Portugal, at the International Water Association Congress, for his […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Governors urging Obama Administration on RFS: protect consumer choice, jobs, and reduce dependence on foreign oil

Governors urging Obama Administration on RFS: protect consumer choice, jobs, and reduce dependence on foreign oil

October 1, 2014 |

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, chairman and vice chairman of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition, sent a letter urging the Obama Administration to ensure the development of domestically produced renewable fuels by amending EPA’s proposed RFS levels for 2014 so consumers have real choices at the fuel pump. The Honorable Shaun Donovan […]

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National Biodiesel Board challenges EU trade duties

National Biodiesel Board challenges EU trade duties

October 1, 2014 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) on Tuesday filed comments with the European Commission challenging unfair trade duties that have blocked U.S. biodiesel from being exported to Europe since 2009. NBB urged the commission to allow duties on U.S. biodiesel to expire this year as scheduled, citing overwhelming evidence that global trade for biodiesel has […]

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Concerns continue about India’s chemical industry if ethanol blending raised

Concerns continue about India’s chemical industry if ethanol blending raised

September 30, 2014 |

In India, the Petroleum Ministry’s department of chemicals has said that it wants to see ethanol for fuel capped at 5%, saying that going hire will be detrimental for the chemical industry due to scarce supplies. Oil companies and sugar mills remain at odds over how much the fuel will be supplied at, and though […]

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Argentina boosts ethanol blend to 10% by December

Argentina boosts ethanol blend to 10% by December

September 29, 2014 |

In Argentina, the government approved an increase in ethanol blending to 8.5% from the current 7% with a 0.5% increase every month until reaching 10% in December. The ethanol industry could provide up to 12% of annual fuel demand, roughly a million cubic meters of ethanol, compared to the 8 million cubic meters of fuel […]

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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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Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

August 28, 2014 |

By Jim Stewart, Chairman, BioEnergy Producers Association The momentum leading to the introduction of new technologies for alternative energy production has become increasingly evident during 2014. The year has brought a steady stream of announcements from the industry regarding equity infusions, strategic alliances and commercial demonstration projects. However, as far as the use of conversion […]

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White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry

White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry

August 25, 2014 |

By Dr. Doria Gordon, The Nature Conservancy  Cultivation of bioenergy crops is predicted to increase to between 27 and 120 million acres by 2022 in order to meet the renewable energy needs of the U.S. and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard. These crops may be used for production of ethanol, biodiesel or heat through […]

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In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic

In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic

August 24, 2014 |

By Todd Taylor, partner, Fredrikson & Byron Skeptic: from the Greek “skeptikos” meaning “to consider, examine” “Skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.” [Miguel de Unamuno, "Essays and Soliloquies," 1924] “Trust, but Verify” – President Ronald Reagan […]

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Other Recent Articles

Biofuels Digest Index drops to 8-month low of 71.91 as advanced biofuels, ethanol take a beating

Biofuels Digest Index drops to 8-month low of 71.91 as advanced biofuels, ethanol take a beating

October 1, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, plummeted 2.16 percent to an 8-month low of 71.91 as advanced biofuels and ethanol equities took a beating. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) lost 6.01 percent to $0.32, while Solazyme (SZYM) lost 3.89 percent to $7.17. Among other equities, Green Plains lost 5.59 percent […]

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Oil and rail industries want seven years to retrofit rail cars

Oil and rail industries want seven years to retrofit rail cars

October 1, 2014 |

In Washington, the oil and rail industries are pushing back against proposed regulations that would require them to retrofit tank cars that transport volatile liquids, including ethanol. The federal government has proposed a two-year timeline to retrofit the oldest cars, while the industries are pushing for up to seven years, saying doing it faster will […]

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UK biofuel use at 4% during Q2

UK biofuel use at 4% during Q2

October 1, 2014 |

In the UK, biofuel use in transport reached 4% of the fuel supply during the second quarter of 2014, but ethanol has reached 4.5% in the past. Ethanol blending is capped at 4.75%. The Renewable Energy Association is strongly pushing for E10 blends to help the country achieve the 10% biofuel mandate set by the […]

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Biofuels Digest Index drops to 73.50 as ethanol equities fall

Biofuels Digest Index drops to 73.50 as ethanol equities fall

September 30, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, dropped 0.97 percent to 73.50 as ethanol equities fell. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) lost 3.32 percent to $3.79, while Solazyme (SZYM) tumbled 4.11 percent to $7.46. Among other equities, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) declined 6.37 percent to $13.96. Overall, declines led advances 2 to […]

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As many as 30 Brazilian ethanol mills headed for bankruptcy

As many as 30 Brazilian ethanol mills headed for bankruptcy

September 30, 2014 |

In Brazil, Valor Economico reports that as many as 30 ethanol and sugar plants are ready to shut down permanently thanks to the country’s policy to continually cap gasoline prices. The mills crush about 60 million metric tons of cane annually and currently aren’t operating. They’ve delayed payments for several months and are expected to […]

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Indian biofuel company gets German investment for expansion

Indian biofuel company gets German investment for expansion

September 30, 2014 |

In India, a German investor has bought into biofuel manufacturer Arstaeco for EUR100,000. The company has a facility that produces 600,000 metric tons per year of biochar, synthetic fuel and 1MW of electricity from agricultural waste. The company plans to expand to three other states with smaller facilities.  

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