Major Stories

5 Crazy Ways to Use Algae That Turn Out to Be Not So Crazy

5 Crazy Ways to Use Algae That Turn Out to Be Not So Crazy

January 17, 2018 |

Algae chocolate, algae ink, algae protein powder, algae as a solar technology and algae as a diversification strategy for tourist economies? Algae investors and project developers may be the most inventive group of people in the world when it comes to finding new market niches for the world’s oldest living oil source, friend of the […]

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The Silver in Silva: The Story of Steeper Energy and SGF’s’s $59M advanced biofuels project in Norway

The Silver in Silva: The Story of Steeper Energy and SGF’s’s $59M advanced biofuels project in Norway

January 16, 2018 |

This week we reported that Steeper Energy is partnering with Silva Green Fuel, a Norwegian-Swedish joint venture, to construct a $59M industrial scale demonstration plant at a former pulp mill located in Tofte, Norway leading to a future commercial scale project. Let’s look at that item in more detail. Silva is a joint venture between Norway’s […]

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Affordable, green hydrogen — it is here, near, or nowhere in sight (again)?

Affordable, green hydrogen — it is here, near, or nowhere in sight (again)?

January 15, 2018 |

News arrives from Israel’s Technion Institute that they have developed a stable catalyst that can split water at extravagantly low energy-levels – and haven’t ruled out being able to split water with energy levels obtainable from the sun. Before you skip this story to check out more pulse-quickening items such as Oscar nominees or pre-Olympics […]

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Aries Clean Energy Receives $25 Million Commitment of Project Equity from Spring Lane Capital

Aries Clean Energy Receives $25 Million Commitment of Project Equity from Spring Lane Capital

January 14, 2018 |

We dreamed of the day waste projects would get the funding needed to gain ground, and that day may have finally come. One of the most remembered parts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech is when he said “I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the […]

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The story of Red Rock Biofuels and the bond market breakthroughs

The story of Red Rock Biofuels and the bond market breakthroughs

January 11, 2018 |

In the world of drop-in military biofuels, two major updates appeared this week. In Oregon, Red Rock Biofuels got good news on Monday when the governor approved $245 million in bonds that will allow the company’s planned aviation biofuel plant thanks to overwhelming support by state level legislators and business groups. The facility set for […]

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8-Slide Guides

Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program

Getting a Loan Guarantee: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA 9003 Loan Guarantee program

January 17, 2018 |

The 2014 Farm Bill provides for support of Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing by providing loan guarantees for up to $250 million. USDA has funding available and is actively looking for new applications. These illuminating slides on the USDA process come from Todd Hubbell, Chief, Technology Branch, USDA Rural Development as presented originally at ABLC […]

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Start Right, Finish Right: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Project Development for New Technology

Start Right, Finish Right: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Project Development for New Technology

January 16, 2018 |

Scale-up. Everyone wants it, but how do you get it done, right, on-time, on-target, on-budget? How do you meet the safety, reliability, economic and sustainability goals? Mike Schultz is Managing Director of PTI Global Solutions, with nearly twenty years of experience in the fuels, chemicals, and energy space.  He has led the scale up and […]

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The Pitch: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to presenting biotechnology scale-up during fundraising

The Pitch: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to presenting biotechnology scale-up during fundraising

January 15, 2018 |

Warner Advisors LLC is a consulting firm focused on delivering commercialization assistance for emerging technology clients in biofuels, biochemicals and food —  focus is on early stage technology start-ups in the emerging bioeconomy. The company’s expertise in commercialization ranges from bench-top, through pilot to commercial scale facilities.  Founder Mark Warner has penned many thought leadership […]

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The Long, Long, Long Journey to Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Investing

The Long, Long, Long Journey to Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Investing

January 13, 2018 |

What are the true drivers of Innovation and what are the returns for investors — what’s up and what works? There is just not a more authentic authority on the subject than long-time venture capitalist Roger Wyse, managing partner of Spruce Capital Partners, who gave the following illuminating overview on challenges, opportunities, and learnings, at ABLC […]

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to jet fuel from biorefinery waste

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to jet fuel from biorefinery waste

January 11, 2018 |

Back in 2016, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities landed a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. The team had successfully demonstrated a new, water-based process for deconstructing and recovering lignin from biomass and converting it into jet fuel-range hydrocarbons. These could be certified as jet fuel […]

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The Latest World News

Evogene bio-stimulant microbial seed treatment trials a success in second year

Evogene bio-stimulant microbial seed treatment trials a success in second year

January 16, 2018 |

In Israel, Evogene recently announced highly promising second-year field trial results for its bio-stimulant microbial seed treatments for the improvement of corn yield, which are under exclusive license to DuPont Pioneer. The bio-stimulant seed treatments tested in these recent trials conducted by Evogene demonstrated up to 20 percent increases in corn yield under moderate drought conditions. […]

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Two institutional investors buy more than $1 million each of Aemetis

Two institutional investors buy more than $1 million each of Aemetis

January 16, 2018 |

In California, two institutional investors each bought more than $1 million in securities in Aemetis during Q3 2017, the largest institutional investor buy in in eight quarters, according to the Lincolnian. With 17.73% of the company’s shareholding held by institutional investors as of the most recent reporting, Atlantic Trust Group bought $1.278 million worth while […]

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Syngenta licenses NRGene’s GenoMAGICTM cloud-based big data analytics platform

Syngenta licenses NRGene’s GenoMAGICTM cloud-based big data analytics platform

January 16, 2018 |

In North Carolina, Syngenta has licensed NRGene’s GenoMAGICTM, a cloud-based big data analytics platform, to evaluate, predict, compare and select the best genetic makeup for crop molecular breeding and genomic selection. The agreement is on a non-exclusive, multi-year basis. The GenoMAGIC system will be implemented in Syngenta’s advanced R&D pipeline and will influence key decision […]

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More than 1,700 Malaysian smallholder farmers protest EU over palm oil stance

More than 1,700 Malaysian smallholder farmers protest EU over palm oil stance

January 16, 2018 |

In Malaysia, in response to concerns that the European Union will block the use of palm oil for biodiesel by 2020, around 1,700 smallholder oil palm farmers protested the move outside the European delegation’s offices in Kuala Lumpur. The head of Felda said as many as 3.2 million smallholder farmers could be negatively impacted by […]

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ENVIA Energy applies for D7 RIN generation

ENVIA Energy applies for D7 RIN generation

January 16, 2018 |

In Oklahoma, Velocys announced that ENVIA Energy believes that fuel produced at its Oklahoma City gas-to-liquids plant has met the necessary requirements to be submitted for qualification under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the US. As a result, the facility has submitted a certain number of RIN (Renewable Identification Number) credits to the US […]

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R&D News

PNNL makes strides with ADM producing propylene glycol

PNNL makes strides with ADM producing propylene glycol

January 16, 2018 |

In Washington state, PNNL, working with the National Corn Growers Association, was exploring ways that sorbitol, a corn-derived sugar alcohol typically used as a sugar substitute, could be used to create propylene glycol (PG). Funded by DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, the-funded project succeeded. The team discovered a catalyst that efficiently made PG not only from […]

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USDA awards $3 million grant for biomass-based chemicals

USDA awards $3 million grant for biomass-based chemicals

January 15, 2018 |

In Georgia, Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc. announced the award of a $3 million grant from the USDA to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies owned by Meridian’s subsidiary, Attis Innovations, Inc. Attis Innovations is the combination of recent transactions with American Science and Technology Corp. and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites […]

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NASA and DLR conducting flight tests on alternative fuel emissions

NASA and DLR conducting flight tests on alternative fuel emissions

January 14, 2018 |

In Germany, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are set to conduct joint research flights in Germany for the first time. The focus will be on alternative fuel emissions and the characterization of ice crystals in condensation trails, using biofuel as an example. The first joint DLR/NASA […]

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N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative awards $1 million to research grants

N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative awards $1 million to research grants

January 11, 2018 |

In North Carolina, N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state. Below is a list of grant amounts, recipients and projects: $91,944 to the N.C. State University Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources for a “Loblolly Pine Biomass Genetics/Cropping Study, […]

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Salk Institute scientists find how a plant protein makes plants less resistant to infection

Salk Institute scientists find how a plant protein makes plants less resistant to infection

January 10, 2018 |

In California, Salk Institute scientists studying a plant protein called SOBER1 recently discovered one mechanism by which, counterintuitively, plants seem to render themselves less resistant to infection. The work, which appeared in Nature Communications, sheds light on plant resistance generally and could lead to strategies to boost plants’ natural immunity or to better contain infections […]

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Policy & Policymakers

European Parliament to vote on REDII Wednesday

European Parliament to vote on REDII Wednesday

January 16, 2018 |

In Belgium, all eyes are on the European Parliament that is set to vote on Wednesday regarding the extension of the Renewable Energy Directive through 2030, known as REDII. ePure and farm groups Copa-Cogeca are pushing hard on the yea side while a group of 30 NGOs including WWF and Transport and Energy on the […]

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RFA says ethanol industry can’t negotiation with oil over RFS until they know what they want

RFA says ethanol industry can’t negotiation with oil over RFS until they know what they want

January 15, 2018 |

In Washington, the CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association told DTN that a constructive discussion on the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard could not be held until the oil industry decides what its position is rather than half a dozen different positions all fighting for dominance. He said some oil companies made investments in […]

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Malaysia fighting back on proposed EU palm oil ban

Malaysia fighting back on proposed EU palm oil ban

January 14, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas told Black Sea Grain that Sarawak palm oil producers are now under threat from the proposed European Union ban on palm oil as part of the Renewable Energy Directive. Uggah is also Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development and said the […]

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Malaysia seeks to export 1 million tons of CPO in three months by dropping export taxes

Malaysia seeks to export 1 million tons of CPO in three months by dropping export taxes

January 11, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the government dropped export taxes on crude palm oil as of January 8 for a period of three months in an effort to reduce the 2.6 million metric tons of palm oil stocks that are currently weighing on the market. The target is to reduce the stocks by 1 million tons but analysts […]

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Vermont congressman continues push to remove ethanol from RFS

Vermont congressman continues push to remove ethanol from RFS

January 10, 2018 |

In Vermont, the state’s only member of the House of Representatives continues to push for the removal of ethanol from the Renewable Fuel Standard, this time snowmobiling with the state’s snow travellers association to demonstrate how small engines can allegedly be damaged by ethanol. He refers to the law as being a flop despite its […]

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Other Recent Articles

Carbon Dioxide to Chemicals and Fuels

Carbon Dioxide to Chemicals and Fuels

January 17, 2018 |

By Ron Cascone, Principal, Nexant, Inc. Special to The Digest Emissions of carbon dioxide by industrial and chemical processes have come under increasing pressure in recent years with regulatory and consumer scrutiny. A number of industrial and commercial consortia and individual companies are committing to major reductions in their carbon footprints. Although technical solutions for […]

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A total of 39 biodiesel plants to offer 1.2 million m3 of biodiesel at next ANP auction

A total of 39 biodiesel plants to offer 1.2 million m3 of biodiesel at next ANP auction

January 16, 2018 |

In Brazil, the list of plants authorized for the 59th ANP Biodiesel Auction was just released. This time all the plants that have registered can participate in the event. That’s because all four pending plants have solved their problems. The only change with the list previously was the inclusion of Caramuru de Sorriso (MT) in […]

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Ethanol To The Rescue of Higher Gas Prices

Ethanol To The Rescue of Higher Gas Prices

January 16, 2018 |

by Dave VanderGriend, Urban Air Initiative — Special to The Digest While it might be a bit overly dramatic to call it a gathering storm, there are already clear signs that the low gasoline prices we have been enjoying for the last several years are about to come to end. A lot of people might forget that […]

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Innoltek buys QFI’s Quebecois biodiesel plant

Innoltek buys QFI’s Quebecois biodiesel plant

January 15, 2018 |

In Canada, INNOLTEK Inc. announced the acquisition of QFI’s biodiesel assets, a biodiesel production facility with a capacity of 19 million liters per year in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Using recycled cooking oils as feedstock, the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant never reached full production capacity due to market difficulties. Innoltek plans to invest in the facility to improve operating […]

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Delek US Holdings to complete acquisition of Alon USA Partners by February 7s

Delek US Holdings to complete acquisition of Alon USA Partners by February 7s

January 15, 2018 |

In Tennessee, Delek US Holdings, Inc. and Alon USA Partners, LP announced that Delek US’ Registration Statement on Form S-4 has been declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission and that Alon Partners has filed a definitive consent statement with the SEC with respect to the proposed acquisition. The consent process will conclude on […]

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NexSteppe sees RenovaBio boosting Brazilian ethanol demand 60% in 2018

NexSteppe sees RenovaBio boosting Brazilian ethanol demand 60% in 2018

January 15, 2018 |

In Brazil, NexSteppe estimates that ethanol demand could rise 60% in 2018 as a result of RenovaBio and rising gas prices so sugarcane growers should take advantage of the opportunity and use this year to boost their plantations. Older plantations due to lack of investment that require renewing but weren’t has seen sugar production stagnate. […]

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