Major Stories

Biodiesel 2017: what’s up with Earth’s favorite advanced biofuel?

Biodiesel 2017: what’s up with Earth’s favorite advanced biofuel?

January 17, 2017 |

The makers of biodiesel, America’s favorite advanced biofuel, are gathering this week in San Diego for the leading annual gathering on the future of diesel-side renewable fuels, and how the quest for energy security, domestic jobs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions is coming along. As the National Biodiesel Conference opened, NBB’s new CEO Donnell Rehagen […]

Read More

Sugar, sugar: Toray, Mitsui set out to build monster cellulosic sugar plant in Asia

Sugar, sugar: Toray, Mitsui set out to build monster cellulosic sugar plant in Asia

January 16, 2017 |

Last week we reported that Toray Industries has teamed with Mitsui to produce cellulosic sugars from bagasse leftover from the sugar production process at Thai sugar mills. The companies will invest up to $51 million to build one of the world’s largest bagasse-based cellulosic sugar plants. Producing 1,400 tons of cellulosic sugar annually that will be used […]

Read More

Walk This Way: NYC agrees to Run D.M.E. in new fuels trial

Walk This Way: NYC agrees to Run D.M.E. in new fuels trial

January 15, 2017 |

A generation ago, a group known as Run-D.M.C. came Straight Outta New York City with the idea that you could make it out of the underground world of hip-hop and to the world of mainstream music with chart-topping anthems that were true to their roots. After a partnership with Aerosmith resulted in the best version […]

Read More

Corn ethanol’s emissions savings skyrocket: explosive new report

Corn ethanol’s emissions savings skyrocket: explosive new report

January 12, 2017 |

In Washington, an explosive new peer-reviewed report from ICF found that greenhouse gas emission reductions from typical corn-based ethanol production have soared to 43 percent compared to 2005-era gasoline. The report projects that by 2022, corn-based ethanol will achieve a 50 percent reduction, and could reach “76 percent in 2022 if there is more widespread adoption […]

Read More

The bioeconomy, #1 catalyst for rural development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and rural development

The bioeconomy, #1 catalyst for rural development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and rural development

January 11, 2017 |

Outgoing Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the production of biofuels and biobased products is not only good for farm incomes. The whole economy […]

Read More

8-Slide Guides

Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-based marine microalgae system

Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-based marine microalgae system

January 17, 2017 |

Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a series of photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of microalgae. Since 2009, Cellana has operated its Kona Demonstration Facility, […]

Read More

Taking the financial step to scale: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Project Finance

Taking the financial step to scale: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Project Finance

January 16, 2017 |

Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with Stern Brothers and managing director John May, and some combination of Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part of the go-to team for more […]

Read More

Lessons from 102 years of licensing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP

Lessons from 102 years of licensing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP

January 15, 2017 |

Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating power, transportation fuel and heating oil from biomass using pyrolysis. UOP also owns a Renewable Energy & Chemicals business that produced green diesel using its Ecofining […]

Read More

Breakthrough in the Corn Belt: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to corn ethanol and greenhouse gas savings

Breakthrough in the Corn Belt: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to corn ethanol and greenhouse gas savings

January 12, 2017 |

We reported this week that an explosive new peer-reviewed report from ICF found that greenhouse gas emissions reductions from typical corn-based ethanol production have soared to 43 percent compared to 2005-era gasoline. The report projects that by 2022, corn-based ethanol will achieve a 50 percent reduction, and could reach “76 percent in 2022 if there is […]

Read More

The bioeconomy, #1 catalyst for rural development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and rural development

The bioeconomy, #1 catalyst for rural development: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA and rural development

January 11, 2017 |

Outgoing Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack put it best: “The bioeconomy is a catalyst for economic development in rural America, creating new jobs and providing new markets for farmers and ranchers. Investing in the businesses and technologies that support the production of biofuels and biobased products is not only good for farm incomes. The whole economy […]

Read More

The Latest World News

T2 ethanol prices soar to one-year high

T2 ethanol prices soar to one-year high

January 16, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, T2 ethanol prices hit a one-year high on Friday thanks to low river levels on the Rhine that inhibits intra-European trade, rumored production stoppages due to maintenance despite January not having ideal weather conditions for shutdowns, and shrinking stocks. As in Brazil where sugar mills are favoring sugar production over ethanol due […]

Read More

Dalby biorefinery running at 100% on back of Queensland’s E10 mandate

Dalby biorefinery running at 100% on back of Queensland’s E10 mandate

January 16, 2017 |

In Australia, the Dalby biorefinery producing ethanol from grain sorghum has pulled back from the edge of disaster thanks to the implementation of the E10 blending policy in Queensland and has been running at full capacity ever since it came online earlier this month. With expected demand of 200,000 metric tons of sorghum this year, […]

Read More

US ethanol exports soar to 353.2 million gallons during Q1

US ethanol exports soar to 353.2 million gallons during Q1

January 16, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Trade System said September through November ethanol exports were the best seen in five years with much of the 353.2 million gallons sent to Brazil, Canada and China. Nearly a third of those exports went to Brazil, about 111.6 million gallons, as the market sought to […]

Read More

Malaysia trying to prove B10 is good for engines rather than vice versa

Malaysia trying to prove B10 is good for engines rather than vice versa

January 16, 2017 |

In Malaysia, even though the implementation of the B10 blending mandate continues to be delayed until finally it has been shelved indefinitely, the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities has said the fuel has been shown to clean engines and is a superior fuel following 4×4 tests and further validation from other domestic and international […]

Read More

Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines launch study results showing best biojet strategy for Sea-Tac

Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines launch study results showing best biojet strategy for Sea-Tac

January 16, 2017 |

In Washington state, the Port of Seattle, Boeing and Alaska Airlines released a first-of-its-kind study that identifies the best infrastructure options for delivering aviation biofuel to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In pursuit of its goal to power every flight at Sea-Tac with sustainable aviation biofuel, Sea-Tac is among the first airports in North America to work […]

Read More

R&D News

PNNL leads $6 million Algae DISCOVR Project to streamline species selection

PNNL leads $6 million Algae DISCOVR Project to streamline species selection

January 16, 2017 |

In Washington state, a new, approximately $6-million collaborative project is using a unique climate-simulating laboratory system as part of a new streamlined process to quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for renewable fuels. Discovering which algae species is best suited to make biofuel is no […]

Read More

Energy Technology publishes special issue on Pyrolysis

Energy Technology publishes special issue on Pyrolysis

January 15, 2017 |

In Germany, the peer-reviewed scientific journal Energy Technology has just published a Special Issue on Pyrolysis for Energy Technologies. The issue was guest edited by George Huber (University of Wisconsin) and Robert Brown (Iowa State University). The entire issue is free to access for all of 2017 and has contributions from many of the leaders in […]

Read More

UK researchers develop technology to produce biofuel from diapers

UK researchers develop technology to produce biofuel from diapers

January 12, 2017 |

In the UK, a new eco-friendly process developed by Aberystwyth University biology graduate Joe Freemantle could provide a solution to managing specific types of waste including disposable diapers presents significant environmental challenges. Joe has devised a process to turn disposable diapers, incontinence pads and sanitary products into valuable products including pure cellulose fiber and bio-fuel. […]

Read More

UCF gets DOE grants for biofuel research

UCF gets DOE grants for biofuel research

January 11, 2017 |

In Florida, the University of Central Florida landed two grants worth more than $1.25 million, which will help the Department of Energy accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable and sustainable high-performance alternative fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission vehicle engines. UCF and seven other teams won a total of eight grants. UCF’s project will not […]

Read More

Researchers find sweet sorghum and sugarcane can cut biorefinery down time

Researchers find sweet sorghum and sugarcane can cut biorefinery down time

January 10, 2017 |

In Illinois, today many biofuel refineries operate for only seven months each year, turning freshly harvested crops into ethanol and biodiesel. When supplies run out, biorefineries shut down for the other five months. However, according to recent research, dual-purpose biofuel crops could produce both ethanol and biodiesel for nine months of the year–increasing profits by […]

Read More

Policy & Policymakers

Traders cancel cargoes as China seen boosting ethanol import duty to 30%

Traders cancel cargoes as China seen boosting ethanol import duty to 30%

January 16, 2017 |

In China, as many as seven cargos of US ethanol—as much as 443,000 cubic meters—set for import through March have been canceled as the government looks to likely boost import taxes in an effort to protect its market that needs to absorb millions of tons of spoiled corn, predominantly in the form of ethanol and […]

Read More

EU Carbon targets at risk from conventional biofuels phase-out: experts

EU Carbon targets at risk from conventional biofuels phase-out: experts

January 15, 2017 |

In the EU, energy experts told members of the European Parliament in hearings this week that   the European Commission’s proposed phase-out of conventional biofuels by 2030 threatens to remove one of the EU’s best options for reducing greenhouse gases and decarbonising transport. As the European Parliament gets ready to consider the controversial Renewable Energy […]

Read More

China slaps punitive tariffs on US ethanol and DDG exports

China slaps punitive tariffs on US ethanol and DDG exports

January 15, 2017 |

In China, the national government slapped the US ethanol industry with heavy tariffs that went into effect last Thursday. U.S. farmers say the tariffs will cost U.S. agriculture at least $2B per year. Preliminary tariffs on U.S. DDG, totaling more than 40 percent, were imposed by China several months ago, causing the price of DDG […]

Read More

Competitive Enterprises Institute wants RFS frozen and sunsetted

Competitive Enterprises Institute wants RFS frozen and sunsetted

January 12, 2017 |

In Washington, the Competitive Enterprises Institute has put forth proposals for the next session of Congress including freezing the Renewable Fuel Standard below the blend wall while setting a sunset period for 2022. The CEI says the RFS has not weaned the country off foreign oil as well as the “fracking revolution” has while increasing […]

Read More

CropEnergies says EU will never achieve GHG goals without conventional biofuels

CropEnergies says EU will never achieve GHG goals without conventional biofuels

January 11, 2017 |

In Germany, CropEnergies says there is reason to fear that implementing the draft of the European Commission’s proposed decrease of the share of biofuels made from crops from 7 percent in 2021 to a maximum of 3.8 percent in 2030 would not lead to a decrease in fossil fuel use, but only to a decrease […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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. […]

Read More

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, […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Other Recent Articles

Green Dot Bioplastics releases bio-based planting pots

Green Dot Bioplastics releases bio-based planting pots

January 16, 2017 |

In Kansas, greenhouses and gardeners can now lessen the environmental impact of plastic pots with a new high-performing biodegradable plastic from Green Dot Bioplastics. Made from 80 percent reclaimed and 80 percent biobased material, Terratek® BD2114 from Green Dot Bioplastics is a renewable and biodegradable alternative to traditional plastic pots. Reclaimed plant fibers serve as […]

Read More

BETO, NIFA launch $22.7M funding opp to support integrated biorefinery development

BETO, NIFA launch $22.7M funding opp to support integrated biorefinery development

January 15, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture have announced up to $22.7 Million in Funding for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization, to support research and development of “Integrated Biorefinery (IBR) Optimization.” The $22.7 million is […]

Read More

8 in 10 Trump Battleground state voters support ethanol: poll

8 in 10 Trump Battleground state voters support ethanol: poll

January 15, 2017 |

In Washington, a new post-election survey shows that decisive voters in the 2016 presidential election are staunch supporters of American ethanol. The survey of 3,000 Trump voters in the Midwestern battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota found that more than eight in 10 respondents agree with the President-elect’s vocal support for ethanol and believe the […]

Read More

US ethanol production hits new record as 2017 opens

US ethanol production hits new record as 2017 opens

January 15, 2017 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged an unprecedented 1.049 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 44.06 million gallons daily. That is an increase of 6,000 b/d from last week’s now-broken record. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 1.039 million b/d for an annualized rate […]

Read More

Rapeseed maintains price edge over soymeal in EU markets: UFOP

Rapeseed maintains price edge over soymeal in EU markets: UFOP

January 15, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that due to the stability seen in the past weeks’ rapeseed meal prices, rapeseed meal for use in compound feeds continued to have a price edge over soybean meal. The cost of GMO-free soybean meal was still clearly higher despite the current downward price trend. The trade association reported: German rapeseed […]

Read More

Elevance inks distribution partnership with Azelis Canada for renewable chemicals

Elevance inks distribution partnership with Azelis Canada for renewable chemicals

January 15, 2017 |

In Illinois, Elevance has partnered with Azelis Canada, part of Azelis Group, as its new Canadian distributor for Elevance Clean product line distribution to the household, industrial & institutional market. This partnership will offer expanded customer support and service capabilities to the HI&I market in Canada. Azelis Canada will provide enhanced service and support capabilities […]

Read More