Major Stories

CoOptima: Redesigning Engines, Fuels, Marketplace strategies all at once

CoOptima: Redesigning Engines, Fuels, Marketplace strategies all at once

July 24, 2016 |

If you ever ask yourself why the US has a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, supervising the Vehicle Technologies Office  and the Bioenergy Technologies Office, here’s your answer: the CoOptima initiative. In Washington, this new initiative out of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy — brings together CETO and VTO in a co-ordinated […]

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Spider Couture: The emergence of spider silk for applications from fashion to protection

Spider Couture: The emergence of spider silk for applications from fashion to protection

July 21, 2016 |

Since roughly three minutes after the Chinese figured out how to use silkworms, people have been dreaming of farming spider silk, for its exotic qualities of flexibility and strength. Spider Silk Strength: Stronger Than Steel Material Toughness  Tensile Strength Weight  Dragline spider silk 120,000-160,000 1,100-2,900 1.18-1.36 Kevlar 30,000-50,000 2,600-4,100 1.44 Steel 2,000-6,000 300-2,000 7.84 The […]

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Bind it or blend it: Accelerating the renewable jet fuel market

Bind it or blend it: Accelerating the renewable jet fuel market

July 20, 2016 |

We would like you to consider the proposition that alcohol-to-jet fuels, known as ATJ to the 3-letter acronym enthusiasts, deserve two RINs. and two credits under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard. For cellulosic jet fuels, two gallons under the cellulosic waiver credit provision and two gallons under the cellulosic production tax credits. And I’ll explain […]

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American Refining Group invests in Novvi to accelerate renewable base oils, lubricants

American Refining Group invests in Novvi to accelerate renewable base oils, lubricants

July 20, 2016 |

In California, American Refining Group has committed to a 33.3% equity investment into Novvi , a joint venture of Amyris and Cosan. Both Amyris and Cosan will continue to hold share ownership stakes in Novvi, together with ARG. It’s not a tiny market by any means. The global markets for base oils and lubricants, are expected […]

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Abengoa’s Hugoton cellulosic ethanol project goes on the Block

Abengoa’s Hugoton cellulosic ethanol project goes on the Block

July 18, 2016 |

In Missouri, Ocean Park Advisors has been retained by Abengoa Bioenergy to find a strategic partner or to complete a sale of Abengoa cellulosic ethanol plant, electricity cogeneration plant and related assets in Hugoton, Kansas. Additionally, there is an opportunity for interested parties to acquire the cellulosic technology and other intellectual property assets that are owned […]

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8-Slide Guides

Decision Support: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to AgSolver land management systems

Decision Support: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to AgSolver land management systems

July 24, 2016 |

AgSolver agronomic decision service products help increase profits by improving land management decisions, simplifying mandatory compliance and reporting activities, and maximizing returns for agricultural land investments. AgSolver’s technology uses readily available precision agriculture data including yield maps, soil sample data, and fertilizer application data, in combination with simulation tools to guide better management decisions. The […]

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Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach

Mitigating Risk in Cellulosic: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Genera Energy’s Portfolio Approach

July 21, 2016 |

Genera Energy “leads the nation in the commercialization of integrated biomass supply chain solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biochemicals markets.” Initially formed in 2008, Genera works with leading technology providers and strategic investors to develop and deliver customized biomass supply chain solutions tailored to specific process technologies and geographic regions. The company offers services […]

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Biomass feed handling: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s Case for innovation

Biomass feed handling: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Idaho National Lab’s Case for innovation

July 20, 2016 |

INL’s program aims to overcome key technical barriers facing the U.S. bioenergy industry by systematically researching, characterizing, modeling, demonstrating, and harnessing the physical and chemical characteristics of the nation’s diverse agricultural residues. By finding ways to produce biofuels and other value-added products more cost-effectively, the annual costs associated with producing 300 million tons of cellulosic […]

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The Front End: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Feedstock R&D programs

The Front End: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s Feedstock R&D programs

July 20, 2016 |

What’s the Department of Energy working on with respect to feedstocks? The Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Alison Goss-Eng answered the question in this update, given atABLC Feedstocks. In this deck, she looks at milestones ahead, programs, goals and challenges.

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Making it work for the Grower: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont’s cellulosic feedstock

Making it work for the Grower: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont’s cellulosic feedstock

July 18, 2016 |

DuPont has developed a three-part strategy to deliver these new technologies to the growing biofuels market to help biofuels become more competitive with petroleum. The strategy includes: (1) improving existing ethanol production through differentiated agriculture seed products and crop protection solutions as well as through improved bioprocessing aids and enzymes that allow animals to get […]

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The Latest World News

Poor weather, small EU harvest pushes rapeseed price ahead of wheat

Poor weather, small EU harvest pushes rapeseed price ahead of wheat

July 24, 2016 |

In Germany, UFOP is reporting that the price gap between rapeseed and wheat has widened at the end of 2015/16. As harvest pressure wanes, this trend could continue in 2016/17 because, due to poor weather, the EU harvest will be considerably smaller. UFOP relates: “The European grain and oilseed traders’ association Coceral/Copa-Cocega estimates the 2016/17 […]

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SDTC radically simplifies Canadian grant applications to benefit entrepreneurs

SDTC radically simplifies Canadian grant applications to benefit entrepreneurs

July 24, 2016 |

In Canada, Leah Lawrence, CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada said that the organization will be discontinuing regularly scheduled calls for applications in favor of a continuous intake model—applicants will now be able to submit their initial request for funding at any time via www.sdtc.ca. Additionally, SDTC has revamped the funding application process, introducing a […]

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Air transport supports nearly 63M jobs, $2.7T in global GDP: report

Air transport supports nearly 63M jobs, $2.7T in global GDP: report

July 24, 2016 |

In New York, the Air Transport Action Group launched its Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders report at  the United Nations High Level Political Forum’s Sustainable Development Goal Business Day. In the next 20 years, the report forecasts that aviation-supported jobs worldwide will increase to over 99 million and GDP to $5.9 trillion. The highest forecast growth […]

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Alliance BioEnergy develops pathway to JP-8 advanced cellulosic aviation biofuel

Alliance BioEnergy develops pathway to JP-8 advanced cellulosic aviation biofuel

July 24, 2016 |

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus has developed a pathway to produce JP-8, an advanced military grade aviation biofuel, at the suggestion of government officials at the DOE and NREL.  The Company is working closely with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and has submitted an application under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) funding request to […]

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Rivertop Renewables’ corrosion inhibitor molecule: “Safer Choice”, says EPA

Rivertop Renewables’ corrosion inhibitor molecule: “Safer Choice”, says EPA

July 24, 2016 |

In Montana, Rivertop Renewables’ sodium glucarate produced by the company’s breakthrough oxidation technology has been listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Chemicals Ingredients List (SCIL). Chemicals on the SCIL have been certified by the EPA as safer than traditional chemical ingredients, helping formulators secure the Safer Choice label for end products sold to […]

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R&D News

Applications open for NatLabs’ innovators for Chain Reaction Innovations: 2 year support deals

Applications open for NatLabs’ innovators for Chain Reaction Innovations: 2 year support deals

July 24, 2016 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, opened the application process to select the first national cohort of innovators for Chain Reaction Innovations. CRI is the second energy and science technology accelerator to open at a national laboratory and the first one located in the Midwest, […]

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Berkeley Lab, JBEI and Sandia researchers demonstrate next step in cellulosic biofuel production

Berkeley Lab, JBEI and Sandia researchers demonstrate next step in cellulosic biofuel production

July 21, 2016 |

In California, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) working at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have demonstrated that adding carbon dioxide (CO2) gas during the deconstruction phase of biofuel production successfully neutralized the toxicity of ionic liquids, the room-temperature molten salt solvent used at […]

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DOE grants $2.5 million to Texas A&M to study biorefinery waste

DOE grants $2.5 million to Texas A&M to study biorefinery waste

July 20, 2016 |

In Texas, the U.S. Department of Energy has granted $2.5 million for a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to find ways to use biorefinery waste to make new, marketable products. Researchers will focus much of the three-year study on ways to make plastic materials from the lignin waste. His lab has other energy department grants […]

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Ek Laboratories develops drop-in JP-8 for military

Ek Laboratories develops drop-in JP-8 for military

July 19, 2016 |

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. announced that as the scientific and engineering team at subsidiary Ek Laboratories continues to optimize the CTS process for dry distiller’s grain (DDG) and various other cellulose biomass, the team has developed a pathway to produce JP-8, an advanced military grade aviation biofuel, at the suggestion of government officials […]

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Researchers working on sorghum genetics to boost its use for bioenergy

Researchers working on sorghum genetics to boost its use for bioenergy

July 18, 2016 |

In Florida, new research examines how genetic improvement of specific sorghum traits, with an eye toward sustainability, could help maximize the usefulness of sorghum as a bioenergy crop. The work was conducted by researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Washington State University in Pullman, the USDA-ARS in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the University of […]

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Policy & Policymakers

EU should strengthen existing sustainability rules for biofuels: European Court of Auditors

EU should strengthen existing sustainability rules for biofuels: European Court of Auditors

July 24, 2016 |

In Brussels, a European Court of Auditors report published found that “there are a number of gaps in the European Commission’s existing biofuels sustainability certification framework.” ePURE said that the sustainability regime for biofuels in Europe can and should be strengthened further to ensure that only the most sustainable biofuels, like European ethanol, are promoted […]

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Crooked deal on climate de-claws Washington State’s proposed Clean Air Rule : RFA

Crooked deal on climate de-claws Washington State’s proposed Clean Air Rule : RFA

July 24, 2016 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association charged that Washington state’s proposed carbon caps eschews globally accepted bioenergy carbon accounting methods out of fear that properly recognizing the carbon benefits associated with biofuels would trigger the so-called ‘poison pill’ legislative provision that would shift funding from climate-friendly transportation investments to road and highway construction projects”. Analyses […]

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Update on USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

Update on USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

July 22, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA and Holland & Knight have scheduled a July 27th webinar (2 ET) to update companies on the latest developments in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Complete registration details are here. The 9003 Program, which is an attractive source of capital for […]

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European Court of Auditors slams European Commission for weakness in biofuel certification

European Court of Auditors slams European Commission for weakness in biofuel certification

July 21, 2016 |

In Luxembourg, weaknesses in the system of certifying sustainable biofuels could undermine the basis of the EU’s 2020 targets for renewable energy in transport, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Under the Renewable Energy Directive, EU Member States can only use biofuels certified as sustainable to reach their 2020 target […]

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European Commission publishes strategy for low-emission mobility

European Commission publishes strategy for low-emission mobility

July 20, 2016 |

In Belgium, the European Commission has published its Communication on a European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility that explores policy options to decarbonize transport beyond 2020. The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE), representing conventional and advanced ethanol producers, welcomes the Commission’s commitment to assess the future role of low carbon fuels in Europe’s transport through a […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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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Other Recent Articles

Digest Bioeconomy Index is flat at 56.12 despite an advanced bio decline

Digest Bioeconomy Index is flat at 56.12 despite an advanced bio decline

July 24, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, was flat at 56.12, up 0.02 percent, despite an advanced bio decline. For the day, The ANdersons (ANDE) gained 2.57 percent to $36.7, while Gevo (GEVO) dropped 3.47 percent to $0.50. Among other equities, TerraVia (TVIA) lost 3.11 percent to $2.49. Overall, advances […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index slips 0.20 percent to 56.11 as ethanol equities fall

Digest Bioeconomy Index slips 0.20 percent to 56.11 as ethanol equities fall

July 21, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, slipped 0.20 percent to 56.11  as ethanol equities fell. For the day, BioAmber (BIOA) rallied 3.78 percent to $3.84, while Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) shed 3.15 percent to $5.84. Among other equities, Metabolix (MBLX) lost 4.76 percent to $0.80. Overall, declines led advances by […]

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California Ethanol and Power granted $2.5 million to help reach financial close

California Ethanol and Power granted $2.5 million to help reach financial close

July 21, 2016 |

In California, the Imperial Irrigation District’s Board of Directors approved a $2.5 million grant for California Ethanol and Power to help the company’s planned $500 million sugarcane ethanol project reach financial close. The project would grow 55,000 acres of sugarcane in the in the Keystone Industrial Park south of Brawley in the Imperial Valley to produce […]

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Ethanol production breaks record again at an average of 1.029 million bpd

Ethanol production breaks record again at an average of 1.029 million bpd

July 21, 2016 |

Across the Midwest, ethanol production continues to break records with the week of July 15 seeing an average of 1.029 million barrels per day, higher than the last record of 1.013 million barrels per day the week ending June 10. It was the eighth time production passed an average production of more than a million […]

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Malaysian Biodiesel Association teams with India’s Andhra Pradesh on palm biodiesel

Malaysian Biodiesel Association teams with India’s Andhra Pradesh on palm biodiesel

July 21, 2016 |

In Malaysia, Malaysian Biodiesel Association has signed an agreement with India’s Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board to explore potential collaboration, looking to a future biodiesel blending mandate in India and the palm oil giant’s possibility of exporting feedstock or fuel to supply that demand. Currently, India produces about 600,000 metric tons of biodiesel annually from […]

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Arkansas Midland Railroad to offer first 108-car ethanol unit train for North Litle Rock

Arkansas Midland Railroad to offer first 108-car ethanol unit train for North Litle Rock

July 21, 2016 |

In Arkansas, Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) announced that beginning this fall, its Arkansas Midland Railroad Company, Inc. (AKMD) subsidiary will offer the first ethanol unit train solution for the North Little Rock and surrounding gasoline-blending markets, serving the JP Energy terminal, which is the largest terminal at North Little Rock’s tank farm complex. Unit trains, which are able to handle up […]

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