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Gevo inserts “going concern” statement in annual report

In Colorado, Gevo filed its 10-K annual report with the SEC. Excepts are as follows: “For the year ended December 31, 2013, we incurred a consolidated net loss of $66.8 million and had an accumulated deficit of $262.2 million. From inception to December 31, 2013, we have incurred significant net losses and have funded our […]

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Calling Tony Stark: Miniaturizing biofuels’ hot technologies

Scale-up, scale-up, scale-up. But what about scale-down? The Digest looks at how some technologists are aiming to bring the machines to the biomass, and transforming costs and options along the way. Scale-up — it’s the most exciting, yet dreaded phrase in advanced industrial biotechnology. It’s the period when a technology comes out of the lab […]

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DOE announces $10M in new funding for $3/gal advanced biofuels

In Washington, the US Department of Energy  announced up to $10 million in funding to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks, and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. This supports the Department’s efforts to make drop-in biofuels more accessible and affordable, as well as […]

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10 Bellwether Biofuels & Biobased Projects for 2014

Advanced biofuels – are plans turning into reality? Are development plans realistic? When these 10 projects open for business (or not) in 2014, you’ll know for sure. We wrote in 2012: “If, by this time next year, we have all of these projects completed and in operation, it will go a long way towards substantiating […]

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Producer News

European rapeseed yields seen steady despite warm winter

In Germany, rapeseed yields are expected to remain on average this summer across major producing regions despite a relatively warm winter. The European Commission has pegged 2014 production at 20.7 million metric tons, down just 100,000 tons from last year. Smaller areas planted with rapeseed in Germany and Poland will be compensated by higher plantings […]

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UK cyclists protest biofuel-based power plant projects

In the UK, cyclists traveled from Bristol to Avonmouth to protest the development of Helius Energy’s bioenergy plant and W4B Bristol’s palm oil biofuel plant. The protestors claims that the projects are a “green scam.” The mayor of Bristol is so against the W4B project that he wrote to the Treasury asking the government not […]

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Aviation biofuel, biodiesel and heating oil may be viable at CT airport

In Connecticut, a study funded by the USDA shows that it may be viable to produce aviation biofuel, biodiesel and heating oil from municipal waste and biomass around Bradley International Airport. The year-long study started in June and will now look to developing a business plan after all the data has been gathered.

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50-year-old Finnish coal power plant set to get 100% biofuel makeover

In Finland, Turku region’s energy consortium TSE will convert its coal-fired power plant into a multi-feedstock facility running on 100% biomass and wood waste. The renovation of the 50-year-old power plan will cost upwards of a quarter of a billion euros and should be online by in late 2017, after construction starts next year.

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5-Minute Guides

Valero: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Valero Energy Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is an international manufacturer and marketer of transportation fuels, other petrochemical products and power. Valero subsidiaries employ approximately 10,500 people, and assets include 16 petroleum refineries with a combined throughput capacity of approximately 3 million barrels per day, 10 ethanol plants with a combined production capacity of 1.2 billion […]

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Propel Fuels: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

Propel builds, owns & operates a network of American made renewable fuel stations. Propel’s Clean Fuel Points are owned and operated by Propel. The CFPs are designed to be located at existing gas stations. To that end, they partner with station owners to make it easy for customers to find and fill with clean, renewable […]

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OriginOil: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

OriginOil’s signature water cleanup technology, called Electro Water Separation (EWS), is a high-speed, chemical free process that efficiently extracts organic contaminants from very large quantities of water. For the emerging algae industry, OriginOil is reducing bacterial contamination, and concentrating algae without chemicals, making large-scale harvest possible. For the oil & gas industry, OriginOil is helping […]

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ZeaChem: Biofuels Digest’s 2014 5-Minute Guide

ZeaChem is a developer of highly efficient biorefineries for the conversion of cellulosic biomass into economical and sustainable advanced biofuels and bio-based chemicals. Our indirect approach leapfrogs the yield and carbon dioxide (CO2) problems associated with traditional and cellulosic-based processes. ZeaChem’s patented process offers the highest yield at the lowest cost, with the lowest fossil […]

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R&D News

Leading San Diego research institutes top national algae programs

In California, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego are taking the lead in developing an energy source that has the potential to be both cheaper and cleaner than fossil fuels: algae biofuels. A new report issued by the U.S. DOE ranked algal biofuels research programs at UC San Diego as the two best in the […]

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Stanford research co-locates solar with agave for biofuel production

In California, growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists. This co-location approach could prove especially useful in sunny, arid regions such as the southwestern United States where […]

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UN IPCC report concludes that ILUC emissions are highly uncertain

In Europe, the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) has announced the findings of a UN IPCC report, “Bioenergy and climate change mitigation: an assessment,” which is released today as part of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report. The report confirms that bioenergy has a massively positive role to play in society but more research is needed to […]

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UW-Madison scientists discovers origins of cold-fermentation yeasts

In Wisconsin, scientists are beginning to color in the margins of yeast ecology and genetics, identifying new strains in new environments and using the tools of molecular biology to ferret out traits that could aid industrial fermentation technologies. Writing in the journal Molecular Ecology, a team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Genetics Chris […]

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Policy & Policymakers

NASA signs aviation biofuels agreement with Germany and Canada

In Washington, NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels. The Alternative Fuel Effects on Contrails and Cruise Emissions (ACCESS II) flights are set […]

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UK announces rules for small-scale biodiesel producers

In the UK, the Environmental Agency has released rules that will allow an operator to operate a Part A low impact installation for the production of biodiesel at a specified location. Permitted raw materials and wastes are limited to new and waste vegetable oils and rendered animal fat. The total quantity of raw materials and […]

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EPA releases strategic plan to combat climate change

In Washington, the EPA has issued its fiscal year (FY) 2014 to 2018 Strategic Plan today, which provides a blueprint for advancing EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment across the country.The plan prioritizes environmental justice, continuing to focus on urban, rural, and economically disadvantaged communities, to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, […]

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EU may support first generation biofuels after all

In Belgium, the European Commission’s draft guidelines for supports to renewable energy shows that member states can continue to provide subsidies to first generation biofuels. Text stipulating that aid could only go to second generation biofuels post-2020 has been dropped. The distinction between advanced biofuels and food-based biofuels has also been eliminated from the guidelines.

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Financial News

Biofuels Digest Index slides to 75.72 s advanced biofuels tumble

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, slipped 0.76 percent to 75.72 as advanced biofuels again slid.  For the day, Gevo (GEVO) plunged 18.04 percent to $0.84, while Amyris (AMRS) shed 3.94 percent to $3.17. Among other equities, Codexis (CDXS) lost 6.74 percent to $1.88. Overall, declines and advances were even […]

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Biofuels Digest Index drops 0.43 to 76.25 as advanced biofuels fall

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, dropped 0.43 percent to 76.25 as advanced biofuels fell. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) slumped 5.44 percent to $3.49, while Metabolix (MBLX) tanked 11.89 percent to $1.03. Among other equities, Aemetis (AMTX) dumped 7.14 percent to $0.52. Overall, declines led advances led declines 6 […]

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Biofuels Digest Index drops to 76.58 as advanced biofuels wane

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, dropped 1.48 percent to 76.58 as advanced biofuels were drubbed.  For the day, Amyris (AMRS) slumped 4.12 percent to $3.49, while Ceres (CERE) sank 7.73 percent to $0.67. Among other equities, Aemetis (AMTX) rebounded 3.70 percent to $0.56. Overall, declines led advances 3 to […]

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Biofuels Digest Index sags to 77.73 as advanced biofuels are routed

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, sagged 2.61 percent to 77.73 as advanced biofuels were routed. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) plunged 8.08 percent to $3.64, while Solazyme (SZYM) dumped 5.22 percent to $10.90. Among other equities, Aemetis (AMTX) dropped 5.26 percent to $0.54. Overall, declines led advances 3 to […]

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Other Recent Articles

Veracruz to open first of several biofuel fueling stations

In Mexico, the state of Veracruz is opening its first biofuel fueling station in an unidentified location, with others planned to follow in Jalapa, Tierra Blanca, Tres Valles, Cosamaloapan and Alvarado. Ethanol retail prices have remained 3 cents per liter below that of gasoline, so the government is looking to offer more ethanol.

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ICRAF study shows jatropha isn’t viable for Kenya

In Kenya, a study from ICRAF shows that jatropha isn’t a viable crop for the country because there is no market for the seeds, the values and yields are low, farmers don’t know how to grow it well and its early reputation as a miracle crop has destroyed most of the farmer appetite for the […]

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Brazilian biodiesel producers supply 463.8 million liters at ANP auction

In Brazil, the ANP’s bimonthly biodiesel auction held on Friday saw 463.8 million liters sold to supply the country’s B5 blending mandate. A total of 735.2 million liters were offered at auction with more than 98% of it complying with the social seal standard even though only a minimum of 80% of the volume had […]

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Cargill awards Technip with EPC contract for new ethanol plant

In France, Technip was awarded a contract comprising detailed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for the core process units of Cargill’s new ethanol production plant located in Barby, Germany. The production units will be built on a green field site alongside Cargill’s existing wheat processing facility.

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Ethanol imports force Midwest margins down nearly 20% on the week

In Illinois, ethanol imports are lowering the price of ethanol to such an extent that it is having a heavy impact on profit margins for Midwest ethanol plants. Platts is reporting that margins fell to $1.6313/gal last week, down nearly 20% on the week. Ethanol prices hit an eight-year high the last week of March.

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Brazilian ag ministry announces push to boost ethanol blend to 27.5%

In Brazil, the agriculture ministry has confirmed that it is looking to increase the blend of anhydrous ethanol in gasoline to 27.5% from the current 25%. Such a move is expected to reduce Petrobras’ fuel imports, helping to offset some of its losses. The Brazilian stock exchange BOVESPA responded favorable to Petrobras on Friday after […]

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