Major Stories

Good times for now, headwinds on the horizon:  Q3 earnings time for the advanced bioeconomy, energy

Good times for now, headwinds on the horizon: Q3 earnings time for the advanced bioeconomy, energy

October 30, 2014 |

Novozymes, Shell, BP, Clariant, Green Plains and Pacific Ethanol report — what’s the trend, what’s new, what’s troubling? The Digest looks into the results. In the first half of November we will be hearing from a slew of companies regarding Q3 earnings — but earnings season is well underway already, and we have good indicators […]

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DOE highlights algae for targeted research grants

DOE highlights algae for targeted research grants

October 30, 2014 |

In Washington, the US Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced nine topics and 26 new subtopics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that will help small businesses develop and deliver market-driven clean energy technologies. DOE advises: “This year, EERE’s areas of interest range from energy-saving […]

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The strange world of super-strong, super-light nanocellulose

The strange world of super-strong, super-light nanocellulose

October 29, 2014 |

Flexible electric circuits and solar panels? Advanced biofuels? New concretes and steel-like materials? New medical implants and sutures? Drug delivery vehicles? Cosmetics? Lightweight armor? That’s just a sample of the potential apps for nanocellulose and Borregaard is now investing in a 1000 tonne project in Sarpsborg, Norway. We investigate. The news filtered out of Norway […]

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Obama: (Un)intentionally Reengineering the RFS for Big Oil?

Obama: (Un)intentionally Reengineering the RFS for Big Oil?

October 28, 2014 |

By Brooke Coleman, Executive Director, Advanced Ethanol Council As the renewable fuels industry awaits U.S. EPA’s final decision on the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO), it is extraordinary to think that President Obama still appears committed to adopting a methodological change to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pioneered by the biofuel industry’s most ardent foes. […]

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Producer News

Philippines needs to import 2/3 of ethanol mandate this year

Philippines needs to import 2/3 of ethanol mandate this year

October 30, 2014 |

In the Philippines, the USDA estimates the island archipelago will need to import 200 million liters of ethanol to compliment the 100 million liters of local production in order to reach this year’s blending mandate. Without significant increases in investment, by 2020 when the E20 policy comes into place, the country will need to import […]

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EIA says exports pushed down stocks despite higher production

EIA says exports pushed down stocks despite higher production

October 30, 2014 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says that a steady stream of ethanol exports has dragged down stocks nationwide to a five-week low. Stocks hit 17.039 million barrels, down 901,000 barrels the end of last week. Production soared to 937,000 barrels per day, up 40,000 barrels a day, but even so export volumes were such […]

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India to invest $150 million in ethanol ethylene in Egypt

India to invest $150 million in ethanol ethylene in Egypt

October 30, 2014 |

In Egypt, India’s Sanmar group plans to invest $150 million in a 60,000 metric ton per year green ethylene facility that will use ethanol as feedstock. It is part of phase two investments at its chemicals complex in Port Said.  

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Critics respond to study claiming poor GHG performance of cellulosic biofuels

Critics respond to study claiming poor GHG performance of cellulosic biofuels

October 30, 2014 |

In the UK, a slew of critical responses to a study published earlier this year by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln assistant professor has been published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the same journal where the controversial research claimed cellulosic biofuels don’t stack up as intended in regards to GHG emissions. The researcher and her […]

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5-Minute Guides

4 Minutes With…Ashok Mathur, Director Corporate Commercialization, Matheson

4 Minutes With…Ashok Mathur, Director Corporate Commercialization, Matheson

October 30, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Industrial gas company with strong interest in supporting and investing in bio-based emerging companies in industrial commercialization. Very interested in processes that use oxygen, hydrogen, CO2 and other industrial gases as process feed or to enhance productivity. Gas technology core competencies and R&D […]

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4 Minutes With…Scott Chabina, Director, Carl Marks Advisory Group

4 Minutes With…Scott Chabina, Director, Carl Marks Advisory Group

October 29, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. We have extensive experience in the Advanced Bioeconomy, notably having completed more transactions in the domestic ethanol industry than any other financial advisor in recent history. Carl Marks has successfully represented clients across the capital structure in properly evaluating the myriad of strategic […]

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4 Minutes With…Alex Baker, Chief Operating Officer, Leaf Resources Limited

4 Minutes With…Alex Baker, Chief Operating Officer, Leaf Resources Limited

October 28, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Leaf Resources Limited (ASX:LER) is focused on making sustainable products from plant biomass. We offer an advanced technology package for breaking down plant derived biomass to useful, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable products. Leaf Resources’ innovative GlycellTM technology suite will have a significant role […]

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4 Minutes With…Tim Brummels, CEO, Canergy

4 Minutes With…Tim Brummels, CEO, Canergy

October 27, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Canergy is a Biotechnology company committed to a clean, healthy environment through the efficient use of innovative conversion technology with a sustainable non-food energy crop. Canergy, through its partnerships, is currently developing commercial cellulosic ultra-low carbon biofuel projects. Tell us about your role […]

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R&D News

North Carolina research breaking down cell walls

North Carolina research breaking down cell walls

October 30, 2014 |

In North Carolina, researchers are using biotechnology to chip away at barriers to producing biofuels from woody plants and grasses instead of the corn and sugarcane used to make ethanol. NC State’s Forest Biotechnology Group, which has been responsible for several research milestones published this year, summed up biofuel research progress and challenges for a […]

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Rutger students develop user-friendly model to predict engineered organisms

Rutger students develop user-friendly model to predict engineered organisms

October 29, 2014 |

In New Jersey, students at Rutgers-Camden have developed a new software tool called MOST (Metabolic Optimization and Simulation Tool) to create mathematical models of organisms to better predict how they can be engineered to produce desirable products, such as biofuels. The program is similar to other programs but the key difference is that it has […]

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JBEI identifies microbial genes to boost biogasonline production

JBEI identifies microbial genes to boost biogasonline production

October 28, 2014 |

In California, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have identified microbial genes that can improve both the tolerance and the production of biogasoline in engineered strains of Escherichia coli. Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, a chemist who directs the host engineering program for JBEI’s Fuels Synthesis Division, led a study in which […]

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South Dakota State researcher gets major grant for DDGs market studies

South Dakota State researcher gets major grant for DDGs market studies

October 27, 2014 |

In South Dakota, South Dakota State University food science professor Padmanaban Krishnan received a four-year grant geared toward getting corn co-products to the food market. With a $576,000 project budget for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association grant, Krishnan will work with the food and ethanol industries with the goal of bringing food-grade dried distiller’s grain (DDG) […]

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Policy & Policymakers

LCFS in Washington state would boost fuel prices 2 cents a gallon by 2020

LCFS in Washington state would boost fuel prices 2 cents a gallon by 2020

October 30, 2014 |

In Washington state, consultants have determined that the implementation of a proposed clean fuel standard would increase the price of fuel by 2 cents per gallon by 2020. The analysis outlines a variety of policy options, their costs and the investment required to implement the various infrastructure needs in order to achieve the policy.

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Australia’s Biofuels Association seeks bleak future due to instable policy

Australia’s Biofuels Association seeks bleak future due to instable policy

October 29, 2014 |

In Australia, the country’s Biofuels Association says that by 2018, biodiesel won’t be economically viable anymore following the national government’s move in May to impose an excise tax on the fuel from July 1, 2016. Biodiesel is more expensive to produce in Australia and competes with cheaper, allegedly subsidized at origin, biodiesel. Investors are becoming […]

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Queensland parliament rejects ethanol bill saying all biofuels need support

Queensland parliament rejects ethanol bill saying all biofuels need support

October 28, 2014 |

In Australia, the Queensland parliament’s Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee has rejected a proposal to mandate ethanol blending because the chairman felt it was too narrow and a dusting off of old legislation proposed in 2009. He said that the entire biofuels industry needs support, not just ethanol, and needs appropriate legislation for this day […]

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Brazil markets plunge on Rousseff re-election

Brazil markets plunge on Rousseff re-election

October 27, 2014 |

In Brazil, markets reacted poorly to Dilma Rousseff’s re-election on Sunday with Cosan and San Marthino shares sinking while prospects for Petrobras look even worse. Cosan opened down 6% while Petrobras opened down more than 15%. Analysts say the markets will only stabilize once Rousseff announces concrete policies.  

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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

US estimates gasoline energy content fell 3% in 20 years due to ethanol

US estimates gasoline energy content fell 3% in 20 years due to ethanol

October 30, 2014 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency has adjusted its estimates of the energy content of retail motor gasoline in the Monthly Energy Review (MER) to reflect its changing composition. Ethanol and other oxygenates, which have lower energy content than petroleum-based gasoline components, have seen their share of total gasoline volumes increase from 2% in 1993 […]

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More corn farmers line up to sue Syngenta over China’s DDGS ban

More corn farmers line up to sue Syngenta over China’s DDGS ban

October 30, 2014 |

In Illinois, more corn farmers have sued Syngenta over their GMO corn that is banned in China, the main import market for DDGS. The case filed in federal court in Chicago follows on the heels of another case where Cargill filed a $90 million claim against the company in Louisiana. A federal court in Charleston, South […]

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Biofuels Digest Index edges up to 69.41 as large caps gain

Biofuels Digest Index edges up to 69.41 as large caps gain

October 30, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, edged up 0.35 percent to 69.41 as large caps gained. For the day, Sacom (SAM.MI) plunged 9.39 percent to $3.01, while Dyadic (DYAI) dropped 4.40 percent to $1.52. Among other equities, Gevo (GEVO) slipped 3.04 percent to $0.35. Overall, advances led declines 2 to […]

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Argentine biodiesel exports up 44% on the year through September

Argentine biodiesel exports up 44% on the year through September

October 29, 2014 |

In Argentina, biodiesel exports increased 44% during the first nine months of 2014 compared to the same period last year. As a result, production figures are also starting to recover, with production rising 22% during the period over 2013. Despite anti-dumping duties placed on exports in the European Union, the EU will soon become the […]

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Appalachian Biofuels to invest $3.5 million in HQ and biodiesel in Virginia

Appalachian Biofuels to invest $3.5 million in HQ and biodiesel in Virginia

October 29, 2014 |

In Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Appalachian Biofuels LLC will invest $3.5 million to establish its headquarters and enzymatic biodiesel production facility in Russell County. Virginia successfully competed against South Carolina for the project, which will create 40 new jobs paying above the prevailing average wage. Appalachian Biofuels is a new company that will […]

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Biobased group petitions EPA to level playing field for biodiesel

Biobased group petitions EPA to level playing field for biodiesel

October 29, 2014 |

In Washington, on October 21, 2014, the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) submitted petitions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting that biodiesel fuel manufacturers be granted the same Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) exemptions that petroleum-based diesel manufacturers already receive. BRAG made its petitions through two mechanisms allowed under Toxic Substances Control […]

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