Experts from Solena Fuels, British Airways, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), the US Navy, the Federal Aviation Administration, Amyris, Byogy, Gevo, BioProcess Algae, Virent, Mercurius, and ARA were among the highlight presenters at the 5th annual Global Aviation Biofuels Summit, an integrated part of ABLC, the annual bioeconomy conference now underway in Washington, […]
In Washington, ABLC’s third day was headlined by the 5th annual Global Aviation Biofuels Summit, where in turn the headline announcement was news of a partnership between Avianca Brasil and Byogy Renewables to drive approval of the alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) renewable jet spec. Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, […]
Experts from Citi, Heartland Bank, Braemar Energy Ventures, Wilson, Sonsini, Kreig DeVault, Stern Brothers, Kilpatrick Townsend were among the highlight presenters at the 3rd annual Biofuels Financing and Investment Summit, an integrated part of ABLC, the annual bioeconomy conference week now underway in Washington, DC. The Summit this year looked at the complete range of […]
As ABLC completes its second day, companies, agencies, financiers step forward to detail advances toward scale, new programs. In Washington, more than 35 companies came under the microscope as delegates at ABLC, the annual bioeconomy leadership conference which continues through Wednesday with more than 100 speakers on the agenda, moved from policy considerations to a […]
In Brazil, Platts Kingsman says that any increase in the ethanol blending mandate would stretch the country’s production capacity, likely impacting its ethanol trade flows with the US. Talk is that the 25% ethanol blend could rise to 27.5% as soon as next month. Platts Kingsman says ethanol demand would increase by 95 million liters […]
In Washington, “Proterro has reached its Q1 sugar-production pilot milestones,” CEO Kef Kasdin reported here today at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference. “We have been designing and producing a range of engineered solutions employing high-performance flexible materials since 1947, for use in many applications, most notably the spacesuits we produce for NASA and the containment solutions we […]
In Indonesia, the government is trying to lower the amount of subsidized fuel consumed in the country but its move to mandate biodiesel blending has actually had the reverse effect. Consumption of non-subsidized fuel actually fell by 3 billion liters during 2013 from the previous year. Subsidies were introduced to off-set the fuel prices when […]
In Spain, one of the country’s top drug traffickers known as Casper allegedly laundered upwards of 40,000 euros by investing in a biodiesel facility in Ukraine and another half million euros in a similar project in Cameroon by way of at least two separate companies. Casper is facing 105.5 years in prison for his crimes.
Liquid Light develops electrocatalytic technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally abundant carbon dioxide (CO2). Licensees benefit from a lower cost of production and can reduce their carbon footprint. Liquid Light is funded by BP Ventures, Redpoint, Osage University, VantagePoint and Chrysalix, and now coming out of stealth after six years of developing a […]
Primus’ liquid fuel synthesis technology is a proprietary low cost process to convert syngas to gasoline, jet fuel and aromatic chemicals directly, without the need for further treatment. The result is a highly efficient process, producing approximately 5 gallons of drop-in transportation fuels per mmBTU of natural gas. The process produces drop-in fuels that are ready for […]
Praj has adopted a new identity in line with its future growth strategy. Over the past 3 decades, Praj has transformed itself from being a single business sector company of Ethanol Solutions to multiple business organization, providing solutions for brewery, water & wastewater, process equipment & systems, high purity application and bio-products. The company plans to […]
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 […]
In California, OriginOil will provide its demonstration-scale EWS Algae Model 12 system to Catalina Sea Ranch, which will use it to treat incoming seawater and harvest algae to feed its shellfish nursery and selective breeding program. Catalina Sea Ranch will provide independent data on the efficiency and use of the machine, and will give OriginOil access to […]
In California, researchers at the Carnegie Institute for Science team including developed a highly sophisticated tool that will transform the work of plant geneticists by making large-scale genetic characterization of Chlamydomonas mutants possible for the first time. Their work is published by The Plant Cell. Their tool is a major step forward in the goal […]
In Nebraska, using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln team of researchers cast doubt on whether corn residue can be used to meet federal […]
In Pennsylvania, innovations at the USDA are bringing researchers one step closer to developing “green” biofuel production systems farmers can use to meet on-farm energy needs, or to produce renewable fuels for commercial markets. The researchers modified the standard pyrolysis process by gradually replacing nitrogen gas in the processing chamber with the gases produced during pyrolysis. […]
Policy & Policymakers
In Washington, the EPA at last released its 2013 blending mandate for cellulosic biofuels, cutting to just 810,185 gallons from the 6 million gallons originally expected. Oil companies complained they would have to buy RINs even though there wasn’t actual cellulosic ethanol available to blend. A federal court said last year the EPA must set […]
In Argentina, the country’s president has asked its Congress to drop the 22% tax on biodiesel for power generation and the 19% levy on liquid fuels, a policy that would stay in place as long as the European Commission continues to levy anti-dumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports.
In Washington, U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb) wrote Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg urging FDA to exempt raw agricultural commodities, distillers grain and other byproducts from a promised revision of a proposed rule dealing with livestock feed. As first proposed, the rule would add new requirements to producers of distillers grains – […]
In Illinois, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public comment on a proposed permit that would allow Archer Daniels Midland to inject carbon dioxide deep underground at a facility in Decatur, Illinois. This process – known as “carbon sequestration” – is a means of storing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate […]
The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, edged up 0.53 percent to 81.03 as ethanol advanced. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) settled back 7.63 percent to $1.09 up 35.63 percent, while Biofuel Energy (BIOF) surged 14.83 percent to $8.75. Among other equities, Renewable Energy Group (REGI) was up 5.59 percent to […]
The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, jumped 2.41 percent to 80.60 advanced biofuels soared. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) rocketed up 35.63 percent to $1.18 as news of a Lufthansa partnership for jet fuel emerged, while KiOR (KIOR) dropped 5.32 percent to $0.58. Among other equities, BioAmber (BIOA) was up […]
The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, rose 0.77 percent to 78.70 as enzymes advanced. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) gained 7.27 percent to $3.54, while Codexis (CDXS) soared 11.43 percent to $1.95. Among other equities, Gevo (GEVO) dropped 6.45 percent to $0.87. Overall, advances led declines 8 to 7 for […]
The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, climbed 0.68 percent to 78.10 as ethanol equities rallied. For the day, Biofuel Energy (BIOF) soared 27.39 percent to $7.72, while Gevo (GEVO) rebounded 12.45 percent to $0.93. Among other equities, Ceres (CERE) slumped 10/15 percent to $0.61. Overall, advances led declines 7 to […]
Other Recent Articles
In India, implementing the 5% ethanol blend remains a challenge due to the oil companies having only contracted 620 million liters from sugar mills, compared to the 1.05 billion liters needed. Of the contracted volume, 300 million liters remains in storage in the depots. Mills are stuck because once the volume is offered to the […]
In the Philippines, there is a short window for ethanol imports from Thai and Vietnamese producers following higher US ethanol prices. Ethanol prices in the US are starting to slip however, meaning that the opportunities for regional trade into the Philippines aren’t likely to last long.
In the Netherlands, as a part of the European Union funded EuroBioRef1 project, together with several partners, Process Design Center (PDC) developed a new class of bio aviation turbine fuel (ATF) components consisting of heavy branched alcohols. The project demonstrated the possibility to produce these alcohols in two ways from lignocellulosic biomass: Black liquor from […]
In Colorado, Gevo announced that it has come to an agreement with Lufthansa to evaluate Gevo’s renewable jet fuel with the goal of approving Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) for commercial aviation use. Lufthansa’s testing is being supported through work with the European Commission.
In Indonesia, crude palm oil exports soared 13% month-on-month in March to 1.79 million metric tons, up from 1.58 million tons in February. Higher soybean prices led to increased demand for palm oil. Soybean prices rose 5% in February and another 6.3% in March.
In Washington, Fuels America coalition members announced the launch of the “Oil Rigged” television and digital ad campaign and OilRigged.com to expose the many ways the oil industry is rigging the system to protect their profits and block the transition to clean, American renewable fuels. The campaign began on Tuesday with the launch of OilRigged.com, at […]