Major Stories

Digest Bioeconomy Index drops 1.56 percent to 48.67 as advanced bio and ethanol retreat

Digest Bioeconomy Index drops 1.56 percent to 48.67 as advanced bio and ethanol retreat

February 7, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, dropped 1.56 percent to 48.67 as advanced bio and ethanol retreated.  For the day, BioAmber (BIOA) fell 6.28 percent to $3.73, while Aemetis (AMTX) lost 4.86 percent to $1.95. Among other equities, Solazyme (SZYM) tumbles 7.59 percent to $1.46. Overall, declines led advances […]

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Transportation and Industrial Ecology – making sustainability sustainable?

Transportation and Industrial Ecology – making sustainability sustainable?

February 7, 2016 |

Real-world Industrial Ecology Projects and NREL’s Sustainable Mobility projects show a way forward that EPCOT once charted in our stars. This year marks the 50th year since Walt Disney died, and every year it becomes more clear how transformative he was at changing the way we bring stories to life. He was more than a […]

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Half the Oil? UCS looks at driving down petroleum usage on the US West Coast

Half the Oil? UCS looks at driving down petroleum usage on the US West Coast

February 4, 2016 |

Of all the stirring anti-petroleum war cries of recent years, the UK’s “Keep it in the ground” has found a rival in California’s “Half the Oil”. But, realistic? How, when? The Union of Concerned Scientists points the way with a new report. The Digest investigates. In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists has released a […]

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ChemChina to acquire Syngenta for $43B, as the Swiss find a deal that makes them say “cheese!”

ChemChina to acquire Syngenta for $43B, as the Swiss find a deal that makes them say “cheese!”

February 3, 2016 |

In China, ChemChina announced a $43 billion bid for Syngenta, the companies announced. Syngenta’s US shares rose to $76.47 on the news, which came as Syngenta said that ChemChina was looking for even more acquisitions. The Syngenta board is backing the deal, which is expected to clear regulatory hurdles and close before the end of 2016. […]

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Producer News

Biodiesel: fightback needed against the Merchants of Doubt, says NBB chief

Biodiesel: fightback needed against the Merchants of Doubt, says NBB chief

February 7, 2016 |

In Florida, Joe Jobe’s annual national biodiesel keynote and overlook highlighted that the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal law governing renewable fuel blending, is back on track and on schedule for the first time in its history with volumes defined for biodiesel through 2017. Second, the industry secured an extension of an important tax law […]

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Communique from Global Bioeconomy Summit: “promoting technologies, governance, cooperation” are key to sustainable bioeconomy.

Communique from Global Bioeconomy Summit: “promoting technologies, governance, cooperation” are key to sustainable bioeconomy.

February 7, 2016 |

The first Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin Germany released a communique: “We, a community of experts and stakeholders from more than 50 countries, met in Berlin to review the state of bioeconomy in different parts of the world and to identify opportunities for accelerated transition to a more biobased economy, i.e., an economy that fulfills […]

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US ethanol producers exported 836 million gallons in 2015: report

US ethanol producers exported 836 million gallons in 2015: report

February 7, 2016 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association is reporting that the U.S. ethanol industry exported 836 million gallons of ethanol worth $1.8 billion in 2015.  The RFA report finds that U.S. ethanol made its way to all six inhabited continents in 2015, reaching more than 75 countries. The top five countries receiving U.S. ethanol last year […]

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American Coalition for Ethanol announces spring 2016 Washington DC fly-in

American Coalition for Ethanol announces spring 2016 Washington DC fly-in

February 7, 2016 |

In South Dakota, the American Coalition for Ethanol has targeted April 13-14 for its annual grassroots lobbying effort in Washington, DC this year. “The most persuasive and effective spokespeople for our industry are real people, whose everyday life experiences and authenticity illustrate how the decisions made in Washington, DC impact their businesses and communities.  Given […]

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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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R&D News

Cleaner biomass cookstoves could prevent up to 4 million deaths each year: researchers

Cleaner biomass cookstoves could prevent up to 4 million deaths each year: researchers

February 7, 2016 |

In Tennessee, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Colorado State University and Envirofit International report that up to the 4 million premature deaths each year attributed to indoor cookstove smoke might be prevented because cleaner biomass cookstoves. With 3 billion people in developing countries using open fire cookstoves, the need is great for durable, low-cost […]

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Researchers use game theory to find efficiencies for biomass supply chain

Researchers use game theory to find efficiencies for biomass supply chain

February 4, 2016 |

In Texas, researchers have used game theory to find efficiencies in the biomass supply chain that could boost the economic viability of using the feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production. The researchers said there can be up to 20% annual variations on feedstock supply so a variety of mitigation strategies to ensure supply availability including long-term […]

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Tadweer and Masdar close to finishing UCO biodiesel R&D plant

Tadweer and Masdar close to finishing UCO biodiesel R&D plant

February 3, 2016 |

In the UAE, Tadweer is 75% completed with the installation of its joint UCO biodiesel production facility it is developing with Masdar Institute. The plant aims to significantly improve the efficiency of the production process through R&D. The two-year research agreement with the Masdar Institute follows on previous work that looked at producing UCO biodiesel […]

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NREL studies biodiesel stability in high-pressure common rail fuel systems

NREL studies biodiesel stability in high-pressure common rail fuel systems

February 2, 2016 |

In Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in conjunction with the Engine Manufacturers Association, Renewable Energy Group Inc., the National Biodiesel Board, VW and Mercedes conducted a study on biodiesel stability in high-pressure common rail (HPCR) fuel systems for diesel engines to help OEMs determine if current stability requirements for B6-B20 biodiesel blends are adequate […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Biofuels, a winner or loser in Iowa Caucuses? Opinions sharply divide

Biofuels, a winner or loser in Iowa Caucuses? Opinions sharply divide

February 7, 2016 |

In Iowa, the America’s Renewable Future advocacy group said that 83% of voters supported candidates who recognized that the RFS is crucial to over 852,000 American jobs, our lowered dependence on foreign oil, and consumers’ choice at the pump for a clean, less expensive fuel. “83 percent of Iowans supported pro-RFS candidates in 2016. In […]

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Argentine biodiesel producers to appeal Peru’s anti-dumping duties

Argentine biodiesel producers to appeal Peru’s anti-dumping duties

February 4, 2016 |

In Argentina, biofuel producers have rejected anti-dumping measures Peru has implemented against the country’s industry and have said they will appeal it. Peru’s competition regulator Indecopi approved $208.2 per ton anti-dumping duties on all Argentine biodiesel coming into the country at the end of January. Argentina is the source of most of Peru’s biodiesel consumption. […]

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Tamil Nadu mills seek to eliminate ethanol production limits

Tamil Nadu mills seek to eliminate ethanol production limits

February 3, 2016 |

In India, the South Indian Sugar Mills Association has presented in court arguments why the 50 million liter limit on ethanol production for Tamil Nadu should be limited, arguing that the state’s production quota is more than 200 million liters. Existing distilleries have production capacity of 270 million liters and could easily supply the quota […]

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American Energy Alliance urging Senators to vote for anti-RFS amendment this week

American Energy Alliance urging Senators to vote for anti-RFS amendment this week

February 2, 2016 |

In Washington, the American Energy Alliance is encouraging Senators to vote yes this week for the Cassidy Amendment Repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Sen. Cassidy introduced an amendment that would fully repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard. The RFS was created in the 2005 energy bill and amended by the 2007 energy bill. This costly […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Industrial Symbiosis

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Industrial Symbiosis

February 7, 2016 |

Around the world today, we have some examples of integrated industrial systems — where communities reduce waste and consumption through a connected overall design that delivers the wastes from one industrial process as the feedstock of another, and where homes are integrated into the overall design so that no-energy and low-energy homes use the same strategies. […]

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Half The Oil: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to the UCS plan to reduce petroleum use

Half The Oil: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to the UCS plan to reduce petroleum use

February 4, 2016 |

In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists has released a major report, “Half the Oil”, outlining steps required to achieve a 50% reduction in petroleum use in the US Pacific Coast States by 2030. The take-off point was a call by California Governor Jerry Brown to achieve that 50% reduction in petroleum consumption by 2030, […]

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Hydrothermal processing on the move: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to AVA Biochem

Hydrothermal processing on the move: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to AVA Biochem

February 2, 2016 |

As reported yesterday in The Digest, AVA Biochem is expanding its product portfolio to include platform chemical FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid). In addition to 5-HMF, the Swiss company will now deliver FDCA to customers and partners engaged in research and development of new products. AVA Biochem’s 5-HMF production is based on hydrothermal processing technology and is described […]

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The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to NREL’s The Feasibility of Producing and Using Biomass-Based Diesel and Jet Fuel in the United States 

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to NREL’s The Feasibility of Producing and Using Biomass-Based Diesel and Jet Fuel in the United States 

January 28, 2016 |

A primer worth knowing is “The Feasibility of Producing and Using Biomass-Based Diesel and Jet Fuel in the United States”, prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory . It evaluates the technical and economic feasibility of producing and using biomass-based diesel and jet fuel in the United States, and includes a rich set of data […]

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Other Recent Articles

Vegetable oil prices steady despite 12-year crude oil low

Vegetable oil prices steady despite 12-year crude oil low

February 7, 2016 |

In Germany, UFOP relates that the January dive of New York crude oil prices widened the gap with prices of palm and soybean oil even further. In looking at the trends, UFOP commented: “Global surplus put strong downward pressure on crude oil prices on the futures market. Positive stimuli usually only had a short-term effect. […]

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US ethanol production drops to 4-week low, below 15 billion gallon annual rate

US ethanol production drops to 4-week low, below 15 billion gallon annual rate

February 7, 2016 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 959,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 40.28 million gallons daily. That is down 2,000 b/d from the week before and the lowest in nine weeks. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 976,000 b/d for an annualized rate of […]

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ADM may be stuck with dry corn mills in tough assets market

ADM may be stuck with dry corn mills in tough assets market

February 4, 2016 |

In Illinois, ADM may be stuck with the three dry corn mills it is thinking about potentially selling with few potential takers in the market considering the half billion dollar ticket price for two of the near facilities and the fact that Abengoa’s biofuel assets also recently came on the market. Though consolidation has been […]

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Louisiana State Police cites REG for mishandling hazardous materials at Geismar

Louisiana State Police cites REG for mishandling hazardous materials at Geismar

February 4, 2016 |

In Louisiana, state police have cited the Renewable Energy Group with a civil violation of careless handling of hazardous material for a hydrogen gas explosion in September at the Geismar facility that injured four people. It was the second explosion during a five-month period. The citation can carry up to a $10,000 fine but that […]

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European biodiesel buyers remain on the sidelines until Q2 auction in mid-February

European biodiesel buyers remain on the sidelines until Q2 auction in mid-February

February 4, 2016 |

In the Netherlands, biodiesel buyers remain on the sidelines as they wait for Q2 when demand will pick up for summer blends, a move which has seen the premium for both RED RME and RED FAME 0 fall to two month lows. Tenders for Q2 are expected to open around mid-February, which should help to […]

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December corn consumption for ethanol slightly higher over November but down on year

December corn consumption for ethanol slightly higher over November but down on year

February 4, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service says corn consumption for ethanol production reached 444.5 million bushels in December, up 2% over the previous month but down 3% from the year-ago period. Nearly 89% of the corn was used in dry milling while the remaining was from wet milling. Corresponding production for DDGS was […]

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