Major Stories

Aux Farms, Citoyens! France’s Bioeconomy Plan is a stirring call to action on jobs, climate, innovation

Aux Farms, Citoyens! France’s Bioeconomy Plan is a stirring call to action on jobs, climate, innovation

June 26, 2017 |

It took a long time, but France in the past year published a national bioeconomy strategy and its national government has approved it. It’s here in full form. We’re publishing a digested version today not only as  summary of activities in France (and its extensive bioeconomy resources, industrial base and technical innovation level), but as […]

Read More

Sanga Moses is on a Crusade

Sanga Moses is on a Crusade

June 25, 2017 |

On 15th January, 2009, Sanga Moses travelled to his village in Uganda, in East Africa, to visit his mother.  It was a day that would change his life. On his way home, he met his 12 year old sister carrying a bundle of firewood on her head. When she saw him, she started crying. She told him that […]

Read More

Two Up: Amyris, Queensland gamble on farnesene for SE Asia

Two Up: Amyris, Queensland gamble on farnesene for SE Asia

June 22, 2017 |

  The Digest discovered this hand-written lyric, we think written with a thumbnail dipped in biocrude, near Amyris headquarters in Emeryville, California. Somewhere north of Byron Bay where Cooktown orchids grow, and cane is ever-present and the Pioneer River flows, there’ll be a group of smarties along the coastal towns hawking tonnes of bio farnesene for a zillion yuan a […]

Read More

Two Up: Amyris, Queensland gamble on farnesene for SE Asia

Two Up: Amyris, Queensland gamble on farnesene for SE Asia

June 22, 2017 |

  The Digest discovered this hand-written lyric, we think written with a thumbnail dipped in biocrude, near Amyris headquarters in Emeryville, California. Somewhere north of Byron Bay where Cooktown orchids grow, and cane is ever-present and the Pioneer River flows there’ll be a group of smarties along the coastal towns hawking tonnes of bio farnesene for a zillion yuan a […]

Read More

The Yottabyte, Hyperspeed Economy, and you

The Yottabyte, Hyperspeed Economy, and you

June 22, 2017 |

If you saw this story on the Internet this week: You may be wondering about the roles that industrial biotechnology, big data, genetics, robotics and advanced computing are playing and will play in the “entire industries are about to become toast” game. This video about innovation and convergence, and the implications — may be of use […]

Read More

8-Slide Guides

In search of lowest cost hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies

In search of lowest cost hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies

June 26, 2017 |

Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of the petrochemical industry. Since inception, the company focused its efforts on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can […]

Read More

Things to do with lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to chemicals and hydrogen

Things to do with lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to chemicals and hydrogen

June 25, 2017 |

At the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review, John Staser of Ohio University gave this illuminating overview on a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds for resins and resin binders. The hope? To generate additional biorefinery revenue stream and reduce the cost of biofuels to be competitive with petroleum fuels.

Read More

Can’t Get No (Liquefaction): The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels

Can’t Get No (Liquefaction): The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels

June 22, 2017 |

Lysle Whitmer on behalf of an Iowa State-led group of researchers gave this illuminating overview of Liquefaction of Forest Biomass to Drop-in Fuels, at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.

Read More

And no extra hydrogen: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to one-step, high-yield, drop-in biofuels

And no extra hydrogen: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to one-step, high-yield, drop-in biofuels

June 21, 2017 |

Vertimass’ John Hannon gave this illuminating overview of Done-step, high-yield production of drop-in fuels without added hydrogen, at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.

Read More

From sun to pump: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel

From sun to pump: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel

June 20, 2017 |

Arizona State’s Wim Vermaas gave this illuminating overview of Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel by Decoupled Cyanobacteria at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.

Read More

The Latest World News

Velocys pivots from “FT tech co” to “renewable fuels company”, eyes California

Velocys pivots from “FT tech co” to “renewable fuels company”, eyes California

June 26, 2017 |

In the UK, Velocys CEO David Pummell said that “Our new strategy is for Velocys to be at the heart of building plants that convert woody biomass to high specification renewable diesel and jet fuel for the US market, our primary focus market. We have a world class, proven technology and highly skilled operations and […]

Read More

Algae biodiesel reduces emissions up to 80%: report

Algae biodiesel reduces emissions up to 80%: report

June 26, 2017 |

In Chile, FLS is reporting that researhers at Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses of the Catholic University have found that that algae-based biodiesel can reduce emissions and particulates by up to 80 percent in high-power diesel engines, compored to fiossil diesl. The research effort is a partnership with Automotive Mechanics of the Duoc UC,and […]

Read More

COFCO on the sidelines, saddled with debt, but Bunge-Glencor merger talks continue: report

COFCO on the sidelines, saddled with debt, but Bunge-Glencor merger talks continue: report

June 26, 2017 |

In China, Reuters is reporting that COFCO is now expected to sit out the current wave of global M&A amongst major agricultural firms, citing that “he state-run conglomerate is struggling to integrate businesses it bought three years ago, deals which made it a significant global agricultural trader but are now hindering its ability to swoop […]

Read More

Evogene advances against Western corn rootworm

Evogene advances against Western corn rootworm

June 26, 2017 |

In Israel, Evogene has advanced a gene displaying insecticidal activity against Western corn rootworm into Phase-I  focusing on validation in target crops, following positive laboratory assay results. Additionally, the company announced for the first time the identification of a set of genes displaying initial toxic activity against southern green stinkbug, a major pest in soybean […]

Read More

Nanomaterials Global Market Is Expected To Reach $19.83B by 2022: study

Nanomaterials Global Market Is Expected To Reach $19.83B by 2022: study

June 26, 2017 |

In New York, Stratistics MRC has released a report projecting that the Global Nanomaterials Market accounted for $4.79 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $19.83 billion by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 22.5% from 2015 to 2022. The nanomaterials market is favoured by the governmental funding to support the prospective growth. The […]

Read More

R&D News

Ethanol from thin air advances with catalyst breakthrough

Ethanol from thin air advances with catalyst breakthrough

June 26, 2017 |

In California, Stanford University scientists reported on a promising technology to make renewable ethanol from water, carbon dioxide and electricity delivered through a copper catalyst. The results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). For the PNAS study, the Stanford team chose three samples of crystalline copper, known as copper […]

Read More

US ethanol production drops to 15.38B gallon annual rate

US ethanol production drops to 15.38B gallon annual rate

June 25, 2017 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 990,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 41.58 million gallons daily. That is down 12,000 b/d from the week before and the lowest in seven weeks. The four-week average for ethanol production decreased to 1.003 million b/d for an annualized […]

Read More

UK researchers unlock genetic secrets of plant cell walls

UK researchers unlock genetic secrets of plant cell walls

June 22, 2017 |

In the UK, Researchers from the University of York and the Quadram Institute have unlocked the genetic secrets of plant cell walls. Recent developments in genome sequencing technology have provided detailed information about the genetics of crop plants, but what has been lacking to date is the technology needed to collect comparable cell wall data […]

Read More

German researchers develop biodiesel production method using lower temperatures

German researchers develop biodiesel production method using lower temperatures

June 21, 2017 |

In Germany, researchers from Kaiserslautern, Bochum, and Rostock have developed a method for producing a petroleum diesel-like fuel from conventional biodiesel at low temperatures. The new biofuel fulfills the current EU and US requirements. It can be used undiluted in modern diesel engines or mixed in any ratio with petroleum diesel. The researchers present their […]

Read More

Stanford scientists use copper catalysts to make ethanol from CO2 and water

Stanford scientists use copper catalysts to make ethanol from CO2 and water

June 20, 2017 |

In California, a recent discovery by Stanford University scientists could lead to a new, more sustainable way to make ethanol without corn or other crops. This promising technology has three basic components: water, carbon dioxide and electricity delivered through a copper catalyst. The results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences […]

Read More

Policy & Policymakers

President Trump re-affirms Administration support for biofuels in two Iowa speeches

President Trump re-affirms Administration support for biofuels in two Iowa speeches

June 26, 2017 |

In Iowa, in remarks to Iowa ag leaders at Kirkwood Community College and again at his Cedar Rapids rally, President Donald Trump reiterated his support for American renewable fuels.  His remarks come as several issues vital to the future of renewable fuels are pending within his administration. At Kirkwood the President said: “We’re here today […]

Read More

Mexico OKs E10 ethanol limit excepting 3 cities

Mexico OKs E10 ethanol limit excepting 3 cities

June 25, 2017 |

In Mexico, The Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission will increase the maximum amount of ethanol that can be blended in Mexican gas supplies from 5.8 percent to 10 percent, except in the cities of Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City. 

The announcement modifies the Mexican Official Standard NOM 016-CRE-2016 regarding the quality specifications for fuels by increasing […]

Read More

Trump stumps for ethanol in Iowa despite concerns on RFS blending volumes

Trump stumps for ethanol in Iowa despite concerns on RFS blending volumes

June 22, 2017 |

In Iowa, President Trump said the ethanol industry was under siege by his Environmental Protection Agency but promised that he would save it as he said he’d do during his campaign. The White House has given the EPA the green light to publish the 2018 blending mandate proposal after reviewing it last week but changes […]

Read More

Thailand orders 40% increase in biodiesel stocks to support palm fruit prices

Thailand orders 40% increase in biodiesel stocks to support palm fruit prices

June 21, 2017 |

In Thailand, the government is calling for a 40% increase in biodiesel stocks held by oil companies to 90 million liters to help absorb excess palm oil supplies and support prices. Palm fruit prices were expected to respond within a week as a result of the policy shift. The country currently blends 7% biodiesel. About […]

Read More

Mexico moves forward with E10 policy outside urban centers

Mexico moves forward with E10 policy outside urban centers

June 20, 2017 |

In Mexico, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) announced recently a change that will increase the maximum amount of ethanol that can be blended in Mexican gas supplies from 5.8 percent to 10 percent, except in the cities of Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City. The announcement modifies the Mexican Official Standard NOM 016-CRE-2016 regarding the quality specifications […]

Read More

Other Recent Articles

Corn for food socially profitable, not biofuels, says new study

Corn for food socially profitable, not biofuels, says new study

June 26, 2017 |

In Illinois, a study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign published in Earth’s Future found a net “social and economic worth of food corn production” in the U.S. of $1,492 per hectare, compared with “a remarkable $10 per hectare loss for biofuel corn production”.  Lead researcher Professor Kumar wrote that “The critical zone is the […]

Read More

Rapeseed imports to EU from Australia expected to decline

Rapeseed imports to EU from Australia expected to decline

June 25, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that  Australia was the second largest supplier of rapeseed to Germany after France. This situation is unlikely to repeat itself in the coming year because the current drought will probably cut the Australian rapeseed harvest and reduce exports volumes. About 4.8 million tonnes of rapeseed came to Germany between April 2016 and March […]

Read More

Faces of the Bioeconomy: 4 Minutes with Marcel van Berkel

Faces of the Bioeconomy: 4 Minutes with Marcel van Berkel

June 25, 2017 |

Q: Most would know you, Marcel, from your days as an executive with GF Biochamicals. Tell us about the the new VanBerkel Consultancy. A: With experience in business management, strategy, marketing, and development, VanBerkel Consultancy bridge your company to the next level of success. Offering support in defining and executing your business development and market […]

Read More

NatureWorks Creates Performance Chemicals Division and Launches Vercet Product Line

NatureWorks Creates Performance Chemicals Division and Launches Vercet Product Line

June 25, 2017 |

In Minnesota, NatureWorks has formed a Performance Chemicals Division to supply lactides, polyols, binder resins, and chemical intermediates to companies that manufacture innovative C.A.S.E. (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers), toners, and fine chemicals. Vercet is a new tunable platform of lactide-based chemistries from the NatureWorks Performance Chemicals Division. The customizable properties of Vercet polyols provide […]

Read More

RFA’s Cooper Receives 2017 High Octane Award

RFA’s Cooper Receives 2017 High Octane Award

June 25, 2017 |

In Washington, Renewable Fuels Association Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper has been awarded the 2017 High Octane Award, presented by BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Minneapolis. The award, established in 2000 by BBI International, recognizes a person “who has helped the ethanol industry mature and progress over the […]

Read More

S2G BioChem to Build of Advanced BioRefinery in Sarnia: Production of Xylitol to Begin in 2018

S2G BioChem to Build of Advanced BioRefinery in Sarnia: Production of Xylitol to Begin in 2018

June 25, 2017 |

In Canada, S2G BioChem has started work on the company’s first standalone biorefinery demonstration plant that it intends to build in Sarnia, Ontario. The commercial-scale facility will refine local, sustainable forestry and agricultural residues using S2G’s patented process to produce the lowest-cost and highest-value food ingredient xylitol available on the market today while co-producing value-add bioglycols for a […]

Read More