Major Stories

75 people worth knowing in the advanced bioeconomy

75 people worth knowing in the advanced bioeconomy

March 5, 2015 |

Next week in Washington DC, the advanced bioeconomy industry gathers for ABLC 2015, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference. With the 75 leaders we’ve selected for plenary presentations, you might ask, why them, why are these topics vital, why now? Policy people to know at the present time Next week, the heads of the major advanced […]

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Algae strategies for a healthy “Less sugar, more protein” world

Algae strategies for a healthy “Less sugar, more protein” world

March 4, 2015 |

Yep, it’s time to “lay off the sugar” and get more proteins and veggies in your diet. But how do you handle a surging population, and rising demand for fish. Turns out our one-celled friends, the algae, may come to the rescue. Here’s the why and how. If you’ve been following the newsflow on sugar […]

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Matrix breaks through on genetic methods for modifying spirulina: new platform for proteins, pigments

Matrix breaks through on genetic methods for modifying spirulina: new platform for proteins, pigments

March 4, 2015 |

Milestone reached on protein, phycocyanin in spirulina — opens up new opportunities for algae, cyanobacteria. In Washington, we have big news this week that Matrix Genetics announced a technology breakthrough that allows for rapid and efficient production of pigments and proteins in Spirulina, a species of cyanobacteria. Matrix is the first to invent rapid and efficient genetic […]

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Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi dies in apparent suicide

Beta Renewables CEO Guido Ghisolfi dies in apparent suicide

March 3, 2015 |

The charismatic Beta Renewables CEO is gone, builder of the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant. Guido Ghisolfi, 58, the CEO of Beta Renewables, is dead. News reports from Italy indicate a suicide, after the charismatic business leader was found in his dark-color, late model Lexus, on a road side near Carbona Scrivia, less than three […]

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Producer News

VayuGrid signs MOU for community-based biofuel projects

VayuGrid signs MOU for community-based biofuel projects

March 5, 2015 |

In India, Bangalore-based enterprise VayuGrid engaged in building affordable Bioenergy supply chains announced that they have entered into an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with New Renewable Energy Development Corporation of AP (NREDCAP) for the State of Andhra Pradesh to develop Panchayat level Bio Energy Zones ( BEZs) for green power generation including the power generation […]

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European ethanol plants may take longer maintenance breaks than normal

European ethanol plants may take longer maintenance breaks than normal

March 5, 2015 |

Across Europe, March is maintenance season which means that many ethanol producers are expected to go offline temporarily, providing a respite to the market that may result in higher prices for a short time. Some producers may consider early or prolonged maintenance closures in an effort to remove more ethanol from the market and potentially […]

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Bangor University says miscanthus the way to go while other feedstocks are bad

Bangor University says miscanthus the way to go while other feedstocks are bad

March 5, 2015 |

In the UK, in a paper just released in the leading bioenergy journal Global Change Biology Bioenergy, researchers from Bangor University and the Thünen Institute in Germany conclude that crop-biogas and liquid biofuels are at best inefficient options for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, per hectare of land used and per £ public subsidy required. At […]

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Brazil to implement E27 on March 16

Brazil to implement E27 on March 16

March 5, 2015 |

In Brazil, the country will implement the 27% ethanol blend on March 16 following official publication. Kingsman estimates ethanol demand will increase by 60 million liters as a result of boosting the blend from 25%. Ethanol prices are suffering from a glut currently and aren’t expected to react much to the policy change.

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5-Minute Guides

Dyadic: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Dyadic: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

March 5, 2015 |

Dyadic International, Inc. is a global biotechnology company that uses its patented and proprietary technologies to conduct research, development and commercial activities for the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of products and solutions for the bioenergy, industrial enzyme and biopharmaceutical industries. Dyadic’s C1 platform technology enables the development and large scale manufacture of low cost […]

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Ensyn: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide


Ensyn: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide


March 4, 2015 |

Ensyn is a producer of advanced cellulosic biofuels.  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than 25 years.  Its technology has produced over 37 million gallons of renewable fuels and chemicals in over […]

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Clariant: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Clariant: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

March 3, 2015 |

Clariant is an internationally active specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz near Basel. The group owns over 100 companies worldwide. Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for example corn stover in North […]

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ZeaChem: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

ZeaChem: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

March 2, 2015 |

ZeaChem Inc. has developed a cellulose-based biorefinery platform capable of producing advanced ethanol, fuels and 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 carbon footprint of any known biorefining […]

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R&D News

University of Illinois says miscanthus beats out switchgrass and stover

University of Illinois says miscanthus beats out switchgrass and stover

March 5, 2015 |

In Illinois, a recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn stover. The fast-growing energy grass miscanthus was the clear winner. Models predict that miscanthus will have higher yield and profit, particularly when grown in poor-quality […]

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Energy Biosciences Institute introduces new metabolic pathways to yeast

Energy Biosciences Institute introduces new metabolic pathways to yeast

March 4, 2015 |

In California, researchers with the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), a partnership that includes the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley, have found a way to increase the production of fuels and other chemicals from biomass fermented by yeast. By introducing new metabolic pathways into the yeast, they enable […]

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University of Saskatchewan gets grant to develop glycerin-based patents

University of Saskatchewan gets grant to develop glycerin-based patents

March 3, 2015 |

In Canada, biofuel producers in Western Canada will soon be able to purify and convert raw glycerol more cost-effectively thanks to an investment of $538,542, announced by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. With this funding, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), led by Canada Research Chair […]

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Superior Oil awarded US patent for coin oil extraction and immediately files suit

Superior Oil awarded US patent for coin oil extraction and immediately files suit

March 2, 2015 |

In Indiana, Superior Oil was awarded a U.S. patent for its innovative approach to extracting corn oil from the ethanol production processes. Superior’s U.S. Patent No. 8,962,059 provides for improved techniques for maximizing the extraction of corn oil during post-fermentation operations. Superior Oil also immediately commenced an action against Solenis LLC and Solenis L.P. to […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Oregon House sends LCFS to governor but signature not a sure thing

Oregon House sends LCFS to governor but signature not a sure thing

March 5, 2015 |

In Oregon, the state’s House of Representatives has sent the low carbon fuel standard to Gov. Kate Brown for signature but it’s not clear if she will sign it or not, despite having spoken favorably of the bill. Biofuel demand is expected to increase if the LCFS comes into effect because fuels must reduce GHG […]

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Thai ethanol producers urging government to keep price gap between gas and ethanol

Thai ethanol producers urging government to keep price gap between gas and ethanol

March 4, 2015 |

In Thailand, the national ethanol producers association is urging the government to maintain the price gap between ethanol and gasoline despite falling oil prices. The association warned that if the government didn’t artificially maintain the gap, it could take up to six years for ethanol demand to return to current levels. On Monday, ministers will […]

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Indonesia sets CPO as benchmark for biodiesel supply tenders from March 1

Indonesia sets CPO as benchmark for biodiesel supply tenders from March 1

March 3, 2015 |

In Indonesia, the country’s energy and minerals ministry has altered the pricing benchmark used in tenders to supply biodiesel to the state-owned oil company Pertamina to crude palm oil prices rather than diesel prices in an attempt to further boost biodiesel consumption. The new benchmark is in effect for tenders as of March 1.

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Indonesia may not reach 2/3 of B10 policy even with new subsidy

Indonesia may not reach 2/3 of B10 policy even with new subsidy

March 2, 2015 |

In Indonesia, despite the government more than doubling the CPO biodiesel blending subsidy, low oil prices may keep the country from keeping its blending B10 mandate of 1.7 billion liters. About 1.5 million metric tons of CPO would be needed to reach the mandate, up from 800,000 tons in 2014, but some analysts fear that […]

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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

IISD researcher looks at cattails as bio-power feedstock

IISD researcher looks at cattails as bio-power feedstock

March 5, 2015 |

In Canada, a senior researcher with International Institute for Sustainable Development is looking at cattails as a possible feedstock for biofuels, especially as a heat source. Providence University in Otterburne, Manitoba wants to move towards more sustainable energy sources and already heats 80% of its campus with biomass, so is looking to cattails as a […]

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4 minutes with… Dr. Laszlo Paszner, President, PASZNER TECHNOLOGIES

4 minutes with… Dr. Laszlo Paszner, President, PASZNER TECHNOLOGIES

March 5, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Developed the ACOS (Acid Catalyzed Organosolv Saccharification) process which dissolves any biomass type in a single step and recovers/fractionates >98% of all chemical components as part of the solvent recovery process. All components are to be processed to value added products Tell us […]

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Biofuels Digest Index jumps to 67.48 as ethanol equities surge

Biofuels Digest Index jumps to 67.48 as ethanol equities surge

March 5, 2015 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, jumped 1.50 percent to 67.48 as ethanol equities surged. For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) soared 25.94 percent to $11.75 while Aemetis (AMTX) jumped 6.24 percent to $2.45. Among other equities, Metabolix (MBLX) dropped 11.19 percent to $0.86. Overall, advances led declines by a […]

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Ethanol stocks fall slightly from three-year highs

Ethanol stocks fall slightly from three-year highs

March 4, 2015 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says that ethanol stocks have at last fallen from three-year highs to 21.528 million barrels, down 66,000 barrels on the week. East Coast and West Coast stocks bucked the trend and increased on the week. Production followed the lower trend, however with, ethanol production slightly lower by 16,000 barrels […]

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South Dakota boosts fund $300,000 to help stations install ethanol storage tanks

South Dakota boosts fund $300,000 to help stations install ethanol storage tanks

March 4, 2015 |

In South Dakota, Governor’s Office of Economic Development has earmarked $300,000 to help retail gas stations install ethanol storage tanks, expanding the fund’s original aim to help offset costs for installing blender pumps. Retail stations can apply for both grant programs through the end of June.

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Palm oil prices seen flip-flopping midway through 2015

Palm oil prices seen flip-flopping midway through 2015

March 4, 2015 |

In Malaysia, palm oil prices are expected to suffer schizophrenia this year with the first half seeing higher prices underpinned by increasing demand and lower production while they are expected to flip-flop in the latter half of the year, potentially reaching six-year lows. Growing soy oil supplies mixed with lower petroleum prices are expected to […]

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