Major Stories

Trump at the Renewable Pump: will he bump, thump or dump?

Trump at the Renewable Pump: will he bump, thump or dump?

February 23, 2017 |

“Trump Reiterates Support for Ethanol, RFS” is the major headline to come out of the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, which is the Renewable Fuels Association’s annual conflab and as usual produced a flurry of studies, keynotes and statements on the viability and importance of US ethanol to everything from American jobs to advanced […]

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The pile-on for bionylon: ADM, Rennovia, JM accelerate the chase

The pile-on for bionylon: ADM, Rennovia, JM accelerate the chase

February 22, 2017 |

Just when we’ve chided ADM for being quieter in the sector than a Sensory Deprivation Chamber, they’ve gone and been associated with two major announcements in the week leading up to ABLC. From California we learn that Johnson Matthey and Rennovia have signed a license agreement with Archer Daniels Midland Company to provide catalyst and […]

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Greenyug to go commercial-scale in 2017, signs key ethyl acetate offtake deal with Helm

Greenyug to go commercial-scale in 2017, signs key ethyl acetate offtake deal with Helm

February 21, 2017 |

In California, HELM AG and Greenyug signed an off-take agreement for the purchase and sale of bio-based Ethyl Acetate produced at Greenyug’s planned Ethyl Acetate facility in Columbus, Nebraska. This agreement will make significant amounts of bio-based Ethyl Acetate available first time to the market. As we reported last June, Greenyug has formed a subsidiary, […]

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Ground Delay: Where are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

Ground Delay: Where are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

February 20, 2017 |

When it comes to sustainable aviation fuels, the public is yelling impatiently for take-off, and the airlines are pleading impatiently for off-take. So, where are the gallons? There are two hold-ups, primarily, and they have nothing to do with the usual suspects in advanced technology – those are the unworkable technology and the unaffordable feedstock, and […]

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The Need for Speed: POET-DSM’s Project Liberty advances on yield and cost, but still seeking rate

The Need for Speed: POET-DSM’s Project Liberty advances on yield and cost, but still seeking rate

February 19, 2017 |

In Iowa, we reported late last week that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing facility in Emmetsburg, pending state and local approvals. It gives us a chance to review the progress with cellulosic biofuels. In that, you might find yourself in one of three camps, in looking at cellulosic’s slow ramp-up: 1. […]

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8-Slide Guides

Back on Track: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the RFA Ethanol Outlook

Back on Track: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the RFA Ethanol Outlook

February 23, 2017 |

Looking to better understand the outlook for the US ethanol industry, but lack the time to wade through the entire 40-page Ethanol Outlook 2017 from RFA (which is right here, for download, in complete form)? Well, enjoy our selection of the essential slides from the Outlook, which will give you the news you can use […]

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New biobased chemical options: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Rennovia

New biobased chemical options: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Rennovia

February 22, 2017 |

Rennovia, Inc. is a chemical process technology development company focused on the creation of novel processes for the cost-advantaged production of commodity and specialty chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Rennovia is developing processes for the production of biobased glucaric acid, adipic acid, 1,6-hexanediol, hexamethylenediamine (HMD), and other important building blocks for a wide range of functional […]

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Ethanol to drop-in fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic ethanol upgrade technology

Ethanol to drop-in fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic ethanol upgrade technology

February 21, 2017 |

The program objective seen in these slides is to take a technology from Technical Readiness Level 2 to TRL 3/4 — a technology that directly upgrades ethanol to a drop-in hydrocarbon fuel at a high yield. Among the investors here are three of the technology gurus behind Vertimass – Chaitanya Narula, Martin KellerBrian H. Davison — although […]

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From off-take to take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US renewable jet fuels program

From off-take to take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US renewable jet fuels program

February 20, 2017 |

In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the near-term. This initiative sought to achieve multiple, commercial scale integrated biorefineries, cost-competitive biofuel with conventional petroleum (w/o subsidies), domestically produced fuels from non-food feedstocks, and […]

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Low cost sugars and lignin streams: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Process Hydrolysis

Low cost sugars and lignin streams: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Process Hydrolysis

February 19, 2017 |

According to this presentation deck from NREL’s Melvin Tucker, “to produce high concentration sugar and reactive lignin streams at high yields and low costs from biomass to meet BETO’s 2017 ($5/GGE) and 2022 ($3/GGE) Goals and Targets, the industry needs: •To reduce enzyme loadings below 10 mg total protein/g cellulose •High concentration “cleaner” sugar syrups to meet […]

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The Latest World News

German biodiesel blending falls as diesel consumption increases

German biodiesel blending falls as diesel consumption increases

February 23, 2017 |

In Germany, biodiesel blend was slightly lower on the year last year at 5.61% in part as a result of double counting waste-based biofuels while ethanol blending was slightly higher at 5.78%. Although the biodiesel blending rate fell in percentage terms, biodiesel consumption was actually slightly higher at 2.15 million metric tons but diesel consumption […]

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RFA study says ethanol supported nearly 340,000 jobs in 2016

RFA study says ethanol supported nearly 340,000 jobs in 2016

February 23, 2017 |

In Washington, a new report commissioned by the Renewable Fuels Agency says the U.S. ethanol industry added $42.1 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product and supported nearly 340,000 jobs in 2016. According to the analysis, the production and use of 15.25 billion gallons of ethanol last year also: ¥ contributed nearly $14.4 billion to […]

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Alliance Bioenergy submits offer for INEOS New Planet Bioenergy

Alliance Bioenergy submits offer for INEOS New Planet Bioenergy

February 23, 2017 |

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus announced that it has submitted an offer to purchase a 145+ acre ethanol plant previously owned by INEOS New Planet Bioenergy in Vero Beach, FL. If successful the Company will begin to retrofit the front end of the facility immediately with its patented CTS process and quickly be converting local […]

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County approves LOI with Elite Octane to move forward on ethanol facility

County approves LOI with Elite Octane to move forward on ethanol facility

February 23, 2017 |

In Iowa, the Elite Octane project set for Atlantic has been pulled from the brink after the Cass County Board of Commissioners approved a letter of intent with the project’s developers, agreeing to invest $4.4 million in infrastructure improvements including roads and a pipeline to transport gray water from the community’s wastewater treatment plant for […]

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Newport Biodiesel supplies B20 to sailing school vessel on its way to Cuba

Newport Biodiesel supplies B20 to sailing school vessel on its way to Cuba

February 23, 2017 |

In Rhode Island, biodiesel is taking to the high seas in a special ship traveling from Rhode Island to an ultimate goal of Cuba on 6,000 gallons of B20 supplied by Newport Biodiesel. The 200-foot Sailing School Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry fueled up with 20 percent biodiesel this week at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode […]

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R&D News

Princeton researchers boost bioreactor efficiency with new integrated approach

Princeton researchers boost bioreactor efficiency with new integrated approach

February 23, 2017 |

In New Jersey, to improve bioreactor efficiency, researchers at Princeton University will create an integrated approach to monitoring and controlling the organisms’ metabolic activity thanks to support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., and his wife, Wendy, created the $25 million endowment […]

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BETO launches Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium

BETO launches Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium

February 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the launch of its Chemical Catalysis for Bioenergy Consortium (ChemCatBio), a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Made up of seven DOE national laboratories, ChemCatBio will bring new catalytic materials to commercial bioenergy […]

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Penn State professor supporting croton data collection in Kenya

Penn State professor supporting croton data collection in Kenya

February 21, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, a Penn State professor was hired by World Agroforestry Centre to help a small company, Eco Fuels Kenya, or EFK, to survey subsistence farmers in five counties and dozens of villages in Kenya about their willingness to grow croton trees. He asked them such things as how many trees they have, whether they […]

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IIT-Kharagpur researchers develop methodology for cellulose-hemicellulose dual process

IIT-Kharagpur researchers develop methodology for cellulose-hemicellulose dual process

February 20, 2017 |

In India, IIT-Kharagpur researchers have developed a process that results in four-fold increase in the yield of fermentable sugars and bioethanol from hemicelluloses, allowing feedstocks like grasses and lake hyacinth to finally become viable feedstocks. Lake hyacinth is 50% hemicellulose, for example, so a kilo of dry feedstock can now produce 0.18-0.29kg of ethanol. Research […]

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‘Zero Net Energy Farm’ in California draws Midwest farmer interest 

‘Zero Net Energy Farm’ in California draws Midwest farmer interest 

February 19, 2017 |

In California, farmers from the Midwest are in California’s Central Valley touring the first-of-its-kind Zero Net Energy Farm, or “ZNEF,” to learn how to generate all electrical and heating power needs from on-site renewable resources, including solar, wind and biomass. Renewable energy company Biodico Inc. directs the ZNEF project, which is funded, in part, by […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Oklahoma releases 7,564 pages of new EPA Administrator’s emails showing deep oil links

Oklahoma releases 7,564 pages of new EPA Administrator’s emails showing deep oil links

February 23, 2017 |

In Washington, 7,564 pages of emails by then-Oklahoma Attorney General, now-Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, following a freedom of information request and a court order to release them by the Center for Media and Democracy show the administrator’s very tight relationship with several key players in the oil and gas industry who went so […]

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Trump assures ethanol industry it remains key to national energy strategy

Trump assures ethanol industry it remains key to national energy strategy

February 22, 2017 |

In California, through a letter, President Donald Trump assured participants at the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego this week that ethanol remains an important part of the national energy strategy despite the appointment and confirmation of an EPA administrator who in the past has been a legal opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard and […]

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Five Senators ask Pruitt to address EPA’s volatility regulation inhibiting E15 sales

Five Senators ask Pruitt to address EPA’s volatility regulation inhibiting E15 sales

February 21, 2017 |

In Washington, five Senators, led by Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to address EPA’s volatility regulation that makes it more difficult to sell ethanol blends above 10% year-round. The senators asked the administrator to extend the 1-psi RVP waiver to E15 and other higher ethanol blends, “to […]

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Singapore shifts diesel taxes to volumetric as lead in to carbon tax

Singapore shifts diesel taxes to volumetric as lead in to carbon tax

February 20, 2017 |

In Singapore, in an effort to tax carbon emissions, the government has implemented a S$0.10 per liter duty on all diesel, both automotive and industrial, in an effort to promote a switch toward cleaner fuels. The tax on diesel vehicles is currently a lump annual sum but will switch to a volumetric tax in an […]

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EU headed for imported oil dependency via backtrack on conventional biofuels

EU headed for imported oil dependency via backtrack on conventional biofuels

February 19, 2017 |

In the EU, Emmanuel Desplechin,  Secretary-General, ePure wrote in Politico Europe that “Europe needs more ambition if it wants to decarbonize transport. Europe needs a realistic mix of renewable energy solutions — including low-emission fuels such as sustainably produced and renewable European ethanol — if it wants to achieve its goal of decarbonizing EU transport.” Desplechin adds that “the […]

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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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Pacific Ag: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Pacific Ag: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

June 6, 2015 |

Founded in 1998 in the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Ag is the largest, most experienced agricultural biomass supply company in the US.  Today, Pacific Ag provides biomass supply chain solutions from six locations across the nation and works with more growers, owns and operates more equipment, has more personnel, and harvests more biomass tons per year […]

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Other Recent Articles

Pacific Biodiesel to trial sunflower and other biofuel crops on Maui

Pacific Biodiesel to trial sunflower and other biofuel crops on Maui

February 23, 2017 |

In Hawaii, Pacific Biodiesel is trialing various biofuel crops including sunflowers on a 115 acre test site on Maui, a project that is not related to the parent company of C&H Sugar that recently closed down sugarcane operations and looked to sunflower as a potential alternative crop. More details on the community-based project are to […]

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Bangchak Petroleum exploring value add project for its biofuel sector

Bangchak Petroleum exploring value add project for its biofuel sector

February 22, 2017 |

In Thailand, Bangchak Petroleum is investing in a feasibility study looking a project with an unidentified strategic partner to add value to its methyl ester and ethanol production rather than remain subject to the whims of commodity market for fuels. A deal should be announced in mid-2017. The company currently produces 710,000 liters per day […]

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Pine Lake Corn Processors first ethanol plant in Iowa to install Whitefox’s ICE

Pine Lake Corn Processors first ethanol plant in Iowa to install Whitefox’s ICE

February 22, 2017 |

In Iowa, Pine Lake Corn Processors has become the first ethanol plant in Iowa to install Whitefox’s Integrated Cartridge Efficiency (ICE) membrane solution to increase production capacity and improve overall plant efficiency. Pine Lake, located at Steamboat Rock, Iowa, operates at 35 MMgy dry mill ethanol plant. Whitefox’s bolt-on ICE solution gives the plant an […]

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Neutral Fuels successfully uses dairy waste to produce biofuels

Neutral Fuels successfully uses dairy waste to produce biofuels

February 22, 2017 |

In the UAE, after two years of research into new and improved ways to create biofuels, Neutral Fuels has become the first company to successfully use butter, cream and ghee waste as a feedstock for creating commercial biofuel. Importantly, the new fuel is of the same high quality as the vegetable oil-derived biofuel that Neutral […]

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RFA teaming with oil industry to battle growth of electric cars on the market

RFA teaming with oil industry to battle growth of electric cars on the market

February 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Agency is teaming with the oil sector represented by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers to lobby for a level playing field when it comes to electric vehicles versus combustion vehicles. As more electric vehicles hit the road, they are beginning to erode the market share for vehicles that run […]

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Novozymes releases advanced suite of biofuels enzymes

Novozymes releases advanced suite of biofuels enzymes

February 22, 2017 |

In Denmark, Novozymes announces the launch of the Spirizyme T Portfolio, an advanced suite of glucoamylase enzymes with trehalase and other yield enhancing activities that provide the most total sugar conversion in the industry. Trehalase is an enzyme that converts trehalose, a type of sugar that cannot be fermented to ethanol, to glucose, which is […]

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