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The Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2015

The Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2015

January 29, 2015 |

The “Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy” for 2015 as nominated and voted by the readers of The Digest and the publication’s editorial board. 1 Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture 2 Guido Ghisolfi, CEO, Beta Renewables 3 Jeff Lautt, CEO, POET, Jeff Broin, Chairman, POET 4 Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy 5 Michael […]

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Vilsack heads “Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy” poll for 2015

Vilsack heads “Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy” poll for 2015

January 29, 2015 |

In the annual rankings, voters reward commercial deployments at scale, key figures in deployment of alternative fuels, and pioneers in renewable chemicals. International leaders gain. In Florida, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack headed the “Top 125 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings as nominated and voted by the readers of The Digest and the […]

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Gevo: Party-time for SCOTUS win is over, time to raise some money

Gevo: Party-time for SCOTUS win is over, time to raise some money

January 28, 2015 |

Following just one day after a big win in the Supreme Court and a corporate update last week, Gevo announced that it intends to offer and sell, subject to market and other conditions, common stock units. Each common stock unit will consist of one share of common stock, Series A warrants to purchase a certain […]

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Is bureaucracy holding back advanced biofuels?

Is bureaucracy holding back advanced biofuels?

January 28, 2015 |

More government support! It’s the cry of many advanced biofuels supporters. But what about “Less Government Red Tape?!$%#@” That gets less attention than it deserves, says a recent sector overview. The Digest investigates. Why must “the entire value chain of production from feedstock to finished product be conducted at a single location” asks Antoine Schellinger, […]

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Producer News

German rapeseed crop at risk of frost damage

German rapeseed crop at risk of frost damage

January 29, 2015 |

In Germany, the rapeseed crop is at risk of severe damage from frost after it was left weakened by insects following an EU ban on a common pesticide. The French and British crops suffered less damage and look to better survive any potential cold snaps. European rapeseed production is seen down 11% on the year […]

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Novozymes and Beta Renewables to build 75 million liter plant in India

Novozymes and Beta Renewables to build 75 million liter plant in India

January 29, 2015 |

In India, Novozymes and Beta Renewables are working to establish a 75 million liter per year cellulosic ethanol plant in Punjab using 3 million metric tons of paddy straw as feedstock. The $153.7 million plant could lead the way for $1 billion in investment of five other plants in the state if successful.

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Copa-Cogeca calling on EU member states to support biofuels

Copa-Cogeca calling on EU member states to support biofuels

January 29, 2015 |

In Germany, Copa-Cogeca is calling for EU agriculture ministers and MEPs to fight the European Commission for a higher use of crop-based biofuels following the extensive investment made into the fuels following the EU’s policy to demand 10% blending by 2020. The organization rejects the studies used to establish ILUC penalties, saying they’re based on […]

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Canadian ethanol plant shifting away from fuel towards industrial alcohol

Canadian ethanol plant shifting away from fuel towards industrial alcohol

January 29, 2015 |

In Canada, the 200 million liter GreenField ethanol plant in Chatham will produce up to 75% industrial alcohol by the end of the year, moving away from fuel ethanol production, because it says that’s where the market is going. It is targeting high quality pharmaceuticals markets. Currently the facility is undertaking $40 million worth of […]

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5-Minute Guides

Neste Oil: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Neste Oil: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

January 29, 2015 |

Neste Oil is a refining and marketing company, with a production focus on premium-quality, lower-emission traffic fuels. The company produces a comprehensive range of major petroleum products and is the world’s leading supplier of renewable diesel. The company had net sales of EUR 17.5 billion in 2013 and employs around 5,000 people. Neste Oil’s share […]

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Cool Planet: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Cool Planet: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

January 28, 2015 |

Cool Planet is a technology company that is developing sustainable products to address three of the world’s largest markets: energy, food and water. Currently they are commercializing a technology to create drop-in green fuels and biochar in a way that can change the world for good. The green fuels are chemically identical to fossil fuels […]

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Gevo: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Gevo: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

January 27, 2015 |

Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. We have developed a robust industrial scale yeast biocatalyst to produce isobutanol without typical byproducts operating at parameters equivalent to commercial ethanol producers. The second […]

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Biofuels Digest Index is flat at 61.00 despite chemicals advance

Biofuels Digest Index is flat at 61.00 despite chemicals advance

January 27, 2015 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, was flat at 61.00 as chemicals advanced. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) dropped 8.04 percent to $0.27 despite a big Supreme Court win, while Aemetis (AMTX) soared 16.48 percent to $4.17. Among other equities, OriginOil (OOIL) surged 4.36 percent to $0.11. Overall, declines led […]

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R&D News

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution produces biodiesel and jet fuel from algae

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution produces biodiesel and jet fuel from algae

January 29, 2015 |

In Massachusetts, a common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O’Neil of Western Washington University and Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, exploited an unusual […]

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OriginOil teams with Idaho National Laboratory on algae biofuel production

OriginOil teams with Idaho National Laboratory on algae biofuel production

January 28, 2015 |

In Idaho, OriginOil announced that it is collaborating with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) of the U.S. Department of Energy. A proposed project focuses on development and implementation of novel approaches to improve efficiency in algal biofuel production. Together, OriginOil and INL have submitted a proposal in response to a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled […]

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“The ONLY introductory book to cover solid, liquid and gaseous bioenergy.”

“The ONLY introductory book to cover solid, liquid and gaseous bioenergy.”

January 28, 2015 |

If you remember the old Hammacher-Schlemmer Christmas catalogues, they were filled with pages and pages of The ONLY this, the ONLY that, and the BEST that. But sometimes, along comes a product that’s worth the hype — and we’re told by the Digesterati that’s here’s one. “Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels” “Bioenergy: Biomass to Biofuels” by […]

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Deinove reaches first milestone with Deinococcus-based products

Deinove reaches first milestone with Deinococcus-based products

January 27, 2015 |

In France, Deinove announced it has reached the first milestone of its Deinochem green chemistry program, funded by the ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency) in the framework of the French government initiative “Investing for the Future.” Consequently, Deinove will receive, in early February, approximately $1.12 million in the form of a repayable advance. […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Tim Searchinger goes after food vs fuel again in new report

Tim Searchinger goes after food vs fuel again in new report

January 29, 2015 |

In Washington, Tim Searchinger is yet again hitting out at biofuels, calling for policies supporting them to be phased out. His new report from the World Resources Institute says that biofuels would require all of the crops grown today to provide the biofuels needed for 2050. He says solar is a better energy source because […]

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NBB lashes out at EPA for approving streamlined process for Argentine biodiesel

NBB lashes out at EPA for approving streamlined process for Argentine biodiesel

January 28, 2015 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board has sharply criticized a decision by the EPA to allow streamlined Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “This decision poses a tremendous threat to U.S. industry and jobs, not to mention the overriding goal of the RFS of developing clean, homegrown renewable fuels,” […]

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Vietnam’s prime ministry to put policies in place to support E5 uptake

Vietnam’s prime ministry to put policies in place to support E5 uptake

January 27, 2015 |

In Vietnam, the prime minister has promised to set E5 prices at slightly below 92 octane unleaded prices in order to boost demand. He also wants ministries to explore export taxes on both ethanol and cassava to ensure enough supply for E5 demand.

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India looking to support biofuels with tax incentives and fuel standards

India looking to support biofuels with tax incentives and fuel standards

January 26, 2015 |

In India, the country’s transport minister is so serious about promoting biofuels and eliminating fossil fuels for vehicles that his ministry is exploring tax breaks for biofuel production as well as for vehicles that run on biofuels. The government is preparing to issue fuel standards for E85 and ED95. He has made an open call […]

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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

Ohio Corn Marketing Program launches grant program for blender pumps

Ohio Corn Marketing Program launches grant program for blender pumps

January 29, 2015 |

In Ohio, Ohio Corn Marketing Program, in partnership with the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and the American Lung Association of the Midland States, is pleased to announce, The Ethanol Infrastructure Grant Program, a new grant funding opportunity for petroleum marketers to significantly expand the reach of ethanol compatible fuel in the Ohio […]

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BASF pulls out of acrylic acid research JV with Novozymes and Cargill

BASF pulls out of acrylic acid research JV with Novozymes and Cargill

January 29, 2015 |

In Germany, BASF is leaving Novozymes and Cargill to continue carrying on the R&D work they’ve done together on bio-based acrylic acid, saying it couldn’t reach the targets for commercializing the product. Novozymes and Cargill started the partnership in 2008 with BASF joining in 2012. The founding companies are now looking for a new partner […]

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4 minutes with… Johan Martinez, Director of Renewable Energy and New Business, Asocaña

4 minutes with… Johan Martinez, Director of Renewable Energy and New Business, Asocaña

January 29, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Asocaña is the association of Colombian sugarcane growers and sugarcane mills. 5 of the mills have ethanol distilleries that produce all the ethanol needed for the mandatory blend program. The sustainability of the production is the main goal, including the carbon footprint, regulatory […]

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Biofuels Digest Index slips to 59.87 as advanced biofuels slump

Biofuels Digest Index slips to 59.87 as advanced biofuels slump

January 29, 2015 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, slipped 0.78 percent to 59.87 as advanced biofuels slumped. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) plummeted 47.19 percent to $0.13 following pricing of a dilutive cap raise, while Cosan (CZZ) tumbled 5.13 percent to $7.03. Among other equities, Solazyme (SZYM) advanced 3.32 percent to $2.18. […]

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Fitch says Brazilian gas tax with help ethanol producers but not that much

Fitch says Brazilian gas tax with help ethanol producers but not that much

January 28, 2015 |

In Brazil, the Brazilian government’s decision to raise taxes on gasoline and diesel is positive for sugar and ethanol (S&E) companies but will not materially alleviate the financial stress of these companies in 2015, according to Fitch Ratings. The new taxes should allow ethanol producers to increase prices, but the positive impact on the EBITDA […]

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County judge appoints local lawyer as KiOR Columbus plant receiver

County judge appoints local lawyer as KiOR Columbus plant receiver

January 28, 2015 |

In Mississippi, a Jackson lawyer was appointed by a Lowndes County judge as receiver of the KiOR Columbus plant at the request of Vinod Khosla. The receiver  will be paid by the Mississippi Development Authority and will be in place until Aug. 1.

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