OK, you have a carbon strategy, and that’s good. But how’s your hydrogen strategy coming along? In our “100 Fortune Cookies,” we put it as plainly as we could: “You will never have enough affordable hydrogen.” Perhaps that is the attractor in the news from little-known Solarvest Bioenergy, when they announced third party confirmation of […]
Vitally interested in President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget and the 411 on grants, incentives, tax credits, loan guarantees and R&D support — but haven’t got the time to read all 1653 glorious pages? Try the Digest’s 7-Minute Guide. In Washington, President Obama outlined his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for 2015, with a focus on tax […]
In California, Ceres announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 20,000,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $1.00 per share. Ceres also granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to 3,000,000 additional shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. Ceres expects to receive approximately $20 […]
In New Hampshire, Ensyn Fuels has signed a contract with Memorial Hospital of North Conway for the supply of RFO™, Ensyn’s advanced cellulosic biofuel. Ensyn’s RFO, produced from forest residues, will be used by Memorial as a heating fuel, replacing petroleum-based fuels. This initiative will lower Memorial’s environmental footprint and will provide Memorial with net […]
In Finland, Neste Oil has joined forces with DONG Energy to develop an integrated process to produce renewable diesel and aviation fuel based on agricultural residues. DONG Energy’s Inbicon technology will be used in the first part of the process to pre-treat biomass and produce cellulosic sugars that can be converted into microbial oil with […]
In Singapore, grease from waste traps at restaurants is making its way to biodiesel producers for use as feedstock, which goes against national law. The National Environmental Agency is investigating cases of the trade, circumventing current laws that require waste oil to be collected by licensed operators and then disposed in a water reclamation plant […]
In Singapore, Ennovor Biofuels has announced a new set of three managers as the company expands to become the world’s second largest second generation global biodiesel producer by 2015. Chairman John Markham (formerly of ICI) will be brought on for strategic business development, David Frohnsdorff will be brought on as the managing director for production, […]
In the Philippines, coconut oil exports grew by nearly 50% in the last 9 months as the country failed to implement the shift to a B5 biofuel mandate. The current blending requirement is 2%, and the proposal to shift to B5 has yet to secure approval from the National Biofuels Board. Coconut oil export goals […]
In Nigeria, Green Energy and Biofuels are producing biofuel gel from saw dust and water hyacinths for use in clean cooking stoves in both Nigeria and Ghana. The company says that already 200,000 households are using the clean cookstoves and it plans to expand into the rest of West Africa, including Cameroon and Togo where […]
In Tennessee, Vertimass LLC, a California-based start-up company, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology that directly converts ethanol into a hydrocarbon blend-stock for use in transportation fuels. The ORNL technology offers a new pathway to biomass-derived renewable fuels that can lower greenhouse gas emissions and decrease U.S. reliance on foreign sources of oil.
In South Carolina, a doctoral student at Clemson University is feeding crude glycerin to algae to increase biomass and lipid production. Using it as a carbon substrate, the three-carbon sugar alcohol helps the algae to produce about 60 percent oleic acid, Omega-9 fatty acid, under lab conditions.
In Finland, VTT and UPM announced that the tests they’ve been performing on UPM’s renewable diesel since last May have shown that the fuel works just as well as fossil diesel. The tests used a 20% blend of UPM’s BioVerno on four Volkswagen Golf 1.6 TDI cars that traveled 20,000 km each during the course […]
Policy & Policymakers
In Indonesia, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is preparing a new calculation for biodiesel prices that will come into effect in 2015 in an attempt to facilitate more diverse participation in the market. The move comes as a result of Pertamina’s failure to secure the 6.6 billion liters of biodiesel needed to reach B10 […]
In Indonesia, rising palm oil prices mean that it’s unlikely the country will hit its biodiesel blending target of 3.4 million metric tons. With prices currently at $840 per ton, supplies will instead be diverted for exports, leaving only 2 million tons for domestic consumption, 41% lower than the policy dictates. The biodiesel blend for […]
In Missouri, E15 is set to come online this summer after a major push by the state’s governor to overturn the anti-biofuel lobby. Back in October, the rule was temporarily blocked by the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules but the Senate didn’t manage to vote it out of committee so won’t come into […]
The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, edged up 0.16 percent to 83.06 — a new 30 month high — as enzyme equities rose. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) surged 5.97 percent to $1.42, while Biofuel Energy (BIOF) plunged 13.89 percent to $3.10. Among other equities, Sacom (SAM.MI) plummeted 8.00 percent […]
The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 0.24 percent to 82.93 — a new 30 month high — as enzymes equities rose. For the day, KiOR (KIOR) jumped 10.10 percent to $1.58, while Aemetis (AMTX) was up 2.78 percent to $0.37. Among other equities, Ceres (CERE) dropped 20.31 percent to […]
The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, rallied 1.71 percent to 82.73 — a 30 month high — as ethanol equities climbed anew. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) rose 5.19 percent to $5.05, while Aemetis (AMTX) was up 5.88 percent to $0.36. Among other equities, Ceres (CERE) dropped 5.19 percent to […]
Other Recent Articles
In South Africa, South African-Brazilian company Silvapen Group plans to invest in a $119 million sugar-to-ethanol plant that will use 15,000ha of sugarcane as feedstock. The facility is planned to produce 1.5 million cubic liters of ethanol in addition to 94MW of electricity, of which 84MW will be exported to the grid. Experts expect that […]
In Oregon, state’s department of environmental quality will hold a public hearing regarding the air quality permit that Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery at Port Westward in Clatskanie is seeking in relation to storage and transportation of crude oil and ethanol.
In Malaysia, dryness in parts of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand is expected to reduce palm oil yields that will in turn support prices to above $920 per ton. Impacts from the dry weather won’t likely be seen until October through December, but could last as much as two years. Just 5% reduction in production could […]
Company description: Global Bioenergies is developing a direct process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. Since inception, the company focused its efforts on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into fuels, plastics, organic glass and elastomers. Global Bioenergies continues to improve the yield […]