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The 10 Hottest, Bossest Renewable Plastic Technologies

The 10 Hottest, Bossest Renewable Plastic Technologies

July 2, 2015 |

Plastics — we love the price, performance and versatility. But why not renewable and sustainable, too? We want it all! And you can have it, with 10 technologies that are changing the landscape. Let’s dive into the who and why. 10. Using plastic to make fuels One way to get plastics out of the landfill, where […]

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Cellulosic ethanol: Where are the gallons? Answers for your questions.

Cellulosic ethanol: Where are the gallons? Answers for your questions.

July 1, 2015 |

Seen a number of high-profile cellulosic projects open in recent years, and not much ethanol being produced? Wondered why? Here are answers to your questions. As Jack Webb used to say on Dragnet, just the facts, ma’am. Fact one. There’s not much ethanol being produced at the new generation of cellulosic projects. Fact two. We have […]

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Amyris, Total to commercialize renewable, low-carbon jet fuel technology; Total takes 75% stake in JV

Amyris, Total to commercialize renewable, low-carbon jet fuel technology; Total takes 75% stake in JV

June 30, 2015 |

In California, Amyris announced that it has agreed on key business terms with Total for restructuring its fuels joint venture to open the way for proceeding with commercialization of its jet fuel technology over the coming years. Following the restructuring, Total would own 75% of the joint venture with Amyris. In conjunction with this transaction, […]

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United to start flying biofuels out of LAX in 2015; AltAir to supply 15 million gallons in 3-year deal

United to start flying biofuels out of LAX in 2015; AltAir to supply 15 million gallons in 3-year deal

June 30, 2015 |

In California, AltAir Fuels will begin regularly scheduled deliveries of sustainable biojet fuel to United Airlines LAX operations this year, the airline announced today. AltAir’s Paramount, California-based refinery converts sustainable feedstocks, like non-edible natural oils and agricultural wastes, into low-carbon, renewable jet fuel. This fuel is price-competitive with traditional, petroleum-based jet fuel, but achieves a […]

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Producer News

Only two biodiesel producers submit offers for power tender

Only two biodiesel producers submit offers for power tender

July 2, 2015 |

In Argentina, only two biodiesel producers tendered to sell fuel for power production to the national regulator Cammesa. The tender seeking 70,000 metric tons of biodiesel apparently has higher specs than that for transport fuel, which mixed with uncertainty in the market due to June’s prices not having yet been published by the government left […]

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FAO and OECD say biofuel feedstock costs will fall thanks to lower oil prices

FAO and OECD say biofuel feedstock costs will fall thanks to lower oil prices

July 2, 2015 |

In Italy, a new report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development say prices used for biofuel production such as corn and soybeans will feel the impact of falling oil prices, cutting the cost of feedstocks. With oil prices having fallen by more than 50%, feedstock prices […]

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New biodiesel blender pump online in South Dakota

New biodiesel blender pump online in South Dakota

July 2, 2015 |

In South Dakota, Gerstner Oil in Yankton has installed a new biodiesel blender pump that allows consumers to choose what level of biodiesel they pump into their vehicles with up to 100% available. The project was done jointly with the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. The next closest blender pump is in Sioux […]

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P-Fuel looking to set up first plastics-to-fuel plant in UK

P-Fuel looking to set up first plastics-to-fuel plant in UK

July 2, 2015 |

In the UK, P-Fuel and Appley Bridge Biomass Energy Limited will formalize a lease agreement at an industrial park at Appley Bridge near Wigan to build the first plastics-to-fuel plant. The company says the technology provides an alterative to food crop-based biofuels. P-Fuel is apparently analyzing potential other sites for plants around the world.

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5-Minute Guides

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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Calysta: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide update

Calysta: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide update

May 13, 2015 |

Calysta is using biotechnology to create innovative products from sustainable sources. Calysta Nutrition develops and produces FeedKind ™ protein feed for commercial aquaculture and livestock feed. Calysta Energy is developing high value materials for use in industrial and consumer products with cost and performance advantages over current processes. Calysta proprietary technology uses methane as an […]

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Kiverdi: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Kiverdi: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

May 11, 2015 |

Kiverdi makes high-value oils and chemicals for a variety of product applications such as detergents, biomaterials and fuel additives. Kiverdi’s chemicals are sustainably produced from waste carbon and decoupled from the price fluctuations, supply chain disruptions, and geopolitics associated with commodities. Kiverdi is in the class of gas fermentation companies – like, say, Coskata, INEOS […]

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The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 5/11/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 5/11/15: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

May 10, 2015 |

The Digest’s Dashboard is a convenient “news you can use” 5-Minute summary of current markets including key commodity prices, relevant futures, bioenergy-related stocks, and historical equities data. Latest prices – key commodities. Most recent commodity closing prices, and price changes, for NYMEX’s crude oil, Brent Crude, Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel, Natural Gas, RBOB gasoline, and Ethylene; ethanol […]

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R&D News

UW-M leads work on reducing toxins for bacteria in bioprocessing

UW-M leads work on reducing toxins for bacteria in bioprocessing

July 2, 2015 |

In Wisconsin, a team of investigators at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have created a process for making the work environment less toxic — literally — for the organisms that do the heavy lifting in the increasingly important field of bio-products derived from cellulosic biomass. When industrious bacteria like Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Zymomonas […]

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DOE plans to issue “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2” call in July

DOE plans to issue “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2” call in July

July 1, 2015 |

In Washington, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2”. BETO’s mission is to engage in research and development (R&D) and demonstration activities at increasing scale to transform renewable biomass resources into commercially […]

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University of Illinois researchers makes discoveries into clostridial metabolism

University of Illinois researchers makes discoveries into clostridial metabolism

June 30, 2015 |

In Illinois, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have, for the first time, uncovered the complex interdependence and orchestration of metabolic reactions, gene regulation, and environmental cues of clostridial metabolism, providing new insights for advanced biofuel development. It typically involves complex biochemical processes implemented through the orchestration of metabolic reactions and gene regulation, […]

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Morgan State researcher gets $100,000 to commercialize CycloBurn Combustion System™

Morgan State researcher gets $100,000 to commercialize CycloBurn Combustion System™

June 29, 2015 |

In Maryland, Morgan State University professor and lab director for the School of Engineering’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department, Dr. Seong W. Lee, and his research team are the recipients of a $100,000 Phase 1 award from the Maryland Innovation Initiative (MII) to transition his CycloBurn Combustion System™ from prototype to commercialization. The innovative new system uses a proprietary […]

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Policy & Policymakers

OMB against plan to recognize forest bioenergy as carbon neutral

OMB against plan to recognize forest bioenergy as carbon neutral

July 2, 2015 |

In Washington, following a letter from nearly half of the US Senate wanting cross-agency recognition of carbon neutrality for forestry-based bioenergy, the White House Office of Management and Budget has come out against the idea as laid out in the Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, also known as H.R. 2822. […]

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Nearly half of Senate writes urging for streamlined support for forest bioenergy

Nearly half of Senate writes urging for streamlined support for forest bioenergy

July 1, 2015 |

In Washington, nearly half of the US Senate has written to the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Energy and the EPA administrator strongly urging the agencies to streamline support of biomass for energy across all agencies, providing policies that work to ensure more use of sustainable biomass energy rather than the complicated policy framework […]

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Hawaiian governor to veto ethanol tax bill, saying it’s unconstitutional

Hawaiian governor to veto ethanol tax bill, saying it’s unconstitutional

June 30, 2015 |

In Hawaii, the governor says he’ll veto a bill passed by the state legislature repealing the tax credit on biofuels because it would eventually be found unconstitutional. Another move made to limit ethanol tax breaks had already been found unconstitutional, contravening the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause. The current policy offers up to $4.5 million in […]

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New Jersey biofuel bill awaiting governor’s signature

New Jersey biofuel bill awaiting governor’s signature

June 29, 2015 |

In New Jersey, the state’s General Assembly has approved a bill to allow biofuel production from used cooking oil, fats and plants, and now awaits the governor’s signature to come into law. The Senate already approved the bill in March. Previously biobased liquid fuel, biodiesel fuel, heating oil, renewable biomass, and renewable diesel fuel were […]

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Other Recent Articles

Florida county puts 18 month moratorium on new biofuel plants after Viesel fire

Florida county puts 18 month moratorium on new biofuel plants after Viesel fire

July 2, 2015 |

In Florida, Martin County has put a temporary 18 month moratorium on new biofuel plants in the county following the Viesel Fuel plant fire in April. Viesel Fuel and Genuine Bio Fuel are the only facilities currently operating in the county and won’t be affected by the moratorium.

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Thailand to use 1.4 million tons of rotten rice to produce ethanol

Thailand to use 1.4 million tons of rotten rice to produce ethanol

July 2, 2015 |

In Thailand, seven ethanol plants have the capacity to use deteriorated rice as feedstock and are likely to be brought into the government’s plan to use up to 1.4 million metric tons for ethanol production. The process should take about four months and will help to offset the lack of available cassava for feedstock. The […]

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4 minutes with… Jeff Hove, Vice President, RINAlliance

4 minutes with… Jeff Hove, Vice President, RINAlliance

July 2, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. RINAlliance was established in 2007 and in response to the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard. The program serves almost 200 petroleum marketers that bring renewable fuels to the public across the U.S. Our software based programs decrease compliance burdens (RFS and LCFS) and increase […]

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Biofuels Digest Index edges up to 64.24 despite an advanced biofuels dip

Biofuels Digest Index edges up to 64.24 despite an advanced biofuels dip

July 2, 2015 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, edged up 0.23 percent to 64.24 despite an advanced biofuels dip. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) shed2.23 percent to $1.75, while Biox (BX.T) soared 28,42 percent to $1.22. Among other equities, Dyadic (DYAI) dumped 5.67 percent to $0.98. Overall, declines and advances were even […]

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Pacific Ethanol completes merger with Aventine

Pacific Ethanol completes merger with Aventine

July 1, 2015 |

In California, Pacific Ethanol announced it completed its merger with Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings, Inc. Per the terms of the definitive merger agreement, Aventine stockholders received 1.25 shares of Pacific Ethanol common stock for each share of Aventine common stock owned at closing. As a result, Pacific Ethanol issued approximately 17.76 million shares in the […]

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Oil World expects dry, hot weather to hit EU rapeseed production further

Oil World expects dry, hot weather to hit EU rapeseed production further

July 1, 2015 |

In Germany, Oil World expects the EU’s rapeseed production to take a hit from the current hot and dry weather, where lack of rain in top producers Germany, France, Britain and Poland is likely to see the most impact. The analysts expect production to reach only 21.8 million metric tons, down from more than 24 […]

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