Major Stories

Four Freedoms for the 21st Century

Four Freedoms for the 21st Century

October 23, 2014 |

[Note: These remarks are condensed from an address by Biofuels Digest editor Jim Lane at the BCN Strategic Retreat in Alberta, Canada on October 23rd. The remarks, by a tragic coincidence, were given roughly 90 minutes before a deadly attack on Canada's Parliament House in what is being reported as an Islamic State-affliliated terrorist attack, […]

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Boeing, COMAC open facility to transform ‘gutter oil’ into aviation biofuel

Boeing, COMAC open facility to transform ‘gutter oil’ into aviation biofuel

October 23, 2014 |

Technology developed in China to convert waste cooking oil into jet fuel China-U.S. Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project supports sustainable growth of commercial aviation In China, Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as “gutter oil” in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. The […]

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Enerkem: Alberta’s municipal waste to fuels juggernaut, in pictures

Enerkem: Alberta’s municipal waste to fuels juggernaut, in pictures

October 22, 2014 |

How does a technology take municipal solid waste and turn it into liquid fuels and chemicals? What’s the “death of landfill” all about in terms of creating value streams from waste streams? We take you through the world’s first commercial-scale waste-to-fuels project, in Edmonton, Alberta. In the sector to the northeast of Edmonton, Canada’s 2nd […]

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ExxonMobil joins the Pyromaniax

ExxonMobil joins the Pyromaniax

October 21, 2014 |

Petroleum giant signs 2-year research project with Iowa State to explore fast pyrolysis as a biofuel technology? What exactly is going on in the fast pyro reaction — can deep insight lead to biocrude instead of biooil? Can biooil be more stabilized? The Digest looks behind the news. One science project that never got done […]

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Producer News

Maine exploring Fiberight’s technology for 187 towns’ MSW

Maine exploring Fiberight’s technology for 187 towns’ MSW

October 23, 2014 |

In Maine, the University of Maine has been hired by a consortium of 187 towns and their MSW streams to evaluate whether Fiberight’s technology could be a good option for the state’s waste. The company is producing its Trashanol at a facility in Lawrenceville, Virginia. Currently the consortium’s waste is processed by a waste-to-energy plant […]

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Brazil starts importing ethanol early in the season, could hit 600 million liters

Brazil starts importing ethanol early in the season, could hit 600 million liters

October 23, 2014 |

In Brazil, Datagro says that ethanol imports are likely to resume and could hit 600 million liters during the intercrop period this marketing year. Drought has cut the cane crush by about 10%, forcing imports already earlier in the year than typical. Most of the ethanol is likely to be sourced from the US.  

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EIA says September ethanol production fell to six-month low

EIA says September ethanol production fell to six-month low

October 23, 2014 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says that September’s ethanol production fell to a six-month low of 1.16 billion gallons. That’s 39.22 million gallons, or 3.27%, less than in August. Despite low corn prices, low ethanol prices squeezed margins, leading to lower production.  

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BlueFire Renewable secures up to $270 million from China EXIM

BlueFire Renewable secures up to $270 million from China EXIM

October 23, 2014 |

In California, BlueFire Renewable announced that it has received a Letter of Intent from The Export Import Bank of China (China EXIM) to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its bio-energy project in Fulton, Mississippi. China EXIM’s interest in providing substantial financing to BlueFire is unprecedented and significant for the U.S. renewable […]

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5-Minute Guides

4 Minutes With… Steve Weiss, Grey Heron

4 Minutes With… Steve Weiss, Grey Heron

October 23, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. I help companies with great technology and potential: – focus on and develop their core ideas; – sharpen them into an executable, differentiated value proposition and business strategy; – build a simple, compelling story that resonates with customers and investors; – help them […]

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4 Minutes With…Seth Snyder, Water Initiative Leader, Argonne National Laboratory

4 Minutes With…Seth Snyder, Water Initiative Leader, Argonne National Laboratory

October 22, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. As a DOE National Laboratory, Argonne plays a core role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. It is the home for GREET, the national life cycle analysis tool. Argonne has core programs in waste-to-energy (WTE), separations, catalysis, and feedstock stability. Argonne is a core lab […]

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4 Minutes With… Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)

4 Minutes With… Steve Csonka, Executive Director, CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)

October 21, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. CAAFI is a public-private partnership working on behalf of the jet-powered aviation enterprise for the near-term development and commercialization of sustainable, alternative Jet Fuel supply. We bring together constituents from across the spectrum of those who share our interests in an attempt to […]

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4 Minutes With…Sebastian Scaparro, Business developer and administration manager, ALS Bioenergy

4 Minutes With…Sebastian Scaparro, Business developer and administration manager, ALS Bioenergy

October 21, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. ALS Bioenergy is a company that develops and commercialize technologies for biofuels, agroindustrial and bioproducts. Our technology is multifeedstock, glycerin free and has a much lower cloud point then the traditional process. We want to drive the world towards a more sustainable and […]

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R&D News

Norwegian researchers producing biocrude from kelp

Norwegian researchers producing biocrude from kelp

October 23, 2014 |

In Norway, the sea has long been a source of the country’s riches, whether from cod, farmed salmon or oil. Now one researcher from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) researcher hopes to add seaweed to this list as he refines a way to produce “biocrude” from common kelp. Using small quartz tube […]

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WSU and PNNL develop new biofuel catalyst

WSU and PNNL develop new biofuel catalyst

October 22, 2014 |

In Washington state, researchers at Washington State University (WSU) and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) decided to combine iron and palladium into a new catalyst that is expected to significantly increase the economic viability of biofuel production. They added just a pinch of palladium to iron, a recipe that efficiently removes […]

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USDA ARS researchers looking into boost cellulosic biofuel yields

USDA ARS researchers looking into boost cellulosic biofuel yields

October 21, 2014 |

In Illinois, at the Agricultural Research Service’s Bioenergy Research Unit in Peoria, one recent research focus has been on determining how switchgrass plant maturity at harvest affects ethanol yields. Chemical engineer Bruce Dien led a study that evaluated samples of two different switchgrass varieties that were harvested at three different points in plant development and […]

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Indo-US Advanced Bioenergy Consortium for Second Generation Biofuels launched

Indo-US Advanced Bioenergy Consortium for Second Generation Biofuels launched

October 20, 2014 |

In Missouri, the government of India’s Department of Biotechnology, Indian corporate leaders and Washington University in St. Louis have invested $2.5 million to launch the Indo-US Advanced Bioenergy Consortium for Second Generation Biofuels (IUABC). The IUABC is a joint bi-national center led by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay (IITB), […]

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Policy & Policymakers

CBO sees RFS compliance becoming increasingly more difficult

CBO sees RFS compliance becoming increasingly more difficult

October 23, 2014 |

In Washington, the Congressional Budget Office has released a report saying it could become increasingly difficult to comply with the RFS because of the conflicting goals of keeping reducing the burden of RFS compliance while encouraging the development of advanced biofuels. The CBO has outlined three options for compliance with the RFS in a case […]

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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sue EPA over RFS

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington sue EPA over RFS

October 22, 2014 |

In Washington, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) have sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to provide documents regarding oil industry efforts to influence the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. Last May, following a Reuters article describing how the Carlyle Group and Delta Airlines had lobbied members of Congress and the administration […]

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Iowa legislature to look at tax credits for using biofuel byproducts in chemicals

Iowa legislature to look at tax credits for using biofuel byproducts in chemicals

October 21, 2014 |

In Iowa, the state’s Economic Development Authority Board wants to see the legislature take up a proposal next year that would establish a tax credit for companies using productions derived from ethanol production for chemicals, such as corn oil for plastics. The policy is aimed at supply chain companies, not “anchor companies” like ADM and […]

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Institute for Energy Research says new definition of cellulosic shows RFS broken

Institute for Energy Research says new definition of cellulosic shows RFS broken

October 20, 2014 |

In Washington, the Institute for Energy Research has released a new analysis regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to change the definition of cellulosic biofuels to include liquefied and compressed natural gas produced from biogas and landfills, and the impact it will have on the RFS, saying it is more proof that the policy is […]

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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

Biofuels Digest Index surges to 68.56 as advanced biofuels rally

Biofuels Digest Index surges to 68.56 as advanced biofuels rally

October 23, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, surged 1.24 percent to 68.56 as advanced biofuels rallied. For the day, KiOR (KIOR) rose 26.90 percent to $0.10, while Ceres (CERE) was up 6.91 percent to $0.38 Among other equities, Novozymes (NZMB) soared 8.41 percent to $44.46. Overall, advances led declines 3 to […]

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Bio-based materials and chemicals could see $1 billion in investments in 2014

Bio-based materials and chemicals could see $1 billion in investments in 2014

October 23, 2014 |

In Massachusetts, bio-based materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract nearly $1 billion in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The estimated $974 million investment represents a 28 percent increase from 2013, suggesting companies that endured the waves of economic disruption have gained maturity and regained investors’ […]

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EU’s biofuel supply chain group demands 2030 blending targets

EU’s biofuel supply chain group demands 2030 blending targets

October 23, 2014 |

In Belgium, ahead of the European council of head of state this week, the European biofuels supply chain group representing feedstock producers and biofuel processors demanded specific targets for renewables and specifically biofuels in the 2030 Climate and Research framework. They say that without specific transport targets in the 2030 Energy Package, biofuels would disappear […]

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Biofuels Digest Index falls to 67.72 despite an advanced biofuels surge

Biofuels Digest Index falls to 67.72 despite an advanced biofuels surge

October 22, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, fell 0.83 percent to 67.72 despite an advanced biofuels surge. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) was up 14.03 percent to $0.34, while Biox (BX.T) surged 24.07 percent to $0.67. Among other equities, Amyris (AMRS) fell 11.56 percent to $3.06. Overall, advances led declines 2 […]

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Boeing and CACC open aviation biofuel demo plant

Boeing and CACC open aviation biofuel demo plant

October 22, 2014 |

In China, Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp of China inaugurated their gutter oil-based aviation biofuel demo plant with a production of 160 gallons per day. The technology was developed by Hangzhou Energy & Engineering Technology and is part of the China-US Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project. Estimates are 1.8 billion liters of aviation fuel could be produced […]

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Biocom secures 20-year offtake agreement for entire electricity production

Biocom secures 20-year offtake agreement for entire electricity production

October 22, 2014 |

In Angola, the national power company Empresa Nacional de Electricidad has signed a 20-year offtake agreement with Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola (Biocom) for the latter’s entire excess electricity supply. The power should provide electricity to 400,000 households when it comes online in January. The president approved the deal in a presidential order in September.  

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