Jim Lane – Biofuels Digest http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest The world's most widely-read advanced bioeconomy daily Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:50:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Carinata Cover Cropping: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/07/04/carinata-cover-cropping-the-digests-2019-multi-slide-guide-to-agrisoma/ Thu, 04 Jul 2019 21:31:35 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=108119

Agrisoma Biosciences, Inc. has the world’s largest collection of Carinata and an extensive modern crop improvement program that allows them to select high yielding varieties ideally suited for production across a broad range of geographies. Agrisoma has commercialized Carinata in North and South America, working with hundreds of farmers on over 50,000 acres of production.

Glenn Johnston, Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs for Agrisoma gave this illuminating overview of carinata’s role as one of the lowest carbon feedstocks available to the biofuels industry and a feedstock optimized for efficient biofuel production, as well as a sorce of non-GMO protein available at scale for animals and more

Healthier Food: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Calyxt http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/06/06/healthier-food-the-digests-2019-multi-slide-guide-to-calyxt/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 23:23:14 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=107054

The Digest’s new “Stocks Worth Tracking” Multi-Slide Guide Series highlights hot companies that are making strides in the bioeconomy. Today’s “Stock Worth Tracking” is Calyxt. Calyxt is developing healthier specialty food ingredients by leveraging cutting edge science to develop food crops through gene editing technologies.

Calyxt’s illuminating presentation shares how they are building a path to market, their recent investment highlights and product pipelines in soybean, wheat, alfalfa, potato and other crops, investor information, and more.

Bonds and Bioenergy: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IFC http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/05/09/bonds-and-bioenergy-the-digests-2019-multi-slide-guide-to-ifc/ Thu, 09 May 2019 23:36:17 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=105777

International Finance Corporation, a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. They leverage their products and services—as well as products and services of other institutions across the World Bank Group—to create markets that address the biggest development challenges of our time.

Shannon Atkeson, Emerging Markets VC, at International Finance Corporation, gave this illuminating overview of green bonds, IFC’s role in green bond development as issuer and investor, direct financing of biomass, bioenergy, biomass and biogas projects that IFC is involved with and more, at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco

Greening the Gas Grid: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Netherland Enterprise Agency http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/05/08/greening-the-gas-grid-the-digests-2019-multi-slide-guide-to-netherland-enterprise-agency/ Wed, 08 May 2019 23:27:45 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=105729

Netherland Enterprise Agency is a government agency which operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The Netherland Enterprise Agency stimulates entrepreneurs in sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international business. It aims to improve opportunities for entrepreneurs, strengthen their position and help them realize their international ambitions with funding, networking, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations.

Mathieu Dumont, a Senior Consultant with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, gave this illuminating overview of biomethane, the potential of biogas per region in the Netherlands, how the green gas working group and new gas platform worked towards a green gas chain, challenges they faced, and more, at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco

Birth Control for Insects: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Provivi http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/05/06/birth-control-for-insects-the-digests-2019-multi-slide-guide-to-provivi/ Mon, 06 May 2019 17:51:43 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=105647

Provivi is looking to revolutionize the foundation of pest control with natural pheromones – mating disruption – and to protect food supplies without toxic residues and empower the next generation to grow food more sustainably. Their patented technology reduces pest populations and minimizes crop damage with no side-effects to humans or beneficial insects like bees.

Peter Meinhold, Co-founder and CTO of Provivi, gave this illuminating overview of their disruptive technology, how it helps with yield increases, improved crop management, and more, at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco.

Alternative Jet Fuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to National Jet Fuels Combustion Program http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/05/05/alternative-jet-fuels-the-digests-2019-multi-slide-guide-to-national-jet-fuels-combustion-program/ Sun, 05 May 2019 21:08:41 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=105631

National Jet Fuels Combustion Program has a mission to help streamline the fuel approval process and has over 30 instituttions involved in their research and projects including 12 universities, 8 government agencies, 5 OEMs and several others.

Med Colket, Retired Senior Fellow, United Technologies Research Center, gave this illuminating overview of NJFCP’s results of their early evaluation of alternative jet fuels, the problems they have worked on overcoming, OEM perspectives and more, at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco

REACHing for the stars: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius Biorefining http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/04/21/reaching-for-the-stars-the-digests-2019-multi-slide-guide-to-mercurius-biorefining/ Sun, 21 Apr 2019 21:37:47 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=105188

Mercurius Biorefining is developing its novel REACH process, which converts cellulosic biomass to hydrocarbons in the renewable diesel, aviation, and marine fuel ranges. Valuable by-products include bio-char and a bio-plastic monomer, FDCA. REACH (Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating) is a novel application of proven technologies which is both feedstock- and product-flexible. Sources of potential feedstock include waste from municipalities (e.g. biogenic portion of MSW), forestry and agriculture.

Knud Balslev, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Mercurius, gave this illuminating overview of their REACH technology, cost structure, the results of their completed R&D, pilot project and partners, and more, at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco

The Competitive Edge: Highbury Energy http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2019/02/13/the-competitive-edge-highbury-energy/ Wed, 13 Feb 2019 05:00:35 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=102224

Highbury Energy

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity?

Highbury was founded in 2009 on the premise that the thermochemical conversion of biomass to syngas is an ideal step toward the production of renewable low carbon intensity fuels. However the challenges associated with first generation gasification needed to be addressed and were subsequently solved by Highbury

  1. Feedstock input flexibility. Can use sawdust and chunks of bark at the same time
  2. Dual bed system requiring no external oxygen or heat supply other than for start-up. Self produced char is used as heat source
  3. Patented syngas tar removal and gas clean-up system
  4. Reduced capex and opex costs

Q: Tell us about your organization. What do you do?

Highbury has developed a financially attractive and cost effective smaller scale biomass to low carbon liquid fuels technology platform utilizing dual bed gasification and next generation Fischer Tropsch (sweet spot is only 125,000 bdt/year biomass input).

Q: What stage of development are you? 

Pilot stage – proven at small, non-integrated scale

Q: What do your technologies, products or services do and accomplish – how does it (they) work, who is it (they) aimed for?

Highbury is ready for the competitive conversion of biomass into low carbon intensity renewable liquid fuels. Employing its proprietary and advanced thermochemical process, patented syngas clean-up and KIER developed and enhanced Fischer Tropsch technology, Highbury and project partners are collaborating to build and operate a fully integrated demonstration facility and subsequent initial commercial scale facility in British Columbia Canada. Biocrude produced will be fully fungible and refinery ready with a boiling curve very similar to fossil based crude oil but with a carbon index of less than 4.

Q: Competitively, what gives your technology, product or service set an edge in cost or performance, sustainability, or any other aspect, that makes it stand out from the crowd, In short, what makes it transformative?

1. Highly competitive at a smaller scale with a proportionally lower capex and lower opex
2. Fully fungible and refinery ready biocrude with a carbon index of less than 4.
3. Highbury can produce a medium BTU, low sulphur, nitrogen free high value syngas that can readily replace and is compatible with fossil based natural gas sources

Q: What are the 3 top milestones you have accomplished in the past 3 years?

  1. Fully operational 0.4 BDT/day input biomass Highbury pilot, two stage fluidized bed, steam gasification process, operating without tonnage oxygen and requiring no outside energy source
  2. Highly competitive and fully integrated biomass to low carbon intensity fuels technology platform
  3. Clear pathway to commercialization and revenue including the necessary project consortium partners

Q: What are the 3 top milestones you will accomplish in the next 3 years?

  1. Scale-up current pilot gasifier 10X.
  2. Integrate KIER developed FT system, prove commercial production costs, product quality and scalability.
  3. Design and engineer initial commercial scale facility and roll-out pathway to revenue

Q. Where can I learn more about Highbury Energy?

Click here to visit Highbury’s website.

EPA OKs MAAPW for Edeniq Cellulosic Ethanol http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2017/12/06/epa-oks-maapw-for-edeniq-cellulosic-ethanol/ Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:02:53 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=85122

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Mid America Agri Products – Wheatland LLC’s registration to produce cellulosic ethanol at its ethanol production facility in Madrid, Neb. using Edeniq’s Pathway technology. The 48 million gallon per year MAAPW facility began using Edeniq’s Pathway technology this month.

“We are thrilled that Mid America Agri Products has joined the growing list of ethanol plants that have received EPA approval to use our company’s technology to produce cellulosic ethanol,” said Brian Thome, president and chief executive officer of Edeniq. “Edeniq’s technology remains the lowest-cost solution for producing and measuring cellulosic ethanol and we remain committed to helping our customers add value to their platforms.”

Edeniq’s technology enables co-production of starch ethanol and cellulosic ethanol at existing corn ethanol production facilities. The company’s Pathway technology uses enzymes that maximize conversion of corn kernel fiber into fermentable sugar with a protocol to measure the output of cellulosic ethanol production. In order for an ethanol plant to generate cellulosic renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), it must first receive registration approval from the EPA for its cellulosic production.

“Not only will Edeniq’s Pathway technology increase our ethanol yield with the additional production of cellulosic ethanol, Edeniq was key in helping us get the proper approvals we needed from the EPA,” said Robert Barnhouse, controller with MAAPW. “We are looking forward to being a part of the next generation of biofuels production.”

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RaceTrac launches E15 ethanol, joins Prime the Pump Initiative http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2016/07/06/racetrac-launches-e15-ethanol-joins-prime-the-pump-initiative/ Thu, 07 Jul 2016 02:05:54 +0000 http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/?p=64984

In Washington, RaceTrac is joining a growing list of retailers as part of the Growth Energy Prime the Pump initiative. RaceTrac is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and operates more than 600 company-owned and third-party contract operated stores under the RaceTrac and RaceWay names in 12 southern states.

Growth Energy works in collaboration with Prime the Pump members to make higher biofuel blends, like E15, available to more Americans across the nation. RaceTrac joins the ranks of Sheetz, Kum & Go, MAPCO, Minnoco, Thorntons, Murphy USA, Protec, and several others as the newest retailer to offer consumers a cleaner burning, home-grown American fuel.

“We are thrilled to have RaceTrac join our retailer family and look forward to expanding access to E15 for consumers across the Southern United States with them,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “As a longtime supporter of alternative fuels, such as E85, RaceTrac is committed to providing its customers with a choice at their pumps. By adding E15, RaceTrac will bring even more renewable fuel options to consumers, providing greater choice and savings to motorists.

“We are proud to be a part of this effort, and are confident that consumers will choose E15 because it reduces harmful emissions, burns cooler and has increased octane levels which results in enhanced vehicle performance, while also saving drivers money.”