Author Archive: Jim Lane

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Solazyme: ROI next year, and some Return on Dream too

Signature AkzoNobel deal expansion highlights Solazyme’s Q2 results. But there’s something more to this company than the cash that sustains it, though sustain it cash does, and necessarily so. In California, Solazyme and AkzoNobel announced that they have expanded their multi-year agreement with supply terms targeting 10,000 MT annually of algal oils for a new […]

July 31, 2014 More

The Boss From Hell? EPA, Congress and advanced biofuels

Here are 5 Tell-Tale Signs that you have the Boss from Hell. And when it comes to the US federal government and advanced biofuels, all five are kinda pointin’ right at ol’ Uncle Sam. Congress passed the Renewable Fuels Standard in 2007, as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act, and appointed EPA to take […]

July 31, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index falls to 78.41 as advanced biofuels tank

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, was slammed, falling 3.13 percent to 78.41 as advanced biofuels tanked on a day when US equities were sharply down after disappointing corporate earnings. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) collapsed 29.40 percent to $0.51 after a dilutive cap raise, while Solazyme (SZYM) fell 6.56 […]

July 31, 2014 More

On the Move in the Advanced bioeconomy: Codexis, Flint Hill Resources

In Nebraska, Flint Hills Resources has hired Russell Leighton and Jeremy Morse to lead the Duonix biodiesel plant in Beatrice Nebraska. The biodiesel plant is part of a joint venture between Flint Hills Resources and Benefuel, Inc., known as Duonix, LLC. In May, Flint Hills Resources announced they would begin retrofitting the plant in preparation […]

July 31, 2014 More

Heard on the Floor at the DOE’s Biomass 2014 conference: US Navy, Abengoa, INEOS Bio, LanzaTech in the newsmix

Captain James C. Goudreau, Director, Navy Energy Coordination Office Stay the course. There is always risk, always naysayers. When we moved from sail to coal, coal to oil, oil to nuclear, there were always people who said we had the wrong idea, or there was no need. Nothing more difficult more perilous than to take […]

July 30, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index flat at 80.94 despite advanced biofuels surge

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, was flat at 80.94 despite an advanced biofuels surge. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) soared 16.74 percent to $0.72, while Solazyme (SZYM) jumped 5.93 percent to $10.36. Among other equities, Codexis (CDXS) rocketed up 11.34 percent to $2.16. Overall, declines led advances 10 to […]

July 30, 2014 More

The 25 Hottest Topics in the advanced bioeconomy

1. The Hot 50 and Hot 30 A perennial favorite. This year, Solazyme topped the list while LanzaTech slipped into second place. More here. The Top 100 People Another perennial. This year, international project developers made a big move while some policy figures slipped. But US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack continues to rule the […]

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Green Plains profits quintuple on favorable prices, record ethanol production

In Nebraska, Green Plains announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2014. Net income for the quarter was $32.3 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, compared to net income of $6.0 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the same period in 2013. Revenues were $837.9 million for the second quarter of 2014 […]

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Gevo reports targeting “break-even at Luverne by year-end”.

“By running the SBS we have dramatically reduced our cash burn at the plant and we are targeting breakeven at Luverne by year end,”  Gevo CEO Pat Gruber is reporting. Gevo also reported that Isobutanol yields have reached >90% of target based on starch content, up from approximately 70% prior to running its new side-by-side […]

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Heard on the Floor at the DOE’s Biomass 2014 conference: Pacific Ethanol, Growth Energy, NRDC, RSB in the newsmix

The DOE’s annual BIOMASS 2014 conference is underway in DC. Among the stories heard on the floor: Pacific Ethanol announced it was awarded a $3 million matching grant from the California Energy Commission to develop a sorghum feedstock program collaboratively with Chromatin, Inc., CSU Fresno’s Center for Irrigation Technology and the Kearney Agricultural Research and […]

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