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Back on Track: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the RFA Ethanol Outlook

Back on Track: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the RFA Ethanol Outlook

February 23, 2017 |

Looking to better understand the outlook for the US ethanol industry, but lack the time to wade through the entire 40-page Ethanol Outlook 2017 from RFA (which is right here, for download, in complete form)? Well, enjoy our selection of the essential slides from the Outlook, which will give you the news you can use […]

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Trump at the Renewable Pump: will he bump, thump or dump?

Trump at the Renewable Pump: will he bump, thump or dump?

February 23, 2017 |

“Trump Reiterates Support for Ethanol, RFS” is the major headline to come out of the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, which is the Renewable Fuels Association’s annual conflab and as usual produced a flurry of studies, keynotes and statements on the viability and importance of US ethanol to everything from American jobs to advanced […]

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The pile-on for bionylon: ADM, Rennovia, JM accelerate the chase

The pile-on for bionylon: ADM, Rennovia, JM accelerate the chase

February 22, 2017 |

Just when we’ve chided ADM for being quieter in the sector than a Sensory Deprivation Chamber, they’ve gone and been associated with two major announcements in the week leading up to ABLC. From California we learn that Johnson Matthey and Rennovia have signed a license agreement with Archer Daniels Midland Company to provide catalyst and […]

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New biobased chemical options: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Rennovia

New biobased chemical options: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Rennovia

February 22, 2017 |

Rennovia, Inc. is a chemical process technology development company focused on the creation of novel processes for the cost-advantaged production of commodity and specialty chemicals from renewable feedstocks. Rennovia is developing processes for the production of biobased glucaric acid, adipic acid, 1,6-hexanediol, hexamethylenediamine (HMD), and other important building blocks for a wide range of functional […]

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Greenyug to go commercial-scale in 2017, signs key ethyl acetate offtake deal with Helm

Greenyug to go commercial-scale in 2017, signs key ethyl acetate offtake deal with Helm

February 21, 2017 |

In California, HELM AG and Greenyug signed an off-take agreement for the purchase and sale of bio-based Ethyl Acetate produced at Greenyug’s planned Ethyl Acetate facility in Columbus, Nebraska. This agreement will make significant amounts of bio-based Ethyl Acetate available first time to the market. As we reported last June, Greenyug has formed a subsidiary, […]

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Ethanol to drop-in fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic ethanol upgrade technology

Ethanol to drop-in fuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oak Ridge’s Catalytic ethanol upgrade technology

February 21, 2017 |

The program objective seen in these slides is to take a technology from Technical Readiness Level 2 to TRL 3/4 — a technology that directly upgrades ethanol to a drop-in hydrocarbon fuel at a high yield. Among the investors here are three of the technology gurus behind Vertimass – Chaitanya Narula, Martin KellerBrian H. Davison — although […]

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The sunliquid technology – a unique and validated pre-treatment approach to 2G ethanol 

The sunliquid technology – a unique and validated pre-treatment approach to 2G ethanol 

February 21, 2017 |

By Markus Rarbach, Head of Start-up Business Biofuels and Derivatives, Clariant Special to The Digest In an article published by novaCana.com on January 26th entitled; “Dilema do Etanol 2G: os desafios da matéria-prima celulósica” pre-treatment was identified as the key challenge for the six current commercial cellulosic ethanol plants worldwide. Our approach at Clariant when developing […]

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Ground Delay: Where are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

Ground Delay: Where are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

February 20, 2017 |

When it comes to sustainable aviation fuels, the public is yelling impatiently for take-off, and the airlines are pleading impatiently for off-take. So, where are the gallons? There are two hold-ups, primarily, and they have nothing to do with the usual suspects in advanced technology – those are the unworkable technology and the unaffordable feedstock, and […]

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From off-take to take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US renewable jet fuels program

From off-take to take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the US renewable jet fuels program

February 20, 2017 |

In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the near-term. This initiative sought to achieve multiple, commercial scale integrated biorefineries, cost-competitive biofuel with conventional petroleum (w/o subsidies), domestically produced fuels from non-food feedstocks, and […]

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The Need for Speed: POET-DSM’s Project Liberty advances on yield and cost, but still seeking rate

The Need for Speed: POET-DSM’s Project Liberty advances on yield and cost, but still seeking rate

February 19, 2017 |

In Iowa, we reported late last week that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing facility in Emmetsburg, pending state and local approvals. It gives us a chance to review the progress with cellulosic biofuels. In that, you might find yourself in one of three camps, in looking at cellulosic’s slow ramp-up: 1. […]

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