Author Archive: Jim Lane

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The radical re-sourcing of tires, nylon, parachutes and balloons

The radical re-sourcing of tires, nylon, parachutes and balloons

November 27, 2014 |

Global Bioenergies achieves one-step renewable butadiene via fermentation. Who’s in the global chase for a process to make one of the world’s Big 7 industrial chemicals via a renewable process — and how did Global Bioenergies just jump into the lead? The Digest investigates. From France, news arrives that Global Bioenergies has succeeded in the […]

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4 minutes with…Cindy Thyfault, CEO, Westar Trade Resources

4 minutes with…Cindy Thyfault, CEO, Westar Trade Resources

November 27, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. Westar is an international boutique consulting firm that has assisted companies in obtaining over $1.1 billion in grants and guaranteed loan funding from the USDA, DOE, DOD, SBA, and ECAs as well as private funding programs. We specialize in assisting companies with new […]

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Who’s ready for prime-time, who’s on the way? The Cellulosic biofuels survey

Who’s ready for prime-time, who’s on the way? The Cellulosic biofuels survey

November 26, 2014 |

The Digesterati — that’s you! — look at cellulosic biofuels and viability in this detailed Digest survey. What do you think of when you think of some of the top brands — what are your expectations, and concerns? The readers speak! In this Digest survey, we asked you to rate a representative selection of cellulosic […]

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4 minutes with…Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell

4 minutes with…Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell

November 26, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. focuses on chemical product regulation, including renewable and biobased products regulated under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), emerging chemical product technologies (bio, nano, and synthetic biology), and related international chemical regulatory programs. Tell us about your role and […]

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Gevo inks LOI With Highlands EnviroFuels for Isobutanol in Florida

Gevo inks LOI With Highlands EnviroFuels for Isobutanol in Florida

November 25, 2014 |

Plant to convert sugar cane and sweet sorghum to 20-25 million gallons per year of Isobutanol From Colorado, Gevo announced that Highlands EnviroFuels has signed a letter of intent to become a Gevo licensee to produce renewable isobutanol. Highlands will build a commercial-scale “Brazilian-style” syrup mill in Highlands County, Florida, which would have a production capacity […]

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California Energy Commission: “Biodiesel, renewable diesel “making tremendous gains…Market transformation is underway.”  

California Energy Commission: “Biodiesel, renewable diesel “making tremendous gains…Market transformation is underway.”  

November 25, 2014 |

From California, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition acting head Graham Noyes writes to advise: The California Energy Commission (CEC) held a workshop today in Sacramento regarding its 2014 Draft Integrated Energy Report Update (2014 IEPR).  The CEC prepares this biennial report to assess major energy trends in California and make policy recommendations.  As such, the IEPR […]

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4 minutes with…Karl Seck, President, Mercurius Biorefining

4 minutes with…Karl Seck, President, Mercurius Biorefining

November 25, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. Mercurius is on a mission to develop and commercialize our liquid phase catalytic process that efficiently converts any biomass into drop-in, hydrocarbon jet fuel and diesel as well as green chemicals. The technology is called REACH which stands for Renewable Acid-hydrolysis Condensation Hydrotreating, […]

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Biofuels Digest Index drops  to 68.78 as enzyme equities fall

Biofuels Digest Index drops to 68.78 as enzyme equities fall

November 25, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, dropped 0.51 percent to 68.78 as enzyme equities fell. For the day, Abengoa (ABGB) rebounded 3.42 percent to $13.30, while Green Plains (GPRE) slid 3.48 percent to $33.78. Among other equities, Metabolix (MBLX) was up 3.64 percent to $0.57. Overall, declines led advances 2 […]

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Evolva acquires Allylix in $59M all-share transaction: what’s the impact for industrial biotech?

Evolva acquires Allylix in $59M all-share transaction: what’s the impact for industrial biotech?

November 24, 2014 |

There’s been quite a bit of press surrounding the idea that “sugar is the new oil”, once famously described by Dr. Steven Chu as the “glucose economy”, and while the jury is still out on the economics, the technology has come along nicely. But in the meantime, it appears to be an open-and-shut case that […]

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Brooke Renewables, Hock Lee Group, Beta Renewables, Novozymes ink LOI for commercial-scale Malaysian cellulosic ethanol plant

Brooke Renewables, Hock Lee Group, Beta Renewables, Novozymes ink LOI for commercial-scale Malaysian cellulosic ethanol plant

November 24, 2014 |

In Malaysia, Brooke Renewables and Hock Lee Group presented a Letter of Intent to the Sarawak State Government marking their intention to invest in the 2G Bioethanol and Bio chemical plant as the first phase of the $1B, 5-year Sarawak Biomass Hub project. The tri-party LOI signed is for the use of Beta Renewables’ Biomass […]

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