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4 minutes with… Srinivas Kilambi, Founder & CEO, Sriya Group

4 minutes with… Srinivas Kilambi, Founder & CEO, Sriya Group

December 16, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. Sriya Group is an innovative technology invention and development company. It incubates novel technologies with initial funding, research at partner labs and its final spinoff as operating companies like Sriya Innovations (Renmatix), Sriya Green Materials (Verdedcem), Pronghorn Renewables, LLC Tell us about your […]

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Biofuels Digest Index closes up 59.02 as ethanol equities jump

Biofuels Digest Index closes up 59.02 as ethanol equities jump

December 16, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, regained 0.63 percent to close at 59.02 as ethanol equities jumped.  For the day, Dyadic (DYAI) surged 8.42 percent to $1.03, while Aemetis (AMTX) rebounded 8.37 percent to $5.05. Among other equities, Shell (RDS-A) jumped 3.91 percent to $63.31. Overall, advances led declines 8 […]

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A new three-legged platform for the advanced bioeconomy? The Castor, jatropha, pongamia strategy.

A new three-legged platform for the advanced bioeconomy? The Castor, jatropha, pongamia strategy.

December 16, 2014 |

Castor, jatropha, pongamia — the three steps that Bosques Energeticos is taking in piloting its way to success in fuels, chemicals and other markets. Can the early-stage company thrive, based on its uncommon approach to intercropping? The Digest investigates. In science, there exists the difficulty in developing a new energy crop —  improving yields and stress tolerance, […]

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Glauber retires as USDA Chief Economist

Glauber retires as USDA Chief Economist

December 16, 2014 |

In Washington, USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber is set to retire after a 30-year federal career.  Current USDA Deputy Chief Economist Dr. Robert Johansson has been named Acting Chief Economist. Johansson has served as USDA’s Deputy Chief Economist since 2012 and holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota. Johansson will assume […]

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Biofuels Digest Index closes down at 58.65 as oil prices weigh

Biofuels Digest Index closes down at 58.65 as oil prices weigh

December 15, 2014 |

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, shed 1.82 percent to close at 58.65 as oil prices and energy stocks continued to tumble.  For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) dropped 7.47 percent to $9.41, while Amyris (AMRS) fell 4.87 percent to $2.15. Among other equities, Aemetis (AMTX) gained 7.62 percent to […]

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Does the oil glut spell DOOM, GLOOM or BOOM for alternative fuels?

Does the oil glut spell DOOM, GLOOM or BOOM for alternative fuels?

December 15, 2014 |

How does $60 oil impact payback for natgas or hybrid electric vehicles, and cellulosic biofuels? The going assumption is that low oil prices are bad for alternative fuels — but it’s not always the case. Consider the competition. Quite a bit of ink has been spilled regarding hybrid electrics and natgas vehicles — as alternatives […]

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4 minutes with… Phillip D. McFarran, President, McFarran Group

4 minutes with… Phillip D. McFarran, President, McFarran Group

December 15, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. My company spent several years evaluating bioenergy projects for a passive investment group from Australia as well as projects for other private groups. We developed a sophisticated model for evaluating global projects which we now use in developing similar logistics analysis for the […]

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Mezmerized by cheap oil? Looking to bioeconomy challenges within industry’s control.

Mezmerized by cheap oil? Looking to bioeconomy challenges within industry’s control.

December 14, 2014 |

Lost your biobased mojo? Mesmerized by tumbling energy prices? Tired of the “calls to inaction”? Why not REnew, REthink, REfocus on renewable energy’s solvable challenges – starting with The Digest’s REFocus 2015 survey. (Skip to the 2015 REfocus Survey, right here) The global worryfest over oil prices intensified this weekend when OPEC head Abdullah al-Badri […]

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The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 12/15/14: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 12/15/14: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

December 14, 2014 |

The Digest’s Dashboard is a convenient “news you can use” 5-Minute summary of current markets including key commodity prices, relevant futures, bioenergy-related stocks, and historical equities data. Latest prices – key commodities. Most recent commodity closing prices, and price changes, for NYMEX’s crude oil, Brent Crude, Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel, Natural Gas, RBOB gasoline, and Ethylene; ethanol […]

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Meghan Sapp, Secretary General, PANGEA, and Senior Editor, The Digest

Meghan Sapp, Secretary General, PANGEA, and Senior Editor, The Digest

December 14, 2014 |

Tell us about your organization and it’s role in the advanced bioeconomy. PANGEA is a leader in the promotion of technology transfer and investment into Africa’s growing bioeconomy, the key opportunity to leapfrog the continent beyond fossil fuels much in the same way mobile phones revolutionised the region. We focus on promoting our members, creating […]

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