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Brazil slaps US with ethanol quota, 20 percent tariff

Brazil slaps US with ethanol quota, 20 percent tariff

August 23, 2017 |

In Brazil, the Brazilian Chamber of Foreign Trade has approved a recommendation to impose a 20 percent tariff on U.S. ethanol imports after a 600 million liter tariff rate quota, according to postings from the Brazilian Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply Blairo Maggi. Local media are reporting this TRQ would be in place for […]

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Crossing the 3K threshold: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sapphire Energy’s algae biofuels productivity

Crossing the 3K threshold: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sapphire Energy’s algae biofuels productivity

August 23, 2017 |

Back in 2014, Sapphire Energy and the US Department of Energy embarked on a project to advance Sapphire’s (then) biomass production technologies across three priority areas to meet a target of 2,500 gallons of oil per acre per year by 2018. Productivity is directly related to the economics of algal biofuels production. By improving average […]

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US slaps Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers with huge anti-dumping penalties

US slaps Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers with huge anti-dumping penalties

August 23, 2017 |

In Washington, the US Commerce Department issued a preliminary countervailing duty determination from the Commerce Department regarding subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The Commerce Department found that Argentina and Indonesia provide subsidies to their biodiesel producers in violation of international trade rules. In addition, Commerce found “critical circumstances” to address the post-petition surge […]

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Market Value pivoted Algae biomass productivity for oil to other high value products – is oil still on the horizon, somewhere?

Market Value pivoted Algae biomass productivity for oil to other high value products – is oil still on the horizon, somewhere?

August 22, 2017 |

By Dr. Anju D. Krivov, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s vision of an algae oil machine fed with a bucketful of algae soup from a pond at one end spits out oil at the other – that must have amused the NOVA Science television viewers back in 2009 – […]

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Vertibirds are GO: DOE OKs Vertimass drop-in biofuels technology, clears path to demo scale 

Vertibirds are GO: DOE OKs Vertimass drop-in biofuels technology, clears path to demo scale 

August 22, 2017 |

In California, Vertimass gained its intermediate technology validation with the US DOE’s Bioenergy Technology Office, which verified performance against negotiated milestones, provided progress on scale-up, and reviewed Vertimass’ estimated cost for their transformative catalytic technology. BETO verification effectively opens the door for Vertimass to move to demonstration scale of its technology for converting ethanol into gasoline, diesel, […]

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The Leadership Challenge: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to building world-class bioeconomy teams

The Leadership Challenge: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to building world-class bioeconomy teams

August 22, 2017 |

Great process? Great target economics? Great feedstock? That’s super. But no one will ever build a world-class business without competing effectively to build world-class team, so consider that Job #1. Each year, in partnership with the executive search firm Kincannon & Reed, the Digest conducts an extensive survey on leadership, team-building and companies. And at ABLC […]

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Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the River

Don’t Change Horses in the Middle of the River

August 21, 2017 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Head of Industrial Biotechnology section, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest We were disappointed, but not surprised, to see Mike McAdams and his members come out in support of changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in Biofuels Digest (July 26 – The Time Has Come for RFS Reform). […]

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Advances in carbon fiber and graphene tech: The higher purpose in higher value carbon products

Advances in carbon fiber and graphene tech: The higher purpose in higher value carbon products

August 21, 2017 |

Today we’d like to highlight advances in the production and use of higher-value forms of carbon as examples of a society slowly moving away from a hunter-gatherer culture in energy and materials and towards a pastoral and agricultural approach. Specifically we’ll look at clean, cost-efficient approaches of producing carbon fiber from biomass — including applications […]

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DOE, DOD aim for take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation

DOE, DOD aim for take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation

August 21, 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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Case Studies of Funding Bioeconomy Projects: US vs Around the World

Case Studies of Funding Bioeconomy Projects: US vs Around the World

August 21, 2017 |

Structuring and financing an International Bioeconomy Project is not for the neophyte or the faint of heart — =so advises Kilpatrick Townsend’s massively-experienced partner Mark Riedy. Where is it best to build? In this illuminating presentation from ABLC 2017, Riedy looked at regulatory uncertainty, returns, available supply chains and the risk therein, among many other factors that […]

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