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Competing With Sub $50 Oil: A Strategy for the Biofuels Industry

Competing With Sub $50 Oil: A Strategy for the Biofuels Industry

May 26, 2016 |

By Irshad Ahmed, Consultant with Lee Enterprises Consulting and Member of MITSBAA Entrepreneurs Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Special to The Digest If bioenergy represents a sustainable energy future for the planet, then why must it compete with oil prices to be deemed a feasible energy alternative for the society? The answer is simple: It […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index drops 0.68 percent to 53.81 as ethanol equities retreat

Digest Bioeconomy Index drops 0.68 percent to 53.81 as ethanol equities retreat

May 26, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, dropped 0.68 percent to 53.81 as ethanol equities retreated.  For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX)  dipped 4.14 percent to $5.79, while Renewable Energy Group (REGI) tumbled 12.66 percent to $8,62 after announcing a convertible debt raise. Among other equities, Biox (BX.T) surged 10.64 […]

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The SynBio Foundry: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide

The SynBio Foundry: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide

May 26, 2016 |

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Ames National Lab, Argonne National Lab, Idaho National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, the National Renewable Energy Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, Pacific Northwest National Lab, and Sandia National Lab seek to build an agile biomanufacturing platform for biological approaches to produce advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and materials that represent low […]

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Evolva, Wageningen and Algae.Tec advance on high-margin bio-opportunities

Evolva, Wageningen and Algae.Tec advance on high-margin bio-opportunities

May 26, 2016 |

Sweeteners, acrylic, and nutraceuticals led the news at the end of this week, with key announcements out of Evolva, Wageningen and Algae.Tec. Over at Evolva: major patent win on sweeteners In Switzerland, the European Patent Office granted Evolva a patent that the company deemed “pivotal to the commercial expansion of and broader access to the […]

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Why is the BBD RVO so low and what can NBB do about it?

Why is the BBD RVO so low and what can NBB do about it?

May 25, 2016 |

By Don Scott, Director of Sustainability, National Biodiesel Board Special to The Digest EPA proposes to continue growing the Required Volume Obligations (RVO) for Biomass Based Diesel (BBD) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), but at a paltry 100 million gallons a year to 2.1 billion gallons for 2018. Continued growth is a positive sign, […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index moves up 1.54 percent to 54.18 as ethanol equities jump again

Digest Bioeconomy Index moves up 1.54 percent to 54.18 as ethanol equities jump again

May 25, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, jumped 1.54 percent to 54.18 as ethanol equities jumped again. For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX)  soared 20.56 percent to $5.95, while Gevo (GEV) rose 6.18 percent to $0.36. Among other equities, Aemetis (AMTX) gained 2.76 percent to $2.61. Overall, advances led declines […]

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Why does biology take so long to make commercial products? A Job for BOB

Why does biology take so long to make commercial products? A Job for BOB

May 25, 2016 |

The profusion of government-based Three-Letter Acronyms got so out of hand at one stage that the Navy’s Director of Operational Energy Chris Tindal began a meeting not long ago with a slide that said, simply, EYA. Explain Your Acronym. But there’s one TLA that was so friendly and promising that it forms the exception to the […]

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After 40 years: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Toxic Substances Control Act reform

After 40 years: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Toxic Substances Control Act reform

May 25, 2016 |

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform has been a “work in progress” for years. House and Senate passage in 2015 of substantive TSCA reform measures considerably improved the odds that Congress would enact TSCA-reform legislation in 2016. Which appears to be happening with news that the US House and Senate have agreed on a TSCA […]

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Sub-$2/gallon biobased hydrocarbon fuels head for diesel-hungry India

Sub-$2/gallon biobased hydrocarbon fuels head for diesel-hungry India

May 24, 2016 |

India’s SunLight Fuels licenses IH2 Technology for hydrocarbon transportation fuels from agricultural waste In India, Sunlight Fuels has signed a Front End Loading license agreement for IH2 Technology with CRI Catalyst, a division of Shell. Project details The Sunlight Fuels agreement is the first IH2 FEL-2 license granted in India for a commercial scale plant. […]

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Liquid fuel from the Sun: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Joule Unlimited

Liquid fuel from the Sun: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Joule Unlimited

May 24, 2016 |

Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to fossil fuel today. Its transformative Helioculture platform directly and continuously converts sunlight and waste CO2 to infrastructure-ready diesel, ethanol or commodity chemicals with no dependence on biomass feedstocks, downstream […]

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