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Markets and Molecules: The Outlook for the advanced bioeconomy

Advanced fuels, PVC, Polyols, enzymes? The outlook is strong, according to these research reports hot off the presses. As we prepare for today’s opening of the POET-DSM cellulosic ethanol facility in Emmetsburg, Iowa — an event that is expected to temporarily double the population of the sleepy northern Iowa — it’s comforting to read in […]

September 2, 2014 More

4 Minutes With…Mark Fisler, Managing Director, Ocean Park Advisors

Today, Mark Fisler is helping companies to get affordable financing at Ocean Park Advisors — just a few years back, he was going through the highs and lows of the ethanol boom in a more direct sense as the President of Global Ethanol, which he joined after spending 20 years in the finance sector with […]

September 2, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index advances to 6-week high of 83.20 as enzyme equities surge

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 0.40 percent to a 6-week high of 83.20 as enzyme equities surged. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) jumped 6.31 percent to $0.55, while Metabolix (MBLX) soared 5.80 percent to $0.72. Among other equities, Codexis (CDXS) rocketed up 8.27 percent to $2.75. Overall, declines […]

September 2, 2014 More

“Biofuels Barometer” report offers sober assessment of biofuels prospects in the EU

In the EU, Energies Renouvelables is noting that biofuels consumption has dropped 6.8 percent in the EU road transport sector between 2012 and 2013, with a 4.7% overall “incorporation rate”. The group, which has published its Biofuels Barometer (available here), said that “sustainable biofuels” consumption rates are now exceeding 86 percent and that, despite the […]

September 1, 2014 More

Can corn compete in Brazil with cane? Ethanol Baron’s Summit Group to develop $140M corn ethanol project in Mato Grosso

In Iowa, after tipping earlier in the year that there were substantial opportunities in Brazil and Argentina for corn ethanol expansion, “Ethanol Baron” Bruce Rastetter and his Summit Group have announced a $140 million corn ethanol project for Lucas do Rio Verde in Mato Grosso state. Summit Group will finance the project through its US […]

September 1, 2014 More

Masdar, Tadweer launch Emirates effort to improve waste cooking to biodiesel conversion tehcnology

In the Emirates, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Tadweer, the Center of Waste Management – Abu Dhabi have inked a two-year R&D pact to explore imporvemtns in tehcnologies for the conversion of waste cooking oil to biodiesel. The groups will be joined in the project by Australia’s Laboratory for Turbulence Research in […]

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China biodiesel demand to double by 2017: report

In China, a new report from ResearchinChina says biodiesel consumption in China is expected to double by 2017 from 2013 levels, to as much as 2.,5 million tons per year or higher. The report authors said that in 2013, China’s total capacity of biodiesel exceeded 3.7 million tons per year, but output attained 1-1.2 million […]

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IEA warns that policy uncertainty is global threat to advance of renewables

From Brussels, the International Energy Agency has released its in its 3rd annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report — and the agency is becoming bearish on the expansion prospects for renewables unless policy constraints are addresses. According to the report, power generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro grew strongly in 2013, […]

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Blue Skies: the high-value opportunities above us for advanced biofuels

Renewable chemicals and nutraceuticals are rightly hot because their high-margin markets offer go-to opportunities for emerging technologies. But what about high-margin markets for advanced fuels? The Digest investigates. Now that Labor Day is past, we are all supposed to get back to work or school — and in the world of the advanced bioeconomy that […]

September 1, 2014 More

4 Minutes With…Kyle Teamey, CEO, Liquid Light

Elsewhere in the Digest this morning we make reference to the technologies and markets being explored by Liquid Light — specifically the opportunity to make a molecule with a powerful market such as mono ethylene glycol (MEG) out of waste CO2. Leading the company is Kyle Teamey, who left behind a military career (including a tour of […]

September 1, 2014 More