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Pacific Ethanol sells record volumes of ethanol in Q2, but falling oil prices hit margins

Pacific Ethanol sells record volumes of ethanol in Q2, but falling oil prices hit margins

July 30, 2015 |

In California, Pacific Ethanol reported Net sales of $227.6 million, Gross profit of $6.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $5.4 million for Q2 2015, and reported record total gallons sold of 140.7 million.  Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, stated: “We closed our stock-for-stock acquisition of Aventine Renewable Energy, establishing Pacific Ethanol as the […]

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Surging Swiss Franc costs Clariant some profits despite soaring EBITDA in Q2 2015 results

Surging Swiss Franc costs Clariant some profits despite soaring EBITDA in Q2 2015 results

July 30, 2015 |

In Switzerland, Clariant reported Net sales of CHF 1.406 billion, Net result from continuing operations at CHF 56, EBITDA margin before exceptional items improved significantly to 15.0 % and confirmed its 2015 outlook in announcing Q2 2015 results. The company said that given the continuing strong volatility of currencies in the second quarter of 2015, […]

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Marine-friendly image finds Gevo’s isobutanol pumping from its first retail station

Marine-friendly image finds Gevo’s isobutanol pumping from its first retail station

July 30, 2015 |

In Texas, Express Lube of Fredericksburg has become the first U.S. service station to sell gasoline blended with Gevo’s renewable isobutanol at the pump. The company said that this is anticipated to be the first of many retail locations to offer Gevo’s product as the company rolls out its isobutanol to the marina, outdoor equipment and […]

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Argonne and marine partners say 15 percent renewable butanol blends are safe for watercraft

Argonne and marine partners say 15 percent renewable butanol blends are safe for watercraft

July 30, 2015 |

In Illinois, Argonne National Laboratory, Bombardier Recreational Products, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the American Boat and Yacht Council, have  demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a blend of fuel that includes 16 percent butanol for use in watercraft. This demonstration has culminated in the approval of the fuel by the NMMA, as an […]

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Algae.Tec ships innovative Algae.Tec fuels technology arrives for install at monster Reliance refinery in India

Algae.Tec ships innovative Algae.Tec fuels technology arrives for install at monster Reliance refinery in India

July 30, 2015 |

In Australia,  Algae.Tec has shipped 7 containers of equipment, including photobioreactor modules and solar light units, on schedule and received in Jamnagar, India for installation within the world’s largest oil refinery, owned and operated by reliance Industries. Ground works, equipment erection and plant construction are well underway with commissioning of the plant to be completed […]

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TerraVerdae Bioworks, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions hit milestone in scale-up of bioplastic technology 

TerraVerdae Bioworks, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions hit milestone in scale-up of bioplastic technology 

July 30, 2015 |

In Alberta, TerraVerdae BioWorks has reached scale-up of its proprietary technology to a commercial scale, the company said, after completing the scale-up optimization of its process to produce biodegradable PHA bioplastics from waste-derived methanol. TerraVerdae uses “green” methanol from, forestry, municipal, agricultural or industrial waste sources, instead of petroleum or sugar-based sources to produce polyhydroxyalkanoate […]

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Biogas-producing microbial community deeply sequenced  and made public in landmark research effort

Biogas-producing microbial community deeply sequenced  and made public in landmark research effort

July 30, 2015 |

In Germany, researchers reported on the deeply sequenced metagenome and metatranscriptome of a complex biogas-producing microbial community from an agricultural production-scale biogas plant located in North Rhine Westphalia. “We assembled the metagenome and, as an example application, show that we reconstructed most genes involved in the methane metabolism, a key pathway involving methanogenesis performed by […]

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Civil rights for chemicals, next? Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to extend production, investment tax credits to renewable chemicals

Civil rights for chemicals, next? Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to extend production, investment tax credits to renewable chemicals

July 30, 2015 |

In Washington, Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced H.R. 3390, which provides renewable chemical producers access to production or investment tax credits currently available to other renewable energy producers. The production tax credit was the subject of a Digest column by Corinne Young and Michelle Jalbert of re:chem earlier this […]

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4 minutes with… Mark Warner, Founder, Warner Advisors

4 minutes with… Mark Warner, Founder, Warner Advisors

July 30, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Warner Advisors LLC is a consulting firm focused on delivering commercialization assistance for emerging technology clients in biofuels, biochemicals and food. Our focus is on early stage technology start-ups in the emerging bioeconomy. We are experts in commercialization from bench-top, through pilot to […]

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Abengoa: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

Abengoa: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

July 30, 2015 |

1. Abengoa is active in three areas in biofuels: a. Traditional fermentation of cereal grains and sugar cane for the commercial production of bioethanol; b. Traditional transesterification for the production of biodiesel from cereal and vegetable oils.; and c. Commercial scale cellulosic fuel production. Follow the page links below for the complete guide.

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