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Breaking News: attack on farm bill clean energy programs

Breaking News: attack on farm bill clean energy programs

May 17, 2018 |

Breaking news arrives from the Ag Energy Coalition regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. Green Capiltol’s Lloyd Ritter writes: Rep. Biggs farm bill amendment was made in order by the Rules Committee last night to eviscerate the clean energy title programs of the farm bill.  It will be voted on as early as this afternoon. This is […]

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From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy breaks ground on landmark trash-to-jet fuel project

From the Dump to the Pump: Fulcrum BioEnergy breaks ground on landmark trash-to-jet fuel project

May 16, 2018 |

Long before the advent of renewable jet fuels, we learned about how choice works at the fuel pump from the 1980 classic The Blues Brothers: Elwood Blues: What kind of music do you usually have here? Cocktail Waitress: Oh, we got both kinds. We got Country AND Western! Yes, until recently you could have any […]

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Grassley vs Pruitt: Will Billionaire Bailouts or Biofuels prevail?

Grassley vs Pruitt: Will Billionaire Bailouts or Biofuels prevail?

May 16, 2018 |

Trump in a pickle: support his beleaguered EPA Administrator over oil refinery bailouts, or rally his Midwestern farm-state base? In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa tweeted: “I’ve supported Pruitt but if he pushes changes to RFS that permanently cut ethanol by billions of gallons he will have broken Trump promise & he should step […]

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 17th, 2018

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 17th, 2018

May 16, 2018 |

The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the changes. Here are the top innovations for the week […]

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

May 15, 2018 |

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Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale

Verdezyne, Ave Atque Vale

May 15, 2018 |

From Southern California the report has arrived that Verdezyne is winding down as a company, and today is the last day of operations. The low oil price environment has claimed another victim among the renewable chemical pure-plays. Why oil prices have doomed more chemical players than fuels In a nutshell, there’s no Renewable Chemicals Standard […]

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Why Not Now? The Digest’s 2018 Multi Slide Guide to Biofuels’ Barriers and Drivers

Why Not Now? The Digest’s 2018 Multi Slide Guide to Biofuels’ Barriers and Drivers

May 15, 2018 |

“The fuels market is about the largest in the world,” says Terry Mazanec. “Each succeeding generation of inspired inventors and entrepreneurs, with visions of immense profits dancing in their heads, have taken on the challenge of energy.  Now the world turns its lonely eyes to biofuels. The attraction of developing an alternative fuel source that […]

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ICYMI: $227M available from US in push for vehicle, feedstock and bioconversion advances

ICYMI: $227M available from US in push for vehicle, feedstock and bioconversion advances

May 14, 2018 |

We usually say, ICYMIs for those In Case You Missed Its that show up in someone’s inbox.  This week, we might re-purpose that useful acronym to: In Case Your Money Isn’t Sufficient — because there are three funding opportunities that have been flying slightly under the radar this week amongst a flurry of announces from the […]

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Drop-in fuels and biomaterials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies

Drop-in fuels and biomaterials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies

May 14, 2018 |

Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of the petrochemical industry. Since inception, the company focused its efforts on the production of isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can […]

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The Building Blocks of a Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium

The Building Blocks of a Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium

May 11, 2018 |

The company is now safely emerged from its celebrated IPO, and is embarked on the development of the first commercial plant project with its JV partner BASF — so, its been a big period and even more critical thresholds lie ahead for Avantium. Avantium’s YXY technology converts plant-based sugar into chemicals and plastics, including 2,5-furandicarboxylic […]

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