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Digest Bioeconomy Index slides 1.24 percent to 46.82 as ethanol slumps

Digest Bioeconomy Index slides 1.24 percent to 46.82 as ethanol slumps

February 9, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, slid 1.24 percent to 46.82 as ethanol slumped.  For the day, BioAmber (BIOA) fell 7.84 percent to $2.94, while Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) shed 6.25 percent yo $3.15. Among other equities, Global Bioenergies (ALGBE.PA) lost 4.85 percent to $20.61. Overall, declines led advances by […]

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The Extreme 16: Strutting microbial Terminators pumping up the pursuit of sustainable molecules

The Extreme 16: Strutting microbial Terminators pumping up the pursuit of sustainable molecules

February 8, 2016 |

Take it to the Extreme, with these microscopic wonders that are changing the way we pursue sustainable fuels, renewable chemicals and biobased materials. These days, researchers are turning up life forms trapped under hundreds of feet of Antarctic ice, in the syrupyist salty ponds, in mineral waters heated to more than 150 degrees Fahrenheit — in […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index drops 2.59 percent to 47.41 as advanced bio and ethanol retreat anew

Digest Bioeconomy Index drops 2.59 percent to 47.41 as advanced bio and ethanol retreat anew

February 8, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, dropped 2.59 percent to 47.41as advanced bio and ethanol retreated again.  For the day, BioAmber (BIOA) fell 14.48 percent to $3.19, while Gevo (GEVO) shed 11.51 percent to $0.36. Among other equities, Abengoa (ABGB) dropped 7.47 percent to $0.92. Overall, declines led advances […]

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Mega-Bio: Energy Department Announces $11.3M for Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels

Mega-Bio: Energy Department Announces $11.3M for Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels

February 8, 2016 |

The Energy Department today announced up to $11.3 million in funding to develop flexible biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can be modified to produce advanced fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. These pathways could consist of a route to a platform chemical that could be converted to products or renewable hydrocarbon […]

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Biodiesel: fightback needed against the Merchants of Doubt, says NBB chief

Biodiesel: fightback needed against the Merchants of Doubt, says NBB chief

February 7, 2016 |

In Florida, Joe Jobe’s annual national biodiesel keynote and overlook highlighted that the Renewable Fuel Standard, the federal law governing renewable fuel blending, is back on track and on schedule for the first time in its history with volumes defined for biodiesel through 2017. Second, the industry secured an extension of an important tax law […]

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Communique from Global Bioeconomy Summit: “promoting technologies, governance, cooperation” are key to sustainable bioeconomy.

Communique from Global Bioeconomy Summit: “promoting technologies, governance, cooperation” are key to sustainable bioeconomy.

February 7, 2016 |

The first Global Bioeconomy Summit in Berlin Germany released a communique: “We, a community of experts and stakeholders from more than 50 countries, met in Berlin to review the state of bioeconomy in different parts of the world and to identify opportunities for accelerated transition to a more biobased economy, i.e., an economy that fulfills […]

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US ethanol producers exported 836 million gallons in 2015: report

US ethanol producers exported 836 million gallons in 2015: report

February 7, 2016 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association is reporting that the U.S. ethanol industry exported 836 million gallons of ethanol worth $1.8 billion in 2015.  The RFA report finds that U.S. ethanol made its way to all six inhabited continents in 2015, reaching more than 75 countries. The top five countries receiving U.S. ethanol last year […]

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American Coalition for Ethanol announces spring 2016 Washington DC fly-in

American Coalition for Ethanol announces spring 2016 Washington DC fly-in

February 7, 2016 |

In South Dakota, the American Coalition for Ethanol has targeted April 13-14 for its annual grassroots lobbying effort in Washington, DC this year. “The most persuasive and effective spokespeople for our industry are real people, whose everyday life experiences and authenticity illustrate how the decisions made in Washington, DC impact their businesses and communities.  Given […]

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Vegetable oil prices steady despite 12-year crude oil low

Vegetable oil prices steady despite 12-year crude oil low

February 7, 2016 |

In Germany, UFOP relates that the January dive of New York crude oil prices widened the gap with prices of palm and soybean oil even further. In looking at the trends, UFOP commented: “Global surplus put strong downward pressure on crude oil prices on the futures market. Positive stimuli usually only had a short-term effect. […]

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US ethanol production drops to 4-week low, below 15 billion gallon annual rate

US ethanol production drops to 4-week low, below 15 billion gallon annual rate

February 7, 2016 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 959,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 40.28 million gallons daily. That is down 2,000 b/d from the week before and the lowest in nine weeks. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 976,000 b/d for an annualized rate of […]

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