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In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic

By Todd Taylor, partner, Fredrikson & Byron Skeptic: from the Greek “skeptikos” meaning “to consider, examine” “Skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.” [Miguel de Unamuno, "Essays and Soliloquies," 1924] “Trust, but Verify” – President Ronald Reagan […]

August 24, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index flat at 80.68 despite slide amongst large caps

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, was flat at 80.68 despite a slide amongst the large caps.  For the day, Biox (BX.T) rebounded 10.00 percent to $0.44, while KiOR (KIOR) dropped 5.82 percent to $0.10. Among other equities, Evogene (EVGN) jumped 4.86 percent to $14.02. Overall, declines and advances were […]

August 24, 2014 More

All Your Biodiesel Are Belong To Us: The 10 Top Mistakes in Covering Renewable Fuels

How bad, bent, half-baked, bungled, pettifogged, misconstrued, out-of-date, misleading or agenda-laden can coverage of renewable fuels get? This week, America’s favorite advanced biofuel, biodiesel, gets a hit job. The Digest investigates. In 1994, there were fewer than 1,000 websites. By 2013, there were 672 million. The proliferation of content has resulted in wildly uneven coverage of renewable fuels, if […]

August 21, 2014 More

Dutch King to attend POET-DSM Project LIBERTY opening

From the Netherlands, the Court of His Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, has announced that the King will attend the Grand Opening of POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels’ Project LIBERTY cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The King will take part in the Grand Opening Ceremony to perform the formal opening activity, scheduled […]

August 21, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index slips to 80.70 as enzyme equites stall

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, slipped 0.20 percent to 80.70 as enzyme equites stalled. For the day, KiOR (KIOR) rebounded 11.11 percent to $0.11, while Abengoa (ABGB) jumped 4.79 percent to $26.70. Among other equities, Solazyme (SZYM) was down 3.37 percent to $9.17 Overall, declines led advances 4 to […]

August 21, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index is flat at 80.86 despite an advanced biofuels drop

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, was flat at 80.86 despite an advanced biofuels drop. For the day, KiOR (KIOR) lost 17.5 percent to $0.10, Biox (BX.T) lost 11.11 percent to $0.40. Among other equities, Aemetis (AMTX) jumped 6./49 percent to $10.33. Overall, advances led declines 7 to 4 for […]

August 20, 2014 More

Butamax opens (phase 1) biobutanol project in Minnesota, with Highwater Ethanol

Includes Installation of a Corn Oil Separation Technology with “50% higher than the normal” yields We’ve learned that Butamax Advanced Biofuels and Highwater Ethanol have completed, successfully commissioned and begun production (at Highwater’s ethanol plant in Lamberton, Minnesota) a first phase of Butamax’s biobutanol retrofit that includes a novel corn oil separation technology delivering 50% […]

August 20, 2014 More

Gevo boosts revs in Q2, but losses widen; aims for break-even at Luverne by year end

In Colorado, Gevo announced a net loss for Q2 2014 of $17.2 million compared to $15.2M during Q2 2013, on Q2 revenues of $7.7M compared to $1.9M for Q2 2013. The increase in revenue during 2014 is primarily a result of the production and sale of ethanol and distiller’s grains of $5.5 million following the […]

August 20, 2014 More

DOE aims new program to cut cost of algal biofuels and bioproducts by up to 50% by 2019

In Washington, the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office said that DOE intends to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA), “Targeted Algal Biofuels and Bioproducts.” DOE said: “BETO’s 2019 projected state of technology for the cost of algal biofuels is modeled at about $7 per gallon gasoline gallon equivalent, without valuable co-products such as animal feed or […]

August 20, 2014 More

Saudi Aramco invests in Siluria: will BIO rescue OCM and put the ROI back into GTL?

Can a small California start-up transform the gigantic Gas-to-Liquids business by pioneering industrial-strength throughput at nanoscale? In California, we learned that one of the brightest lights in cleantech these days, Siluria Technologies, is receiving a strategic investment from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), the venture investment subsidiary of Saudi Aramco. The total raise for this initial […]

August 20, 2014 More