Author Archive: Jim Lane

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After the lightning strikes: The Bioeconomy’s effort to learn from fire

After the lightning strikes: The Bioeconomy’s effort to learn from fire

August 22, 2016 |

Lightning strikes often in the Advanced Bioeconomy. The Magic catalyst, the miracle microbe, the super strain, the wonder feedstock, the peerless process. But it’s after the lightning strikes that we begin what former BP Biofuels chief Phil New called “the hard yards of commercialization” and learn not only what is exciting, but what is needed. […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index is flat at 56.20 despite a large cap advance

Digest Bioeconomy Index is flat at 56.20 despite a large cap advance

August 22, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, was flat at 56.20 despite a large cap advance. For the day, Syngenta (SYT) soared 10.44 percent to $87.81, while Renewable Energy Group (REGI) fell 3.98 percent to $8.92.  Among other equities, Global Bioenergies (ALGBE.PA) rallied 3.94 percent to $26.40. Overall, declines led […]

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to ADM and ArcelorMittal

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to ADM and ArcelorMittal

August 22, 2016 |

This season, we are conducting Strategic Intent, our 19 webinar series on major companies and their partnerships, progress and plans in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this edition, we explored Archer Daniels Midland and ArcelorMittal in the interactive webinar format. Here are the slides from our Digest presentation, focusing on the innovations, M&A activity, target molecules and more […]

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A breakthrough in algae harvesting

A breakthrough in algae harvesting

August 21, 2016 |

One of the more perplexing problems of the advanced bioeconomy is getting algae out of the water or the water out of the algae. It simply isn’t a problem in traditional, land-based agriculture and most of the nutraceutical applications of algae that were developed early on featured such high price points that it almost didn’t […]

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Sustainable Biodiesel Conducts National Auditor Search

Sustainable Biodiesel Conducts National Auditor Search

August 21, 2016 |

In Hawaii, the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is seeking third party professionals to perform sustainability audits and is requesting CVs from qualified auditors. Recognizing the need for objective environmental and sustainability standards within the US Biodiesel Industry, the SBA has created an independent third-party certification process and branding system for the production, distribution and sale of […]

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Creating Value from Landfill Gas

Creating Value from Landfill Gas

August 21, 2016 |

By Dr. Terry Mazanec, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Landfills contain a toxic stew of biomass materials from old tires to food wastes to animal manure. It is literally the bottom of the rubbish barrel. The US EPA estimates that 250 million tons of municipal solid wastes are sent to landfills each year. […]

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A successful supply chain strategy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Equinox

A successful supply chain strategy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Equinox

August 21, 2016 |

In developing a bioconversion project, the steps are numerous, interconnected and complex. Conducting a feasibility study, feedstock supply & market analysis, developing a business plan, funding initial development, choosing process technology, selecting a design/builder, selecting a site, applying for air permit, raising the balance of equity, negotiating marketing agreements, utility and transportation agreements, selecting risk management options, obtaining debt financing, hiring a […]

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More Yeast Beasts for Biotech? JGI marks more strains for production possibilities

More Yeast Beasts for Biotech? JGI marks more strains for production possibilities

August 20, 2016 |

Yeast, they’re so small that they probably all look like twins, all work the same, do the same things. Not so, says DOE Joint Genome Insitute’s Robert Riley, who tells The Digest, “We might think of yeasts as simple unicellular, creatures similar to each other, but in fact their genetic diversity is like the difference […]

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US soybean production hits record level

US soybean production hits record level

August 20, 2016 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that US growing conditions for soybeans continue to be optimal. Fears of losses caused by drought are history now. The record area planted with soybeans could allow farmers to bring in the biggest ever soy harvest this autumn. The USDA forecast pegs this year’s US soybean crop at around 110.5 million tonnes. […]

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US ethanol production ties all-time record

US ethanol production ties all-time record

August 20, 2016 |

According to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 1.029 million barrels per day, or 43.22 million gallons daily. That is up 11,000 b/d from the week before and tied for the largest total on record. The four-week average for ethanol production remained unchanged at 1.012 million b/d for […]

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