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EPA OKs Gevo Isobutanol as advanced Biofuel

EPA OKs Gevo Isobutanol as advanced Biofuel

January 22, 2017 |

In Washington, the EPA has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program. This is the first time that the EPA has approved a pathway for an advanced biofuel that uses starch from feed corn to produce an alcohol. With a partial substitution […]

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Boosting Ethanol’s Value via CO2 use: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs

Boosting Ethanol’s Value via CO2 use: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs

January 20, 2017 |

US-based White Dog Labs have developed a new process that eliminates the production of CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, during fermentation and instead shifts the carbon to added ethanol production, boosting fermentation yields by around 50 percent. The by-products are distillers grains, corn oil (if extracted from the grains) and water. The process can boost […]

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Quo Vadis, Mr. President-elect?

Quo Vadis, Mr. President-elect?

January 20, 2017 |

“Our challenges, our risk level went up a little bit; we are going to have to redouble our efforts in 2017,” said energy policy expert Jim Massie, essaying the political landscape as the National Biodiesel Conference’s annual policy forum kicked off in San Diego. A standing-room only crowd of more than 350 packed the small […]

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Scaling-up through contract manufacturing

Scaling-up through contract manufacturing

January 18, 2017 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest As companies consider options to commercialize their advanced biotechnologies, they are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration scale facility or utilize existing contract manufacturing operations (CMOs). There are benefits and pitfalls to both approaches, with the correct decision founded in […]

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Prebiotics: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ISOthrive technology

Prebiotics: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ISOthrive technology

January 18, 2017 |

“Each microbe makes a contribution to your health; some directly, indirectly, it’s an orchestra and they have to be in tune,” says our old friend Jack Oswald, a serial entrepreneur well-known in industrial biotechnology circles but for the last couple of years heading up ISOThrive, which produces and distributes dietary supplements for your microbiome. Companies […]

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FHR unveils a $50M gambit to make Überprotein at ethanol plants

FHR unveils a $50M gambit to make Überprotein at ethanol plants

January 18, 2017 |

In Nebraska, Flint Hills Resources will invest more than $50M in its Fairmont, Neb. ethanol plant to install a new technology that will produce a high protein animal and fish feed ingredient from a portion of the plant’s distiller grains, a co-product of ethanol production. The project is one of the largest investments in co-product […]

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Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-based marine microalgae system

Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-based marine microalgae system

January 17, 2017 |

Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a series of photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of microalgae. Since 2009, Cellana has operated its Kona Demonstration Facility, […]

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Biodiesel 2017: what’s up with Earth’s favorite advanced biofuel?

Biodiesel 2017: what’s up with Earth’s favorite advanced biofuel?

January 17, 2017 |

The makers of biodiesel, America’s favorite advanced biofuel, are gathering this week in San Diego for the leading annual gathering on the future of diesel-side renewable fuels, and how the quest for energy security, domestic jobs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions is coming along. As the National Biodiesel Conference opened, NBB’s new CEO Donnell Rehagen […]

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Sugar, sugar: Toray, Mitsui set out to build monster cellulosic sugar plant in Asia

Sugar, sugar: Toray, Mitsui set out to build monster cellulosic sugar plant in Asia

January 16, 2017 |

Last week we reported that Toray Industries has teamed with Mitsui to produce cellulosic sugars from bagasse leftover from the sugar production process at Thai sugar mills. The companies will invest up to $51 million to build one of the world’s largest bagasse-based cellulosic sugar plants. Producing 1,400 tons of cellulosic sugar annually that will be used […]

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Taking the financial step to scale: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Project Finance

Taking the financial step to scale: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Project Finance

January 16, 2017 |

Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with Stern Brothers and managing director John May, and some combination of Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part of the go-to team for more […]

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