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Advanced Biofuels: Suspended in Bureaucratic Animation

By Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association For months the biofuels industry has focused on the EPA’s issuance of the 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO’s). Lobbying has been furious and consistent from all the various stakeholder groups that are impacted by the final numbers. It is expected that the final rule will be issued in […]

July 20, 2014 More

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 7/21/14: equities, fuels, chemicals, and feedstock prices and data

About The Digest Dashboard. Biofuels Digest’s Dashboard is a convenient “news you can use” 5-Minute summary of current markets including key commodity prices, relevant futures, bioenergy-related stocks, and historical equities data. New data this week! D4 (biodiesel) RINs, and EU biodiesel prices. Latest prices – key commodities. Most recent commodity closing prices, and price changes, […]

July 20, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index rebounds to 81.08 as ethanol equities rally

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, rebounded 1.24 percent to 81.08 as ethanol equities rallied. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) jumped 5.28 percent to $3.59, while Metabolix (MBLX) lost 11.05 percent to $0.55. Among other equities, DSM (DSM.AS) rocketed up 4.31 percent to $52.09. Overall, advances led declines 11 to […]

July 20, 2014 More

Back in My Arms Again: The Supremes take on patent law in the era of synthetic biology

Key ruling in Gevo, Butamax case links it to the upcoming Teva case, going before the Supreme Court this fall. In Colorado, Gevo filed a fascinating 8-K this week, relating that a United States District Court judge granted a motion to stay the patent litigation action brought by Butamax. The District Court’s decision postpones the […]

July 18, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest Index falls 1.55 percent to 80.09 as global equities melt down

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, fell 1.55 percent to 80.09 as global equities melted after the possible shooting down of a Malaysian airliner near the Russia-Ukraine border. For the day, Biox (BX.T) dumped 2. 31 percent to $0.57, while Metabolix (MBLX) lost 7.74 percent to $0.62. Among other equities, […]

July 17, 2014 More

Creating Sustainable Supply Chains for Cellulosic Biofuels

Growers reporting increased yields, revenues with stover harvest. Natural Resources Conservation Service says “By making wise management decisions, removing residue can be done sustainably.” What are the opportunities and the must-knows, for growers and project developers? For those who were not able to register for our Digest webinar on “Creating Sustainable Supply Chains for Cellulosic […]

July 17, 2014 More

Cellana lands milestone $3.5M DOE algae grant

  In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced today $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels. This research project supports the Department’s goal of producing 2,500 gallons of algal biofuel feedstock per acre per year by 2018, an important milestone toward reducing the cost of […]

July 17, 2014 More

Australia repeals its carbon tax

In Australia, the newly installed Senate, which changed over its membership on July 1st following elections late last year, endorsed a series of bills (already passed in the House of Representatives) eliminating the carbon tax introduced in 2011 by the former Labor Government. The Liberal-National coalition’s pledge to repeal the tax was a key driver […]

July 17, 2014 More

BioAmber raises $33.6M in 2.8M share offering

From Minnesota, we hear that BioAmber priced a 2.8M share offering at $12.00 per share, and raised $33.6M. The company granted the underwriters in the offering a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 420,000 shares of its common stock. Credit Suisse Securities and Canaccord Genuity are acting as the bookrunning managers for the […]

July 16, 2014 More

Solar fuels: How close, how real?

Could a liquid fuel technology emerge that connects solar PV to the efficiency of electric engines — but, this time with long driving range and near-instant refueling instead of laborious recharging? And, could the liquid fuel be made from the very waste CO2 that bedevils our environment? Those ideas just took a big step forward — involving […]

July 16, 2014 More