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Amyris and Genome Compiler enter deal to allow users to design and order DNA

Amyris and Genome Compiler enter deal to allow users to design and order DNA

March 3, 2015 |

In California, Amyris and Genome Compiler Corp., a synthetic biology platform company, have entered into a collaboration agreement to integrate Amyris’s automated lab services with Genome Compiler’s online design tools and e-commerce platform to enable users to design and order DNA or other biological products seamlessly. This integration will provide a comprehensive solution from design […]

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University of Saskatchewan gets grant to develop glycerin-based patents

University of Saskatchewan gets grant to develop glycerin-based patents

March 3, 2015 |

In Canada, biofuel producers in Western Canada will soon be able to purify and convert raw glycerol more cost-effectively thanks to an investment of $538,542, announced by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification. With this funding, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), led by Canada Research Chair […]

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Indonesia sets CPO as benchmark for biodiesel supply tenders from March 1

Indonesia sets CPO as benchmark for biodiesel supply tenders from March 1

March 3, 2015 |

In Indonesia, the country’s energy and minerals ministry has altered the pricing benchmark used in tenders to supply biodiesel to the state-owned oil company Pertamina to crude palm oil prices rather than diesel prices in an attempt to further boost biodiesel consumption. The new benchmark is in effect for tenders as of March 1.

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4 minutes with… Gary Weihs, Managing Director, Kincannon & Reed, Executive Recruiting

4 minutes with… Gary Weihs, Managing Director, Kincannon & Reed, Executive Recruiting

March 3, 2015 |

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. We recruit leaders for organizations that feed our world and keep it healthy. We are thrilled to work exclusively in the bioeconomy/lifesciences value chain. For 33 years, organizations around the globe have trusted us, former industry executives, to deliver superior executives that help […]

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Australian sugar coop looks to sell remaining 50% to Manildra

Australian sugar coop looks to sell remaining 50% to Manildra

March 2, 2015 |

In Australia, Sunshine Sugars Coop. may sell its 50% shareholding in itself to Manildra, who already owned 50% of the company since 1989. With much of the Australian sugar industry getting snapped up by foreign investors, the hope was to strengthen one of the country’s leading ethanol producers with complete control over some domestic sugar […]

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Argentine biodiesel exports up 40% in 2014

Argentine biodiesel exports up 40% in 2014

March 2, 2015 |

In Argentine, biodiesel exports jumped 40% during 2014 to 1.6 million metric tons, up from 1.15 million tons in 2013. At the same time, domestic biodiesel production increased nearly 30% in 2014 to 2.58 million tons.  Meanwhile, ethanol production jumped nearly 43% in 2014 533,978 tons, nearly all of which went towards satisfying the E10 […]

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Smaller ethanol plants must expand or innovate to keep alive

Smaller ethanol plants must expand or innovate to keep alive

March 2, 2015 |

In Minnesota, older and smaller ethanol plants are struggling to survive because the economics don’t pan out when compared to larger plants, leaving them to either expand or innovate into other products in order to keep operating. The threshold appears to be at 40 million gallons, with anything producing below that level suffering from lack […]

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Indian sugar mills worried about policy linking export subsidy to ethanol supply

Indian sugar mills worried about policy linking export subsidy to ethanol supply

March 2, 2015 |

In India, with raw sugar export subsidies potentially tied to supplying ethanol to Oil Marketing Companies, sugar companies are beginning to worry that they won’t be able to supply a quarter of their production capacity as may be required. But the sugar mills association says that in the case of Maharashtra, at least, the situation […]

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HC&S still looking for right energy crop for Maui

HC&S still looking for right energy crop for Maui

March 2, 2015 |

In Hawaii, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar hasn’t yet found the bioenergy sweet spot, looking for energy crops that grow as well as sugarcane or better so the company can diversify its sugar production or move away from sugar and into energy completely. The company has received grants to trial various sugarcane, sorghum and bana grass […]

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Philippines experimenting with scales to produce farm-based ethanol from nipa

Philippines experimenting with scales to produce farm-based ethanol from nipa

March 2, 2015 |

In the Philippines, three ethanol plants using nipa sap as feedstock will be developed over the next three years to determine the appropriate scale for production. The product is native to the Infanta region that is home to extensive rice farming. The ethanol is expected to supply locally-produced fuel from farm machinery as well as […]

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