Category: Top Stories

BioChar’s Buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M cap raise is feeding it

BioChar’s Buzzing and Cool Planet’s $20M cap raise is feeding it

March 23, 2017 |

In Colorado, Cool Planet has closed on $19.3 million in Series A financing and note conversion to commercialize its Cool Terra and Cool Fauna engineered biocarbon products. This latest round of funding was led by Agustín Coppel and North Bridge Venture Partners. All together, Cool Planet has raised nearly $30 million in the last 18 […]

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Dumpers! NBB files suit against Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers: “flooding the U.S. market”

Dumpers! NBB files suit against Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers: “flooding the U.S. market”

March 23, 2017 |

In Missouri, the National Biodiesel Board filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition, making the case that Argentine and Indonesian companies are violating trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped and subsidized biodiesel. The petition was filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission on behalf of the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition, which is made up of the National Biodiesel […]

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DC’s climate change: renewables adapting to shifting political weather

DC’s climate change: renewables adapting to shifting political weather

March 22, 2017 |

There’s climate change in Washington; it’s the only kind that no one denies, and that’s political change. The hot air is blowing hotter than usual, and it’s impacting the US renewables community as the policy shifts initiated by the Trump Administration begin to bite. The Basket of Budget Deplorables The predictable response has issued from the messaging blast furnaces at […]

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As OPEC falls, what is the liberated market signaling to producers?

As OPEC falls, what is the liberated market signaling to producers?

March 21, 2017 |

The biggest two pieces of news in renewable fuels in the past 12 months have been the collapse in RIN prices, and the complete offsetting of reduced Middle Eastern oil production with increases in US rig counts for fracking operations. In other words, OPEC has collapsed in terms of its goal of setting a global oil […]

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The Zero-Emission Planet: IRENA says “affordable, achieveable”.

The Zero-Emission Planet: IRENA says “affordable, achieveable”.

March 20, 2017 |

Eliminating Energy-Related Carbon Emissions Possible, New IRENA Study Finds Since the election of Donald Trump as US President, we’ve heard a great deal less about “reductions in greenhouse gas emissions” from friends of the advanced bioeconomy, but two new studies out this week may rally supporters with striking findings relating to the potential of biofuels to […]

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Diamond Green Diesel expanding to 275M gallon capacity to meet booming renewable diesel demand

Diamond Green Diesel expanding to 275M gallon capacity to meet booming renewable diesel demand

March 19, 2017 |

In Louisiana, the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco will expand its annual production capacity of renewable diesel from 10,000 barrels per day to 18,000 bpd (275 million gallons per year), using Honeywell UOP’s Ecofining process technology. We originally reported that the project, which came to light in August 2016, as a project scheduled for […]

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Big Bird, You’re Fired! And all of you enviros, too! Trump thumps, dumps in new budget

Big Bird, You’re Fired! And all of you enviros, too! Trump thumps, dumps in new budget

March 16, 2017 |

Good-bye ARPA-E, DOE, Loan Guarantee program, Energy Star, OPIC, USTDA, NEA, and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Program. Even Big Bird gets the guillotine. In Washington, the White House released its budget requests for 2018, a high-level, 62-page overview of President Trump’s strategy for “Making America Great Again”. Departmental impact In order of percentage impact, […]

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Avantium completes “oversubscribed” €103M IPO: heads for first commercial

Avantium completes “oversubscribed” €103M IPO: heads for first commercial

March 15, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, Avantium completed its highly-anticipated initial public offering, raising $109.5M (€103M) via the sale of 9,401,793 shares at $11.70 (€11) per share, giving the company a market capitalization reaches of $294M (€277M). Trading will begin on March 15th 2017 on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Bruxelles under the symbol AVTX. The Company anticipates to […]

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The Wonder from Down Under, and Canada’ll fund ‘er: Canfor picks up $13M for Licella biofuels project

The Wonder from Down Under, and Canada’ll fund ‘er: Canfor picks up $13M for Licella biofuels project

March 14, 2017 |

In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, pledged  a $13M  non-repayable contribution through Sustainable Development Technology Canada that will enable Canfor to further develop and demonstrate Licella’s technology — it will take what is a currently a waste product from its production processes and develop it into a low-cost biofuels […]

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The Justice League of Pyromaniax

The Justice League of Pyromaniax

March 13, 2017 |

The High Lords of Pyrolysis travel under the unlikely cover identities of “George Huber” and “Robert Brown” — but we know them in their true superhero identities of “The Catalyst” and “The Godfatha”. Of late, they have assembled what might be best described as the Justice League of Pyromaniax — although the various superheroes prefer […]

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