Category: Top Stories

Mind the (Carbon) Gap: with sustainable aviation fuels, what will it take, who’s gonna pay?

Mind the (Carbon) Gap: with sustainable aviation fuels, what will it take, who’s gonna pay?

February 26, 2017 |

So there’s this gap, say researchers at Utrecht University in their report on aviation biofuels, between the emission goals that airlines have set themselves (call this, carbon-neutral growth), and what is going to be achieved through operational efficiency. Totaling 232 million tonnes of CO2 over the period 2020-2030. Let’s put that in perspective, that’s the […]

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Trump at the Renewable Pump: will he bump, thump or dump?

Trump at the Renewable Pump: will he bump, thump or dump?

February 23, 2017 |

“Trump Reiterates Support for Ethanol, RFS” is the major headline to come out of the National Ethanol Conference in San Diego, which is the Renewable Fuels Association’s annual conflab and as usual produced a flurry of studies, keynotes and statements on the viability and importance of US ethanol to everything from American jobs to advanced […]

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The pile-on for bionylon: ADM, Rennovia, JM accelerate the chase

The pile-on for bionylon: ADM, Rennovia, JM accelerate the chase

February 22, 2017 |

Just when we’ve chided ADM for being quieter in the sector than a Sensory Deprivation Chamber, they’ve gone and been associated with two major announcements in the week leading up to ABLC. From California we learn that Johnson Matthey and Rennovia have signed a license agreement with Archer Daniels Midland Company to provide catalyst and […]

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Greenyug to go commercial-scale in 2017, signs key ethyl acetate offtake deal with Helm

Greenyug to go commercial-scale in 2017, signs key ethyl acetate offtake deal with Helm

February 21, 2017 |

In California, HELM AG and Greenyug signed an off-take agreement for the purchase and sale of bio-based Ethyl Acetate produced at Greenyug’s planned Ethyl Acetate facility in Columbus, Nebraska. This agreement will make significant amounts of bio-based Ethyl Acetate available first time to the market. As we reported last June, Greenyug has formed a subsidiary, […]

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Ground Delay: Where are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

Ground Delay: Where are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

February 20, 2017 |

When it comes to sustainable aviation fuels, the public is yelling impatiently for take-off, and the airlines are pleading impatiently for off-take. So, where are the gallons? There are two hold-ups, primarily, and they have nothing to do with the usual suspects in advanced technology – those are the unworkable technology and the unaffordable feedstock, and […]

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The Need for Speed: POET-DSM’s Project Liberty advances on yield and cost, but still seeking rate

The Need for Speed: POET-DSM’s Project Liberty advances on yield and cost, but still seeking rate

February 19, 2017 |

In Iowa, we reported late last week that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels will build an on-site enzyme manufacturing facility in Emmetsburg, pending state and local approvals. It gives us a chance to review the progress with cellulosic biofuels. In that, you might find yourself in one of three camps, in looking at cellulosic’s slow ramp-up: 1. […]

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The Fountain of Youth, in convenient powder form: Evolva launches Veri-te

The Fountain of Youth, in convenient powder form: Evolva launches Veri-te

February 16, 2017 |

In Switzerland, news arrived that Evolva has at long last launched Veri-te — which is the brand for its high-purity, sustainably produced resveratrol. Resvera-what? I know, Resveratrol sounds like an app for dining and travel reservations, something that American Express or Visa might have dreamed up. But if you’ve read somewhere that red wine was […]

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AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo just can’t stop dancin’

AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo just can’t stop dancin’

February 15, 2017 |

So, feel the bioeconomy backbeat and let the music flow. AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo just can’t stop dancin’. (Whoops, that was Becky G‘s Can’t Stop Dancin’, not Gevo’s.) But there’s something so cool in that technology that we can’t take our eyes off the company and its progress, even though looking at the balance sheet can […]

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Avantium goes IPO: aims for €100 million in Amsterdam, Brussels Float

Avantium goes IPO: aims for €100 million in Amsterdam, Brussels Float

February 14, 2017 |

Here’s our 10-minute version of the filing, slightly re-organized to make sense to Earthlings instead of aliens from the Planet Prospectus. In the Netherlands, bioplastics maker Avantium is planning an initial public offering and listing of all shares on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels. The company expects to raise up to €100 million (USD$106 million) […]

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Reverse Combustion and its prospects

Reverse Combustion and its prospects

February 13, 2017 |

Because burning fuels in an internal combustion engine produces CO2 and water as its byproducts, the idea of reverse combustion has been hanging around the halls of science for a long, long time. That is, recombining CO2 and water back into an energy carrier — a fuel. It’s a simple concept, but over the years […]

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