Category: Top Stories

Levine to succeed Warner as CEO of Sapphire Energy: new commercial era begins

Former Verenium CEO and Goldman exec ushers in new commercial era at Sapphire, as CJ Warner relinquishes CEO title, remaining as Chairman. In California, the Digest learned that James “Jamie” Levine has been appointed CEO of Sapphire Energym succeeding Cynthia J. “CJ” Warner, who will remain the company’s chairman. Levine, a former Goldman exec, took […]

July 28, 2014 More

Biofuels Digest’s 7th Birthday Special Issue: The Glass

7 years ago, Biofuels Digest debuted with two subscribers and a hunch. On July 27th, The Digest turned 7. We thought back in 2007 that the market needed a concise daily summary of “news you can use” in the bioeconomy. Some 1750 editions and 28,000 stories later, we’re glad to still be here to chronicle your […]

July 27, 2014 More

The 50 Hottest Companies in Biofuels nominations open; the 30 Hottest Companies in Chemicals, too; Hot 40 debuts

PhotoVoting expanded – special bonus votes for most original artwork. Who will be #1 – who will get your vote?  In Florida, Biofuels Digest announced the official opening of nominations for the  50 Hottest Companies in Bioenergy and 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals and Materials, and the 40 Hottest Small Companies in the Bioeconomy. […]

July 27, 2014 More

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 7/28/14: 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 month! D4 (biodiesel) RINs, and EU biodiesel prices. Latest prices – key commodities. Most recent commodity closing prices, and price changes, […]

July 27, 2014 More

Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference – ABLCNext 2014 – agenda released –

In Florida, the agenda has been announced for the annual west coast version of the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, ABLCNext 2014, which will be held in San Francisco, November 10-12, 2014. Get the speaker, session, registration details by clicking here.  Conference highlights NEXTStore. We’re building NEXTStore: The Store of the Future right inside ABLCNext – where you […]

July 24, 2014 More

Lesaffre acquires Butalco: will the race for sustainable butanol ever be the same?

We look at why yeast giant Lesaffre acquired this development-stage Swiss company and its yeast enhancement technology. And how that may affect the competitive landscape in the search for cellulosic options. Plus, a 7-Slide, 3 Minute Tour of the technology and its promise. From Switzerland and France, news arrived that Butalco has been acquired by […]

July 24, 2014 More

Researchers find “Three Routes Forward for Biofuels”

From California, we heard of a study just released  by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis — “Three Routes Forward for Biofuels,” that helps chart a new path toward the sustainable use of biofuels as a low-carbon, renewable fuel source. The study identifies three routes for biofuels produced at biorefineries: (1) an “incremental” […]

July 24, 2014 More

Pain at the Pump: an illustrated guide to the war over E85, gasoline

Why is everyone yakking about E85? FTC investigations. Key Senators on the warpath. Antitrust allegations. In short, all kinds of crazy. What’s exactly going on? In today’s Digest, we’ve prepared our illustrated guide to the controversy, its origins, the issues, the claims, the back-and-forth, the hoo-hah — what’s real and what’s guff? And what exactly is […]

July 23, 2014 More

The Origin of Sex

Algae researchers think they may have discovered a trigger that establishes gender, and sexual reproduction. We humans experience asexual cellular division, or mitosis, though we rarely write songs or poetry in celebration of it. Our earliest life experience reflects that process, as two cells become four, and four become eight. As multicellular organisms, however — and […]

July 22, 2014 More

Jet fuel or liquid natural gas: now available from a trash bin near you, Part II

In part 1, Tim Sklar considered Basic Arguments for Considering a Waste-to LNG Pathway, the Growing World-Wide Demand for LNG, and LNG Demand in the US, here. The Transportation Segment The other major potential market in the US is LNG that used as a transportation fuel in vehicles  designed to run on compressed natural gas […]

July 22, 2014 More