Category: Top Stories

Life in the Slow Lane: Conversion Technologies at a Standstill in California

By Jim Stewart, Chairman, BioEnergy Producers Association The momentum leading to the introduction of new technologies for alternative energy production has become increasingly evident during 2014. The year has brought a steady stream of announcements from the industry regarding equity infusions, strategic alliances and commercial demonstration projects. However, as far as the use of conversion […]

August 28, 2014 More

Hot 30, Hot 40, Hot 50 voting opens

Yes, it’s time for voting in the 2014-15 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy; the 30 Hottest Companies in Biobased Chemicals & Materials: and the 40 Hottest Small Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Who will be #1 – who will get your vote? PhotoVoting expanded – special bonus votes for most original artwork. In Florida, Biofuels Digest […]

August 28, 2014 More

Surface-to-air: How Vertimass might shatter conventional yields in alcohol-to-jet fuels

Saturated E10 ethanol markets; unmet demand in aviation biofuels: can Vertimass’ technology provide the bridge? So there’s this idea in aviation biofuels called alcohol to jet, and it’s conceptually powerful. Behind it is the idea that the E10 ethanol market in the US is right at the saturation point, there’s excess production capacity available — […]

August 28, 2014 More

MillionMinds – Advanced networking for the Advanced Bioeconomy

It takes hundreds of people working cooperatively together to make a venture successful. You have to network like crazy. Part of the daily routine in the sector has become finding and keeping up with friends, supporters, partners, customers and suppliers. As Kreig Devault partner John Kirkwood observed elsewhere in the Digest today, in talking about the Advanced Bioeconomy […]

August 26, 2014 More

Fossil Fuel Divestment, the $5 trillion challenge: will it sunset, and who’s next?

Pressure is starting to build for institutional investors to cut their exposure to fossil fuel stocks, but they will need to find viable alternative destinations for their money? A new white paper from Bloomberg New Energy Finance tackles the topic. Oil, gas and coal companies make up one of the world’s largest liquid asset classes, […]

August 26, 2014 More

A Million Minds in the Advanced Bioeconomy…and more.

Not too long ago, the Digest passed the million reader mark. Meaning that there are far more than a million minds working right now on eliminating petroleum dependencies, creating rural jobs and reducing carbon footprints – developing new options or giving them the support they need. After 9/11, Don Henley and Glenn Frye wrote and the Eagles […]

August 25, 2014 More

White Lists: A Proactive Approach to Risk Reduction for the Bioenergy Industry

By Dr. Doria Gordon, The Nature Conservancy  Cultivation of bioenergy crops is predicted to increase to between 27 and 120 million acres by 2022 in order to meet the renewable energy needs of the U.S. and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard. These crops may be used for production of ethanol, biodiesel or heat through […]

August 25, 2014 More

The Advanced Bioeconomy Dashboard for 8/25/14: 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. Latest prices – key commodities. Most recent commodity closing prices, and price changes, for NYMEX’s crude oil, Brent Crude, Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel, Natural Gas, […]

August 24, 2014 More

2014 US Renewable Fuel volume decision looms, as EPA hands off to OMB

The critical 2014 RVO number begins its trek towards final publication. Will the Obama Administration stand by the Renewable Fuel Standard, or knuckle under to petroleum interests? In Washington, word filtered out from the Environmental Protection Agency that the 2014 RVO has moved to the Office of Management and Budget for review. Let’s first review […]

August 24, 2014 More

In Defense of the Bio-Skeptic

By Todd Taylor, partner, Fredrikson & Byron Skeptic: from the Greek “skeptikos” meaning “to consider, examine” “Skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found.” [Miguel de Unamuno, "Essays and Soliloquies," 1924] “Trust, but Verify” – President Ronald Reagan […]

August 24, 2014 More