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Brazil: Biofuels Digest’s 10 Top Trends for 2014

After the inter-harvest season — what’s up in the Big South? Brazil’s on the move on a number of fronts — sales, diversification of products and feedstocks, and even in engine development. Let’s look at the Top 10 Trends. 1. Feedstock diversification. If you thought it was all cane, cane, cane, think again. There’s a lot […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Canada: Biofuels Digest’s Spring 2014 5-Minute Guide – Bioindustrial Innovation Canada launched

In Canada, the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance and Ontario’s Bioindustrial Innovation Centre — who jointly developed Sarnia as a renewable chemicals hub, have consolidated into Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. Murray McLaughlin, former SCA executive director, will be the executive director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. The consolidated organization has launched a newsletter, Bioeconomy Visions, and has outlined four […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Canada: Biofuels Digest’s Spring 2014 5-Minute Guide – CCEMC Grand Challenge hands $500K seed grants to 24

Alberta’s Grand Challenge on carbon — Liquid Light, Enerkem among 24 winners picking up $500,000 seed grants in first round. Next round will result in up to five $3M grants in 2018, and $10M to the Grand Challenge winner in 2018. In Alberta, Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation’s the CA$35M Grand Challenge announced 24 […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Canada: Biofuels Digest’s Spring 2014 5-Minute Guide – CRFA’s New Action Plan

In Ontario, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) released a comprehensive new plan for Canada’s renewable fuels industry and emerging bioeconomy. The goal of the CRFA’s new document, aptly entitled Evolution and Growth, is to help Canada capitalize on the sizable economic and environmental benefits of its domestic biofuels industry and set a clear pathway […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Canada: Biofuels Digest’s Spring 2014 5-Minute Guide – Ontario exits coal-generated power

In Ontario, the province celebrated the elimination of coal as a source of electricity generation. The Thunder Bay Generating Station, Ontario’s last remaining coal-fired facility, has burned its last supply of coal. Operated by Ontario Power Generation, Thunder Bay Generating Station was the oldest coal-fired station in the province. The plant is scheduled to be […]

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April 17, 2014 More

Gevo inserts “going concern” statement in annual report

In Colorado, Gevo filed its 10-K annual report with the SEC. Excepts are as follows: “For the year ended December 31, 2013, we incurred a consolidated net loss of $66.8 million and had an accumulated deficit of $262.2 million. From inception to December 31, 2013, we have incurred significant net losses and have funded our […]

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April 15, 2014 More

Calling Tony Stark: Miniaturizing biofuels’ hot technologies

Scale-up, scale-up, scale-up. But what about scale-down? The Digest looks at how some technologists are aiming to bring the machines to the biomass, and transforming costs and options along the way. Scale-up — it’s the most exciting, yet dreaded phrase in advanced industrial biotechnology. It’s the period when a technology comes out of the lab […]

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DOE announces $10M in new funding for $3/gal advanced biofuels

In Washington, the US Department of Energy  announced up to $10 million in funding to advance the production of advanced biofuels, substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks, and bioproducts made from renewable, non-food-based biomass, such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. This supports the Department’s efforts to make drop-in biofuels more accessible and affordable, as well as […]

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April 15, 2014 More

10 Bellwether Biofuels & Biobased Projects for 2014

Advanced biofuels – are plans turning into reality? Are development plans realistic? When these 10 projects open for business (or not) in 2014, you’ll know for sure. We wrote in 2012: “If, by this time next year, we have all of these projects completed and in operation, it will go a long way towards substantiating […]

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April 14, 2014 More

Can warplanes fly farther, carry more weapons, with advanced biofuels? More new data.

We’ve been following the development of advanced fuels that carry more, travel farther — and here’s a giant step forward. A China Lake-based research team finds terpene fuels that add 13% to the performance, compared to fossil fuels. We take a look at the new breed of renewable fuels — with a Q&A to explore […]

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April 13, 2014 More