Category: News Analysis

Compared to what: the low-down on alt energy subsidies

Compared to what: the low-down on alt energy subsidies

April 11, 2012 |

Hybrids, plug-in electrics struggle to pass the consumer’s “compared to what” test – and how much do those tax credits cost, anyway? Perhaps the three most important words in technology development, bio-based or otherwise are “compared to what”. It’s a useful way to look at bioenergy – because most studies look at bio-based technologies in […]

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Protected: ABLC 2012 presentations

Protected: ABLC 2012 presentations

April 10, 2012 |

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On the road to Gobig: refinery intermediates offer scale for advanced biofuels

On the road to Gobig: refinery intermediates offer scale for advanced biofuels

April 6, 2012 |

Honeywell’s UOP and Ensyn debut RTP fuel as a refiner-side renewable feedstock Amongst the many thought-provoking presentations at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference this year in DC, a pair from Honeywell’s UOP and Ensyn stood out from the crowd, which saw 107 presentations this week under the general 2012 them of “Go Big, Stay Strong”. […]

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The Game Changer

The Game Changer

April 5, 2012 |

Protect and defend the US Renewable Fuel Standard, says BP Biofuels chief “And then there was a game-changing event,” BP Biofuels chief Philip New told delegates at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference, “with a profound effect on the shape and the trajectory of the biofuels industry.” There was a stillness in the room, as a […]

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The Cleantech Conservative: Can Conservatives Love Bioenergy (And, vice-versa)?

The Cleantech Conservative: Can Conservatives Love Bioenergy (And, vice-versa)?

April 5, 2012 |

By Douglas Faulkner Many have been watching the Republican presidential sweepstakes unfold from week to week and have been wondering what GOP voters want in a candidate.  And, gasoline prices north of $4 per gallon, with rising tensions in the Persian Gulf, have just as many wondering what the same voters expect in a national […]

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What’s the Buzz? Inside the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference

What’s the Buzz? Inside the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference

April 4, 2012 |

What’s the buzz when 560 advanced biofuels delegates, including 120 C-level executives get together for deal-making, scuttlebutt, and comparing perspectives? Here’s our Top 10 from Day 2 at ABLC. Best line at ABLC? SynGest CEO Jack Oswald, comparing the opportunities between chemicals and fuels, opined “I pity da fuel.” Digest editor Jim Lane pulled some […]

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Solazyme, Bunge Form JV for commercial-scale renewable oils plant in Brazil

Solazyme, Bunge Form JV for commercial-scale renewable oils plant in Brazil

April 3, 2012 |

In California and New York, Solazyme and Bunge Global Innovation announced today that they and other Bunge subsidiaries have signed definitive agreements forming a Joint Venture to build, own and operate a commercial-scale renewable tailored oils production facility adjacent to Bunge’s Moema sugarcane mill in Brazil. The JV, which will operate under the name Solazyme […]

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EPA approves E15 ethanol blend registrations

EPA approves E15 ethanol blend registrations

April 3, 2012 |

Agency approves first applications for registration of ethanol to make E15 In Washington, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications for registration of ethanol for use in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as E15. To enable widespread use of E15, the Obama Administration has set a goal […]

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Sapphire Energy closes $144M Series C investment round

Sapphire Energy closes $144M Series C investment round

April 3, 2012 |

In California, Sapphire Energy announced that it has secured the final tranche of a $144 million Series C investment funding. The Series C backers include Arrowpoint Partners, Monsanto, and other undisclosed investors.  All major Series B investors have participated. This round of funding is being used to directly support Sapphire Energy’s active and on-schedule commercial […]

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First Micron, Last Micron: teency frontiers, big upsides in bioenergy

First Micron, Last Micron: teency frontiers, big upsides in bioenergy

April 2, 2012 |

First mile, last mile? Forget it. The next big value opportunities now, as the current generation of bio-technologies head for scale, may be on the nanoscale. Upstream, midstream, downstream. Terminology from the world of oil & gas, but useful for bioenergy too. We broadly understand upstream to mean the world of feedstocks, midstream as the […]

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