Category: News Analysis

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

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”. […]

April 6, 2012 More

The Game Changer

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 […]

April 5, 2012 More

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

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 […]

April 5, 2012 More

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

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 […]

April 4, 2012 More

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

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 […]

April 3, 2012 More

EPA approves E15 ethanol blend registrations

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 […]

April 3, 2012 More

Sapphire Energy closes $144M Series C investment round

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 […]

April 3, 2012 More

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

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 […]

April 2, 2012 More

Politics, Policy and Principles


By Mary Rosenthal, Executive Director, Algal Biomass Organization In the past few weeks we’ve seen and heard a lot of chatter about high gas prices, domestic energy and biofuels – algae biofuels in particular.  Some took the opportunity to turn President Obama’s support for algae into a liability for him, and the algae industry into […]

April 2, 2012 More

Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals Leadership Week preview

Vilsack, Clark, New, Melo, Wolfson, Gruber, Schilling among the headliners as 120 C-level executives and more than 500 delegates converge on DC for Leadership Week. What exactly goes on at a major biofuels summit – what happens on and off the platform when people like Tom Vilsack, Wes Clark, Phil New, John Melo, Jonathan Wolfson, […]

March 30, 2012 More