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Anellotech Confidential: Pilot running, new mystery investor as catpyro begins to scale

Anellotech Confidential: Pilot running, new mystery investor as catpyro begins to scale

May 31, 2017 |

In New York, Anellotech and IFPEN/Axens engineers completed a successful continuous performance test of the TCat-8 pilot plant as part of unit commissioning in Silsbee, Texas. The test involved continuous injection of MinFree woody biomass feedstock and production of BTX and other valuable chemical by-products. The primary objectives of the test were met by demonstrating […]

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The Justice League of Pyromaniax

The Justice League of Pyromaniax

March 13, 2017 |

The High Lords of Pyrolysis travel under the unlikely cover identities of “George Huber” and “Robert Brown” — but we know them in their true superhero identities of “The Catalyst” and “The Godfatha”. Of late, they have assembled what might be best described as the Justice League of Pyromaniax — although the various superheroes prefer […]

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Fracking biomass: Steeper Energy and the pursuit of renewable hydrocarbons

Fracking biomass: Steeper Energy and the pursuit of renewable hydrocarbons

February 2, 2017 |

Donald Rumsfeld said it best: There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks […]

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ABLC 2017 initial agenda announced

ABLC 2017 initial agenda announced

November 29, 2016 |

In Florida, The Digest announced the initial agenda for ABLC 2017 (the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference) on March 1-3, 2017 at the Mayflower Hotel and in Washington DC. The theme of the conference is “Performance and Value in the Trump Era” and the speakers will cover more than 200 organizations and technologies from feedstocks through […]

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Biointermediates and U: A potential step change in advanced biofuel economics

Biointermediates and U: A potential step change in advanced biofuel economics

November 21, 2016 |

By Antoine C. Schellinger, Special to The Digest On October 3, 2016, the EPA issued a Notice of Public Rulemaking (NPRM). Once published in the Federal Register, a 60 day comment period is triggered on the set of proposed rule changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2). While the EPA proposed a wealth of rule changes, […]

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Cellulosics: India goes huge

Cellulosics: India goes huge

October 13, 2016 |

From India this week we reported that the government will invest $74.8 million in a second generation ethanol plant using crop residues as feedstock. The facility will be located at the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)’s oil refinery in Panipat where the government is also investing heavily to upgrade production capacity and achieve higher standards. The […]

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Chevron’s forgotten biofuels wonder-tech gets a second life at Iowa State

Chevron’s forgotten biofuels wonder-tech gets a second life at Iowa State

September 27, 2016 |

You may recall that The Bloomberg investigative team of Ben Elgin & Peter Waldman in 2013 published an expose on Chevron claiming that the company had developed — then buried — a Catchlight Energy project that could profitably make renewable gasoline at $2.18 per gallon? Originally the venture was intended to build 17 plants by […]

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KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 4, the Year of Living Disingenuously

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 4, the Year of Living Disingenuously

September 18, 2016 |

Our story so far In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles short of that. In our previous installments, we have charted how KiOR moved from a promising early-stage technology to a public […]

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KiOR: The inside true story of a company gone wrong. Part 3, “You’ve Cooked the Books”

KiOR: The inside true story of a company gone wrong. Part 3, “You’ve Cooked the Books”

August 3, 2016 |

Our story so far KiOR was hanging by a thread as the summer of 2010 commenced. In a few days, the first recorded visitors to Pasadena demo unit, representatives of the Mississippi Development Authority, were expecting to see the demonstration unit in action. The company was beginning to hurtle towards an IPO. But the fuel […]

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Crossing the chasm to scale: S2G goes commercial with bioglycols

Crossing the chasm to scale: S2G goes commercial with bioglycols

June 18, 2016 |

They call it the Valley of Death, but it’s a complete misnomer. It’s the “nearly impassible Khumbu Icefalls” of Death — filled with chasms, crevasses and painful progress towards the summit in the far distance. But some make it through. They might have final scale-up and commercial success still to achieve — Everest still ahead of […]

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