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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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Catalysts and Enzymes in Biofuel Production

Catalysts and Enzymes in Biofuel Production

June 6, 2016 |

By Elizabeth E. Hood, PhD and Lorenz Bauer, PhD, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Introduction An important mitigation strategy for the impact of fossil fuels on the environment is to use biofuels from renewable sources for transportation. The problem is that the cost of biofuel production is high and this nascent industry cannot […]

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Licella, Canfor form JV for low-cost, drop-in biofuels from wood residues and biomass

Licella, Canfor form JV for low-cost, drop-in biofuels from wood residues and biomass

May 29, 2016 |

Licella and Canfor will form a joint-venture under the name “Licella Pulp Joint Venture” to integrate Licella’s unique Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor upgrading platform into Canfor Pulp’s kraft and mechanical pulp mills to economically convert biomass, including wood residues from Canfor Pulp’s kraft pulping processes, into biocrude oil, to produce next generation biofuels and biochemicals. This […]

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KiOR: the inside true story of a company gone wrong, Part 2

KiOR: the inside true story of a company gone wrong, Part 2

May 18, 2016 |

Note. This is Part 2 of our series on the inside true story of KiOR. In part 1 of our series, here, we explored: the formation of BIOeCON and KiOR, the problem of too much oxygen and coke, the entry of Khosla Ventures, and the loss of a CEO. Also, “a recipe for technical failure”, disastrous pilot […]

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REG’s Rolling Thunder: What did not kill them (falling oil prices), made them stronger

REG’s Rolling Thunder: What did not kill them (falling oil prices), made them stronger

April 4, 2016 |

At 8:30am, there’s a standing daily meeting of the key traders in Gary Haer’s sales group at REG headquarters in Ames, Iowa. And they’re not kidding. Everyone stands. For 15 minutes there’s the rat-a-tat-tat of rumor, fact, competitors, pricing, spreads, the who’s selling what and where, the buying and selling of diesel, renewable diesel and biodiesel across North […]

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ARA ships 100% drop-in biofuels for Navy certification

ARA ships 100% drop-in biofuels for Navy certification

February 14, 2016 |

In Florida, ARA completed the delivery of over 150,000 gallons of 100% drop-in jet and diesel fuel to fulfill its DLA/US Navy certification fuel contract, two months ahead of schedule. For the first time ever, renewable jet and diesel fuels that meet petroleum fuel specifications without blending will be certified for use as 100% drop-in […]

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PNNL teams with Marine BioEnergy and Scripps on macroalgae biodiesel

PNNL teams with Marine BioEnergy and Scripps on macroalgae biodiesel

December 1, 2015 |

In California, biofuel to run cars and generators could come from large swaths of seaweed grown in the open ocean. That’s the vision of a new project being led by Marine BioEnergy, Inc., in collaboration with PNNL and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego. Marine BioEnergy has proposed a patented […]

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