ABLC 2015 has come and gone. Here are new priorities, lessons learned, new advances, and cautionary tales. ABLC 2015 ended last Friday, and from the annual bioeconomy leadership conference in Washington DC., we have selected slides presented by CEOs from Abengoa, Algenol, Amyris, Aventine, Enerkem, Fulcrum, GranBio, Green Biologics, Iogen and LanzaTech — at the top rank in terms of […]
In Kansas, commercial scale production at Abengoa’s Hugoton cellulosic ethanol plant is still a few weeks away despite commissioning having begun back in October but it’s getting closer. The company estimates that it needs about 320,000 tons of crop waste annually to supply the 25 million gallon plant but there should be more than 15 […]
Project of the Year, Deal of the Year, Partnership of the Year, Chemical of the Year, and Cap Raise of the Year — who are the big winners? Each year, the Digest recognizes projects, feedstocks, processing technology breakthroughs, novel or improved molecules, and bioeconomy pioneers in the Biofuels Digest Awards — selected by the Digest’s […]
By Matt Carr, Executive Director, Algae Biomass Organization They say that politics makes for strange bedfellows, but what about global petro-economics? As the global price for a barrel of oil creeps lower and lower, the US algae industry ironically finds itself in the same position as Big Oil: We’d both prefer crude oil prices to […]
In Spain, Abengoa and energy and infrastructure investor EIG Global Energy Partners have entered into a non-binding agreement with the objective of jointly investing in a New Company (Newco) for the development of the already contracted portfolio of Abengoa’s projects under construction. EIG is a leading specialist investor in energy and energy-related infrastructure based in […]
In Brazil, the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) approved $223.38 in financing for four sugarcane projects. The largest announced financing is for Abengoa Bioenergy SA Agribusiness, which will receive $116.8M to implement its second-generation ethanol plant. The new project will be integrated with the Usina São Luiz first-generation ethanol plant in Pirassununga, in São Paulo […]
Natural Chem reportedly looking at $105M invest in New Mexico Eco-Fuels Complex; Abengoa says “not reached any agreement.”
In New Mexico, reports surfaced that Houston-based Natural Chem is looking to invest $105 million in buying out Abengoa’s mothballed ethanol plant in Portales. However, Abengoa told The Digest, “Abengoa has not reached any agreement with Natural Chem Group for the purchase of this plant.” The company is seeking to produce LNG and CNG, sourcing its […]
In Belgium, Belgium Eco Energy has contracted Abengoa to build a $393 million wood chip and agricultural residue-based 215MW power plant. The plant will be one of the largest biomass-based power plants in Europe.
When we think of the past 12 months and the remainder of 2014, we’re going to look back on it as the Year of Steel for the advanced bioeconomy. October 9, 2013: Beta Renewables’ 20 million gallon cellulosic ethanol plant opens in Crescentino, Italy. At the time, the world’s largest. May 29, 2014: Solazyme’s 100,000 […]
Abengoa opens world’s largest cellulosic biorefinery, as US Energy Secretary Moniz says “Let’s get going!” on advanced biofuels.
“Welcome to the future of biotechnology and the biofuel industry.” In Kansas, Abengoa Bioenergy officially opened the world’s largest cellulosic biorefinery in Hugoton on Friday, surrounded by dignitaries such as US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, Kansas senior Senator Pat Roberts, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson among […]