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The Business Case

Solazyme and Unilever Sign Commercial Supply Agreement for Tailored Algal Oil

Initial supply of 10,000 metric tons; takes up to 10% of capacity of new Solazyme Bunge project in Brazil. In California, Solazyme announced that they have executed a commercial supply agreement for the first partnered Solazyme Tailored Algal Oil. The companies have been collaborating for five years on multiple projects with increasing levels of success [...]

September 25, 2013 More

Green Plains, greening the bottom line

In Nebraska, Green Plains Renewable Energy announced the pricing of its offering of $100 million aggregate principal amount of Convertible Senior Notes due 2018, upsized from a previously announced $75 million total. The Company has also granted the initial purchasers of the notes a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $20 million aggregate [...]

September 18, 2013 More

SDTC looking for Canada’s next Cleantech Innovators

In Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada announced they are for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.  Its SD Tech Fund is open for applications from August 28th to October 16th, 2013. On behalf of the Government of Canada, SDTC finances and supports the late-stage development and pre-commercial demonstration of clean technologies. Through its SD [...]

September 4, 2013 More

Venture News

Dyadic International extends all debt maturity dates

In Florida, Dyadic International announced that it has entered into agreements with all of its outstanding promissory note holders to extend their maturity dates to January 1, 2015. The convertible portion of the debt, representing $6.8 million of the total $8.2 million outstanding principal, may be prepaid by Dyadic at any time in whole or [...]

October 23, 2013 More

Abengoa announces exercise of greenshoe option

In Washington, Abengoa announced that the underwriters of the previously announced Offering of 250,000,000 Class B Shares (either in the form of shares or American Depositary Shares) have exercised in full their over-allotment option to purchase an additional 37,500,000 Class B Shares from Abengoa.  Including the exercise of the over-allotment option, Abengoa’s offering amounts to [...]

October 23, 2013 More

FSI announces a decrease in Third Quarter, 2013 revenue

In Canada, Flexible Solutions International announced a year over year decrease in revenues for third quarter, 2013 of 17%. Its top line decreased from $3.598 million in Q3 2012 to $2.9786 million.  Total 9 month revenue for 2013 stands at $12.368 million compared to $12.554 million for 2012 or down approximately 1% year over year. [...]

October 16, 2013 More

Projects & Locations

Elevance announces their second biorefinery will be operating in 2016 in Natchez, Mississippi

In Illinois, Elevance Renewable Sciences announced that it has authorized the next significant stage of its second world-scale biorefinery in Natchez, Miss., in order to expand production of its Inherent renewable building blocks in 2016. The decision is based on the successful start-up and operation of Elevance’s first world-scale joint venture biorefinery in Asia. The [...]

October 23, 2013 More

Hershey Company adds two more plants to its Zero-Waste-to-Landfill program

In Pennsylvania, the Hershey Company announced two more of its plants have achieved Zero-Waste-to-Landfill status as it added the Y&S Plant in Lancaster, Pa., and the Robinson Plant in Robinson, Ill to its ZWL list of plants. To achieve ZWL status, Hershey’s manufacturing facilities have both reduced their overall waste streams and increased recycling rates [...]

October 23, 2013 More

Evogene and Dupont Pioneer expand collaboration for soybean rust resistance

In Israel, Evogene announced the extension and expansion of its multi-year research collaboration with DuPont Pioneer, for developing soybean varieties displaying resistance to Asian Soybean Rust. Under the one-year extension announced today, the parties will add Evogene’s Gene2Product computational platform to the gene discovery program. The platform, which offers gene optimization by utilizing advanced gene [...]

October 16, 2013 More


Power Capital announces launch of global power sector private equity firm

In New York, Power Capital Holdings announced the launch of a new global power sector private equity firm, Power Capital Partners LLC.  PCP has been launched in partnership with Hunt Power Capital Partners. PCP has executed a co-development agreement with Bechtel Development Corporation to to invest side-by-side in fully contracted or hedged conventional and renewable [...]

October 23, 2013 More

DSM Venturing provides strategic investment in ChromaDex

In California, DSM Venturing, the corporate venture arm of Royal DSM has provided equity financing to ChromaDex Corp.  ChromaDex describes itself as an innovative natural products company that provides proprietary, science-based solutions and ingredients to the dietary supplement, food and beverage, animal health, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Frank Jaksch, Jr., CEO and co-founder of ChromaDex, [...]

October 23, 2013 More

CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund sells Allopartis Biotechnologies to Novozymes

In Californa, the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund I, LP today announced the successful sale of its portfolio company Allopartis Biotechnologies to Novozymes A/S, for an undisclosed amount. Allopartis Biotechnologies was founded in 2008 to screen for new and optimized enzymes for industrial use. The CalCEF Angel Fund made its first investment in Allopartis in [...]

October 16, 2013 More

Policy & Policymakers

Helius Energy named as prequalified and eligible for government loan guarantee

In the United Kingdom, Helius Energy announced that its 100MWe capacity biomass energy facility in Avonmouth dock near Bristol, has been named by HM Treasury as ‘prequalified’ and eligible for support under the UK Guarantees Scheme. The scheme provides a government-backed loan guarantee for a significant portion of the project’s debt to help infrastructure projects [...]

October 23, 2013 More

BioNitrogen receives allocation of $300 million to issue tax-exempt bonds

In Louisiana, BioNitrogen Louisiana Holdings announced it has been awarded $300 million of allocation to issue tax-exempt bonds for the acquisition, development and construction of the initial plant in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. The $300 million allocation represents part of the $1.25 billion bond issue, which BioNitrogen has already received approval on from the Louisiana [...]

October 23, 2013 More

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy responds to reports of the EPA cutting ethanol quota for 2014

In Washington, the EPA responded to reports regarding a possible reduction in ethanol RFS targets for 2014. In an article on Reuters, Gina McCarthy, the EPA Adminsitrator is quoted as stating, “At this point, EPA is only developing a draft proposal.”  McCarthy is quoted as further stating, “No decisions will be made on the final [...]

October 16, 2013 More

Biofuels Digest Index

BioAmber, Metabolix, Neste Oil, Total, Global Clean Energy, Sacom, BASF, and Eni added to Biofuels Digest Index

Biofuels Digest Index adds 8, grows to 36 companies, expands roster of renewable chemicals and drop-in fuels players. In Florida, Biofuels Digest announced that it has added BioAmber, Metabolix, Neste Oil, Total, Global Clean Energy, Sacom, BASF, and Eni to the Biofuels Digest Index. The overall Index now stands at 36 companies with the new [...]

May 15, 2013 More

Biofuels Digest Index by component, 1/2/13 – 1/8/13

The Biofuels Digest Index™ (BDI), a basket of public biofuels stocks, edged up 0.15 percent to 66.66 as large caps recovered. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) retreated 4.99 percent to $3.62, while Monsanto gained 2.67 percent to $98.50. Among other equities, Codexis (CDXS) srebounded 6.25 percent to $2.55. Overall, advances led declines 2 to 1 [...]

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Biofuels Digest Index: 2013′s start, in detail

US Markets were closed yesterday (Jan 1) for the New Year Holiday. On Monday, the Biofuels Digest Index™ (BDI), a basket of public biofuels stocks, jumped 1.82 percent to 63.87 as advanced biofuels soared. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) soared 27.35 percent to $3.12, while Syntroleum (SYNM) surged 14.29 percent to $0.40. Among other equities, [...]

January 2, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Other Recent Articles

Vista sees positive net income in fourth quarter

In Colorado, International Technologies, Inc. reports it is expecting to swing to a fourth quarter profit in 2013 on strong revenue from its gasification operations, coupled with steady performance from its Hutchins tire processing facility. The higher margin nature of the company’s Waste to Energy business segment, as well as recently completed upgrades at the Hutchins [...]

October 16, 2013 More

Bright Capital takes position among top five global Cleantech investors

In Washington, Bright Capital was named one of the world’s top cleantech investors by Cleantech Group, a leading global research and advisory firm focused on energy and environmental innovation. Cleantech Group makes annual awards to the Global Cleantech 100 companies and to the corporate and financial investors whose investments support the advances of the Global [...]

October 16, 2013 More

GE supplying biogas engines for Israeli wastewater bioenergy plant

In Israel, GE is supplying eight 1.4MW Jenbacher J420 biogas engines for a new cogeneration plant that will generate 11.2 MW of renewable on-site power at the Dan Region (Shafdan) Wastewater Treatment Plant,  south of Tel Aviv, near the city of Rishon Lezion.  This was part of Madei Taas Ltod, Elco Contracting and Services winning [...]

October 16, 2013 More