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Archive for January, 2013

A system for investing in biobased and biofuels

A Biofuels and Biobased investment primer: An 18-combination, 8-character system for classifying bio investments Here’s our investment primer on how to size up the risks and the rewards and tune them to meet your goals. And, a system for organizing opportunities. So, you’re thinking about investing in bio? Here’s the good news – you’re not [...]

January 30, 2013 More

Solazyme closes 6% offering of convertible senior subordinated notes

In California, Solazyme has closed its offering of 6% Convertible Senior Subordinated Notes due 2018. The issuance of $125 million aggregate principal amount of Notes includes the exercise in full by Goldman Sachs & Co., sole book-running manager for the offering, of its option to purchase $10 million aggregate principal amount of Notes to cover [...]

January 30, 2013 More

Lignol secures Australian Foreign Investment Review Board approval for increasing investment in Australian Renewable Fuels

In Canada, Lignol Energy announced that it is currently evaluating various opportunities to increase the value of its investment in Australian Renewable Fuels and identify areas for collaboration between the two organizations. As a part of its evaluation process, which is based on publicly available information, LEC has applied for and been granted approval by [...]

January 30, 2013 More

Royal Bank of Scotland looking to invest US$631 million in biomass electrical generation plants

In England, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc is processing five deals that may result in as much as US$631 million in five biomass electrical generating plants, plus possible other renewable energy projects such as solar or wind. In a Bloomberg article, the head of in RBS’s structured finance division, Andrew Buglass, is quoted [...]

January 30, 2013 More

Declan Ryan backs Aer Sustainable in its 2nd round of fund raising

In Ireland, Declan Ryan, whom the Independent.ie describes as an “aviation tycoon,” and is the current chairman of Irelandia Aviation has backed Aer Sustainable Energy’s second round of funding. Irelandia Investments, Ryan’s private investment company, made an investment described as no more than 10% of Aer Sustainable’s worth. Enterprise Ireland is reported to have also [...]

January 30, 2013 More

SG Biofuels signs deals in Brazil to advance jatropha as an energy crop

In California, SG Biofuels has signed agreements in Brazil with Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation, and with Fiagril, a biodiesel refiner, to advance the development of jatropha as a next generation energy crop. SGB’s strategic research partnership with Embrapa will combine the company’s breeding and genomics platform, with Embrapa’s leadership in the advancement of new technologies [...]

January 30, 2013 More

Praj receives US$20 million order for ethanol plant

In India, Praj Industries announced a major order for an ethanol plant from Riopaila Castilla SA. The order is worth US$20 million, and includes a state of the art process plant for production of 400,000 Liter per day of ethanol using sugar cane juice and molasses-B at their sugar plant at La Paila in the [...]

January 30, 2013 More

EU Commission approves 9.5% duty on all U.S. ethanol imports

In Belgium, the European Commission has approved a 9.5% duty on US fuel ethanol imports for the next five years. The duty will apply to all U.S. producers, and is in response to what the European Commission sees as dumping ethanol in Europe. The article in on the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development [...]

January 30, 2013 More

NER300 funding biomass to liquid fuels plant in Finland

In Germany, Linde Engineering and Forest Btl Oy have signed an agreement to build a 480 MW capacity plant, with approximately 130,000 metric tons in annual output of naphtha and biodiesel a year. The plant will process some 1.5 million metric tons of wood.  Linde will supply both the front end engineering design as well [...]

January 30, 2013 More

Making Money in Waste-to-Fuels

You can make almost anything from waste – but can you make money? Here’s the who where, how and how much in making green by going green. It’s a popular image from the 1980s – actor Christopher Lloyd, playing Dr. Brown in “Back to the Future”, stuffing household garbage into a reactor as a fuel [...]

January 23, 2013 More