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Author Archive: Jim Lane

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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

Gevo opens biorefinery for fully renewable paraxylene

What does the Gevo complex in Texas mean for jet fuel, for renewable clear plastic bottles…and for the Gevo investor? In Texas, Gevo held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its demonstration-scale paraxylene plant in Silsbee. The paraxylene facility is located adjacent to Gevo’s existing jet fuel plant, and establishes the site as a biorefinery that [...]

August 28, 2013 More

Who will buy Syntroleum?

This week, we’re handicapping the field of potential buyers. A month ago this week, Syntroleum (owner of a half interest in Dynamic Fuels, the renewable diesel technology) announced that it was “evaluating strategic alternatives” — and just a few days later revealed that it has received enough expressions of interest to hire Piper Jaffray to [...]

August 20, 2013 More

The DABTAPE Imperative, and KiOR’s fall from equity market grace

What is the “DABTAPE Imperative”? – no, it’s not a Ludlum thriller. It’s the First Commandment for Developing Advanced Public Biofuels As a Public Enterprise. It is this: Never make a forward projection on revenue or product production that you are not absolutely sure to make. KiOR’s fallen into the penalty box this week — [...]

August 14, 2013 More

Gevo reports Q2 results; expanding production; cap raise looms

In Colorado, Gevo announced a net loss for Q2 2013 of $15.2 million compared to $16.2 million for the second quarter of 2012. Revenues were $1.9 million compared to $7.0 million in Q2 2012. The decrease in revenues resulted from the company ceasing ethanol production at its Luverne facility in May 2012. Revenue reported in [...]

August 7, 2013 More

Gevo reports Q2 results; expanding production; cap raise looms

In Colorado, Gevo announced a net loss for Q2 2013 of $15.2 million compared to $16.2 million for the second quarter of 2012. Revenues were $1.9 million compared to $7.0 million in Q2 2012. The decrease in revenues resulted from the company ceasing ethanol production at its Luverne facility in May 2012. Revenue reported in [...]

August 7, 2013 More

The Hour of Corn: Big US Harvest looms; biofuels stand to benefit

Big forecasts from USDA point towards record corn harvest. Possible, just one year after a devastating drought? Well, July is now fading and we move into the critical season for summer crops — the run towards the harvest. Whether your interest tends to ethanol, distillers grains, cattle feed, isobutanol, or even corn syrup or corn [...]

July 31, 2013 More

DuPont: more than just earnings; it’s accelerating towards biotech

Management changes, spin-off of Performance Chemicals unit dominate quarterly earnings call. DuPont goes onto the chocks for a realignment. What’s up out Wilmington way? In Delaware, DuPont considerably spiced up its quarterly earnings announcement with the news that it is realigning its leadership team to accelerate its integrated science execution across the company and is [...]

July 24, 2013 More