Category: News Analysis

Politics, Policy and Principles


Politics, Policy and Principles


April 2, 2012 |

By Mary Rosenthal, Executive Director, Algal Biomass Organization In the past few weeks we’ve seen and heard a lot of chatter about high gas prices, domestic energy and biofuels – algae biofuels in particular.  Some took the opportunity to turn President Obama’s support for algae into a liability for him, and the algae industry into […]

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Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals Leadership Week preview

Advanced Biofuels and Chemicals Leadership Week preview

March 30, 2012 |

Vilsack, Clark, New, Melo, Wolfson, Gruber, Schilling among the headliners as 120 C-level executives and more than 500 delegates converge on DC for Leadership Week. What exactly goes on at a major biofuels summit – what happens on and off the platform when people like Tom Vilsack, Wes Clark, Phil New, John Melo, Jonathan Wolfson, […]

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The Victory Plant

The Victory Plant

March 29, 2012 |

Biofuels Council of Advisors on Science, Technology and Economics complete the Victory Plant draft standard; certification, promotion expected to start in 2012 Last July, the Digest launched a project called “Victory Plants” and set about recruiting a Biofuels Council of Advisors on Science, Technology and Economics to define a threshold standard for advanced manufacturing in […]

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Pie in the Sky

Pie in the Sky

March 28, 2012 |

Companies like KiOR, ZeaChem, Virent take aim at a tasty aviation biofuels market with new recipes and game-changing economics Seattle, as just about anyone can surmise from the soaring Space Needle and the sprawling Boeing complex south of downtown, has a pretty long tradition in aviation and transportation, and a progressive tradition based in a […]

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Virdia, Virent pioneer new super-performing, parity-cost renewable jet fuel pathway

Virdia, Virent pioneer new super-performing, parity-cost renewable jet fuel pathway

March 27, 2012 |

Virent, Virdia debut super-performing drop-in aviation biofuels made from drop-in cellulosic pine tree sugars; “passed under conditions where conventional jet fuels would fail,” says Air Force. In Wisconsin, Virent and Virdia (formerly HCL CleanTech), announced the successful conversion of cellulosic pine tree sugars to drop-in hydrocarbon fuels within the BIRD Energy project, a joint program […]

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Can ethanol-optimized engines offer 25 percent relief in fuel costs?

Can ethanol-optimized engines offer 25 percent relief in fuel costs?

March 26, 2012 |

As gasoline prices surge, why has ethanol’s popularity stalled? Are ethanol-optimized engines an antidote, or a cure too far away? In New York, the April contract for RBOB gasoline reached $3.38 per gallon this week and the average retail gasoline price in the US reached $3.93 per gallon. Meanwhile, the April ethanol contract at the […]

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Queensland’s election landslide: a message for state, country or the world?

Queensland’s election landslide: a message for state, country or the world?

March 26, 2012 |

The northeastern Australian state of Queensland completed a bruising election campaign this past weekend, and the center-right Liberal National Party walked off with 76 of the 89 seats on offer in an historic landslide. A state election, conducted primarily on state issues – important for Queensland, and also Australia. But why is this election of […]

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What’s your biofuels venture worth?

What’s your biofuels venture worth?

March 23, 2012 |

Which technologies perform better than others with today’s feedstock costs, financing terms and fuel prices? Is your technology better, or miles better? The Digest’s updated Biofuels Venture Valuation Calculator provides a quick comparison tool. In Florida, Biofuels Digest released an updated version of its Biofuels Venture Value Calculator, downloadable here.. The purpose of the calculator […]

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Four-Star Biofuels: How the Pentagon Is Outpacing Civilians in Gen2 Adoption

Four-Star Biofuels: How the Pentagon Is Outpacing Civilians in Gen2 Adoption

March 23, 2012 |

In “Four Star Biofuels: How the Pentagon Is Outpacing Civilians in Gen2 Adoption” a special Raymond James look at the military and biofuels demand, Pavel Molchanov writes: “A key differentiator of the next-generation (Gen2) biofuel industry compared to many other areas of clean tech is that the economics of most Gen2 biofuels do not depend […]

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To Strive, To Seek, to Find, and max out yields

To Strive, To Seek, to Find, and max out yields

March 22, 2012 |

Yield unlocks value, and especially feedstock yield. What’s the latest? What feedstocks are reporting yields that could support 1000+ gallons per acre for terrestrial crops? It was President Kennedy’s favorite poem, Tennyson’s Ulysses, with its stirring coda: We are not now that strength which in old days 
 Moved earth and heaven, that which we […]

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