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What Price Feedstock?
May 4, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  In all, respondents foresaw an $11.352 billion feedstock bioeconomy, at $57 per ton for advanced feedstocks — based on reaching that 200 million ton scale.
Let’s look at the responses, …

Strong Demand for Biofuels to Drive Micronutrients Growth, New Study Finds
May 4, 2016 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The global agricultural micronutrients market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 8% until 2020 due to a strong demand for biofuels, according to new research.
The …

Project LIBERTY in “Ramp-Up” Phase
May 4, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(POET)  Project LIBERTY in Emmetsburg, Iowa, has produced and shipped several tank cars of cellulosic ethanol even as the plant is ramping up to its full 20 million gallon-per-year capacity. Last year’s startup phase yielded …

REG Expands Logistics, Storage at Danville Biodiesel Plant
May 4, 2016 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Group Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  enewable Energy Group Inc. announced May 2 that the company’s Danville, Illinois, operation now has more than 14 million gallons of tank capacity to store both biodiesel and feedstocks.
REG Danville …

Earnings Season: REG, Green Plains, BioAmber, ADM Report Improving Outlooks, Growth Prospects
May 4, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Q1 earnings season for the advanced bioeconomy kicked off this week, with reporting from Green Plains, ADM, REG and BioAmber. That’s an ag giant, an ethanol monster, a biomass-based diesel …

Renmatix Turns Biomass into Sugars for Industrial Use
May 3, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO/Cooperative Extension System)  Technology patented by Renmatix enables the manufacture of industrial sugars from biomass on a scale that is commercially cost-effective.
Table of Contents

Introduction
From Biomass to Sugars
Benefits of Supercritical Water
Customers Rebuild Biorefiners based on Plantrose™ …

Bolt-On Cellulosic Ethanol: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Edeniq
May 3, 2016 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Edeniq is a biorefining and cellulosic technology company. Edeniq delivers integrated process innovations that unlock sugars. These technological innovations uniquely combine mechanical and biological processes. Edeniq’s capital light and operationally …

How to Make $250M in Cellulosic Biofuels with an Investment under $6M
May 3, 2016 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  Cellulosic fiber makes up approximately 10% of the corn kernel and cannot be converted into ethanol during the typical production process. By utilizing Edeniq’s Pathway technologies, including specialized enzymes …

Anaerobic Digester Anchors Community-Scale Biofuel Production
May 3, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Rick Moore and Evan Edgar (BioCycle Magazine)  How a California city of 100,000, which generates about 25,000 tons/year (tpy) of organics, can fuel the solid waste fleet serving that community.  READ MORE   Download report

Do Environmental Groups Really Want Solutions?
April 29, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by  Timothy J. Rudnicki, Esq (Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  … Consider, for example, that approximately a third of annual GHG emissions emanate from the transportation sector which still relies heavily on carbon-intensive petroleum. Last year, some 17.5 …

Integrating the Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts
April 28, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male (U.S. Department of Energy)  Biomass is a very versatile energy resource. While it can be converted to biofuel for vehicle use, it can also serve as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
April 28, 2016 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

(Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Project Definition for …

Future Unclear for $700m Project
April 28, 2016 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by John Andersen (Townsville Bulletin)  …  The Pentland Bio-Energy Project has been sidelined by the State Government’s draconian new Vegetation Management Reinstatement Legislation Bill. Land clearing around the State has been stopped pending a vote on …

Scale-up from Pilot to Commercial: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fermentation 2.0
April 28, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As part of March Madness 2016, Mark Warner presented this highly-praised slide deck on Fermentation 2.0. You can access the recorded webinar here.  And Mark’s latest Thought Leadership column in …

USGC Promoting US Ethanol for Mexico’s Energy Policy Reforms
April 28, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  As Mexico works to implement energy reforms, the US Grains Council (USGC) is working to educate end-users and energy policymakers on the advantages of using ethanol as an oxygenate in fuel.
Last year, Pemex, …

DOE to Offer Funding for Biorefinery Projects
April 27, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced plans to issue a funding opportunity on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office to support technology …

Pipestone Area High School Visits Highwater Ethanol
April 27, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Close to 70 high school students from Pipestone Area High School visited Highwater Ethanol today to get a better understanding of how clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced.
During the tour, the students were briefed …

A Cellulosic Ethanol Milestone
April 27, 2016 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes) Last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that during the first quarter of 2016, just over 1 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol were produced. In fact, production for the month …

Biofuels Driving Emissions Cuts thru 2030, Says Lux: But Which Feedstocks?
April 27, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lux Research projects that the emergence of low-carbon fuels and vehicle efficiency will cut emissions by 29% in 2030 compared to a business as usual scenario, with biofuels and natural …

Cellerate + Enogen = More Ethanol Production
April 26, 2016 – 8:05 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  According to Syngenta, the combination of Cellerate process technology with Enogen can increase ethanol production by 20 percent. The 18 day trial was conducted at the Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) …

Bahamas Waste: Biodiesel Deal ‘Huge Win-Win’
April 26, 2016 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Neil Hartnell (Tribune 242)  Bahamas Waste yesterday said it had created “a win-win” for all stakeholders by selling a majority 51 per cent interest in its fledgling biodiesel business to a local partner for …

Pacific Biodiesel Certified by Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance
April 26, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(Energy Global Hydrocarbon Engineering)  The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has announced that it has certified Pacific Biodiesel, Hawaii’s award winning and internationally recognised producer of renewable fuels and the only commercial biofuel producer in the state, …

Muradel Refocuses Whyalla Biofuel Venture
April 26, 2016 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)   Valerina Changarathil writes in Adelaide Now that the Whyalla, Australia-based commercial biofuel producer Muradel will receive a new federal grant next month to start scaling up its demonstration plant as it …

Vermont Public Service Board Authorizes RNG Project
April 25, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

(Vermont Public Service Board/Biomass Magazine) The Vermont Public Service Board recently authorized the construction and operation of a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility on a farm in Salisbury, Vermont. The project will use primarily manure, corn …

Clariant’s Sunliquid Technology Price Competitive with Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol
April 25, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, testing on Clariant’s sunliquid technology has confirmed that the cost per liter of cellulosic ethanol can achieve price competitiveness with sugarcane ethanol prices in Brazil. Clariant’s testing evaluated …

The RITE Bioprocess: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Green Earth Institute
April 25, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Earth Institute Co., Ltd. is focused on producing carbon-neutral biofuels and green chemicals derived from non-food biomass, such as leaves and stems of plants, instead of using food and …

Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries
April 22, 2016 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Having established a global leadership in 1st Generation Ethanol technology, Praj has initiated a project in expanding its 2nd Generation Cellulosic Ethanol Program to Demo scale. The plant will utilize agri-residues …

Indian Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Set for Debut at Demonstration Scale in Uttarakhand
April 22, 2016 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In India, the first demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant will open this week at Indian Glycol Limited, Kashipur in Uttarakhand, with the Indian Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences …

Iowa Offers Tax Incentives In Bid To Become An Epicenter For Innovation In Bio-based Materials
April 19, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Steven Savage (Forbes)  Last week the governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, signed a bill which came to him with bipartisan support from the legislature. The measure institutes tax incentives designed to accelerate the growth …

Boko Haram, Facing Fuel Shortages, Makes Its Own
April 19, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

(The Peninsula/Agence France Presse) Boko Haram has been forced to produce its own fuel to power its motorbikes because of an acute petrol shortage caused by a military squeeze on supply lines.
A senior military source said …

The New Sugars: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to 5C and 6C sugars
April 19, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As part of March Madness, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of 5C and 6C sugars, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented …

Comet, BioAmber in Big Cellulosic Sugar Partnership: Biobased’s Hot Babes Hook Up
April 19, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, Comet Biorefining has signed an off-take agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for cellulosic dextrose from Comet’s upcoming first commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be …

Diamond Green Diesel Expanding Production to 275 Million Gallons Annually
April 19, 2016 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Next-Gen Transportation News)  Darling Ingredients Inc. is expanding the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, La., to increase annual production capacity from 160 million gallons of renewable diesel to 275 million gallons.

Production is expected …

Bioenergy Technologies Office Announces Notice of Intent for the Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
April 18, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Project Definition …

Fast & Flexible: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix
April 18, 2016 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food …

What Do We Do about Palm Oil?
April 18, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of fuels, Neste Oil has backed away from palm oil in order to expand in the US market on more favorable terms, with palm’s lowly status after …

UPM Biofuels Gains ISCC PLUS Certification for Bio-Based Applications
April 18, 2016 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(UPM Biofuels)  UPM Biofuels has extended sustainability certification to cover all of its output streams from the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS. UPM Biofuels produces renewable …

Biodiesel Catalyst Ranks to Expand
April 18, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

By Michael McCoy (Chemical and Engineering News)  Seeing more growth ahead, two small companies invest in new plants —  Growth in the biodiesel market is spurring two small companies to invest in U.S. production of …

Renewable Diesel Poses Viable Option
April 15, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Curt Bennink (ForConstructionPros.com)  By now, most are familiar with biodiesel. It is a cost-effective and more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based diesel fuels when used in the correct applications.
“Biodiesel improves lubricity when compared …

New, Evolving Coproducts Require Regulatory Due Diligence
April 15, 2016 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Kurt A. Rosentrator (Distillers Grains Technology Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Altered, novel products may require new AAFCO definitions, GRAS affirmations.  —  … During the past two years, we have reviewed and commented on two key rulings in …

New Coproduct Technology Produces Food-Grade Yeast
April 15, 2016 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Don McLellan (AFC Yeast/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Typically, in ethanol production the nonfermentable leftovers from the feedstocks and yeast are combined and sold either as wetcake or dried distillers grains for feed. But the yeast included …

Biomass-Based Diesel Poised for Growth
April 15, 2016 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Dave Elsenbast (Renewable Energy Group/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biodiesel proves to be a major, and growing, market for distillers corn oil.  —  … The industry nearly reached record production levels last year and, according to U.S. EPA …

Protein Packs A Punch in New Ethanol Coproducts
April 15, 2016 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Kassidi Andres (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Two companies gain traction in the quest to produce high-protein feed products from ethanol coproducts. —  Novita Nutrition and Nutrinsic Corp. approach producing high-value feed products from …

Duel Fuel–Colocating Ethanol, Biodiesel
April 15, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Keith Loria (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Biodiesel tanks are popping up in the tank farms at some ethanol plants these days. — During the past decade, there has been a great deal of innovation and thought …

California Wants Back $1.7M From Biofuel Project
April 13, 2016 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Elizabeth Warmerdam (Courthouse News Service)  California sued a bioenergy company, claiming it improperly spent as much as $1.7 million in public money targeted for equipment purchases for a project to refine sugar beets into …

Methanol as a Chemical Platform: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem
April 13, 2016 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers for chemical intermediates, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Enerkem …

Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Planned for Spiritwood
April 12, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Keith Norman (Jamestown Sun) Plans for a $150 million cellulosic ethanol plant at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association industrial park are underway, according to Thomas Corle, founding partner of New Energy Investors, a Pennsylvania …

Biodiesel Resource Maximised Using DAF Treatment System
April 12, 2016 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Water Online)  Cheshire biofuel plant sources DAF wastewater treatment from WPL; DAF system captures more fats, oils and grease for recycling; Treatment process helps client meet discharge consent
A new energy plant in Cheshire, which processes waste fats, …

Scale-Up of Emerging Biofuel Technologies
April 12, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer and William Quapp (Biofuels Digest)  …  However, attempts to translate these small scale successes into commercial technologies have been less successful.   It is easy to blame lower oil and natural gas prices …

Pivot to Play: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Sugars
April 12, 2016 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of cellulosic sugars, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from industry …

Ethanol: For the Rubber or the Road? New Russian Tech Advances for One-Step Alcohol-to-Butadiene
April 12, 2016 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Russia, ETB Catalytic Technologies has received $0.6 million from ZAVKOM and Skolkovo Fund as a series A investment to build a pilot plant for the production of 1,3-butadiene from …

Production Test Factory for Fossil Free Fuel Is Built in Bäckhammar
April 12, 2016 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Nordic Paper)  RenFuel and Nordic Paper have signed an agreement to build a production test facility in Bäckhammar in the region of Värmland, in order to test manufacture an advanced biofuel based on lignin. The …

Butterfield-Odin Students Visit Heron Lake Bioenergy
April 11, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Fourteen students from Butterfield-Odin visited the Heron Lake Bioenergy ethanol plant on April 8 to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy.
During the 90 minute tour, the students were briefed …

Exports Give U.S. Ethanol Producers an Outlet for Surplus
April 11, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(Omah.com/Bloomberg)  At the Plymouth Energy plant in the heart of the U.S. Corn Belt — where homegrown fuel from grain was supposed to ease American dependence on foreign oil — every drop of ethanol goes …

Boom-boom: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Growth and Horizons
April 11, 2016 – 10:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the boom on in Renewable diesel. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Will Thurmond, President of Emerging Markets Online — …

Could Renewable Diesel’s Boom Be Cut Short by Feedstock Access and Availability?
April 11, 2016 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Renewable diesel demand is booming, booming, booming. We’ve tipped it repeatedly in The Digest, not least with our March Madness webinar last week on “Renewable Diesel’s Boom”. Any doubts may …

Interagency Effort Provides Links to Biofuel Data on One Web Page
April 8, 2016 – 9:43 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Biofuel number crunchers in the know are finding their jobs easier because of a website hosted by the USDA Economic Research Service where the Interagency Council on Agricultural & …

Major Regulatory Milestones in First Quarter Set Joule Up for Commercial Success
April 8, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(Joule/BusinessWire)  EPA Qualifies Joule Ethanol Under Clean Air Act  —  Joule, the pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced major accomplishments in the first quarter of 2016 that are accelerating the commercialization …

Towns to Vote on Whether to Burn Their Trash or Convert It into Biofuel
April 8, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Andy O’Brien (The Free Press) … With PERC out of the picture, two nonprofits are bitterly competing for thousands of tons of midcoast waste.
In one corner is the Municipal Review Committee, a municipal cooperative serving …

New Platforms, New Pathways: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Organic Acids, the Molecules and Markets
April 8, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Late last week, Michele Rubino joined us in a March Madness webinar on the molecules and markets for organic acids, and presented the illuminating slides seen here. The main Digest …

WEBINAR: Making Sense of Data: Leveraging the Numbers to Improve Performance — April 28, 2016
April 7, 2016 – 5:39 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Making Sense of Data: Leveraging the Numbers to Improve Performance  —   April 28, 2016

Ethanol plants run by the numbers, collecting millions of bytes of data along the way. Automating data aggregation and getting it into a central, user friendly interface is the first step in making good use …

Circling Opportunity
April 7, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Blue Sphere Corp.’s two-prong business development strategy in the global waste-to-energy industry is proving to be fruitful.  —  … Blue Sphere’s first two stateside anaerobic digestion (AD) projects have reached final …

Branstad Signs Chemical Tax Credit Bill in Ames
April 7, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Austin Harrington (Ames Tribune)  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds came to Iowa State University Wednesday to sign a bill into law that will create a $10 million tax credit for companies …

Nigeria: NNPC Shops for Investors for Ethanol Plant
April 7, 2016 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Roseline Okere (AllAfrica)  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is seeking investors for its Renewable Energy Division (RED) to implement Nigeria’s automotive biofuels industry programme through a series of planned Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs).
The automotive …

Boom Times: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel’s Explosive Growth
April 7, 2016 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Boom times in Renewable Diesel” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day, from The Digest.  The recorded version of …

Grease Is the Word
April 7, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In short, renewable fuels has reached a crisis of growth in the United States — years of expansion have halted, and everyone is entitled to ask why.  … Let’s look …

Carbon Intensity Creates Opportunities
April 6, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Bernie Hoffman (K-Coe Isom/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The more proactive roles producers take in reducing carbon intensity, the more they will benefit as energy use reduction moves from an incentive to a requirement.  —  … Carbon intensity …

California Energy Commission Grant: Altex & Unitel Partner to Demonstrate a New Technology for Making Synthetic Gasoline from Biomass
April 6, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire / Unitel Technologies)   –Unitel Technologies announced that Altex Technologies has selected Unitel to provide engineering services to design and build a pilot system that will produce 1 BPD of synthetic gasoline from biomass. …

Importing to Meet California Demand
April 6, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. imported a record volume of biomass-based diesel in 2015.  …  This increase in imports is particularly interesting because 2015 was a year with no forward-looking $1-per-gallon blender’s tax …

AGQM, FAM Invite Participants in Biodiesel Round Robin Testing
April 6, 2016 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(AGQM/Biodiesel Magazine)  … The analysis of components and the final product forms a major part of the quality assurance of fuels. Therefore, reliable monitoring and testing of the product properties of biodiesel and rapeseed oil …

Austrian Biodiesel Technology Provider Wins Award for BTL Process
April 6, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  BDI-BioEnergy International AG received an innovation award for its biomass-to-liquid technology, called BioCrack, March 29 during Austria’s State Awards Innovation 2016 ceremony held by the Federal Ministry for Science, Research …

Ethanol Plants in Troubles as Vietnam’s Plan to Boost Biofuel Fails
April 6, 2016 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Tuoi Tre News)  An ambitious plan by the Vietnamese government to encourage the use of biofuel, or ethanol-mixed petrol, is not working as well as expected, sealing the fate of three multimillion-dollar ethanol plants.
The ethanol …

Carbon Levy Cash to Finance Biodiesel Refinery in Edmonton
April 6, 2016 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(CBC News)  Edmonton company promises cheaper, cleaner biodiesel on a commercial level  —  An Edmonton based company plans to commercially produce a new biofuel capable of completely replacing diesel by the end of the year, …

Up, Up & Away: The Top 10 Magic Moments in Aviation Biofuels in 2016
April 6, 2016 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia formed a partnership to investigate options for locally produced aviation biofuel. The trans-Tasman alliance partners are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to the …

Landfill Gas Project Opens in Orange County, California
April 6, 2016 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Orange County, CA/Biomass Magazine)  Orange County 3rd District Supervisor Todd Spitzer recently joined with government, business and project development officials for a ribbon-cutting to ceremonially open the Bowerman Power Project renewable energy facility.
The landfill gas-to-electricity …

China’s Grain Reforms to Boost Depressed Corn Processing Industry
April 6, 2016 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Niu Shuping and David Stanway (Reuters/AgWeek)  China’s plan to let the market set corn prices is bad news for international grain exporters, but should boost the country’s struggling corn processors that use the grain …

Sweet Spot: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Organic Acids, the Molecules and Markets
April 6, 2016 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Late last week, Michele Rubino joined us in a March Madness webinar on the molecules and markets for organic acids, and presented the illuminating slides seen below. For further illumination, …

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy
April 6, 2016 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Congress changed mandatory funding for two key bioenergy programs – despite their tangible successes – through its Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Omnibus spending bill. USDA’s Section 9003 Loan …

DOE BETO Updates Multi-Year Program Plan
April 5, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office has released the 2016 update of its Multi-Year Program Plan, which serves as an operational guide to help the BETO manage and …

Argentina Ups Ethanol Blending Mandate in Gasoline to 12% from 10%
April 5, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Charles Newbery (Platts)  The Argentine government Friday said it has raised the ethanol blending mandate in gasoline to 12% from 10% with immediate effect, according to a decree published in the Official Bulletin, the government’s …

REG’s Rolling Thunder: What Did Not Kill Them (Falling Oil Prices), Made Them Stronger
April 5, 2016 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s been a couple of years since we visited REG and the difference is palpable. The company has become a little ADM, rather than a big Amyris or TerraVia. You …

BRAG Petition Succeeds: EPA Expands Chemical Data Reporting Exemptions To Biodiesel Products
April 5, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell/BRAG)  On March 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances from Reporting Additional Chemical Data final rule in the Federal Register. This final rule amends …

Johor Ready to Lead Production of Biodiesel Alternative Energy, Says Khaled
April 4, 2016 – 6:35 pm | No Comment

(Bernama/New Straits Times)  Johor is ready to lead the production of biodiesel as an alternative source of fuel energy and become a major global energy generator in the future. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled …

Giant Step Forward for New Biofuels Industry in Queensland
April 4, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(Queensland Government)  A $16 million advanced biofuels pilot plant will be built at Southern Oil Refining’s Yarwun plant at Gladstone, a ‘giant’ step towards securing a large-scale biofuels industry in Queensland.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the …

Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative Collaborating with Comet Biorefining to Develop Agricultural Biomass Supply Chain
April 4, 2016 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

(Comet Biorefining)  Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative, an Ontario-based farmer’s cooperative, confirms that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Comet Biorefining to collaborate on the development of a sustainable agricultural biomass supply chain …

Enerkem Biofuel Plant, Backed by City of Edmonton, Mired in Legal Controversy
April 4, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Sylvain Bascaron (CBC News)  Lawsuits totalling $7.4 million allege unpaid services and supplies — Already years behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget, a project to turn the city of Edmonton’s waste …

Gevo’s Alcohol to Jet Fuel Clears Key ASTM Hurdle
April 4, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  First commercial test flight with Alaska Airlines comes closer
In Colorado, ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants and Subcommittee D02.J on Aviation Fuel passed a concurrent …

University of Tennessee Center Continues Efforts to Develop Low-Cost Biofuels and Bio-Based Products
April 4, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(AZO CleanTech)  A few years ago, petroleum-based products, including gasoline, were not available at affordable prices, unlike the case today. However, the prices are likely to return to the same level in the coming years.
Due …

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada Visits the BioCube™
April 4, 2016 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(BioCube™)  The BioCube Corporation was delighted to have The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada visit the BioCube™ at the GLOBE 2016 Conference in Vancouver last week. Held every two years in Vancouver, …

Gevo Restarts Production of Isobutanol in March 2016 Following Completion of Capital Projects
April 4, 2016 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(Gevo) Gevo, Inc.(NASDAQ:GEVO) today announced financial results for the three months endedDecember 31, 2015. Key highlights for Gevo included:

Gevo restarted the production of isobutanol at its production facility in Luverne, Minnesota following the completion of capital …

Key Projects and Trends: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-in Fuels 2020
April 1, 2016 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the second slide deck presented on the day, from Will Thurmond, President of Emerging Markets Online — highlights from …

Exploring the Viability of Small Scale Anaerobic Digesters in Livestock Farming
April 1, 2016 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Clare Lukehurst and Angela Bywater (IEA Bioenergy)  This report explores the viability of small scale anaerobic digestion for livestock farming where there is a need to deal with animal manure and slurry in a manner that …

KLM Launches New Series of Biofuel Flights from Oslo to Amsterdam
March 31, 2016 – 7:08 pm | One Comment

(Newswire.com)  KLM Royal Dutch Airlines today launched a series of around 80 biofuel flights from Oslo to Amsterdam operated with an EMBRAER 190. The flights are marking yet another step in the right direction towards …

Central High School Visits Heartland Corn Products / Sibley East High School Visits Heartland Corn Products
March 31, 2016 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Nineteen high school students from Norwood Young America visited Heartland Corn Products in Winthrop today (March 24, 2016) to get a closer look at how clean, homegrown renewable fuels are produced.
The students, …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences Honored with Biorenewable Deployment Consortium’s Outstanding Achievement Award
March 31, 2016 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(Biorenewable Deployment Consortium)  The Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC) honored DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) with the organization’s 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award for the company’s continuous contributions to the deployment of biochemical and advanced cellulosic biofuels.
“The Biorenewable …

Biofuels Company Given Permission To Carry On
March 31, 2016 – 9:29 am | No Comment

by Tao Woolfe (The Sandwich Enterprise)  Cape Cod Biofuels, Inc. has been cleared by all local regulatory boards and agencies and given the Sandwich Board of Selectmen’s blessings—a happy ending to an administrative scramble the …

Drop in, Trip Out, Turn On: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-In Fuels
March 31, 2016 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day. We’ll have the remainder of slides tomorrow.
The recorded version can …

Rivertop Renewables, DTI Blast thru Nameplate at First Commercial
March 31, 2016 – 9:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Benchmark tests prove higher volumes than initial forecast; plant receives “Recommended” rating after first customer audit
In Montana, Rivertop Renewables, a Montana-based novel chemicals company, announced it exceeded the nameplate capacity …

Finland Hopes for New Growth from Shrunken Forest Industry
March 30, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters Canada)  It has created a modest 200 jobs in a Finnish forestry industry that has lost around 20,000 in the past decade, but UPM-Kymmene’s new biofuels plant offers long-awaited growth and …

Biobased Plastics and Resins, What’s New, and Who’s Top Cat?: The Digest’s 2016 Visual Guide
March 30, 2016 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday, we held a well-attended webinar on “Biobased Plastics and resins?” Here below are the slides presented on the day.  The recorded version can be accessed here.  READ MORE

Queensland Greenlights Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Project for Military, Aviation, Marine
March 30, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Queensland, the state premier Anna Palaszczuk, the Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham, and the Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply Mark Bailey jointly announced that a AUD $16 million …

ARA Delivers Game-Changing 100% Renewable Fuels to the Navy
March 28, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(Applied Research Associates/ARA)  No More Blending: 100 Percent Drop-In Renewable Fuel will Increase Energy Security for U.S. Military While Reducing CO2 Emissions  —  The Navy is performing certification testing on neat, unblended ReadiJet® and ReadiDiesel® …

Column: Clean Energy Fuels Our Economy
March 25, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) (Daily Globe)  …  The United States can’t sit on the sidelines and depend on foreign oil to keep our economy running. America is a powerful nation. We can’t let oil …

GS Caltex to Build Plant for Biobutanol in H1
March 25, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Lee Seo-young (Korea Herald)  GS Caltex will begin the construction of a plant for mass-production of biobutanol, a renewable biofuel for cars that can be used as a substitute for gasoline, during the first …

Doing More with Less: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Stora Enso
March 25, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We knew that Stora Enso has become awesomely serious about the advanced bioeconomy when news emerged in 2014 that the company had acquired Virdia for $33 million with additional potential payouts …

SDSU Works toward Ground-Breaking Way to Fuel Planes
March 24, 2016 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kelli Gerry (The Collegian)  South Dakota State researchers are working to perfect a process that could allow them to turn mustard seeds into jet fuel for Navy fighter planes.
If people like Bill Gibbons are successful, …

What’s up with Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 March Madness Guide
March 24, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we conducted a webinar on the state of cellulosic fuels as part of our 2016 March Madness series. You can experience the recorded version of the webinar here.
Meanwhile, …

Aemetis Licenses Edeniq’s Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
March 24, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In California, Edeniq and Aemetis have entered into a License Agreement under which Aemetis will deploy Edeniq’s Pathway technology at its 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility located in Keyes, California.
Edeniq’s Pathway Technology …

Greenbelt Resources CEO Visits Cuba — Company Seeks Partners to Deploy Sustainable Energy Technology
March 24, 2016 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  As a result of recent changes to Commerce Department regulations by the Obama administration regarding trade with Cuba, the advanced modular technology available from Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of …

Aemetis Nabs Exclusive California Rights to LanzaTech’s Advanced Ethanol Tech
March 24, 2016 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, news arrived that Aemetis has acquired 12 years of exclusive rights in California (based upon achieving certain milestones) to LanzaTech’s technology for the conversion of agricultural waste, forest …

AST Increases Scale of Wisconsin Research Facility
March 23, 2016 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine) American Science and Technology has completed the scale-up of its biorefinery in Wausau, Wisconsin.
The scale-up increase’s the processing capacity of AST, an emerging technology company in the biochemicals and renewable …

First Midwest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Is Producing Tank-Car Loads of Fuel
March 23, 2016 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Poet Inc. is shipping fuel from Iowa facility, which could hit full output by year’s end.  —  Poet Inc., the nation’s first commercial-scale producer of cellulosic ethanol, is shipping the …

Ethanol Bust Adds to U.S. Fuel Glut and Losses Across Corn Belt
March 23, 2016 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg Business) … Back in 2007, when crude oil was headed toward a record $147.27 a barrel, ethanol was being touted as a cheap alternative from abundant domestic resources. The U.S. is the …

Explosive Growth: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Nanocellulose and Its Applications
March 23, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last year, we reported that  Research & Markets projected the “Nanocellulose Market by Type (Cellulose nanocrystals, Cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocomposites, and others) to reach $250 Million by 2019, signifying annualized CAGR of 19% between …

Is It the perfect Energy Solution? Where Solar, Carbon Capture and Bio Collide
March 23, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of these days your personal transportation system might look like this. A solar or wind energy facility generates renewable electricity, which is converted into a solar fuel using electrofuel …

Cellulosic Ethanol Will Get Back Up
March 22, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(RPA News)  Our top story this month is a blunt reminder of how deeply U.S. policy uncertainty cut down and yanked back the progress of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol over the past few years. The U.S. EPA’s …

Wärtsilä to Deliver Nordic Countries’ Largest Biogas Plant to Produce Fuel for Buses
March 22, 2016 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Finnish energy solutions provider Wärtsilä has been awarded an order to supply the largest biogas liquefaction plant in the Nordic Countries to produce fuel for public transport vehicles.
The supply contract was signed in …

Biodiesel Company Plans Expansion to Fort Pierce
March 22, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Keona Gardner  (TCPalm)   … Indian River Bio Diesel is seeking city approval to operate a plant that would process 250,000 gallons of its product a month in the now-vacant Egan packinghouse, 1103 N. Second …

AVA-CO2’s Move to Replace Formaldehyde Shows the Endurin’ Allure in Furans
March 22, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In June 2014 the 6th adaptation to technical and scientific progress of the CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This …

In Fish Fry Season, Oil Finds another Use as Homemade Fuel
March 21, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Grant Gerlock (Harvest Public Media)  … Fridays between Ash Wednesday and Easter you’ll find hundreds of hungry parishioners lining up at church fish frys around the Midwest.  All of that frying uses up vegetable oil that …

Study Says Ethanol Harms Corn Counties
March 21, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ann Purvis (Heartland Institute)  … (A) new study from researchers at Strata Policy (SP) and the Institute of Political Economy (IPE) at Utah State University suggests RFS also harms the very farmers the ethanol mandate …

‘Ethanol Blending in Petrol Can Cut down Crude Import’
March 21, 2016 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Daily Hunt)  Concerned over slow progress of ethanol blending in petrol and diesel, a parliamentary committee has expressed that the government should implement the Ethanol Blending Programme in order to cut down on crude oil …

Bringing up the Throttle on Cellulosic Ethanol
March 18, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Although there are challenges facing the second generation ethanol industry, progress is being made — U.S. EPA data shows 2.18 million cellulosic ethanol D3 RINs (renewable identification …

Low Oil Prices Drying up Ethanol Producers’ Profits
March 18, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller and Christopher Doering (Iowa City Press-Citizen)  Ethanol producers across the Corn Belt are being battered by tumbling gasoline prices and a glut of the corn-based fuel, pushing some companies to consider scaling back production …

NREL Updates Survey of Advanced Biofuel Producers in the United States
March 18, 2016 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) updated its annual survey of U.S. non-starch ethanol and renewable hydrocarbon biofuels producers. The survey report, titled 2015 Survey of Non-Starch Ethanol and Renewable Hydrocarbon …

No Pain, No Gain: A Tale of Three Companies, Pacific Ethanol, BioAmber and TerraVia at a crossroads
March 18, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … a fascinating look at the evolution in the fuels, renewable chemicals, specialty products and nutrition that make up the advanced bioeconomy.  …  The most spectacular news of the week belonged …

Commentary: Implementing The Electric RFS
March 18, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lemon and Michael Lemon (BioCycle/Biogas Researchers, Inc.)  Michael Lemon describes steps to move EPA forward on the RFS renewable electricity pathway on Tuesday, April 5 at BioCycle WEST COAST16.
…   Steps to expand deployment of …

Many Agree: Hyacinth’s a Gas
March 16, 2016 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Reed Fujii  (Recordnet.com)  Water weed holds promise as biofuel  —  Water hyacinth, the invasive water weed that carpets San Joaquin Delta channels in the warm season, choking out native species, degrading water quality, blocking …

DE-FOA-0001481: Request for Information (RFI): Understanding Scale-Up and Operation Challenges for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization
March 16, 2016 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on …

Illegal UCO Cartels Hinder Biofuel Program: Observers
March 16, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by Anton Hermansyah (The Jakarta Post)  The illegal activity of passing off used cooking oil (UCO) as non-brand cooking oil (NBCO), which is allegedly becoming widespread on a massive scale in the country, may be disrupting …

Ethanol Industry Contributed $2.1 Billion to Minnesota’s Economy in 2015
March 16, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.13 billion to the state’s gross domestic product in 2015, according to a new study by ABF Economics.
The study, commissioned by the Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association, said the industry …

Going to Scale: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Avantium
March 16, 2016 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BASF and Avantium have now signed a letter of intent and entered into exclusive negotiations to establish a joint venture for the production and marketing of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), as …

EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Objectives Will Be Missed without Biofuels
March 15, 2016 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Peder Holk Nielsen (Novozymes/EurActiv)  If Europe is serious about its climate commitments, and if Europe wants to reduce its dependence on imported oil, then we need to increase the amount of low-carbon biofuels in …

Cassava May Help Support Ethanol Needs
March 15, 2016 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat (Bangkok Post) Rising ethanol demand this year, coupled with expected sugar-cane production cuts due to the severe drought, are likely to force ethanol producers to switch to cassava as their feedstock instead of …

Tyton BioEnergy Systems Announces Technology Breakthrough, New Method for Turning Plant Oils into Jet Fuel
March 15, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(Tyton/Digital Journal)  Tyton BioEnergy Systems announced today a major technological advancement in the production of sustainable jet fuel. Tyton filed a patent application for a new method and system of converting oil extracted from plant …

Building a Bioethanol Coalition in the Fight Against Climate Change
March 15, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jan Koninckx (DuPont/Biofuels Digest) … (O)ur call is clear: we must act with the utmost urgency as we work toward solutions to help slow man-made climate change. Transportation contributes a quarter of all man-made …

R20 and WRI, a Roadmap to Zero Waste and Sustainable Investing
March 15, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by James L. Stewart (California’s BioEnergy Producers Association/Technikon/Biofuels Digest) A major worldwide effort is underway through the non-profit organization R20 Regions of Climate Action to assist sub-national states and jurisdictions in developing projects that promote clean energy and …

BIODEX-SA First in Tunisia to Earn RSB Certification
March 14, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(PRLog/Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  BIODEX-SA, a company based in Tunisia, earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of biodiesel. BIODEX-SA is the first company to collect waste oils and transform them …

Optimizing Biofuel Production from Algae Using CO2 Emissions
March 14, 2016 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  … Now, a team reports in ACS’ journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research an optimized way of producing biofuel from algae that also removes CO2 emissions from the environment.

Eusiel Rubio-Castro and colleagues developed a mathematical …

Canadian Company to Produce New Kind of Biodiesel
March 14, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Edmonton, Canada-based SBI BioEnergy plans to commercially produce a new biofuel capable of completely replacing diesel by the end of the year, at a lower cost than existing renewable fuels.
SBI is in the …

Biofuel or Biofraud? The Vast Taxpayer Cost of Failed Cellulosic and Algal Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Independent Science News) … The disastrous experience with Fischer-Tropsch biofuels is just one part of a much larger failure of cellulosic and algal biofuels, on which billions of dollars of public subsidies have been …

Farmer-Owned Ethanol Plant Outlasts Many of Its Competitors
March 14, 2016 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Sean Pratt (The Western Producer)  A small farmer-owned ethanol plant in northwestern Iowa has accomplished what many other companies have been unable to do.  Quad County Corn Processors broke new ground July 1, 2014, …

“Call Me TerraVia”: Solazyme Transforms, Shakes up and Refinances
March 14, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Solazyme undergoes Focus Reassignment Surgery and re-emerges as TerraVia. Industrials to spin off, nutrition the focus now.  The what, the why, and the “why now?”
In California, Solazyme said that it …

Scientists Turn to GMOs in Search of Better Biofuels
March 14, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Christina Maza (Christian Science Monitor) … Now, researchers across the US are pouring resources into discovering whether it’s possible to produce sustainable biofuel through selective plant breeding and genetic modification. That technique, which has generated …

Korean Company Enters JV to Produce Bioethanol in Laos
March 11, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  South Korea’s TN Energy has entered into an agreement with Lao State Fuel to set up a joint venture (JV) to produce Power Gasoline-branded bioethanol fuel.
The JV, to be called Lao K-tech, will …

The Big Year Dawns: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Amyris
March 11, 2016 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Amyris reported Q4 revenues of $9.6mn and a net loss for Q4 of $41.9 million ($34 million after elimination of non-recurring items), well below Wall Street consensus estkmates …

One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Three if by Air: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP renewable fuels technology
March 10, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Honeywell’s UOP has developed a renewable jet fuel processing technology, a renewable diesel process, as well as a joint venture, Envergent Technologies, that will market technologies and equipment for generating …

Fly the Eco-Friendly Skies: United to Launch 50% Jet Biofuels on LAX-SFO Route
March 10, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, United Airlines will be using jet biofuels produced by AltAir using Honeywell UOP technology on up to 150 flights a day out of Los Angeles, the Digest has …

Biodico Trains Future Bioenergy Leaders To Excel in Green Economy, Drive Local Job Growth
March 9, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

(Biodico/BusinessWire)  Program Part of Commitment to Spur Job Growth in San Joaquin Valley; Train Engineers in Next-Generation Bioenergy Technologies — Internship Program Aligns with Curricula at University of California Santa Barbara and West Hills Community College
To …

The PLA Story: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Polylactic Acid Markets
March 9, 2016 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we look this week at markets for cellulosic sugars, this classic powerpoint that outlined the case and markets for biobased polylactic acid came to mind.
We’ll not debate whether PLA …