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The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

The 4C-able Future: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Butanol and Other 4C Molecules
April 26, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In our March Madness webinar series, a popular entry has been the session on “butanol and other 4C molecules: prospects and progress”. We looked at a number of companies in …

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2017
January 3, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2017? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.
As the …

ButaNexT: Future of Clean Fuels Presented at E2KW in Paris
November 4, 2016 – 9:49 am | No Comment

(European Commission Community Research and Development Information Service/Greenovate! Europe)  The ButaNexT project presented its research into a new and improved biofuel – biobutanol – at the Energy and Environment Knowledge Week (E2KW) Congress in Paris …

Isobutanol: A New Product from Revamped Ethanol Plants
September 29, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jess Hewitt and Kapil S Lokare (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   … Now, there is also competition for production between renewable fuels. Ethanol plants can produce fuel ethanol but they can also be retrofitted or …

Petroleum Today, Bio Tomorrow, BIOFOREVER
September 2, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, the BIOFOREVER  consortium of 14 European companies emerged from stealth with the news that they have started their demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to value …

Biofuel Firm’s Plans for Grangemouth
August 23, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by  James Trimble (Falkirk Herald)  A company renowned for using residues from the whisky industry to produce biofuel capable of powering cars wants to come to Grangemouth. Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables Ltd has lodged a proposal …

Sustainable and Low-Cost: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Competing with Sub-$50 oil
August 2, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Irshad Ahmed observed recently in The Digest, “until such time that we internalize the true life-cycle costs of extracting and using fossil fuels, and distinguishing fossil-BTUs from bio-BUTs, we will …

Advance Australia Air: Byogy Steps up in Australia in Drive for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels
July 5, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Australia comes the news that the country’s former Federal Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson, is now the chairman of the advisory board for Byogy Renewables, the California-based alcohol-to-jet …

Promising Jet Fuel Market Looms for Upgraded Bioethanol, Butanol
February 22, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Kapil Lokare (Lee Enterprises/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Jet Fuel Potential  — Another large-scale market attracts developers in alcohol-to-jet fuel blends. For example, a Boeing 747 consumes approximately 1 gallon of fuel per second. Over the course of …

Should the Ethanol Industry Promote E30 Fuel Blend?
January 25, 2016 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by By Mikkel Pates (Grand Forks Herald)  …  Brian West, deputy director of the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., said the issue shouldn’t be difficult with …

Little Falls Ethanol Plant Begins Renovation
January 15, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Vicki Ikeogu (SC Times)  Construction has started at a Little Falls ethanol plant to convert it to a renewable chemical manufacturing plant.  U.K.-based Green Biologics Ltd. owns Central Minnesota Renewables, formerly known as Central Minnesota Ethanol …

The 30 Hottest Biobased Molecules for 2016
January 14, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest has released the 30 Hottest Biobased Molecules for 2016, as voted by the Digest’s global readership. The Readers were surveyed over December and January, and rated …

More Efficient Way of Converting Ethanol Leads to Better Alternative Fuel
December 4, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(University of Rochester)  New Catalysts Lead to Near Total Conversion  —  … But now a research team, led by William Jones at the University of Rochester, has developed a series of reactions that results in the …

First Commercial! Construction Underway in Minnesota for Green Biologics
December 4, 2015 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In Minnesota, construction is now underway at the Green Biologics bio-based n-butanol and acetone manufacturing facility in Little Falls, MN. The existing manufacturing site, formerly known as The Central …

Omani Scientists Working to Produce Biofuel from Agricultural Waste
July 28, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by M Najmuz Zafar (Muscat Daily)  A group of scientists and academics are undertaking a research on producing biofuel from biological and agricultural waste, which they say, will lay the foundation of biofuel industry in …

RIP Cobalt Technologies or…How Commercializing Butanol Technology is Like Riding the Tour de France
June 25, 2015 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Sam Nejame & James Evangelow (Biofuels Digest/Promotum and Chemical Strategies)  Sad to say Cobalt Technologies is dead – no really they’re dead – it’s not just double secret probation anymore. Although you’d almost not even know …

The 41 Weirdest Things Ever Used to Make Biofuels
December 31, 2014 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bunnies, liposuction fat, Prince Charles’ leftover wine, day-old whale, the human poo bus, fire ants dipped in hexane, old beer, raging fireballs, vibrating blobs, dope, and even the New Orleans …

Global Biodiesel Additive Research Roundup
November 19, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A recent report issued by Grand View Research indicates the global market for specialty fuel additives is expected to reach $8.5 billion by 2020. Clearly there is money to be …

Indo-US Joint Effort to Derive Non-Food Biofuels from 2017
November 12, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by N Madhav  (Business Standard)  The initiative would work to deliver a model for production using crops like energy sorghum, bamboo, pearl millet and switch grass
In a significant step towards generating biofuels from non-food plant sources, …

$15 Million Available for Advanced Biofuels Payment Program
August 28, 2014 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Magazine) The USDA recently issued a notice of contract proposals for its Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which provides payments to producers to support and expand production of advanced biofuels.
According to the NOCP, …

Answers for Your Questions about the Bioeconomy, Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals and Bioproducts
August 14, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen to get a hold of the powerpoint decks. But how do you get a hold of the great Q&A that follows …

Enhancing Biofuel Yields from Biomass with Novel New Method
August 5, 2014 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Sean Nealon (UCR Today)  A team of researchers, led by Professor Charles E. Wyman, at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a versatile, relatively non-toxic, and efficient way to …

Long-Term Growth in Today’s 53.2 BGY Biofuel Market Will Be Led by Novel Fuels and Novel Feedstocks
February 20, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Soare (Lux Research, Inc.)  The 53.2 billion gallon biofuel industry has enjoyed capacity growth of 19.6% annually since 2005, but growth will slow to just 3.2% annually through 2017. Ethanol represents 65.9% of …

Ohio Firm Will Buy Little Falls Ethanol Plant: Green Biologics to Make Butanol with Facility
September 12, 2013 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

(St. Cloud Times)  The Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-op on Wednesday made a deal to allow Green Biologics Inc. to acquire substantially all of its assets.
CMEC was established in 1995 as an ethanol company based in …

Cobalt, Mercurius, BioProcess Algae, Frontline Land $17.7M in Military Biofuels Grants
April 23, 2013 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pilot-scale biorefineries for drop-in military diesel, jet fuel the focus of the DOE’s latest grant round.
In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced up to $17.7 million in grants to …

Target For Transformation: Can Biobutanol Provide Ethanol Producers New Paths towards Diversification?
February 27, 2012 – 8:32 am | No Comment

Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Diversification has been a topic of interest for some time now, but this is the year producers need to move toward incorporating alternative revenue streams into their operations. High on …

USPTO to Re-Examine One Butamax Patent in Gevo-Butamax Dispute
November 29, 2011 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Megan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo Inc. announced the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is reconsidering a patent issued in August to Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC for a fuel additive. Gevo claims that, “substantial …

Butanol Producers Target Biofuels Market
November 15, 2011 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Argus Leader)  … A top official with the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates motor fuels, told lawmakers recently butanol is one of the nation’s “most promising biofuels.” However, the product faces potential government …

BP Commits $Billions to Biofuel Development and Production
October 26, 2011 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Bob Brooks (Automotive Industries)  A BP executive was quoted recently that biofuels are obtained from “renewable wells” which is an oil man’s way of saying we are drilling for energy as usual but for …

Cobalt and Rhodia to Jointly Develop Bagasse Based Bio n-Butanol Market in Latin America
October 25, 2011 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

(Cobalt)  Cobalt Technologies, a leading developer of next generation bio-based chemicals and Rhodia, a specialty chemical company, today announced the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding setting the basis for a strategic alliance to develop …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Major Investments to Spur Innovation and Job Creation in Research, Development and Production of Next Generation Biofuels
September 28, 2011 – 12:17 pm | One Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced five major agricultural research projects today aimed at developing regional, renewable energy markets, generating rural jobs, and decreasing America’s dependence on foreign oil. Altogether, the five-year …

USDA and DOE Award Biomass Research and Development Grants to Reduce America’s Reliance on Imported Oil
May 6, 2011 – 7:56 am | No Comment

Projects will help develop sustainable, renewable biofuels in the U.S.
As part of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive plan to address rising gas prices, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced …

The Beginning of the End of the Ethanol Joke
May 3, 2011 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Paul Studebaker (Sustainable Planet)   …It’s too soon to talk about grain-based ethanol in the past tense, but maybe not by much. While ethanol has a place as a bio-based octane enhancer and consequently, as …

Cobalt Raises $20M in Series D Round; Parsons & Whittemore Joins
May 3, 2011 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The additional capital will enable Cobalt to build out its new 470,000 gallon per year demonstration plant in Alpena, Michigan, which will be the world’s first cellulosic biorefinery for the …

Butamax Issued Another Biobutanol Patent
March 24, 2011 – 8:54 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)   Butamax has received another patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) number 7,910,342 entitled “FERMENTIVE PRODUCTION OF ISOBUTANOL USING HIGHLY ACTIVE KETOL-ACID REDUCTOISOMERASE ENZYMES.” The patent was awarded …

Three-Component Blend of Ethanol-Biobutanol-Gasoline “Has Significant Advantages”: DuPont
March 4, 2011 – 9:11 am | No Comment

by Thomas Saidak (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, DuPont Applied BioSciences President Craig F. Binetti, speaking at the Jeffries 11th Annual Clean Technology Conference, talked about Dupont’s intentions regarding biotechnology and biofuels.  Dupont currently estimates …

Turning Bacteria into Butanol Biofuel Factories
March 2, 2011 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Robert Sanders  (UC Berkley News Center)  University of California, Berkeley, chemists have engineered bacteria to churn out a gasoline-like biofuel at about 10 times the rate of competing microbes, a breakthrough that could soon …

The Brew Barons: Masters of Advanced Fermentation, Driving the Redefinition of Biofuels: Pt 1
March 1, 2011 – 8:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Is there enough energy, food, fiber and feed for all? Advances in industrial fermentation – a/k/a an incredulous “you’re making what? from what? using what? – will be the key to answering that …

Gevo Raises $107 Million in IPO; Solazyme Next? Butamax Boogieing to Brazil?
February 10, 2011 – 5:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Highlights from the road show, according to our Digest spies. The company (Gevo) is touting that it will cost $40-45 million for each conversion of an existing ethanol facility to …

Dyson Racing Increases Their Green Commitment with G-OIL for the American Le Mans Series in 2011
February 9, 2011 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

(Dyson Racing)  Dyson Racing is pleased to welcome Green Earth Technologies, Inc., and their G-OIL® brand as the primary sponsor of the #16 Dyson Racing G-OIL Mazda Lola Coupe for the 2011 American Le Mans …

Bugs Might Convert Biodiesel Waste Into New Fuel
January 28, 2011 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(NewsWire/University of Alabama)  A strain of bacteria found in soil is being studied for its ability to convert waste from a promising alternative fuel into several useful materials, including another alternative fuel.
A graduate student at …

Green Biologics Strikes Deals in China
December 28, 2010 – 8:20 am | No Comment

by  Fiona Harvey   (Financial Times)  …Green Biologics, an unlisted company, has signed deals with two Chinese biochemical businesses – Guangxi Jinyuan Biochemical and Lianyungang Union of Chemicals.

Under the deals – expected to be worth about £10m …

DuPont Working on 10-Year Plan for Thailand
December 27, 2010 – 9:11 am | No Comment

by Nalin Viboonchart (The Nation(India))  US science company Dupont is working on a 10-year investment plan for Thailand, saying it does not want to miss the opportunity to expand in one of Asean’s key drivers …

The Charge of the Capital Light Brigade
December 20, 2010 – 9:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But a new generation of companies has come along with new ideas about how to develop scale in a world of empty wallets. You might have heard of them as …

Butamax Advanced Biofuels Receives Key U.S. Isobutanol Patent
December 17, 2010 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal)  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, LLC announced Dec. 16 that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted a patent number 7851188 encompassing Butamax’s isobutanol producing biocatalyst.  
The patent entitled “Fermentive Production of Four Carbon …

BP Biofuels CEO Presents Sugar-Based Vision
December 6, 2010 – 8:14 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growing biofuels mandates will require 220 “world-scale” cellulosic biofuels plants to be operational in the U.S. by 2020, according to Phil New, CEO of BP Biofuels. The head of …

The Development of Butamax
November 11, 2010 – 8:10 am | No Comment

(Butamax)  This PowerPoint presentation describes the development of Butamax as a company, a joint venture between Dupont and BP.  It also diagrams the process of biobutanol production and explores their analysis that isobutanol production combines …

BP Sees Biofuel Growth from U.S. Grass, Brazil Sugar
November 8, 2010 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Laura MacInnis   (Reuters)  BP is focusing its biofuel efforts on Brazilian sugar cane and U.S. energy grasses, holding off on investments in the rest of the world for the moment, a senior executive of the …

Bio-Based Fuels and Materials through 2015: Growing Capacity Past a Drop in the Bucket
October 7, 2010 – 8:14 am | No Comment

(Lux Research, Inc.)  …Tallying more than 1,000 producing and planned biorefineries,we forecast that global biofuel capacity will grow 7.8% annually to 53 billion gallons in 2015, while materials grow at 17.7% per year to reach …

Potato Power Future of Biofuels, Vodka Maker Says
September 9, 2010 – 8:38 am | No Comment

by Emma Jackson (WardsAuto.com)   First scotch, now vodka.  William Chase, founder of Chase Vodka, has launched a plan to convert waste potatoes from his U.K. distillery into a high-grade biofuel for vehicles.
“We have known for a …