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Low Cost Sugars and Lignin Streams: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Process Hydrolysis
February 20, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  According to this presentation deck from NREL’s Melvin Tucker, “to produce high concentration sugar and reactive lignin streams at high yields and low costs from biomass to meet BETO’s 2017 ($5/GGE) and …

Sugar, Sugar: Toray, Mitsui Set out to Build Monster Cellulosic Sugar Plant in Asia
January 17, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week we reported that Toray Industries has teamed with Mitsui to produce cellulosic sugars from bagasse leftover from the sugar production process at Thai sugar mills.

The companies will invest up …

API and MYBiomass Announce Joint-Development Agreement for the Production of Nanocellulose for Downstream Applications
January 16, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(PR Web/American Process/MYBiomass)  American Process Inc. (API) and MYBiomass Sdn. Bhd. (MYBiomass) will work together to develop technology to produce nanocellulose and cellulosic sugars from oil palm empty fruit-bunches, a lignocellulosic feedstock widely available in …

Bolt-on Cellulosic Ethanol: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Edeniq
December 20, 2016 – 2:40 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 efficient …

Leaf Resources and Novozymes Launch Biomass-to-Sugars Collaboration
December 7, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Leaf Resources)  Leaf Resources’ patented biomass pretreatment process- GLYCELL – is an innovative, high-yield route to clean, economical cellulosic sugars —  Leaf Resources today announced a collaboration with Novozymes, the world’s largest producer of industrial …

Fuels, Joules & Molecules: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Paul Bryan’s “The Future of Biomass”
November 28, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Paul Bryan (Biofuels Digest) Without a significant cost of CO2 emissions, biofuels will never gain enough market share to meaningfully reduce those emissions,” said Paul Bryan at ABLC Next in San Francisco. Agree, disagree? Former …

Who’s Got Hot Lignin? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignin Production and Prospects
November 15, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar …

Forest-Powered Flight Heads to Washington, D.C.
November 14, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Alaska Airlines/PR Newswire)  First of its kind renewable biofuel made from residual wood used by Alaska Airlines  —  Washington state-based Alaska Airlines today made history flying the first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, …

Who’s Got the Hot Sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignocellulosic Sugars and Their Producers
November 14, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignocellulosic sugars and lignin have become necessary intermediates for advancing research towards economically producing biofuels and bioproducts. Recently, the US Department of Energy issued a Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar …

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!
November 6, 2016 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The results of the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office’s (BETO’s) Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information (RFI) are now available on the RFI responses web page. This …

NREL Researchers Discover How a Bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum, Utilizes both CO2 and Cellulose to Make Biofuels
November 4, 2016 – 10:34 am | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) made the surprise discovery that a metabolic pathway to take up CO2 exists and functions in a microorganism capable …

Gevo Produces First Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel Specified for Use on Commercial Airline Flights–Alaska Airlines to Fly First Commercial Flight with Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel in ‘Next Few Months’
October 12, 2016 – 12:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo/Globe Newswire)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that it has completed production of the world’s first cellulosic renewable jet fuel that is specified for commercial flights.  Gevo successfully adapted its patented technologies to convert cellulosic …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LeSaffre, Corbion
October 6, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, …

Davis, Mercurius Advance on Ultra Low-Cost Renewable Chemicals
October 3, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Mercurius Biorefining has furthered its partnership with UC Davis to develop first-of-its-kind technology for production of furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA). While current approaches to the commercialization of FDCA use …

Fast & Flexible: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix
September 15, 2016 – 2:25 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 …

Gates Backs Renmatix; Total Inks 1 Million Ton/Year Cellulosic Sugar License
September 15, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Pennsylvania, Bill Gates is leading the latest investment round into the pioneering cellulosic sugars producer Renmatix as energy giant Total joins in with second investment and a 1 million …

Bolt-on Cellulosic Ethanol: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Edeniq
September 14, 2016 – 10:54 am | 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 …

Alliance Releases Data from CTS Cellulosic Ethanol Multiple Feedstock Testing. Results Conclusive: CTS Economically Superior to Existing Cellulosic Conversion Processes
September 9, 2016 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.) Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is very pleased to release the results from months of testing and data collection on dozens of lignocellulose feedstocks utilizing the patented CTS conversion process.  …

Low Cost Cellulosic Sugars, Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Electrosep
September 9, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst all the discussion this week of deal-making in cellulosic and sugar-based fuels — the likes of Tesoro-Virent and Lufthansa-Gevo — we were intrigued by this slide deck on a pathway …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to ExxonMobil in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 6, 2016 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.

In this slide deck, we …

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 …

American Science and Technology Receives New Patent for Method to Increase the Efficiency and Profitability of Organosolv Processing of Lignocellulosic Biomass
August 8, 2016 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(American Science and Technology) New Patent Will Increase the Incentives to Use Renewable Resources for Chemical Production  —  American Science and Technology (AST), an emerging technology company, has been awarded a patent for a system and …

MEGA-BIO and the Three Amigos: DOE Hands Out $11.3M — Who for, and Whyfor?
August 8, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced up to $11.3 million for three projects that support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that, as the DOE remarked, “can …

U.S. Commerce Department Invests More Than $4 Million In Maine, Deploys Interagency Team To Help Strengthen State’s Forest Economy
August 5, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Economic Development Administration)  U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine today announced the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will invest more than $4 million to help diversify and grow …

Energy Department Announces $11.3 Million for MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts To Enable Biofuels
August 2, 2016 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today up to $11.3 million for three projects that support the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels …

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 …

This Won’t Hurt a Bit, Tell Us All about Cellulosic Sugars, Lignin: DOE’s New RFI
July 27, 2016 – 11:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing capabilities to produce lignocellulosic sugars and lignin …

Cellulosic Sugars Heading for Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Leaf Resources
July 26, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Leaf Resources Limited (ASX:LER) is focused on making sustainable products from plant biomass,  offering an advanced technology package for breaking down plant derived biomass to useful, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable products. …

Leaf Resources (ASX: LER) Joint Venture to Develop Five Projects with World-Class Project Ceveloper Claeris, LLC
July 21, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(Leaf Resources)  Leaf Resources Ltd (ASX: LER, “Leaf” or “Leaf Resources”) is pleased to announce the signing of binding legal agreements with US-based project developer Claeris, LLC (“Claeris”), to establish a joint venture (JV) entity, Leaf Development, …

Scientists in US State of Florida Develop Military Grade Aviation Biofuel
July 21, 2016 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  A team of scientists at West Palm Beach, Florida-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc.’s subsidiary Ek Laboratories have developed a pathway to produce JP-8, an advanced military grade aviation biofuel.

The team is reportedly …

DOE Requests Information on Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities–DE-FOA-0001615
July 20, 2016 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing …

What’s New and Important About C5 and C6 Sugars?
July 15, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  What’s up with C5 and C6 sugars? Given that a significant portion of the several billion dollars spent on renewable fuels spending involves these molecules, it is …

Study Shows Trees with Altered Lignin Are Better for Biofuels
June 29, 2016 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Brookhaven National Laboratory)  Fundamental enzyme study leads to increased access to bioenergy feedstocks and improves ethanol yield by modifying plant cell wall structures.

Lignin is a natural component of plant cell walls, the scaffolding that surrounds …

A Biomass to Sugar Value Chain: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to Canada’s Sarnia Biocluster
June 14, 2016 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “How much value is in the entire value chain, going from stover in the field to all the products?” asked Sandy Marshall, chairman, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. His question opened his …

VIASPACE CTO Presents Giant King® Grass At Bioenergy Feedstocks Conference In Miami
June 13, 2016 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(Viaspace/PR Newswire)  VIASPACE CTO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, made an invited presentation on Giant King Grass at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference – Feedstocks held in Miami, Florida June 6-8, 2016.

The Conference, organized by Biofuels Digest …

50% Yield Boost for Ethanol? No CO2? What?! White Dog Labs Comes out of Stealth
June 13, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In what might become the most transformative development in fermentation yields since Noah debuted winemaking technology in the Book of Genesis, US-based White Dog Labs have unveiled a new process that …

It Depends: Heard on the Floor at ABLC Feedstocks
June 8, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The headline from the event is that projects and feedstock providers are more engaged than we have seen previously — a wave of technology development that once took place …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

ASU Scores Chunk of $10M DOE Funding for Bioenergy R&D
May 17, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development. These projects, located in Arizona, California, North Carolina, …

Stora Enso, Rennovia Ink Biobased Chemicals Development Deal
May 12, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Renewable materials company Stora Enso and specialty chemicals company Rennovia Inc. have announced a joint development and license agreement to cooperate on bio-based chemicals development.

Under the terms of …

Evidence of Benefits of Biofuels in Combating Climate Change is More than Ample
May 12, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … While recognition of the role of agriculture in meeting climate change challenges is growing among world leaders, it is of concern that biofuels and the low-carbon benefits they provide, especially when compared …

“EA” Biomass Pretreatment Cuts Enzyme Use, Boosts Biofuel Production
May 11, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Less input, more output. That’s the achievement of a new biomass pretreatment method that could help improve the economics of cellulosic biofuels, the second-generation biofuels made from …

Takin’ Cellulosic to the Mud Spa
May 6, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Out of the unlikely bioeconomy hub of West Palm Beach, Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus has revealed what it describes as the “successful completion of its yearlong efforts to optimize its …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Powerful Crap: The Quest to Turn Smelly Sewage into Sweet Biodiesel
February 23, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by David MacNeal (Ars Technica)  The facility smell? “That’s money,” Todd French says. “That’s what it smells like.” —  “By the time it gets here, David, it’s no longer my poop,” says microbiologist Todd French …

Alliance BioEnergy: CTS Pilot Plant Producing Cellulosic Sugar
February 22, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. is pleased to announce that the CTS pilot plant located at the company’s subsidiary Ek Laboratories, is now running the complete conversion process from raw feedstock …

Comet Biorefining to Build Biomass Sugar Plant in Ontario
February 22, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(Comet Biorefining/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Comet Biorefining Inc. has announced the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar facility in the TransAlta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario.  The 60 million pounds per year plant will come online in …

Comet to Build 30K Ton Biomass Sugar Plant in Ontario
February 19, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Comet Biorefining announced at ABLC 2016 the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar facility in the TransAlta Energy Park in Sarnia, Ontario. The 60 million pounds per year …

Energy Department Requests Information on Biofuels & Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities
February 15, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing pilot- or process development-scale facilities with the capability to …

India’s First Biofuel Refinery to Be Ready by 2019
February 11, 2016 – 9:40 pm | No Comment

by Supratim Dey (Business Standard)  With Indian oil marketing companies (OMCs) witnessing a surge in the requirement of bio-fuel, as national policies mandate certain percentage of its blending with petrol and diesel, India within next three years …

Chempolis, Avantha Partner to Offer Cellulosic Technology
December 18, 2015 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Chempolis, Ltd.)  Chempolis Ltd., a Finland-based biorefining technology corporation, has entered into partnership with Avantha Group’s research wing Avantha Centre for Industrial Research & Development to offer technology to India to extract ethanol from various agricultural residues …

NREL’s Min Zhang Keeps Her “Bugs” Happy, Leading to Biofuel Breakthroughs
December 15, 2015 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Senior Scientist Min Zhang has a special relationship with Zymomonas mobilis, a rod-shaped bacterium that has bioethanol-producing capabilities. Of her 80 peer-reviewed papers and 21 U.S. patents …

Renmatix to Develop Its First Commercial Biorefinery Next Year
November 18, 2015 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg Business)  Renmatix Inc., a U.S. maker of technology for cellulosic biomaterials, will develop its first commercial biorefinery next year.

The refinery will be commissioned by one of the company’s undisclosed partners and will …

New Biobased Projects Around the World
November 18, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas

Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced …

General Relativity, and the Remaking of Sweetwater Energy
November 9, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Minnesota Awards $26 Million to Fund Sweetwater’s Biochemical Facility  —   In Minnesota, Sweetwater Energy has received commitment for $26 million in long-term loans from the state of Minnesota to construct …

Stora Enso Division US Headquarters Move to Raceland, Louisiana
October 30, 2015 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine) …The Raceland plant uses technology developed by Virdia and enables cellulosic biomass, such as wood or agricultural waste, to be converted into highly refined sugars. It is located in the vicinity of existing sugar cane plantations and will …

Alliance Bioenergy Improves CTS Conversion Rates in October
October 30, 2015 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary Ek Laboratories in Longwood, Florida, under the direction of Dr. Richard Blair, Dr. Peter Cohen and Dr. Zhilin Xie, continues to see …

Seeking Better Biofuels
October 26, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute transform biomass into energy-rich fuel molecules  —   ..  JBEI researchers are zeroing in on concepts that others have decided are too …

The Pursuit of Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugars: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Leaf Resources
October 21, 2015 – 9:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Leaf Resources Limited (ASX:LER) is focused on making sustainable products from plant biomass,  offering an advanced technology package for breaking down plant derived biomass to useful, sustainable, renewable and biodegradable …

Diamond in the Rough: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Cobalt’s Technology
October 15, 2015 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cobalt Technologies was commercializing cellulosic biobutanol, a versatile platform molecule for the renewable chemicals and fuels.  The Company’s technology efficiently converts diverse non-food feedstocks – initially, lignocellulosic extracts from woody …

GranBio, Solvay JV Acquires Cobalt Technologies’ Assets
October 15, 2015 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We can now affirmatively report that SGBio, a joint venture between the Solvay Group and GranBio, has acquired assets from Cobalt  including the bank of microorganisms and intellectual property related …

8 Ways around the Big, Bad Oxygen Problem in the Advanced Bioeconomy Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the terrestrial world, oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour without some.  In the Bioeconomy Cinematic Universe, oxygen is harder than steel, heavier than a …

Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. Announces a Breakthrough in Cellulose to Sugar Conversion Rates and Efficiencies
October 5, 2015 – 8:52 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), announced today that its’ subsidiary Ek Laboratories in Longwood, Florida, under the direction of Dr. Richard Blair, Dr. Peter Cohen and Dr. Zhilin Xie, …

Sugar Is the New Crude: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to American Process
September 29, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Although American Process has been most closely associated with its complete cellulosic biofuels package — of late, the company has been much in focus because of its capabilities in producing …

DEINOVE and Tyton Forge Partnership to Commercialize Unique Solutions in the Green Chemicals Sector
September 9, 2015 – 11:22 am | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Benzinga)  A technological and commercial partnership between Deinove and Tyton BioEnergy Systems, the leader in tobacco technology for green chemicals production  —  T he synergistic technologies are expected to provide techno-economic benefits in the …

Edeniq Announces Completion of Innovative Upgrade to Cellulosic Sugars Pilot Plant
September 8, 2015 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq)  California Energy Commission provided funding for biofuels technology breakthrough — – Edeniq, a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, completed a major upgrade of its cellulosic sugar and ethanol pilot facility. The company designed and operated …

Energy Department Awards up to $4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
August 27, 2015 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced two additional projects selected to receive up to $4 million to develop next-generation biofuels that will help reduce the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet …

Renmatix: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 31, 2015 – 2:40 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 …

BIC Project Aims at Commercialization of Cellulosic Sugar Production in Ontario, Canada
July 27, 2015 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has completed phase 1 of a project to assess the economic viability of the agricultural biomass to cellulosic sugar value chain in Canada.

The Cellulosic Sugar …

International Research Team Seeks More Efficient Biomass Refinement Processes
July 20, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)  Researchers from across the world, including from Virginia Tech, plan to mimic the chemistry of the brown rot fungus to improve biorefining processes. BioMim, a $4 million, four-year project …

4 Minutes with… Dr Marc Sabourin, EVP Business Development Americas, Leaf Resources Limited
July 20, 2015 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Leaf Resources is a process technology company, providing economical biobased solutions for commercial production of cellulosic sugars and other lignocellulosic platforms derived from biomass. Our technology, combines crude glycerine and …

4 Minutes with… Thomas J. Murphy, CEO, SR Energy
May 15, 2015 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our vision is to be a cellulosic sugar supplier to the advanced bio-economy industry. …  Collectively, we are moving our integrated technology platform from bench scale to commercial scale …

Sweetwater Energy Raises $10M; Begins Ramp-Up to First Commercial
April 21, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweetwater Energy announced it has closed on a $10 million bridge loan. The loan closed as Sweetwater said that it is now opening its Series B investor round to begin construction …

US Poised for Biobased Chemicals Breakout, Says National Research Council
April 6, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though challenges remain, particularly in affordable feedstock, the US National Research Council says “Despite impressive recent and projected growth, the manufacturing of chemicals using biological synthesis and engineering could expand …

Energy Group, Total, Makes Investment & Initiates Joint Development Agreement with Renmatix
March 3, 2015 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Renmatix/Total/PR Newswire)  – Total invests in Renmatix – Takes equity and Board seat in Philadelphia based licensor of supercritical hydrolysis technology for conversion of biomass into economical cellulosic sugar   — Companies complete Joint Development …

New Farmer Co-Operative to Help Build Ontario Bioeconomy
January 14, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

(Farmers.com/Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative)  A group of Ontario farmers have a plan to convert crop residue into cellulosic sugar to help fuel the province’s bioeconomy. Based in Sarnia, the Cellulosic Sugar Producers Co-operative (CSPC) will …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014: Asia and Oceania
December 29, 2014 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The East is Green. Asia is confirmed as “the new Brazil” as project developers head en masse to the friendly receptions in Asian countries — based on energy diversification and …

New Conversion Process Turns Biomass ‘Waste’ into Lucrative Chemical Products
December 22, 2014 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth K. Gardner (Purdue University) A new catalytic process is able to convert what was once considered biomass waste into lucrative chemical products that can be used in fragrances, flavorings or to create high-octane fuel …

Feedstocks, Techniques, and Enzymes: The Critical Trio in Any Cellulosic Ethanol Project
December 8, 2014 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(Global BioBusiness)  It may be surprising to know that, strictly speaking, there is no such thing as “cellulosic ethanol”. Instead, there is cellulosic “sugars”. That because it is often forgotten that the cellulosic process (also …

4 minutes with…Basil Karampelas, President, American Process
December 3, 2014 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We’ve developed 2 proprietary biorefinery technologies producing low-cost cellulosic sugars from non-food based biomass. Our Green Power+ technology produces low-cost cellulosic sugars from the hemicelluloses. AVAP technology produces cellulosic sugars …

Righteous Heat: 10 Hot Slides from ABLCNext Do the Show-and-Tell on Who’s Got the Magic
November 20, 2014 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  10 hot companies, The Young Fresh Faces, the Later-Stagers, the Out-of-the-Box Thinkers – who is challenging the status quo and how and why?

Here are new slides from the Advanced Biofuels …

BlueFire Plays the China Card? Ex-Im Bank of China Issues $270M LOI for Mississippi Biofuels Project
October 27, 2014 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, BlueFire Renewables has received a Letter of Intent from The Export Import Bank of China (China EXIM) to provide up to $270 million in debt financing for its …

Abengoa Celebrates Grand Opening of Its First Commercial-Scale Next Generation Biofuels Plant
October 17, 2014 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Abengoa/GlobeNewswire)  U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts offer remarks during on-site event commemorating landmark occasion for advanced biofuels industry.

Abengoa’s proprietary enzymatic hydrolysis technology turns crop …

Brighter Brights and More Sustainable Whites
October 14, 2014 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Broadening the sources and uses for cellulosic ethanol.

As we reported yesterday (October 6, 2014)  in the Digest, DuPont and Procter & Gamble, announced a collaboration to use cellulosic ethanol in …

Energy Department Announces $13.4 Million to Develop Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts
October 14, 2014 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department announced today (October 9, 2014) up to $13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, …

Brazil’s GOL to Start International Flights using Newly-Certified Amyris/Total Renewable Jet Fuel
August 11, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Less than a month after approval for commercial use by fuel certification body ASTM International, Brazilian carrier GOL has announced it is to begin flying with blended farnesane renewable jet fuel developed by the …

Dyadic, CIMV to Collaborate on Second Generation Biofuels
August 8, 2014 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Dyadic International Inc./Biomass Magazine)  Dyadic International Inc., a global biotechnology company whose patented and proprietary technologies are used to develop, manufacture and sell enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, biopharmaceutical and industrial …

Edeniq and Global Bio-Chem to Develop and Commercialize Corn Stover to Industrial Sugars Conversion Technology
July 17, 2014 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/BusinessWire)  Edeniq, Inc. (“Edeniq”), a cellulosic sugar producer, announced it has signed a letter of intent with Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited (“Global Bio-chem,” HKG:0809) to develop and commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial …

“But I Won’t Cry for Yesterday”: The Re-Making of the US Ethanol Industry
May 22, 2014 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The migration from first-gen to next-gen biofuels is becoming less ‘Invisible’ — and the new landscape is not, by anyone’s estimation, an ‘Ordinary World’.   If Aemetis’ latest earnings hadn’t rocked …

American Process Sells the First Woody Biomass Cellulosic Ethanol RINS
April 25, 2014 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On Friday April 18, 2014, American Process shipped its second commercial ethanol cargo and sold the first cellulosic ethanol RINs from its Alpena Biorefinery.

These are the first cellulosic ethanol RINs …

Neste Oil And DONG Energy To Begin Cooperation On Technology Development For Renewable Fuels
April 18, 2014 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

(Nestle Oil) Neste Oil, the world’s largest producer of premium-quality renewable fuels, has joined forces with DONG Energy, one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, to develop an integrated process to produce renewable diesel …

Purdue Researchers Launch Innovative Biomass Renewable Energy Company
March 28, 2014 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Phillip Fiorini and Cynthia Sequin (Purdue University)   Purdue University researchers are launching a company focusing on an innovative process that could revolutionize how lignocellulosic biomass is used to make biofuels and other bio-based products and chemicals.

Spero …

Lignin’s Big Leap
March 18, 2014 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Still seeking commercial-scale opportunities, Lignol continues to collaborate with companies that are eager to buy high-purity lignin in bulk. Is this abundant byproduct of pulp and paper milling and …

The Sugar Producers
March 12, 2014 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sweetwater Energy and Proterro, two companies using widely different approaches, aim for low-cost sugar that may give today’s corn ethanol plants a glide path into advanced ethanol production. They’re …

Neste Oil and DONG Energy to Begin Cooperation on Technology Development for Renewable Fuels
March 7, 2014 – 7:15 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil Corporation)  Neste Oil, the world’s largest producer of premium-quality renewable fuels, has joined forces with DONG Energy, one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, to develop an integrated process to produce …

Feedstocks, Techniques, and Enzymes: The Critical Trio in Any Cellulosic Ethanol Project
March 3, 2014 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

(Global Business)  It may be surprising to know that, strictly speaking, there is no such thing as “cellulosic ethanol”. Instead, there is cellulosic “sugars”. That because it is often forgotten that the cellulosic process (also …

Hot Sugar! Sweetwater Energy to Supply Pacific Ethanol with Industrial Sugars for Cellulosic Ethanol
December 20, 2013 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, Sweetwater Energy and Pacific Ethanol announced a project to supply customized industrial sugars for the production of cellulosic ethanol. The agreement supports the construction of a cellulosic …

ICIS Innovation Award Winners, Renmatix and Virent, Announce Collaboration On Bio-based Packaging
December 6, 2013 – 11:50 am | No Comment

(ICIS/PR NewsWire)  New Routes in Sustainable Chemistry Aim to Deliver Broader Supplies of Affordable Bioplastics
ICIS Innovation Awards — At today’s ICIS Innovation Awards in London, winners Renmatix and Virent announced a strategic collaboration to convert affordable cellulosic …

Paper Mill in Maine, US Making Sugars for Biofuel from Wood Waste
November 26, 2013 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The paper industry in Old Town, Maine, US has been stuck in gradual decline for some years now. However, one company – Old Town Fuel and Fiber (OTFF) – is said to be …

Favorable Feedstock Costs Can Drop Cellulosic Sugar Prices
November 21, 2013 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Lower feedstock prices can drive down prices of fermentable cellulosic sugar to 26 cents per kilogram (kg), down from 32 to 36 cents per kg, competitive with sugars from corn or …

Extreme Energy, Supercritical Water, Nanostuff and Biofuels
November 6, 2013 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At the frontier of exotic temperature and pressures, even everyday materials like water begin to act strangely in ways that can drive energy transformation.   New work in nanocatalysts may make …

Why the New Biofuel Feedstocks Deserve Investment, Incentives
November 1, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/National Geographic Magazine)  …Biotechnology companies today are working to develop cyanobacteria, algae, and even municipal waste as feedstocks for advanced biofuels. But these promising abundant non-food sources lack either the …

Stanley Signs Draft Pact with Biomass Company
October 29, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Elizabeth Dohms (Chippewa Herald)  A draft developer’s agreement between Stanley and a biomass company out of New York has been approved by the city council and is expected to bring more jobs to the …

The One-Stop, Get It Hot, Biobased Candy Men: Midori and Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugars
September 12, 2013 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Midori reports they have broken through on a 100-year quest for low-cost cellulosic sugars. And found a way to turn your cotton tees into sugars, too.

About a year ago, a …

A Business Case for a Cornstalks to Bioprocessing Venture
September 5, 2013 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Ontario Federation of Agriculture/Farming Sources)  A value chain consortium presented their final report to local corn producers on a business case for sustaining a commercially viable cellulosic sugar plant in southwestern Ontario to support the …

4C-Able Future: Biobased Butanol, Butadiene and BDO Are Having a Hot Year
August 22, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s been quite a year on the four-carbon platform — also known as C4, 4C, buta-something, Fantastic Four, or what have you.

Though two-carbon fuels such as ethanol have long dominated …

Biofuels’ 10 Scariest Challenges: Part 2 of 2
August 21, 2013 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Upstream, downstream, processing, policy, finance – opportunities and challenges abound in the bioeconomy – but which challenges are the most intractable and daunting of them all?   In today’s part 2, …

Want Better Biofuels? Get the Wood Out
August 19, 2013 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Science Magazine)  Addition by subtraction. By removing a specific gene, researchers reduced the amount of lignin (stained red) by 36% in cells in a plant’s stem, making it easier to recover sugar-rich parts of the plant …

Rochester Institute of Technology Students Learn About Sweetwater’s Plant-Sugar Mixture for Production of Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(AZOCleanTech)  A collaboration between Rochester Institute of Technology’s Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences and Sweetwater Energy Inc. will give students experience with the Rochester-based company that has a sweet and sustainable niche.

Sweetwater Energy …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects – Where Do They Stand?
July 22, 2013 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Advanced biofuels – mirage or reality? In January we wrote: “When these 12 projects open for business (or not) in 2013, you’ll know for sure.”  So, what do we know?

We …

NSF Grant Boosts Promising Biofuels Research
July 5, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

(JustMeans.com/Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology)  Promising biofuels research at a Wisconsin biotech company and a partner university is getting a boost from a $224,967 National Science Foundation grant.

C5.6 Technologies of Middleton, Wis., and the Wisconsin …

Cellulosic Technology— Pulp and Paper Style
July 2, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  American Process applies forestry products know-how to cellulosic conversion.

Though a relative newcomer to the ethanol world, Georgia-based American Process Inc. is no stranger in the forest products industry. The …

Increased Enzyme Binding to Substrate Is Not Necessary for More Efficient Cellulose Hydrolysis
June 27, 2013 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Dahai Gao, Shishir P. S. Chundawat, Anurag Sethi, Venkatesh Balana, S. Gnanakaran, and Bruce E. Dale (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)  Substrate binding is typically one of the rate-limiting steps preceding enzyme catalytic …

Edeniq DOE-Supported Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Surpasses 1,000 Continuous Operational Hours
May 14, 2013 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Yahoo! News)  Visalia Plant Milestone Signifies Greater Commercial Viability for Cellulosic Ethanol and Sugars

Edeniq, a biomaterials and sustainable fuels company, today announced the company’s first demonstration plant, located at its Visalia, CA headquarters, has completed …

Nexant Analyzes Next-Generation Sugar Technologies
May 2, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(Virtual-Strategy.com)

Nexant today announced the release of an assessment of next-generation and cellulosic sugar technologies. This new Nexant report—Cellulosic Sugars: Unlocking Biomass’ Potential—examines the different technology choices available.

“Cellulosic and other next-generation sugar processes are becoming technically robust, …

Advanced Biofuels to Retrofit Moses Lake Plant for Cellulosic
April 30, 2013 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advanced Biofuels Corp. has bought a legacy 7 MMgy ethanol plant in Moses Lake, Wash., with plans to retrofit existing systems and install new pretreatment process equipment, converting …

Sugar Shock: Sweetwater, Naturally Scientific Ink $250M Pact for Biobased Sugars
April 19, 2013 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The end-goal? High-value oils. Low-cost sugars become shock troops in the war for sustainability.

In New York, we’ve learned that Sweetwater Energy will announce a project today to provide Naturally Scientific …

Irvine Renewable Fuels Firm Halts Work on Mississippi Plant
March 4, 2013 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jane Yu (Orange County Business Journal)  Irvine-based renewable fuels maker BlueFire Renewables Inc. has halted construction work on a plant planned for Fulton, Miss. plant.

BlueFire converts non-food resources, such as trash, wood waste and …

Powerful Enzymes Create Ethanol from Agricultural Harvest Waste
January 23, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  The mainly EU-funded DISCO project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed powerful enzymes, which accelerate plant biomass conversion into sugars and further into products such as bioethanol. The project’s …

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Visits Renmatix for Commissioning of Plant-to-Sugar BioFlex Conversion Unit
January 11, 2013 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix/Sacramento Bee)  Building on success in hardwood, Philadelphia-based Renmatix adds on-site capability to convert multiple local and international feedstocks to cellulosic sugar

Renmatix, the leading manufacturer of cellulosic sugars for biobased chemical and fuel markets, welcomed …

Advanced Ethanol Council Releases Snapshot of Cellulosic Ethanol Production around the World
December 19, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Advanced Ethanol Council this morning released a report giving a snapshot of cellulosic ethanol producers in the U.S. and around the world. A look at facilities owned by companies such as …

15 Burning Questions (and Answers) for Biofuels in 2013
December 14, 2012 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Policy, finance, technology, feedstocks, markets, prices, opposition.  Here’s what’s on your mind, as the critical 2013 deployment year for biofuels looms.

So here are 15 burning questions as suggested by various …

UnNintendoed Consequences: Biofuels and the Feedstock Challenge
December 12, 2012 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been years of struggle to get cellulosic feedstock supply chains downfield.  Now, companies like Woodland Biofuels, Sweetwater Energy, Ceres, Delta BioRenewables and Commonwealth Agro-Energy are moving the chains.

…This week …

Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugars, Ho! EdeniQ to Build demo Plant in Brazil
December 11, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  California’s cellulosic gearhead gurus head from the San Joaquin Valley to Sao Paulo, in search of big, aggregated loads of sugarcane bagasse.

In California, Edeniq announced that it has begun engineering …

Generation 1.5 Ethanol: The Bridge to Cellulosic Biofuels
November 29, 2012 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Philip W. Madson (Ethanol Across America)  …Considering the development path of Gen 1 to better understand the current state of Gen 2 ethanol, several factors require further breakthrough developments and/or inventions for cellulosic ethanol to become commercially …

Immature Switchgrass Could Help Cellulosic Ethanol Industry
September 7, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agriculture Research Service)  A gene that keeps switchgrass forever young could have far-reaching implications for the development of the plant as a biofuel crop, according to U.S. Department of …

Ceres Sweet Sorghum Hybrids Processed by Amyris
May 4, 2012 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Ceres)  • Pilot project validates U.S.-produced sweet sorghum as a potential feedstock for advanced biofuels and bio-products.

• Conversion efficiency of sweet sorghum sugars were similar to sugarcane.

Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. (Nasdaq: CERE) today announced …

Sugar Rush: The Race Is on to Commercialize Low-Cost, High-Quality Sugars from Nonfood Sources
May 2, 2012 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  The biorefining industry is hungry for a low-cost, high-quality and readily available supply of sugar feedstock from nonfood biomass sources. A number of pure-play sugar technology developers and manufacturers like …

Virdia Opens Its Cellulosic Sugar Demonstration Plant in Va.
April 26, 2012 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Virdia/Biorefining Magazine)  Cellulosic sugar developer Virdia announced April 24 the opening of its demonstration facility at its new technology center in Danville, Va. Located on the campus for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, …

The Promise of Biotechnology Is Here Today, and Dyadic Is Determined to Make a Difference
April 23, 2012 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(CFOCEO Magazine)  …Interview conducted by: Lynn Fosse, Senior Editor, CEOCFO Magazine, Published – April 20, 2012

…C1 is a very unique fungus we found in the Russian soil in an alkaline lake in the early 1990’s. …

Virdia Ups the Ante in the Race for the New Sugars
March 6, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In California, Virdia, formerly HCL CleanTech, a leading developer of cellulosic sugars, today announced major company milestones, including a new brand and CEO, its latest funding round, and a $75 …

SucreSource Signs GS Caltex
February 16, 2012 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

(SucreSource/PRNewsWire)  First Cellulose-to-Sugar Plant Sale and Partnership

SucreSource, a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueFire Renewables, Inc., has signed agreements with GS Caltex, a Korean petroleum company, to build a cellulose to sugar plant in Korea.

“This agreement …

BASF Participates in US American Technology Company Renmatix
January 6, 2012 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(Renmatix)  BASF is participating with $30 million through BASF Biorenewable Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG in the American technology firm Renmatix Inc. The BASF subsidiary led a $50 million financing round, joined by new and …

Chemicals and Biofuel from Wood Biomass
December 23, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg.com)  A method developed at Aalto University in Finland makes it possible to use microbes to produce butanol suitable for biofuel and other industrial chemicals from wood biomass. Butanol is particularly suited as a transport …

BlueFire Renewables Launches Subsidiary and Formalizes Funding Agreements in 2011; Sets Sights on Further, Significant Milestones for 2012
December 23, 2011 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Blue Fire Renewables)  …To meet increasing demand for cellulosic sugars (“The New Oil”) BlueFire formed SucreSource, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary that will manufacture cellulosic sugars from biomass for Biofuel, Bioplastic and Specialty Chemical markets. …

Codexis, Mascoma Show that Low-Cost Sugar is the Key, as Biofuels Moves from R&D into Industrial Era
December 12, 2011 – 7:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“The government rushed into investments, with no diligence,” says Codexis chief Alan Shaw. “They are just not industrialists, in my opinion.”

Two major announcements this week drive the point home in …

Codexis Introduces CodeXyme™ Cellulase Enzyme Product Line for Biobased Chemicals
December 8, 2011 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

(Codexis)  Codexis, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDXS) today introduced the CodeXyme™ Cellulase enzyme product line to convert biomass to sugar, enabling cost effective production of sustainable products.

“The launch of the CodeXyme™ Cellulase product line introduces Codexis as a player in the …

The 10 Biofuels Priorities for 2012
November 10, 2011 – 8:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, more than 350 delegates gathered at Advanced Biofuesl Markets to set industry priorities for the next six months,seal partnerships,  and exchange outlooks on 2012. It didn’t take long …

BlueFire Forms Subsidiary SucreSource, LLC to Provide Cellulosic Sugars to Advanced BioFuels Company
November 9, 2011 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(GreenTechMedia/PR NewsWire)  Today, at the Advanced Biofuels Markets Conference in San Francisco, Arnold Klann, Chief Executive Officer and President of BlueFire Renewables (OTC BB: BFRE.OB), a company focused on shifting the paradigm for energy sources by converting …

Comet Biorefining Inc. Announces Fabrication of Cellulosic Sugar Toll Facility
November 3, 2011 – 9:34 am | No Comment

(TradingCharts.com)  Comet Biorefining Inc., a leader in low cost cellulosic sugar technology, today announced that it has begun fabrication of a cellulosic sugar toll processing plant to be located in Southwestern Ontario. This facility will produce cellulosic sugar …

M&G Group Partners with TPG to Form BETA RENEWABLES, the Global Leader in Second Generation Bio-Ethanol and Bio-based Chemicals
October 17, 2011 – 8:31 am | No Comment

(M&G)  Gruppo Mossi and Ghisolfi (“M&G”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Chemtex, is pleased to announce that it has founded BETA RENEWABLES, a joint venture with TPG Capital and TPG Biotech (collectively “TPG”), established to exclusively …

Advancing Next-gen Biofuels by Turning Up the Heat on Biomass Pretreatment Processes
October 4, 2011 – 7:39 am | No Comment

by Marie Louise Ballon (U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute/Renewable Energy World)   …Published online October 2 in Nature Biotechnology, an international team of scientists including DOE JGI researchers compared the finished genomes of Thielavia …

Iowa State Researchers Produce Cheap Sugars for Sustainable Biofuel Production
October 3, 2011 – 7:47 am | No Comment

(Iowa State University)   Iowa State University’s Robert C. Brown keeps a small vial of brown, sweet-smelling liquid on his office table.

“It looks like something you could pour on your pancakes,” he said. “In many respects, …