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Ground Delay: Where Are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?
February 21, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (S)omething less than $200 million has been so far positively and affordably earmarked by lenders to revolutionize the entire supply chain of US air transportation fuels. Which is to say, …

The USDA Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (9003 Program) Is currently Accepting Applications
February 17, 2017 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  This program assists in the development, construction, and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for the development of Advanced Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, and Biobased Product Manufacturing by providing loan guarantees for …

Putting the Ethanol into EMV
February 9, 2017 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Associatio/SIGMA’s Independent Gasoline Marketing)  Many retailers face infrastructure costs that are simply out of reach. Financing is not as easy as it used to be, and upcoming challenges like EMV …

FG Planning $50bn Funding for Domestic Biofuel Industry – CBN
February 8, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Ifeanyi Lawrence-Agbai (Today)  The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Tuesday disclosed that the federal government would invest about $50 billion to the development of a domestic biofuel industry which would serve as an alternative energy …

Another Strong Year for Biofuels M&A: 2016 Review and Future Outlook
January 27, 2017 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by Bruce Comer (Ocean Park Advisors)   The North American biofuels industry continues trend of increased mergers and acquisitions activity.

For the second straight year, the North American biofuels industry experienced year-over-year growth in merger and acquisition …

A Proven Biodiesel Process Technology Track Record
January 23, 2017 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  On BDI-BioEnergy International’s 20-year anniversary, Biodiesel Magazine takes a look back at the company’s beginnings, accomplishments and biodiesel production technology.  —  In September, dozens of biodiesel producers from around the …

Will Renewable Jet Fuel Fly with Trump in the Cockpit?
January 23, 2017 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

by Kerry Reals (Runway Girl Network)  … But despite widespread concerns, Kevin Weiss, the chief executive of Byogy Renewables – the developer of an alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel process for the aviation industry – tells RGN he …

A 20-Year-Old Startup
January 23, 2017 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Gene Gebolys (World Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Trying to make a living in biodiesel for two decades now, the hard way is about the only way it happens.

2016 was a breakthrough year for the biodiesel industry, and …

REG Marks 10 Years of Growth, Success & Continuous Improvement
January 23, 2017 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Hulen (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S.’s largest biodiesel manufacturer, Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc., matures from its single plant, single feedstock origins to a multifeedstock, multinational business.  —  …  “For the petroleum and …

Taking the Financial Step to Scale: The Digest’s 2017 8-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Project Finance
January 17, 2017 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with Stern Brothers and managing director John …

Lessons from 102 Years of Licensing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP
January 16, 2017 – 11:17 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 …

Switchcraft: Metabolix Bioconverts Itself into Yield10, Focuses on Crop Yields
January 9, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts we have had more signs of the pivoting underway in the advanced bioeconomy with the news that Metabolix is changing its name to Yield10 Bioscience and will focus …

USDA: Incentives Available for Drop-In Biofuel Delivered to Navy
January 3, 2017 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced funding is available to pay a biofuel production incentive (BPI) under the Farm-to-Fleet program to companies producing drop-in biofuels from certain feedstocks.

A notice published …

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 …

SkyNRG, Fly Green Fund and Swedavia Enable Sustainable Aviation Fuel Flights from Stockholm Arlanda Airport
January 3, 2017 – 10:20 am | No Comment

Just before New Year’s Eve, Swedavia received its first sustainable aviation fuel at Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It marks the start of deliveries of sustainable aviation fuel through the Fly Green Fund and demonstrates Swedavia’s commitment …

A New Era Gets Fueled Up
December 30, 2016 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Joe Petrie (AviationPros.com)  At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), Alaska Airlines is forging ahead with plans to implement a biofuel supply for its commercial jets.   …   Carol Sim, director of environmental affairs for Alaska …

Show Me the Money: Where Is Venture Capital Placing Bets in Bio-based?
December 27, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research)  From 2010 to 2015, the bio-based materials and chemicals (BBMC) industry attracted nearly $9.2 billion in funding from corporates, debts, individuals, private equity, public investment, and venture capital (VC). Notably, VCs have been …

Crazy. Sexy. Risk.
December 27, 2016 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On any list of 10 Colossal Failures of the Finance sector in this century, we’d put the failure of bankers and commercial-scale investors to get behind the advanced bioeconomy in …

Can We Avoid Another Cataclysmic Meltdown Of The Global Financial System?
December 15, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sklar (Sklar and Associates/Biofuels Digest)  Take-aways from Rana Foroohar’s Article Titled  “Saving Capitalism” (Time Magazine, May 23, 2016) and her book titled ”Makers and Takers, The Rise of Finance and the Fall of …

28 Days Later: Waste to Fuel
December 5, 2016 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The Canadian city of Surrey, British Columbia, prepares to open a new biogas plant fed by its residents’ kitchen scraps and yard waste, the fuel from which will power its …

Nigeria Plans Biofuel Production with Juicy Investment Incentives
December 2, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Offgrid Nigeria)  A draft national policy on biofuel production and distribution likely to be signed into law very soon by Nigeria, has proposed very mouth-watering incentives for investors willing to go into biofuel business in …

Be the Change: Maine’s New Born Global Challenge
November 30, 2016 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For some time in The Digest, we have examined the problem of matching capital to projects. As Ecostrat’s Jordan Solomon observed at ABLC Next a few weeks back, “the vast …

Costa Ricans Seeking to Produce Biodiesel from Whey
November 25, 2016 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(Revista Summa (Google Translation)) In order to generate an alternative and friendly fuel with the environment, a group of graduates biotechnologists Technology of Costa Rica (TEC) is, for four years, conducting research with whey and its …

Disruptive Technologies: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Flint Hills Resources
November 25, 2016 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Flint Hills Resources is a major force in US ethanol and biodiesel markets — and most recently in the bioeconomy news stream for its JV with and investments in Benefuel …

Game Plan for Capital Project Financing Discussions with Lenders
November 21, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Jason Johnson (Ethanol Producer Magazine/AgStar Financial Services)   …  When discussing a capital infrastructure project with a lender, be prepared to discuss the short- and long-term benefits and risks.  Prepare a three- to five-year projection …

Ontario Innovative Sugarbeet Processors Cooperative Forms for Advanced Bioeconomy Feedstocks
November 21, 2016 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario,  the Bio-Industrial Process Research Centre at Lambton College and Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park – collaboration with the OSGA and its partners – completed a techno-economic modelling feasibility study. …

Why Sustainable Chemicals? The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Capricorn Venture Partner’s Sustainable Chemistry Fund
November 21, 2016 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Changing expectations, changing demographics in a fragile world. Those are just some of the drivers for sustainable chemistry. Performance or sustainability? Consumers demand both. Those drivers are behind a surge …

What Does it Take? The Experts Report from Ottawa on Scaling up the Bioeconomy
November 21, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, a remarkable group of people gathered in Ottawa, perhaps described best as the “friends of Jeff” because the ostensible excuse for a get-together was Jeff Passmore’s Scaling …

Scaling up Industrial Biotech: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Financing the Advanced Bioeconomy
November 18, 2016 – 9:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Building a low carbon, bio-based economy through sustainable innovation means scaling up technologies.  And that means financing for scale.

The opportunity is massive. As the OECD wrote in its Bioeconomy 2030 report, “The Bioeconomy …

Nigeria Releases Guidelines for N78b Green Bonds Projects
November 17, 2016 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Chinedum Uwaegbulam (The Guardian)  … Plans to fund projects that have environmental benefits have begun with the Federal Government’s release of guidelines for the Green Bonds that target N78 billion in climate finance.

Under the guidelines, some …

Bioenergy Byproduct to Soil Savior
November 15, 2016 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Production and sale of biochar at biomass-using plants can result in significant financial gains, but the industry is still working at building its myriad of potential markets.  —  … While there …

Canada’s “Chemical Valley” Lobbying to Lure New Biofuel Plant
November 15, 2016 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

(AgriMarketing/Reuters)  Sarnia, Ontario, home to dozens of Canada’s refineries and chemical plants, is lobbying hard to lure a biotech plant to the city as the local petrochemical-powered economy braces for the impact of a provincial …

Scaling Biofuels Technology
November 10, 2016 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by David Edwards ( Zeton Inc./Lee Enterprises Consulting)  The recommended approach for scaling bioenergy and biofuels technology follows a similar stage gate process to that used in traditional Chemical Process Industry (CPI) processes. But the …

Rural Cameroon to Explore Bioethanol as Economic Driver
November 8, 2016 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(ESI Africa)  … Establishing a ‘sustainable industry within the community’ remains the key theme for newly formed energy and agriculture group, Wesaf Energy, who are exploring this growing market. The founders have identified ethanol, a bi-product …

The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Innovation in Agtech, Foodtech, and Renewable Chemicals
November 8, 2016 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What are the true drivers of Innovation in Agtech, Foodtech, and Renewable Chemicals? AT ABLC Next in San Francisco, the opening plenary session looking at this topic featured Roger Wyse, …

Koch Brothers Build Biofuel Giant Aided by Mandates They Abhor
November 7, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Buying bankrupt plants on cheap creates No. 5 U.S. producer; Free-market preachers seek profit without mandated use of fuel  —  Jeremy Bezdek admits that the proposal he made to his bosses at …

Police Called on to Investigate Loss-Making Firm
November 4, 2016 – 10:10 am | No Comment

(VietNamNet Bridge)  The Government Inspectorate (GI) concluded its inspections of three biofuel (ethanol) projects with capital investment from state-owned giant PetroVietnam (PVN) and its member companies. The Ministry of Public Security (MoPS) was then called …

State of the Industry, November 2016: A Digest ABLC Next Special Preview
November 4, 2016 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The advanced bioeconomy is making a far more broad assault on everyday norms and materials than back in the days when biofuels were, just about alone, the break-out application.

Shift to …

M&A Transactions Help Define Current US Biodiesel Era
November 2, 2016 – 10:23 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  For better or worse, the U.S. biodiesel industry continues to consolidate. While 2014-’15 has been a rough period in the sector, the fallout has presented undeniable opportunities for key players …

Exclusive: Oil Majors Join Forces in Climate Push with Renewable Energy Fund
November 2, 2016 – 9:46 pm | No Comment

by Ron Bousso (Reuters)  Top oil companies including Saudi Aramco and Shell are joining forces to create an investment fund to develop technologies to promote renewable energy, as they seek an active role in the …

Fiberight Breaks Ground on Waste to Biofuel Facility in Face of Legal Battle
November 2, 2016 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  US waste and recycling firm, Fiberight, has broken ground a new facility waste to biofuel facility in Maine.  —  US waste and recycling firm, Fiberight, has broken ground a new facility waste …

Changing Off-Take to Achieve Take-Off: Sea-Tac, SkyNRG, Carbon War Room Partner to Shake up Renewable Jet Fuel Supply Chain
November 2, 2016 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, the Port of Seattle, SkyNRG and Carbon War Room have signed a partnership to investigate long-term financing mechanisms that could supply all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport …

UrbanX for California Renewable Diesel
October 26, 2016 – 10:45 pm | No Comment

by Rich Piellisch  (Fleets & Fuels)  Facility in Southern California for Fourth Quarter 2017 Expected to Produce Fuel with a CARB CI in the Low Teens  —  UrbanX is applying $5 million in California Energy Commission …

New Pathways for Stover
October 20, 2016 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Innovation in stover utilization targets feed, sugars and coproduct credits, building markets beyond cellulosic ethanol use.  —  Building a robust biomass supply chain for the future will require multiple …

First Local Seed Selection to Take Place at Project Solaris
October 19, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Anine Kilian (Engineering News)  South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s Complete 2016 Multi-Slide Guides to 42 Majors in the Advanced Bioeconomy
October 19, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest hosted the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  Here below are all the companies we …

Bossie, the Climate Warrior: New Approaches May Unlock Dairy Methane’s Value
October 19, 2016 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the newer arrivals in Florida’s small bio-based industry is Culture Biosystems, which produces attractive economics for its advanced algae  cultivation platform which enables large-scale production of algae to …

BIO Asks Congress to Extend Critical Bioenergy Tax Credits During Lame-Duck
October 19, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  BIO today (October 18, 2016) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership, the Senate Finance Committee Chairs, and the House Ways and Means Committee Chairs calling for the extension of renewable energy tax credits …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fibria, Lallemand
October 18, 2016 – 4:00 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 looked …

Danish Bioethanol Project Halted Due to Lack of Political Support and Financing Issues
October 13, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Plans to build Denmark’s first biorefinery near Holstebro, which was due to produce bioethanol and biogas, have come to a halt as a result of lack of political support and financing …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Suntory, Syngenta and ChemChina
October 13, 2016 – 11:10 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, we looked …

Centre to Invest 15 Thousand Crore to Expand Panipat Refinery
October 12, 2016 – 11:43 am | No Comment

(Times of India)  The Union government will invest Rs 15,000 crore to increase the capacity of Panipat oil refinery in Haryana from existing 15 million tonnes (MT) to 25 MT to raise quality of fuel …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Raizen, Reliance Industries
October 11, 2016 – 12:44 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 looked at …

Reaching Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Leveraging Supply Chain Investments
October 10, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, Faegre Baker Daniels’ John Kirkwood outlined the latest on leveraging supply chain investments into debt and equity placements to bring commercial projects to life.  READ MORE

Climate’s Growing Role in Presidential Race
October 6, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  …   YOU BUILD ME UP: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate released a report today that found $90 trillion in infrastructure investments will be needed over the …

AOG Transfers Ownership of Addax Bioenergy Sierra Leone
October 5, 2016 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(AOG)  AOG has transferred 75.1% ownership of Addax Bioenergy (SL) Limited (‘Addax Bioenergy’), its sugarcane bioethanol and renewable electricity operation in Makeni, Sierra Leone, to a group of investors led by Sunbird Bioenergy Africa Limited …

FCC and Seat Partner in Project to Drive Biogas Production for Vehicular Use
October 4, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)   …  The project seeks to develop an innovative process for enhancing bioenergy production from municipal, agricultural, and industrial waste, and a progress report was presented at Biometa 2016, held in Barcelona in …

Editorial: Green Plains Fuels High Hopes for Area’s Ethanol Plant
October 1, 2016 – 4:54 pm | No Comment

(Progress-Index)  For Hopewell’s fledgling ethanol industry, it appears the third time may be the charm.  —  For Hopewell’s fledgling ethanol industry, it appears the third time may be the charm.  Ten months after Green Plains …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Valero, Volvo
September 30, 2016 – 5:51 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, …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Unilever, UPM
September 29, 2016 – 3:05 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 looked at …

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 …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Tesoro, Toyota
September 29, 2016 – 1:55 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 looked …

Value-Add(itive): The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the Lanxess-Chemtura Merger
September 29, 2016 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, we reported today (September 26, 2016) that Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, …

Lanxess to Acquire Chemtura for $2.69B
September 29, 2016 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, for $2.69B, a 18.9% premium to …

Distributed Biogas: $11.8 Billion Market Hidden in Plain Sight
September 26, 2016 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Warren Weisman (American Future Energy/Biomass Magazine)  The mountains of bureaucratic red tape involved in urban food waste biogas projects, where this hidden $11.8 billion market lies, can be easily avoided or greatly reduced by …

KLM and Lufthansa Sign Long-Term Agreements with US Sustainable Biofuel Producers AltAir and Gevo
September 23, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online) European airlines KLM and Lufthansa have each signed agreements with US biofuel companies for supplies of locally-produced sustainable fuels. KLM has agreed to purchase through a three-year offtake agreement an undisclosed quantity of used cooking …

Lockheed Martin Opens Advanced Bioenergy Plant in New York
September 23, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Lockheed Martin/Biomass Magazine)  Lockheed Martin opened a new bioenergy facility in Owego, New York, at a ribbon cutting ceremony Sept. 21. The system, which is now completing commissioning, uses Concord Blue’s advanced technology that will convert …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Shell, Sinopec
September 23, 2016 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  his 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 looked …

Breakthrough in Biodiesel: Duonix Beatrice Reaches Commercial-Scale, with Signature Advances in Cost-Reduction, Feedstock Flexibility
September 23, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The most important technological advance in biodiesel in recent years has reached commercial-scale in Eastern Nebraska, with the startup of the Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant, which is and the first …

Take the Test: Evaluating Commercial Readiness, Parts 1 and 2
September 22, 2016 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  …  The focus of this series will be to provide a framework to allow ventures to assess their current state of process development and whether they are ready …

UK’s Argent Energy Wins Awards for Waste-Based Biodiesel Supply
September 21, 2016 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

(Argent Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  Argent Energy, one of the U.K.’s leading suppliers of sustainable biodiesel, has won two awards at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) Low Carbon Champions Awards 2016: the Low Carbon Fuel Initiative …

Hook-Up of the Year: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Bayer & Monsanto
September 21, 2016 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Late last week, the extended courtship between Bayer and Monsanto, which saw the dowry offer raised four times by Bayer, resulted in a $127.50 all-cash offer for Monsanto, which Monsanto’s …

Bayer-Monsanto Hook Up: Good News or Bad Tidings for the Advanced Bioeconomy?
September 21, 2016 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Late last week, the extended courtship between Bayer and Monsanto, which saw the dowry offer raised four times by Bayer, resulted in a $127.50 per share all-cash offer for Monsanto, …

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 …

Indian Oil Inks MoU with Praj Industries for Development of 2G Ethanol
September 14, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Shine Jacob  (Business Standard)  Indian Oil will be setting up three such 2G bio-ethanol plants  — State-run Indian Oil Corporation has signed a pact with Pune-based Praj Industries to enter into a technology partnership for …

Kore Biomethane: $25.5mm for RNG
September 14, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Fleets & Fuels)  Wastewater Feed for Fuel for Near Zero Engine Vehicles  —  California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District has moved closer to supporting a $25.5 million Kore Infrastructure project to produce RNG/renewable natural …

Renewable Energy CEO Declares Hunger Strike
September 14, 2016 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

by Warren Weisman (American Future Energy)  My name is Warren Weisman, I am the former CEO of the failed renewable energy manufacturer Hestia Home Biogas. Hestia was the first-of-its-kind company in the world to offer …

Edeniq: The Billion Dollar Baby Is Torn between Two Lovers
September 14, 2016 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Edeniq is torn between two lovers: its current ownership group, which shuffled together a financing this week; and Aemetis, which is supposed to be acquiring Edeniq this year for $23 …

To Raise Capital, Show How You Convert Investor Dollars into Enterprise Value (Not How You Convert Feedstocks into Products)
September 12, 2016 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Steve Weiss (Grey Heron/Biofuels Digest)  …  I’ll share how to reframe your thinking and your pitch to speak directly to one of an investor’s key concerns – how you’ll create value. That’s especially important …

Landmark Report from BIO Charts $770B Renewable Chemicals and Materials Market by 2020
September 9, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization released a landmark report “Advancing the Biobased Economy: Renewable Chemical Biorefinery Commercialization, Progress, and Market Opportunities, 2016 and Beyond,” documenting substantial, ongoing growth in the …

Gevo (GEVO) Enters ATJ Supply Heads of Agreement with Lufthansa
September 9, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Street Insider)  Gevo, Inc. (Nasdaq: GEVO) announced that it has entered into a heads of agreement with Deutsche Lufthansa AG (“Lufthansa”) to supply Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) from its first commercial hydrocarbons facility, intended to …

Gevo, Lufthansa Rock Markets with Renewable Jet Fuel Deal
September 9, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo has entered into a heads of agreement with Lufthansa to supply Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel from its first commercial hydrocarbon facility, intended to be built in Luverne, MN. …

Tesoro to Acquire Virent
September 8, 2016 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Wisconsin, Tesoro reached an agreement for Tesoro to acquire Virent. The acquisition, the partners said, will support the scale up and commercialization of Virent’s BioForming technology for the production …

White Dog Labs Looks to Build Delaware’s Next Chemical Giant
September 5, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal)  … Now the rather smelly, colorless liquid is poised to become the cornerstone of a Delaware startup that is seeking to revolutionize the biochemical industry and even possibly — maybe someday — upend …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Eni in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 5, 2016 – 11:00 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, we …

Scale-Up: What Makes the Winners Win?
September 5, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s worth some detail, before the cheering: BioAmber Sarnia demonstrated performance levels validating commercial operation, as defined in its loan agreement with Comerica Bank, Export Development Canada and Farm Credit …

How to Finance a Biogas Project?
August 31, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Renewable Waste Intelligence)  Three of America’s leading experts guide us through the pitfalls to profits  —  The challenges of financing biogas and biofuel projects are many and daunting for investors who are looking to take …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cargill in the Advanced Bioeconomy
August 30, 2016 – 5:08 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 looked at …

Technip Signs Agreement with BTG Bioliquids to Design and Build Pyrolysis Plants for Biomass-to-Oil Production
August 30, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(btg-btl)  Technip announced … that it has signed an exclusive cooperation agreement with BTG BioLiquids B.V. (BTL) to provide EPC(1) services for its modular pyrolysis plants. The plants will be based on BTL’s Fast Pyrolysis …

Intratec Reveals Production Costs of Green Chemicals and Biofuels
August 30, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(Intratec Solutions LLC/EIN Presswire)  New reports evaluate the economic feasibility of chemicals manufacturing through alternative, bio-based routes —  Intratec Solutions LLC, the leading source for chemical markets data and production cost reports, is pleased to …

Greenbelt Resources Announces SEC Filing to Conduct Public Offering
August 25, 2016 – 11:06 am | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources/PR Newswire)  Company Plans to Build Model Waste-to-Energy Ecosystem  —  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO), an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, announced today that it plans to raise $16M through a Regulation A+ …

Abengoa Plants Go to Green Plains: Ethanol’s Jolly Giant Gets Bigger
August 24, 2016 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nebraska, word has arrived from Green Plains that it will purchase the Madison, Ill., Mount Vernon, Ind. and York, Neb. ethanol facilities from Abengoa Bioenergy with combined annual production …

IFC Invests BRL 150 Million in CerradinhoBio to Support the Growth of Renewable Energy Production in Brazil
August 24, 2016 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(The Financial)  IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will provide BRL 150 million  of long-term financing to CerradinhoBio, an ethanol and biomass-based electricity producer operating in the state of Goias, in Brazil.

This investment …

A Successful Supply Chain Strategy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Equinox
August 22, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In developing a bioconversion project, the steps are numerous, interconnected and complex. Conducting a feasibility study, feedstock supply & market analysis, developing a business plan, funding initial development, choosing process technology, …

When Amber Means Caution but BioAmber Means Go: Progress, Prospects for the Sarnia’s Sultans of Succinic
August 16, 2016 – 9:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … For those less familiar with the company, it produces succinic acid from sugar at a first commercial-scale plant which opened recently in Sarnia, Ontario. Succinic acid has a small existing …

How to Thrive in Emerging Markets: Making Industrial Biotechnology Work away from Home
August 12, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why do hot US agricultural technologies fail to get the explosive growth they deserve? BEE offers a new tech-to-market approach. —  …  Why think about the developing world at all? …

India Seeks to Expand Biofuels Market to $7.5 Billion by 2022
August 11, 2016 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Anindya Upadhyay and Debjit Chakraborty  (Bloomberg)  India’s current biofuels market size is about $1 billion; India to source all raw material for biofuels domestically  —  India is targeting a more than sevenfold expansion in its biofuels …

Praj to Be the First Indian Technology Provider to Launch Green Fund for 2G Ethanol Projects
August 10, 2016 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(Praj/PR Newswire)   First Indian Technology Company to Partner in 2G Ethanol Projects Through Green Fund; To Facilitate ‘Farmer Centric Biomass Supply Model’;  To Provide Build, Operate & Maintain (BOM) Package for 2nd Generation ‘Biomass to Ethanol’ …

Rwanda: Mauritian Investors to Construct Sugar Factory in Eastern Provice
August 9, 2016 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Emmanuel Ntirenganya (AllAfrica.com)  The Government has given investors from Mauritius the green light to set up a sugar processing factory in the country. The agreement will see the investors construct a factory with capacity to …

Latin Americans Committed to Advancing Biofuels
August 9, 2016 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Fernando Olmedo (Biodisol/Agence France Presse (Google Translation))  Twenty Latin American countries pledged Friday to continue “promoting emphasizing” the development of biofuels with support from multilateral financial institutions, during a forum on clean energy in San …

Ensyn Breaks Ground on New 10 Million Gallon Advanced Biofuels Project in Quebec
July 30, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Ensyn announced ground-breaking on a new 10.5 million gallon biocrude project in Port-Cartier Quebec.  The facility, which will be 50% owned by Ensyn and will receive financing support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.

The …

Proposed Plant Gets Local Entity Funds
July 22, 2016 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by George Gale (KXORadio.com)  (Funding for new Ethanol Plant)…It was approved by the Imperial Irrigation District Directors Tuesday.

The IID Board was acting as the Local Entity. California Ethanol and Power is planning to build a processing …

Biodiesel Firm Eyes Expansion
July 19, 2016 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Tennessa Wild (The Western Producer)  Processor developing second generation biofuel with opportunity for wider use  —  Growing demand worldwide for renewable diesel fuel has Saskatchewan’s only biodiesel producer looking to expand.

Milligan Biofuels Inc. produces …

What’s Changing in Biofuels? The Top 10 Trends for 2016
July 15, 2016 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A Digest reader writes: I’m looking to summarize the changes over the last 2-3 years in the biofuels market. Are you aware of any articles or summaries on this topic? It’s a …

DOE Issues Update to Its Loan Guarantee Programs
July 15, 2016 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Loan Program Office of the U.S. Department of Energy recently introduced a number of important updates to the Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency …

Will the Gas Bubble Burst? More Projects Struggle for GTL Finance
July 8, 2016 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Remember how natural gas was the no-brainer of all time. Gas-to-Liquids was the rage, and a gold rush of companies popped up such as Siluria Technologies, Calysta, and Mango Materials. …

Turn and Face the Strange: The New Algae Makes a Bowiesque Pivot into New Markets
July 1, 2016 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But the RE in algae these days has been, more or less, REposition. Possibly REthink. Certainly not much REfinance, or REcommit to the original targets. The algae business models of …

Crop Insurance Gives Farmers More Planting Flexibility
June 23, 2016 – 11:26 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Insurance Changes Expand Farm Safety Net for Double Cropping  —  Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse today announced that the federal crop insurance program will provide additional flexibility to farmers. …

Getting It Right: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen
June 22, 2016 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen says it has has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined …

‘Zim Sitting on 130 Tonnes of Jatropha Seed‘
June 22, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Xolisani Ncube (NewsDay)  Zimbabwe has stockpiled over 130 tonnes of jatropha seeds for biodiesel production, but cannot commercialise the product due to lack of funding to blend the fuel for public consumption, Parliament was …

Sweet Smell of Success: Greenyug, ADM Taking Biobased Chemicals to Scale
June 21, 2016 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  In California, Greenyug said it will build an industrial-scale ethyl acetate manufacturing facility adjacent to Archer Daniels Midland Company’s wet mill corn processing facilities in Columbus, Nebraska. Greenyug has …

Chicken Litter to Power a Biogas and Fertiliser Plant in Northern Ireland
June 21, 2016 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Ireland-based renewable energy developer Stream BioEnergy has commenced construction in Northern Ireland on a new biogas plant that will process large volumes of chicken litter.

The plant, to be located just outside the town …

Biofuels Industry Looks to Meet Strong Demand, Emission Needs
June 20, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by  Bill Tiedje (Iowa Farmer Today)  After weathering a winter of big stocks and low oil prices, the U.S. biofuels industry is looking forward to a strong year, thanks to growth in domestic gasoline demand …

House Bill Could Help Small and Mid-Size Dairies Deal with Excess Nutrients
June 20, 2016 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute) On June 16, Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and Ron Kind (D-WI) along with 12 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors introduced the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act (H.R. 5489), which would expand the eligibility …

Biofuels Industry Looks to Meet Strong Demand, Emission Needs
June 16, 2016 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Bill Tiedje (Iowa Farmer Today)   …  Most ethanol plants have been paid off and can now manage production to meet needs; however, if a plant slows output to match decreased demand, production efficiencies also …

How Do You Generate $2B in Cellulosic Ethanol, with No Upfront Investment?
June 14, 2016 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Siouxland Energy Cooperative has licensed the Edeniq’s Cellunator and Pathway technologies for its 60 million gallon per year ethanol plant located in Sioux Center. Production will start by Q4 2016. …

Ahem, It’s the Chems: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sofinnova and Biobased Chemicals Private Equity
June 10, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sofinnova. If you’ve been raising capital in the renewable chemical space you’ve probably knocked on their door. And, like a box of British candy, found a bunch of Smarties within. …

Multimillion-Dollar Funding for Commercial Waste-to-Biofuel Plants
June 9, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(University of Sydney)  International paper waste and plastic recycling contracts signed for ground-breaking Australian technology.  —  It’s been a busy few days for Australian start-up Licella, whose innovative technology, developed in partnership with the University …

The Advanced Bioeconomy 2016: State of the Industry
June 8, 2016 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For the advanced bioeconomy, the question remains and will remain for some time, where are the gallons? Specifically, projects that use biobased feedstocks that can be converted into renewable fuels, chemicals, …

Impact Bioenergy’s Microdigester Testing Waste at Seattle Brewery
June 6, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine)  Seattle-based Impact Bioenergy, a small startup focused on distributed energy with its portable, prefabricated anaerobic digestion (AD) technology, deployed its first microdigester at the Fremont Brewery Co. in Seattle this …

Examining the Latest Developments in Converting Organic Waste into Renewable Energy
June 2, 2016 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Megan Greenwalt (Waste 360) With municipalities increasingly collecting organic waste, finding ways to convert that waste into clean energy is a hot topic in the solid waste industry.

A multitude of techniques are in use or being …

American Nations to Start Carbon-Price Talks, World Bank Says
June 2, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Mathew Carr (Bloomberg)  Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru plan July meeting in Santiago; Nations studying taxes, trading systems after Paris deal  —  Four American nations are set to start talks on ways to co-operate on carbon …

Cathay Sets Biofuels-Based Flight Record, as New A350 Ushers in Renewable Jet Era at Hong Kong
June 1, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  These days, Cathay Pacific trades under the slogan “Life Well Travelled” and the delivery of the first of 48 super-modern, super-quiet, super-chic Airbus 350-900s is another milestone for that branding …

Ethanol Plant Digester to Send 5 MW to California Grid
June 1, 2016 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Not only does Tulare County, California-based Calgren Renewable Fuels LLC manufacture renewable transportation fuel and utilize renewable energy to power its operations, but starting next month, the plant will also …

From Poo to Public Transit, Plan Would Make Gas from Treatment Plant
June 1, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Hicks (Lincoln Journal Star)  The city’s public works staff members have a picture they like to point to when explaining their latest project. It shows city bus riders in the UK — sitting …

Licella, Canfor Form JV for Low-Cost, Drop-In Biofuels from Wood Residues and Biomass
May 31, 2016 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella and Canfor will form a joint-venture under the name “Licella Pulp Joint Venture” to integrate Licella’s unique Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor upgrading platform into Canfor Pulp’s kraft and mechanical pulp …

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow and Harvest Biomass for Energy and Biobased Products
May 28, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy …

Whatever Happened to Advanced Biofuels?
May 26, 2016 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by David Biello (Scientific American) … Burning cellulosic ethanol as a fuel could result in just 10 percent of the CO2 emissions produced by burning gasoline.

One big secret to making it all work is the advanced …

RES-T-BIOPLANT: Towards Advanced Biofuels – Options for Integrating 1st and 2nd Generation Biofuel Production
May 20, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(IEA Implementing Agreement for Renewable Energy Technology Deployment)  The integration of advanced (2nd generation / 2G) biofuel plants with conventional (1st generation / 1G) biofuel plants can lead to significant synergies and cost savings, especially …

Start-up to Scale-up: An Interview with Global Bioenergies CEO Marc Delcourt
May 19, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(ACS Green Chemistry Institute)  Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies in the world and the only one in Europe to develop a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The company …

Chempolis Gets Green Light for JV Biorefinery Project
May 19, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A joint venture (JV) project between Chempolis Ltd and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), which should cost around €110 million, moves on after getting approval from NRL’s board.

The project has preceded several preparation stages …

Looking at the Sudden Growth of Cellulosic Ethanol
May 18, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Ben Nuelle  (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  In April, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a little over 1 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol was produced in the first quarter of 2016. Production is well ahead …

Bio-Bean Makes Eco-Friendly Pellet Fuel From Coffee Grounds
May 17, 2016 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Steve Hanley (Gas2.org)  … Arthur Kay is an architect by training. While designing a new coffee shop one day, he learned that England creates more than half a million tons of coffee grounds every year. …

Cruz Aims to Declaw Energy Security Hawks with Appropriations Amendment
May 13, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Def Con 2 alert from the biofuels educational and advocacy group (Advanced Biofuels USA) noted a House Subcommittee draft for defense appropriations, which had this language in Section 8132:

None …

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 …

12th F.O. Lichts Sugar & Ethanol Brazil 2016: New Horizons for the Ethanol Industry in Brazil
May 6, 2016 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Lais F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) From 25 to 27 April 2016, renowned experts, entrepreneurs and government officials were reunited at the “12 th Sugar & Ethanol Brazil,” conference organized by F.O. Lichts. In …

Aemetis Acquires Edeniq for $23.7M
May 6, 2016 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Aemetis will acquire all of Edeniq’s outstanding shares in a stock plus cash merger transaction.  In 2015, Edeniq generated approximately $20 million in revenue and $6 million in positive EBITDA. …

Australian Renewable Energy Agency Supports Development of $800m Bio-Energy Project
May 4, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Refining and Petrochemicals Energy Business Review)  Renewable Developments Australia (RDA) has secured $3m from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena) to support the development of a renewable biofuel production facility.

The funding will be used by …

Iowa Legislature Approves Funding for State Blender Pump Program
May 3, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Iowa Legislature Votes Overwhelmingly to Extend Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program Another Year  —  The Iowa Legislature voted 94 – 0 in the House of Representatives and 49 – 0 in …

Green Energy & Biofuels Gets Acumen $800,000 Investment for Clean Cooking Solutions
April 29, 2016 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(Development Diaries)  Acumen, the nonprofit social venture fund, announces its new investment in Green Energy & BioFuels (GEB), a Nigerian company creating cleaner, more cost-effective cooking solutions for West Africa’s low-income households. In Nigeria, more …

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 …

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 …

Supporting the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Biomass Programs
April 15, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This month, we held a well-attended webinar on USDA Biomass programs. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, by the USDA’s Mark Brodziski.  The recorded version of the …

U.S. Shale Oil Firms Feel Credit Squeeze as Banks Grow Cautious
April 12, 2016 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

by Swetha Gopinath and David Henry (Reuters)  Nearly two years into an epic oil rout, U.S. shale drillers that have upended global energy markets are finally feeling a credit squeeze as banks make their biggest …

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 …

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 …

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 …