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RSB Report Outlines 2016 Achievements
June 8, 2017 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Biomass Magazine)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials recently released a report reviewing its 2016 activities and highlighting its increased impact and presence in the global renewable fuels industry. The report …

SkyNRG and AEG Fuels Complete Delivery of Sustainable Aviation Biofuels for Bombardier Business Aircraft Demo Fleet’s Flights to EBACE
May 23, 2017 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

(Bombardier)  First delivery of biofuels completed by AEG Fuels; Flights demonstrate companies’ shared commitment to sustainability  —  SkyNRG and AEG Fuels completed the delivery of sustainable aviation biofuels for the Bombardier Business Aircraft demonstration fleet flying …

CHASSY – New EU Yeast Biotech Project
May 3, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(CHASSY)  … Yeast is already the powerhouse behind many food flavourings, the anti-aging compound Resveratrol, the malaria drug Artemisinin, the grapefruit extract Nootkatone, insulin, bioethanol, bioplastics, and there is potential for many more industrial applications.
To better …

Avalon’s Bid to Replace Carcinogenic Formaldehyde
February 6, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Switzerland, Avalon Industries has launched a research project to replace formaldehyde in phenol-formaldehyde resins with a bio-based, non-toxic platform chemical 5-HMF, The R&D partner is the Institute for Materials …

Process Integrated Enzyme Production: The Cost-Efficient Way to Commercially Viable 2G Cellulosic Ethanol
January 24, 2017 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

by Markus Rarbach (Clariant/Biofuels Digest)  Cellulosic ethanol is no longer a topic solely discussed in scientific papers or conferences, or by the academic world. It has made its way through the stages of technology development, …

New, Improved Principles and Criteria from RSB, the World’s Most Trusted Biomaterial Coalition
November 8, 2016 – 9:44 am | No Comment

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) celebrated the announcement at its  Annual Assembly of Delegates meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam that its global members have voted to approve and publish revised Principles …

Reverdia, Gingko BioWorks, Rennovia, Leaf Resources, Mango Materials Take Top Slots in The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2016-17
November 4, 2016 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Florida, Reverdia took the #1 spot in the 2016 “40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published today in The Digest and Nuu, the world’s most widely-read advanced …

Ethanol Reduces a Variety of Harmful Emissions, New Study Finds
November 1, 2016 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud  (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  …  Traditional biofuels like ethanol can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 19-48 percent compared with gasoline, while advanced or cellulosic biofuels can reduce emissions by more than …

Swiss Research Discovers Way to Transform Lignin into Biofuel
October 21, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Scientists at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have turned lignin into a source of biofuel by simply adding a common chemical. The patent-pending method that converts up to 80% of lignin …

Come to Bioenergy Country: or, the Bioenergy Countries’ Report
October 6, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the International Energy Agency has released its Bioenergy Countries’ Report, outlining the national renewable energy targets, total primary energy supply and contribution of bioenergy.  We’ve presented the information …

Alage in the Carbon XPRIZE Competition
September 30, 2016 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Paul Mullen (Algae Biomass Organization)  NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE is a global competition which aims to develop breakthrough technologies relating to carbon dioxide. The competition aims for the team to convert the most carbon …

Coupling Efficient Vehicles with Renewable Energy
June 17, 2016 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Brigitte Buchmann, Christian Bach (Phys.Org)   Newly registered private cars must meet certain defined CO2 emission standards, and these are expected to be made more stringent in the forthcoming revision of the national regulations, in …

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?
June 2, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme.  Both fossil fuels and …

Evolva, Wageningen and Algae.Tec Advance on High-Margin Bio-Opportunities
May 27, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sweeteners, acrylic, and nutraceuticals led the news at the end of this week, with key announcements out of Evolva, Wageningen and Algae.Tec.

All the announces are developmental in  nature — patents, …

Scania Trucks Use Ethanol Made with Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
May 20, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Clariant/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Scania, one of the world’s top heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, are celebrating the results and the opportunities generated by the partnership established last year, which …

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Offers Advisory Services
May 9, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  RSB is now offering a range of advisory services to support businesses, investors, development agencies, NGOs, and governments in applying the RSB standard to their operations, projects and policy development. Through …

USTR Releases Special 301 Report on Protection of American Intellectual Property Rights Across the World
April 27, 2016 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Office of the United States Trade Representative)  Obama Administration unveils list of the world’s most significant challenges facing American intellectual property rights alongside bipartisan members of Congress and business community leaders  —  On the heels …

Ultimate Review: The Unlimited Biotech Potential of Algae
February 8, 2016 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(Labiotech.eu)  Is the Future of Biotech…Green? The Algae Industry ranges from Biofuels to Nutrition to Fashion and Microalgae hold lots of potential for the industry to expand. But why? And do Venture Capitalists agree?
Microalgae have already …

Hydrothermal Processing on the Move: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to AVA Biochem
February 3, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … AVA Biochem is expanding its product portfolio to include platform chemical FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid). In addition to 5-HMF, the Swiss company will now deliver FDCA to customers and partners engaged in …

The Race for the 100% Biobased Plastic Bottle
February 2, 2016 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, AVA Biochem revealed that it is expanding its product portfolio to include platform chemical FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid)— and that’s a pathway to a molecule called PEF that’s a potential bio-based …

Leonardo DiCaprio Takes on ‘Corporate Greed’ and Climate Change at Davos
January 25, 2016 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Proma Khosla (Mashable)  … “Together we are fighting to preserve our fragile climate from irreversible damage, and devastation of unthinkable proportions,” (Leonardo) DiCaprio said in a speech at the Davos Crystal Award Ceremony.
“We simply cannot …

Partner Collaborations Advance Second-Generation Elevance Biorefinery Technology
January 22, 2016 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

(Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc.)  In collaboration with several partners, including the special contribution of Versalis under a strategic partnership started in early 2014, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. — a high-growth company that creates novel specialty …

Kolmar Scoops up U.S. Biodiesel Plant as Trader Seeks to Expand
January 11, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Kolmar Group AG’s U.S. unit has bought a small Connecticut biodiesel plant, the Swiss commodities trader’s first ever acquisition of an asset, in a move that may stir hopes of renewed …

Clariant Sees Biofuels Boost from VW Diesel Affair: Paper
October 13, 2015 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Michael Shields (Reuters)  Swiss specialty chemicals group Clariant expects biofuels to get a boost from the scandal surrounding Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) manipulation of diesel motor emissions tests, Chief Executive Hariolf Kottmann told a German newspaper.
Clariant …

VW Says 11 Million Cars Affected Globally as Scandal Widens
September 22, 2015 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Chris Reiter (Bloomberg/MSN.com)  Volkswagen AG said irregularities on diesel- emission readings extend to 11 million vehicles around the world, forcing the German carmaker to set aside 6.5 billion euros ($7.3 billion) in an initial …

Association Partners EAIF to Establish Ethanol, Power Plant
September 22, 2015 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(News Agency of Nigeria)  The Nigerian Cassava Growers Association of Nigeria (NCGA) on Wednesday said it would partner with the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) to establish an ethanol plant.  The National President of the …

Using Fungi to Harvest Microalgae for Biofuels
August 21, 2015 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Jan Overney (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)  Microalgae are a promising feedstock for biofuels, but current methods of harvesting and dewatering them are unsustainable. Now researchers have shown that growing the algae with certain filamentous …

Transforming Farm Residues into Biofuels and More
August 19, 2015 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Jan Overney (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne)  To cut the cost of biofuels, their production-process can be enhanced to include additional valuable biochemical compounds. A recent experimental study focuses on one source of biomass: …

Just How Ethical Are Biofuels?
June 22, 2015 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Tim Sandal (Digital Journal)  One subject sure to divide opinion is biofuel. Are they a a sustainable energy supply or a product harmful to the environment? Swiss Federal Laboratories have developed a new way …

Quantifying the Emissions from a Large Ethanol Refinery
May 8, 2015 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)  Refining ethanol may release more of some pollutants than burning it in vehicles.    After quantifying the airborne emissions from the nation’s third largest ethanol refinery, a team led by …

The DOE’s 12 Top Biobased Molecules – What Became of Them?
May 4, 2015 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … If they handed out Platinum and Gold certification to scientific papers as we do with recorded music, “Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass” would be a multi-platinum chart-busting monster. This …

The Cellulosoic Biofuels Odyssey: Crossing the Finish Line
February 15, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Greg Breining (Bioenergy Connection) When Bioenergy Connection first covered the progress to commercial cellulosic ethanol in 2011, a dozen biofuel companies were claiming they would go big by 2015. After years of industry-wide anticipation and …

Bioplastic – Greener than Ever
December 10, 2014 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Angelika Jacobs (ETH Zurich)  Polylactic acid is a degradable plastic used mostly for packaging. To meet the rising demand, ETH researchers have developed an eco-friendly process to make large amounts of lactic acid from glycerol, …

Scania Biodiesel Trucks Help Coop Pursue Environmental Goals
October 30, 2014 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Scania)  Swiss supermarket chain Coop is taking delivery of more than 50 Scania biodiesel trucks as part of an ambitious plan to become carbon neutral by 2023. The chain says the move has nothing to …

EnAlgae Publishes “State of the Industry” Guides for NW Europe
August 28, 2014 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) EnAlgae, a research partnership drawing on expertise across seven EU Member States, has announced the publication of six reports on their website looking at the state of the algae industry across countries in …

MBP Group Earns RSB Sustainability Certification
August 22, 2014 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  MBP Group has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) sustainability certification for their waste material collection, trading and distribution activities.
“MBP Group was built on a sustainable background, adding as much …

ABB, Renewable Algal Energy Collaborate to Commercialize Algae Production for Renewable Fuels, Nutraceuticals
August 4, 2014 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(ABB, Renewable Algal Energy)  ABB technology for control and efficiency of algae harvesting and conversion process; algae used for nutritional supplements, animal feed and fuel
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced that it …

New Council of International Biotech Associations Formed
July 22, 2014 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  An international confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced today the ratification of bylaws creating the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), with the expressed purpose of advocating for public policies that support …

Better Yield Thanks to a Coal Waste Product
May 8, 2014 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Peter Rüegg (ETH Zurich)  Biofuel can be produced from wood, too. The key to this is the suitable pretreatment of the plant parts in order to break up the wood structure. Researchers at the Transport …

FGVB Delivers First 48 MT PME To Kuantan Fuel Terminal
March 14, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Bernama)  Felda Global Ventures Biotechnologies Sdn Bhd (FGVB) has delivered its first 48 metric tonnes (MT) of palm methyl ester (PME) under the B5 programme to a client at the Kuantan Fuel Terminal.
In a statement, …

Big Plans to Power the Future with Microscopic Algae
March 4, 2014 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Christian Ludwig (The National)  … In order to offer a viable alternative to oil or natural gas, the microalgae have to be produced sustainably, and fuels derived from them have to be compatible with today’s distribution …

Changes in Land Use Promotes Biodiversity
December 30, 2013 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(University of Bern, Switzerland)  If grassland used intensively, biodiversity decreases. Particularly affected are rare species, a new study headed by Berner plant scientists shows. Such negative effects could be reduced if farmers would vary the …

Biofore Concept Car to Premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show Next Spring
November 27, 2013 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(UPM)  The Biofore concept car, a joint production by UPM and Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, is to premiere at the 84th Geneva International Motor Show, 6-16 March, 2014. The unique concept car is …

Clariant Demonstrates Sunliquid Process with Stover, Bagasse
June 6, 2013 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Not quite a year after opening a demonstration facility, Switzerland-based specialty chemicals company Clariant AG announced that it has expanded the feedstocks successfully converted to cellulosic ethanol beyond wheat …

Scania Offers Bus Solutions Tailored to Any Type of Traffic Demand
May 28, 2013 – 10:32 am | No Comment

(Scania)  Scania also provides highly attractive solutions to bus transport developed in close cooperation with the operators.
Rising welfare inevitably brings about an increased need for transportation of goods as well as passengers. Curbing the constant …

Innovation Coupons Worth € 10.000 to Assess the Feasibility of an Innovative Bio-Based Idea
May 3, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

(Bio Base NWE)  The project Bio Base NWE is funded under the Interreg IVB NWE framework and has the objective to support the development of the bio-based economy in North West Europe (see www.biobasenwe.org for …

Clariant Looks to Biofuel Amid Disposals of Older Assets
May 1, 2013 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Andrew Noel (Bloomberg)  Clariant AG (CLN) said it’s prepared to take on a partner and help fund a second-generation bioethanol plant to prove the effectiveness of its biotechnology and compete against Royal DSM NV …

Clariant Joins Advanced Ethanol Council
October 12, 2012 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  …Clariant Corporation recently acquired Süd-Chemie, which has been developing its proprietary sunliquid® process since 2006, including the successful operation of a pilot plant since 2009. Clariant started operation of the largest cellulosic ethanol …

Biofuels Rarely Better than Petrol
September 25, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(SwissInfo.ch)  Biofuels have an undeserved reputation for environmental friendliness, according to a study commissioned by the Federal Energy Office and released Monday. The study re-evaluated the ecological effects of biofuels and their production processes.
Empa, an …

Top Ten: Britain’s Most Progressive Biofuel and Biochemical Companies
September 4, 2012 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Aylott (National Non-Food Crops Centre)   NNFCC gives its top ten of Britain’s most progressive biofuel and biochemical companies.
TMO Renewables …
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Nestle Chief Calls for End to Using Food in Biofuel Production
August 20, 2012 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Reuters)  The chairman of the world’s biggest food group Nestle, Peter Brabeck, has called on politicians to lobby to end the use of food in the production of biofuels.
“This does not mean that biofuel should …

Sunliquid Cellulose Ethanol Process Reaches Demo Scale in Germany
July 31, 2012 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant is now operating its demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Straubing, Germany. With an annual capacity of up to 1,000 tons (330,000 MMgy), the demonstration …

Clariant Inaugurates Germany Cellulose Ethanol Pilot Plant
July 23, 2012 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Franco Capaldo (ICIS.com)  Clariant has inaugurated a new cellulose ethanol pilot plant in the Bavarian town of Straubing, Germany, the Swiss specialty chemicals company said on Friday.
The plant – the biggest of its kind in Germany – will produce around 1,000 …

‘Cyborg’ Yeast Genes Run by Computer
November 7, 2011 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jason Palmer (BBC News)  Scientists have succeeded in forming a “feedback loop” between a computer and a common yeast to precisely control the switching on and off of specific genes.
The computer controlled flashes of …

European Partnership to Unlock the Potential of Algal Bioenergy
September 7, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

by Dr Matthew Aylott   (National Non-Food Crops Centre)  A major new €14 million (£12.3 million) initiative – bringing together experts from across North West Europe to develop the potential of algae as a source of …

Addax Bioenergy Signs Loan Agreement for €258 Million Renewable Energy Project in Sierra Leone
June 27, 2011 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire)  Addax Bioenergy S.A. (“Addax Bioenergy”), a subsidiary of the Swiss-based energy group, The Addax and Oryx Group Limited (AOG), announced today the signing of a loan agreement with seven European and African development …

Volvo Unveils 3-Mode Hybrid
March 10, 2011 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  Volvo has introduce the first three-mode hybrid in the world during the 81st Geneva International Motor Show this week. During a media preview, the hybrid diesel V60 sedan was unveiled.
…The driver chooses …

Swiss Study Urges Support to Second Generation of Biofuels
December 29, 2010 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(Khabrein) A new Swiss Study by the federal office of power and environment assured that the so-called “second generation of Biofuels” has good chances for the environment and development as well.
“Second generation biofuels impress, because of …