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2016 Survey of Non-Starch Alcohol and Renewable Hydrocarbon Biofuels Producers
March 13, 2017 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  The reports tracks the status of non-starch alcohol and renewable hydrocarbon projects.

What it is: Publicly available annual report summarizing U.S. advanced biorefinery projects and global trends in the deployment of …

Amyris and the Great Rate Debate
March 7, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Either there’s a tremendous amount of down-time at the plant. Or, the plant is struggling with rate.

We highlighted production rate in this article on hard times and bright prospects at …

Commercial Proving Grounds
February 28, 2017 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  With help from investors, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. plans to fast-track deployment of its renewable diesel technology at a shuttered, gutted biodiesel plant in Alberta.  —  …  CWS has been …

Ace Ethanol to Install D3MAX Cellulosic Ethanol Pilot Plant
February 17, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(BBI International/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  D3MAX has announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology. The pilot facility will be installed at ACE Ethanol LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin, …

Rwanda Abandons $35m Biodiesel Pilot Project
February 13, 2017 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Johnson Kanamugire (The East African)  More than $35 million was initially invested in setting up the pilot plant for biofuel mass production plant, a diesel station and a bus, but these facilities have not been …

The Uber Model for Industrial Biotechnology, on Display at REG Okeechobee?
February 7, 2017 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The REG Okeechobee facility is now “open for business” as a contract manufacturing site, and that’s a fascinating development worth exploring, even if you don’t have a microbe you would …

Imagine, with Us!: AkzoNobel Issues an Innovation Challenge to the Advanced Bioceconomy
February 7, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  AkzoNobel is launching Imagine Chemistry, an exciting opportunity to partner with start-up firms, students, research groups and career scientists from across the world to jointly exploit the knowledge of chemistry …

St1 Signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a Bioethanol Pilot Project in Thailand
January 27, 2017 – 10:22 am | No Comment

(St1)  Finnish technology turns cassava waste into ethanol  —  St1 signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a bioethanol pilot project in Thailand.  St1, a Finnish energy company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ubon …

Algae Production Started on Bonaire
January 24, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Emmy Koeleman  (All about Feed)  Wageningen University & Research (UR) in the Netherlands is building a small-scale algae pilot on the isle of Bonaire. The Dutch University is partnering with the Council of International Education …

Scaling-up through Contract Manufacturing
January 20, 2017 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  As companies consider options to commercialize their advanced biotechnologies, they are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration scale facility or utilize existing contract manufacturing operations …

New Path to Ethylene via Ethanol: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technip’s Hummingbird Tech
January 4, 2017 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last June, we reported that Technip completed the acquisition of Hummingbird ethanol to ethylene technology from BP Chemicals Ltd. Utilizing a proprietary catalyst operating under mild operating conditions, the technology converts ethanol to …

Austria – Biofuels Technology, Research and Development
January 2, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Dina Bacovsky, Andrea Sonnleitner (Task39 Newsletter)  …  Domestic FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) production in 2014 was 292,009 tonnes based on rapeseed (72%), used cooking oil (19%), animal fat (8%) and fatty acids (1%). The feedstock …

Pilot and Demonstration Plants Database
January 2, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

The Task 39 pilot and demonstration plants database has been updated and can be
accessed at the website: http://demoplants.bioenergy2020.eu.  READ MORE

Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
December 28, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and …

Accelerating the Shift to a Vibrant Australian Biofuels Industry
December 12, 2016 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency) Australia’s first advanced green fuels laboratory has opened its doors in regional Queensland, thanks to support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), allowing researchers to test biocrude on our shores …

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016
December 8, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects to renewable chemicals which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) from 1/1/16 …

MERCOSUL Award to Brazilian Student for Microalgae DC Research
December 7, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Angelo Paggi Matos, a doctoral student from Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), in Brasília, Brazil, has been awarded an honorable mention by MERCOSUL Science and Technology Awards — Category: Young Scientist, …

Bolting Chemicals onto Ethanol Plants: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Greenyug
December 6, 2016 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Greenyug is a privately held technology development company with a mission to research, develop and commercialize production of commodity chemicals, specialty chemicals, polymers and fuels derived from renewable sources. The …

Colorado Engineering Council’s Top Awards
December 5, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(The Villager)  The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Colorado announced the winners of its 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) on Nov. 7 at a celebration luncheon held at The Brown Palace Hotel and …

A Strategic Approach to Scale-Up
November 30, 2016 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors, LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … In my previous series “what makes scale-up of industrial biotechnology so difficult” (here), I introduced the concept of not pushing the rope. This notion involves identifying commercial scale …

Canada Showcases New Algae Biorefinery to Reduce CO2 Emissions
November 17, 2016 – 8:49 pm | No Comment

(The National Research Council of Canada/Biodiesel Magazine)… Canada’s first algal biorefinery demonstration project, a collaborative research effort between the National Research Council of Canada’s Algal Carbon Conversion program, Pond Technologies and Votorantim Cimentos’ St Marys Cement, …

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 …

Hydrothermal Processing and Algae to Oil: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Reliance Industries
November 2, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reliance Industries has been working on HTL technology for algae conversion to biofuel for last 5 years and recently have started extending their work beyond algae to other feedstock. With its …

NREL Lowers Biofuel Costs Through Catalyst Regeneration and Vapor-Phase Upgrading
October 7, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This past June, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Particulate Solids Research, Inc. and Springs Fabrication, installed a recirculating regenerating riser reactor (R-Cubed) in their pilot-scale …

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 …

Chevron’s Forgotten Biofuels Wonder-Tech Gets a Second Life at Iowa State
September 29, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You may recall that The Bloomberg investigative team of Ben Elgin & Peter Waldman in 2013 published an expose on Chevron claiming that the company had developed — then buried …

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 …

Gasoline Additives from Sugar
August 12, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Fuel additives such as isooctane have so far been produced from mineral oil. Commissioned by the French-German company Global Bioenergies, the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna will soon be producing biobased …

Alliance BioEnergy Receives Independent Verification of Sugars Through CTS Processing of DDG, From Large Ethanol Producer
June 14, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc./Globe Newswire)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is pleased to announce that with the senior science officers of a large U.S. ethanol producer present, the CTS process produced fermentable sugars …

Mine Dump Biofuel Pilot Project Achieves Early Success, Holds Much Potential
May 13, 2016 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Ilan Solomons (Mining Weekly)  Local green technology company G-Tech has recorded early success in its attempt to grow biofuel and other bioenergy feedstock to produce bioethanol and biodiesel as part of a mine dump …

Energy Department Announces Funding for Design and Construction of Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biopower
May 9, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Recognizing the importance of biofuels to energy and climate security, the Energy Department today announced up to $90 million in project funding focused on designing, constructing and operating integrated biorefinery facilities. …

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 …

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

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

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

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

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 …

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the …

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

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

College Student Assesses Biodiesel Production on Minnesota Campus
February 24, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Jenna Ray (Biodiesel Magazine/University of Minnesota, Morris)  The possibility of biodiesel production at the University of Minnesota, Morris, is driving Hannah Goemann, a junior biochemistry major from Wells, Minnesota. Goemann is partnering with the …

High Margin Alternatives to Petroleum: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Earth Energy Renewables
February 24, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earth Energy Renewables is a company focused on commercializing bio-based chemicals and fuels. The company has demonstrated success in creating high-margin green alternatives to petroleum-based products.  With a robust technology …

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 …

GFBiochemicals Acquires Segetis, Enters the US Market
February 19, 2016 – 8:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, GFBiochemicals announced at ABLC 2016 that it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Segetis, a US-based, venture-backed levulinic acid derivatives producer Segetis has more than 50 patents …

CQU Team behind Biodiesel Made from Waste Oil in Talks with Caltex
February 8, 2016 – 11:55 pm | No Comment

by Sophie Vorrath (ReNewEconomy)  A Central Queensland University (CQU) research team that is converting waste grease and oil into biodiesel has attracted the attention of an international oil major, ahead of plans to go into commercial …

DuPont Industrial Biosciences, ADM Find “Breakthrough Process” for a “Long-Sought Molecule”
January 20, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Delaware, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland announced a new breakthrough process in producing FDME from fructose, with “the potential to expand the materials landscape in the 21st …

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Group Releases Germany Country Profile in Year End Newsletter
January 4, 2016 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Group released its end of year newsletter, which included a comprehensive  country profile for biofuels activity in Germany, authored by Franziska Müller-Langer (DBFZ and Nicolaus Dahmen …

44 Saltend Workers Face Redundancy as BP Mothball Research Plant
December 18, 2015 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(Hull Daily Mail) More than 40 staff at a research facility at Saltend have been told they are facing redundancy.  Kingston Research Ltd (KRL) is a joint venture between BP and Du Pont. The plant pilots the …

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like BioYule in Canada
December 8, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Patiently, assuredly, one cluster at a time, Canada has amassed a potent armory of renewable fuel and biobased technologies, people and clusters of activity.  Where’s it going? The Digest looks …

What Makes Scale-Up of Industrial Biotechnology so Difficult?
December 3, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC)  Two questions have dominated the responses received after my Lessons Learned series on commercializing industrial biotechnology (here) and the deep-dive into the industrial biotechnology commercialization process (here), the questions are …

DEINOVE Successfully Reaches 2G Bioethanol Pre-Industrial Scale in a 300-Liter Fermenter
November 24, 2015 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(DEINOVE) DEINOVE (Alternext Paris: ALDEI), a biotech company developing innovative processes for producing biofuels and bio-based chemicals from non-food biomass with its Deinococcus bacteria, announced today that it has produced 2G ethanol with an exceptional performance level …

Microalgae Water Treatment Project in Mexico
October 4, 2015 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Faculty of Engineering (FI) of the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ), a Mexican public university based in the city of Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, is carrying out a greenhouse drainage water …

Spanish Company Launches Energy Island Project Using 100% Renewables
September 29, 2015 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, PlanetEnergy has launched its energy island project, producing 100% of household energy requirements from organic waste, wastewater, and manure waste with solar, wind, batteries and biodiesel backup. The …

CBDA to Source Jatropha Seeds for Bio-Diesel Plant
September 28, 2015 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(The Pioneer)  The Chhattisgarh Biofuel Development Authority (CBDA) will be sourcing huge amount of Jathropha curcas seed (Ratanjot) for its bio-diesel manufacturing plant in Raipur.

Notably, the CBDA has produced more than 180,000 litres of semi-finished …

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 …

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide
August 24, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to launch other value-added co-products: 5-hydroxyl-methyl furfural (HMF) and downstream derivatives

The company’s TriVersa Process meets the …

Cellulosic Ethanol Performance Tests Successful
August 20, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by PJ Griekspoor  (Agri-View)  St. Joseph, Mo., pilot plant completes tests of making cellulosic ethanol that also yields value-added co-products — The prospects for profitable cellulosic ethanol just got a little brighter with the completion of two …

Algenol: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
August 5, 2015 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Founded in 2006, Algenol converts CO2 from industrial emitters into transportation fuels through its “Direct-to-Ethanol” process. Algenol uses unique micro algae that secrete ethanol, when fed CO2 — and produces …

The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top 10 Pyrolysis Projects in Renewable Fuels
August 4, 2015 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been around for a generation or so — fast pyrolysis, that is. Though in the original low-tech incarnation — known as “cooking fire” — pyrolysis has been around since …

World’s Largest Alternative & Renewable Fuels Consulting Group Announces Strategic Alliance with Zeton Inc
July 27, 2015 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(Digital Journal/Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc.)  Lee Enterprises Consulting Adds World Leader in Pilot Plant Design and Fabrication to Team of Experts — Lee Enterprises Consulting, the world’s largest alternative and renewable fuels consulting group, is pleased …

Iran’s Algiran Teams with Indian Scientist
July 20, 2015 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  lgiran, an Iranian algal biotech company, has recently established a pilot scale algal cultivation demonstration facility at the Chabahar Free Zone, in the Baluchistan Province of Iran. …

The team is looking at …

Top 10 Lessons Learned Commercializing Advanced Biotechnologies
July 6, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors/Biofuels Digest) Spending half a billion dollars placing steel in the ground to commercialize advanced biotechnologies for fuels, chemicals and food applications, is the easy part. Doing it successfully is the hard part …

Novel Distillation to Be Scaled, Tested by Modular System Builder
June 30, 2015 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Distillation Technologies Inc. and Easy Energy Systems Inc. announced an agreement to build and test DTI’s technology at pilot scale. DTI’s patented and trademarked Bubble Spray Distillation system …

Bioenergy and Biofuels Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass via Anaerobic Digestion and Fisher-Tropsch Reaction
June 17, 2015 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/Ohio State University)  The long term goal of this project is to commercialize an integrated anaerobic digestion system (iADs) that promises cost competitive bioenergy and biofuels production from lignocellulosic biomass. The specific …

Top 10 Lessons Learned Commercializing Advanced Biotechnologies — Part 1
June 2, 2015 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by  Mark Warner (Warner Advisors/ Biofuels Digest) … My focus is on the technical perspectives of technology deployment, from early stage process development, engineering, and construction to a fully operational commercial facility. This series is for …

Downsize Bioenergy Risk while Approaching Scale: Partnering with ZeaChem’s Technology Institute
April 28, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For most investors, building a demonstration-scale facility in order to get, and validate, data for the last pre-commercial stages, is a necessary evil somewhere between diaper-changing and a colonoscopy on the …

IH2* Technology Licensed to Leading Global Forest Products Company
April 6, 2015 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/IH2) Producing liquid transportation fuels from woody biomass — A leading global forest products company headquartered in Northern Europe has entered into an FEL-1 license agreement with CRI Catalyst Company (CRI), a global catalyst technology company. IH2 …

AG Ventures Alliance, Cellulose Sciences Int’l form New JV Stover Ventures
April 6, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative and Cellulose Sciences International/AgriMarketing.com)  Ag Ventures Alliance Cooperative (AgVA) of Mason City, Iowa, and Cellulose Sciences International (CSI) of Madison, Wis., completed a financing agreement resulting in the formation of a …

Cellulosic Ethanol Is Getting a Big Boost from Corn, for Now
April 6, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Ryan Fitzpatrick (Third Way)  Cellulosic fuels offer economic, environmental, and national security benefits, but scaling-up the technology has proven difficult and costly.

Companies with an extensive background in the corn ethanol industry are cracking the …

Australian Biomass Plant To Improve Soil, Sequester Carbon, & Produce Biofuel
March 9, 2015 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Ronald Brakels (CleanTechnica)  A $10 million dollar pilot biomass plant will be constructed in the Western Australian Capital of Perth. … The specific type of plants will be mallee crops. This somewhat broad category includes …

4 Minutes with…Hans Heinerman, Managing Director, BiCHEM Technology
March 9, 2015 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … BiCHEM produces platform chemicals from biomass. It uses an inexpensive, recyclable solvent to break down cellulose and hemicellulose into sugars. These sugars are converted into base chemicals for amongst others the …

Steeper Energy Receives $3m Grant from Canadian Government
March 9, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Steeper Energy has received a $3m grant from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) office. This funding is to be used for the development of an Industrial Scale …

Visalia-Based Edeniq Engineering Ethanol’s Future
March 3, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by George Lurie (The Business Journal NOW)  … Lower oil prices, (Brian) Thome (president and CEO of Edeniq) said, translate into “lower prices for ethanol too. That means margins for ethanol producers will be squeezed” — a …

BPI Announces Startup of Pilot Plant Featuring LTSD Technology
February 16, 2015 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Process Innovation Inc./Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bio-Process Innovation Inc. has announced the completion of the construction of its 1-ton pilot plant and successful operation of its low temperature steep delignification (LTSD) pretreatment process at its pilot …

Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium Awards Contract to Construct Innovative Agriculture and Energy Pilot Project at Masdar City
January 21, 2015 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

(Masdar Institute)  Research puts UAE at forefront of global movement to create sustainable, alternative fuels that do not compete with food production

Based on ground-breaking research at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, the Sustainable …

Hemp Produces Viable Biodiesel, UConn Study Finds
December 12, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Christine Buckley  (University of Connecticut) Of all the various uses for Cannabis plants, add another, “green” one to the mix.

Researchers at UConn have found that the fiber crop Cannabis sativa, known as industrial hemp, has properties …

Good Neighbors (Anaerobic Digesters)
November 21, 2014 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Katie Fletcher  (Biomass Magazine)  Lately, cellulosic ethanol plant startups have basked in the bioenergy limelight. While less celebrated, anaerobic digesters are adding value to operations and seem to be trending in blueprints.

When ethanol plants …

Shell: Expects to Be Producing Advanced Biofuels at Scale, in US, by End of Decade
November 21, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell VP Matthew Tipper, at ABLCNext:  “We will likely begin manufacture in the southeast United States. We plan to be operational by late this decade.  “We believe our best bet …

‘Five Years’ Are up for Cellulosic Ethanol
November 12, 2014 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Tom Doran (AgriNews)  There’s a running joke that when a researcher is asked when cellulosic ethanol will be viable, their answer is always “five years away.”   That timeframe has officially expired with cellulosic ethanol …

A Sustainable, Affordable Diesel Oxygenate
November 4, 2014 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A bolt-on technology for ethanol plants, costing less than $2 per installed gallon, producing a cellulosic biofuel additive that oxygenates diesel fuel at competitive prices?  It’s early stage, but what’s …

Building Blocks: LanzaTech, IOC, NatureWorks, Calysta make strides on Omega-3s, lactic acid
November 3, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, LanzaTech and a research team from the IOC-DBT Center for Advanced Bio-Energy Research (an entity co-funded by India’s Department of Biotechnology and Indian Oil Corporation Limited) announced the …

Five Things to Know about Biorefinery Investments
October 30, 2014 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

by Alicia Moulton (U.S. Department of Energy)  … These cellulosic ethanol plants managed by Abengoa, POET-DSM, and INEOS are three of the fifteen active integrated biorefinery projects under the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Also, three …

Earth to Cellulosic Ethanol: Glad You’re Here, Buddy, What Took so Long? Parts 1 and 2
October 10, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Cellulosic ethanol arrives at scale — “The five years away forever” put to rest — but are there troubling waters still ahead? For whom, and why?

Part I of II

There’s a …

Proterro and Bunge To Conduct Pilot Study in Brazil of Proterro’s Sucrose-production Technology
September 25, 2014 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(Proterro/BusinessWire)  Biofeedstock company Proterro and Bunge Global Innovation, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of global agribusiness and food company Bunge Limited (Bunge), will conduct a pilot study of Proterro’s sucrose-production technology in Brazil.

Under a joint …

Sinopec, Sapphire Energy Project Unveiled in China; Wins US-China EcoPartnerships Nod
July 10, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest has heard from China that Sapphire Energy’s and Sinopec’s algae-derived renewable crude oil project has been selected for the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships program, and that the announcement is being …

Celtic Renewables Raises $2M, Partners with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant
June 26, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Celtic Renewables raises $2M, partners with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

Celtic Renewables, the Edinburgh-based biofuel company, has signed an agreement with Europe’s foremost biotechnology pilot facility to undergo next stage …

Tequila Sunrise: Byogy, AusAgave Sign Pact to Advance Agave as Aviation Biofuels Feedstock
June 17, 2014 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been known as a source of fiber, and tequila. But exotically high per acre yields and sugar content, and adaptability for low-water and marginal land prompt a key hook-up between …

Edeniq Validates Ethanol Yield Increases
June 10, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Edeniq Inc., a biomaterials and sustainable fuels company, has announced the successful performance of its Pathway Validation Facility. Edeniq’s Pathway Platform is a proprietary, integrated platform that produces cellulosic ethanol inside existing …

InteSusAl Project Building One-Hectare Demo Unit
May 22, 2014 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine) The InteSusAl Consortium of biotechnology experts has started building a one-hectare unit in Southern Portugal that will demonstrate an innovative integrated approach to produce microalgae biomass with biodiesel validation in a sustainable manner.

The demonstration …

New Joint Ventures Aim to Establish Hemp-Ethanol Pilot Plant
May 22, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Biomass Magazine) Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality.

Syngar Technologies, which was featured in a March 2012, …

New Joint Ventures Aim to Establish Hemp-Ethanol Pilot Plant
May 12, 2014 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality.

In late April the company formed …

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 …

Hydro Dynamics Cavitation Reactor Installed at Pilot Plant
March 25, 2014 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

(Hydro Dynamics/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Hydro Dynamics Inc. of Rome, Ga., has announced that a ShockWave Power Reactor has been purchased and installed in a commercial cellulosic pilot plant in Italy. The SPR was purchased after successful …

Proterro Wins Key Notice of Allowance for its Photobioreactor from USPTO
February 24, 2014 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Photobioreactor is a key innovation in Proterro’s patented sugar-making process now deployed at the company’s pilot plant in Orlando, Florida

In New Jersey, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has …

Global Bioenergies Partners with AUDI on Drop-In Biofuel
February 19, 2014 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies announces the signature of a collaboration with the German car-manufacturer Audi on the development of isobutene-derived isooctane, a high performance biofuel for gasoline engines.

Global Bioenergies, a NYSE Alternext Paris listed company (ALGBE), is …

Braskem Signs Joint Development Agreement With Genomatica for Bio-Based Butadiene
December 11, 2013 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(GlobeNewsWire)   Braskem and Genomatica announced an agreement for the joint development of commercial process technology to make bio-based butadiene from renewable feedstocks. Braskem is the world’s leading producer of biopolymers and the world’s third largest producer of butadiene.

Under …

Global Bioenergies Secures a $7M Grant to Proceed with Its Second Industrial Pilot in Germany
November 22, 2013 – 11:32 am | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies announces its decision to construct its second industrial pilot on the site of the
Leuna refinery, close to Leipzig in Germany. This new pilot plant, to be supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education …

Hopes for Vonore Biofuel Refinery Remain Elusive
November 21, 2013 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Joel Davis (The Daily Times)  Nearly four years after the ribbon was cut on one of the world’s first cellulosic ethanol demonstration facilities in Vonore, hopes for a commercial-scale biorefinery being constructed in the …

Battelle Develops Mobile Technology to Produce Bio-Oil
November 8, 2013 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

(Battelle/Biomass Magazine)  Battelle engineers and scientists have developed a mobile device that transforms unwanted biomass materials such as wood chips or agricultural waste into valuable bio-oil using catalytic pyrolysis. As currently configured, the Battelle-funded unit …

Request for Information: Demonstration and Deployment Strategies
November 7, 2013 – 10:59 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office seeks stakeholder feedback regarding bioenergy technology validation to accelerate the deployment of advanced biofuel, bioproducts, and biopower technologies. BETO is specifically interested in information technologies that are …

Wood Completely Broken Down into Its Component Parts
October 28, 2013 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Fraunhofer)  Crude oil is getting scarce. This is why researchers are seeking to substitute petroleum-based products – like plastics – with sustainable raw materials. Waste wood, divided into lignin and cellulose, could serve as a …

National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center Celebrates 10 Years, Biofuel Industry Growth, Development
October 22, 2013 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen   (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The National Corn-to-Ethanol Center opened its doors for tours, lunch and demonstrations during a recent open house celebration. “We’re not only celebrating our 10 year anniversary but we …

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Produces First Batch of Biofuel
October 3, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in cooperation with Chemieanlangenbau Chemnitz, has produced renewable fuel at its Bioliq (biomass to liquid karlsruhe) pilot plant.

With the synthesis stage of the plant now operational, all stages …

Algae Biomass Summit Opens with Focus on Meeting Customer Demand
October 2, 2013 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  … Speaking to a packed conference hall, executives from Algenol, Sapphire Energy, Cellana, BioProcess Algae, Heliae, Algix and Aurora Algae all emphasized scaling up production as the industry’s next major priority as it …

Organic Waste Transformed into Industrial Prime Material
September 24, 2013 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Alpha Galileo Foundation)  Researchers at the Iberoamerican University (IBERO) in Mexico City, look to consolidate a pilot biorefinery that will use the waste of various fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants produced in urban and rural …

Report: Bioenergy Deployment Consortium Fall Symposium
September 23, 2013 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the Biofuels Development Consortium held their 2013 Fall Symposium a little early this year in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada on August 27–28, its first meeting outside the U.S.

Sarnia is …

Brazil’s Big Six in Advanced Biofuels & Chemicals: Who’s Doing What Now?
September 18, 2013 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  After taking a leading role in the global first generation wave of ethanol production, here come the Brazilians — with some hot North American technologies in tow — to take …

Follow-up Audit of the Department of Energy’s Financial Assistance for Integrated Biorefinery Projects
September 13, 2013 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  …Despite over 7 years of effort and the expenditure of about $603 million, the Department had not yet achieved its biorefinery development and production goals. Specifically, the EPAct mandate 2 to demonstrate 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 …

Aurora Algae to Evaluate Potential of Mid West Australia for Commercial Microalgae Production
August 19, 2013 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Aurora Algae)  In collaboration with Durack Institute of Technology, Aurora Algae has completed construction of a new algae cultivation test site in Geraldton, Western Australia, to evaluate the potential of the Mid West region for …

The Top 10 Jet Biofuels Advances of the Year
July 26, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Here are the biggest pacts and advances, tests, investments and grants with the likes of Amyris, Total, Airbus, Solena Fuels, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, AltAir Fuels, the US Navy, Emerald Biofuels, Natures BioReserve and Fulcrum Biofuels, Virent, …

Fast Swimmers: 10 Algae Technologies, Where Are They in the Race for the Summit?
July 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Summer of Algae has passed, but dozens of companies have remained hot in pursuit of a solution for fuels, feed, nutraceuticals, fragrances, flavorings and tailored renewable oils.

Their technologies? Closed …

International Energy Agency Publishes Global Update of Advanced, Cellulosic Projects
May 8, 2013 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 39 group recently published a report that outlines progress on more than 100 advanced biofuel projects under development worldwide. The report, titled “Status …

Florida Sunshine Fueling the Growth of Algenol and Its Blue-Green Algae
May 8, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Carlin Rosengarten  (Fueling Growth) Nearly 30 years ago, Paul Woods invented the Direct to Ethanol technology that his company, Algenol Biofuels, utilizes today to produce ethanol from blue-green algae at its state-of-the-art commercial development campus …

ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative
May 8, 2013 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper)  The Government of Canada is committed to investing in innovative clean energy technologies that create high-quality jobs, generate new economic opportunities and protect the environment.

To this end, on May …

US Dominating Cellulosic Ethanol Market
May 6, 2013 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(EnergyDigital) In the ethanol fuel market, the US takes the lead. Pilot and demonstration plants to commence in late 2013.

Ethanol is the most widely acclaimed alternative or additive for gasoline used for running vehicles, and …

Gevo’s Gevolution
May 2, 2013 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The stock has not recovered much — but it’s remarkable the progress the company has made, all the same. Analysts are now expecting the company to bring its first production …

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pilot-scale biorefineries for drop-in military diesel, jet fuel the focus of the DOE’s latest grant round.

In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced up to $17.7 million in grants to …

LS9 Expands Operations in Florida
April 18, 2013 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … LS9 CEO Tjerk de Ruiter announced the expansion of its operations at the Company’s Okeechobee, Florida demonstration facility with a successful customer trial.

The Florida facility was initially designed, and has …

Governor Awards $200K to Hawaii Isle Biofuels Initiative
April 8, 2013 – 10:41 am | No Comment

(Star-Advertiser)  The state has invested $200,000 toward a initiative that seeks to develop an economically sustainable zero-waste conversion project in Hilo that will turn unmarketable papaya into biofuel and high-protein animal feed.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie presented …

Biorefinery 2015 – The Shape of Advanced Biofuels to Come – Part II
March 26, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today in part II, we look at a new set of technologies coming along that are redefining our ideas about scale and cost.

… A barrier to long term deployment? The …

Biofuels Digest Announces Awards for Achievement in Development of Bio/Renewable Fuels, Chemicals, Materials
December 31, 2012 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

Biofuels Digest announced its annual awards for achievement in the development of biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased materials – all available with background on the who, what and why of each award – today at …

Everyday Low (Fuel) Prices: Drop-In Advanced Biofuels for under $100 per Barrel
November 12, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Brent Crude trades this past week at a transorbital $109 per barrel (West Texas Intermediate at a suborbital, if high, $85).  It puts the conventional wisdom that biofuels are too …

Praj Accelerates 2nd Generation Ethanol Technology Development by Launching a Commercial Demo Plant
November 6, 2012 – 5:46 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Sacramento Bee)  Praj Industries, the integrated process engineering and solutions provider for bioethanol, brewery, water & wastewater and process equipment globally shared it’s advancement in the development of Commercial Demo Plant for Lignocellulosic Ethanol.

This is …

Neste Oil Opens First European Biofuel-from-Waste Pilot Plant
October 31, 2012 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(Energy Efficiency News)  Finnish firm Neste Oil officially opened its first European pilot plant for producing microbial oil from waste material in Porvoo, Finland on Friday.

…Neste Oil, meanwhile, has invested €8 million in its pilot plant as …

Aurora Algae’s Matt Caspari On Growing Algae in Australia
October 30, 2012 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Recently Aurora Algae announced the successful completion of requirements for a two million dollar (AUD) Low Emissions Energy Development (LEED) grant, which has been used to advance the Company’s algae-based biomass production at its …

Take It to the Limit: Algenol and Rising Yields in Advanced Biofuels
September 25, 2012 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol hits 7000 gallon per acre mark in field operations. What’s the impact for Algenol, for energy independence, for the cost of transport fuel?

…Algenol CEO Paul Woods revealed that the …

Energy Sorghum Demonstrates Potential During Dry Summer
September 24, 2012 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Dan Conable (Cato Analytics LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite weather challenges and the learning curve for farmers unfamiliar with this energy sorghum, one of the first commercial-scale plantings of the crop in the northeastern U.S. has …

Advanced Biofuels Companies Showcase Progress
September 13, 2012 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Colleen Lerro  (BIO)  Wednesday at the National Press Club, several advanced biofuels companies joined BIO to showcase the progress the industry has made in recent years.

U.S. companies have worked to rapidly scale up advanced …

Neste Oil Completes First Phase of Its Microbial Oil Pilot Plant
August 30, 2012 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil has completed the first phase of its project to build a pilot plant for producing microbial oil. Construction of the plant is on-schedule and on-budget. The first phase will …

Innovative Pilot and Demonstration Scale Production of Advanced Biofuels
July 20, 2012 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The intent of this FOA is to identify, evaluate, and select innovative pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries that can produce hydrocarbon fuels that meet military specifications for JP-5 (jet fuel primarily …

US Navy Taps into Queensland University of Technology Biofuel Capabilities
February 8, 2012 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Queensland University of Technology)  Biofuel technology being developed by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers has caught the interest of the US Navy, which is currently in Australia on an alternative fuel fact-finding mission.

The US …

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 …

7 Decision Points in the Race for Scale in Advanced Biofuels
November 8, 2011 – 9:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In the Race for Scale, the industry has excelled in driving down operating costs. Capital costs have proven more perplexing, and sticker shock has been a hold-back. Feedstock availability at …

Study Estimates Biorefinery’s Economic Impact
October 28, 2011 – 8:49 am | No Comment

by Larisa Brass  (KnoxvilleBiz.com)  Dupont Danisco Cellulosic Energy may not have announced definitive plans for siting a commercial biofuels plant in the state, but University of Tennessee researcher Edward Yu has some suggestions.

As part of …

Algenol Breaks Ground on Pilot Biorefinery in Florida
October 26, 2011 – 9:12 am | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/Algenol)  Algenol Biofuels Inc. broke ground on the construction of its pilot-scale integrated biorefinery on Oct. 24.  This production facility will be the first large-scale deployment of Algenol’s patented and trademarked Direct To …

Vonore Biomass Plant Could Go Commercial as Switchgrass Gains Ground
August 31, 2011 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Ed Marcum (KnoxNews.com)  The University of Tennessee showed off its biofuel facilities here Tuesday to top state officials as the school works to increase efficiencies so that the experimental project can become a commercial …