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

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

Opportunities to Transition Ethanol Facilities to Biochemical Refineries
April 24, 2017 – 8:21 pm | No Comment

by Daniel A. Lane and Joel A. Stone (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … As the market for gasoline grew, a shortage soon developed for the lighter fractions of crude oil. This shortage led to the development of …

Ethanol’s Opportunity in the Chemical Market
April 24, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A Nebraska-focused tech startup and a Latin American chemical supplier highlight two options for using ethanol as the building block for intermediate chemicals.  —  The future of ethanol for …

Lignocellulosic Biomass Deconstruction
April 13, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Cheap, plentiful lignocellulosic biomass (LCB), consisting of cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin, is deconstructed to release useful chemical intermediates in the bioeconomy. These include glucose from cellulose, glucose …

Alliance Bio-Products, Inc. Comments on Emerging Bioethanol Market Opportunity as It Commercializes Its Cellulose to Sugar Technology Process
April 5, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Alliance Bio-Products)  The company’s patented CTS process presents a viable option for growing biofuel production efforts with its ability to produce cellulosic ethanol at a lower cost and without harmful environmental impact  —   Alliance Bio-Products, …

Validated, Integrated: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
April 3, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, …

The Wonder from Down Under Goes to Canada: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Licella
March 28, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella produces drop-in biofuels from a wide range of biomass and uses a supercritical water-based technology and catalysts to break up biomass and reform it into a drop-in fuel hydrocarbon.

The …

Industrial Sugars from Waste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Comet Biorefining
March 27, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earlier this month, we reported that Comet Biorefining had successfully closed an investment round to fund its proposed cellulosic sugar production facility using stover and wheat straw as feedstock. PM Equity Parnership, …

Co-Processing Biointermediates: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Honeywell UOP
March 20, 2017 – 11:13 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 …

Diamond Green Diesel Expanding to 275M Gallon Capacity to Meet Booming Renewable Diesel Demand
March 20, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Louisiana, the Diamond Green Diesel facility in Norco will expand its annual production capacity of renewable diesel from 10,000 barrels per day to 18,000 bpd (275 million gallons per …

Government of Canada Invests $43 Million in Clean Technology Innovation
March 14, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Government of Canada/CNW)  Investments support Canadian-based technologies and create opportunities for businesses to grow and contribute to clean economic growth. —  Technology and the innovation it helps promote are key to the future of Canada’s …

RVO Clarity by June Top Priority for Biofuels Industry Leaders
March 2, 2017 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Amid an animated discussion of policy issues, one item gained the support of all five panelists: publication of the Renewable Fuels Standard renewable volume obligations for 2017 and 2018 …

UNICA Says that Unintended Consequences from EPA Proposal Could Limit US Access to Advanced Biofuel
February 23, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  UNICA, Brazil’s Sugarcane Industry Association, has noted with potential concern that a current EPA proposal that would allow, among other things, biofuel producers to partially process renewable feedstocks at one facility and …

Iowa State Engineer Helps Journal Highlight How Pyrolysis Can Advance the Bioeconomy
February 23, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  A special issue of the journal Energy Technology details the latest advances in pyrolysis technologies for converting biomass into fuels, chemicals and fertilizers.

Two pyrolysis experts are guest editors of the issue: Robert …

Biotech Firm to Produce Renewable Fuel in New Office Space
February 18, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Emily Witty (MD Biz News)  … (Ryan) Powell and his business partner Onur Unal are the founders of Manta Biofuel, a Baltimore-based biotechnology firm producing renewable crude oil through the harvesting and processing of algae. …

A New Hydrocarbon Brew: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical Market Analysis for Biochemical Conversion
February 16, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the project team behind this presentation explains, there’s trouble right here in River City when it comes to accessing good market and technical data on making hydrocarbons from a …

Researchers Produce Renewable Car Tires from Trees, Grass
February 13, 2017 – 10:02 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota/Biomass Magazine)  A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire …

The Next Step in the Bioeconomy – Looking Beyond Fuels
February 13, 2017 – 9:41 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  The Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), in the Office of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy (EERE), released its updated strategic plan in January. Revised every five years, …

Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Value from Lignin
February 13, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The goal? Develop microbial biocatalysts to convert lignin-rich streams into value-added products. That’s subject which this project — “Synthetic Metabolic Pathways for Bioconversion of Lignin Derivatives to Biofuels,” led by Oak …

Bio-Oil and Beyond: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to RTI’s Catalytic Upgrading tech for Thermochemical Intermediates to Hydrocarbons
February 7, 2017 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To “Demonstrate an advanced biofuels technology that integrates a catalytic biomass pyrolysis step and a hydroprocessing step to produce infrastructure compatible biofuels,” that’s the ratuional behind a DOE project with …

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 …

Fracking Biomass: Steeper Energy and the Pursuit of Renewable Hydrocarbons
February 3, 2017 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  And it (the history of fracking) reminds us that one of the great tipping points for world civilization is when technology liberates a value great enough that the fear …

Far-Reaching Impacts of Biointermediate Feedstocks on the Biodiesel Industry
January 23, 2017 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Karyn Jones (EcoEngineers/Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA’s proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support rule, published in the federal register Nov. 16, proposes a wide-range of regulatory and compliance changes that affect the renewable fuel standard …

Alternative Feedstock & Process Technology Overview
January 23, 2017 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Will Smith (Springhouse Consulting/Biodiesel Magazine)  While the majority of U.S. biodiesel is still produced from soybean and canola oil, the role of alternative feedstock has increased steadily over the past decade. The lower production …

EPA Approves Pathway for Isobutanol as an Advanced Biofuel Provides Route for Gevo to Generate Potentially More Valuable D5 RINs at Luverne
January 18, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, MN plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program …

Hawaii 5-Oleo: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana’s Kona-Based Marine Microalgae System
January 18, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a …

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

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

The companies will invest up …

From Waste CO2 to Everyday Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Liquid Light Technology
January 13, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We reported this week that Avantium has acquired Liquid Light’s assets and will take the technology forward. Liquid Light developed electrocatalytic technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally abundant …

Catalysis in Renewable Chemicals: Noteworthy Developments, 2015 – 2016
January 13, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The use of catalysts, both living entities, such as microorganisms, and otherwise inert synthetic and biologically-derived materials, such as supported transition metals and enzymes, are frequently key to the …

Old Carbon, New Jet Fuels: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech’s ATJ Jet Fuel Tech
December 30, 2016 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the current highly centralized global energy system by enabling the regional production of low-cost energy from local wastes and residues, including gases as varied as …

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 …

Cell-Free Manufacturing: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlight Biosciences
December 28, 2016 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  GreenLight Biosciences is a bioproduction company that has developed what it terms “a revolutionary cell-free manufacturing platform”.

The cell-free platform is capable of synthesizing complex chemicals through a sustainable, clean, biological …

JBEI Releases 4 New Biobased Technologies for Licensing
December 27, 2016 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed four new technologies available for license:

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Hydrocarbons from Cheap Renewable Carbon: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
December 23, 2016 – 11:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of …

Global Bioenergies to Acquire Gas Fermentation Start-Up Syngip
December 23, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Syngip talked here about the possibility of producing liquid hydrocarbons from waste feedstocks at costs as low as €100 per ton. … What’s this deal all about? In two words, cheaper …

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 …

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

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

Growth Energy Testifies to EPA Regarding Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support Rule
December 6, 2016 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy)  Today, at a hearing in Chicago, Chris Bliley, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Growth Energy testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule.

During his testimony, …

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 …

Hi-Performance Tech Package: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
December 2, 2016 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

Renewable Drop-In Fuels at Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ensyn
December 1, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ensyn uses its patented and proprietary RTP fast thermal technology to convert wood residues and other non-food, cellulosic biomass to liquid biofuels. Ensyn has had continuous commercial operations for more than …

Fortress Paper Announces Hemicellulose Separation Project at Its Dissolving Pulp Mill
December 1, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(Fortress Paper/Lesprom.com) Fortress Paper Ltd. announces a strategic supplement to the already announced birch usage project (the “Birch Project”) at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill aimed at extracting hemicellulose from underutilized species such as birch (the …

Renmatix Turns Biowaste into Plastic. Can the King of Prussia Firm Help Save the Planet?
November 30, 2016 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Aswin Mannepalli (Philadelphia Inquirer)  The King of Prussia company takes biowaste and converts it into useful materials such as bioplastics. So far, it counts Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates as a backer. He led a $14 …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 5, The Collapse
November 25, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In 2011, KiOR raised $150 million in its June IPO, claiming that it was generating yields of 67 gallons per ton in its Demo unit operations. But it was miles …

Comment Period Opens on EPA Rule to Update RFS, Fuel Regulations
November 23, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) On Nov. 16, U.S. EPA’s proposed Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support rule was published in the Federal Register, officially opening a 60-day public comment period on the proposal. Comments are …

Biointermediates and U: A Potential Step Change in Advanced Biofuel Economics
November 22, 2016 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Antoine C. Schellinger (Biofuels Digest/ International Alliance Group)  … The EPA has performed lifecycle analysis on certain pathways and published them in the CFR as approved pathways. They are labeled with sequential alphabetical characters and …

Environmental Protection Agency Publishes Proposed REGS Regulations in Federal Register
November 17, 2016 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(Federal Register)  In this action, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to update both its renewable fuels and other fuels regulations to reflect changes in the marketplace and to promote the growing use of both ethanol fuels (conventional and advanced) and …

What’s Next for Advanced Biofuels?
November 15, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  As for what is left to do after Congress returns on Nov. 15, extending existing biofuel tax credits are number one on the list.

In early October, the U.S. …

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

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

Small Farm Conference–A Seriously Knowledge-Intensive Activity on Maryland’s Eastern Shore
November 14, 2016 – 9:45 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “I want to make this land productive again,” was a common refrain at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s 13th Annual Small Farm Conference November 11-12.  Whether returning to …

Reinventing Enzymes, Molecules by Design: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Arzeda
November 14, 2016 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arzeda’s proprietary technology combines targeted computational enzyme design and protein optimization with state-of-the-art metabolic bioengineering to create entirely novel designer cell factories capable of industry-scale chemical production.

CEO Alex Zanghellini gave this overview of Arzeda’s breakthrough technology …

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

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

The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy
November 9, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company has …

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

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

What To Do With Algae
October 20, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … So the process removes and processes about 25 tonnes of earth to obtain each gram of Pt, valued at about $35. It is a very lucrative business.

Biomass is much …

Drop-In Biofuel Developers See Promise in US EPA Rule Change
October 13, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  US advanced biofuels production could get a boost under a rule change the Environmental Protection Agency is considering that would allow conventional refineries to receive renewable fuel credits for using drop-in biofuels …

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

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

Drop-In Biofuel Developers See Promise in US EPA Rule Change
October 11, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  US advanced biofuels production could get a boost under a rule change the Environmental Protection Agency is considering that would allow conventional refineries to receive renewable fuel credits for using drop-in biofuels …

EPA Proposes Poplar, Willow Trees for Ethanol in U.S. Biofuel Rule Tweak
October 10, 2016 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed tweaks to its Renewable Fuel Standard that would allow biofuels to be processed at more than one location and would allow cellulosic ethanol to …

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 …

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

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

10-Year Anniversary Videos Offer Unique Glimpse inside REG
October 5, 2016 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. is quietly celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a series of videos being released to commemorate the company’s—and the biodiesel industry’s—significant growth and maturation over the past decade. …

BDC Fall, 2016 Symposium Presentations Posted
October 4, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Deployment Consortium)  A successful BDC Fall Symposium was held in Washington DC on September 27-28, 2016.  A combination of Government Agency Directors and Sr. Advisors were joined by outstanding leaders in the bio-industry to …

EPA Proposes Major Updates to RFS Regulations
October 4, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  … Within the proposed rule, the EPA explains that the RFS registration, reporting, recordkeeping and product transfer document (PTD) requirements were designed with the general expectation that renewable biomass would be …

EPA Releases Ethanol Flex Fuel Rule/(REGS) Rule
October 4, 2016 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(Fuel Marketer News)  Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their proposed rule for Ethanol Flex Fuel and Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule. This proposal intends to provide regulatory clarification for ethanol blends …

Gasification: The Flexible Answer to Biomass Conversion
September 30, 2016 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting)  Biomass is a rich salad of chemicals that contains many highly valuable materials that are precursors to fine chemicals, nutrients, and pharmaceuticals. But this strength is also a weakness of …

The New Bio-BDO Era: Novamont Opens First Commercial-Scale Facility for Bio-Based BDO
September 30, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Italy word has arrived that Novamont have opened the world’s first commercial-scale facility for the bio-based production of bio-based 1,4-butanediol, in Bottrighe (Adria), North East Italy. Having licensed Genomatica’s technology, …

The Rise of Organic Manufacturing: Ginkgo, Amyris, Genomatica’s Circle of Innovation Is a Trend to Watch
September 30, 2016 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The factories of old — a technological wave that swept in with the Industrial Revolution — these were inorganic manufacturing centers, and they are now the wave of the past.

They …

Global Bioenergies, Clariant Produce Isobutene from Wheat Straw
September 30, 2016 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies/Biomass Magazine)  Global Bioenergies and Clariant are proud to announce the first isobutene production from a wheat straw hydrolysate, in the industrial pilot of Pomacle Bazancourt. This success is the result of a collaboration …

Novamont Opens Plant for Production of Biobased 1,4-butanediol
September 30, 2016 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

(Novamont/Biomass Magazine)  Novamont, the Italy-based world leader in bioplastics, with 1,000 patents in biopolymers and biochemicals, announced it has opened the world’s first commercial-scale facility for the biobased production of a major intermediate chemical in …

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 …

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 …

Fast & Flexible: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix
September 15, 2016 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food …

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

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

Why Poplar Is So Popular: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Poplar Bioconversion
September 13, 2016 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst the discussion this week of the future of first-gen and advanced biofuels, and the launch of Hot 40 and Hot 50 voting —  we were intrigued by this slide …

The Companies of the Biobased Economy: The Multi-Slide Guide
September 9, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

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

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

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

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 …

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 …

Biorenewables Megatrends: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Advanced Bioeconomy’s Progress
August 26, 2016 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we conducted a webinar on Biorenewables Megatrends with NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, who gave these incisive slides on the state of commercialization in fuels, chemicals, biomaterials and nutrition. READ …

Strategic Intent: The Digest 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Bayer, Bunge and Monsanto
August 25, 2016 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, we are conducting Strategic Intent, our 19 webinar series on major companies and their partnerships, progress and plans in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this edition, we explored Bayer, …

Creating Value from Landfill Gas
August 22, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … The US EPA estimates that 250 million tons of municipal solid wastes are sent to landfills each year. These materials have a wide range of chemicals in them, including …

The Building Block Builders: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to BioAmber
August 16, 2016 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From the company’s IPO Prospectus: “Our proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are cost-competitive replacements for petroleum-derived …

Renewable Gasoline, Solvents, and Fuel Additives from 2,3-Butanediol: New Research
August 15, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, a US Navy research team at China Lake led by Ben Harvey reported that 2,3-Butanediol, which has received a significant amount of interest based on the ability to generate …

Engineering a Better Biofuel: New Protein Process in E. coli Could Lead to More Efficient Options for ‘Tiniest of Factories’
August 11, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Erika Ebsworth-Goold (The Washington University) …  Now, a team from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a way to make the production of certain biofuels in …

Organic Acids: Key Facilitators of the Bio-economy
August 11, 2016 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee-Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   Recent declines in oil prices and the failure of start-up biofuel processes to meet production cost targets have increased the interest in producing value added chemicals from biomass as coproducts. …

Gevo Heads out to Sea: A Clever Escape into Marine Biofuels, or a Watery Grave ahead?
August 11, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Gevo says: We’re staking our near-term prospects on marine biofuels.  Investors hear: We’re underwater.

Gevo says: Timing delay in our isobutanol gallonage, took longer to get the fixes implemented, we’ll make …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Algae Production, Efficient and Consistent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Algae Innovations
July 19, 2016 – 9:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Global Algae Innovations designs innovative technology to make algae production more efficient and consistent.  This week, the DOE made a major award to a group led by GAI, including the University of …

Energy Department Announces $15 Million to Advance Algae-based Biofuels and Bioproducts
July 19, 2016 – 9:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today announced up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. These projects …

US Department of Energy Gives up to $15m for Algae-Based Biofuels’ Projects
July 17, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  … The three projects selected, located in California and Florida, will include multi-disciplinary partners to coordinate improvements from algal strain advancements through pre-processing technologies (harvesting, dewatering, and downstream processing) to biofuel intermediate in order …

Canfor Eyes Prince George for Major Biofuel Facility
July 3, 2016 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Jon Hernandez (CBC News)  New facility could produce up to 400,000 barrels of biocrude annually, says Canfor Pulp president  —  One of the world’s largest logging companies is looking to get into the oil business.

Canfor is …

Alliance Receives Letter of Intent (LOI) For Plant Sub-License in Columbia
July 1, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

(Alliance Bioenergy +)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is pleased to announce that it has received an LOI from Smart Business International Trading, S.A.S (Smart Business) of Bogata, Columbia for the purchase of …

The Top 20 Ways to Capture and Make Use of Carbon
June 28, 2016 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It was back in 2010 that the first large-scale set of projects were funded to to test innovative concepts for the beneficial use of carbon dioxide, part of a Recovery …

Hot Prospects for Chemicals from Biomass
June 17, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Terry Mazanec and Kapil Lokare (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  A major theme of 21st Century industrial development will be replacement of fossil resources by renewable resources in the production of fuels and chemicals.  Due to …

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 …

DOE Requests Information on Revolutionary Biomass Supply Systems Supporting a Billion-Ton Bioeconomy Vision
June 14, 2016 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Feedstock Supply and Logistics Program is responsible for developing technologies to support Advanced …

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

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

Helping Ethanol Producers Get the Most Out of Their Product
June 6, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine) When margins matter most, strategies to ratchet up ethanol yield make good business sense.  —  In the ethanol production world, yield is king. Fluid Quip Process Technologies and Edeniq Inc. …

Bioforming the Future: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Virent
June 6, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Virent is in the business of replacing crude oil by applying clever chemistry to create the fuels and chemicals the world demands using a wide range of naturally-occurring, renewable resources. Virent’s …

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 …

The Wonder from Down Under: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Licella
June 1, 2016 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Licella produces drop-in biofuels from a wide range of biomass and uses a supercritical water-based technology and catalysts to break up biomass and reform it into a drop-in fuel hydrocarbon.

The …

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 …

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 …

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

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

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 …

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 …

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
May 19, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, …

Levulinic Acid as a New Platform for Green Chemistry: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to GF Biochemicals
May 18, 2016 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In February, 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 …

Canadian Ethanol Producer Utilises By-Products to Expand to Biogas Production
May 17, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Canadian ethanol producer Calgren Renewable Fuels has invested in key co-products to sell in addition to its 58 million gpy ethanol output.

The Calgren plant, located in Pixley, California, was the state’s first when …

EPA Brings Biofuel Production Changes To White House
May 12, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Kali Hays (Law360)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday sent some proposed changes to its Renewable Fuel Standard program to the White House for review, as the agency looks to promote the production …

Researcher Wins Grants to Support Woody Biomass-to-Biofuel Work
May 11, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(University of Arkansas/Biomass Magazine)  University of Arkansas chemical engineering associate professor Jamie Hestekin has received two grants totaling $145,250 from a local technology development firm to help the company convert woody biomass into bio-oil and …

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

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

Business Strategies for Transitioning the Bioeconomy to a Landscape with Long-Term Profitability
May 11, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian (Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group/Biomass Supply Chain Consulting Ltd./Biofuels Digest)  …With specialization occurring in feedstock engineering, these new business entities will be well-positioned to produce multiple products including both intermediate and final …

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 …

Bringing up Better Biofuel
May 6, 2016 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by  Rosalie Marion Bliss (US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  …  Now, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have advanced a process to produce crude liquid fuel called “bio-oil” from agricultural waste. The bio-oil is …

Tenacity Required to Secure Advanced Biofuels Future
May 4, 2016 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Advanced Biofuels Association/Biomass Magazine)  Once again, we enter spring awaiting the U.S. EPA’s proposal for the renewable volumes obligations (RVO) for the next year. After six years in this cycle, we know …

Renmatix Turns Biomass into Sugars for Industrial Use
May 3, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

(NewBIO/Cooperative Extension System)  Technology patented by Renmatix enables the manufacture of industrial sugars from biomass on a scale that is commercially cost-effective.

Table of Contents

Introduction
From Biomass to Sugars
Benefits of Supercritical Water
Customers Rebuild …

Integrating the Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts
April 28, 2016 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male (U.S. Department of Energy)  Biomass is a very versatile energy resource. While it can be converted to biofuel for vehicle use, it can also serve as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels …

Clariant’s Sunliquid Technology Price Competitive with Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol
April 25, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, testing on Clariant’s sunliquid technology has confirmed that the cost per liter of cellulosic ethanol can achieve price competitiveness with sugarcane ethanol prices in Brazil. Clariant’s testing evaluated …

Iowa Offers Tax Incentives In Bid To Become An Epicenter For Innovation In Bio-based Materials
April 19, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Steven Savage (Forbes)  Last week the governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, signed a bill which came to him with bipartisan support from the legislature. The measure institutes tax incentives designed to accelerate the growth …

The New Sugars: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to 5C and 6C sugars
April 19, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As part of March Madness, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of 5C and 6C sugars, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented …

Comet, BioAmber in Big Cellulosic Sugar Partnership: Biobased’s Hot Babes Hook Up
April 19, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Ontario, Comet Biorefining has signed an off-take agreement with bio-succinic acid producer BioAmber for cellulosic dextrose from Comet’s upcoming first commercial plant in Sarnia, Ontario. The dextrose will be …

Fast & Flexible: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix
April 18, 2016 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food …

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 …

Pivot to Play: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellulosic Sugars
April 12, 2016 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of cellulosic sugars, from pilot to player. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from industry …

Sweet Spot: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Organic Acids, the Molecules and Markets
April 6, 2016 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Late last week, Michele Rubino joined us in a March Madness webinar on the molecules and markets for organic acids, and presented the illuminating slides seen below. For further illumination, …

Doing More with Less: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Stora Enso
March 25, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We knew that Stora Enso has become awesomely serious about the advanced bioeconomy when news emerged in 2014 that the company had acquired Virdia for $33 million with additional potential payouts …

AST Increases Scale of Wisconsin Research Facility
March 23, 2016 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine) American Science and Technology has completed the scale-up of its biorefinery in Wausau, Wisconsin.

The scale-up increase’s the processing capacity of AST, an emerging technology company in the biochemicals and renewable …

Explosive Growth: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Nanocellulose and Its Applications
March 23, 2016 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last year, we reported that  Research & Markets projected the “Nanocellulose Market by Type (Cellulose nanocrystals, Cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocomposites, and others) to reach $250 Million by 2019, signifying annualized CAGR of 19% between …

Cellulosic Ethanol Will Get Back Up
March 22, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(RPA News)  Our top story this month is a blunt reminder of how deeply U.S. policy uncertainty cut down and yanked back the progress of commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol over the past few years. The U.S. EPA’s …

AVA-CO2’s Move to Replace Formaldehyde Shows the Endurin’ Allure in Furans
March 22, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In June 2014 the 6th adaptation to technical and scientific progress of the CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. This …

Bringing up the Throttle on Cellulosic Ethanol
March 18, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen and Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Although there are challenges facing the second generation ethanol industry, progress is being made — U.S. EPA data shows 2.18 million cellulosic ethanol D3 RINs (renewable identification …

No Pain, No Gain: A Tale of Three Companies, Pacific Ethanol, BioAmber and TerraVia at a crossroads
March 18, 2016 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … a fascinating look at the evolution in the fuels, renewable chemicals, specialty products and nutrition that make up the advanced bioeconomy.  …  The most spectacular news of the week belonged …

The PLA Story: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Polylactic Acid Markets
March 9, 2016 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we look this week at markets for cellulosic sugars, this classic powerpoint that outlined the case and markets for biobased polylactic acid came to mind.

We’ll not debate whether PLA …

Comet Biorefining Picks up $10.9M SDTC Grant for Low-Cost, Non-Food, Bio-Based Sugars Project
March 9, 2016 – 7:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada awarded Comet Biorefining a CA$10.9 million grant for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced bio-based chemicals plant. Located in Sarnia, Ontario, the plant will …

IKEA Joins Advanced Bioeconomy via Newlight Deal
March 2, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, IKEA and Newlight Technologies have entered into a supply, collaboration, and technology license agreement that will supply IKEA with Newlight’s AirCarbon and enable IKEA to produce AirCarbon thermoplastic …

Leaf Resources Expands Equity Stake in ZeaChem, Signs JV to Develop Celluosic Sugars Project in US
March 1, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Leaf Resources and ZeaChem signed a joint venture agreement to establish a Glycell based project in the USA. The new agreenent advances the relationship between the two companies …

Ensyn Biocrude Receives CARB Approvals for Refinery Coprocessing
February 27, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Ensyn Corp.’s chief technology officer Barry Freel announced the company has been granted key regulatory approvals by California Air Resources Board pursuant to the low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) on …

7 Megatrends for the Bioeconomy
February 23, 2016 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Where is the bioeconomy headed? In the annual State of the Industry briefing at the 2016 Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, the Digest presented a survey on that topic.

Here are the …

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

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

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

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