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Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source
August 14, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way.
The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multidisciplinary …

Aemetis Signs Agreement for Advanced Gasification Technology to Produce Cellulosic Ethanol
August 8, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Stockhouse/Accesswire)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today (August 4, 2017) that it has signed a Master Agreement with key exclusive rights for the use of an advanced gasification technology from InEnTec, Inc. of Richland, Washington …

Catalysis on a Hot Tin Roof: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the ChemCatBio Consortium
August 3, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ChemCatBio is a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming catalysis challenges for biomass conversion processes. Led by U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, the consortium works “with …

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels: Production Technologies for Biofuels, Volume 2
July 7, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Lalit Kumar Singh (Editor), Gaurav Chaudhary (Editor) (Wiley)  Biofuels production is one of the most extensively studied fields in the energy sector that can provide an alternative energy source and bring the energy industry closer …

New Computer Model Harnesses Ancient Biology for Climate Change Solution
June 9, 2017 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

(LanzaTech)  Acetogens are one of the oldest living organisms, with the acetogenic CO2 fixing pathway considered to be one of the first biochemical pathways on Earth. Today, these organisms still play a major role in …

Rapid Advancement: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Nation’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute – RAPID
May 17, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last December , the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would support the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute with $70 million over five years, subject to federal appropriations. Another $70 million is …

Advanced Biofuels Canada Adds Six Members as Canadian LCFS Approaches
May 12, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Advanced Biofuels Canada revealed a signficant expansion of its membership. New members include: Cellufuel Inc. is currently operating a demonstration-scale facility producing clean synthetic diesel from lowvalue forestry residues. Ensyn Corporation …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Fermentation 3.0 – The Must Knows
April 7, 2017 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Now on the one hand you have the theory of alternative fuels, chemicals and materials, then there is the actual making of them — often aiming for exotically high rates, …

Nutrition and Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta
March 23, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients …

The Industrial Status of Biofuel Technologies
January 13, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  A myriad of biofuel technologies exist, but which ones are truly industrial processes? The question is not always easy to answer. And one must define what is meant by …

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 …

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 …

Second Chance Carbon: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
December 13, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts …

Sinatra Bio: Ol’ Brew Eyes is Back
December 12, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Bottom line, Abengoa Bioenergy Biomass of Kansas closed the sale of its cellulosic ethanol plant located in Hugoton, Kansas under the US Bankruptcy Code. Ocean Park was the sell-side advisor …

Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta Select Tennessee for Methane-to-Feed Project
December 5, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Cargill and Calysta revealed that they will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional …

Use of Bacteria to Produce Valuable Substances from Carbon Dioxide
November 9, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(Goethe University Frankfurt/EurekAlert!)  Goethe University Frankfurt coordinates European two million Euro project  —   Microbes are already used on a wide scale for the production of fuels and base chemicals, but for this most of …

New Brew in Quest for Biofuel
October 4, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Beth Miller (University of Delaware)  Mixotrophy twist leads researchers to higher yields, lower emissions  —  You don’t have to be a beer lover to understand the chemistry behind new research emerging from two labs …

Low Carbon Fuel Project Achieves Breakthrough as LanzaTech Produces Jet Fuel from Waste Gases for Virgin Atlantic
September 15, 2016 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Virgin Atlantic)  For the first time ever, 1,500 US gallons of jet fuel has been produced from ‘Lanzanol’, LanzaTech’s low carbon ethanol; Producing the world’s first jet fuel derived from waste industrial gases from steel mills via …

Changing the Way We Fly: Biofuels Made from Waste Gases Reaching New Heights with Airline Industry
August 30, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (U.S. Department of Energy)  Booking a flight soon? You may be leaving on a jet plane powered with renewable fuel. With more than 87,000 flights and approximately 1.56 million barrels of jet …

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 …

Biological Wizardry Ferments Carbon Monoxide into Biofuel
July 27, 2016 – 11:32 pm | No Comment

(Cornell University/EurekAlert!)  Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide – a common industrial waste gas.
“Instead of having the waste go …

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

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

Climate Opportunities: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards
June 24, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Through The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes landmark green chemistry technologies developed by industrial pioneers and leading scientists that turn climate risk and other environmental problems into …

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 …

E Pluribus, Unum: LanzaTech, Global Bioenergies Demonstrate The Biotechnology App Store
January 11, 2016 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Global Bioenergies, LanzaTech tighten isobutene partnership, the era of “swap-in, swap out” biorefining microbes comes clear, closer  —  In France, Global Bioenergies and LanzaTech signed a new collaboration agreement …

Recycling All that Waste Carbon: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to LanzaTech
December 2, 2015 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use.
LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts …

LanzaTech, INVISTA Find Direct Pathway to Bio-Based Butadiene
December 2, 2015 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Kansas, INVISTA and LanzaTech have developed a metabolic ‘toolkit’ that has been successfully applied to generate novel metabolic pathways to bio-derived butadiene and key precursors, such as 1,3 butanediol …

BioChannel.TV Debuts Free, Global Access to “LanzaTech at ABLC NEXT 2015”
November 16, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest/BioChannel.TV)  In Florida, The Digest made made available for free, global streaming its LanzaTech coverage from ABLC NEXT 2015.
The LanzaTech presentation can be accessed here, and is enhanced with commentary from …

Steel’s Big Dog Jumps into Low Carbon Fuels: ArcelorMittal, LanzaTech, Primetals Technologies to Construct $96M Biofuel Production Facility
July 13, 2015 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   First plant will produce 14 million gallons per year by 2018; first production train online in 2017.  More plants to come? Up to 150 mgy potential in Europe, ArcelorMittal says; …

BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review March 23-27 Alexandria, VA
March 4, 2015 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
BETO’s 2015 Project Peer Review    March 23-27   Alexandria, VA

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is hosting the 2015 Project Peer Review on March 23–27, 2015, at the Hilton Mark Center, in Alexandria, Virginia. Approximately 185 projects in BETO’s research, development, and demonstration portfolio will …

The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Biorefinery Developers: Looking at Alberta’s Look at Advanced Biofuels
October 29, 2014 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As Alberta looks at what might works for them in industrial biotech — Jacobs comes up with a useful take on Renmatix, GTI, LanzaTech, Enerkem, REG and OPX Bio — …

4 Minutes With…Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech
September 8, 2014 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you’ve known her as the globe-trotting CEO of LanzaTech — managing an enterprise based in Chicago, with lab operations (and historic ties to) in New Zealand, and progressing towards scale-up …

The Hydrogen Wall: Looking at the Prospects for Drop-In Biofuels
August 12, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Think affordable, available, sustainable carbon is the biggest barrier to the growth of biofuels? Or, access to market via blender pumps?   In the case of drop-in biofuels, the biggest challenge …

Researcher Wins Grant for Hybrid Conversion Biofuel Process
April 1, 2014 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Oklahoma State University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Hasan Atiyeh, assistant professor in biosystems and agricultural engineering, recently received a South Central Sun Grant Award to advance the development of a new hybrid conversion process.
“The hybrid gasification-syngas fermentation …

The Digest’s Bioeconomy Achievement Awards for 2013-14
January 3, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Beta Renewables, Abengoa, Enerkem, Proterro among the winners for Project of the Year — as residues and waste are keys to the big wins.  For Fuel of the Year, Renewable …

Evonik and LanzaTech Working on Bio-Processed Precursors for Specialty Plastics
December 9, 2013 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(Lanza Tech)  Evonik Industries and LanzaTech have signed a three year research cooperation agreement which will see Evonik combining its existing biotechnology platforms with LanzaTech’s synthetic biology and gas fermentation expertise for the development of …

The Hydrogen Problem
April 2, 2013 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A numbers of readers responding to “Biofuels from a raging fireball” (Friday’s Top Story, on research work with the raging fireball, Pyrococchus furiosus, to make biofuels and renewable chemicals from …

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 …

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects for 2013
January 1, 2013 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A long war of opinion has been waged for years between advanced biofuels’ detractors and supporters.  Mirage or reality? Completion of 6 key projects 2012 decided much of the debate. …

The New Syngas: New Catalysts, Opportunities for Advanced Biofuels
November 27, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … In the biofuels revolution, the primary focus has been not on producing methanol (and, ultimately, gasoline) from syngas, but primarily on the production of ethanol. Three of the major …

Burning Man, Burning Microbe: Biofuels beyond Biomass
October 15, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Are they biofuels? We think so – even if they are post-biomass. They do what organisms have done for eons to make biomass in the first place: convert lifeless CO2, …

INEOS Bio Facility Receives Registrations from U.S. EPA for Production and Sale of Next Generation Cellulosic Ethanol.
August 9, 2012 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(INEOS Bio)  Florida project is first large-scale facility to receive registrations for the production of advanced cellulosic biofuels from non-food vegetative waste materials

INEOS Bio announced that its joint venture project in Florida has been granted Parts …

Cheaper Chemicals from Algae, Farms, and Forests
August 2, 2012 – 10:17 am | No Comment

(Business Wire/Lux Research)  Harvesting Technologies Can Cut Feedstock Costs by $25 per Ton, says Lux Research.
The bio-based materials and chemicals industry needs to tap newer, non-food sources of biomass and cellulosic material and raise volumes …

Ineos Completes Construction of US Biorefinery JV Project
July 24, 2012 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Construction of Ineos’ $130 million biorefinery joint venture project in the US has been completed, with production expected to begin in the second half of 2012, said Peter Williams, CEO of Ineos Bio, the …

No Project Is an Island: Four Crucial Milestones for Advanced Biofuels
April 18, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four projects, four technologies, four feedstocks, four geographies.  Couldn’t be more differentiated, couldn’t be more linked in terms of affirming investor confidence in advanced biofuels.
…Virent CEO Lee Edwards… outlined four basic …

Steel in the Ground: The Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plants in the World Are Ready to Prove Their Mettle
April 16, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Guido Ghisolfi is a confident man. A chemical engineer by trade, at 55, he’s already spent three decades leading research and development (R&D) activities at Italy-based Mossi & Ghisolfi …

The Olive Economy
March 23, 2012 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Here are five types of technologies that straddle the political divide between green and black.
Re-using industrial waste gases  Here are three companies aiming at capturing CO2 and either directly converting to …

Shuttered Range Fuels Plant Prepares for New Life
February 21, 2012 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by S. Heather Duncan (Macon Telegraph)  Wearing green hard hats with the LanzaTech logo pasted over the words “Range Fuels,” officials of the company that now owns a Soperton ethanol plant visited the site this …

LanzaTech Seeks Success Where Another Failed
February 6, 2012 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by S. Heather Duncan (Macon Telegraph)  Although the company that purchased a defunct ethanol refinery in Soperton has some of the same financial backers as previous owners who lost the plant to foreclosure, leaders of …

Hundreds of Jobs Planned by New Owner of Range Fuels
February 2, 2012 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by S. Heather Duncan (Macon.com)  The new owner of a shuttered ethanol plant in Soperton plans to eventually add hundreds of jobs there to produce ethanol and other chemicals, a company official said this week.
That …

Cal-Bay International Negotiating Assemblage of 400 Acre Land Parcels for Renewable Clean Energy Forest Division
January 20, 2012 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

(Cal-Bay International/MarketWire)  Cal-Bay International, Inc.,  announced the company is negotiating a land acquisition deal for its renewable forest division for the production of Clean Energy & Power.
The company has entered negotiations for the purchase of multiple …

Energy Freedom Comes to Vero Beach
January 19, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Vero Beach, Florida, they’ll be celebrating Tax Freedom Day, but also Energy Freedom Day. As of April 15th, the 8 million gallon INEOS Bio cellulosic ethanol plant is expected …

The Litmus Test: 8 Projects for 2012 Will Test Perceptions, Reality for Advanced Biofuels
January 12, 2012 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …First commercial projects from newly-minted public companies Solazyme, Gevo and KiOR. Two trash-to-biofuels projects from INEOS Bio and Enerkem, located in Florida and Alberta. Europe’s largest biosuccinic acid project, scheduled …

Coskata’s $100 million IPO: The 10-Minute Version
December 27, 2011 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first gas fermentation technology to come to the public markets: Coskata files its $100 million IPO.  Here’s our 10-minute version of the filing, with a translation of the risks …

Study: Meeting Green Transport Targets May Need £895m Biofuels Spend
November 21, 2011 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Will Nichols (Business Green)  Government research body says next generation biofuels made from waste are a feasible low carbon option
The UK could miss its renewable transport targets unless it spends £900m over the next …

Coskata, Inc.’s Semi-Commercial Facility Demonstrates Two Years of Successful Operation
October 17, 2011 – 8:25 am | No Comment

(Coskata)   With More than 15,000 Run Hours, Company Focus Turns to Commercial Scale Facilities
Coskata, Inc., a developer of technology for the production of advanced biofuels and biochemicals from biomass and waste materials, achieved two …

Conversion Pathways for Bioenergy: Upgrading of Intermediates: Hybrid Routes to Fuels and Chemicals
September 20, 2011 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

Laurel Harmon (LanzaTech Inc.) LanzaTech, Inc., was founded in January 2005 by CSO Dr. Sean Simpson in New Zealand. Funds were mainly from New Zealand government US$ 10M, Khosla Ventures US$ 12M in …

Department of Energy Announces up to $12 Million in Investments to Support Development and Production of Drop-In Biofuels
September 1, 2011 – 6:31 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  In support of the Obama Administration’s comprehensive efforts to strengthen U.S. energy security,  U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced up to $12 million to fund three small-scale projects in Illinois, …

The XTL Diet: New Paths to Feasible, Domestic Low-Carb Fuels
August 23, 2011 – 6:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Can synthetic biology capture and utilize CO2 to such an extent that it not only can make money – but can mitigate the carbon intensity of no-no feedstocks like coal, …

INEOS Bio JV Closes $75m in Private Financing Under USDA Loan Guarantee Program for Advanced BioEnergy Center in Florida
August 19, 2011 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(INEOS Bio/PR NewsWire)  Florida project is first large-scale advanced biorefinery facility in U.S. to close financing in latest round of USDA backed financing

INEOS Bio announced that its joint venture project closed private financing on a $75m loan …

Biomass 2011: Replace the Whole Barrel, Supply the Whole Market Presentations Posted
August 15, 2011 – 9:11 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  …More than 600 speakers, moderators, sponsors, exhibitors, and attendees were able to listen to discussions about the ongoing challenges and achievements in the bioenergy industry. Biomass 2011 addressed key issues in important …

Phase Shift: 12 Hot Gas-Based Biofuels Technologies
August 9, 2011 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But a new generation of technologies is coming along fast, primarily in advanced biofuels, which is gasifying biomass at the front end along its path towards making fuels, chemicals or …

The Rising Tigers of the China Bioenergy Trade
July 5, 2011 – 9:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … That the freighters out of China contain low-cost manufactured goods would surprise no one. The trick of the trade, from the ship owners’ point of view, has always been …

FEW: Large Crowd Attends Cellulosic Integration Discussion
June 30, 2011 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …(I)ndustry experts discussed their views toward integrating cellulosic production at existing corn ethanol facilities.
…The panelists seemed in agreement that integrating cellulosic ethanol production with existing first-generation plants presents an …

Iowa State Hybrid Lab Combines Technologies to Make Biorenewable Fuels and Products
June 24, 2011 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  Laura Jarboe pointed to a collection of test tubes in her Iowa State University laboratory.
Some of the tubes looked like they were holding very weak coffee. That meant microorganisms – in this …

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA
June 24, 2011 – 9:33 am | No Comment
2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be conducting detailed biennial peer review meetings of its activities throughout the first half …

Syngas Fermentation: The Third Pathway for Cellulosic Ethanol
June 8, 2011 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  …(T)here is a third, hybrid process which combines both biochemical and thermochemical elements, capturing the benefits of each pathway while mitigating some of their deficiencies.  This process, called syngas fermentation, is a …