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Targray Opens Minnesota Biodiesel Distribution Center in Minneapolis – Saint Paul
June 7, 2018 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

(Targray/Sys-con Media/PR Newswire)  Biodiesel supplier’s new terminal will address growth in demand stemming from state’s B20 mandate  —   Targray, a leading North American supplier of Biodiesel, has announced the opening of its Minnesota Biodiesel distribution center, serving …

Driving Toward Sustainability: How Fleets Benefit from Alternative Fuels
June 5, 2018 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(REG/OPIS)  From performance to sustainability, major fleet companies are switching to alternative fuels.  Dive into this white paper, written by REG, and discover:
• Who is putting pressure on fleets to be sustainable.
• Two distinct types of advanced …

Pioneering Achievements: Biodiesel Magazine Spotlights Eight Companies
May 25, 2018 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine spotlights eight companies—four process technology providers, two commodity firms, a blending equipment manufacturer and an adsorbent supplier—forging new paths in their respective fields.
WWS Trading 
For more than 25 years, WWS …

UNFCCC Ag Work Program Approval Affirms Old Adage: ‘World is Run by Those who Show Up’
May 11, 2018 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Ernie Shea (Solutions from the Land/25 x ’25)  Over the past 10 years, Solutions from the Land (SfL) and 25x’25, our clean energy platform, has been supporting a group of knowledgeable, experienced and visionary farmers, …

New FSMA Compliance Program Launched for Biodiesel Producers
May 10, 2018 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A new food safety program has been developed by the Iowa Biodiesel Board to help biodiesel producers comply with the U.S. government’s Food Safety Modernization Act, deadlines for which are quickly approaching. Glycerin, …

Certification Program Will Help Biodiesel Producers Meet FSMA Requirements
April 23, 2018 – 11:20 am | No Comment

(Iowa Biodisel Board)  Iowa Biodiesel Board launches program to meet industry need; Webinar takes place May 10 — Biodiesel producers who want to sell glycerin that can end up as an animal food ingredient will soon be …

Veolia Launch New Online Marketplace for Organic Resources in the UK
April 17, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

(Veolia)  As part of the drive to increase the circular economy global resource management company, Veolia, is launching an online trading platform that makes it easier to sell and buy organic resources. Designed to save users …

Advocating for Commercialization of Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BRAG
April 17, 2018 – 11:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable chemicals are emerging at a fast pace, paving the way for new, innovative, and sustainable biobased products. A coalition of companies and trade associations committed to enhancing the legal and …

Nth Power and Nth Plant: The Digest’s 2018 Guide to Process Scale-Up, or Not?
March 30, 2018 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) You probably knew him first as the VP for Biofuels at Chevron, and later the Program Manager for the DOE Biomass program. Paul Bryan’s a noted consultant on technology development and …

On The Spot
January 24, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Most consumers make their fuel purchase decisions at the pump. Consistent branding based on market research can help boost ethanol’s appeal.  —  … Bosselman Enterprises, which owns 44 Pump & Pantry …

The Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC) Has Released a New Overview of Financial Instruments Available to Support European Bioeconomy Development.
December 14, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Bio-Based Industries Consortium)  ‘Access to EU financial instruments suitable for the implementation of large bio-based industry investments’ outlines a range of funding opportunities and explores the synergies between different instruments for co-financing bio-based projects.
Since BIC’s 2014 …

I Don’t Like Losses, Sport: The Invention of Bioeconomy Risk Insurance and Fulcrum BioEnergy’s Leap to Scale
December 12, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The problem of Investor risk is ridiculously easy to understand and ridiculously hard to solve. …
Financial investors will tolerate very short-term cases of marginally sub-par returns and they have no tolerance at all of losses.

And risk …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures Pt. 11: Series Summary
October 10, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Martin Wahl and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  The preceding articles in this series cover the major steps that investors and entrepreneurs should take to advance bioeconomy project product and process development. In retrospect, the most …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 10 – Regulatory and Community Concerns in Plant Site Selection
October 9, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Daniel Lane and Mindy Collier (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) However, while business matters are important when determining a location to build and operate a production facility, it’s important to pay close attention to regulatory and community …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures, Pt. 9: Site Selection – Landscape Risk Analysis for Biomass Acquisition
October 9, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Thomas W. Robb, Daniel Lane and John Diecker (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  In the cascade of the decision-making process for site selection of a biomass project, the first two things that must be determined are the …

Financing Bioeconomy Ventures: Pt. 4 – Competitive & Strategic Analysis of Renewable Fuel and Chemical Ventures
October 4, 2017 – 11:13 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer, Gerald Kutney and Bob Kodrzycki (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Investors focused on renewable chemicals and fuels are looking for projects with the greatest commercial potential. However, within the plethora of potential projects in …

The ‘Cool’ Fuel
September 26, 2017 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Multiple trade groups and ethanol companies offer internships, contests and events to get young people interested in biofuels. The next generation is drawn to ethanol’s environmental and economic benefits. …

Nebraska Corn Board Rolls Out Flex Fuel Pump Grant Program
September 22, 2017 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(WNAX)  The Nebraska Corn Board is offering qualifying retailers up to $50,000 to install flex fuel pumps. Corn Board’s Director of Market Development Roger Berry says the goal is to get higher blends of ethanol …

Anatomy of a Renewable Fuels Project: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Ryze Renewables’ Proposed Nevada Plants
August 4, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Ryze Renewables is developing two renewable fuels projects in the state of Nevada.  These documents published are available online via the state of Nevada as public records. While researching a related …

Thoughts from the Fuel Ethanol Workshop and National Advanced Biofuels Conference and Expo
June 23, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Douglas Root* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  From the Welcome Reception on Monday to the last session on Wednesday, there was new information presented and new developments reported.
At the opening of the expo, many vendors were …

Rayeman Elements Partners with Saola Energy on Leading Industry Bolt-On Enzymatic Biodiesel Technology Platform
June 14, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Rayeman Elements/EIN News Desk)  Rayeman Elements expands their product offerings to include enzymatic bolt-on biodiesel technology, with Saola Energy providing project engineering and design  —  Rayeman Elements, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has …

Algae Biofuel Market Estimates & Trend Analysis by Application (Transportation, Others), By Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of World), By Country, and Segment Forecasts, 2018 – 2025
March 24, 2017 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(Reportbuyer/PR Newswire)  The global algae biofuel market is expected to reach USD 10.73 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Depleting fossil fuel resources as well as rising awareness …

National Academies Report Finds Future Biotechnology Products May Overwhelm Agencies
March 14, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On March 9, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) published a report entitled Preparing for Future Products of Biotechnology, prepared by the Committee on Future Biotechnology Products …

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 …

Paradigm Shift in Fuels as Carbon Intensity Surpasses Biofuel Volumes as Key Metric
December 6, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Renewable diesel and conventional electricity lead the race to meet new emissions reduction goals, and diversified energy companies are well-placed, says Lux Research   — Traditionally policies to promote greener transportation fuels have …

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 …

Algae Industry Map Shows ABO Member Activity Across the US and Globe
September 30, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  An updated map published online by the Algae Biomass Organization shows algae production facilities and research projects by ABO members around the world, illustrating the leaders of an industry that are moving …

RSB EU RED Re-Recognized by the European Commission
September 19, 2016 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce its re-recognition by the European Commission. The decision was published by the commission on Aug. 9 in the Official Journal …

SuperBIO: Building and Supporting New Bio-Based Value Chains with SMEs
August 11, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

(SuperBIO) The project runs from 1st of June 2016 until 30th of November 2018. Applications can be submitted until 31st of July 2018.  Project background and aim:  SuperBIO is a Horizon2020 innovation project that aims to …

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

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

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 …

Why and When You Need a Project Consultant
July 19, 2016 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Wayne Lee (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  Within our group, now numbering over 75 experts, I find that each member has his or her own approach which developed from their personal experience and training. …

Sulfur Compounded in Ethanol Regulations
July 18, 2016 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  As the Tier 3 deadline approaches, it’s important to understand the difference between EPA and ASTM treatments of the element.  —  The U.S. EPA’s Tier 3 rules are …

Biofuels Executive Briefing Available from ADI Analytics
July 18, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(ADI Analytics)  There is an increasing level of interest in conventional and advanced biofuels around the globe. Many countries are increasing biofuel mandates for several reasons ranging from stimulating agriculture, energy security, and most notably to …

5 Signs Your Current Good Manufacturing Processes Are Ready for the Food Safety Modernization Act
July 18, 2016 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Phil Cleary (Christianson & Associates/Biofuels Digest)  The Food Safety Modernization Act covers the operation of a facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds animal food for sale in the United States.
Renewable fuels facilities producing feed …

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Launches to Provide News and Analysis on TSCA Reform Implementation and Related Legal and Policy Developments
July 3, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Bergeson & Campbell)   Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) announced today the launch of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Blog (TSCAblog™) to track and report regulatory, scientific, legal, and policy developments under the “new TSCA.” …

ASABE Announces Standard for Sustainable Agriculture Production
July 1, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has completed a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agriculture production.
According to ASABE, the standard is intended for …

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 …

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

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

New Liquid Fuel Research & Training Center Opened
June 9, 2016 – 4:21 pm | No Comment

(National Oilheat Research Alliance)  The National Oilheat Research Alliance and two Oilheating associations recently celebrated the opening of a new research and training facility designed specifically for Oilheating fuels and renewabls, such as and Bioheat® …

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

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

ACE Video Illustrates E15 Retail Market Potential
February 23, 2016 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In a new animated video geared toward retail fuel station owners, the American Coalition for Ethanol is illustrating the market potential of E15. The two minute animation highlights the rapidly growing …

Meeting the California Low Carbon Challenge
February 22, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Susanna Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Eighty-nine ethanol producers west of the Mississippi River prepare for the revised LCFS.  … After a couple of years in limbo due to challenges to the Low Carbon Fuel …

What Biodiesel Producers Should Know about Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
January 28, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  If your glycerin or free fatty acids may find their way into the food or feed supply, you must comply with the daunting Food Safety Modernization Act  —  … Moreover, if …

Successfully Financing Advanced Biobased Projects: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to the USDA Loan Guarantee Program
December 28, 2015 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by John Kirkwood (Biofuels Digest/Faegre Baker Daniels)  Project financing is the financing of infrastructure and industrial projects and relies primarily on the development of a project and its cash flow for repayment — but for a first commercial …

Priming the Pump for Higher Blends
October 27, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Ray Defenbaugh (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Prime the Pump/Growth Energy)  Prime the pump, an effort to grow the ethanol market to accelerate the build-out of higher blend retail infrastructure, has had tremendous success, writes Ray Defenbaugh. …

Platts Begins Price References for Ethanol Byproduct – Dried Distillers Grains
October 5, 2015 – 8:57 pm | No Comment

(Platts/Market Watch)  Platts, a leading global provider of energy and commodities information, today began publishing price assessments for a key ethanol byproduct increasingly used as animal feed in the U.S. and globally. The new references …

Association Motor Club Proudly Supports Ethanol
September 9, 2015 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Gene Hammond, Co-Owner with Association Motor Club Marketing (AMCM), supports the use of E15. Over the past few years, despite evidence to the contrary, AAA does not support the use of …

Research and Markets: Pine-Derived Chemicals (TOFA, TOR, Gum Turpentine, Gum Rosin, Pitch, Sterols) Market 2015 – Global Trends & Forecast to 2020
July 28, 2015 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/BusinessWire) Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the “Pine-Derived Chemicals Market by Type (TOFA, TOR, Gum Turpentine, Gum Rosin, Pitch, Sterols), Application (Paints & Coatings, Adhesives & Sealants, Surfactants, Printing Inks), …

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 …

VC Surprise: Spruce Capital, Xeraya Capital Announce First Close of New $150M Biogreentech Venture Fund
January 9, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As a newly-closed venture fund opens for business with a distinctly Malaysian flavor, we look at the state of venture capital and the new role of integrated sovereign investment.
From California …

Time for Teddy Talk
December 15, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are times for TED Talks about wondrous advances in technology and the future that awaits us.   Then, there are times for Teddy Talks: of practical progress, problem solving, …

Prime the Pump Seeks to Expand E15 Infrastructure
December 11, 2014 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The fate of the Chicago E15 ordinance is still unknown. Passed by the city council’s finance committee on Monday, a vote by the full council was deferred Dec. 10 …

Global Biofuels Market to Grow at 9.6% CAGR from 2013 to 2019: Transparency Market Research
October 16, 2014 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Transparency Market Research)  Transparency Market Research, in its latest report, says that higher investments will be seen in the global biofuels market on account of the rising demand for energy.
Biofuels is a class of fuels …

4 Minutes With…John M. May, Managing Director, Stern Brothers & Co, Industry Financier
September 16, 2014 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Innovative finance? We think that’s John May’s middle name; it’s certainly his trademark. Stern Bothers rolled up a tremendous clientele in the Advanced Bioeconomy — primarily on its innovative bond …

4 Minutes With…John Kirkwood, Partner, Kreig Devault
August 28, 2014 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Our team of attorneys in the Alternative Energy Group has a national practice and reputation. We cover every aspect of “project finance,” including project contracts, environmental diligence, intellectual property, tax, …

Nexant Launches Biorenewable Insights
August 13, 2014 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Chemical Online/Businesswire)  Nexant announced today that it has launched Biorenewable Insights—its new subscription program that provides in-depth evaluations and reliable data on the technology, cost competitiveness and industrial developments of biorenewable chemicals and fuels.
“Nexant is the first …

Biofuels for Road Transportation Will Reach Nearly $338 Billion in Annual Revenue by 2022, Forecasts Navigant Research
August 6, 2014 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by ( WIRE) Over the next 8 years, biofuels are expected to become an important part of the fuel mix for road transportation, accounting for 7.5 percent of liquid fuels consumed in the sector by …

Advanced Drop-In Biofuels for Commercial Aviation, Marine Shipping, and Military Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts
July 18, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

(Navigant Research)  Viewed as a game changer in the race to commercialize advanced biofuels, aviation and marine biofuels represent a very significant opportunity for emerging producers in the advanced biofuels industry. Demand for advanced biofuels …

Transportation Forecast: Light Duty Vehicles
May 27, 2014 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

(Navigant) Light Duty Stop-Start, Hybrid Electric, Plug-In Hybrid Electric, Battery Electric, Natural Gas, Fuel Cell, and Conventional Vehicles: Global Market Forecasts, 2014-2035
…  Over 1.2 billion vehicles are on the world’s roads today, and more than 95% belong …

The Bio-Fuel Sector Is Attracting Some Big Names
May 22, 2014 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Reuben Brewer (The Motley Fool)  Solazyme (NASDAQ: SZYM  ) and FutureFuel (NYSE: FF  ) are two relatively small companies largely focused on the emerging bio-fuel market. However, they aren’t the only players in the space. And some of the other companies, …

RSB Launches Simplified Certification Process For Bonsucro Certified Entities
March 18, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is pleased to announce that Bonsucro certified operators will now be able to access RSB certification through a simplified audit process to demonstrate compliance, therefore …

Governor Cuomo Announces Funding for Eastman Business Park Bioscience Manufacturing Center in Rochester
March 4, 2014 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York)  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State will commit $3 million to the Eastman Business Park (EBP) Bioscience Manufacturing Center in Rochester which will begin construction …

Long-Term Growth in Today’s 53.2 BGY Biofuel Market Will Be Led by Novel Fuels and Novel Feedstocks
February 20, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Soare (Lux Research, Inc.)  The 53.2 billion gallon biofuel industry has enjoyed capacity growth of 19.6% annually since 2005, but growth will slow to just 3.2% annually through 2017. Ethanol represents 65.9% of …

An Operator’s Manual for Building the Algae Industry
February 11, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  The Algae Biomass Organization announced the publication of “Industrial Algae Measurements, Version 6.0” (IAM 6.0), a document that sets standards to measure and compare diverse algae industry operations.
IAM 6.0 is a collaboration of …

Green Banks, Green Bonds, Green Principles: 3 New Paths for Renewable Project Financing
February 11, 2014 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Developers: is affordable project finance tough to find?  Lenders: want to support green projects, but find that traditional deal structures defeat your best intentions?  Help is on the way, via …

2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry
January 14, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Research and Markets)  Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry” report to their offering.
“2013 Report on the International and Chinese Biodiesel Industry”, provides an overview of …

New Study Exposes Flood of Dark Money Feeding Climate Change Denial
December 27, 2013 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(EcoNews)  A new study conducted by Drexel University environmental sociologist Robert J. Brulle, PhD, exposes the organizational underpinnings and funding behind the powerful climate change countermovement. This study marks the first peer-reviewed, comprehensive analysis ever …

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) “Sustainable Biomaterials for Better Livelihoods” Workshop in Kuala Lumpur a Success
December 6, 2013 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has launched an initiative with the help of The Boeing Company to support small farmers in Southeast Asia by expanding their opportunities to grow feedstocks that produce …

RNCOS White Paper: Asia Pacific Leads Biofuel Production Growth
September 23, 2013 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

(RNCOS)  In a world which is ever thirsty for energy, economies eye on renewable energy sources to conserve environment and reduce costs. Our recent analysis of global biofuel industry revealed that in 2012, Asia Pacific …

Wholesale E85 Price Listing
August 28, 2013 – 10:49 am | No Comment

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  The IRFA posts Thursday wholesale E85 prices every Friday.  The prices below are for wholesale use, and therefore restricted to wholesale fuel distributors and retailers, not end users.
The intent of IRFA’s …

How to Sell Renewable Jet Fuel to Airlines
August 27, 2013 – 11:35 am | No Comment

by Dr. Bruno Miller and John Heimlich  (CAAFI/Biofuels Digest)  … CAAFI has unveiled its Guidance for Selling Alternative Fuels to Airlines to serve as a roadmap for potential producers and other supply-chain participants contemplating purchase agreements with airlines …

Fire Stations Work toward Better Training for Ethanol Fires
August 26, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Matt Groves (WREX)  … Fire departments from across the region trained in Kirkland Saturday afternoon for ethanol fires. Cars doused in ethanol were set fire to, then firefighters worked to put them out.

“Utilizing the correct …

Rochester Institute of Technology Students Learn About Sweetwater’s Plant-Sugar Mixture for Production of Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(AZOCleanTech)  A collaboration between Rochester Institute of Technology’s Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences and Sweetwater Energy Inc. will give students experience with the Rochester-based company that has a sweet and sustainable niche.
Sweetwater Energy …

Momentum: 12 Biobased Ventures Raise $435M in Q2 2013; 32 Projects Being Built off the Balance Sheet
July 10, 2013 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite negative press from Bloomberg, biobased investing is surging, both direct and via strategics.  The Digest has the data and the scoop.
After we profiled, last April, 17 biobased ventures who …

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 …

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

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

Academic Study on Jatropha in Cooperation with the Leuphana University, Lueneburg
April 12, 2013 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

(INOCAS)  The production of plant oils based on oil-bearing trees such as Jatropha could provide an alternative pathway to a more sustainable plant oil production in the future. Planting oil-bearing trees can mitigate the effects of …

Global Biofuels Production Will Reach Nearly 62 Billion Gallons by 2023, Forecasts Navigant Research
April 9, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo!Finance/Navigant Research)  After more than a decade of healthy growth for conventional biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel, the next wave of advanced biofuels is nearing commercialization. The pool of commercially available biomass-derived fuels is expanding …

Bloomberg New Energy Finance Report More Accurately Compares Renewable, Fossil Resources
March 25, 2013 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new report published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyzed wind and bioenergy resources in the U.S. and Brazil using a lifetime production method, allowing for more accurate comparisons …

International Regulation of Microorganisms for Biofuel or Chemical Production: North and South America and Africa
March 19, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (  … The use of genetically modified microorganisms (GMOs) in manufacturing will likely face a fairly straightforward regulatory process in most countries, because such “contained” uses will generally pose far fewer hypothetical …

Cleantech Open to Expand to South Florida — Expects Biomass, Biogas, Biofuels, BioEnergy and Algae Startups in Its Mix
March 19, 2013 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Cleantech Open, which has helped startups raise $800 million for over 700 alumni since its inception in 2006, announced that it is expanding to South Florida to …

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Recognizes Forests Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
March 6, 2013 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(PR Web)  RSB now recognizes FSC which certifies responsibly managed forests.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) is pleased to announce its decision to recognize the standard of the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) which certifies responsibly …

Stoel Rives Publishes White Paper on RIN Program Change Proposal
March 6, 2013 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

(Stoel Rives/Biodiesel Magazine)  Stoel Rives LLP, a national energy and biofuels law firm, has published a white paper that provides a comprehensive overview of proposed regulatory changes to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, specifically …

NACS: Liquid Fuels Will Continue to Dominate in 2040
February 27, 2013 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  Liquid fuels will continue to be the top fueling option for drivers for the next two-plus decades. However, the composition of these fuels will undergo significant change.
According to the “Future of Fuels …

Lux: Alternative Fuel Companies Reach for Real Revenue in 2013
February 25, 2013 – 8:31 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A 32-page report by Lux Research picks winners and losers in 2012 among alternative fuel developers. The state of the market report, which is provided only to clients, also …

Biofuels Digest’s SuperData: 150 Free Biofuels Downloads
February 19, 2013 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Biofuels Digest published its newly-improved and updated SuperData site — now with 150 free downloads, including must-read industry and energy sector forecasts, hard-to-find presentations and both new and …

Bridges to Commercialization
February 14, 2013 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased DIgest)  Bringing your biobased technology forward through the Valley of Death may require a bridge over troubled waters.  Here are partners worth knowing.
… Bioenergy commercialization is long, expensive and risky. Derisking …

Brock University and Niagara College Students Provided Educational Opportunities with Welland Biodiesel Company
February 12, 2013 – 10:23 am | No Comment

(Great Lakes Biodiesel/BusinessWire)  World Class Niagara-based Educational Institutions Provide Companies Like Great Lakes Biodiesel with Access to Top Notch R&D Facilities and Highly Trained Job Ready Graduates
Great Lakes Biodiesel (GLB) in Welland has partnered with …

Analysis: Advanced Biofuel Companies Now In More Than Half Of U.S. States; Clean Fuel Standards Fueling Growth In Top States
February 6, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Yahoo! News)  Top 5 States For Advanced Biofuel Companies: Calif., Ill., Colo., Texas and Iowa; New Web Site at Documents Impact of Growing Industry
California is home to nearly 30 advanced biofuel companies, but dozens of …

RIN Management and RIN Marketing Strategies: Prepping for New EPA RIN Quality Rules
January 18, 2013 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jeff Hove  (RINAlliance/EcoEngineers)  RINAlliance was established in 2007 to assist petroleum marketers and renewable fuel blenders with EPA blending compliance requirements. Today, RINAlliance serves 130 blenders with EPA reporting and RIN marketing. They currently manage …

BenchMark Energy Corporation and Energy Partners LLC Launches New Glycerin Logistical Distribution Division
January 11, 2013 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo!/BenchMark Energy Corporation) BenchMark Energy Corporation through its subsidiary Energy Partners LLC is pleased to announce it has launched a new division named Energy Partners Logistics and Transportation Management.
Mark Bateman, CEO of BenchMark Energy states, “With …

Stoel Rives Publishes “The Law of Biorefineries and Advanced Biofuels”
November 5, 2012 – 10:25 am | No Comment

(Stoel Rives)  Businesses benefit by having informed decision makers. That is why Stoel Rives developed the award-winning Renewable + Law blog in 2007, together with a series of “Law of” guidebooks covering the gamut of renewable energy …

BSR Publishes Sustainability Report, Seeks Public Comments
October 29, 2012 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  BSR, a nonprofit membership organization focused on consulting, research and cross-sector collaboration, has released a new report that assesses the sustainability impacts of commercial transportation fuels, as well as …

EcoEngineers RIN Program Manages 300 MMgy of Biodiesel Capacity
October 26, 2012 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Baker (EcoEngineeers/Biodiesel Magazine)  Last October, EcoEngineers unveiled its RIN Quality Assurance Program to address RIN fraud that was destabilizing biodiesel RIN markets. At that time, the idea of a RIN QAP was unheard …

The Stampede of Elephants: Biofuels and Big Balance Sheets
October 23, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Today, we’ll look at the bigger balance sheets to see who is investing what, and when, with whom, and why.
…We’ve also focused here, for the sake of brevity, on those …

Agrobiobase – Looking at the Global Bioeconomy One Factoid at a Time
September 18, 2012 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  One of the most interesting biobased resources we have found – covering the world, but Europe-based – is the AgroBioBase, created and managed by the IAR consortium, a French organization …

California Clean Fuel Standard Poised to Drive Growth in Biofuels Industry
September 6, 2012 – 8:38 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  E2 Report: Biofuel industry well positioned to meet demand under California standard
Despite a challenging year, the advanced biofuels industry continues to grow, according to a new report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). Biofuel production capacity has …

Algae InSight: Executive Directors Report
July 31, 2012 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Mary Rosenthal (Algal Biomass Organization)  As we all basked in the glory of the annual Independence Day festivities, we were reminded once again about the importance of “Buying American.” Nowhere was this more evident …

EM Biofuels Announces Rollout of RINPlus(TM)
July 23, 2012 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  A Proprietary Renewable Identification Number (RIN) Assurance Program
EM Biofuels, LLC announced today the rollout of RINPlus(TM), a proprietary, web-enabled platform that tracks the origin of each Renewable Identification Number (RIN). RINPlus(TM)( ) will …

RIN Programs Merge to Stabilize Biodiesel Market
June 14, 2012 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  An agreement has been struck between Genscape Inc. and Lee Enterprises Consulting to merge Lee Enterprises’ renewable identification number (RIN) verification program, RIN 9000, into Genscape’s trademarked RIN Integrity Network.
Supported …

Consumer Reports Survey: Americans Say Fuel Economy Most Important Car Buying Factor
May 23, 2012 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Consumer Reports)  Nearly three-quarters of drivers would consider an alternative fuel vehicle for their next car
…Some two-thirds of owners surveyed said they expected their next vehicle to get better fuel mileage than the one …

ABO Launches Blog to Track Industry Developments
April 24, 2012 – 11:12 am | No Comment

by Mary Rosenfeld (Algal Biomass Organization) … (T)the Algal Biomass Organization is launching the ABO Blog to meet a growing need for timely information about the algae industry.
The ABO Blog will be offering perspectives and updates on algae industry …

Dollars and Sense: Analyses Vary, but Ethanol’s Economic Benefits Are Clear
March 14, 2012 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) …Analysts may disagree on the exact indirect effects of ethanol production, but they agree that the industry has had a positive direct effect on jobs and GDP over the …

By the Numbers: Trends and Patterns in the Ethanol Industry
March 14, 2012 – 10:03 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The arrival of the blend wall and expected increase in E85 prices due to the lapse of VEETC are two factors that have complicated the future outlook of ethanol …

Biofuels Center Launches Business and Innovation Support Accelerator
February 29, 2012 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(The Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The Biofuels Center of North Carolina has opened the Biofuels Company Accelerator to support the development of biofuels and related technology projects, researchers, and companies. A first component of …

North Carolina’s Biofuels Accelerator
February 1, 2012 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(Biofuels Center of North Carolina)  The mission of the Biofuels Company Accelerator is to provide a place, intelligence, and connections to grow businesses, ideas, and relationships that contribute to the development of a biofuels industry …

International Biodiesel Markets – Developments in Production and Trade
January 31, 2012 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The global biodiesel market has shown an exponential growth in production and trade across the past decade. Nowadays, more biodiesel than ever before is sourced from abroad and procurement areas – especially of …

CAAFI Launches Path to Alternative Jet Fuel Readiness
January 26, 2012 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

(CAAFI)  The goal of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® (CAAFI®) is to facilitate the development and deployment of alternative jet fuels that offer equivalent levels of safety and performance and compare favorably on cost …

OriginOil Enters Joint Venture to Develop Biorefineries for U.S. Department of Defense Biofuels Programs
December 27, 2011 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(OriginOil)  JV receives preliminary funding commitment of $4.5 million to carry out bankable feasibility studies
OriginOil, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to extract oil from algae and an emerging leader in the global algae oil …

Carbon War Room & Elsevier to Unlock Renewable Fuel Market for Airlines & Investors
December 5, 2011 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(Market Watch BusinessWire)  The Carbon War Room, an independent non-profit that harnesses the power of entrepreneurs to unlock gigaton solutions to climate change, and Elsevier, the world’s leading scientific publisher, unveiled today, the world’s …

Advanced Biofuels, Chemicals Capacity to Reach 5.11B Gallons by 2015: 207 Projects, New Database
November 16, 2011 – 7:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels Digest is reporting that global advanced biofuels and renewable chemicals capacity will reach 5.11 billion gallons by 2015, up from 4.37 billion reported in May, and 3.95 billion gallons …

New Collaborative Industrial Photobioreactor Testing Facility Opening January 2012
November 15, 2011 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(National Algae Association)  Due to the lack of sufficient data on the performance of industrial-scale photobioreactors, fermentation, dewatering/harvesting and extraction equipment, the NAA is announcing a new collaborative testing center starting in The Woodlands, Texas …

Biofuels and Other Bioliquids—Facts and Perspectives
November 11, 2011 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Igor Dormuth and Elena Schmidt (Biomass Power and Thermal/TÜV SÜD Industrie Service)   New EU sustainability criteria for biofuels and other bioliquids must be complied with and verified by an independent third party at …

Venture Capital Due Diligence in Algae Deals
November 7, 2011 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Luca Zullo and Todd Taylor (Biorefining Magazine)  Interest in algae remains very high among venture and strategic investors. Being prepared for dealing with them is critical to your success in getting an investment. After …

Peter Thiel Launches Breakout Labs to Fund Bold Early-Stage Research
November 4, 2011 – 7:18 am | No Comment

by Colleen Taylor (GigaOm)  Peter Thiel, the tech industry magnate known for co-founding PayPal and being an early investor in Facebook, on Tuesday launched a new program called Breakout Labs aimed at funding cutting-edge, early-stage science …

Elsevier Launches Biofuel Research and Discovery Tool, Accelerating BioEnergy Research and Development
July 22, 2011 – 8:06 am | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Elesvier)  New Tool Enables the Successful Commercialisation of Alternative Energy Technologies
Elsevier, the world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of Elsevier Biofuel, an online search and discovery …

Soy Chemicals: A Global Strategic Business Report – New Market Report Published
July 19, 2011 – 7:05 am | No Comment

(  The global soy chemicals market is forecast to reach over $13 billion by the year 2017, spurred by the anticipated high demand from bio-diesels market and growing adoption of alternative renewable sources of energy. …

The Jobless Recovery, Biofuels, Eency-Weency Balance Sheets, and You
June 30, 2011 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership – ho-hum, you say, and I think I hear you yawning.
…“Invent here, make elsewhere” is a failed industrial policy, according to …

Development Showcase: Champagne-Ardennes, France
May 20, 2011 – 6:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane and Ben Lazarus (Biofuels Digest)  …To be an ideal location for bioenergy projects, a site must have an advantaged combination of feedstock, infrastructure for production and distribution. Access to local markets is …

Spring Ethanol Plant Map Shows 14.31 Billion Gallons of Capacity
April 11, 2011 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Spring 2011 Fuel Ethanol Plant Map is Ethanol Producer Magazine’s twice-yearly look at the industry, being distributed with the May issue, soon to be out. This spring, the …

Whole New World of Corn
March 23, 2011 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  Everything you ever wanted to know about corn is contained in the latest edition of the World of Corn from the National Corn Growers Association.
This year’s publication, available online now, highlights the wide …

Renewable Fuel Assocation’s Ethanol Industry Outlook 2011 is Available
February 28, 2011 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuel Association)  The 2011 Ethanol Industry Outlook is now available. The Outlook catalogs the important statistics for America’s domestic ethanol industry while providing the most recent, up-to-date graphs, charts and facts about the production …

Biofuels Venture Valuation Tool
February 7, 2011 – 8:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels Digest released an alpha version (that is to say, released for testing and comment) of its Biofuels Venture Valuation tool.
Using the tool, biofuels venture developers can, by inputting a …

DOE Breaks Down Market Barriers with Online Technology Commercialization Portal
July 6, 2010 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today the launch of the Technology Commercialization Portal—an online resource that will serve as a tool for potential investors to identify opportunities to invest in …

The 30 Most Transformative Technologies of 2010
June 8, 2010 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  (S)ubscriber voting begins for the 30 Most Transformative Technologies of 2010.   In all, 149 companies were nominated in 19 categories.

Categories are:
(Micro) Algae, cyanobacteria, lemna, and plankton platforms (20)
(Macro) Algae technologies (5)
Biobutanol …

2010-2011: Pivotal Years for Next Generation Biofuels
May 14, 2010 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(PRNewswire)  The number of next generation biofuels projects reached 200 globally, a report from the Global Biofuels Center (GBC) recently announced, beyond the more than 100 Brazilian bioethanol facilities that will qualify as “Advanced Biofuels” in …

Future of Cellulosic Ethanol Remains Uncertain
May 3, 2010 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Mark Steil (Minnesota Public Radio)  The idea of a biofuel made from something other than food was one of the stars of both the Bush and Obama administration’s energy programs, but the future of …

Website Aims to Forge Ethanol Partnerships
April 26, 2010 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Kathrine Schmidt  (  A businessman from New Iberia is starting a national website that aims to match renewable-energy investors with local landowners and farmers.
Kevin Caffery believes the state of the ethanol industry, which makes …

X PRIZE Foundation Reveals Expanded Vision for Future; Prize Groups Aim to Solve World’s Most Urgent Problems by Targeting Four Key Areas
April 19, 2010 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(XPrize Foundation, Marketwire)  …X PRIZE is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs, inspiring the formation of new industries, jobs and the revitalization of markets that are currently stalled. Through strategic …

Transitioning from 1st Generation to Advanced Biofuels
March 4, 2010 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by GTM Research in partnership with Enterprise Florida, Inc.    In recent years, the growth in the U.S. biofuels production and consumption has been driven largely by policy measures. Mandates are requiring increasing amounts of biofuels …

Clean Fuels Clearinghouse Publishes White Paper and Basic Briefings on RFS and RINs
March 1, 2010 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Clayton McMartin(Clean Fuels Clearinghouse) To say the RFS2 rule is complex would be a huge understatement. In reality this rule is much more complex than RFS1. Recognizing this, and the fact that thousands of companies …

Garbrook Introduces the 2010 Advanced Biofuels Resource with Business Intelligence Tools
February 17, 2010 – 9:23 am | No Comment

Garbrook introduced the 2010 Advanced Biofuels Resource (ABR), an upgraded version of its online knowledgebase that summarizes scientific, technical, commercial, environmental, and policy information on all generations of biofuels. The enhanced product features the US …