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Report on the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium at Auburn University

by Leyla Battista-Channell*  (Advanced Biofuels USA) Auburn, Alabama: Home to the Auburn tigers, the “loveliest village on the plains,” and this year’s host to the Thermochemical Sciences Symposium. Previously held

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Yogi Govt Clears Six Biofuel Investment Proposals Worth Rs 17 Billion

by Virendra Singh Rawat  (Business Standard)  These projects include a mega biofuel plant by SunLight Fuels spanning 90 acres in Sitapur, and costing Rs 15.5 bn —  In a boost to its green energy roadmap,

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant Biotechnology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s Group Biotechnology — responsible for the Technology Platform Biotechnology — develops tailor-made biotechnological processes for the economic and sustainable production of bio-based chemicals and biofuels. It focuses

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Sweet Sorghum Complementing Ethanol Production in Sugar Mills

(ICRISAT)  To help the government achieve the national ethanol blending targets of 20% by 2017, private sugar mills and the public sector research institutes are collaborating with ICRISAT to identify and

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Vietnam Uses ‘Super-Technology’ to Treat Biowaste

(Vietnam.net Bridge)  The utilization of Carbolosic technology in Vietnam promises to bring great benefits as it turns biological waste into valuable products.  —  The Ministry of Science & Technology (MST) has signed

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

UF/IFAS Researchers Hope Better Technology Produces Less Costly Ethanol

(University of Florida) University of Florida scientists wondered how cheaply fuel ethanol can be made from inedible plant material – called biomass – using currently available technology. Their goal is to

June 6, 2018 Read Full Article

One Commercial, Two Commercial, Three Commercial, Four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

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

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Key Enzyme for Production of Second-Generation Ethanol Discovered in Brazilian Amazon

(São Paulo Research Foundation/EurekAlert)  Protein encoded by gene found in microorganisms living in Amazon lake could boost efficiency on the sugarcane bagasse saccharification process, which makes for up to 50% of

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Drop-in Fuels and Biomaterials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies

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

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

The Undiscovered Furan Country: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Origin Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Origin is a new kind of chemical company, focused on the future of materials science. By finding value in underutilized feedstocks like cardboard, wood waste and

May 1, 2018 Read Full Article

India’s Biofuels Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Praj is an India-based process solutions specialist with continued leadership in ethanol & brewery space over many years — aiming to emerge as a significant water

April 26, 2018 Read Full Article

A Bioethanol-Fuelled Bioeconomy

by Mario Bonaccorso  (Renewable Matter) … 700 million tonnes of sugarcane treated in one year; 30.23 billion litres of bioethanol produced in 2015-2016. Used not just as biofuel but also

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Research Shows How Genetics Can Contribute for Advances in 2G Ethanol Production

(FUNDAÇÃO DE AMPARO À PESQUISA DO ESTADO DE SÃO PAULO/EurekAlert!)  The study focused three fungi species which produce enzymes with application in biomass degradation; scientists in Brazil reveal how these substances

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioemergent Materials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Natural Rubber Development

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “What would industrial progress be without natural rubber?” asks Rubber Journal Asia. “It’s hardly imaginable.” Listed as one of our four most important natural resources (the

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Short-Term Bioenergy Solutions for Meeting the Two Degree Celsius Scenario (2DS)

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced BiofuelsUSA) Highlighting how policy makers, investors and scientists can jointly work together to transform the global energy system, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2017 Technology Roadmap

March 9, 2018 Read Full Article

100% Ethanol-Run Bikes to Be Launched this Month: Nitin Gadkari

by Swaraj Baggonkar (Money Control)  The ministry of road transport and highways is urging automotive companies to introduce flex engines that can run with ethanol content as high as 100 percent.

January 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Dry Idea: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Bioeconomy in Arid Regions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions (SBAR) is a multi-level research project that will cultivate two desert-dwelling crops, guayule and guar, for a sustainable bioeconomy. Scale up

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Eco-Friendly Method Can Turn Raw Biomass into High Value Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals

(IANS/Indian Express)  An international team of researchers, including from India and Bangladesh, has developed a cost-effective method of converting non-edible agricultural biomass, such as jute, or the waste by-product from

January 3, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

“Energycane” Jet Fuel Could Be the First Big Step Towards Cleaner Skies

by Deepak Kumar; Stephen P. Long; Vijay Singh (The Conversation/Inverse Innovation)  Airlines look to biomass-derived jet fuels to reduce their carbon footprint. … Bio-jet fuel can be produced from various plant

January 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel R&D for Ethanol, Green Chemical from Crop Waste

by Mike Foley (The Land)  A new fuel technology to convert harvested crops and other plant waste into biofuel and green chemical products is being developed with $11.9 million in funding

December 14, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

UF/IFAS-Developed Sorghum Cultivars Can Produce Thousands of Gallons of Ethanol

(University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Newswise)  … Although sorghum is a source for table syrup, scientists see a future in which we convert sorghum to biofuel, rather than

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Big Australia Is Back: Oz’s ARENA, China’s JTL Go Big with a Cellulosic Biofuels Bet

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he Australian Renewable Energy Agency has made its single largest direct investment in second-generation biofuels via $11.9M in funding support for Ethtec to complete the development and demonstration

December 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Hunter Valley Biofuel Facility to Advance Ethanol Production

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency/Ethanol Produce Magazine)  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency recently announced $11.9 million in funding for Australian biofuel company Ethanol Technologies Ltd. to complete the development and demonstration of its groundbreaking

December 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Now Deploying at Commercial Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

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

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

$2.25 Per Gallon Biohydrocarbon Fuels, Unsubsidized? Biozin Licenses IH2 Technology — Heads for Commercial-Scale in Norway

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Texas, CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2 technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding. The Front End

November 16, 2017 Read Full Article

VTT to Develop Enzymes Found in Wildfire-Prone Areas

( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Aviation Fuels and Much More: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”.  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon

November 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Expansion of Sugarcane Ethanol in Brazil Could Cut GHG Emissions

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A massive expansion of land use for sugar cane growth in Brazil, and a subsequent increase in ethanol production with the feedstock could reduce global

November 8, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Expanding Brazilian Sugarcane Could Dent Global CO2 Emissions

(Phys.org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article

A Blustery Day in the Bioeconomy’s Billion Acre Wood: The Latest from EPA, POET, Fuels America, Calyxt, Eligo Bioscience, Queensland, Gevo, Virgin, and Unilever

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Headwinds — US road transport biofuels producers are up in arms this week. There are reports of  oil industry led-efforts within the EPA to create an export-subsidy RIN, cut

October 4, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Timber Bio-Fuel Stymied by Lack of Government Incentives, Says Industry

(ABC News Rural)  With a number of coal-fired power stations tipped to close over the next decade, the Queensland timber industry says it could help alleviate any energy shortages by

September 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Australian Government Announces Support for Biorefinery Project

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Australian government has announced support for a $60 million proposed biorefinery that is expected to produce electricity, raw sugar and ethanol from sugarcane. Blue

July 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Brazilian Ethanol Producer Sees Boost from Plant Waste

by Joe Leahy (Folha de S.Paulo/”Financial Times”)  Raízen Energia, Brazil’s largest producer of sugar cane ethanol, is planning to scale up production at a new “second-generation” biofuel plant, in a move

July 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Service Providers Partner to Build Ethanol Plants in India

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering in Mumbai is partnering with the Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai to build second-generation ethanol plants across India. ICT will provide its

June 28, 2017 Read Full Article

N-butanol and Beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

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)

June 28, 2017 Read Full Article

A New Research and Innovation Project Will Foster Europe-Brazil Cooperation on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels

(BECOOL/AltEnergyMag) A new Horizon 2020 project will foster cooperation between Europe and Brazil in the development of advanced biofuels from sustainable agricultural value chains, based on lignocellulosic biomass. Coordinated by

June 5, 2017 Read Full Article

New Gladstone Plant a Boost for Biofuel Industry in Queensland

(Queensland Government)  Queensland is now home to the first commercial-scale advanced biofuels pilot plant and on the cusp of a new biofuel production-based industry for the State, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

June 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Supercritical Hydrofaction: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Steeper Energy and Decarbonizing Long-Haul Transport

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Not long ago, we updated on Steeper Energy, which has been executing on a $3m grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada towards development of a $30M 100

May 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Northern Oil Advanced Biofuels Pilot Plant Opening

by Francesca Brindle (Hydrocarbon Engineering)  Southern Oil has announced that Queensland Premier, the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, will officially open the Northern Oil advanced biofuels pilot plant in Gladstone on

May 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Praj Celebrates Inauguration of Second-Generation Ethanol Plant

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On May 7, Praj Industries Ltd. unveiled a demonstration-scale biorefinery capable of producing 1 MMly of cellulosic ethanol. The facility, located near Pune, India,

May 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Praj Commences 2G Smart Bio-Refinery

(Business Standard/Press Trust of India)  Praj Industries, the global process solutions company, today said it has commenced its first integrated second generation technology (2G) smart bio-refinery to produce ethanol from

May 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Research Focus: Improving the Conversion Process for Sorghum Bagasse Biomass

by Abdul-Sattar Nizami (King Abdulaziz University, Center of Excellence in Environmental Studies (CEES)) (RenewableEnergyFocus.com)  The conservation of biomass is essential for ensuring a continuous and quality supply of feedstock for

April 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Validated, Integrated: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Process

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

April 3, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Government to Formulate Policies on Ethanol, Methanol to Bring Down Crude Import Bill: Nitin Gadkari

(PTI/The Financial Express)  The Centre will soon come out with policies on the second-generation ethanol as well as methanol, non-conventional fuel resources, which will bring down the crude import bill

February 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Thailand Announces $11.3 Billion 10-Year Plan to Build Sugarcane and Cassava Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we reported from Thailand:  “The government launched its 10-year plan to build a bioeconomy hub for the region with private and public sector investment

January 26, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Environmental Friendly Methodology for Production of Ethanol from Bagasse by Sequential Bio-Processing

by Prabhuraj Balakrishnan (University of Manchester/Nanowerk News)  … In a research work by The University of Manchester academics (Prof. Colin Webb’s research group at the School of Chemical Engineering), a new

January 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Sugar, Sugar: Toray, Mitsui Set out to Build Monster Cellulosic Sugar Plant in Asia

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

January 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Toray to Make Biofuel Feedstock from Sugar Cane in Thailand

(Nikkei Asian Review)  Japanese company’s tech can cut costs at planned processing plant  —  Toray Industries looks to tap sugar cane waste in Thailand to produce raw materials for biofuel, a

January 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

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

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016

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

December 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Hi-Performance Tech Package: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Process

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

December 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Turning Sugar Waste into Light, and Job Opportunities

(Science Daily)  An alternate use for sugarcane waste has been proposed by a research team in India. While sugar is falling out of favor around the world, sugarcane residue is

November 25, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels Play Central Role in Brazil’s Climate Goals

by Leticia Phillips (Ethanol Producer Magazine/UNICA)  UNICA spokesperson describes Brazil’s climate change strategy and its reliance on biofuels —  … Brazil’s INDC targets 37 percent lower emissions by 2025 compared

November 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies Completes Construction of German Demo-Scale Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Global Bioenergies has completed construction of its 100 tons/year demonstration-scale plant, a project which commenced in mid-2015. It is located in the facility owned

November 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Who’s Got Hot Lignin? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignin Production and Prospects

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

November 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Who’s Got the Hot Sugars? The Digest’s 2016 Guide to Lignocellulosic Sugars and Their Producers

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

November 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Rural Cameroon to Explore Bioethanol as Economic Driver

(ESI Africa)  … Establishing a ‘sustainable industry within the community’ remains the key theme for newly formed energy and agriculture group, Wesaf Energy, who are exploring this growing market. The founders

November 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Get the Results of the Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Request for Information!

(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

November 6, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

BIO Latin America Conference 2016: Innovation, Investors and Institution in new Global Markets

by Laís Forti Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) promoted its first Latin America Conference in Sao Paulo October 26-28, 2016, co-hosted by Biominas and with the support

November 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Anellotech Has Another Mystery Date

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Just when Toyota Tsusho and Suntory were outed as Anellotech investors, along comes another stealthy investor, who has put $1.5M into the company, according to

October 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Alliance Releases Data from CTS Cellulosic Ethanol Multiple Feedstock Testing. Results Conclusive: CTS Economically Superior to Existing Cellulosic Conversion Processes

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.) Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is very pleased to release the results from months of

September 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Low Cost Cellulosic Sugars, Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Electrosep

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst all the discussion this week of deal-making in cellulosic and sugar-based fuels — the likes

September 9, 2016 Read Full Article

India Will Soon Be Zero Petroleum Import Country: Gadkari

(CNBC MoneyControl)  Despite low prices globally, India at present is incurring a massive Rs 4.5 lakh crore on crude imports

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Praj to Be the First Indian Technology Provider to Launch Green Fund for 2G Ethanol Projects

(Praj/PR Newswire)   First Indian Technology Company to Partner in 2G Ethanol Projects Through Green Fund; To Facilitate ‘Farmer Centric Biomass

August 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Rwanda: Mauritian Investors to Construct Sugar Factory in Eastern Provice

by Emmanuel Ntirenganya (AllAfrica.com)  The Government has given investors from Mauritius the green light to set up a sugar processing

August 9, 2016 Read Full Article

US, Brazil Demonstrate What’s Possible

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  UNICA wants to focus the discussion on the importance of advanced biofuels, like sugarcane ethanol.

August 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Doing More (and Better) with Less: 2016 Global Agribusiness Forum Shows the Ways to Provide Food and Bioenergy, with Sustainability, for an Increasing Population

by Lais Thomaz* and Dan Quadros** (Advanced Biofuels USA) With diverse and dynamic programming involving agribusiness, food safety, nutrition, sustainability and

July 26, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Cellulosic Sugars Heading for Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Leaf Resources

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Leaf Resources Limited (ASX:LER) is focused on making sustainable products from plant biomass,  offering an advanced

July 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Sub-$2/Gallon Biobased Hydrocarbon Fuels Head for Diesel-Hungry India

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  India’s SunLight Fuels licenses IH2 Technology for hydrocarbon transportation fuels from agricultural waste  —  In

May 25, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Scania Trucks Use Ethanol Made with Clariant’s Sunliquid Process

(Clariant/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Scania, one of the world’s top heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers,

May 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from

May 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Alkol Biotech Sells Large Batch of Sugarcane Bagasse for 2G Ethanol Testing

(Biofuels International)  Alkol Biotech, a UK-based biofuels research specialist, has announced that it has sold 500 kilos of EUnergyCane’s sugarcane

May 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Malawi Embraces Ethanol as Alternative Fuel

by Dibie Ike Michael (AfricaNews)  … Malawian motorists are now enjoying cheaper, greener alternative ethanol-fueled cars amid economic hardships in the country.

May 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Sugarcane-Based Biofuels and Bioproducts

by Ian O’Hara, Sagadevan Mundree (Wiley)  Sugarcane has garnered much interest for its potential as a viable renewable energy crop.

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

What Price Feedstock?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  In all, respondents foresaw an $11.352 billion feedstock bioeconomy, at $57 per ton for

May 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Clariant’s Sunliquid Technology Price Competitive with Brazilian Sugarcane Ethanol

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, testing on Clariant’s sunliquid technology has confirmed that the cost per liter of

April 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Having established a global leadership in 1st Generation Ethanol technology, Praj has initiated a project in

April 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Indian Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Set for Debut at Demonstration Scale in Uttarakhand

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In India, the first demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant will open this week at Indian Glycol

April 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Fast & Flexible: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Renmatix

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s

April 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Giant Step Forward for New Biofuels Industry in Queensland

(Queensland Government)  A $16 million advanced biofuels pilot plant will be built at Southern Oil Refining’s Yarwun plant at Gladstone,

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Queensland Greenlights Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Project for Military, Aviation, Marine

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Queensland, the state premier Anna Palaszczuk, the Minister for State Development Anthony Lynham, and the Minister

March 30, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Whatever Happened to Jatropha, and All Those Other Wonder Feedstocks?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … If jatropha faltered, never mind, went the argument, we’ll always have switchgrass. Or giant miscanthus,

March 7, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Raizen Has Lowest Price as Cellulosic Ethanol Hinges on Feedstock Cost

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Of the Six Existing Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Facilities, Raizen’s Projected Price of $2.17 per Gallon Is Lowest, as

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

7 Megatrends for the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Where is the bioeconomy headed? In the annual State of the Industry briefing at the

February 23, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Comet to Build 30K Ton Biomass Sugar Plant in Ontario

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Comet Biorefining announced at ABLC 2016 the location of its commercial-scale biomass-derived sugar

February 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

EPA Awards Grants to 38 Student Teams for Innovative Sustainable Projects

(US Environmental Protection Agency/ForConstructionPros.com)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 38 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grants to

February 16, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Chempolis’ Cellulosic Ethanol Technology Heads for Commercial-Scale in India

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Chempolis’ multi-year quest to build cellulosic ethanol in India finds a happy landing.  —  In

February 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Drop-In Renewable Fuels, Competitive with $30 Oil: The Digest’s 20-Slide Guide to the Correia Process

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany and Portugal, a new drop-in biofuels process has emerged which is cost compettive

February 10, 2016 Read Full Article

A New, Renewable, Drop-In, Waste-Based Fuel Emerges, Competitive with $30 Oil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Out of the EU comes a biogasoline blendstock made from waste residues in a novel

February 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuels Outlook: Abengoa Doubts May Not Affect Biofuels Industry

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Although the cellulosic ethanol industry has had some challenges, there is hope for the year

January 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Flex Fuel Policy of Government to Curb Pollution Worry Automakers

by Sriram Lakshman (The Hindu Business Line)  The move will decrease pollution and encourage a diversion in the sugar industry’s output

January 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Brazil Pioneers the Rise of ‘Second Generation’ Biofuel

(Petro-Online.com)  The roads of Brazil are flooded with over 36 million cars. With over 60% of vehicles running on ethanol

December 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Chempolis, Avantha Partner to Offer Cellulosic Technology

(Chempolis, Ltd.)  Chempolis Ltd., a Finland-based biorefining technology corporation, has entered into partnership with Avantha Group’s research wing Avantha Centre

December 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Next-Generation Sugarcane Ethanol a Sweet Alternative to Gasoline

by Bill Hinchberger (Globe and Mail)  As the world prepares to wean itself from fossil fuels, many eyes are turning

December 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Are All Processes Made Equally?: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Clariant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic

December 7, 2015 Read Full Article

Brazil Pins Renewable Energy Hopes on 2nd Generation Ethanol

by Natalia Ramos (Yahoo! Finance/Agence France Press)  Brazil thinks it has the sweet solution to ridding the world of reliance

December 4, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Sugar and Grain Industries Say New Ethanol Legislation Is a Big Win

(ABC News)  Australia’s biggest sugar milling company, Wilmar, says new legislation boosts the chances of bioethanol becoming a major contributor

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Whole Crop Utilization: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Idaho National Laboratory’s BioEnergy Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  INL’s program aims to overcome key technical barriers facing the U.S. bioenergy industry by systematically

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Pyromaniax Update: Anellotech Raises $7M from Mystery Investor, Takes on Key Scale-Up Data Task

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will fund 25M high unit, Operational in 2016, to confirm viability of confirm viability Bio-TCat

November 20, 2015 Read Full Article

New Biobased Projects Around the World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe,

November 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels and Climate Change: Challenges of Paris Conference

by Demetrio Bueno Carvalho (Astana Times)  … Referring to Brazilian experience, in the past 12 years the blending of ethanol with gasoline

November 13, 2015 Read Full Article

Will Boaters Make Gevo Rock?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite a signature partnership with Praj, Gevo’s short-term future looks strongest at the marina, where

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Stora Enso Division US Headquarters Move to Raceland, Louisiana

by Katie Fletcher (Biomass Magazine) …The Raceland plant uses technology developed by Virdia and enables cellulosic biomass, such as wood or agricultural waste, to be

October 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Building Sustainable Cellulosic Biofuel Portfolios

by Rajdeep Golecha (Biomass Magazine)  The amount of risk in supply variation a biorefinery is willing to accept will depend

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Absolut Plans P500-Million Sugar Mill, Cogeneration Plant

by Lenie Lectura  (Business Mirror)  Absolut Distillers Inc. revealed on Tuesday plans to construct a sugar mill and cogeneration plant

October 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Diamond in the Rough: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Cobalt’s Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cobalt Technologies was commercializing cellulosic biobutanol, a versatile platform molecule for the renewable chemicals and

October 15, 2015 Read Full Article

GranBio, Solvay JV Acquires Cobalt Technologies’ Assets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We can now affirmatively report that SGBio, a joint venture between the Solvay Group and

October 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Feedstocks of the Future

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Commercial-scale production and harvest of several annual and perennial biomass feedstocks is under way,

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Taurus Energy Signs Key Brazilian Material Transfer aAgreement; Wins US Patent for More Ethanol, Xylose; Less Xylitol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, Taurus Energy has signed a material transfer agreement with a leading research and

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

An Integrated Approach to Cellulosic Fuels: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid process

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to

August 31, 2015 Read Full Article

US Navy Seeks Australian Cane and Grain Biofuels to Help Power Its Fleet

by Marty McCarthy and Arlie Felton-Taylor (ABC Rural)  Could Australian agriculture help to literally fuel the United States Navy’s expansion

August 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to

August 24, 2015 Read Full Article

The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top 10 Pyrolysis Projects in Renewable Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been around for a generation or so — fast pyrolysis, that is. Though in

August 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Brazil’s President Rousseff Christens Raizen Cellulosic Biofuels Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen’s technology at commercial-scale, and officially open for business.  In Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff launched

July 27, 2015 Read Full Article

High School Students Take Control of Bioethanol Pilot Plant in Mackay

by David Sparkes (ABC Rural)  As the Queensland Government and industry players try to usher in a new era for

July 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Government to Introduce Flexible-Fuel Policy to Cut Dependence on Imported Fossil Fuels

by Chanchal Pal Chauhan (Economic Times)   Government plans to introduce flexible-fuel policy for the automotive industry to promote new sources

July 7, 2015 Read Full Article

At a Crossroads, Biofuels Seek a New Path Forward

by Richard Martin (MIT Technology Review)  New microbes and new techniques show promise for advanced biofuels, but the industry is still

July 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Looking at Next-Generation Biofuel, Converting Waste into Fuel: Brekelmans of Shell

by Anilesh S Mahajan  (Business Today)  Shell Global’s Harry Brekelmans is very optimistic about the India story. Brekelmans sits on the

June 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Researchers Develop Process for Drop-In Aviation Biofuel

(Department of Energy/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory/ECNMag.com)  While biofuels have proven to be an effective, renewable, low-carbon alternative to gasoline and

June 16, 2015 Read Full Article

BP Warns State It Will Close Jennings Biofuels Site

(The Advertiser)  BP is closing its biofuels plant in Jennings, ending jobs there for 56 people.  Aline Thoeny, human resources

May 8, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies Heads for Demo Scale: A Magic Path to Isobutane in Sight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In France, Global Bioenergies announced that it has completed the financing of its demo plant,

April 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Mumias Sugar to Take on Spectre in Ethanol Plant Strategy

(The Star) Mumias Sugar will start buying bagasse and molasses from rivals to feed its ethanol production plant, it said after

March 10, 2015 Read Full Article

Construction Starts on Raceland Sugar Cane Conversion Plant

by Aaren Gordon (Daily Comet)  Construction has started on a $60 million plant in Raceland that will convert sugar cane

March 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Visalia-Based Edeniq Engineering Ethanol’s Future

by George Lurie (The Business Journal NOW)  … Lower oil prices, (Brian) Thome (president and CEO of Edeniq) said, translate into “lower

March 3, 2015 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with… William Ramírez, President, COLBIOCEL

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Colbiocel is a Colombian company that is developing a cellulosic ethanol project with a production

February 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Anellotech, IFP Energies Nouvelles and Axens to Develop Aromatics Technology from Non-Food Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pyromania! Anellotech lands key European partners to commercialize its pyrolysis-based pathway to high-value renewable BTX

January 20, 2015 Read Full Article

BP’s Exit from Cellulosic Ethanol: the Assets, the Auction, the Process, the Timing, the Skinny

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The complete details on BP’s exit and the considerable physical and intellectual assets available for

January 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Raizen, Iogen’s Brazilian Cellulosic Ethanol Project, in Pictures

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol facility utilizing (waste) sugarcane bagasse as a feedstock.

December 30, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuels Program under Review

by Riza T. Olchandra (Philippine Daily Inquirer)  Energy authorities are calling for more investments in biofuels as officials review a

December 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Second Generation Biofuels Market is Expected to Reach $23.9 Billion, Global, by 2020 – Allied Market Research

(Allied Market Research/PR Web)  According to a new report by Allied Market Research titled, “Global Second Generation Biofuels – Size,

December 22, 2014 Read Full Article

Raizen, Iogen Commence Cellulosic Ethanol Production in Brazil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1 billion liters by 2024, vows Raizen. Record speed on start-up. What’s the story on

December 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Falling Oil Prices Will Push Many Cellulosic Fuel Makers into the Red

(Lux Research, Inc.)  Cellulosic feedstocks can keep bio-based fuels and materials from competing with food, but despite 2.4 billion tons

December 16, 2014 Read Full Article

Edeniq Heads down Success-at-Scale Avenue, in China

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Virtuosos of Visalia land a major contract with China giant Global Bio-chem — a 50KT

December 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Challenges which Hinder the Growth of the Sugar and Alcohol Sector in Brazil

by Roberto Coelho* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  As discussed at the recent F.O. Licht’s conference, Sugar and Ethanol Brazil, the current status

November 26, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Shell: Expects to Be Producing Advanced Biofuels at Scale, in US, by End of Decade

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell VP Matthew Tipper, at ABLCNext:  “We will likely begin manufacture in the southeast United

November 21, 2014 Read Full Article

Angola: Biocom Produces Over 3000 Tons of Ethanol in Experimental Phase

(AllAfrica.com)  At least 1.550 tons of sugar and 3.600 cubic metres of ethanol have already been produced in the experimental

November 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Yield Quest for Cellulosic biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a new wave of cellulsoic processes find the key to capturing the carbon lost

November 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Louisiana Biofuels Projects Help Spur Nationwide Green Jobs Growth

by Jennifer Larino (NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune)    Louisiana added 225 jobs in the biofuels industry during the third quarter, ranking alongside

November 10, 2014 Read Full Article

GranBio Planing Second Brazil Site for Cellulosic Ethanol

by Vanessa Dezem and Gerson Freitas Jr. (Bloomberg)  GranBio Investimentos SA, the Brazilian biotechnology company that opened the southern hemisphere’s first

October 16, 2014 Read Full Article

Bioethanol Plant Fuelling CHP Facility

By David Appleyard (Co-Generation and On-Site Power Production)  A new bioethanol production plant that has been commissioned in Brazil is

October 10, 2014 Read Full Article

Ahead of His Time

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The idea of wet biomass storage has yet to catch on in the cellulosic

October 1, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes With…Manoel Carnauba, COO, GranBio

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … GranBio is a Biotech company based in Brazil and USA. We’re now starting up the

October 1, 2014 Read Full Article

Cuba's Sugar Industry to Use Bagasse for Bioenergy

(Inter Press Service)  Cuba’s sugar industry hopes to become the main source of clean energy in the country as part

September 30, 2014 Read Full Article

Clariant’s Demonstration Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Germany: The Complete Facility, in Pictures

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Producing enzymes and yeasts on site, as part of the complete biomass-to-fuels manufacturing process. …

September 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Cellulosics and the EU: Chasing Higher Rates, Yields, and More Value from Lignin

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The cellulosic scene in the EU is lively and well — greatly cheered by news

September 26, 2014 Read Full Article

GranBio Starts Cellulosic Ethanol Production at 21 Million Gallon Plant in Alagoas, Brazil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  World’s largest-known cellulosic ethanol project to date comes online in Brazil in record time. In

September 25, 2014 Read Full Article

Louisiana Entrepreneur Embodies Industry Switch from Emphasis on Biofuels to Bioproducts

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Golden Leaf Energy’s Troy A. Clark grew up in Louisiana. Studying chemical engineering at

September 23, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

NFR BioEnergy to Develop Bagasse Pellet Projects in Louisiana

(Office of the Governor Bobby Jindal)  Governor Bobby Jindal and Chief Operating Officer Frank Randazzo of NFR BioEnergy announced the

September 16, 2014 Read Full Article

$60M Biomass Plant to Tap into Lafourche Bagasse

(New Orleans City Business)  A Lafourche Parish mill will be the site of a $60 million biochemical facility that will

September 8, 2014 Read Full Article

Alkol Biotech to Develop Sugarcane Research Lab in Europe

(Global BioBusiness)  … Alkol Biotech, signed an agreement with the council of the city of Motril in the Andalusia region

August 22, 2014 Read Full Article

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