Advanced Biofuels USA: promoting the understanding, development and use of advanced biofuels around the world.

Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

Read the full story »
Business News/Analysis

Federal Legislation

Political news and views from Capitol Hill.

More Coming Events

Conferences and Events List in Addition to Coming Events Carousel (above)

Original Writing, Opinions Advanced Biofuels USA

Sustainability

Home » Archive by Tags

Articles tagged with: biobutanol

VIDEO: Planning Permission for Celtic Renewables’ Whiskey Waste to Biofuel Plant
December 13, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  Celtic Renewables has secured planning permission from Falkirk Council to build a commercial demonstrator plant, which will produce over half a million litres of biofuel each year from whiskey wastes.
Scottish biofuel start-up, Celtic Renewables …

Global Biofuel Market Continue to be Dominated by United States and Brazil Together, Finds New Market Research Report
November 15, 2017 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(EIN Presswire/Market Research Reports Inc.)  The global Biofuel market is one which is expected to grow in the future due to the huge amount of demand placed on renewable energy. The amount of usable conventional sources …

AVAPCO, BYOGY Renewables, and Petron Scientech Announce Partnership to Demonstrate Technologies in the ABBA Integrated Biorefinery Projec
October 10, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(PR Web)  The ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project, to be built at the AVAPCO Thomaston Georgia site, will co-produce bio jet fuel and Bioplus® nanocellulose. It has received a Phase 1, $3.7 million award from the Department …

World’s First Car to Be Fuelled by Whisky Residue Biofuel Takes Its Inaugural Journey
July 7, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Celtic Renewables)  Celtic Renewables Ltd, the innovative and award winning start-up company, set the wheels in motion of the first car to be fueled by a whisky residue biofuel.
The fuel – biobutanol – is a …

N-butanol and Beyond: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
June 28, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

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

Transforming Eco-Product Performance and Accessibility: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont and Biomaterials
June 1, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DuPont has developed a multi-part strategy to deliver new technologies to the growing biofuels and chemicals markets market. The strategy includes:
(1) improving existing ethanol production through differentiated agriculture seed products …

Progress on Transport Biofuels in Korea
May 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Jin-Suk Lee and Kyu-Young Kang (IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  Since Korea imports over 95% of its energy demand, thus energy security has always been an important driver in the national agenda. In addition, CO2 mitigation has …

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

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

Seaweed Cultivation Could Provide a Promising Source of Sustainable Aviation Biofuels, Finds Norwegian Report
April 7, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Seaweed could become a promising source of biofuels for aviation if sustainably produced and economic and policy challenges can be overcome, says a report by Norwegian NGO Bellona. Seaweeds, or macroalgae, generally contain …

Whisky Business: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Celtic Renewables
March 13, 2017 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In uniquely combining the whisky by-products, Celtic Renewables Ltd adapt the traditional Weizmann Fermentation process (also known as ABE fermentation) to a brand new and entirely sustainable novel substrate – …

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2017
January 3, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2017? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.
As the …

Ocean Going Vessels Going Green
November 23, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by  Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Currently over 866 million tons per year of CO2, or 2.4% of the world’s total, come from maritime sources.   A report to the European Parliament predicts that maritime …

ButaNexT: Future of Clean Fuels Presented at E2KW in Paris
November 4, 2016 – 9:49 am | No Comment

(European Commission Community Research and Development Information Service/Greenovate! Europe)  The ButaNexT project presented its research into a new and improved biofuel – biobutanol – at the Energy and Environment Knowledge Week (E2KW) Congress in Paris …

Isobutanol: A New Product from Revamped Ethanol Plants
September 29, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

by Jess Hewitt and Kapil S Lokare (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   … Now, there is also competition for production between renewable fuels. Ethanol plants can produce fuel ethanol but they can also be retrofitted or …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont in the Advanced Bioeconomy
August 31, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

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

Intratec Reveals Production Costs of Green Chemicals and Biofuels
August 30, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(Intratec Solutions LLC/EIN Presswire)  New reports evaluate the economic feasibility of chemicals manufacturing through alternative, bio-based routes —  Intratec Solutions LLC, the leading source for chemical markets data and production cost reports, is pleased to …

Where’s Butanol, or Other Substitutes for Gasoline besides Ethanol?
August 26, 2016 – 9:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Is there some fundamental reason that the automotive biofuels people haven’t shifted to butanol or iso-butanol or some other compound that would be more compatible with gasoline and the present …

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

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

Intratec Reveals Production Costs of Green Chemicals and Biofuels
August 17, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Intratec Solutions)  New reports evaluate the economic feasibility of chemicals manufacturing through alternative, bio-based routes  —  Intratec Solutions LLC, the leading source for chemical markets data and production cost reports, is pleased to publish new …

Making It Work for the Grower: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont’s Cellulosic Feedstock
July 19, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DuPont has developed a three-part strategy to deliver these new technologies to the growing biofuels market to help biofuels become more competitive with petroleum. The strategy includes:
(1) improving existing ethanol …

Re-Think, Re-Use, Retro-Fit: 15 4G Techs Transforming Gen-1 Biobased Plants
June 17, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Here, we profile 15 techs that offer incremental to profound shifts in the economics of the Gen-1 ethanol fleet, and have implications for everything from passenger cars to jets.
#15 Vertimass  and Byogy
#14 …

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

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

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

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

Drop in, Trip Out, Turn On: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Drop-In Fuels
March 31, 2016 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yesterday, we held a well-attended webinar on “Drop-In Fuels” Here below is the first slide deck presented on the day. We’ll have the remainder of slides tomorrow.
The recorded version can …

GS Caltex to Build Plant for Biobutanol in H1
March 25, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Lee Seo-young (Korea Herald)  GS Caltex will begin the construction of a plant for mass-production of biobutanol, a renewable biofuel for cars that can be used as a substitute for gasoline, during the first …

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

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

RFA Issues One-Pager to Correct Anti-Ethanol Rhetoric on the Presidential Campaign Trail
January 22, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuel Association)  In response to the anti-ethanol rhetoric that has been dominating the presidential campaign in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a one-pager to media outlets to …

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

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

First Commercial! Construction Underway in Minnesota for Green Biologics
December 4, 2015 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  In Minnesota, construction is now underway at the Green Biologics bio-based n-butanol and acetone manufacturing facility in Little Falls, MN. The existing manufacturing site, formerly known as The Central …

RIL Tanks up on Biofuels to Cut Emissions
November 23, 2015 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

Kalpana Pathak (Business Standard)  In this last of a 5-part series, we look at Reliance Industries and the steps it is taking to reduce its carbon footprint  …   In its own business of fuel, …

New Biobased Projects Around the World
November 18, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who’s building what, where, now. 29 projects in construction or in commissioning in Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Australia, and the Americas
Despite low oil prices, first-gen biofuels and advanced …

Will Boaters Make Gevo Rock?
November 11, 2015 – 10:30 am | No Comment

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

So, a pretty good deal for both. Gevo potentially gets some new customers …

Advanced Fuels from Farm Trash: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to DuPont’s Activities in Biomass
October 27, 2015 – 9:53 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DuPont has developed a three-part strategy to deliver these new technologies to the growing biofuels market to help biofuels become more competitive with petroleum. The strategy includes:
(1) improving existing ethanol …

Abengoa to Launch Bio-Alcohols Production in Early 2016
October 22, 2015 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by  Yana Palagacheva (ICIS News)  … After successfully establishing its alternative ethanol production route, Abengoa is now seeking to diversify its portfolio with its bio-alcohols project, particularly bio-butanol.
“We have quite a wide branch of final products and …

Hope for an End to the Ethanol Debacle?
October 21, 2015 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Norm Schultz (Trade Only Today)  … Biobutanol is real. Scientists at DuPont have been developing it for more than a decade. Held up since 2011 by a barrage of now-settled patent disputes, this new fuel …

Diamond in the Rough: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Cobalt’s Technology
October 15, 2015 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Cobalt Technologies was commercializing cellulosic biobutanol, a versatile platform molecule for the renewable chemicals and fuels.  The Company’s technology efficiently converts diverse non-food feedstocks – initially, lignocellulosic extracts from woody …

GranBio, Solvay JV Acquires Cobalt Technologies’ Assets
October 15, 2015 – 9:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We can now affirmatively report that SGBio, a joint venture between the Solvay Group and GranBio, has acquired assets from Cobalt  including the bank of microorganisms and intellectual property related …

8 Ways around the Big, Bad Oxygen Problem in the Advanced Bioeconomy Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the terrestrial world, oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour without some.  In the Bioeconomy Cinematic Universe, oxygen is harder than steel, heavier than a …

Barley Straw Shows Potential as Transport Biofuel Raw Material
September 30, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Eastern Finland)  The hemicellulose sugars of barley straw can be effectively fermented into biobutanol, when starch is added during the pre-treatment or fermentation process, shows a new University of Eastern Finland study.
Seeking to …

Sugar Is the New Crude: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to American Process
September 29, 2015 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Although American Process has been most closely associated with its complete cellulosic biofuels package — of late, the company has been much in focus because of its capabilities in producing …

Global Bio-based Butanol Market 2015-2019 – Key Vendors are Butalco, Butamax, Cobalt, Gevo, Green Biologics, Laxmi Organic Industries, Novozymes, Syntec Biofuel & ZeoChem
September 23, 2015 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/Research and Markets)  Research and Markets  has announced the addition of the“Global Bio-based Butanol Market 2015-2019” report to their offering.
The global bio-based butanol market to grow at a CAGR of 9.27% over the period …

U of G Researchers Study Sugar Corn as Alternative Fuel Source
September 16, 2015 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

(University of Guelph)  Canadian farmers might one day grow sugar corn for a potentially huge alternative fuels market through a new project involving University of Guelph researchers.
Along with scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the …

Whisky Biofuels Company Wins £11m in Government Funding
September 8, 2015 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Ben Martin (The Telegraph)  Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables uses waste products from malt whisky production to produce biobutanol, which power cars and lorries — A Scottish company that makes bio-fuels from the waste produced by the …

New Biofuel-Producing Bacteria Discovered
August 17, 2015 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Scientists from the University of Maryland will report in the Journal of Theoretical Biology that they have isolated several different strains of bacteria that make high concentrations of biofuels from …

Boosting Biofuel Production: New MIT Research Finds Supplements Help Yeast Survive.
July 14, 2015 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Stauffer (MIT Energy Initiative)   Chemical engineers and biologists at MIT have found a simple way to make yeast produce more ethanol from sugars: Spike the mixture they’re growing on with two common chemicals. Adding …

Global Second Generation Biofuels (Advanced Biofuels) Market Analysis, Size, Share, Trends, Research, Demand And Forecast to 2020: Big Market Research
July 1, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

(Big Market Research/PR Newswire)   Second generation biofuels yield more energy efficient output than conventional fossil fuels and are environment-friendly as well. Other enabling factors such as favourable environmental regulations & policies, investments/funds provided by …

The 35 Hottest Companies in Feedstock Development & Supply in the Advanced Bioeconomy
June 30, 2015 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Solazyme took the #1 spot in the 2015 “35 Hottest Companies in Feedstock Development & Supply” rankings, announced today by The Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily, at the …

RIP Cobalt Technologies or…How Commercializing Butanol Technology is Like Riding the Tour de France
June 25, 2015 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Sam Nejame & James Evangelow (Biofuels Digest/Promotum and Chemical Strategies)  Sad to say Cobalt Technologies is dead – no really they’re dead – it’s not just double secret probation anymore. Although you’d almost not even know …

Ethanol and Butanol: Symbiotic Partners for a Modern Fuel
June 11, 2015 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Bill Brandon and  Richard Ezike (Biofuels Digest)  The debate touting butanol over ethanol as a ‘better’ fuel component has gone on for quite some time in biofuel circles. Those who support butanol point to …

GS Caltex to Build Biobutanol Plant
June 3, 2015 – 10:35 am | No Comment

(Yonhap News Agency)  GS Caltex Co., South Korea’s second-largest refiner, plans to build a 50 billion won (US$44 million) plant to produce biobutanol, a biofuel, the presidential office said Tuesday.
The announcement, which was made as …

Renewable Isobutanol: It’s Time for a Truce
May 19, 2015 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by James Evangelow (Chemical Strategies) & Sam Nejame (Promotum) (Biofuels Digest)  If an advertising professional were writing the copy, renewable isobutanol would be called “The new and improved ethanol”. It overcomes essentially all the major deficiencies of …

Oakbio Announces New Green Biofuel Production Platform
May 15, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

(Oakbio/Digital Journal)  his ecoli based microbe platform expands the sources of waste materials Oakbio can convert to green, renewable fuels and other chemicals to include agricultural and municipal waste products.
Oakbio announced today (May 14, 2015) …

Auctions for All Assets of Two Silicon Valley-Based Clean Technology Firms: Biofuel producer, Cobalt Technologies and Flow Cell Energy Storage Company, EnerVault
May 14, 2015 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

(Silicon Valley Disposition/PRNewswire)   Silicon Valley Disposition (http://www.svdisposition.com) announced today that it will simultaneously run online auctions of all of physical assets from the head quarter facilities for Cobalt Technologies located in Mountain View, California …

Thrive, Survive, Jive or Take Five: Who Is Weathering the $50 Oil Storm in Biofuels, and How?
May 14, 2015 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   … Survive  —  First-Gen ethanol producers. So-so. Corn prices have fallen, and though margins have been compressed and gone negative in some cases, balance sheets remain strong and the margin …

Alaska Airlines, Gevo to Demonstrate Renewable Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel in Upcoming Flight
May 8, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alaska Airlines ups the ante in the search for sustainable, affordable jet fuels.  In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly …

Minnesota, the Green Giant: Going All out on Agrastructure and the Advanced Bioeconomy
April 10, 2015 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Today, we look at how Minnesota, too, has been experiencing success via its bioeconomy, and how and why.  The traditional view of “Minnesota”? A giant metropolis in the Twin Cities, …

Answers for Your Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, Bioproducts and Sustainable Agriculture.
April 9, 2015 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Amazing questions get asked at ABLC — and except for attendees, you generally don’t hear them, or the answers. Let’s change that.  With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen …

Mie Grad Students Make Biofuel from Unwanted Fruit
March 26, 2015 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

(Japan Times)  Graduate students at Mie University have produced biofuel from the region’s tangerines, saying the technique provides a use for unwanted fruit. They believe it could be promoted as a locally sourced form of …

Small Ethanol Plants Struggle for an Edge
March 2, 2015 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  As production plants have grown larger and more efficient, small, older ethanol plants risk being left behind.

Most vintage ethanol plants, including Buffalo Lake, expanded over the years, but that isn’t …

Build or Conquer? 3 Companies Battling Over the Future of Biofuels
March 1, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko  (Motley Fool)  … Yet, to date only three commercial scale cellulosic ethanol facilities have been built in the United States. Why aren’t there more? The technology is more complicated than most think.
The first …

World’s First Biofuel from Whisky Residues Aim for Lead in £100m Market
February 26, 2015 – 7:36 pm | No Comment

(The Engineer)  A Scottish company has revived a defunct fermentation technology to create biofuel from the residues of whisky production.  Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables said it now plans to build a production facility in central Scotland …

Biobutanol Firms Chart Diverging Paths
February 6, 2015 – 11:10 am | No Comment

By Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical and Engineering News)  For years, industrial biotech companies have sought to make renewable chemicals by repurposing the corn fermentation capabilities of underutilized fuel ethanol plants. As recent news from two …

Biobutanol Firms Chart Diverging Paths
January 27, 2015 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

By Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical and Engineering News)  For years, industrial biotech companies have sought to make renewable chemicals by repurposing the corn fermentation capabilities of underutilized fuel ethanol plants. As recent news from two …

Biofuel from Unmarketable Oranges
January 5, 2015 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Floro Mercene (Tempo)  The town of Mihama in Mie Prefecture, Japan, is known as “the town where you can pick Mikan (Mandarin oranges) all year long. The mikan is the most popular fruit in …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (EU, Middle East and Africa)
December 29, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aviation biofuels on the rise, in the skies” tops the trend list; drop-in and cellulosic ethanol projects; M&A and cap raises, and action from strategic investors and customers dominate the …

ASTM Approves New Standard for Butanol Purity Testing
December 15, 2014 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(ASTM International/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With several beneficial attributes that make it a good blending agent in gasoline, butanol continues to hold promise for use as a biofuel. It is compatible with existing vehicles and refueling …

Celtic Renewables Opts For A Well-Oiled Remedy
November 20, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Ann M. Thayer  (Chemical and Engineering News) Scottish startup to make biobased chemicals 
from the leftovers of whisky production
The process for making Scotch whisky uses three ingredients: water, yeast, and a grain, primarily barley. About …

Closing In on Butanol for Biofuel
November 20, 2014 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

by Ann Perry (US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service)  Butanol is the go-to industrial solvent for products such as lacquers and enamels, but it might also play a substantial role in the production of …

Mie University Researchers Convert Discarded Oranges into ‘Juiced-Up’ Biofuel
November 18, 2014 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

By Fumiko Takaki (The Asahi Shimbun)  Scientists at Mie University here have developed a biofuel from unmarketable oranges and waste left over after making orange juice that may put the squeeze on existing bioethanol as …

Gevo Finds a Way
November 14, 2014 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Like Rocky Balboa, no matter how many punches they take, Gevo just won’t fall over.  In fact, the company’s prospects have brightened considerably in recent months — is the company …

California Energy Commission to Award up to $3M for Advanced Biofuel Projects
October 29, 2014 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(Green  Car Congress)  The California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) announced (PON-14-602) the availability of up to $3 million in grant funds for biofuels projects that are in the …

Gulf Racing Fuels Selling High Performance Fuels Using Gevo’s Renewable Isobutanol
October 3, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(Gevo)  Initial Focus on Marine and Off-Road Fuel Markets — Gevo, Inc.(Nasdaq:GEVO), the world’s only commercial producer of renewable isobutanol, announced that it is selling renewable isobutanol to Gulf Racing Fuels for their new line of marine and …

Celtic Renewables Wins Top Motor Vehicle Sustainability Award
September 15, 2014 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

(Celtic Renewables) Celtic Renewables has been recognised by the motor industry, winning a top honour at the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP)’s annual Low Carbon Champions awards.
The company won the Low CVP’s award for Low Carbon Innovation by an SME at …

Gevo Boosts Revs in Q2, but Losses Widen; Aims for Break-Even at Luverne by Year End
August 21, 2014 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The increase in revenue during 2014 is primarily a result of the production and sale of ethanol and distiller’s grains of $5.5 million following the transition of the Luverne …

The Greensome Foursome: POET, Novozymes, Abengoa, NexSteppe on the Industry Outlook for 2014
July 2, 2014 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As several major cellulosic biofuels ventures head for scale in 2014, we look at the companies, the major barriers (as they see them) for further capacity-building, sources for future investment, …

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Celtic Renewables raises $2M, partners with Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant
Celtic Renewables, the Edinburgh-based biofuel company, has signed an agreement with Europe’s foremost biotechnology pilot facility to undergo next stage …

“But I Won’t Cry for Yesterday”: The Re-Making of the US Ethanol Industry
May 22, 2014 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The migration from first-gen to next-gen biofuels is becoming less ‘Invisible’ — and the new landscape is not, by anyone’s estimation, an ‘Ordinary World’.   If Aemetis’ latest earnings hadn’t rocked …

How Laboratory Information Management Systems Can Prepare Labs for Biofuels Growth
May 15, 2014 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Colin Thurston (Thermo Fisher Scientific)  With dramatic drops in U.S. energy imports, a clear sign of our growing energy independence, it would appear that renewables investment is at risk, including within the biofuels market. …

Asheville Entrepreneur Aims to Harness Cyanobacteria’s Photosynthetic Prowess
May 14, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Mary-Russell Roberson  (News Observer)  Bruce Dannenberg is a big fan of cyanobacteria – the ancient lineage of organisms you may remember from high school as blue-green algae. Turns out cyanobacteria aren’t algae after all; …

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 …

Gevo Biofuel Produced in Luverne, Minn., Passes Army Helicopter Test
December 26, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by David Shaffer (Star Tribune)  Gevo Inc., which produces an alternative alcohol in a former ethanol plant in Luverne, Minn., said Monday that the Army has successfully flown a Black Hawk helicopter using a 50-50 …

Special Asia Biofuels Report: The Top 10 Stories of the Year, and More
December 26, 2013 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Asia looks at petroleum reserves and exploration and concludes: our future is in biomass.
As we wrote in 2012: “There’s only one complete region for biofuels where abundant feedstock, lack of oil …

Bio-Isobutanol Wins Key Thumbs-up from Underwriters Labs
December 23, 2013 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, Underwriters Laboratories announced a joint research program has determined that gasoline fuel storage and dispensing equipment meeting latest UL standards can safely and successfully use blends of up …

Senate Hearing Addresses 2014 RFS Proposal
December 12, 2013 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works held a hearing Dec. 11 on the U.S. EPA’s proposed rule to set 2014 volume requirements under the renewable fuel …

How Whisky Makers Could Soon Be Providing A Superior Biofuel
November 21, 2013 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Spross (ThinkProgress.org)  With any luck, future whisky fans may be able to enjoy their three fingers in the afternoon with the added knowledge they’ve contributed to a climate-friendly energy economy.According to E&E News, …

The Four Horsemen of the Financials: Gevo, Solazyme, Amyris Report for Q3
November 7, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In years gone by, it was not too hard to write up a summary of Gevo, Solazyme and Amyris — all aimed at fuels, all in the development stage, all …

Carbon-Negative Biobutanol for $2 per Gallon? ITRI Says Its ButyFix Technology Has the Right Stuff
November 4, 2013 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Seeking low-carbon fuels, even negative carbon? Or, looking for a low-cost, cellulosic renewable fuel? Or, in search of a capital-light, bolt-on technology to drive better economics for first-yen ethanol plants? …

The DIY Renewable Fuel Standard
November 1, 2013 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biobutanol, ethanol, renewable diesel, renewable gasoline and biodiesel — five renewable fuels.   By what combination could they meet the titanic US target of 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel by …

Isobutanol to the Rescue
October 29, 2013 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. Coast Guard is testing isobutanol gasoline blends in its marine engines.
Since its founding in 1790 as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, the U.S. Coast Guard has had a …

Bunge Signals a Shift from Sugar; What’s the Impact for Advanced Biofuels?
October 25, 2013 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New York, in the wake of a $37 million Q1 loss in its sugar unit, Bunge CEO Soren Schroder, who took the reins of the company in June, announced …

Industrial Biobased Ventures Raise $364M in Q3 2013; 5-Minute Guide to the Bioinvesting Landscape
October 23, 2013 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biobased investing continues surging, both direct and via strategics.  The Digest has the data and the scoop in our 5-Minute Guide.
In Florida, Biofuels Digest reports that 9 biobased ventures raised …

ASTM Publishes D7862 Standard for Butanol
October 10, 2013 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine)  Butanol has a new ASTM International standard, intended for blends with gasoline at 1 to 12.5 percent volumes to be used as an automotive spark-ignition engine fuel. ASTM D7862 …

Butamax and Highwater Ethanol Break Ground on Biobutanol Retrofit Project Including Installation of Novel Corn Oil Separation Technology
October 3, 2013 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(GlobeNewsWire)  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels LLC, the leading biobutanol technology company, and Highwater Ethanol LLC, a leading producer of first generation ethanol, have begun to retrofit Highwater’s ethanol plant in Lamberton, Minnesota for the production of …

Bureau of Energy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) : Significant Advancement in BOE-Funded Biofuel Technolgy International Award Recognizes Cellulose Butanol Technology
October 2, 2013 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders)  The Bureau of Energy, MOEA has been funding long-term R&D on biofuel, and new biofuel technology has successfully been developed. The project, entitled “Carbon loss-free cellulose butanol production technology” won the 2013 R&D 100 …

Helping Bacteria Tolerate Biofuels
September 19, 2013 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Erika Gebel Berg  (Chemical and Engineering News)  Protein Engineering: Scientists evolve a bacterial protein pump that pulls butanol out of cells to make microbes into better biofuel factories
Biologists can engineer microorganisms to make biofuels, …

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

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

Biofuels, Whiskey and Me
August 27, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In China, Dr. Martin Tangney recently appeared at the TEDxWanChai meet-up in Hong Kong, with a talk entitled “Biofuels, Whiskey and me”.
It reflects on Tangney’s experience of establishing the UK’s first …

4C-Able Future: Biobased Butanol, Butadiene and BDO Are Having a Hot Year
August 22, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s been quite a year on the four-carbon platform — also known as C4, 4C, buta-something, Fantastic Four, or what have you.
Though two-carbon fuels such as ethanol have long dominated …

Bacteria and Fungi Together: A Biofuel Dream Team?
August 20, 2013 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Brodwin (Scientific American)  A group of researchers enlist fungi and E. coli to make the first biofuel of its kind
… The team took Trichoderma reesei, a fungi widely known for its ability to efficiently decompose the non-edible …

The Need for the Renewable Fuel Standard
August 19, 2013 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)  …The state of Iowa is proving that our farmers can simultaneously produce the food, feed, fuel and fiber that our country needs.
During the past 30 years, we’ve witnessed tremendous growth …

Biofuels At A Crossroads
August 19, 2013 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Mike DeVito (PlanetForward)  Can biofuels play a significant part in the fuel market by 2030?
In partnership with National Geographic’s Great Energy Challenge, we ask some of the experts in the biofuels arena what it will take …

Is 2014 the Year of E85?
August 16, 2013 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As a Perfect Storm of price problems ends, will E85 finally find its market and help end a divisive debate over ethanol distribution?
2014 is the year of E85, if there …

Gevo Reports Q2 Results; Expanding Production; Cap Raise Looms
August 7, 2013 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  In Colorado, Gevo announced a net loss for Q2 2013 of $15.2 million compared to $16.2 million for the second quarter of 2012. Revenues were $1.9 million compared to $7.0 …

EPA Comment Period Closed on Corn Fiber as Ag Residue, Biobutanol
July 22, 2013 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In all, the U.S. EPA received 117 comments on a proposed rule on renewable fuel standard (RFS) pathways, including corn kernel fiber-to-cellulosic ethanol and issues relating to biobutanol. The comment period ended …

Green Biologics Inks Iowa Demo Plant Deal with Easy Energy Systems
July 2, 2013 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics heads for scale – pilot complete, demo ready in 2014. The race for n-butanol from cellulosic materials is on.    The prize for a transformative breakthrough on n-butanol’s …

Scottish Startup Thinks Whiskey Can Fuel More than an Epic Bender
July 1, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Signe Brewster (GigaOm/The Washington Post)  That 15-year Macallan you’ve been saving for a special occasion has a dark side: It was extremely inefficient to produce. The Scottish malt whiskey industry currently disposes of 90 percent of the …

BP Not in Step with Industry on Renewable Fuel Regulations
June 24, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Mark Drajem  (The Washington Post/Bloomberg)  As Congress considers scaling back or abolishing U.S. rules that mandate the use of renewable fuels, it has the full-throated support of the petroleum industry — with one major …

Cellulosic Ethanol: Scale-Up and Commercialization – Part 2
June 21, 2013 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (D Glass Associates)  In the final breakout session of the BIO World Congress on June 19, there was a second panel on scale-up and commercialization of cellulosic ethanol. As with the session …

BIO World Congress Cellulosic Ethanol Panel: The Latest on Commercialization Progress
June 18, 2013 – 8:46 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (D Glass Associates)  One of the morning sessions at the Tenth Annual BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology put four of the companies in the forefront of commercial development of cellulosic ethanol …

Setting the Record Straight: Gevo and Butamax
May 13, 2013 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuels’s Montagues and Capulets were at it again last week — with a flurry of press releases about court decisions and commercial timelines regarding their respective isbutanol technologies.
At the heart …

Gevo Provides Update of Luverne Operations
May 9, 2013 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Gevo Inc. provided updated information on it Luverne, Minn., plant and patent dispute with Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC as part of its recent first quarter 2013 financial announcement.
During a …

Cost-Saving Measure to Upgrade Ethanol to Butanol — a Better Alternative to Gasoline
May 8, 2013 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

(American Chemical Society)  Scientists today reported a discovery that could speed an emerging effort to replace ethanol in gasoline with a substantially better fuel additive called butanol, which some experts regard as “the gasoline of …

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

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

Minnesota Bill Would Allow Other Biofuels to Meet Ethanol Mandate
April 24, 2013 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Pending legislation in Minnesota could alter the state’s ethanol mandate, allowing for the use biofuels under than ethanol to meet the current 10 percent renewable content requirement for gasoline.

Current bill text posted …

New Catalysts to Convert Ethanol to Butanol Fuels
April 23, 2013 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

by Chris Hanson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Researchers from U.K.’s University of Bristol reported the development of new catalysts that are able to convert ethanol to butanol at the national meeting and exposition of the American Chemical …

Cobalt Signs Strategic Partner and Investor to Commercialize Bio-Based Butadiene Solution
April 19, 2013 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

(Cobalt/PRNewswire)  Strategic Partnership Opens Pathway to $40 Billion Butadiene Market
Cobalt Technologies, a leading developer of next generation bio-based chemicals, today announced a strategic relationship with two prominent Asian chemical companies for the development of a …

Gevo Wins a Judgment in Latest Butamax vs Gevo Dust-Up
April 12, 2013 – 11:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Delaware, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware entered a final judgment in favor of Gevo and against Butamax Advanced Biofuels, LLC (Butamax), a 50/50 joint …

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 …

Oxygen for High Altitudes: 17 Biofuels Ventures Raise $434M in Equity
April 8, 2013 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Despite the sluggish economic recovery and questions over policy stability — biofuels ventures have been busy raising lots of capital.   In the past 6 months, $434 million.   Who got what, …

7 Steps to Meeting US Renewable Fuels Targets
April 5, 2013 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We go through the renewable fuels math — and find that the nattering nabobs of negativism might have crowed too soon.
…Lately, the nattering nabobs appear to have landed at the …

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 …

Desperate Times for Big Oil
March 25, 2013 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Dana Blankenhorn  (TheStreet)  These are desperate times for Big Oil.  Fracking (which involves shooting water and sand into a wellhead, at high pressure, fracturing the surrounding rock) brings enormous profits, but anyone can frack. The …

Auburn Researcher Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award to Study Biofuels
March 25, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jessica Nelson  (Auburn University)  Maobing Tu, an assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, has received a $401,155 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for his research in biofuels …

Gevo vs Butamax: Butamax Heads for Appeal after Court Setback
March 21, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …To Gevo, Butamax we now attend, 

And their legal record, we now amend.
The Federal judge overseeing the complex patent infringement litigation between Gevo and Butamax has issued a series of pre-trial …

Heard on the Floor at World Biofuels Markets 2013
March 13, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Neste Oil confirmed that they are using 65% virgin oils, primarily palm oil, and 35% waste residues, but that they are seeking to increase that percent of waste supplied, Neste’s …

Recent Advancements in Various Steps of Ethanol, Butanol, and Isobutanol Productions from Woody Materials
March 12, 2013 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

by Pedram Fatehi (Biotechnology Progress)  In this review, the recent advancements and technical challenges associated with the production of ethanol, butanol, and isobutanol via bioconversion routes from celluloses of woody materials are reviewed. Physicochemical processes, e.g. …

Gevo, Amyris, Solazyme — When Will the Fog Lift for Investors?
March 6, 2013 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  GEVO, SZYM, AMRS — (investor) take off delayed by fog.  How soon will the potential of three of the hottest companies in the field be realized?  What are the key …

Can the US Still Meet Its 2022 Biofuels Targets?
February 28, 2013 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As cellulosic biofuels technologies start to deploy — critics and friends ask, 36 billion gallons by 2022, can it still be done?   Yep, there’s a pathway.
In Washington, the US Energy …

Minnesota Legislature: Bill Would Broaden Biofuels Additives in State
February 27, 2013 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Leslie Brooks Suzukamo   (TwinCities.com)  Minnesota legislators will get a chance Wednesday, Feb. 27, to look at a bill that would allow a different kind of corn-based biofuel besides ethanol to be mixed with gasoline.
The …

Engineered Yeast Makes More Biofuels
February 21, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Helen Tunnicliffe (TCE Today)  Moving process to mitochondria ups production 260%
Chemical engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have engineered yeast to increase production of isobutanol, a promising biofuel, by 260%.
Isobutanol, a heavy alcohol, contains more …

Canadian Government Invests in Biofuel Initiatives
February 19, 2013 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Canadian government has announced investments in two projects that will benefit the biofuel and biorefining industries. On Feb. 13, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced a $600,000 investment that …

Harper Government Helps Find Sweet New Uses for Sugar Beets
February 14, 2013 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(MarketWire/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)  Sugar beet growers are finding new and innovative uses for their crops thanks to support from the Harper Government. Member of Parliament LaVar Payne (Medicine Hat), on behalf of Agriculture Minister …

The 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard: Biofuels Digest’s 10-Minute Guide
February 1, 2013 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane ( Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its proposed 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS2).

The proposal will be open for a 45-day public comment period and EPA will …

The 8 Upsides of the New Ethanol
January 23, 2013 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  The technologies out there are five in number. They are all in commercial deployment now, though some are at the capacity-construction stage. Some of them vary the feedstock, some vary …

7 Bleeding-Edge Technologies Unlocking Mighty Value in the First-Gen Ethanol Fleet
January 11, 2013 – 9:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The most popular technologies that are targeting the corn ethanol fleet?
1. Feedstock switching. Sorghum as the new corn? …
2. Advanced extraction and yield technologies. …
3. Advanced enzymes. …
4. Enzymes in …

ENEnergy Gets Ethanol, Butanol Project Support from Australian Government
January 11, 2013 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, ENEnergy Australia (ENA) announced approval has been received from the Australian Government for its first project in Northern Australia under the R&D tax incentive scheme. The project approval …

A Look at DuPont Biofuel’s Work on Cellulosic Ethanol and Butanol
January 11, 2013 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Consumer Energy Report) …DuPont is currently engaged in two major projects to commercialize advanced biofuels.
The first is a 30 million gallon per year corn stover-fed facility in Nevada, Iowa. DuPont  has been working on …

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. …

Berkeley Fermentation Process Converts Sugar Directly to Diesel
November 7, 2012 – 5:45 pm | No Comment

by Robert Sanders (Biodiesel Magazine/UC Berkeley)  A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, University …

Financing in Place, Cobalt Ready to Deploy n-butanol in Brazil
November 6, 2012 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) With the announcement of new investment from Bunge Global Innovation LLC, Cobalt Technologies’ n-butanol development is ready for deployment in Brazil.  “We’re in a position now where the demonstration …

The October Surprise: BP Cancels Plans for US Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
October 26, 2012 – 9:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, BP announced it is canceling plans to build a 36 million gallon commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Highlands County. The company said that it would refocus its US …

Corn Ethanol Makers Weigh Switch to Butanol
October 25, 2012 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Henry Fountain (New York Times)  Nearly a decade after the adoption of federal renewable fuel standards led to a sharp increase in production of ethanol, some producers in the Corn Belt are considering making a different …

Butamax Fuel Product Manager James Baustian Discussed Biobutanol at the Petroleum Equipment Institute Convention at the National Association of Convenience Stores Show
October 25, 2012 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Butamax/PR NewsWire)  Butamax™ Advanced Biofuels, the leading global biobutanol technology development company, announced that last week Fuel Product Manager James Baustian discussed the integration of biobutanol gasoline blends in retail fuel dispensing systems at the Petroleum Equipment …

Highly Efficient Production of Advanced Biofuel by Metabolically Engineered Microorganism
October 25, 2012 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)…Utilizing systems metabolic engineering, a Korean research team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has succeeded in demonstrating an optimized process to increase …

The Big Bagasse Biofuels Boom
October 24, 2012 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Deployment of next-gen bagasse-to-biofuels technologies could expand ethanol production in Brazil, India by 35 percent without land, water intensification.
…Guidance being given by the projects is that capacities could increase by …

Gevo to Switch Back to Ethanol Production, from Biobutanol, at Minnesota Integrated Biorefinery
September 25, 2012 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reoptimizing its technology, now expects return to reach target isobutanol production rates in 2013.
In Colorado, Gevo announced that, while making significant progress towards economic production levels, the company does not …

Butanol Backers Push Retrofit Effort as Ethanol Boom Fades
September 20, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Zeman  (Engineering News-Record)  As U.S. subsidies for ethanol continue to disappear, retrofit installations to produce butanol—touted as a superior fuel with superior financial incentives—are catching on at plants, says butanol technology provider Butamax, …

Top Ten: Britain’s Most Progressive Biofuel and Biochemical Companies
September 4, 2012 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Aylott (National Non-Food Crops Centre)   NNFCC gives its top ten of Britain’s most progressive biofuel and biochemical companies.
TMO Renewables …
Green Biologics …
British Airways …
Ensus …
BP …
Johnson Matthey …
Croda …
INEOS Bio …
Harvest Energy …
Greenergy … …

South Dakota’s Biofuels and Economic Boom
August 29, 2012 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  South Dakota has become one of the fastest-growing states in the US, at the same time as it has achieved energy independence through development of its biofuels fleet.  Coincidence, or …

Minnesota: The Bioeconomy’s “Get it Done, Make it Happen State”
August 27, 2012 – 4:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …You see, other states can match Minnesota for its wealth of agricultural and forest resources (though ample they are), or its foundational base in agriculture and energy (via giants like …