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Hydrogen Fuel Breakthrough in Queensland Could Fire up Massive New Export Market
August 10, 2018 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

by Lexy Hamilton-Smith  (ABC News)  Two cars powered by hydrogen derived from ammonia will be tested in Brisbane today thanks to a Queensland breakthrough that CSIRO researchers say could turn Australia into a renewable energy superpower.

For …

Gevo Discusses Future Expansion Plans for Luverne Plant Site
August 10, 2018 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … “During the quarter we made very good progress in restructuring our balance sheet and on the business development front by securing our first commercial off-take agreement for our renewable …

Building Commercialization Partnerships: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
August 7, 2018 – 3:57 pm | 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, sugar …

Lessons on the Road to GoBig: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to POET-DSM Cellulosic Ethanol
August 7, 2018 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November we reported that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the critical challenge in …

The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the US Department of Energy’s Demonstration and Market Transformation Programs
August 3, 2018 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The goal of the US Department of Energy’s Demonstration and Market Transformation focus at the BioEnergy Technologies Office is to de-risk bioenergy production technologies through validated proof of performance at the …

Attis Industries Taps Timber Industry Leader for Procurement of Raw Materials
July 20, 2018 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Attis Industries)  Agreement Creates Feedstock Advantage for First Commercial Facility  —  Attis Industries Inc. (NASDAQ: ATIS) (the “Company” or “Attis”), a diversified innovation and technology holding company, today announced the execution of a letter of intent with …

Advanced Biofuels Are Key to Decarbonising Transportation
July 17, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by  Markus Rarbach (Clariant/EurActiv)  The recent agreements on the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) are setting the tone for creating a stable and predictable business environment that will trigger the development of and investment in advanced …

Global Bioenergies and Audi Renew Their Partnership in Renewable Gasoline
July 12, 2018 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) and Audi announced today the signing of a new agreement focused on the implementation of residue usage, preparation of a path to commercialization and engine testing of new …

On Energy Independence Day, India, China Surge as Leaders in Clean Fuels
July 11, 2018 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Because if you want it, here it is, come and get it, biofuels that is, and especially of the advanced type. If you like it from waste, even better. Out …

Nanocellulose on the March: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to American Process
July 10, 2018 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A few years back, Research & Markets startled the bio world when they projected that the “Nanocellulose Market by Type (Cellulose nanocrystals, Cellulose nanofibrils, cellulose nanocomposites, and others) would reach $250 Million by 2019, …

5 Minutes With… Dhivya Puri, Senior Technical Lead at Fiberight.
July 6, 2018 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Dave Songer (Bio-Based World News)  “The milestones and professional growth I’ve achieved in this role are above and beyond what I could have accomplished in academia within the same time frame.”
Fiberight is a UK- and …

GoBiGas: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Biofuel Production via Gasification
June 28, 2018 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  High quality biomethane from biomass through gasification? A Swedish plant is now a first for injecting biomethane into the national grid. That’s the Gothenburg Biomass Gasification Project (GoBiGas), and its the subject of …

High-Performance: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium
June 22, 2018 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The company is now safely emerged from its celebrated IPO, and is embarked on the development of the first commercial plant project with its JV partner BASF — so, its been …

Succinic’s Next Season: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber
June 21, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BioAmber’s Mission? To be a fast growing producer of chemical intermediates that uses sugars instead of fossil fuels and sells competitively priced, sustainable chemicals with strong profit margins and the cleanest …

Taking off: Velocys, Shell, British Airways, UK Government, New Energy Risk, Red Rock Biofuels, TCG Global, PQ, and Advanced Plasma Power Figure in Key Renewable Jet Fuel Project Advances
June 21, 2018 – 9:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New Energy Risk’s new performance insurance for TCG Global’s gasifiers and a significant project advance from Velocys in the UK are on the docket today.
These companies and the news this morning …

Inventure Renewables’ Mixed Super Critical Fluid Technology Successfully Adopted At Wilmar Plant In China
June 20, 2018 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

(Inventure Renewables/Cision/PR Newswire)  Patented Technology Converts By-Product from Soft Oil Seed Refining Into FAME for Oleochemical and Biodiesel Production.  —  Inventure Renewables has announced the successful implementation and nearly year-long operation of its Mixed Super Critical …

Engineered Proteins Could Improve Biomanufacturing Production of Medicines, Fuels
June 15, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

(Purdue University Research Foundation News)  Purdue University researchers have developed a series of engineered proteins that could improve biomanufacturing processes for the production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals and commodity chemicals.
The buildup of toxic materials during the production process …

World’s First Commercial Waste Gas to Ethanol Plant Now in Operation
June 11, 2018 – 11:14 am | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In Illinois, carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, and its joint venture partner, Shougang Group, a leading Chinese iron and steel producer, announced the successful start-up of the world’s first commercial facility converting …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
June 8, 2018 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

A recent Biofuels Digest article noted that Michael Tamor, a Henry Ford Technical Fellow at Ford, at a recent DOE Bioeconomy event in Washington observed that at least double our current electrical power capacity will …

Solar Fuels Come Nearer: Direct-from-Air CO2 Capture Cost Drops below $100/Ton Threshold
June 8, 2018 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A technology for direct air capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with a cost that “fully burdened with interest on capital, ranges from 94 to 232 $/t-CO2 depending on financial …

One Commercial, Two Commercial, Three Commercial, Four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
May 24, 2018 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

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

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy
May 23, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

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

Biofuels Production and Consumption in the US: Status, Advances and Challenges
May 11, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Mahmood Ebadian and James D. McMillan (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  … The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) was enacted in 2007 to enhance domestic production of fuels and spur economic development while reducing reliance …

Capital Light Scale-Up : Utopia or Perfect Storm?
May 9, 2018 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Capital light scale-up utilizes existing fermentation facilities, in lieu of purpose-built demonstration facilities, to bring advanced technologies to market faster and with less capital burn.  It is a great plan if …

Tech-Agnostic, Integrated, Diversified Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SG Preston
May 9, 2018 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  SG Preston is a Philadelphia-based bioenergy company, which has unveiled its Multi-Facility Program that will include the development and construction of a series of commercial volume, advanced biofuels manufacturing plants, initially in …

Estonian Forest Magic: Sweetwater, Graanul to Build First Commercial Biorefinery for cellulosic sugars, lignin
May 7, 2018 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweetwater Energy and Europe’s largest wood pellet producer, the Tallinn, Estonia-based AS Graanul Invest, said that they will build a commercial-scale integrated biorefinery that will produce clean cellulosic sugars and …

Succinctly Succinic: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Reverdia and Bio-Succinic Acid
May 4, 2018 – 11:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is dedicated to be …

Integrating Biology and Chemistry: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
May 2, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  CBiRC was founded in 2008 with funding from NSF, creating an Engineering Research Center focused on advanced manufacturing for sustainable biobased chemicals. The R&D program creates a multi-year, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional center …

Green Technology Born in Reality: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Chemicals
April 30, 2018 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The estimable and always fascinating and quotable James Iademarco gave this illuminating overview of the state of renewable chemicals – as he aptly puts it Green Technology born in reality …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Prairie Catalytic, LanzaTech, Synvina, Fulcrum BioEnergy, POET-DSM, Cargilla/Calysta, Enerkem, and REG Geismar
April 24, 2018 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ABLC 2018 wrapped up with the ABLC Wolfpack including James Iademarco from Strategic Avalanche, David Dodds with Dodds & Associates, Ron Cascone from NEXANT, independent consultant Paul Bryan, and Joel Stone from ConVergince. While they …

Jet Fuels from Crops: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Regional Biojet Consortium
April 16, 2018 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case.
As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), a consortium consisting of …

Contract Fermentation Landscape: Facility Selection in an Environment of Limited Options
April 12, 2018 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by  Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  Funding for early stage advanced biotechnology is ramping up and companies commercializing fermentation-based technologies are faced with the decision to either build their own demonstration-scale facility or utilize existing …

Greenbelt Resources Signs Non-Disclosure Agreement with Duckweed DAYS
April 2, 2018 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources)   Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) (Greenbelt), the developer of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms waste into revenue generating bioproducts, today announced that it has signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Georgia-based Duckweed DAYS, LLC.
Duckweed …

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

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

Alchemy for Modern Times: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process
March 30, 2018 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing …

Greenbelt’s Testing Facility to Become Commercial Production Plant; “California BioEthanol Project” Designed to Meet the Growth of Local Protein and Ethanol Extraction Needs
February 21, 2018 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation)  Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC:GRCO) (Greenbelt) has announced Phase 1 of the “California BioEthanol Project,” a three-phased initiative that will convert Greenbelt’s Commercial Scale Testing Facility into a commercial-scale production biorefinery. Once Phase 1 is …

Brazil Bilateral: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to US-Brazil R&D in Thermochemical Bio Conversion
January 25, 2018 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Brazil Bilateral is a co-operative R&D effort between Brazil’s Petrobras and the US National renewable Energy Laboratory. It aims to demonstrate technical and economic feasibility of co-processing raw fast pyrolysis …

CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) Expands Leadership Team; Chris Tindal Added as CAAFI Assistant Director
January 19, 2018 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)  CAAFI announced today (January 16, 2018) that it is expanding its Administrative Leadership Team, naming Chris Tindal as CAAFI’s Assistant Director, a new role designed to enhance CAAFI’s outreach, catalyzation, and …

Cash out of Trash: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fiberight
January 12, 2018 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fiberight is a privately held company founded in 2007 with current operations in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa. The company focuses on transforming post-recycled municipal solid wastes and other organic feedstocks into …

Breaking the Bottleneck: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to POET-DSM Cellulosic Biofuels Commercialization
January 5, 2018 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November we reported that POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project LIBERTY plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company has solved the critical challenge in pretreatment, …

Affordable, Low-Capex GTL Is Here: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys
January 4, 2018 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, Velocys …

Notes from Scaleville: The Global Bioenergies, Gevo and Siluria Stories
December 20, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve received news from three companies that have struck out in search of new markets for their fundamental processes, and new applications for biotechnology in some ancient and ossified …

$76.8 Million Advanced Biofuel Demonstration Plant Coming to Norway
December 18, 2017 – 9:27 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A (CDN) $76.8 million (€50.7 million) industrial scale advanced biofuel demonstration plant will be constructed at a former pulp mill in Tofte, Norway. The new facility is apparently a step towards the creation of …

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 …

Now Deploying at Commercial Scale: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
November 30, 2017 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

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

Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol
November 22, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol for the better part of 20 years.
Most technologies have fallen …

Nevada DowDuPont Plant: Was the Technology Ready?
November 21, 2017 – 6:57 pm | No Comment

by Dan Mika (Nevada Journal)  The DowDuPont cellulosic ethanol plant sits mostly empty today after the chemical giant suspended operations and laid off most of its 90 employees earlier this month. A skeleton crew is maintaining it …

$2.25 Per Gallon Biohydrocarbon Fuels, Unsubsidized? Biozin Licenses IH2 Technology — Heads for Commercial-Scale in Norway
November 16, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

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 Loading (FEL-2) package will be completed …

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes
November 14, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard …

What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels and Biogas?: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen
November 9, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   Iogen says it has has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined …

Got Feedstock? Have Greenbelt Resources Test For Feasibility
November 2, 2017 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(PR Newswire/Greenbelt Resources) The beauty of bioethanol is that it can be created from an amazing number of feedstocks of which many are considered waste – especially “food wastes”. Greenbelt Resources Corporation(OTC: GRCO) (Greenbelt) evaluates these …

Affordable, Drop-In Hydrocarbons from Wood: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to CRI/GTI’s IH2 Process
November 1, 2017 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The IH2 process was developed by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, Illinois—a research, development, and training organization serving energy markets.  GTI experts invented, tested, and patented IH2 technology and are providing …

Waste Makes Haste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem
October 31, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Enerkem’s technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste (i.e. garbage) into clean fuels and renewable chemicals.
Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is the world’s first commercial biorefinery to use municipal solid waste to produce methanol and ethanol. This facility is …

Carbon Negative, Compression Ignition: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels
October 26, 2017 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Oberon Fuels is facilitating the growth of the DME transportation industry by converting biogas and other hydrocarbon rich waste streams to higher valued commodities such as DME. Using its proprietary small-scale …

Advance to Go!: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy
October 17, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies and Markets opens in San Francisco with a record audience size, with diversification as its theme and “Go!” as the takeaway message — …

State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017
October 17, 2017 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  “Never fall in love with a feedstock”, LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren spends a considerable amount of time reminding us here in Digestville, and that pertains to any area of industrial …

Advanced Biofuels Plant to Be Built in Slovakia
September 18, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Clariant, a developer of specialty chemicals, and Enviral, Slovakia’s largest bioethanol producer, have announced a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. The move will see one of Europe’s first advanced biofuel plants …

Scaling Up Without Wall Street
September 15, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Daniel de Liege  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance Bio-Products’ chairman provides a detailed account of hurdles cleared and decisions made in the development of the company’s cellulose-to-sugar process.  —  Securing funding for new technologies can …

Enerkem Begins Commercial Production of Cellulosic Ethanol from Garbage at Its State-of-the-Art Edmonton Biofuels Facility
September 15, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/PR Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a world leading biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, announced today it has started the commercial production of cellulosic ethanol. Enerkem’s game-changing facility in Edmonton, AB, Canada, is the first commercial-scale plant in …

Geneva International Airport to Incorporate Biojet Fuel Next Year
September 14, 2017 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corp./Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste and Geneva Airport are pioneering together to make flying more sustainable by starting to decarbonize aviation towards fossil neutral growth. Geneva Airport is planning the introduction of renewable jet fuel for …

Commercial Path to Algae Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Thermochemical Algae Processing
September 6, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project on hydrothermal liquefaction — a thermochemical interface for algae biofuels — developing processing methods to reduce conversion cost, improve sustainability and …

Fermentation Frontiers: Top 10 Trendlines in Industrial Biotech Fermentation
September 6, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The most visible advanced industrial fermentation target for a number of years has been cellulosic ethanol, but the targets are diversifying and cellulosics themselves are shifting gears from process to …

In Search of Lowest Cost Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
June 27, 2017 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

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

S2G BioChem Announces Build of Advanced BioRefinery in Sarnia, Ontario
June 26, 2017 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

(S2G BioChem/Marketwired)  Funding Support Provided by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada; Production of Xylitol to Begin in 2018  —  S2G BioChem (S2G), a developer of natural biotechnology conversion processes, announced today that it has started work on the …

Algaemagic: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the MAGIC Marine Algae Consortium Project
June 21, 2017 – 10:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Mark Huntley and Zackary Johnson gave this illuminating overview of the MAGIC Marine Algae consortium project at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.  READ MORE

Georgia Biodiesel Project Moves Closer to USDA Loan Guarantee
June 14, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Smisson-Mathis Energy LLC, a joint venture between The Smisson Group of Macon, Georgia, and Tactical Fabrication LLC, has been selected by USDA to initiate Phase 2 of the Section 9003 …

Fuels from Thin Air: Drop-In Liquid Fuels from Sky CO2, Water and Solar Power
June 13, 2017 – 11:00 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the latest news, the Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and solar power to produce renewable …

Phyco2 Refocuses Algae R&D on Agriculture, Nutrition
June 12, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Phyco2 said that is shifting its focus to meet the growing market demand for algae production.
Six primary high-value markets with strong growth both in the United States and …

The Resources for Scale-up: The Digest’s 2017 Multi Slide Guide to Passmore Group’s View on Sustainable Project Development
May 30, 2017 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Passmore Group? It’s like global advanced technology wrapped up inside a maple leaf. There’s hardly a technology wave that’s in any way sustainable or renewable that Jeff Passmore et al …

Roll-Out of Smaller-Scale GTL: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys
May 30, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels.
After 15 years and some $300 million in investment, …

Hope Glimmers in the Garbage for Advanced Biofuels
May 23, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by John Fialka (E&E News/Climatewire)  In May 2016, investigators from the Government Accountability Office assembled a panel of 19 experts in Washington to explore what had happened to a program to develop a commercial market …

Japanese Biotech Euglena Hopes to Flourish Overseas
May 22, 2017 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Akiyo Yasuda (Nikkei Asia Review)  Producer of algae-based products looks to China, Southeast Asia to drive growth  —  Tokyo-based euglena, a biotech venture formed by the University of Tokyo is expanding overseas operations. The producer …

Scale-up, Efficiency, Available Markets: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber
May 22, 2017 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BioAmber reported an unsurprisingly lackluster sales figure and a Q1 loss of $10.5M compared to a loss of $8.1M for Q1 2016 – unsurprising given the delays at major customer PTT. …

Unstash That Trash: Material(s) Progress in Making Fuels, Chemicals from Municipal Solid Waste
April 26, 2017 – 10:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  News this week arrived from Canada that Enerkem has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product …

Virent Aspirant: A New CEO, and Revving towards Commercialization
April 21, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Wisconsin we have huge news from Virent, which has appointed one of Shell New Energies’ gurus, Stacey Orlandi, as Virent CEO, succeeding Lee Edwards who is headed into retirement after a …

D3Max Pilot Test Results at ACE Ethanol Exceed Expectations
April 13, 2017 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(BBI International/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  This February, D3MAX announced the completion and shipment of its pilot plant employing the patented D3MAX cellulosic ethanol technology. Installed at ACE Ethanol LLC, in Stanley, Wisconsin, the testing of the …

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

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

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

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

New Plant Will Make Biodiesel from Waste Fats
March 28, 2017 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Lambton Shield)   $25-m Sombra operation would take shape on part of plant bought last year  —  A 25-million litre capacity plant that would occupy a small slice of a 24-acre site purchased from Methes Energies last …

Problem of Producing Cheap Biofuel from Cassava Solved
March 23, 2017 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  New yeast species is key to cutting cost  —  … After 18 months of research and experiments, the Thailand Institute of Science and Technological Research (TISTR) has found that they can use a species …

Amyris and the Great Rate Debate
March 7, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Either there’s a tremendous amount of down-time at the plant. Or, the plant is struggling with rate.
We highlighted production rate in this article on hard times and bright prospects at …

Pacific Ethanol To Produce Cellulosic Ethanol at Its Madera Plant
February 16, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

(Pacific Ethanol/Globenews)   Edeniq’s yield-enhancing Pathway Technology will now be installed at two Pacific Ethanol plants  —  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the United States, and Edeniq, …

AY-YI YI-YA AAAY, Gevo Just Can’t Stop Dancin’
February 16, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But there’s something so cool in that technology that we can’t take our eyes off the company and its progress, even though looking at the balance sheet can feel like watching …

The Uber Model for Industrial Biotechnology, on Display at REG Okeechobee?
February 7, 2017 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The REG Okeechobee facility is now “open for business” as a contract manufacturing site, and that’s a fascinating development worth exploring, even if you don’t have a microbe you would …

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 …

Energy Department Announces Six Projects for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower
December 28, 2016 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Today, the Energy Department (DOE) announced the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding, entitled, “Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and …

Regional Feedstock Partnership Report Highlights Work to Enable the Billion-Ton Vision
December 27, 2016 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Regional Feedstock Partnership (the Partnership)—a multi-institutional collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, representatives from land-grant universities, and industry—was first established to address issues …

A Critical Look at Cellulosic Ethanol and Other Advanced Biofuels
December 13, 2016 – 6:12 pm | No Comment

by Alexander A. Koukoulas0 (ANL Consultants LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … The pursuit of 2nd Gen fuels has been motivated by several factors including: their inherently low-cost, at least from a theoretical standpoint; their potential for drastically reducing carbon …

Accelerating the Shift to a Vibrant Australian Biofuels Industry
December 12, 2016 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency) Australia’s first advanced green fuels laboratory has opened its doors in regional Queensland, thanks to support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), allowing researchers to test biocrude on our shores …

Biomass-Fed Chemical Process Projects, 2016
December 8, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Bernard Cooker (Chemical Processing Solutions/Biofuels Digest)  This is a review of the biomass-fed chemical process projects to renewable chemicals which were published in Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP) and Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) from 1/1/16 …

6 Hottie Trends to Watch In Bioeconomy Feedstocks
December 7, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Proof positive on the “best is yet to come” — check out the Danforth Plant Science Center. It’s tucked away in the major agri-complex that built up around Monsanto …

Bolting Chemicals onto Ethanol Plants: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Greenyug
December 6, 2016 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Greenyug is a privately held technology development company with a mission to research, develop and commercialize production of commodity chemicals, specialty chemicals, polymers and fuels derived from renewable sources. The …

A Strategic Approach to Scale-Up
November 30, 2016 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors, LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … In my previous series “what makes scale-up of industrial biotechnology so difficult” (here), I introduced the concept of not pushing the rope. This notion involves identifying commercial scale …

CWS to Buy Western Biodiesel Plant, Convert to Renewable Diesel
November 25, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. has signed a commercial purchase agreement with XR Resources Inc. to buy property in High River, Alberta, near Calgary, which includes a 16 MMly (4.2 MMgy) …

What Does it Take? The Experts Report from Ottawa on Scaling up the Bioeconomy
November 21, 2016 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This past week, a remarkable group of people gathered in Ottawa, perhaps described best as the “friends of Jeff” because the ostensible excuse for a get-together was Jeff Passmore’s Scaling …

8317267 Canada Brings Its Lignin Fractionation Tech out of Stealth
October 3, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In British Columbia, 8317267 Canada brought its Lignin Isolate Fractionation Technology out of stealth, describing it as “a cost-effective and highly efficient lignin purification and preparation process, designed to meet the demand for a …

Airlines Are Cozying Up to Biofuels, but Don’t Expect Ethanol to Propel Flights Anytime Soon
September 26, 2016 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Maxx Chatsko (The Motley Fool)  The airlines industry is heavily committed to reducing emissions, but success in renewable fuels has historically been elusive.  —  The global airlines industry has committed to reducing its carbon …

Take the Test: Evaluating Commercial Readiness, Parts 1 and 2
September 22, 2016 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  …  The focus of this series will be to provide a framework to allow ventures to assess their current state of process development and whether they are ready …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 2, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

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

Early-Stage, Breakthrough Technologies: Biofuels, 10 of the Best
August 26, 2016 – 9:49 am | No Comment

by Lorenz Bauer and Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  …  In this report, we are focused on bioenergy and biofuels (and not bioproducts) that are moving from the lab to initial commercial demonstrations and …

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

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

Charting A Path for Sustainable Jet Fuels
August 22, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by Zia Haq (U.S. Department of Energy)  Renewable biofuel alternatives can help replace conventional petroleum-based jet fuel. — New White House reportoutlines the federal government’s plans to lower the cost of alternative jet fuels.  —  Bioenergy …

The New Colossus: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris
August 15, 2016 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Amyris reported a Q2 net loss of $13.8M on revenues of $9,6M, up from $7.8M in Q2 2015. Revenues rose 27% from the corresponding period in 2015 primarily …

Amyris: The New Colossus Aims to Unlock Its Golden Door
August 15, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s look at the 7 factors that have the company poised for a revenue transformation in the second half.
1. Gingko. Entered into an Initial Strategic Partnership Agreement with Ginkgo Bioworks …

White House Releases “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy”
August 1, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a new White House report, titled “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy,” sets out prioritized federal research and development goals and objectives to address key scientific …

Scientists in US State of Florida Develop Military Grade Aviation Biofuel
July 21, 2016 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  A team of scientists at West Palm Beach, Florida-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc.’s subsidiary Ek Laboratories have developed a pathway to produce JP-8, an advanced military grade aviation biofuel.

The team is reportedly …

Advance Australia Air: Byogy Steps up in Australia in Drive for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels
July 5, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From Australia comes the news that the country’s former Federal Resources and Energy Minister, Martin Ferguson, is now the chairman of the advisory board for Byogy Renewables, the California-based alcohol-to-jet …

DOE Announces $16 Million for 54 Projects to Help Commercialize Promising Energy Technologies
June 30, 2016 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced nearly $16 million in funding to help businesses move promising energy technologies from DOE’s National Laboratories to the marketplace. This first Department-wide round …

Intrexon: Will Its GTL Business Arrive in 2018?
June 30, 2016 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The indictment was handed down this week in The Motley Fool, which averred:  While investors have been told to expect the natural gas-to-fuels platform to be commercialized by 2018, real-world indicators …

They ♥ DME, Yeah Yeah Yeah: NREL, Enerkem Advance BIO-DME to Commercialization
June 27, 2016 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Poor DME. it burns like natural gas, handles like LPG, powers like diesel, and it’s as well-known as a good place for sewing machine repair in Burundi.
San Diego-based Oberon Fuels …

Crossing the Chasm to Scale: S2G Goes Commercial with Bioglycols
June 20, 2016 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  They call it the Valley of Death, but it’s a complete misnomer. It’s the “nearly impassible Khumbu Icefalls” of Death — filled with chasms, crevasses and painful progress towards the …

Argonne Launches First Tech Incubator
June 1, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Argonne National Laboratory)  Developing transformative energy technologies and cleaner manufacturing processes and new materials requires more than a great idea and some committed people. It takes an innovation ecosystem.
To meet this challenge, the U.S. Department …

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!
May 27, 2016 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) as of May 24, 2016, and more importantly, to reflect on the …

Sub-$2/Gallon Biobased Hydrocarbon Fuels Head for Diesel-Hungry India
May 25, 2016 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  India’s SunLight Fuels licenses IH2 Technology for hydrocarbon transportation fuels from agricultural waste  —  In India, Sunlight Fuels has signed a Front End Loading license agreement for IH2 Technology with …

Start-up to Scale-up: An Interview with Global Bioenergies CEO Marc Delcourt
May 19, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(ACS Green Chemistry Institute)  Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies in the world and the only one in Europe to develop a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The company …

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

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

Commercializing in a World of $30 Oil: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Reverdia
May 12, 2016 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is dedicated to be …

A Wiser Way to Handle Waste
May 4, 2016 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Near Manchester, United Kingdom, Dong Energy is constructing the first biogas plant using its REnescience technology that treats unsorted household waste with enzymes.
Early this year, construction began on a unique …

Scale-up from Pilot to Commercial: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fermentation 2.0
April 28, 2016 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As part of March Madness 2016, Mark Warner presented this highly-praised slide deck on Fermentation 2.0. You can access the recorded webinar here.  And Mark’s latest Thought Leadership column in …

Giant Step Forward for New Biofuels Industry in Queensland
April 4, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(Queensland Government)  A $16 million advanced biofuels pilot plant will be built at Southern Oil Refining’s Yarwun plant at Gladstone, a ‘giant’ step towards securing a large-scale biofuels industry in Queensland.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the …

Canada’s Budget Pitches for Clean Tech and Emissions Reductions in Transport and Energy
March 24, 2016 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, the proposed national budget provides C$50 million over four years to Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to support the development of clean technologies; C$82.5 million over two years …

House Hearing Focuses on DOE Loan Guarantee Program
March 14, 2016 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On March 3, two subcommittees associated with the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology held an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program.

Rep. Don …

High Margin Alternatives to Petroleum: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Earth Energy Renewables
February 24, 2016 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Earth Energy Renewables is a company focused on commercializing bio-based chemicals and fuels. The company has demonstrated success in creating high-margin green alternatives to petroleum-based products.  With a robust technology …

Powerful Crap: The Quest to Turn Smelly Sewage into Sweet Biodiesel
February 23, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by David MacNeal (Ars Technica)  The facility smell? “That’s money,” Todd French says. “That’s what it smells like.” —  “By the time it gets here, David, it’s no longer my poop,” says microbiologist Todd French …

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

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

Second-Generation Biofuel Markets: State of Play, Trade and Developing Country Perspectives
February 23, 2016 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)  UNCTAD’s first report on the state of biofuel technologies in 2007 highlighted a sector with great potential, but at the time that was a long way off from …

American Chemical Society Launches Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable
February 22, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the American Chemical Society in cooperation with LanzaTech, Intrexon and other leading bio-based chemical companies, announced at ABLC the formation of a Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable. This collaboration …

Biofuels Company Industrializes Photosynthesis
January 18, 2016 – 9:19 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For eight years, Joule has been working under the radar to develop and commercialize its CO2-to-fuel technology. —  When it comes to ethanol production volumes per acre of land, …

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

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

New Dual-Purpose Bioenergy, Forage Crop Set for Release
December 11, 2015 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbette (Texas A&M AgriLife)   …  Russ Jessup, an AgriLife Research perennial grass breeder in College Station, said he is introducing a new biofuel-biomass feedstock that is a hybrid “similar to seedless watermelons, …

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like BioYule in Canada
December 8, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Patiently, assuredly, one cluster at a time, Canada has amassed a potent armory of renewable fuel and biobased technologies, people and clusters of activity.  Where’s it going? The Digest looks …

ANA to Use Euglena Jet Fuel Made From Green Algae at Japan Plant
December 2, 2015 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Chris Cooper (Bloomberg)  ANA Holdings Inc., Japan’s largest airline, plans to use a Euglena Co. biofuel made from algae as the supplier builds a demonstration plant in Yokohama.
ANA will use a mix of about …

Biodiesel Plant Could Fuel Commercial Business
November 19, 2015 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Emily Smith (Daily Mercury)  It started as an innovative way to inspire students, but with big business continuing to come knocking for CQUniversity’s Biodiesel Plant, it could be on track for commercial success.
That’s what Biodiesel …

General Relativity, and the Remaking of Sweetwater Energy
November 9, 2015 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Minnesota Awards $26 Million to Fund Sweetwater’s Biochemical Facility  —   In Minnesota, Sweetwater Energy has received commitment for $26 million in long-term loans from the state of Minnesota to construct …

Solazyme Expanding: The Digest’s Updated 2015 8-Slide Guide
November 2, 2015 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Headquartered in South San Francisco, Solazyme’s renewable products can replace or enhance oils derived from the world’s three existing sources – petroleum, plants and animal fats. Initially, Solazyme is focused …

DuPont Celebrates the Opening of the World’s Largest Cellulosic Ethanol Plant
October 30, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(DuPont/PR Web)  DuPont celebrated the opening of its cellulosic biofuel facility in Nevada, Iowa, with a ceremony including Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad and many other dignitaries. This biorefinery is the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant, …

Ethanol from Corn Stalks: A Cure for Climate Change?
October 30, 2015 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register)  … “This is one of the core technologies that we need to cut oil use and reduce emissions from transportation,” said Jeremy Martin, a senior scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “It …

Algae Commercialization, R&D and Business Networking Forum — February 17, 2016 — Frankfurt, Germany
October 5, 2015 – 12:07 pm | No Comment
Algae Commercialization, R&D and Business Networking Forum —   February 17, 2016   —   Frankfurt, Germany

With volatile oil prices, research is been injected into alternative forms of energy such as algae biofuel but as algae still remains a challenge for future energy production, the industry has to in the meantime …

A Novel Technology to Produce Microalgae Biomass as Feedstock for Biofuel, Food, Feed and More
October 3, 2015 – 12:36 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/ UniVerve)  Novel and scalable technology and production process combining algal biomass cultivation, harvesting and concentration as well as extraction and fractionation of fatty acids from the biomass results in ability to offer high quality …

Joule Achieves U.S. EPA Registration for CO2-Recycled Ethanol
October 2, 2015 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

(Joule/BusinessWire)  Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced that its fuel grade Sunflow®-E ethanol has been registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for commercial use in E10 and E15 …

Understanding Advanced Biotechnology Commercialization, Parts 1, 2 and 3
September 30, 2015 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … In an effort to better educate the advanced biotech community on the reality of commercialization, I have developed a video series that is a “deep dive” into the …

Why Do Biofuels Seem to Be Stalled?
September 28, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Deutsche Welle) On the heels of the VW scandal, many are asking why eco-friendly transport seems to be stalled. Biofuels that don’t compete with food production may indeed play an important future role, says Nicholas Wagner …

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide
August 24, 2015 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to launch other value-added co-products: 5-hydroxyl-methyl furfural (HMF) and downstream derivatives
The company’s TriVersa Process meets the …

Cellulosic Ethanol Performance Tests Successful
August 20, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by PJ Griekspoor  (Agri-View)  St. Joseph, Mo., pilot plant completes tests of making cellulosic ethanol that also yields value-added co-products — The prospects for profitable cellulosic ethanol just got a little brighter with the completion of two …

The Pyromaniax, Class of 2015: The Top 10 Pyrolysis Projects in Renewable Fuels
August 4, 2015 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been around for a generation or so — fast pyrolysis, that is. Though in the original low-tech incarnation — known as “cooking fire” — pyrolysis has been around since …

Brazil’s President Rousseff Christens Raizen Cellulosic Biofuels Plant
July 27, 2015 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iogen’s technology at commercial-scale, and officially open for business.  In Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff launched Iogen Energy’s cellulosic ethanol technology at the official opening of Raízen`s newly expanded Costa Pinto …

GO Resources to Commercialize High-Tech, Super High Oleic Safflower Oil
July 16, 2015 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable alternative to petroleum-based raw materials with multiple applications in the biolubricants, biochemical and bioplastics industries.  In Australia, GO Resources has entered into an exclusive worldwide licence with Australia’s national …

One Billion Pounds of Carbon-Negative Plastic, Made from Greenhouse Gas and Pure Air
July 14, 2015 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Newlight Technologies has signed a 20-year take-or-pay off-take agreement with Vinmar International for 1 billion pounds of AirCarbon PHA.
Critical to the deal? Newlight’s catalyst aims to transform the …

Amyris Announces Total’s Decision to Proceed With Jet Fuel Joint Venture and Plans to Restructure and Convert $175 Million of Outstanding Convertible Debt for Common Stock
June 30, 2015 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced that it has agreed on key business terms with Total Energies Nouvelles Activités USA (a wholly owned subsidiary of Total S.A.) (“Total”) for restructuring its …

United Airlines Purchases Stake in Fulcrum BioEnergy with $30 Million Investment
June 30, 2015 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(United Airlines/PR Newswire)  Airline has opportunity to purchase at least 90 million gallons of sustainable aviation biofuel a year — Single largest investment by a U.S. airline in alternative fuels
United Airlines today announced an historic $30 …