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What Price Biomass? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock Supply Forecasting
August 10, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How much biomass is there? What types, prices, when will they be available, and produced by whom, and how? These are questions that the US Department of Energy undertook to answer, …

Queensland Mandate Key to Biofuels Boost
August 3, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(My Sunshine Coast)  The Australia biodiesel industry is still trying to negotiate deals with oil companies to ramp up production, despite the introduction of a second State mandate, Chief Executive Officer of the Biofuels Association …

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 …

FAO Official: Food-Based Biofuels Not Necessarily Bad
June 12, 2017 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV)  Brazil demonstrates that sugar cane cultivation can supply both food and ethanol for fuel without harming the environment or pushing up food prices, a senior official from the United Nations Food …

What’s My Feedstock Worth? A Primer for Measuring Bio-Value
June 6, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Whether you are owner or seller, you need to know the underlying value of a feedstock in the advanced bioeconomy — and that is not the same thing as its …

Ethanol Producers Must Engage in Upcoming Farm Bill Debate
May 18, 2017 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by John Duff (Ethanol Producer Magazine/National Sorghum Producers)  A drastically changed farm economy means the next bill will likely be very different than past ones. …   —  It is hard to believe the current …

World Petroleum Council Guide to Biofuels
December 20, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(World Petroleum Council)  ‘Biofuels’ will be the 6th in the series of the WPC’s educational guides and will focus on the use of biofuels and their role in our current and future global energy supply.
It …

AM Markets: US Biofuel Boost Sends Palm Oil to 4-Year High
November 25, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(AgriMoney) …  “That larger-than-expected lift [to the EPA target] fuelled ideas that already tight vegetable oil supply would become even tighter in 2017,” said Tobin Gorey at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
At Chicago broker Futures International, …

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 …

USDA Resumes Incentives to Grow the Bioeconomy and Improve Forest Health
November 10, 2016 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture) U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver …

Reaching Scale: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Leveraging Supply Chain Investments
October 10, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, Faegre Baker Daniels’ John Kirkwood outlined the latest on leveraging supply chain investments into debt and equity placements to bring commercial projects to life.  READ MORE

Vietnam Fuel Giant Asks for Tax Support to Keep Unpopular Biofuel in Business
September 22, 2016 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

(VN Express International)  The government continues to miss its targets for the cleaner, cassava-based fuel. State-owned fuel giant PetroVietnam has asked the government for tax support to save its new biofuel business from going bankrupt due …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong. Part 4, the Year of Living Disingenuously
September 19, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But so far, the company and its celebrity investors and directors such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and famed venture capitalist Vinod Khosla had escaped close scrutiny.

The methods …

Seeking Low Costs, Painless Logistics: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Advances to Know in Biomass Feedstocks
September 12, 2016 – 10:29 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amidst the discussion this week of the future of first-gen and advanced biofuels in the EU —   we were intrigued by this slide deck on advances in biomass production for the …

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 …

A Successful Supply Chain Strategy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Equinox
August 22, 2016 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In developing a bioconversion project, the steps are numerous, interconnected and complex. Conducting a feasibility study, feedstock supply & market analysis, developing a business plan, funding initial development, choosing process technology, …

Cambodia-Thai Cassava Woes
August 16, 2016 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Sok Chan (Khmer Times) The value of Cambodia’s cassava exports to Thailand is being adversely affected by Thailand’s periodic closing of informal border checkpoints, forcing some farmers to grow alternative cash crops as prices wildly …

Feedstocks for the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Behind the Scenes look at the Billion Ton Report
August 9, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last month, the DOE released the first volume of its monumental two-volume update of the Billion Ton report, looking not only at the economics of biomass but also the environmental …

50% Yield Boost for Ethanol? No CO2? What?! White Dog Labs Comes out of Stealth
June 13, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In what might become the most transformative development in fermentation yields since Noah debuted winemaking technology in the Book of Genesis, US-based White Dog Labs have unveiled a new process that …

The Advanced Bioeconomy 2016: State of the Industry
June 8, 2016 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For the advanced bioeconomy, the question remains and will remain for some time, where are the gallons? Specifically, projects that use biobased feedstocks that can be converted into renewable fuels, chemicals, …

What Price Feedstock?
May 4, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …  In all, respondents foresaw an $11.352 billion feedstock bioeconomy, at $57 per ton for advanced feedstocks — based on reaching that 200 million ton scale.
Let’s look at the responses, …

Make Haste with Waste
April 8, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (W)hen you compare them to homogenized, uniform, high-yield, purpose-grown energy crops. residues may be queer, but they are here. Not only available, but reliable, you can count on the …

Raizen Has Lowest Price as Cellulosic Ethanol Hinges on Feedstock Cost
February 24, 2016 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Of the Six Existing Commercial Cellulosic Ethanol Facilities, Raizen’s Projected Price of $2.17 per Gallon Is Lowest, as Innovations Help Bring Next-Generation Biofuels to Market, Says Lux Research
Six companies have now brought cellulosic …

Cellulosic Feedstocks of the Future
September 21, 2015 – 6:10 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Commercial-scale production and harvest of several annual and perennial biomass feedstocks is under way, paving the way for biofuels, biopower and biobased products. — … There are, however, a handful …

Bringing in the Biomass for Cellulosic Ethanol
September 14, 2015 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   A multitude of questions surround the challenge of bringing in the mountains of biomass needed to feed a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant: Are crop residues a reliable resource? …

8 Ways to Win with $30 Oil: “Energy at the Extremes”
August 26, 2015 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What works, what struggles, what changes when oil prices head into the tank? Who will feed China’s manufacturing monster? — At Clariant’s “Defining the Future VII” conference in San Francisco, the …

Poplar-Based Bioethanol Production Awaits Spike In Price Of Crude
August 5, 2015 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dorminey (Renewable Energy World)  A rapid-growing tree, many researchers think poplar is missing its calling as a high-quality cellulosic bioenergy feedstock. — As the world’s fastest growing temperate tree species, poplar can add a dozen …

THE CASE FOR BIOFUEL: The Magic Bullet for Energy Security and Rural Development in Africa
July 16, 2015 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Around 770,000 BC, it was fire, at some point – wood, dung and coal, to the now-ominous fossil fuels. This is the evolution of energy, and today the evolution …

Follow the Money
May 19, 2015 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  After a period of incredible profitability, leaders in the ethanol industry are better positioned for thinner margins.
In an industry ruled by volatility, it’s important for producers to position themselves …

Moonshine, Hogs and Drought Fuel Sorghum Boom Across U.S. Plains
March 31, 2015 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Megan Durisin, Jeff Wilson, Lydia Mulvany (Bloomberg)  … A kernel-yielding stalk that’s native to Africa, sorghum has three things going for it right now: it’s cheap to plant; it holds up better in drought-like conditions than …

$500/BOE Profit from Algae? Yes We Can!
February 9, 2015 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Stafford “Doc” Williamson (Biofuels Digest)  … The US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has a plan. Specifically it has a 5 year plan known as the Multi-Year Program Plan (and with …

Will Low Oil Prices Be the Downfall of Cellulosic Biofuels?
February 8, 2015 – 7:00 pm | No Comment

by Wally Tyner (The Conversation/Purdue University)  … One challenge to commercializing biofuel made from non-food sources — called cellulosic biofuels — has been cost.
Unlike ethanol made from corn, cellulosic biofuels are made from the inedible parts …

Once-Golden Biofuels Market Flattened by Cheap Diesel
February 8, 2015 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

by Chris Fleisher (Trib Total Media)  Last fall, Ed Vescovi planned to restart a dormant biodiesel plant in Beaver County.  The market for biofuel was shaky. But a new owner, Weavertown Environmental, pledged to get …

The (Oil Price) Crash of ’14: What Lessons Can We Learn?
February 6, 2015 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 4 weeks past the helter-skelter Oil Crash, as prices plateau for now (and maybe for the long term) — what have we learned about energy markets in the Age of Alternatives?

When …

Margins, Fuel, Land Prices among Concerns at Ag Summit
February 6, 2015 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Offner (WCFCourier.com) … “With crop prices going down, we think leases are going to have to start being adjustable and they’re going to have to lower land prices and lower rent prices, and that’s …

Margins, Fuel, Land Prices among Concerns at Ag Summit
January 27, 2015 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Offner (WCFCourier.com) … “With crop prices going down, we think leases are going to have to start being adjustable and they’re going to have to lower land prices and lower rent prices, and that’s …

Falling Oil Prices Will Push Many Cellulosic Fuel Makers into the Red
December 16, 2014 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Lux Research, Inc.)  Cellulosic feedstocks can keep bio-based fuels and materials from competing with food, but despite 2.4 billion tons of feedstock available, costs may be too high, says Lux Research
Most bio-based fuels and chemicals …

4 Minutes with…Larry Sullivan, Consultant, Lawrence D. Sullivan & Company
December 9, 2014 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The industry must come to grips with the disconnect between feedstock producers and companies that convert feedstocks to products. In petroleum, the oil and gas producers enjoy higher returns …

Where Are We with Algae Biofuels? Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2014 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The state of R&D so far. 4 NAABB advances  have brought the cost of algae biocrude oil down to $7.50 per gallon.  3 roadblocks remain between today’s cost and $3.00.  In our …

Press Release: “Should Corn Land Be Used for Bioenergy/Biomaterial Crops?” Advanced Biofuels USA Publishes Thought-Provoking New Approach to Food, Feed, Fuel and Fiber Crop Land Use
October 6, 2014 – 8:00 am | One Comment

October 6, 2014—Columbus, OH —  Robert Kozak of Atlantic Biomass Conversions contributes his thoughtful approach to answering these questions* posed by Biofuels Digests’s Jim Lane: “As the first wave of cellulosic biorefineries launch — is …

Capturing the California ‘Golden Gallon’
October 1, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biodiesel produced from corn distillers oil (CDO) is assigned an extremely low carbon intensity (CI) score under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, making it a tremendously …

Boosting Biomass for Bioenergy
October 1, 2014 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by  Katie Fletcher (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Many dedicated energy crops hold promise as feedstocks for next-generation ethanol. Extensive R&D is still needed, however, to overcome the challenges in making these plants viable for commercial applications.

This year, …

Answers for Your Questions about the Bioeconomy, Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals and Bioproducts
August 14, 2014 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen to get a hold of the powerpoint decks. But how do you get a hold of the great Q&A that follows …

The Impact of Ethanol Production on the North Dakota Agricultural Retail Industry
August 12, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Richard Taylor and Won W. Koo   (Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies North Dakota State University)  … The first immediate impact of ethanol was increased agricultural commodity prices. In 2005, the corn price averaged $2.00 per bushel. …

Low Corn Prices Favor New Type of Ethanol in Brazil
July 22, 2014 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Gustavo Bonato and Caroline Stauffer (Reuters)  Low corn prices in Brazil following a bumper crop are worrying farmers but providing favorable margins for an incipient corn-ethanol industry, said the manager of Usimat, the first Brazilian …

The Myth and Reality of Biodiesel Feedstock Availability
June 17, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Since its commercial inception in the 1990s, the biodiesel industry has faced obstacles from all sides. The technical merits of the fuel have been challenged time and time again. Manufacturing costs …

The Energy YoYo: When Will Renewables Replace Oil & Gas?
February 6, 2014 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Peter Brown (Biodiesel Magazine/International Procurement Tools Inc.)  We may already be over the tipping point where greenhouse gases (GHG) have so altered the delicate balance in nature that climate changes are irreversible. Two worlds …

Report: Southwest Ontario Can Support Biomass-to-Sugar Plant
August 28, 2013 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Ontario Federation of Agriculture recently announced that a value chain consortium has presented a final report to local corn producers, showing that it is commercially viable to establish …

The Hurtlin’, Tumblin’, Twistin’ of the Big Energy Rollercoaster
August 23, 2013 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … But is the real RINsanity the focus on RINsanity itself?
We might be more focused on the insanely huge amounts of energy demand that are coming, and what the heck we …

54.40 or Fight: the Cost of Biofuels, Emissions, Energy Security and Economic Development
July 16, 2013 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …The financing of biofuels is founded, to put it as simply as possible, upon the economics of substitution. On the one hand, there’s the price of energy currently locked inside …

Flight Plan: 14 Practical Steps towards Commercial Aviation Biofuels Now
July 5, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For every 5% in global shift to aviation biofuels — create 72,000 jobs and avoid 3 million tons of carbon emissions.   How to get from available field to affordable fuel …

Cost of Biofuels No Longer Sky High
May 23, 2013 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Peter Hannam (The Age)  Whether it’s the use of organisms first found in the guts of rabbits in New Zealand or converting the mountains of rubbish disposed of by Londoners, airlines around the world are …

Answers to Your Questions about Parity-Priced, Algae-Based Fuels
March 8, 2013 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wondering when affordable algae-based transportation fuels might arrive at your local retail outlet?   Might be sooner than you think. Here’s the lowdown.
…Further, we have to take into account that, …

Flying the Aussie BioSkies
February 27, 2013 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of biofuels there is no sector as active as military and aviation biofuels in terms of willing customers. At the Low Carbon Fuel Conference, held over …

Energy Cane for Biomass Promising in South Carolina Testing
December 27, 2012 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Roy Robertson (Southeast Farm Press)  • Steve Kresovich is part of a team of USC researchers looking for crops that can be adapted to less productive and often under-utilized South Carolina soils.
• The end …

Affordable Naval Biofuel: First Comes the Feedstock
November 29, 2012 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Is the US government right in aiming to commercialize aviation biofuels production – or should it be aimed at ensuring affordable feedstock?
Pain at the pump. $5 gasoline in California. $8 …