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SET-Plan Steering Group Approved Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport
July 18, 2018 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(European Technology and Innovation Platform-Bioenergy)  On 13 June 2018 the SET-Plan Steering Group approved the Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport.
The plan was prepared by a working group, co …

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 …

Protein, Protein: The Bioeconomy’s Latest Technology Fad Is, Actually, a Pivot Back to an Ancient and Enduring Concern
July 6, 2018 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Protein has become the answer to almost every question. How will you achieve scale? Protein. How will you make money? Protein. What will save the world? Protein. What are you going …

Zero to 10 Million in 5 years
June 27, 2018 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Slow to start and with fewer gallons than targeted through the Renewable Fuel Standard, cellulosic ethanol is showing signs of steady growth.  —  Cellulosic ethanol production has been gaining momentum …

USDA Grants Hood $100,000 for Biofuels Project
June 22, 2018 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

(Hood College)  The United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Hood College Professor of Biology Craig Laufer $100,000 over an 18-month period to fund research and development of cost-effective biofuels. Successful completion of this project would …

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of June 21st, 2018
June 22, 2018 – 10:25 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, …

New Algae Biofuel Production Method Could Someday Compete with Petroleum
June 18, 2018 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

by Philip T. Pienkos (R&D Magazine)  … This time, the leading force was not the DOE (U.S. Department of Energy), but the investment community acting in the belief that the power of modern biotechnology could be …

The Battle for Yeast Supremacy: DSM, DuPont, Novozymes and More
June 15, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Let’s review the big gambits from the likes of DSM, DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Novozymes as they duke it out over market share in an era where corn ethanol gallons …

BASF and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits to Collaborate and Leverage Synergies Bringing Increased Value to Ethanol Producers
June 14, 2018 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

(Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits/BASF)  BASF Enzymes LLC and Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) have formally entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement to leverage synergies between the two companies’ products that maximize value to customers in …

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 …

Higher Yields, Faster Fermentation, Reduced Energy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DuPont Industrial Biosciences’ XCELIS Platform
June 8, 2018 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Building off the recent launch of its fuel ethanol platform DuPont XCELIS, DuPont Industrial Biosciences unveiled the first three products from the innovation hub – designed to increase yields, speed fermentation …

NREL Finds Easier Ways to Deconstruct Biomass
June 7, 2018 – 5:54 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  If there’s an easier, more efficient method, science will find a way. That’s certainly the case in producing cellulosic biofuels, which, at least for now, requires a two-step process to …

In a First, Indian Oil Corporation to Channel Refinery Waste Gas for Ethanol Production
June 7, 2018 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Outlook India)  In a first-of-its-kind venture in the world, Indian Oil Corporation is planning to utilise off-gases (waste gas) from various processing units of its refineries for production of ethanol. The move will reduce the carbon footprint of the …

“Revolutionary” Biofuel Developed under Wraps at Finnish, Swedish Universities
May 29, 2018 – 11:48 am | No Comment

(Yle)  In order to avoid unwanted attention from industrial spies, the biofuel – which could replace gasoline and diesel – was developed in secret.  —  A professor at Turku’s Åbo Akademi and Sweden’s Umeå University says he …

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 …

Hot Tech for Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute
May 22, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.
Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers …

Key Enzyme for Production of Second-Generation Ethanol Discovered in Brazilian Amazon
May 16, 2018 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

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

Drop-in Fuels and Biomaterials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
May 15, 2018 – 2:06 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 the …

Hitachi Zosen Inova to Build and Operate Kompogas® Plant to Turn Jönköping’s Organic Waste into Vehicle Fuel
May 9, 2018 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

(Hitachi Zosen Inova)  Hitachi Zosen Inova is to build Scandinavia’s second Kompogas® facility in Jönköping, Sweden. It will use a dry fermentation process to convert around 40,000 metric tons of organic waste a year into fuel …

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 …

Research Shows How Genetics Can Contribute for Advances in 2G Ethanol Production
April 17, 2018 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

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

Isobutanol’s Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
April 12, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They …

A New Tailor-Made Approach to Biofuels
April 11, 2018 – 11:38 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/CORDIS)  … Some microbes have natural structures called cellulosomes that contain cellulases, enzymes that break down cellulose efficiently into sugars. The EU-funded CELLULOSOMEPLUS project developed designer cellulosomes (DCs) to achieve high yields of fermentable sugars from the organic …

Project to Produce Industrial Products from Olive Mill Wastewater Gets EU Support
April 11, 2018 – 10:20 am | No Comment

by Sevil Erkuş (Hurryiet Daily News)  A project initiated by Turkish experts to turn olive mill wastewater from olive production into industrial raw materials and products such as biodiesel and animal feed has received the support of …

Researchers Engineer Yeast to Grow on Xylose
April 4, 2018 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/Tufts University)  Researchers at Tufts University have created a genetically modified yeast that can more efficiently consume a novel nutrient, xylose, enabling the yeast to grow faster and to higher cell densities, raising the …

Green Biologics Partners With Kingsford® Charcoal to Launch New EcoLight™ Natural Charcoal Lighter Fluid
April 2, 2018 – 10:48 am | No Comment

(Green Biologics/PR Newswire)  Green Biologics, Inc. announced that it has agreed to supply their patented GreenFlame® bio-based charcoal lighter fluid formulation exclusively to Kingsford® Charcoal, to be marketed under a new brand: EcoLight™. The licensing agreement builds on …

Engineering Clostridia: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to n-Butanol Production from Biomass and CO2
March 5, 2018 – 11:43 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The DOE is supporting a project to develop engineered clostridia strains and fermentation process that can directly utilize cellulose and fix CO2 for n-butanol production from lignocellulosic biomass. The engineered strains can …

Butanol from Forest Waste: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Fermentation of AVAP Sugars
February 26, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The objective? To create an economically viable process for the production of butanol from the underutilized natural resources domestically available economically sustainable biofuel at or below DOE target selling price. And, suitable for …

Second Front in the Yeast Wars: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineering Cellulosic Tolerance in Yeast
February 20, 2018 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve been covering some important movements in the design and performance of yeast in recent weeks, including the arrival of Novozymes’ Innova drive strains. Most of the activity has been focused …

Big Algae Chases Omega-3 Dominance: DSM, Evonik Enderway on $200M Algae Project in Nebraska
February 16, 2018 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition — something that’s been traditionally …

Advanced, to Go: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 2G Biofuels Implementation Timetable
February 7, 2018 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

The biggest news out of Novozymes this month is its new yeast platform for starch-based ethanol, while also introducing the first product, Innova Drive. A completely new yeast strain, the product can reduce fermentation time by …

Estimation of a 69 % Reduction in Greenhouse Gases Emissions for Fully Renewable ETBE Compared to Fossil Gasoline
January 15, 2018 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE) has entrusted EVEA, a company specialized in calculation of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), with a study focused on the products to be manufactured in the future IBN-One plant. Fully …

US Navy Researchers Develop New Class of Renewable Diesel
January 4, 2018 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, researchers from the US Navy at China Lake have developed a new class of drop-in renewable diesel from biomass using acid catalyzed condensation of 2-tridecanone with a series of diols through fermentation …

Top 10 Bioeconomy Predictions for 2018
January 3, 2018 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2018? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead.
As …

Nutrition, Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta
December 28, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for …

Boosting Ethanol’s Value via CO2 Use: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs
December 27, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) US-based White Dog Labs have developed a new process that eliminates the production of CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, during fermentation and instead shifts the carbon to added ethanol production, boosting …

Top 17 for 2017
December 26, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  2017 was a roller coaster year. There was a paradigm shift in biofuels, technology advancements, innovations abounded, politics chaotic. Some companies shut down and disappeared like the Hobo vanishing in …

Collaboration Success: Two Labs Develop a Promising Pathway to Biobased Fuels and Chemicals
November 30, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, have successfully modified a microorganism to produce a useful intermediate from sugar fermentation, which can then be upgraded into valuable biobased …

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 …

DuPont Launches Synerxia Thrive to Increase Ethanol Yields
November 28, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(DuPont Industrial Biosciences/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  DuPont Industrial Biosciences has announced the launch of Synerxia Thrive Fermentation System, the newest innovation in the company’s synergistic fermentation system technologies. The new fermentation system will deliver higher ethanol yields, incomparable …

Techno-Economic Analysis of Biofuel Production from Macroalgae (Seaweed)
November 28, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Mohsen Soleymani and Kurt A. Rosentrater (Bioengineering)  A techno-economic evaluation of bioenergy production from macroalgae was carried out in this study. Six different scenarios were examined for the production of different energy products and by-products. …

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Scale-Up: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Building Industrial Fermentation for World Scale
November 22, 2017 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Next, we invited Genomatica’s Jeff Lievense as part of a special session focused on the scaling-up of fermentation technologies — from the pitfalls to the pratfalls.
Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology …

Cheaper, More Efficient Biofuels Targeted with New Yeast
November 21, 2017 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(North Queensland Register)  A Sydney company has been awarded a $4.03 million grant to develop a yeast to address economic and sustainability issues surrounding biofuels.  —  SYDNEY-based yeast developer Microbiogen has been awarded a $4.03 million federal government …

UW Entrepreneurial Pipeline Lands Lactic Solutions in Biofuels Marketplace
November 21, 2017 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Natasha Kassulke (University of Wisconsin-Madison)  When Jim Steele thinks back over the last seven years, from the early research on biofuels, followed by a dream of moving Lactic Solutions LLC technology to the marketplace, and …

Research Is Making Plant Waste a Viable Option in Ethanol Production
November 15, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by J.D. Warren (UCR Today)  Relatively cheap “biomass” has been a poor option due to its production cost  —  UC Riverside researchers have developed a streamlined process that could finally make the ethanol production cost from abundant …

ExxonMobil and REG Expand Cellulosic Biodiesel Research
November 2, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG) announced that by utilizing REG’s patented fermentation technology, the companies’ joint research program has demonstrated the ability to convert sugars from a variety of non-edible biomass sources into …

Making Renewables Mainstream: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris
October 27, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We reported on Amyris’ progress recently in “The New Colossus aims to unlock its Golden Door” and in Two Up: Amyris, Queensland gamble on farnesene for SE Asia.
Meanwhile, Amyris President of R&D …

Keeping Yeast Fit and Healthy: Combating Organic Acids in Fermentation
October 24, 2017 – 3:54 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Moser (Novozymes/Biofuels Digest)  … A yeast that is less susceptible to stressors is the best way to create a solid foundation for your fermentation. It also helps, however, to have a strategy for keeping …

Dynamic Metabolic Control: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to 10X Bioprocess Intensification
October 12, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy is supporting a project from DMC Limited and Duke University to develop scalable and cost-effective next generation semi-continuous fermentation based processes for biofuels, reducing commercial scale capital …

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 …

Running Hot: 7 Tips for Warm Weather Ethanol Fermentation
September 6, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Claudia Geddes (Novozymes)  As you know, heat—and its partner in crime, humidity—can be a stressor on the yeast used in ethanol fermentation, affecting both yeast health and performance. Unfortunately, this often makes yeast a …

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 …

Production of Bioethanol from Multiple Waste Streams of Rice Milling
August 25, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

LorenzoFavaro, et al. (Bioresource Technology)   Rice milling by-products are promising feedstocks for bioethanol. Starch-rich residues were efficiently fermented by two engineered amylolytic yeast.  Rice husk, composed by lignocellulose, was pre-treated with alkaline peroxide.  Pre-treated husk was …

Value Days at the Landfill: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Unlocking Polylactic Acid from Waste Biogas
August 21, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Methane in biogas offers a renewable alternative to natural gas as a feedstock and intermediate in bioprocesses. The US DOE is supporting a development effort led by NatureWorks in collaboration …

Potato Waste Processing May Be the Road to Enhanced Food Waste Conversion
August 18, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Pennsylvania State University/Phys.Org)  With more than two dozen companies in Pennsylvania manufacturing potato chips, it is no wonder that researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have developed a novel approach to more efficiently …

Project Aims to Turn Roads into Energy Source
August 14, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Advantage News)  The Illinois Department of Transportation has approved implementation of a renewable energy demonstration project using grasses collected from mowing highway rights-of-way.
The work will implement the findings of a three-year study by a multidisciplinary …

Advanced Fermentation Agitation with Methanotrophs and Other Organisms
August 9, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Gregory T. Benz (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  Fermentation processes, both aerobic and anaerobic, have been successful on an industrial scale for quite a long time, producing a wide variety of products. In most of …

Industrially-Relevant Strains: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Sugars
August 9, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The US Department of Energy has a goal of developing industrially-relevant strains to meet titer, rate, and yield targets for fuel precursors for the 2022 BC Platform cost target goals of …

Products, and Open for Contract Manufacturing: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to REG Life Sciences
July 25, 2017 – 10:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In January 2014, REG acquired LS9 for a purchase price of up to $61.5 million. Most of the old LS9 team, including the entire R&D leadership group, joined the newly named …

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 …

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels: Production Technologies for Biofuels, Volume 2
July 7, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Lalit Kumar Singh (Editor), Gaurav Chaudhary (Editor) (Wiley)  Biofuels production is one of the most extensively studied fields in the energy sector that can provide an alternative energy source and bring the energy industry closer …

Xylogenics Announces GX-1 Yeast Technology
June 29, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Xylogenics)  Indiana-based Xylogenics announced today the release of a new strain design for its patented GX-1 yeast production and fermentation process. The efficiencies created by the newest strain design will have an immediate impact on …

Service Providers Partner to Build Ethanol Plants in India
June 28, 2017 – 11:08 am | No Comment

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

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 …

A New Research and Innovation Project Will Foster Europe-Brazil Cooperation on Advanced Lignocellulosic Biofuels
June 5, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

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

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. …

Rapid Advancement: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Nation’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute – RAPID
May 17, 2017 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last December , the U.S. Department of Energy announced it would support the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute with $70 million over five years, subject to federal appropriations. Another $70 million is …

Advanced Biofuels Canada Adds Six Members as Canadian LCFS Approaches
May 12, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Advanced Biofuels Canada revealed a signficant expansion of its membership. New members include: Cellufuel Inc. is currently operating a demonstration-scale facility producing clean synthetic diesel from lowvalue forestry residues. Ensyn Corporation …

The Digest’s Complete March Madness Webinars Available Online
May 5, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Digest’s Complete March Madness webinars – 700+ slides available for your on-demand review.  —  The Digest’s March Madness series – 20 webinars covering the hottest topics as selected by …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial 5C and 6C sugars
May 3, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Digest had a well-received webinar on C5 and C6 sugars, featuring in-demand industry consultant David Dodds and Fluid Quip exec Jeffrey Robert — looking at transformative approaches to making sugars and …

Amyris Announces Key Advancements Under DARPA Multi-Year Technology Investment Agreement — Enables Development of Industrial-Scale Fermentation Process For Virtually Any Biological Molecule
May 2, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS), the industrial bioscience company, today announced that it has successfully expanded its world-class expertise in strain engineering and optimization to 26 key metabolic precursors across multiple organisms, as part of its …

Global Bioenergies’ First Success in Scaling up the Isobutene Process in the Leuna Demo Plant
April 24, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies today announces that it has succeeded in producing Isobutene by fermentation at the scale of the Leuna Demo plant (a 5,000 litre fermenter), with run length and performances exceeding those performed …

From Wastewater to Sustainable Fuel
April 11, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(SEAT)  Turning wastewater into sustainable fuel. This is the answer to two environmental challenges, namely reusing an increasingly scarce resource, water, and finding alternative energies to counter episodes of severe pollution that impose traffic restrictions …

AB Mauri Introduces AB Biotek in North America
April 7, 2017 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(AB Mauri) AB Mauri, a global leader in yeast and bakery ingredient products, has launched a new business division – AB Biotek – in North America and globally.
Specializing in fermentation science and yeast innovation, AB …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Fermentation 3.0 – The Must Knows
April 7, 2017 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Now on the one hand you have the theory of alternative fuels, chemicals and materials, then there is the actual making of them — often aiming for exotically high rates, …

Textbook: Biofuels and Bioenergy
April 3, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

edited by John Love and John A.  Bryant (Wiley-Blackwell)  With increased public and scientific attention driven by factors such as oil price spikes, the need for increased energy security, and concerns over greenhouse gas emissions …

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, …

From Sake Brewing to Energy Production: How Innovation in Biofuels Is Coming From Unlikely Places
March 27, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(Mitsubishi Heavy Industries/Forbes)  … Biofuels are one example of the unique synergy that arises when energy developers think “outside the box”. In shifting the focus to fermentation, researchers find themselves relying on sake brewers to produce …

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 …

Any Alcohol into Any Drop-In Fuel: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables
March 22, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet …

The Sunliquid Technology – A Unique and Validated Pre-treatment Approach to 2G Ethanol
February 21, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Markus Rarbach (Clariant)  … Our approach at Clariant when developing the sunliquid® technology was to deliver an entirely integrated process from feedstock to finished product including our proprietary enzyme and fermentation organism platform, where all process …

A Step toward Renewable Diesel: Chemical Engineers Program Yeast to Convert Plant Sugars into Oils.
February 15, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

by Anne Trafton (MIT News)  MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy …

Researchers Produce Renewable Car Tires from Trees, Grass
February 13, 2017 – 10:02 pm | No Comment

(University of Minnesota/Biomass Magazine)  A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire …

The Industrial Status of Biofuel Technologies
January 13, 2017 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  A myriad of biofuel technologies exist, but which ones are truly industrial processes? The question is not always easy to answer. And one must define what is meant by …

Youth Explore Biofuel as Renewable Energy
January 3, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

(Michigan State University Extension)  Youth can explore biofuel at 4-H Renewable Energy Camp and through other 4-H science programs.  —  …You can help youth explore biofuels by guiding them through an activity that shows how …

Austria – Biofuels Technology, Research and Development
January 2, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Dina Bacovsky, Andrea Sonnleitner (Task39 Newsletter)  …  Domestic FAME (fatty acid methyl ester) production in 2014 was 292,009 tonnes based on rapeseed (72%), used cooking oil (19%), animal fat (8%) and fatty acids (1%). The feedstock …

Ultra-Low Cost Product Development: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to DMC
December 28, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DMC’s technology enables reproducibility and robustness to scale; Production of a diversity of targets using a single bioprocess; HTS approaches that translate to full scale performance — and the company says, “50X improvement …

JBEI Releases 4 New Biobased Technologies for Licensing
December 27, 2016 – 5:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, researchers at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed four new technologies available for license:
Streamlined Saccharification from Lignocellulosic Biomass, 2015-143
Translation Control …

Iowa State to Manage Biorefinery Projects for New Manufacturing USA Institute
December 27, 2016 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Iowa State University)  Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute.
The recently announced advanced manufacturing institute is dedicated to improving the productivity …

Hydrocarbons from Cheap Renewable Carbon: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
December 23, 2016 – 11:47 am | 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 …

Bolt-on Cellulosic Ethanol: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Edeniq
December 20, 2016 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Edeniq is a biorefining and cellulosic technology company. Edeniq delivers integrated process innovations that unlock sugars. These technological innovations uniquely combine mechanical and biological processes. Edeniq’s capital light and operationally efficient …

Amber Waves of Gain: BioAmber, CJ CheilJedang to Launch Asian JV for Bio-Succinic
December 20, 2016 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In South Korea, BioAmber and CJ CheilJedang Corporation signed a LOI for a joint venture in China to produce up to 36,000 metric tons of bio-succinic acid per year.
It’s not …

Chief Pilot: The ABPDU, Where the Elite Meet to Defeat Petroleum
December 15, 2016 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  “Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit.”  It’s run out of the Berkeley Lab, and is the technology center behind the technology centers, if you will, of companies such as Kiverdi, …

Minnesota n-butanol Plant Comes Online
December 12, 2016 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  A United Kingdom company has successfully converted a Minnesota ethanol plant into an n-butanol production facility, which is now online after two years of development.
David Anderson of Green Biologics Inc., …

We Really Do Mean “Drop-in”: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo
December 12, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. …

How Sand ‘Holds Its Breath’: Research into Diatom Survival on a Beach
December 7, 2016 – 5:10 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Researchers in Australia have made an important discovery about how sand ‘holds its breath’ — specifically, how diatoms survive in the ever-changing environmental conditions of a beach. The finding has major implications for …

UK Students Solve a Real-Life Problem, Win Cargill Innovation in Engineering Award
December 6, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Grant-Brown (Cargill)  Students Rachana Halasabele and Alessia Xu from The University of Manchester in the UK recently triumphed with their innovative and practical winning solution to a real-life industry problem set by Cargill’s ethanol …

Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta Select Tennessee for Methane-to-Feed Project
December 5, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Cargill and Calysta revealed that they will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional …

New Research Could Make Ethanol Production More Efficient and Economic
December 1, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  New research at the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus could significantly change ethanol production by lowering operating costs and simplifying the dry grind process.
“There are currently more …

Food Scientist Aiding Fuel Ethanol with New Engineered Bacteria
November 30, 2016 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by David Tenenbaum (University of Wisconsin-Madison) … (James) Steele, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Winder-Bascom professor of food science, specializes in food, beverage and biofuel fermentation. Understanding how bacteria and yeast convert biomass into products has been …

Global Bioenergies Completes Construction of German Demo-Scale Plant
November 17, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

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

Awards of £5m for New UK-Brazil Joint Projects in Advanced Biofuels and Biorefinery Research
October 21, 2016 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A joint investment between UK’s BBSRC and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in Brazil has been made to support collaborations between UK and Brazilian scientists in advanced biofuels research.
The funding – £3.5 …

Poised for Production: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Fermentalg
October 20, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Fermentalg’s technology optimizes the industrial exploitation of the exceptional properties that are found in microalgae to produce molecules of interest such as the Omega 3 fatty acids, coloring agents, antioxidants …

Ethanol from Conventional to Advanced: The Digest’s 2016 Multi Slide Guide to Praj
October 14, 2016 – 10:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, we held a well-attended webinar on the markets and makers of ethanol from conventional to advanced. Here below is a slide deck presented on the day, from Praj – going through …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to LeSaffre, Corbion
October 6, 2016 – 11:57 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, …

New Brew in Quest for Biofuel
October 4, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Beth Miller (University of Delaware)  Mixotrophy twist leads researchers to higher yields, lower emissions  —  You don’t have to be a beer lover to understand the chemistry behind new research emerging from two labs …

Davis, Mercurius Advance on Ultra Low-Cost Renewable Chemicals
October 3, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Mercurius Biorefining has furthered its partnership with UC Davis to develop first-of-its-kind technology for production of furan-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (FDCA). While current approaches to the commercialization of FDCA use …

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels
September 12, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and …

Take Off For Aviation Biofuels: Why, How, and Why?
September 12, 2016 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (The Biomass Monitor/Biofuels Digest)  … By the 21st Century, we’ll have many more technological options for limiting and adapting to climate change, but in there here and now, when it comes to aviation, …

Alliance Releases Data from CTS Cellulosic Ethanol Multiple Feedstock Testing. Results Conclusive: CTS Economically Superior to Existing Cellulosic Conversion Processes
September 9, 2016 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc.) Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is very pleased to release the results from months of testing and data collection on dozens of lignocellulose feedstocks utilizing the patented CTS conversion process.  …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to ExxonMobil in the Advanced Bioeconomy
September 6, 2016 – 4:46 pm | 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 …

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community
September 5, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region. Ethanol can be produced locally using a variety of feedstocks that can be selected based on …

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 …

DOE Joint Genome Institute Aims to Boost Use of More Yeasts
August 17, 2016 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, so far industry has only harnessed a fraction of the diversity available for biotechnological applications, including biofuel production. In the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a …

The Building Block Builders: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to BioAmber
August 16, 2016 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From the company’s IPO Prospectus: “Our proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are cost-competitive replacements for petroleum-derived …

Renewable Gasoline, Solvents, and Fuel Additives from 2,3-Butanediol: New Research
August 15, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, a US Navy research team at China Lake led by Ben Harvey reported that 2,3-Butanediol, which has received a significant amount of interest based on the ability to generate …

New Approach Could Lower Cost and Eliminate Need for Antibiotics During Biofuel Production
August 5, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  The cost and environmental impact of producing liquid biofuels and biochemicals as alternatives to petroleum-based products could be significantly reduced, thanks to a new metabolic engineering technique.

The fuels and chemicals are often produced using …

Convert Fermentation Waste to Advanced Ethanol: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Ebio’s Alcoli Process
July 8, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What’s a major opportunity with thin stillage? Ebio says it can deliver “20% Increased Efficiency, 20% Advanced Ethanol, Payback in 5 months, based on any feedstock, and offering D5 Advanced biofuels” — all …

Global Bioenergies Obtains a EU400,000 Grant from the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) to Produce Renewable Gasoline Additives – Audi Will Use These for Engine Testing
July 5, 2016 – 1:13 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/Global Bioenergies) Global Bioenergies announces today that its German subsidiary, Global Bioenergies GmbH, secured a €400.000 grant from the BMBF (the German federal ministry for research and education) to finance a 14 month-project aimed at …

Evolva Animated Video Scores Platinum at Hermes Awards
June 14, 2016 – 7:40 pm | No Comment

(Evolva)  Evolva dedicates award to Phil Robinson, the late-great creative genius who directed this unique three-minute video on biotech and brewing — Evolva (SIX: EVE) announces that its animated explainer video received top marks in the …

Alliance BioEnergy Receives Independent Verification of Sugars Through CTS Processing of DDG, From Large Ethanol Producer
June 14, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc./Globe Newswire)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the “Company”), is pleased to announce that with the senior science officers of a large U.S. ethanol producer present, the CTS process produced fermentable sugars …

How Do You Generate $2B in Cellulosic Ethanol, with No Upfront Investment?
June 14, 2016 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Siouxland Energy Cooperative has licensed the Edeniq’s Cellunator and Pathway technologies for its 60 million gallon per year ethanol plant located in Sioux Center. Production will start by Q4 2016. …

Global Bioenergies’ Renewable Isobutene Compatible with Chemical Oxidation
June 13, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  Global Bioenergies today announced the completion of a series of tests on the oxidation of bio-sourced isobutene. The reaction produces methacrylic acid, one of the main components of acrylic paint, in a market …

Where Did Biofuels Technologies Come from?
June 2, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Gerald Kutney  (Lee Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … From the time of the caveman until the early Industrial Revolution, biofuels – namely wood and the advanced biofuel of the day, charcoal – reigned supreme.  Both fossil fuels and …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

Scania Trucks Use Ethanol Made with Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
May 20, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Clariant/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Scania, one of the world’s top heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, are celebrating the results and the opportunities generated by the partnership established last year, which …

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, …

Bellona Europe Calls on European Commission to Promote Marine Bioenergy
May 17, 2016 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  Bellona Europe, a non-profit green organisation, has called on the European Commission to promote marine bioenergy for heat and power and biofuels.
The group made the call in its response to …

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 …

Leaf Resources Expands Equity Stake in ZeaChem, Signs JV to Develop Celluosic Sugars Project in US
March 1, 2016 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, Leaf Resources and ZeaChem signed a joint venture agreement to establish a Glycell based project in the USA. The new agreenent advances the relationship between the two companies …

Alliance BioEnergy: CTS Pilot Plant Producing Cellulosic Sugar
February 22, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Alliance BioEnergy Plus/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. is pleased to announce that the CTS pilot plant located at the company’s subsidiary Ek Laboratories, is now running the complete conversion process from raw feedstock …

BioFuelNet Canada Brings Biofuels Education to Canadian High Schools
February 22, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Quebec, BioFuelNet Canada has partnered with Talk Energy Week to participate as panelists at schools in eight Canadian cities, where they will be discussing sustainable advanced biofuels with over …

Researchers ‘Explode’ Sugar Beet Cells for Faster Fermentation
February 15, 2016 – 8:44 pm | No Comment

(Wageningen University/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The European ERA-NET innovation project ChemBeet is developing a very promising technology in which cells are exploded to create a faster and cheaper fermentation process.
“The sugar from sugar beet can be …

Flint Hills Resources Licenses Edeniq’s Pathway Technology
February 15, 2016 – 10:42 am | No Comment

(Edeniq)  Edeniq’s Pathway Technology produces cellulosic ethanol, enhances yield, and increases oil recovery  —  Edeniq, Inc., a biorefining and cellulosic technology company, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Flint Hills Resources, a …

Algae Fuels Boosted by NREL Process
February 10, 2016 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A new biorefinery process developed by scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has proven to be significantly more effective at producing ethanol from algae than previous research.
The process, dubbed …

Readying for Market: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to REG Life Sciences
January 27, 2016 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In January 2014, REG acquired LS9 for a purchase price of up to $61.5 million. Most of the old LS9 team, including the entire R&D leadership group, joined the newly …

ExxonMobil, REG Tie-Up to Take Cellulosic Biodiesel to Scale
January 27, 2016 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Two giants hook up to bring cellulosic biodiesel to scale. A new source of biodiesel feedstock, and a new source of renewable fuels.
In Iowa, ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group have …

Biomass Supply Chain Trade-Offs: Basis for Successful Bioenergy Businesses
January 26, 2016 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

by Rajdeep Golech (Biomass Magazine)  Feedstock sourcing is a critical aspect in the development of cellulosic biofuel businesses.  —  Emphasis toward greenhouse gas reduction and massive availability of agriculture and forest residue has led to …

One-Stop Shop for Biofuels
January 14, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

by Lynn Yarris (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) … Led by Seema Singh and Blake Simmons, JBEI researchers have developed a “high-gravity” one-pot process for producing ethanol from cellulosic biomass that gives unprecedented yields while minimizing water …

Indiana University Scientists Create ‘Nano-Reactor’ for the Production of Hydrogen Biofuel
January 12, 2016 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

(Indiana University Bloomington) Combining bacterial genes and virus shell creates a highly efficient, renewable material used in generating power from water  —   Scientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the …

Bacteria Attack Lignin with Enzymatic Tag Team
January 8, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(Rice University/Science Daily)  Research shows how nature handles lignin — New research shows how bacterial enzymes team up to attack lignin. The findings could lead to more efficient processes for creating biofuels from wood, grass and …

Project Aims to Lower Cellulase Cost through Enzyme Recycling
January 4, 2016 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

(Autodisplay Biotech GmbH)  In November, an international consortium led by Autodisplay Biotech GmbH started Pathway EFB, a €1.6 million ($1.75 million) collaborative research and development project to significantly lower cellulase cost in the production of …

Any Alcohol into Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Byogy
January 4, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet …

Electrofuels Update: Patent Granted for CO2-to-Gasoline Process
December 28, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Maryland, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 9,217,161for a process to ferment biomass or gases directly to hydrocarbons like hexane and octane.  The process belongs to …

Renewable Light Hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
December 23, 2015 – 11:34 am | 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 …

Rapid Development of Cost Superior Bio-Based Processes: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to DMC
December 22, 2015 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DMC’s technology enables reproducibility and robustness to scale; Production of a diversity of targets using a single bioprocess; HTS approaches that translate to full scale performance — and the company says, “50X improvement …

C5 Is the New C6
December 16, 2015 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Goodbye glucose, hello xylose. The X-Factor in the advanced bioeconomy might just be a sugar that starts with an X.  …  When we think about C5s — that are liberated by …

Are All Processes Made Equally?: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Clariant
December 7, 2015 – 4:35 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 …

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 …

What Makes Scale-Up of Industrial Biotechnology so Difficult?
December 3, 2015 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC)  Two questions have dominated the responses received after my Lessons Learned series on commercializing industrial biotechnology (here) and the deep-dive into the industrial biotechnology commercialization process (here), the questions are …