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

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

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial 5C and 6C sugars

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

May 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Chemistry, Not Biology: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to C5 and C6 Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Four axioms start this presentation by David Dodds, on C5 and C6 sugar opportunities, at a breezy pace: If you are making a molecule from another

April 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Comet Biorefining Picks up $10.9M SDTC Grant for Low-Cost, Non-Food, Bio-Based Sugars Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada awarded Comet Biorefining a CA$10.9 million grant for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced bio-based chemicals plant. Located in

March 9, 2016 Read Full Article

E4tech Releases Evidence-Base Report on European Bioeconomy

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Europe, E4tech has just completed a new study, ‘From the Sugar Platform to biofuels and biochemicals’ for the European Commission (DG ENER), a comprehensive

May 11, 2015 Read Full Article

BP to Make Major Job Cuts, Sell Assets as Energy Prices Fall: Lignocellulosic Business Goes on the Block

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Butamax, KRL, Vivergo, sugarcane ethanol business not impacted by cuts; consolidation to Brazil; San Diego research center, Highland feedstock operation also up for sale. In

December 9, 2014 Read Full Article

Hoke Refinery to Reopen Using Tobacco to Make Ethanol

by Matthew Burns (WRAL)   A Virginia company plans to reopen an ethanol refinery in Hoke County, using tobacco as its primary feedstock, officials said Monday.  The former Clean Burn Fuels

June 3, 2014 Read Full Article

UT Austin Engineer Converts Yeast Cells into ‘Sweet Crude’ Biofuel

(University of Texas at Austin) Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering have developed a new source of renewable energy, a biofuel, from genetically engineered yeast cells and

January 31, 2014 Read Full Article

USPTO Issues Patent to Biofeedstock Company Proterro for Its Biosynthetic Process To Manufacture Fermentable Sugar

(BusinessWire/Proterro)  The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent No. 8,597,914 to Proterro, Inc., protecting Proterro’s unique, biosynthetic sugar-making process. The only biofeedstock company that makes sugar

December 9, 2013 Read Full Article

ICIS Innovation Award Winners, Renmatix and Virent, Announce Collaboration On Bio-based Packaging

(ICIS/PR NewsWire)  New Routes in Sustainable Chemistry Aim to Deliver Broader Supplies of Affordable Bioplastics ICIS Innovation Awards — At today’s ICIS Innovation Awards in London, winners Renmatix and Virent announced a

December 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels Manufacturer to Create 65 Jobs in Sampson County, N.C.

(Thrive in North Carolina/North Carolina Governor’s Office)  Biochemtex will be locating its new cellulosic biofuels production operations in North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker

December 4, 2013 Read Full Article

Bio Architecture Lab, EcoShift Make Waves with Seaweed-Based Biofuels

by Dustin Mulvaney (EcoShift Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  … EcoShift Consulting (www.ecoshift.com) recently conducted a GHG intensity analysis of a seaweed-based ethanol product that performs significantly better than gasoline as well as ethanol

November 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Stanley Signs Draft Pact with Biomass Company

by Elizabeth Dohms (Chippewa Herald)  A draft developer’s agreement between Stanley and a biomass company out of New York has been approved by the city council and is expected to

October 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Algae Farm-In-A-Balloon Could Silence The Algae Biofuel Boo-Birds

by Tina Casey (CleanTechnica)  A company called Proterro has come up with a super low-cost way to squeeze sucrose out of algae, and if its new pilot-scale facility shakes out

October 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Bunge Signals a Shift from Sugar; What’s the Impact for Advanced Biofuels?

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

October 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Waste Fat to Biofuels Costs Slashed with New Sugar Based Catalyst

(Waste Management World)  Researchers at Wake Forest University in North Carolina have developed a new sugar based catalyst that could cut the cost of producing biodiesel from poor quality waste

October 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Proterro Meets Key Milestones: Tests Confirm Photobioreactor Robustness; Commissioning of Pilot Plant in Process

(Proterro)  The biofeedstock company also validates low fabrication cost and completes preliminary design, layout, and cost estimate for demonstration-scale plant. – Proterro, Inc., the only biofeedstock company that actually makes sucrose

October 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Energy as Easy as Waffles

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Long-term, there are numerous opportunities for developing the right kind of renewable feedstocks based on careful development of agricultural markets and gaining grower adoption. But

September 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Big Six in Advanced Biofuels & Chemicals: Who’s Doing What Now?

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

September 18, 2013 Read Full Article

The One-Stop, Get It Hot, Biobased Candy Men: Midori and Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Midori reports they have broken through on a 100-year quest for low-cost cellulosic sugars. And found a way to turn your cotton tees into sugars,

September 12, 2013 Read Full Article

What Happened to Biofuels?

(The Economist) Energy technology: Making large amounts of fuel from organic matter has proved to be more difficult and costly than expected …As well as being available to countries without tar

September 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Gevo Opens Biorefinery for Fully Renewable Paraxylene

by Jim Lane (BioInvest Digest)  What does the Gevo complex in Texas mean for jet fuel, for renewable clear plastic bottles…and for the Gevo investor?   In Texas, Gevo held a

August 29, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels’ 10 Scariest Challenges: Part 2 of 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Upstream, downstream, processing, policy, finance – opportunities and challenges abound in the bioeconomy – but which challenges are the most intractable and daunting of them

August 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Biofuels At A Crossroads

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

August 19, 2013 Read Full Article

The Top 10 Jet Biofuels Advances of the Year

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Here are the biggest pacts and advances, tests, investments and grants with the likes of Amyris, Total, Airbus, Solena Fuels, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, AltAir Fuels, the US Navy, Emerald Biofuels,

July 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Rochester Institute of Technology Students Learn About Sweetwater’s Plant-Sugar Mixture for Production of Biofuels

(AZOCleanTech)  A collaboration between Rochester Institute of Technology’s Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences and Sweetwater Energy Inc. will give students experience with the Rochester-based company that has a

July 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Out of the Shell: Oil Giant’s Big Biofuels Ambitions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In an exclusive Digest interview, Shell’s VP for Alternative Energy, Matthew Tipper, reveals the company’s thinking about RFS2, their increasing re-focus on North America and

May 14, 2013 Read Full Article

The Greening of BASF: #1 Chemco Commits to Biobased BDO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  World’s #1 chemical company to produce renewable Butanediol using Genomatica’s process.  The Digest has a one-on-one with Genomatica CEO Christophe Schilling to explore the deal

May 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Official Inauguration of Borregaard’s Biorefinery Demonstration Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Norway, Norwegian Finance Minister Sigbjørn Johnsen officially inaugurated the Borregaard biorefinery demonstration plant in Sarpsborg, which will produce green chemicals and sugars based on

May 7, 2013 Read Full Article

API Lands Brazil Investment to Commercialize Cellulosic Process

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  With a fresh investment from Brazil’s GranBio, American Process Inc. is poised to develop its first commercial-scale cellulosic biorefineries in both the U.S.

May 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Virent Delivers Plant-Based Jet Fuel to U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for Testing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Produces Drop-In Jet Fuel from 100% Renewable Plant Sugars In Wisconsin, Virent announced the delivery of 100 gallons of its bio-based jet fuel to the U.S.

May 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels to Retrofit Moses Lake Plant for Cellulosic

by Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Advanced Biofuels Corp. has bought a legacy 7 MMgy ethanol plant in Moses Lake, Wash., with plans to retrofit existing systems and install

April 30, 2013 Read Full Article

Cobalt, Mercurius, BioProcess Algae, Frontline Land $17.7M in Military Biofuels Grants

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Pilot-scale biorefineries for drop-in military diesel, jet fuel the focus of the DOE’s latest grant round. In Washington, the US Department of Energy announced up

April 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Agronomists and Admirals: Looking back at ABLC 2013

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James and Associates/Biofuels Digest)  …There is no question that there have been growing pains along the way, more than we would have hoped, but the industry continues

April 22, 2013 Read Full Article

Sugar Shock: Sweetwater, Naturally Scientific Ink $250M Pact for Biobased Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The end-goal? High-value oils. Low-cost sugars become shock troops in the war for sustainability. In New York, we’ve learned that Sweetwater Energy will announce a

April 19, 2013 Read Full Article

BioGasol Delivers First CarboFrac Units to Sweetwater Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweetwater Energy announed that BioGasol completed delivery of its first commercial biomass pretreatment system. The cellulosic sugar producer will use the unit, a Carbofrac 10,

April 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Not Ready for Slime Time: Algae Present Challenges as Fuel Source

by Emily Pickrell (FuelFix)  On Jan. 1, Congress made algae-based fuel production eligible for a $1.01-per-gallon cellulosic biofuel production federal tax credit. Cellulosic biofuels typically are made from woody, non-food

April 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Oxygen for High Altitudes: 17 Biofuels Ventures Raise $434M in Equity

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

April 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Amyris Embraces Bonsucro Sustainability Standard for Sugarcane

(Sustainable Plant)  Renewable chemicals company Amyris, Inc. has joined the Bonsucro sugarcane sustainability standard. Amyris is the first advanced biofuels and chemicals company of its kind to join Bonsucro, paving

March 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Gevo, Amyris, Solazyme — When Will the Fog Lift for Investors?

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

March 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Lux: Alternative Fuel Companies Reach for Real Revenue in 2013

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A 32-page report by Lux Research picks winners and losers in 2012 among alternative fuel developers. The state of the market report, which is

February 25, 2013 Read Full Article

The Dew Drop Inn — Who’s Dropping in What in Biofuels?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  B20, B5, B100, E10, E22, E15, M50, E85, Bu12.5, HEFA 50.  Is your head swimming with acronyms and blend ratios?  Who exactly is making drop-in

February 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Verdezyne: It’s Nylonic, Baby

by Jim Lane (BioBased Digest)  … When last we checked in with Verdezyne at length, the company had a transformative cellulosic biofuels fermentation technology and a real foothold en route

February 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Colorado Ethanol Producer Begins Shift from Corn to Woody Biomass

by Steve Raabe (Denver Post)  A Colorado ethanol producer is set to employ a landmark technology that could help resolve the food vs. fuel controversy swirling around corn-based ethanol. Front

February 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Biowaste: Driving Fuels

by Mona-Maria Brinker & Roger Coombs (Waste Management World)  Rising prices, continued conflict in producing regions and the spectre of peak oil have highlighted uncertainties about the future of fossil transport

February 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Genomatica and The Art of Big Wave Surfing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In synthetic biology these days, there are the Big Wave surfers too — companies like Amyris, Solazyme, Gevo, Genomatica, Verdezyne, Rivertop Renewables, Myriant, Segetis, BioAmber,

February 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2013 June 19-20 Frankfurt, Germany

  Biochemicals & Bioplastics 2013   June 19-20   Frankfurt, Germany

Biorenewable chemicals are chemicals derived from bio-based feedstocks, which are renewable since they can be seasonally cultivated and exploited, as corn, sugar cane, wheat and cellulose. In most cases, prior

February 11, 2013 Read Full Article

The 8 Upsides of the New Ethanol

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

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

LS9: Hail and Farewell

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of biofuels’ most-celebrated technologies falters; the struggle to raise capital claims a high-profile victim. …The company had been known for its awesomely promising technology,

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

The Oilcane Boom

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though building capacity globally, Solazyme’s operations in Brazil are getting traction fast – and raised $235M last week.   How much oil could be produced

January 21, 2013 Read Full Article

Sugar Rush: Sweetwater, Front Range Ink $100M Cellulosic Biofuels Deal

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Front Range becomes third ethanol plant in 3 weeks to head for cost reductions, RIN opportunities with advanced feedstocks, technology. …In New York, Sweetwater Energy

January 16, 2013 Read Full Article

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Visits Renmatix for Commissioning of Plant-to-Sugar BioFlex Conversion Unit

(Renmatix/Sacramento Bee)  Building on success in hardwood, Philadelphia-based Renmatix adds on-site capability to convert multiple local and international feedstocks to cellulosic sugar Renmatix, the leading manufacturer of cellulosic sugars for

January 11, 2013 Read Full Article

Sweetwater Energy, Ace Ethanol Sign Landmark Cellulosic Ethanol Deal

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  $4/gallon capex, low opex, $15 million upfront. Existing offtakers. Cellulosic RINs. Expandable. Product diversification. Operating next year.   What’s not to like? …There’s a side door

January 4, 2013 Read Full Article

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects for 2013

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A long war of opinion has been waged for years between advanced biofuels’ detractors and supporters.  Mirage or reality? Completion of 6 key projects 2012

January 1, 2013 Read Full Article

Verdezyne’s Xylose Isomerase Technology Acquired by DuPont Industrial Biosciences

(BusinessWire) Patented Technology Enables Conversion of Biomass Sugars to Fuels and Chemicals Verdezyne, Inc., a privately-held industrial biotechnology company focused on producing renewable chemicals, announced the sale of its proprietary xylose

December 19, 2012 Read Full Article

A Sugar Fix: Proterro, Biofuels and Affordable, Renewable Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Why is making affordable renewable sugars potentially big business? Which intrepid investors have targeted biofuels’ biggest bottleneck? News has been circulating that Proterro raised $3.5

December 18, 2012 Read Full Article

15 Burning Questions (and Answers) for Biofuels in 2013

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Policy, finance, technology, feedstocks, markets, prices, opposition.  Here’s what’s on your mind, as the critical 2013 deployment year for biofuels looms. So here are 15

December 14, 2012 Read Full Article

UnNintendoed Consequences: Biofuels and the Feedstock Challenge

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been years of struggle to get cellulosic feedstock supply chains downfield.  Now, companies like Woodland Biofuels, Sweetwater Energy, Ceres, Delta BioRenewables and Commonwealth Agro-Energy

December 12, 2012 Read Full Article

Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugars, Ho! EdeniQ to Build demo Plant in Brazil

by Jim Lane (Biobased Digest)  California’s cellulosic gearhead gurus head from the San Joaquin Valley to Sao Paulo, in search of big, aggregated loads of sugarcane bagasse. In California, Edeniq

December 11, 2012 Read Full Article

Novel Pretreatment for Cellulosic Bio-Ethanol Production “Glycerol Bio-Refinery Process”

(Leaf Energy)  The patent application titled “Methods for Converting Lignocellulosic Material to Useful Products” (“Glycerol Bio-refinery process”) describes the process developed at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) by Zhanging

December 6, 2012 Read Full Article

NREL Researchers Use Imaging Technologies to Solve Puzzle of Plant Architecture

(US Department of Energy/National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Breakthrough could help optimize capture of sugars for biofuels Scientists at the U.S.

November 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Mighty Danes: BioGasol Raises $19.2M for Advanced Biofuels and Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … BioGasol ApS, the renewable energy company announced today that it has raised $19.2M —

November 28, 2012 Read Full Article

New Biorenewables Technology Moves Closer to Marketplace Licensing Agreement between Startup Hyrax and WARF to Accelerate Commercial Development

(Hyrax Energy)  A licensing agreement for a novel renewable chemical and biofuel production method between Hyrax Energy and the Wisconsin

October 24, 2012 Read Full Article

BDC Members Tour American Process Inc.'s Cellulosic Ethanol Facility in Alpena, MI, Which Started Up in June 2012

(Bioenergy Deployment Consortium/MarketWire)  BDC held its 2012 Fall Symposium in Alpena, MI on September 18 & 19, capping the event

October 16, 2012 Read Full Article

LS9 Scales Up in Chemical Business As Biofuels Industry Re-Tools

by Bernadette Tansey (Xconomy)  The South San Francisco company LS9 recently produced five tons of industrial chemicals from plant sugars

October 16, 2012 Read Full Article

Burning Man, Burning Microbe: Biofuels beyond Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Are they biofuels? We think so – even if they are post-biomass. They do what

October 15, 2012 Read Full Article

The Sherpas: 7 Biofuels Feedstock Developers Clearing Paths to the Summit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every great biofuels technology has its own companion feedstock strategy – with unique advantages and

October 15, 2012 Read Full Article

The Hillary Step: 7 Biofuels Contenders, 7 Routes to Scale, Who’s Near the Summit, Who Will Plant the Flag?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every biofuels contender has its own route to the top – with unique advantages and

October 8, 2012 Read Full Article

Incitor and the Birth of a New Low-Cost Fuel Molecule

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new drop-in, low-cost, high-octane fuel molecule? How does that work, and why, and when?

October 4, 2012 Read Full Article

Renmatix Unveils State-of-the-Art R&D Facility at Pennsylvania Headquarters

(Renmatix)  U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) visits facility to discuss job creation and growth of biobased markets Renmatix, the leading

September 25, 2012 Read Full Article

Energy Sorghum Demonstrates Potential During Dry Summer

by Dan Conable (Cato Analytics LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Despite weather challenges and the learning curve for farmers unfamiliar with this energy

September 24, 2012 Read Full Article

Tranquility Base Here. The Crescentino project has landed.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Once described as a “moon shot”, Beta Renewables’ commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol project hovers just over

September 18, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuel Development Company Infinite Enzymes Wins Research Grant

by Michael Sheffield (Memphis Business Journal)  Infinite Enzymes LLC has received a $450,000 Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant

September 6, 2012 Read Full Article

Super-cali-thali-terpa-butyl-peta What? The Hockey-Stickin’, Flash-Mobbin’ Growth in Biobased Intermediates

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The new trend in biofuels is not a biofuel at all – it’s an (usually

September 6, 2012 Read Full Article

Kudos to Chemtex

by Susanne Retka Schill   (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In one of those interesting ironies of renewable fuels, Chemtex’s North Carolina proposed cellulosic

August 28, 2012 Read Full Article

Waste Management and Renmatix Announce Agreement to Explore Conversion of Urban Waste to Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugar

(Renmatix)  Companies embark on program to explore viability of MSW as inputs for PlantroseTM process Waste Management, Inc.
, the leading

August 24, 2012 Read Full Article

Sunliquid Cellulose Ethanol Process Reaches Demo Scale in Germany

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant is now operating its demonstration-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in

July 31, 2012 Read Full Article

2nd Annual Renewable Chemicals October 18–19, 2012 Houston, Texas.

  2nd Annual Renewable Chemicals  October 18–19, 2012  Houston, Texas.

Sugar as the New Crude Oil, Fueling a Growing Chemicals Industry Where are the Key Developments Taking Place in Bio-based

July 24, 2012 Read Full Article

Solazyme Breaks Ground on Brazil Sugarcane Oil Plant

by Lindsay Riddell (San Francisco Business Times)  Solazyme Inc. broke ground on its Brazil manufacturing plant adjacent to partner Bunge’s sugarcane

July 17, 2012 Read Full Article

Sorghum Fuel Processor Plans Demonstration Plant at Agricenter

(The Commercial Appeal)  BioDimensions Delta BioRenewables (BDBR) will install a sweet sorghum processing facility at AgriCenter International after an investment

July 17, 2012 Read Full Article

International Conference on Biofuels for Sustainable Development of Southern Europe (Bio4SuD) November 19-20, 2012 Thessaloniki, Greece

  International Conference on Biofuels for Sustainable Development of Southern Europe (Bio4SuD) November 19-20, 2012 Thessaloniki, Greece

This conference is organized as part of the BIOFUELS-2G demonstration project funded by the European Union and the LIFE+ Programme.

June 14, 2012 Read Full Article

Call for Papers: International Conference on Biofuels for Sustainable Development of Southern Europe (Bio4SuD) November 19-20, 2012 Thessaloniki, Greece DEADLINE June 30

  Call for Papers: International Conference on Biofuels for Sustainable Development of Southern Europe (Bio4SuD)   November 19-20, 2012  Thessaloniki, Greece DEADLINE  June 30

The call for abstracts is currently open for presentations in the International Conference on Biofuels for Sustainable Development of Southern

June 14, 2012 Read Full Article

USDA Selects Chemtex for $3.9 million BCAP Project

(Chemtex International/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Chemtex International announced today (June 13, 2012) that it has been selected by the USDA to participate in

June 13, 2012 Read Full Article

LS9 Opens Its Innovative Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Plant in Florida

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of biofuels’ hottest companies transitions from research phase to operating phase with opening of

June 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Renewable Jet Fuel Flight Scheduled During Rio+20 Environment Conference in Brazil

(Amyris/Yahoo!Finance) Amyris’s Sugarcane-Derived Jet Fuel Ready to be Used in Azul’s EMBRAER 195 Powered by GE’s CF34 Engines Azul Airlines joined Amyris, Inc., Embraer, and GE  in

June 4, 2012 Read Full Article

12 Tons of Palm Biomass Ships from Malaysia to Italy in Test to Extract Valuable Chemicals

(EurekAlert/Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology)  Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology and palm oil giants Felda, Sime Darby, in

June 4, 2012 Read Full Article

Big Oil’s Big in Biofuels

by Ken Wells (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  …In the last decade, the industry says, it has put $71 billion into zero- and low-emission

May 30, 2012 Read Full Article

ThermoEnergy’s Sugar Recovery System Meets Key Environmental Demands

(PRNewswire) — At a time when regulatory agencies are increasing pressure for the disposal of wastewater containing soluble sugars, ThermoEnergy Corporation’s

May 21, 2012 Read Full Article

Sugar Rush: The Race Is on to Commercialize Low-Cost, High-Quality Sugars from Nonfood Sources

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  The biorefining industry is hungry for a low-cost, high-quality and readily available supply of sugar

May 2, 2012 Read Full Article

The Distributed/Centralized BioProduction Approach: Sustainable Biofuels and Bioproducts Are Possible Through the Significant Reduction of Biomass Transportation Costs

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Problem Definition:  The production of biofuels in the US is at a substantial roadblock.

March 27, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

Virdia, Virent Pioneer New Super-Performing, Parity-Cost Renewable Jet Fuel Pathway

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Virent, Virdia debut super-performing drop-in aviation biofuels made from drop-in cellulosic pine tree sugars; “passed

March 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Volkswagen Partners with Amyris and Solazyme to Promote Automotive Use of Renewable Fuels

(PRNewsWire/Yahoo!)  Partnership will advance research in automotive renewable diesel solutions for current and next-generation TDI® Clean Diesel applications Volkswagen of

March 23, 2012 Read Full Article

Steven Chu Discusses ‘All of the Above’ U.S. Energy Strategy

by David Biello (CNET.com/Scientific American)  The U.S. government aims to improve energy production from renewables to oil, but what does

March 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Virdia Ups the Ante in the Race for the New Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In California, Virdia, formerly HCL CleanTech, a leading developer of cellulosic sugars, today announced major

March 6, 2012 Read Full Article

Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s JBEI Spins Out First Company: Lygos

Steven E.F. Brown (San Francisco Business Times)  The Joint BioEnergy Institute of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory    has spun out its first business,

February 29, 2012 Read Full Article

Shell Busts a Move: Builds Drop-In Biofuels Pilot Plant in Texas

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  While confusion reigneth on Shell’s plans for cellulosic ethanol, the company quietly builds a drop-in

February 28, 2012 Read Full Article

The Rocky Road to Biofuels Heaven: Codexis Chief Out, Ceres IPO Delayed

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The changes at Codexis and delayed IPO at Ceres are indications that life in the

February 20, 2012 Read Full Article

SucreSource Signs GS Caltex

(SucreSource/PRNewsWire)  First Cellulose-to-Sugar Plant Sale and Partnership SucreSource, a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueFire Renewables, Inc., has signed agreements with

February 16, 2012 Read Full Article

Amyris Gives Up Making Biofuels

by Kevin Bullis (MIT Technology Review)  Humbled by production challenges, the company plans to scale back production goals, it told

February 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Want Cheap Biofuel? A Startup Makes It with Natural Gas

by Kevin Bullis (MIT Technology Review)  Virent says supplementing biomass with fossil fuel could increase yields and lower costs. Virent,

January 18, 2012 Read Full Article

The Litmus Test: 8 Projects for 2012 Will Test Perceptions, Reality for Advanced Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …First commercial projects from newly-minted public companies Solazyme, Gevo and KiOR. Two trash-to-biofuels projects from

January 12, 2012 Read Full Article

Florida Agriculture Seeking to Enter Ethanol Business

by Aaron Deslatte (Orlando Sentinel)  …Since 2006, Republican lawmakers and governors have created and disbanded an energy commission; funded and

January 9, 2012 Read Full Article

Biomass and an Integrated Supply-Chain Model for Cost-Effective Bioplastics Production

(2012 BioPlastek/Atlantic Biomass Conversions)  Because of their polymeric structures, C-5 and C-6 sugars produced from plant and woody biomass are

January 8, 2012 Read Full Article

BASF Participates in US American Technology Company Renmatix

(Renmatix)  BASF is participating with $30 million through BASF Biorenewable Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG in the American technology firm

January 6, 2012 Read Full Article

How Virent Is Using Plants To Replace Oil

by Rachel Z. Arndt (FastCompany)   …(W)e speak with Mary Tilton, VP of plant operations at Virent, which is using

December 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Mascoma, Codexis Closing in on Commercialized Cellulosic Biofuels

by Derek Mead (GreenTechMedia)  Biofuel up-and-comers Codexis and Mascoma both have big news that means cellulosic ethanol production is right

December 29, 2011 Read Full Article

BlueFire Renewables Launches Subsidiary and Formalizes Funding Agreements in 2011; Sets Sights on Further, Significant Milestones for 2012

(Blue Fire Renewables)  …To meet increasing demand for cellulosic sugars (“The New Oil”) BlueFire formed SucreSource, LLC, a wholly owned

December 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Codexis, Mascoma Show that Low-Cost Sugar is the Key, as Biofuels Moves from R&D into Industrial Era

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“The government rushed into investments, with no diligence,” says Codexis chief Alan Shaw. “They are

December 12, 2011 Read Full Article

Codexis Introduces CodeXyme™ Cellulase Enzyme Product Line for Biobased Chemicals

(Codexis)  Codexis, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDXS) today introduced the CodeXyme™ Cellulase enzyme product line to convert biomass to sugar, enabling cost effective

December 8, 2011 Read Full Article

Synergy by Design

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  …Co-founded in 2002 by Randy Cortright, Virent’s current chief technology officer, and James Dumesic, professor

November 10, 2011 Read Full Article

The 10 Biofuels Priorities for 2012

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, more than 350 delegates gathered at Advanced Biofuesl Markets to set industry priorities

November 10, 2011 Read Full Article

BlueFire Forms Subsidiary SucreSource, LLC to Provide Cellulosic Sugars to Advanced BioFuels Company

(GreenTechMedia/PR NewsWire)  Today, at the Advanced Biofuels Markets Conference in San Francisco, Arnold Klann, Chief Executive Officer and President of BlueFire Renewables

November 9, 2011 Read Full Article

M&G Group Partners with TPG to Form BETA RENEWABLES, the Global Leader in Second Generation Bio-Ethanol and Bio-based Chemicals

(M&G)  Gruppo Mossi and Ghisolfi (“M&G”), through its wholly-owned subsidiary Chemtex, is pleased to announce that it has founded BETA

October 17, 2011 Read Full Article

The Third Way: Advanced Biofuels as a Systems of Systems

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But underneath all the excitement, one feels just a little bit of desperation – oh,

September 27, 2011 Read Full Article

Conversion Pathways for Bioenergy: Cellulosic Bioproducts–Virent is Replacing the Crude Oil

Andrew Held (Virent)  Andrew Held, Director of Virent Feedstock Development, explained that Virent creates gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and chemicals

September 20, 2011 Read Full Article

The Sugar Rush: 3 Companies Gold-Dig for Low-Cost Biorefining Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  What this country really needs is a good, five-cent sugar. Got one? Riches await. One

September 15, 2011 Read Full Article

Olive Branch in Line for Biofuels Headquarters

by Phil West (The Commercial Appeal)  Legislature to consider incentives to land Israeli company’s 800 jobs, $1B operation Gov. Haley

September 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Catching the Sugar Wave

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Not content to let Brazil hog all the glory, three development-stage companies eye sugar-based

August 23, 2011 Read Full Article

8th Sugar World & Ethanol Feedstocks September 26-27 Bankok, Thailand

  8th Sugar World & Ethanol Feedstocks   September 26-27   Bankok, Thailand

8th Sugar World & Ethanol Feedstocks to be held in Bangkok on 26-27 September 2011 will discuss the impact, challenges,

August 17, 2011 Read Full Article

Drop In, Drop Out: NABC Tosses Two Projects off the R&D Island

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Survivor, biofuels style? NABC trims its project roster to two (or maybe three), as it

August 16, 2011 Read Full Article

Accellerase® TRIO Helps Reduce Ethanol Production Costs, Lowers Dosage And Offers Environmental Benefits

(Genencor)  Genencor today (June 22, 2011) announced a product advancement, Accellerase® TRIO. This new product will enable biofuel producers to

June 27, 2011 Read Full Article

Iowa State Hybrid Lab Combines Technologies to Make Biorenewable Fuels and Products

(Iowa State University)  Laura Jarboe pointed to a collection of test tubes in her Iowa State University laboratory. Some of

June 24, 2011 Read Full Article

2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

  2011 Biomass Program Peer Review Meetings  Final Meetings June 27-28, 2011 Chrystal City, VA

(US Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Biomass Program will be

June 24, 2011 Read Full Article

Virent Makes Gasoline from Cellulosic Biomas

(Virent)  Biofuels Pioneer Converts Corn Stover and Loblolly Pine Into BioFormate™ Gasoline with Molecular Composition Similar to Gasoline Derived from Fossil Fuels

June 3, 2011 Read Full Article

SUNY Researchers Optimizing Efficient Biobutanol Pathway

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)  A team of researchers at State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science

May 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Two New U.S. Patents Issued to Dyadic International

(Dyadic)  Dyadic International, Inc. (“Dyadic”) (OTC Pink: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale

May 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Cadillac Sugars, Chevrolet Prices

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A new generation of technologists aim high in value, low in cost, as the race

April 29, 2011 Read Full Article

Transformers: 8 Technologies To Rock the Bio World

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Game changer, breakthrough, revolution, quantum leap. A lot of technologies arrive on the Digest’s doorstep

April 12, 2011 Read Full Article

Startup Proterro Engineers Bacteria For Higher Ethanol Producing Sugar Yield

by Mihai Sandru  (UK.IBTimes  Green Economy) Princeton-based startup Proterro has announced the development of a technology that can produce sugar,

April 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Low Cost Sugars? The Beet Goes On

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …For hot technology companies such as Amyris, Solazyme, LS9, Cobalt and Virent, it all comes

April 1, 2011 Read Full Article

Brazilalot: Heard on the Floor at World Biofuels Markets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The hottest companies in bioenergy all know it – the name of the game is

March 25, 2011 Read Full Article

Bracketology: Which 3 of 6 Will Win in NABC Drop-In Fuels Consortium Cut-Off?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) …Amongst the various projects that received support under the 2009 Recovery Act were an algal

March 18, 2011 Read Full Article

‘High Crude Oil Unlikely to Spur Further Ethanol Production'

by Harish Damodaran  (The Hindu Business Line)  Will crude oil at above $ 100-a-barrel prompt more cane diversion to ethanol,

March 15, 2011 Read Full Article

Solazyme Files $100M IPO

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …(C)an the company make oil fast enough to meet the demand and capture all the

March 15, 2011 Read Full Article

Carnival: BP Doubles Down in Brazil as the Advanced Biofuels Frenzy Continues

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Fast-rising sugar prices, which have made the Brazilian ethanol business a whole lot less appealing

March 11, 2011 Read Full Article

Codexis Expanding Beyond Biofuels to Carbon Capture, Plastics

by Michael Kanellos (GreenTechMedia)   Enzymes will take off once the cellulosic economy gets moving, says Alan Shaw. …Codexis meanwhile,

March 8, 2011 Read Full Article

Agrivida, Developer of Cheap Biofuel Tech, Seeks Deals to Broaden Commercial Horizons

by Ryan McBride (Xconomy Boston)  …Agrivida also gained attention in July when it showed that its engineered crops could greatly

March 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Amyris Technology Performs Successfully at Industrial Scale

(Amyris, Inc.)  Amyris, Inc., announced that it has completed multiple runs of its fermentation process using Amyris engineered yeast to

February 24, 2011 Read Full Article

Gearing up for Bagasse

by Kris Bevill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  KL Energy Corp. is preparing to validate its modified process technology to turn sugarcane

February 21, 2011 Read Full Article

Solazyme, Qantas Sign Aviation Biofuels Development Partnership

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Solazyme announced that it has begun a collaboration with Qantas, to pursue the potential for

February 21, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuel Startup Launches Chemical Side Business

by Nathalie Weinstein (Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon)  Research into sugar-based biofuels requires sugar not sold at a grocery store. Corvallis

February 18, 2011 Read Full Article

Shell, Codexis to Roll Out Cellulose Technology for Biofuel

by Eduard Gismatullin  (Bloomberg)   Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, and Codexis Inc. will roll out technology this year to make

February 7, 2011 Read Full Article

Vinod Khosla on Biofuel Feedstocks

by Vinod Khosla  (GreenTechMedia)  Imagination is in shortest supply when it comes to agronomic econometrics that extrapolate the past instead

February 6, 2011 Read Full Article

Resistance is Futile: Codexis and the Chase for Low-Cost Cellulosic Sugars

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Codexis yesterday announced a stunning 29% increase in revenue, …What’s driving the numbers in Redwood

February 4, 2011 Read Full Article

Special Feature: A Conversation with LS9’s New CEO, Ed Dineen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Ed Dineen is taking over the reigns at LS9 from Bill Haywood, who led the company

December 9, 2010 Read Full Article

BP Biofuels CEO Presents Sugar-Based Vision

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Growing biofuels mandates will require 220 “world-scale” cellulosic biofuels plants to be operational in

December 6, 2010 Read Full Article

The Lands of Sun and Rain: Biofuels Turns to Brazil for Sugar, Markets, Models

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …High-tech companies such as Amyris, Solazyme, LS9, KL Energy, and many others have been moving

December 6, 2010 Read Full Article

Proterro Produces Low-Cost Fermentable Sugars

By Susanne Retka Schill  (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   …Venture-capital backed Proterro has developed a technology using a microorganism grown in a

November 22, 2010 Read Full Article

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