Monthly Archives: February 2015

3D Printed Solar Energy Trees

Energy Inventions | Future Technology | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power How would nature do it? Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland may be discovering the answer, thanks to advancing solar and 3D printing technologies. They have … Continue reading

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The Great Algae Robbery

An arbitration ruling details how Roquette seemingly attempted one of the most brazen intellectual property heists in the history of biotechnology, and almost got away with it Today, the story of a JV gone wrong, a finding of Roquette misconduct, and … Continue reading

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Biodiesel producers buy up European rapeseed as euro slides against the dollar

In France, biodiesel producers are boosting their purchases of rapeseed oil as the Euro’s slide to its one-month low makes dollars stretch further. Several trades have been done with prices 10-11 euros per ton higher on Wednesday. Oils prices were … Continue reading

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Demand for UK wheat and rapeseed oil seen falling on EU parliament vote

In the UK, the vote earlier this week by the European Parliament’s ENVI committee could have a negative impact on British rapeseed and wheat prices if the Council and European Commission agree to the 6% cap on first generation biofuels. … Continue reading

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Excitement over Indonesian palm biodiesel subsidy fades

In Indonesia, excitement over the 31 cents per liter subsidy for palm oil biodiesel has already begun to fade in the face of falling palm oil demand for products aside from biodiesel such as food and cosmetics. Palm oil futures … Continue reading

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European Commission to support alternative fuels via Energy Union plan

In Belgium, the European Commission is looking to again support biofuels from 2017 when it presents an action plan for alternative fuels as part of legislation supporting the new Energy Union plan announced on Wednesday. Legislative proposals supporting the new … Continue reading

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Purdue-led researchers back up ILUC with new analysis

In Indiana, Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes. Tom Hertel, distinguished … Continue reading

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Byogy Renewables teams with Gen 2 Energy on yeast tech for agave

In California, Byogy Renewables has executed a strategic partnership agreement with Gen 2 Energy, an alternative energy company from Ames, Iowa, to develop a more cost-effective biofuel production process. New yeast strains developed by Gen 2 Energy, Iowa State University … Continue reading

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UCR researchers invent pretreatment that cuts biofuels production cost by 30%

In California, researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to breakdown the … Continue reading

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Guatemala launches E5 and E10 pilots while looking at E10 blend

In Guatemala, the country’s energy ministry is embarking on a pilot trial using E5 and E10 in 25 vehicles and five motorcycles during four months. The country mostly exports the 65 million gallons of ethanol its produces annually but introducing … Continue reading

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4 minutes with… Rod Cummings, President, EUDORA Biomaterial Consulting

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. New Business Development and Management including strategic opportunity assessment, product concept definition, market research; competitive landscape evaluation; economic model, Partnership collaboration and alliance development, licensing strategies and implementation; … Continue reading

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OPX Biotechnologies: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

OPXBIO styles itself in the “Good Chemistry” business, developing and producing bio-based chemicals that deliver more sustainable value for customers compared to traditional petro-based chemicals. The company’s says that its patented, leading EDGE (Efficiency Directed Genome Engineering) technology “has proven … Continue reading

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Biofuels Digest Index rises to 65.62 as advanced biofuels surge

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 0.86 percent to 65.62 as advanced biofuels surged. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) soared 16.77 percent to $2.82, while Metabolix (MBLX) rallied 22.43 percent to $0.59. Among other … Continue reading

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Biofuels leaders respond to Feinstein-Toomey anti-RFS bill, and send Obama a letter

You may find yourself wondering exactly why the centerpiece of the renewable fuels industry’s response to the introduction of the Toomey-Feinstein “Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act” in Congress today is a letter to President Obama about EPA action or the … Continue reading

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Investors look to build $385 million sorghum ethanol plant in the Philippines

In the Philippines, investors from Manila will put up a $385 million million sorghum-based ethanol plant in the island barangays of Limaong and Tumitus. The consortium is currently filing required paperwork with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Local … Continue reading

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ADM cuts biodiesel production while transferring to other products at Velva

In Illinois, ADM has temporarily pulled back biodiesel production at its Velva, North Dakota in favor of other products while scaling down production at other facilities across North America.  The production shift in Velva apparently began a few months ago … Continue reading

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RFA buys E85prices.com, 11 other sites and an app

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) announced it has acquired E85prices.com, which is a crowdsourced website that offers updated prices for E85 and other ethanol flex-fuels — including E15 — from thousands of stations across the country. In addition … Continue reading

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Aventine installs $2.4 million Valicor® corn-oil system at Aurora plant

In Illinois, Aventine Renewable Energy Inc. has announced the successful installation of a $2.4 million Valicor® corn-oil separation system at its Nebraska Energy LLC plant in Aurora, Nebraska. The system began operations in early January. Since corn oil has a … Continue reading

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Sofinnova Partners leads investment round in Comet Biorefining

In Canada, Comet Biorefining Inc announced the closing of a funding round led by Sofinnova Partners. Comet will use the proceeds to complete the design of its commercial facility, expand the team and continue to develop commercial partnerships. Comet has … Continue reading

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Ethanol stocks reach highest since April 2012 at 21.594 million barrels

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says ethanol stocks have risen in three out of five regions in the week ending Feb. 20, reaching the highest levels since April 2012 of 21.594 million barrels. Stocks are highest in the East … Continue reading

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