Monthly Archives: February 2015

Deinove gets US patent for its high-performance metabolic bacteria

In France, Deinove announced its patent, “High-performance metabolic bacteria”, has been granted in the United States.  This patent covers the biofuel production process from cellulosic or hemicellulosic material – biomass components – by a consolidated bioprocess of degradation and fermentation … Continue reading

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Ethiopia looks to revive former jatropha investments to produce biodiesel

In Ethiopia, the country’s Ministry of Water and Energy has recently launched a biofuels private enterprise unit in hopes of attracting investors to produce 450 million liters of biodiesel in the next five years. The government hopes to revive previous … Continue reading

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4 minutes with… Al Kaczanowski, VP Marketing and New Product Development, EP Minerals

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. EP Minerals is a worldwide leader in diatomaceous earth (DE), clay and perlite. These unique industrial minerals are used as filter aids, absorbents and functional additives for a … Continue reading

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Amyris says 132% increase in sales to $100M is in the cards for 2015

The first of the “2010-12 IPO kids” completes its transformation to a lively, product-driven commercial company with revenues in fragrances, emollients, solvents and fuels. In California, Amyris announced Q4 2014 revenues of $11.6 million and $43.3M for the full year, … Continue reading

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Iowa legislature creates preferential tax rate for B11 and higher

In Iowa, the Iowa legislature created a 3-cent per gallon differential tax rate for B11 and higher biodiesel blends in the road funding legislation passed Feb. 24. This provision is expected to boost the availability and sales of cleaner-burning, locally produced … Continue reading

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DOE announces up to $10 million in funding for seven biofuel projects

In Washington, the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office announced the selection of seven projects across the country to receive up to $10 million to support innovative technologies and solutions to help advance bioenergy development. These projects will support BETO’s work … Continue reading

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Red Rock to hold community meeting on March 2 for aviation biofuel plant

In Oregon, Red Rock will hold an informational meeting on March 2 with the local community in Lakeville where it plans to invest in a $200 million aviation biofuel project. The project would produce 12 million gallons of fuel from … Continue reading

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DOE says 2013 biodiesel consumption up 360 times from 2001

In Washington, the DOE has released its 2013 renewable energy data book that shows biodiesel was the fastest growing biofuel type, with production increasing by 64% in the United States—360 times what it was in 2001—and 17% globally, from a … Continue reading

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency grants Renergi $5.2 million for pilot plant

In Australia, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced $5.2 million funding for Renergi to design and construct an innovative pilot scale biofuel production facility Perth. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the project would result in simple, cost effective production … Continue reading

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Maui Electric backs out from plans to buy power from Anaergia biofuel plant

In Hawaii, Maui Electric Co will not go through with sourcing power from a plant powered by biofuel produced from the Lahaina wastewater treatment plant. The project received regulatory approval in March and negotiations for the purchase contract with Anaergia, … Continue reading

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Czech researchers develop method to produce biodiesel from tannery waste

In the Czech Republic, researchers at Tomas Bata University are working with the fat leftovers from leather production called fleshings to produce biodiesel from an otherwise toxic waste. Burning fleshing releases dioxins and nitrogen oxides, leaving few options for disposal, … Continue reading

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European Parliament committee agrees to cap first generation biofuels at 6%

In Belgium, the European Parliament’s environmental committee voted to cap first generation biofuels at 6%, lower than the 7% sought by member states and 8% sought by the biofuels industry. Rather than waiting for a parliamentary vote, the committee agreed … Continue reading

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4 minutes with… Sam A. Rushing, President of Advanced Cryogenics

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. The company has supported the development and/or reevaluation of subjects for many or today’s CO2 plants from biofuels; with work supporting one of the first cellulosic ethanol ventures … Continue reading

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Raízen: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Based from the merger of Shell and Cosan, Raízen is now the Brazil’s fifth largest company in terms of billable revenues and the nation’s leading manufacturer of sugarcane ethanol, with production of about 2 billion litres of biofuel per year. … Continue reading

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The Neodiesel Revolution heads offshore: Benefuel, Felda expand in Malaysia

It’s New, it’s Neo —  the neodiesel companies — brimming with technologies to create cleaner alternatives to a powerhouse fuel. They have the performance, half the carbon, and a range of low-cost feedstocks to choose from. Now, neodiesel heads for Malaysia … Continue reading

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Biofuels Digest Index gains to 65.14 as chemical equities soar

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, gained 1.23 percent to 65.14 as chemical equities soared. For the day, Metabolix (MBLX) soared 24.98 percnt to $0.57, while Codexis (CDXS) rallied 5.11 percent to $3.50. Among other … Continue reading

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Kenyan teenager converts his school’s poop into safe, clean energy

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Renewable energy obtained from wastewater

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Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more

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Let’s Talk About Solar Energy and Equity

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