Monthly Archives: May 2015

Your illustrated guide to the next world crisis, its energy roots, the issues, the players, the steps, and remedies

The Digest’s guide to the links between terror, petroleum dependence, economic stability, and military build-ups, as nations bear down in pursuit of energy security. In March 2014, Truman National Security Project executive director Mike Breen warned, in an address at … Continue reading

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Renewable Fuels Association urges EPA to get ”back on track” with Renewable Fuel Standard

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) submitted comments today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing support for a proposed legal agreement that sets specific deadlines for establishing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume levels in 2014, 2015 and … Continue reading

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Oilseed meal prices converge, says Germany’s UFOP

In Germany, UFOP, the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen, said that oilseed meal prices have converged as price trends in oilseed meals are mixed. Whereas prices of soybean meals have been fairly weak, rapeseed meal recently overshot the EUR … Continue reading

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US Ethanol production hits 14B gallons per year rate as production lifts

According to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 958,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 40.24 million gallons daily. That is up 46,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at … Continue reading

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E15 Fuel Now Available in Orlando Area as Kissimmee Citgo, Protec Fuel launch product

In Florida, Kissimmee Citgo and Protec Fuel have launched the first 88-octane E15 ethanol blend fuel available in Orlando, E15 can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine and costs less than regular gas. The station also sells E85 … Continue reading

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Deinove, Avril sign deal to assess commercial potential of 20 new bacterial strains

In France, Deinove and Avril announced that they would screen a 6,000-bacteria bank of Deinococci and other genera to identify 20 strains capable of producing useful molecules in terms of animal nutrition and health, and AVRIL Group would characterize the molecules … Continue reading

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Taurus Energy, Lallemand ink XyloFerm yeast marketing agreement

In Sweden, Taurus Energy AB, Lund, Sweden and Canadian based Lallemand have signed an agreement for collaboration with respect to the development, marketing, sale and distribution of Taurus’ Gen 2 platform on the U.S. market. “It has been our goal … Continue reading

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Deadline looms for Renewable Chemistry Start-Up Award applications

In the EU, this is the last week for applications in the a Renewable Chemistry Start-Up Award sponsored by Sofinnova Partners and supported by Sustainability Consult. The deadline for applications is 30 May and online voting for the best five … Continue reading

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Blue Sphere Acquires 4 Producing Biogas Facilities in Italy

In North Carolina, Blue Sphere Corp announced they have acquired 4 fully operational biogas facilities in Italy. Each of these facilities produce 1MW. Blue Sphere Corp. established Blue Sphere Italy S.r.l as a wholly-owned subsidiary for all future Italian acquisitions. … Continue reading

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4 Minutes with…William Clary, CEO, PHYCO2

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy.   PHYCO2 is engaged in the design and production of Algae Photo-Bioreactors (APB). The APB design is patented in the US and Canada. The design allows for the … Continue reading

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Alliance for Rural Electrification and PANGEA launch bioenergy mini-grids report

In New York, Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA) and the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) presented lessons learnt by their members on how to effectively implement innovative models that utilize bioenergy technologies for electrification purposes through their latest information … Continue reading

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New global bioenergy initiative launched under Sustainable Energy for All

In New York, as part of the 2nd Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, a new multi-stakeholder coalition, co-chaired by the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), announced its intention to speed … Continue reading

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CHS buys Illinois ethanol plant for $196 million

In Illinois, CHS will pay $196 million for Patriot Holdings that owns an ethanol plant in Annawan. REX American Resources Corp owns 26.6% of Patriot so will earn about $49 million from the sale that is expected to close around … Continue reading

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Australian company launches $4 million plastic-to-fuel plant

In Australia, Foyson Resources is launching a $4 million plant that will convert 200 metric tons of plastics per day to fuel, roughly 50 million liters of diesel and 18 million liters of gasoline, and the first commercial scale facility … Continue reading

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DOE to host webinar on changing market of biofuels and bioproducts

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy, through the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), is supporting research and development to ensure that these biofuels and bioproducts are both available and affordable. The Energy Department (DOE) will present a live webinar titled … Continue reading

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ETH Zurich develops PLA using glycerol

In Switzerland, researchers from ETH Zurich say they’ve developed a cheaper and cleaner way to produce PLA using glycerol. This waste substance is becoming more and more abundant, with 3 megatons in 2014 expected to increase to over 4 megatons … Continue reading

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Chicago’s E15 bill resuscitated from certain death

In Illinois, the controversial bill that would apply E15 to about 100 gas stations across Chicago is still alive after a move earlier this week in the city council that saved it from being wiped off the slate as happens … Continue reading

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4 minutes guide… Alex Patist, Senior Director of Bioprocess Technology, Genomatic

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Genomatica is a leading innovator in biotechnology for the chemical industry. We harness biotechnology to develop new processes to make major chemicals with better economics and greater sustainability, … Continue reading

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Biofuels Digest Index is flat at 68.90 despite an ethanol advance

The Biofuels Digest Index, an index of publicly traded biofuels stocks, was flat at 68.90 despite an ethanol advance. For the day, Aemetis (AMTX) retreated 4.40 percent to $4.35, while  Codexis (CDXS) dropped 3.74 percent to $4.12. Among other equities, … Continue reading

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How do I save $$ and save on CO2? Looking at the hard data on biofuels, hybrids, all-electric, and gasoline

What’s the best way to maximize the value for your transportation dollar — cost per mile, and in delivering CO2 emission reductions? If you guessed “all electric”, dial again. But if you opted for the little-understood world of “E85″, you’re … Continue reading

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