Monthly Archives: July 2015

Pacific Ethanol sells record volumes of ethanol in Q2, but falling oil prices hit margins

In California, Pacific Ethanol reported Net sales of $227.6 million, Gross profit of $6.3 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $5.4 million for Q2 2015, and reported record total gallons sold of 140.7 million.  Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, … Continue reading

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Surging Swiss Franc costs Clariant some profits despite soaring EBITDA in Q2 2015 results

In Switzerland, Clariant reported Net sales of CHF 1.406 billion, Net result from continuing operations at CHF 56, EBITDA margin before exceptional items improved significantly to 15.0 % and confirmed its 2015 outlook in announcing Q2 2015 results. The company … Continue reading

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Marine-friendly image finds Gevo’s isobutanol pumping from its first retail station

In Texas, Express Lube of Fredericksburg has become the first U.S. service station to sell gasoline blended with Gevo’s renewable isobutanol at the pump. The company said that this is anticipated to be the first of many retail locations to offer … Continue reading

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Argonne and marine partners say 15 percent renewable butanol blends are safe for watercraft

In Illinois, Argonne National Laboratory, Bombardier Recreational Products, the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and the American Boat and Yacht Council, have  demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of a blend of fuel that includes 16 percent butanol for use in watercraft. … Continue reading

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Algae.Tec ships innovative Algae.Tec fuels technology arrives for install at monster Reliance refinery in India

In Australia,  Algae.Tec has shipped 7 containers of equipment, including photobioreactor modules and solar light units, on schedule and received in Jamnagar, India for installation within the world’s largest oil refinery, owned and operated by reliance Industries. Ground works, equipment … Continue reading

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TerraVerdae Bioworks, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions hit milestone in scale-up of bioplastic technology 

In Alberta, TerraVerdae BioWorks has reached scale-up of its proprietary technology to a commercial scale, the company said, after completing the scale-up optimization of its process to produce biodegradable PHA bioplastics from waste-derived methanol. TerraVerdae uses “green” methanol from, forestry, … Continue reading

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Biogas-producing microbial community deeply sequenced  and made public in landmark research effort

In Germany, researchers reported on the deeply sequenced metagenome and metatranscriptome of a complex biogas-producing microbial community from an agricultural production-scale biogas plant located in North Rhine Westphalia. The We assembled the metagenome and, as an example application, show that … Continue reading

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Civil rights for chemicals, next? Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to extend production, investment tax credits to renewable chemicals

In Washington, Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced H.R. 3390, which provides renewable chemical producers access to production or investment tax credits currently available to other renewable energy producers. The production tax credit was the … Continue reading

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4 minutes with… Mark Warner, Founder, Warner Advisors

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Warner Advisors LLC is a consulting firm focused on delivering commercialization assistance for emerging technology clients in biofuels, biochemicals and food. Our focus is on early stage technology … Continue reading

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Abengoa: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

1. Abengoa is active in three areas in biofuels: a. Traditional fermentation of cereal grains and sugar cane for the commercial production of bioethanol; b. Traditional transesterification for the production of biodiesel from cereal and vegetable oils.; and c. Commercial scale cellulosic fuel production. … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index rises to 59.99 as advanced biofuels surges again led by Gevo

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 0.50 percent to 59.99 as advanced biofuels surged again led by Gevo.  For the day, Gevo (GEVO) soared 19.83 percent to $2.62 on news of new isobutanol … Continue reading

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On the Move in the Advanced Bioeconomy: Genomatica, Genera Energy

Carlos A. Cabrera, was elected executive chairman of Genomatica. Cabrera was formerly chairman, president and CEO of UOP, a Honeywell company, that supplies and licenses process technology and services to the petrochemical, refining and gas processing industries. He also previously … Continue reading

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Shampoo, New and Improved! BASF and Solazyme Launch the First Commercial Microalgae-Derived Betaine Surfactant

In California, BASF and Solazyme have launched of the first commercial surfactant derived from microalgae oil, a high performance algal betaine for use in home and personal care applications. Generally speaking, surfactants, which are the “lifting agents,” if you will, … Continue reading

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Green Plains Reports Q2 2015 uptick from Q1, and $7.8 million in net income

In Nebraska, Green Plains is reporting Q2 2015 net income of $7.8 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to net income of $32.3 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, for the same period in 2014. Revenues were $744.5 million … Continue reading

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INVISTA and Plaxica collaborate on bio-based lactic acid

In England, INVISTA and Plaxica entered into a collaboration expected to accelerate the commercialisation of Plaxica’s technology. Under the agreement, in which INVISTA will have an option for an equity stake in Plaxica, INVISTA will provide Plaxica engineering, technical and … Continue reading

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Pacific Ethanol switches on Corn Oil production at its Boardman, Oregon plant

In California, Pacific Ethanol has begun commercial production of corn oil utilizing Valicor’s corn oil recovery system at its Columbia ethanol plant located in Boardman, Oregon. With the completion of this 2-year initiative, all four of the western Pacific Ethanol … Continue reading

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Iowa Wholesale E85 Available for More Than $1.00 Less Than Regular Unleaded Gasoline

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association highlighted, via its E85 Wholesale Price Listing Program, that wholesale E85 ethanol is available for up to a $1.18 per gallon, or up to 54% discount per gallon compared to Des Moines Rack … Continue reading

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Rice is nice, but can it be less of a methane-belching device? PNNL says “yes, if you take our advice”

In Washington state, researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found that with the addition of a single gene, rice can be cultivated to emit virtually no methane from its paddies during growth. With the change, it also packs … Continue reading

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Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Use provision in Senate Energy Legislation 

In Washington, The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, hailed language included in the energy reform package released last Wednesday by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that would prioritize research and development of carbon utilization … Continue reading

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4 minutes with… Andrew Lucero, Manager, Process Research Southern Research

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Southern Research is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) scientific and engineering research organization in AL, MD, GA, and NC in the areas of drug discovery and development, advanced engineering, and … Continue reading

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