Monthly Archives: July 2015

Industry’s withering critique of EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard proposals for 2014, 2015, 2016: The Digested version

Heard dire comments like  “POET expects to stop all future U.S. cellulosic investments if EPA’s proposed base renewable fuel requirements are not strengthened.” Want to understand the substantive concerns on the Renewable Fuel Standard, but lack the time to read … Continue reading

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Renmatix: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food biomass into cellulosic sugars, used in the global chemical and … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index jumps 59.69 as advanced bio heads north

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, jumped 1.65 percent to close at 59.69 as advanced bio headed north.  For the day, Aemetis (AMTX) rebounded 10.06 percent to $3.50, while Solazyme (SZYM) soared 15.47 percent … Continue reading

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Amyris converts $175M of debt to equity and lands $25M Private Placement

In California, Amyris has signed definitive agreements for the conversion and restructuring of approximately $175 million of debt, to be converted to Amyris common stock, with an additional $5 million of debt converted into joint venture ownership by its joint-venture … Continue reading

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VIASPACE completes design, engineering for biogas project in Papua New Guinea

In California, VIASPACE has completed the engineering and design work for a 2 MW biogas power plant in Papua New Guinea for Clean Energy Solutions Pacific (CES), the company said.  The CES project located in Papua New Guinea is to … Continue reading

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SMEFUNDS picks up $300K from Ecobank for its cellulosic cookstove biofuel gel and smart solar projects in Nigeria

In Nigeria, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through Ecobank Ltd is providing $300,000 to SMEFunds for its Cellulosic Bio Ethanol Gel for Clean Cook Stoves and Pay-As-You-Go Solar Smart Mini-Grid Electricity Projects. This facility is aimed at delivering Clean, Safe … Continue reading

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China voters mull support for Fiberight waste-to-energy project (China, Maine, that is)

In Maine, the Board of Selectmen for the township of China are looking at supporting the Fiberight waste-to-energy project planned for Hampden, Maine, when their trash contract with Penobscot Energy Recovery Company expires in 2018. The town said that the … Continue reading

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Synalloy’s adjusted EBITDA jumps 12% as “BioBased project” tolling volumes ramp up

In South Carolina, Synalloy Corporation reported strong growth in earnings as “Pounds shipped” in its speciality chemicals unit during Q2 and 1H 2015 increased 16% and 12%, as business ramped up for the BioBased project. Last year, the company unveiled … Continue reading

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BioSolar’s says biobased Super Battery tech can crush energy storage costs

In California, BioSolar said that its Super Battery technology currently under development that can double the capacity, cost four times less, and can potentially break the $100/kWh cost barrier needed for mass market adoption of energy storage. Achieving the $100/kWh … Continue reading

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Aston University’s portable baby-wipes-to-biofuels system embarks on summer tour

In the UK, Aston University researchers are taking their prototype, portable Pyrofab technology on a summer tour to evaluate sustainable sources of bioenergy from waste across north-west Europe. The Pyrofab is based on Pyroformer technology, developed in the UK by … Continue reading

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Avon’s new Palm Oil Promise: deforestation-free, traceable, and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil compliant

In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists is hailing the updated “Palm Oil Promise” from cosmetic giant Avon, which said that “Avon recognizes that palm oil is a significant cause of tropical deforestation and peatland depletion, which can result in … Continue reading

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4 minutes with… Gert-Jan (G-J) Gruter, CTO, Avantium

Tell us about your company and it’s role in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Avantium developed a novel process for the production of PEF (brandname YXY), a 100% biobased polyester with enhanced barrier, thermal and mechanical properties. Together with Coca-Cola, Danone and … Continue reading

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ABLC NEXT: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide

It’s the most widely-viewed advanced bioeconomy event — two days of amazing, transformative event sessions on the hottest of the hot trends, and four days in all including the two days of off-site lab tours. It’s ABLC NEXT 2015 and … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index closes up at 58.72 as advanced biofuels were up

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, regained 0.62 percent to close at 58.72 as advanced biofuels were up. For the day, Dyadic (DYAI) lost 6.26 percent to $0.90, while Solazyme (SZYM) rebounded shraply, up 7.72 … Continue reading

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Seeking success in succinic, succinctly, sustainably

Is there anyone left on Planet Earth not making biobased succinic acid, or running for the US Republican presidential nomination? In succinic, though, there might be several winners. Reverdia CEO Marcel Lubben helps us to understand the broad applications and markets in … Continue reading

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EU biofuels to “stagnate’, says USDA, citing import tariffs’ impact on competitiveness

In Germany, Agrimoney is reporting on the USDA report, isssued out of The Hague, predicting a stagnation in biofuels unless there is some postive moment on improt tariffs — the report noting, critically, that the EU has been walling itself … Continue reading

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EU biofuels to “stagnate’, says USDA, citing mport tariffs’ impact on competitiveness

In Germany, Agrimoney is reporting on the USDA report, isssued out of The Hague, predicting a stagnation in biofuels unless there is some postive moment on improt tariffs — the report noting, critically, that the EU has been walling itself … Continue reading

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From the Pitch Patch: a coming boom in Pine-Derived Chemicals?

In Ireland, Research and Markets is projecting a pine-derived chemicals market, in terms of value, of $4.8 Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of around 4.7 % from 2015 to 2020. That’s the headline from R&M’s new ”Pine-Derived Chemicals Market … Continue reading

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Palm Oil industry accused of Human trafficking in Malaysia, as Obama Adminstration up Malaysia’s status in “Trafficking in Persons” report 

A report in the Wall Street Journal fingered Malaysian grower Felda for a series of migrant worker abuses on Malaysian plantations — with explosive charges from workers of human trafficking. “They buy and sell us like cattle,” a Bangladeshi worker … Continue reading

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EPA Administrator to corn farmers: [Our RFS] delay…was disruptive to say the least. I apologize for that.”

In Washington, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy addressed the Corn Congress and said that ““you might’ve heard we’re trying to shrink or kill this [RFS] program. But the truth is, we’re committed to growing it. The volumes we’ve proposed for 2015 … Continue reading

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