Monthly Archives: August 2015

JV set to invest $11 million in biodiesel facility near Dayton

In Ohio, Agro BioFuels and BioEnergy, a joint venture between the US arm of India’s Agro Pulping Machinery and JatDiesel, is set to invest $11 million in a 15 million gallon per year biodiesel plant near Dayton. The facility will … Continue reading

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Boise State off-road racing team aims to build biodiesel trophy truck for Baja 1000 race

In Idaho, the kids who built the world’s fastest vegetable oil powered vehicle through a student club at Boise State have launched Greenfield Research and with it a new ambition: a biodiesel trophy truck to win at the upcoming Baja … Continue reading

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Vireol to mothball until crush margins improve

In Virginia, the East Coast’s only ethanol plant Vireol in Hopewell is mothballing for an undetermined amount of time due to continuing low gas prices that are in turn weighing on ethanol prices. With the economics no longer viable to … Continue reading

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Missouri biodiesel plant destroyed by fire

In Missouri, a fire has torn through the biodiesel plant in Bunceton, forcing the evacuation of the small town due to the fumes and high heat levels of the fire. The facility was one of the last remaining prosperous businesses … Continue reading

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Indian Oil to invest $2.4 billion in 1 million ton Celanese coke-to-ethanol facility

In India, the country’s biggest oil refiner Indian Oil plans to invest $2.4 billion in ramping up its ethanol production program. The company is looking to team with Celanese to build a 1 million metric ton per year of synthetic … Continue reading

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Minnesota ethanol plant gets $750,000 state grant for facility upgrades

In Minnesota, the DENCO II ethanol plant has received a $750,000 grant from the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development to buy a fifth fermentation tank, an additional hammer mill, and an addition to the plant’s cooling tower to … Continue reading

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WSU researcher gets $494,000 grant to develop cellulosic-based aromatic hydrocarbons

In Washington state, Hanwu Lei, Washington State University Tri-Cities associate professor in biological systems engineering, was awarded a $494,000 grant this fall to research catalysts, which will be used to increase the energy output and performance of biofuels. Lei said … Continue reading

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Indian ethanol tender seeks 16% more ethanol than industry can produce

In India, the tender launched last week to secure enough ethanol supplies to fulfill a 10% ethanol blend only from indigenous sources is yet again set to fail even before it begins due to the fact that the 2.6 billion … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index rises to 54.86, up 1.48%, as advanced biofuels rebound

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, rose to 54.86, up 1.48 percent, as advanced biofuels rebounded. For the day, Amyris (AMRS) soared 8.28 percent to $1.83, while Green Plains Partners (GPP) gained 6.50 percent … Continue reading

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As California Sizzles: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Propel operates 43 Flex Fuel and 31 Biodiesel retail locations statewide, representing over 50,000 clean fuel transactions per month and 10,000,000 gallons of fuel sold to individual consumers annually. Between 2012 and 2014, Propel Fuels conducted extensive low carbon fuel customer … Continue reading

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Voting opens for the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy

Yes, it’s time for voting in the Hot 50. More than 100,000 votes expected. Who will be #1?  In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of voting for the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy. Voting Rules Voting … Continue reading

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Scorching Summer Drives California Innovation and Biofuels

By Graham Noyes, Low Carbon Fuels Coalition Special to The Digest In contrast to DC’s swamp-like conditions, California’s capitol is known for its dry triple digit heat. This August, politicians and citizens alike are breathing Central Valley air scorched by … Continue reading

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Cracking The Code to Biofuels Investments

By Doug Williams, special to The Digest The mid 2000’s saw a tremendous surge in interest in biofuels technologies. I got caught up in it myself. I’ve worked with biofuels and bio-based chemicals technology start-ups for the last decade. It’s … Continue reading

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Advanced, high-yield biomethane plant comes online in France

In France, the Longchamps biomethane plant opened in Franche-Comte region, in eastern France. The WELTEC biomethane plant is now supplying to the natural gas grid of the French gas distributor GrDF (Gaz r.seau Distribution France). Plant operator David Peterschmitt uses … Continue reading

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Louis Dreyfus Commodities to open new high-throughput glycerin refinery in Q4 2015

In Indiana, Louis Dreyfus Commodities  is adding a glycerin refinery to its soybean crushing and biodiesel plant in Claypool, Indiana, with construction expected to be complete by the end of the year. The new refinery will be the second largest … Continue reading

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US ethanol demand reaches 14.78 billion gallons as gasoline usage rates soars to 147 billion gallons per year

According to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 965,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 40.53 million gallons daily. That is unchanged from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 964,000 b/d … Continue reading

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Global Bioenergies makes isobutene from wood sugars in R&D breakthrough

In France, Global Bioenergies reports that they have produced isobutene by fermentation based exclusively on xylose as a feedstock. Performances using xylose were similar to those obtained when running the process on wheat-derived glucose or sugar beet-derived sucrose, the company … Continue reading

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RFA Tells motorcycle group: “Get off the anti-E15 highway”

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association said that the American Motorcyclist Association is engaging in misinformation in calling on motorcycle riders to support legislation that would amend the Renewable Fuel Standard by prohibiting gas stations from selling fuel that contains … Continue reading

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REG closes on acquisition of Imperium assets, including largest US biodiesel refinery

In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group completed its acquisition of substantially all the assets of Imperium Renewables, Inc, paying $15.0 million in cash and issuing 1.675 million shares of REG common stock in exchange for substantially all of Imperium’s assets, including … Continue reading

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Australia’s Low Carbon Transport on the Move conference proceedings now available

In Australia, proceedings from the Low Carbon Transport conference held recently in Sydney are now online, including presentations and the conference summary. Those files are here. “Falling oil prices, policy headwinds and tough capital raising notwithstanding,” The objectives of the … Continue reading

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