Monthly Archives: September 2015

Michigan State University scores $1 million algae biofuels R&D program with ExxonMobil

In Michigan, a new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels. David Kramer, MSU’s John Hannah Distinguished Professor in Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics at the … Continue reading

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Former Senator launches Americans for Energy Security and Innovation to support RFS

In Washington, former Senator Jim Talent launched a new group aimed at building and expanding support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Americans for Energy Security and Innovation (AESI) will focus its efforts on building support for a stronger RFS … Continue reading

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$20 million XPRIZE launches: technologies to convert the most CO2 into the highest net value

In Texas, XPRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis announced the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a competition to address CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. With registration opening today, teams are challenged to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO2 into … Continue reading

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The Isooctene Revolution, Redux: The Digest’s updated 2015 8-Slide Guide to Gevo

Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as a hydrocarbon platform molecule. They have developed an industrial scale yeast biocatalyst to produce … Continue reading

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Understanding Advanced Biotechnology Commercialization, Pt 2

Part 2 – Project Execution By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC, Special to The Digest In the first release of the Understanding Advanced Biotechnology Commercialization series, the overall commercialization process was outlined and a detailed review of the project … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index rebounds 1.33 percent to 50.45 as all sectors recover

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, rebounded 1.33 percent to 50.45 as all sectors recovered. For the day, Solazyme (SZYM) jumped 15.56 percent to $2.60, while Amyris (AMRS) dropped 6.07 percent to $2.01.  Among … Continue reading

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Anaerobic Digesters (poop/food2gas) R sustainable & FARMERS can B fuel-independent

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207586888740364&set=a.10203258160444862.1073741859.1534854035&type=3&theater The short story of the above pic was this farmer realized the impact others had on his final product so he gave away his prized seeds to his neighbors so that their cross pollination contamination wouldn’t become a problem … Continue reading

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Anaerobic Digesters (poop/food2gas) R sustainable & FARMERS can B fuel-independent

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10207586888740364&set=a.10203258160444862.1073741859.1534854035&type=3&theater The short story of the above pic was this farmer realized the impact others had on his final product so he gave away his prized seeds to his neighbors so that their cross pollination contamination wouldn’t become a problem … Continue reading

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The Birth of SuperDuper gasoline via earth-friendly renewable hydrocarbons

Move over Super, here comes SuperDuper. All the high octane and performance, and the renewability too, at a price you can afford. Biofuels are adding options for drop-in, low-carbon, super-perfornance gasoline via isooctane and isooctene, as Gevo announces sales of … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index, falls 0.84 percent to 49.79 as chemical equities tumble

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, fell 0.84 percent to 49.79 as chemical equities tumbled. For the day, Metabolix (MBLX) dumped 7.85 percent to $1.41, while Gevo (GEVO) shed 6.30 percent to $1.86.  Among other equities, … Continue reading

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Mid-America Biofuel to finalize storage upgrade to 50 million gallons next week

In Wisconsin, Mid-America Biofuel’s biodiesel storage capacity expansion project is almost completed, with new facilities set to hold 50 million gallons, up from the 30 million gallons previously installed. Construction on the two new tanks began in October and should … Continue reading

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China New Energy reports larger losses during H1 but says it is on trend

In the UK, China New Energy says its pretax losses widened during the first half of 2015 compared to 2014 despite a rise in nearly 40% more revenues during the period because of higher operating costs and costs of sales. … Continue reading

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Statement by the VW board on NOXgate crisis: “Further personnel consequences in the next days.”

Board OK’s CEO resignation; “expecting further personnel consequences in the next days”; company asks for German criminal probe; “All participants in these proceedings will be subject to the full consequences.” In Germany, the Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen Group … Continue reading

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Volkswagen CEO resigns as NOxGate crisis spirals

In Germany, Dr. Martin Winterkorn has resigned as CEO of Volkswagen Group AG. No successor has yet been named. The VW board indicated that a new CEO will be named by Friday,and  that further changes in personnel would happen rapidly … Continue reading

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VW’s NOxGate scandal: What did Germany know and when did they know it?

A 6-year Volkswagen scheme to defraud emissions regulators on NOx emissions, uncovered by the US Environmental Protection Agency and disclosed publicly in recent days, is leading to more investigations. The German Government is denying reports that it “knew about VW emissions … Continue reading

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Lux Research sees biofuel production capacity hitting 61 billion gallons by 2018

In Massachusetts, global biofuels capacity will grow to 61 billion gallons per year (BGY) in 2018, up from 55.1 BGY in 2014. Ethanol and biodiesel will continue to dominate with 96 percent of the capacity in 2018, but novel fuels … Continue reading

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Stanford invests in food waste recycling for biofuels and animal feed

In California, Sustainable Alternative Feed Enterprises will operate a waste recycling center at Stanford University, processing all of the food waste generated on campus into biofuel ingredients as well as animal feed and water. The technology is said to cost … Continue reading

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Nidera earns RSB certification for UCO biodiesel production in Spain

In Switzerland, Nidera has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production and trading of biofuels from used cooking oil. Nidera operates worldwide as a commodity service and solutions provider for the global agricultural markets and has an … Continue reading

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Stronger European ethanol prices turn outlook around for CropEnergies and Suedzucker

In Germany, the recent revival in European ethanol prices has led CropEnergies and Suedzucker to reverse previous doomsday profits expectations and instead imply a 50% boost to operating profits, a move that boosted Suedzucker’s equities price 15% that added about … Continue reading

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Novozymes releases new alpha-amylase effective at low pH

In Denmark, Novozymes announced the launch of a new enzyme for ethanol producers who want to reduce their use of chemicals without sacrificing yield. Liquozyme LpH is an alpha-amylase effective at low pH that thins the mash by breaking down starch … Continue reading

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