Monthly Archives: September 2015

China’s August ethanol imports remain high but down 22% from July record

In China, August ethanol imports fell to the second-highest level ever at 53,530 cubic meters, down 22% from July’s record of 69,077 cu m. Total ethanol imports through August reached 179,313 cu m, up from 26,369 cu m during all … Continue reading

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Joint Genome Institute sequence barley to help boost bioenergy and food yields

In California, researchers generated nearly 16,000 sequences of gene-containing regions for barley, mapping approximately two-thirds of all annotated barley genes. While researchers continue to work on a complete reference sequence for the barley genome, the determination of improved sequence assemblies … Continue reading

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Illinois hosting trade mission with two stops at ethanol plants

In Illinois, the state’s agriculture department is leading a trade mission across the state with more than 30 international buyers hailing from Mexico, Ecuador, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam that will include stops at two ethanol plants: Marquis Energy’s … Continue reading

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50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy: Early voting

Based on early voting through September 22, 2015, the leaders in the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy are detailed below. Complete notes on early voting are here. Complete voting rules and deadlines for the 2016 Hot 50 are … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index drops to 53.05 as global equities sag

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, shed 2.19 percent to 53.05 as global equities sagged. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) lost 6.38 percent to $2.20, while Solazyme (SZYM) dumped 8.16 percent to $2.59. Among … Continue reading

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40 Hottest Small Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy: Early voting

Based on early voting through September 22, 2015, the leaders in the 40 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy are detailed below. Complete notes on early voting are here. Complete voting rules and deadlines for the 2016 Hot 50 are … Continue reading

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40 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy: Early voting

Based on early voting through September 22, 2015, the leaders in the 40 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy are detailed below. Complete notes on early voting are here. Complete voting rules and deadlines for the 2016 Hot 50 are … Continue reading

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Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy: Early precincts reporting Hot 40, Hot 50 votes

In Florida, early voting totals for the 40 Hottest Small Companies and 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, representing roughly 5% of the overall vote expected, were released today. The Digest noted some early voting trends. 1. These are “early … Continue reading

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Volkswagen NOxGate probe widens

A 6-year Volkswagen scheme to defraud emissions regulators, uncovered by the US Environmental Protection Agency and disclosed publicly in recent days, has caught the eye of other countries and stakeholders around the world. In France, Finance Minister Michel Sapin called … Continue reading

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The Building Block Builders: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to BioAmber

From the company’s IPO Prospectus: “Our proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are cost-competitive replacements for petroleum-derived chemicals. The development of our current organism was originally … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 0.91 percent to 54.24 as advanced biofuels rebound

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 0.91 percent to 54.24 as advanced biofuels rebounded. For the day, Cosan (CZZ) dumped 6.16 percent to $3.19, while Biox (BX.T) regained 22.11 percent to $1.16. Among … Continue reading

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El Nino impact finally being priced into Malaysian palm oil futures

In Indonesia, the El Nino impact on oil palm production both in the country and in Malaysia could be more than expected if dryness continues for another month or two, cutting yields of fresh fruit bunches. Analysts predict that the … Continue reading

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New Australian sugar marketing bill threatening A$75 million Maryborough ethanol investment

In Australia, the proposed ethanol distillery at the Maryborough sugar mill is on hold until the new sugar marketing bill is decided. If the sugar marketing bill is passed, it will mean the mill will become a toller for farmers … Continue reading

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Philippines not likely to implement B5 this years as study results delayed

In the Philippines, the Dept. of Energy is still waiting for a study from the National Biofuels Board analyzing the impact of the proposed biodiesel blending mandate increase to 5%, which is expected to delay the implementation of the policy … Continue reading

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Florida Biodiesel supplies Grand Bahama Power Company with small-scale plant

In Florida, the Grand Bahama Power Company has chosen the B-500 Biodiesel processor for their prime transesterification facility. The B-500 Biodiesel plant is economical to operate and will allow the Grand Bahama Power Company to safely produce 1600 gallons of … Continue reading

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Brazilian August hydrous ethanol consumption soars 56% on year

In Brazil, the association of fuel distributors says hydrous ethanol blending soared 56% on the year in August and up 2.6% over July’s consumption. Hydrous ethanol is used in flex-fuel cars, so its higher demand is further reflected by the … Continue reading

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MTBE margins in NW Europe three times those of ETBE

In Northwest Europe, MTBE margins are three times higher than those for ETBE thanks to a depressed methanol market mixed with continued tightness in the European ethanol market that is now expected to last well through the fall. Ethanol spot … Continue reading

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MSY researchers build “Swiss Army knife” for cyanobacteria

In Michigan, researchers at Michigan State University have built a molecular Swiss Army knife that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, making biofuels and other green chemical production from these organisms more viable. The team … Continue reading

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India sets ethanol supply quotas for E10 but they’re far beyond installed production capacity

In India, the food ministry has set ethanol supply volumes by state in order to comply with the new E10 policy that comes into effect with the new sugarcane milling season on Oct. 1. The largest state, Uttar Pradesh, must … Continue reading

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Waste is a Terrible Thing to Mind: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Enerkem

Enerkem’s technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste (i.e. garbage) into clean fuels and renewable chemicals. Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is the world’s first commercial biorefinery to use municipal solid waste to produce methanol and ethanol. This facility is the result of more than 10 years of … Continue reading

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