Monthly Archives: December 2015

“50 Days of the Bioeconomy” Launches

50 Days of New Product Announcements, climate change frameworks, New R&D Partnerships, Commercial-scale projects, Strategic investments, New Pilots, Company formations, National Lab Demo Days, NEXT Store Product Launches, new television and media programs, ABLC Webinars, Keynotes, Workshops, and The Hot … Continue reading

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The Paris Climate Agreement: What it Says, and What it Means

“The World Starts from Tomorrow” says UN Secretary-General In France, representatives from 195 nations approved the Paris Agreement on global, coordinated response framework for climate change. Acceptance of the Agreement arrived at the end of COP 21. Paris: What it … Continue reading

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Dow-DuPont merger: the essential “news you can use”

On December 11, 2015, DuPont and Dow announced that their boards of directors unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals with a combined market capitalization of approximately $130 billion at … Continue reading

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On the Move in the Advanced Bioeconomy, IRFA, Growth Energy, Velocys

In Iowa, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) announced its Board of Directors, Officers and Executive Committee for 2016, elected at its December 10, 2015 annual meeting.  President: Tom Brooks, Western Dubuque Biodiesel; Vice President: Eamonn Byrne, Plymouth Energy; Treasurer: … Continue reading

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BioTork Announces algae-based vegan alternative to Fish Oil

In Florida, BioTork has created a sustainable, GMO-free, vegan omega-3 oil produced from algae. This omega-3 oil will be launched in the nutraceutical, feed and food industries worldwide as a direct replacement to fish oil. BioTork’s product is naturally evolved, … Continue reading

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Global Markets and Technologies for Biofuel Enzymes report released

BCC Research has released Global Markets and Technologies for Biofuel Enzymes, which forecasts a five-year compound annual growth rate of 10.4% from 2015-2020, leading to a global market size of $1 billion in the end year. The report explores present … Continue reading

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Canadian Bioeconomy Summit synopsis released: free download

In Canada, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association released a 16-page synopsis of more than a dozen addresses at the recent Canadian Bioeconomy Summit. The synopsis team was led by Dr. Jack Saddler, and can be downloaded here.  

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Climate Bonds, UNEP Inquiry launch Scaling Green Bond Markets Report

In France, Climate Bonds and UNEP Inquiry have launched Scaling Green Bond Markets – Guide for the Public Sector during a COP21 Side Event at Shearman & Sterling Paris office. The Guide is the result of a partnership between the … Continue reading

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US ethanol production jumps to 15.07 billion gallon annual clip

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 993,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 41.71 million gallons daily. That is up 37,000 b/d from the week before and the third-highest output rate … Continue reading

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Ufop: EU’s rapeseed market is “lethargic”

In Germany, Ufop is reporting that “Lethargy returns” in the rapeseed market. “Following several weeks of a lethargic cash market, early-December 2015 rapeseed sales were slightly up based on rising bids and somewhat increased supply,” the group writes. “Above all, … Continue reading

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USDA awards $70 million loan guarantee to Ensyn Georgia Biorefinery I

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced a conditional commitment for a $70 million loan guarantee to help build a cellulosic biorefinery in central Georgia. USDA is providing the loan guarantee conditional commitment, an important milestone in the ongoing … Continue reading

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Volvo Trucks North America approves renewable diesel fuel for all of its engines

In North Carolina, Volvo Trucks North America, after concluding truck and engine lab testing, has approved the use of renewable diesel fuel for all of its proprietary Volvo engines, offering environmental and cost-savings benefits to customers. Volvo is the first … Continue reading

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California Energy Commission cancels deal with Mendota Bioenergy

In California, amongst a notice awarding $5 million in grants for solar, hydrogen and other renewable energy projects from the California Energy Commission was an announcement that an order terminating an agreement with Mendota Bioenergy, LLC, for a project converting … Continue reading

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Praj to build expansion at Ingenio Tabacal’s ethanol plant in Salta province

In Argentina, Praj has been awarded a contract to expand Ingenio Tabacal’s ethanol plant in Salta province to 800 cubic meters per day. The installed production capacity will not only be increased but the overall production methodology will be updated … Continue reading

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Tonon Bioenergia seeks bankruptcy protection five months after restructuring

In Brazil, Tonon Bioenergia has sought bankruptcy protection just five months after restructuring, adding it to the list of more than 70 mills who have sought such protection from creditors. The group’s debt in Reals has risen 69% since last … Continue reading

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Malaysia’s November exports shrink to a trickle but 2015 total still up from 2014

In Malaysia, biodiesel exports collapsed in November to just 82 metric tons, down from 11,334 tons exported in October or the 22,753 tons exported in November 2014. The last time so little biodiesel was exported was in October 2012 at … Continue reading

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Texas A&M researcher leads $1.2 million DOE grant for biosensors

In Texas, Wayne Versaw, Associate Professor at Texas A&M University in College Station is the lead researcher in a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Energy to support the development of biosensors to track and measure the movement of … Continue reading

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Lithuanian parliament votes to scrap excise exemptions on biofuel blends

In Lithuania, the national parliament has voted to eliminate excise duty exemptions on E85 and B100 as well as all over levels of biofuel blends, which is expect to add EUR66 million per year to state coffers. Of the 104 … Continue reading

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Change of Government: Reporting from Argentina

When one of the world’s largest exporters of soybeans contemplates a 40% devaluation of its currency in a single day, it’s a sign of extraordinary times, and that was the case in Buenos Aires today as Mauricio Macri took the … Continue reading

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Avantium reserves capacity in its first FDCA production plant for Mitsui; a new thin film PEF for packaging emerges

In Japan, Avantium signed an agreement with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. to commercialize 100% biobased chemicals FDCA and PEF in Asia. As part of this agreement, Mitsui has been granted a right to purchase a sizable volume of FDCA from … Continue reading

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