Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2016

The “Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy” for 2016 as nominated and voted by the readers of The Digest and the publication’s editorial board. For comparison purposes, the The Top People for 2015 rankings are here.

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Iowa Caucuses tomorrow: 12 of 14 candidates support the Renewable Fuel Standard

In Iowa, the Iowa Caucuses are tomorrow, marking the official opening of the US Presidential primary season. The Renewable Fuel Standard has emerged as a major issue in the campaign for Iowa votes. 12 out of 14 candidates support the RFS—realizing the … Continue reading

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Anellotech breaks ground on testing facility, gathering key data for commercial-scale deployment in 2019

In New York, Anellotech has broken ground on the installation of its fully-integrated development and testing facility (TCat-8). Construction of a building and related facilities to house the pre-built unit began today in Silsbee, Hardin Country, Texas, on the site … Continue reading

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German biodiesel exports drop by 25%: Report

In Germany, UFOP reports that German biodiesel exports in the first 11 months of 2015 were down almost one fourth from same period in 2014. This is shown by German Federal Statistical Office foreign trade figures. A respectable 90 per cent … Continue reading

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29 new biobased Products using soybean derivatives debut: Report

In Missouri, the United Soybean Board said that 29 new consumer and industrial biobased products debuted in 2015 using soy derivatives. USB said that products developed with USB support in 2015 include an insulating foam that helps green building contractors … Continue reading

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Cheaper algae for biofuels seen from new CO2 delivery method: research

In Australia, chemical and biomolecular engineers from the Melbourne School of Engineering have discovered a new way to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae, which in turn, can be harvested to make renewable fuels such as biodiesel. Carbon dioxide is well … Continue reading

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Researchers break through on oil production in yeast using advanced gene-editing tool

In California, a team led by a researcher at the University of California, Riverside has adapted the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system for use in a yeast strain that can produce useful lipids and polymers. The development will lead to new … Continue reading

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Bio-Based Solvent Technology “Muck Daddy” Named Official Hand Cleaner of Pirelli World Challenge

In California, Amyris’ high-performance cleaning brand, Muck Daddy , has been named the official hand cleaner of the Pirelli World Challenge (“PWC”) racing series. Muck Daddy, developed by Amyris’s biochemists for more than decade, is based on Amyris’s proprietary Myralene … Continue reading

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US ethanol production drops to 15.12 billion gallon rate

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 961,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 40.36 million gallons daily. That is down 22,000 b/d from the week before and an eight-week low. The four-week … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 1.23 percent to 49.46 as ethanol equities recover

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 1.23 percent to 49.46 as ethanol equities recovered. For the day, Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) soared 12.22 percent to $3.49, while Gevo (GEVO) rebounded 12.27 percebt to $0.48. … Continue reading

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EPA says biodiesel production reached all-time record in 2015

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency says biodiesel production hit an all time record in 2015 at 1.813 billion gallons, up from its previous annual record of 1.74 billion gallons in 2014, partly thanks to increased production to December to … Continue reading

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Western New York Energy fined for illegal disposal of industrial waste

In New York state, an ethanol production plant has been fined after illegally disposing of industrial waste on its Shelby property. The fine stems from a 2013 investigation into illegal activities at Western New York Energy, LLC (WNYE) by the … Continue reading

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BIOjet Abu Dhabi partnership flies on locally-produced bio jet fuel

In the UAE, Boeing, Etihad Airways, Takreer, Total and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology announced they will collaborate on a new initiative to support a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in the United Arab Emirates. BIOjet Abu Dhabi: Flight Path … Continue reading

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Argentine ethanol production and consumption hit records in October

In Argentina, ethanol production and consumption hit an all time high in October with 86.12 million liters produced, up 19% on the year, and consumption at 69.6 million liters, up 16% on the year. Total ethanol production through October last … Continue reading

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India oil minister promises sugar industry to source funding for ethanol plants

In India, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas promised the sugar industry to work with the Finance Ministry to develop financing mechanisms to further ethanol production. Currently the industry could only supply enough for the … Continue reading

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European ethanol prices fall thanks to incoming fresh supplies

In the Netherlands, fresh ethanol supply has reached the European market at last, dragging T2 prices down to those not seen since August 2015. Imports from the US and Central America are expected to arrive during late January and early … Continue reading

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Australian researchers develop new way to deliver CO2 to microalgae

In Australia, chemical and biomolecular engineers from the Melbourne School of Engineering have discovered a new way to deliver carbon dioxide to microalgae, which in turn, can be harvested to make renewable fuels such as biodiesel. Carbon dioxide is well known … Continue reading

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American Council for Capital Formation launches anti-ethanol ads in Iowa

In Iowa, following up on the release of a new statewide poll last week defying conventional political wisdom and showing the vast majority of Iowa voters don’t know and aren’t particularly concerned about candidates’ positions on ethanol and the Renewable … Continue reading

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Octane’s Liquid Diamonds: The Secret Value of Ethanol

Is ethanol really worth $3.81 for the octane but costs only $1.39 on the market? How could that be? Math majors around the country are frequently perplexed by this one. If you start with 84-octane RBOB gasoline and add a 10 … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index dumps 2.55 percent to 47.74 as advanced bio equities tumble on waning oil prices

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, dumped 2.55 percent to 47.74 as advanced bio equities tumbled on waning oil prices. For the day, Solazyme (SZYM) plunged 9.percent to $1.77, while Green Plains (GPRE) dropped … Continue reading

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