Monthly Archives: January 2016

The Top 25 advanced bioeconomy capital raises of the year

In Florida, The Digest reports that the Top 25 capital raises in the advanced bioeconomy raised 1.146 billion in new capital during 2015 for company development — and pilot, demonstration and commercial-scale projects.   Notable transactions in the period include the … Continue reading

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Sustainable aviation biofuel: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to United Airlines

AltAir Fuels will begin regularly scheduled deliveries of sustainable biojet fuel to United, at LAX in 2016. AltAir’s Paramount, California-based refinery converts sustainable feedstocks, like non-edible natural oils and agricultural wastes, into low-carbon, renewable jet fuel. This biofuel is price-competitive … Continue reading

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Green Plains Partners declares $.040 dividend for Q4 2015

In Nebraska, Green Plains Partners declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.4025 per unit on all of its outstanding common and subordinated units, or $1.61 per unit on an annualized basis, for the fourth quarter of 2015. This distribution represents … Continue reading

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GoodFuels Marine nabs highest sustainability rating from RSB

In the Netherlands, GoodFuels Marine received the highest standard of certification from the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials, enabling the company to actively sell and promote RSB-certified biofuels to the shipping industry. Netherlands-based GoodFuels Marine and its partners, Boskalis, the leading … Continue reading

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US ethanol production drops to 15.22 billion gallon annual rate

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 983,000 barrels per day, or 41.29 million gallons daily. That is down 20,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production … Continue reading

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Iowa Gov. Branstad turns thumbs down on Cruz for President

In Iowa, Iowa Gov. Branstad said he would not be supporting Ted Cruz for the Iowa Caucuses and called on Iowans to support candidates that were pro-Iowa, specifically pro-rural and pro-biofuels. Following Branstad’s comments, America’s Renewable Future senior advisor Derek … Continue reading

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On the Move in the Bioeconomy: Gevo taps Bill Baum for board seat

In Colorado, Gevo appointed of William H. Baum to its Board of Directors.  Mr. Baum has worked in the chemical and biobased products and technology industries during his career, with a focus on business development and strategic alliances.  He has … Continue reading

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Soy processing grows substantially, says UFOP

In Germany, UFOP reports that global soybean oil production rises approximately 5 per cent, based on the 2015/16 record supply of feedstock. By contrast, production of rapeseed oil declines from the previous year. Smaller and, consequently, more expensive feedstock supply … Continue reading

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Iowa congressional delegation unanimously calls for strong up-tick in 2017 renewable fuel volumes

In Iowa, in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, the entire Iowa Congressional delegation urged the agency to set the next round of Renewable Fuel Standard volume levels in line with the statute – 15 billion gallons for conventional … Continue reading

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Clariant’s cellulosic ethanol technology wins 2015 German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment

In Germany, Clariant, won the 2015 German Innovation Prize for Climate and Environment in the process innovations category for its sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology, prevailing against 14 competitors.  The sunliquid technology convinced the jury of independent experts in the area … Continue reading

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Abengoa to sell off bioenergy arm for a billion bucks

In Spain, as part of its complete restructuring to avoid bankruptcy, Abengoa has decided to sell off Abengoa Bioenergy—possibly in three parts: Europe, Brazil and the US—for a total of roughly $1.08 billion dollars. The company has already received possible … Continue reading

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Flint Hills Resources to build Texas’ first ethanol terminal

In Texas, Flint Hills Resources plans to build the state’s first ethanol terminal at its existing fuel storage center in Buda. The project will see a rail spur, two storage tanks, a truck-loading rack, water storage and an operations building … Continue reading

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Australian Renewable Fuels enters voluntary receivership

In Australia, the Board of Australian Renewable Fuels Limited has placed the Company into voluntary administration. The Board has been conscious of the rapidly declining oil price and been monitoring closely the Company’s feedstock pricing so as to ensure that appropriate … Continue reading

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Arkema introduces its Methane Sulfonic Acid – Low Corrosion

In France, Arkema introduces its Methane Sulfonic Acid – Low Corrosion (MSA LC), a low-corrosion version of its MSA that provides a wide range of benefits to the esterification industry in general and the biodiesel industry in particular. The new … Continue reading

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RFA releases one-pager to counter anti-ethanol rhetoric

In Washington, in response to the anti-ethanol rhetoric that has been dominating the presidential campaign in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sent a one-pager to media outlets to correct the misconceptions regarding ethanol in … Continue reading

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FAME 0 premium over gasoil hits all time high while gasoil hits record low

In the Netherlands, the biodiesel FAME 0 premium over gasoil futures hit a record high $486.75/mt on the back of gasoil hitting a record low of $734/mt but the trade expects the price to fall even further with no real … Continue reading

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National Energy Technology Laboratory grants license for CO2 capture for better biofuel production

In Pennsylvania, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has granted a license for two patented sorbent technologies that capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from streams of mixed gases and enable cleaner, more-efficient energy production from renewable fuels. The license was granted … Continue reading

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Palm oil producers ask government to back down from B20

In Indonesia, despite assurances from the palm oil fund that the B20 blending mandate would be met, the palm oil producers association is asking for the mandate to be lowered in fear of oil companies’ failure to pay due to … Continue reading

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Tesoro makes its move on renewable biocrude

Major refiner advancing on biofuels with Fulcrum BioEnergy, Virent, Ensyn. In Texas, Tesoro has unveiled its plan to foster the development of biocrude made from renewable biomass, which can be co-processed in its existing refineries, along with traditional crude oil. … Continue reading

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Bullish on Biocrude: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Tesoro’s biocrude strategy and partners

Tesoro has unveiled its plan to foster the development of biocrude made from renewable biomass, which can be co-processed in its existing refineries, along with traditional crude oil. And the company has identified three new partners in the process: Fulcrum … Continue reading

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