Monthly Archives: February 2016

Low oil prices keep ethanol stocks at the mills despite government push

In India, despite the government’s push for 5% and soon 10% ethanol blending and a floor price established that oil companies must purchase their mandated ethanol purchases at low oil prices are providing too hard of a temptation for OMCs … Continue reading

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EPA awards $300,000 grants to two innovative biofuel technologies

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced eight contracts to small businesses to develop innovative technologies to protect the environment, funded through EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The program provides the companies $300,000 to further develop and … Continue reading

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New report looks at Vermont’s legal and regulatory framework for on-farm biodiesel production

In Vermont, a new report, On-Farm Biodiesel Production in Vermont: Legal and Regulatory Overview, conducted by the Institute for Energy and the Environment (IEE) at Vermont Law School reviews all Vermont state and federal regulations related to on-farm biodiesel production. … Continue reading

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Olam believes stronger El Niño will help support palm oil prices and its bottom line

In Singapore, Olam believes a more severe than expected El Niño will negatively impact palm oil production in both Indonesia and Malaysia, helping to support prices. Increased demand from Indonesia’s higher biodiesel blending mandates are also expected to keep prices … Continue reading

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Purdue researchers say banning GMOs would boost GHG emissions significantly

In Indiana, higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss of forest and pasture land would be some results if genetically modified organisms in the United States were banned, according … Continue reading

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China’s future as an ethanol importer remains cloudy

In China, the country’s future role as a major import market remains a quandary with experts divided over the issue. The US Grains Council estimates China will consume as much as 12 million metric tons of ethanol annually in 2022, … Continue reading

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Berkley Lab researchers tweak enzyme to reduce lignin

In California, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown for the first time that an enzyme can be tweaked to reduce lignin in plants. Their technique could help lower the cost of … Continue reading

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Former NATO Sec Gen wants EU to mandate 5% advanced biofuels

In Belgium, the former head of NATO who is now advising the Danish biofuel industry wants the European Union to set a target for 5% advanced biofuel blending by 2030, despite the fuel being more expensive, saying the current non-binding … Continue reading

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Leaf Resources expands equity stake in ZeaChem, signs JV to develop celluosic sugars project in US

In Australia, Leaf Resources and ZeaChem signed a joint venture agreement to establish a Glycell based project in the USA. The new agreenent advances the relationship between the two companies from an October 2014 Collaboration Agreement. That previous agreement covered … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 0.51 percent to 48.81 as chemicals advance

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 0.51 percent to 48.81 as chemicals advanced.  For the day, BioAmber (BIOA) jumped 7.69 percent to $3.50, while Renewable Energy Group (REGI) was up 3.11 percent to … Continue reading

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US aims at 30% penetration of biomass carbon in US transport by 2030: new Federal report debut at ABLC 2016

In Washington, the Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee has recommended “targeting a potential 30% penetration of biomass carbon into the U.S. transportation market by 2030 in a sustainable and cost-effective manner to create jobs, reduce greenhouse gas impacts, and enhance national security,” … Continue reading

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The Revolution in Biobased Materials: The Digest’s 8-Slide Guide to the USDA BioPreferred Program

Managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the goal of the BioPreferred program is to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. The BioPreferred program was created by the 2002 Farm Bill and reauthorized and expanded as part of the Agricultural Act … Continue reading

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Protein and Perfume: At ABLC, Even Less of a Focus on Fuels

By Pavel Molchanov, Senior Vice President, Raymond James This week, we attended the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference, a major annual gathering of firms in the bioindustrial space. As we noted in our conference recap from March 2015, the industry’s focus … Continue reading

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American Chemical Society launches Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable

In Washington, the American Chemical Society in cooperation with LanzaTech, Intrexon and other leading bio-based chemical companies, announced at ABLC the formation of a Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable. This collaboration will identify and address key scientific challenges such as those … Continue reading

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Whitefox Technologies installs ICE Solution at Pine Lake Corn Processors

In Louisiana, Whitefox Technologies Limited announced at the National Ethanol Conference an agreement with Iowa-based Pine Lake Corn Processors to install the first Whitefox ICESolution in the Mid-West.   PLCP  operates a 30-million gallon per year ethanol plant in Steamboat Rock, … Continue reading

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BioFuelNet Canada brings biofuels education to Canadian high schools

In Quebec, BioFuelNet Canada has partnered with Talk Energy Week to participate as panelists at schools in eight Canadian cities, where they will be discussing sustainable advanced biofuels with over 1800 grade 11 and 12 students. Each participating classroom will … Continue reading

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Rapeseed prices set for drop in EU

In Germany, UFOP said that cash market prices for rapeseed barely maintained the price gap against the previous year. Prices buyers currently pay for the upcoming crop are even below the year-ago level. The massive decline in crude oil prices … Continue reading

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Amyris closes $20M private placement

In California, Amyris closed a $20 million private placement of unsecured promissory notes to existing investors. In connection with this financing, the company also issued warrants for 2.9 million shares of common stock. The private placement was led by a … Continue reading

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Clariant, Werner & Mertz tech using agricultural waste to make cleaning agents

In Germany, Clariant and Werner & Mertz have launched a project to expand the applications of bioethanol made from agricultural residues such as straw to detergents, cleansers and cleaning agents. sunliquid bioethanol has been used in Frosch Bio-Spirit Multisurface-Cleaner since … Continue reading

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US ethanol demand rises to 14.81 billion gallon annual rate

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 975,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 40.95 million gallons daily. That is up 6,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production … Continue reading

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