Monthly Archives: March 2016

UK biofuel consumption falls in 2015 with biodiesel taking a 20% hit

In the UK, biofuel consumption hit 1.464 billion liters in 2015, down more than 17% on the year, with biodiesel taking the biggest hit at 669 million liters, down 30% on the year. Ethanol blending reached 4.6% of gasoline and … Continue reading

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KLM launches 80-flight series between Oslo and Amsterdam using aviation biofuels

In the Netherlands, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines launched a series of around 80 biofuel flights from Oslo to Amsterdam operated with an EMBRAER 190. The remaining flights will be operated over the forthcoming period of five to six weeks, marking … Continue reading

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Intrexon gas-to-isobutanol pilot plant operational

In California, Intrexon announced the pilot plant for its proprietary gas-to-liquids bioconversion platform is operational.  The plant, which is located in South San Francisco, is dedicated to the production of isobutanol, a drop-in fuel with numerous advantages over other clean … Continue reading

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European ethanol demand may pick up as premium falls further

In the Netherlands, the outlook for ethanol blending in Europe may at last be improving as prices fall in line with gasoline futures. As such, the premium slipped to $149.09/cu m on Wednesday, down nearly $5 per cu m from … Continue reading

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OPEI releases new poll saying consumers still don’t understand higher ethanol blends

In Virginia, awareness and knowledge of how to use high ethanol fuel blends remains relatively unchanged among consumers over the last few years, according to a recent national poll conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the Outdoor Power … Continue reading

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Indonesia blends 30.5% more biodiesel through February

In Indonesia, high palm oil prices have not dampened demand for blending as demonstrated in the first two months of the year when consumption rose 30.5% at 519,000 kiloliters of biodiesel. This year, the B20 blend is expected to drive … Continue reading

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Washington University researchers develop method to weed out lazy bacteria

In Missouri, researchers at the Washington University in St. Louis have developed a method to weed out lazy bacteria to ensure that only the most efficient are used in order to boost biofuel production yields. The research found that most … Continue reading

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Some creditors agree to $2 billion Abengoa bailout but deal not sealed yet

In Spain, 40% of Abengoa’s creditors have agreed to invest $2 billion over the next five years in exchange for the right to 55% of the restructured company, helping it to avoid bankruptcy and complete meltdown, but another 35% must … Continue reading

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Brazilian ethanol demand seen flat or falling due to economic climate

In Brazil, ethanol demand is expected to remain steady or even fall this season as the worsening economic climate hits sales at the pump. Demand rose 20% in 2015, supporting prices along the way, weighing on the fuel’s economic advantage … Continue reading

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South Korea invests $34 million in Laos ethanol facility

In Laos, South Korea’s TN Energy has invested $34 million in a cassava and sugarcane-based ethanol project that should produce 1.2 million liters per month once it is commissioned. The JV with state-owned Laos State Fuel is expected to produce … Continue reading

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US ethanol exports hit 844 million gallons in 2015

In Washington, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol reached their highest level in four years in 2015, totaling 844 million gallons, a slight increase from 2014 and second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011. U.S. imports of ethanol, … Continue reading

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University of Wisconsin researchers get GVL process closer to commercialization

In Wisconsin, researchers at the University of Wisconsin the gamma valerolactone (GVL) process that breaks down biomass and unlocks its polysaccharides, having boosted production by 80-fold, with sugar yields topping 75 and 65 percent for xylose and glucose, respectively. Along … Continue reading

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Chinese exports draw down East Coast stocks while Kinder Morgan looks to reload

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says East Coast ethanol stocks fell by 219,000 barrels as a result of exports to China, a stark contrast to other regions apart from the West Coast that saw stocks increase due to lack … Continue reading

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University of Florida researchers may have found key to algae fuel conversion

In Florida, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers may have found a key to converting algae to fuel. The scientists have found what researchers call a “transcription factor,” called ROC40. Bala Rathinasabapathi, a UF/IFAS professor of … Continue reading

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Canadian biofuel industry may be in trouble due to perfect storm

In Canada, the International Energy Agency says national ethanol production could fall to just over a billion liters by 2020 from 1.68 billion liters in 2015 while biodiesel production should hold steady at 348 million litres thanks to a perfect … Continue reading

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Connell Brothers inks 2 million pound per year sales, distribution contract for Verdezyne renewable chemicals

In California, Verdezyne and Connell Bros. signed an exclusive agreement for sales and distribution of Verdezyne’s BIOLON DDDA (biobased dodecanedioic acid or DC12). BIOLON DDDA will be produced at Verdezyne’s commercial-scale plant in Malaysia and will be distributed in 17 … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index slips 0.28 percent to 50.05 as advanced bio dips

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, slipped 0.28 percent to 50.05 as advanced bio dipped. For the day, Abengoa (ABGB) dropped 12.79 percent to $1.50, while BioAmber (BIOA) tumbled 4.12 percent to $3.96. Among … Continue reading

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Is this the Amyris year, as management expects revenue to triple?

Despite a dismal beginning to earnings season, as Amyris, Arcadia disappoint, the Eco-Emirates of Emeryville look set for huge expansion in 2016. In California, Amyris reported Q4 revenues of $9.6mn and a net loss for Q4 of $41.9 million ($34 … Continue reading

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The Big Year Dawns: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Amyris

In California, Amyris reported Q4 revenues of $9.6mn and a net loss for Q4 of $41.9 million ($34 million after elimination of non-recurring items), well below Wall Street consensus estkmates of $32.4 million. “The fourth quarter resulted in our best … Continue reading

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Fly the eco-friendly skies: United to launch 50% jet biofuels on LAX-SFO route

In California, United Airlines will be using jet biofuels produced by AltAir using Honeywell UOP technology on up to 150 flights a day out of Los Angeles, the Digest has learned. March 11. A two week, 14-day Los Angeles to … Continue reading

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