Monthly Archives: April 2016

Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 1.24 percent to 54.87 as ethanol equities advance

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 1.24 percent to 54.87 as ethanol equities advanced. For the day, Biox (BX.T) rallied 12.96 percent to $0.61, while Aemetis (AMTX) surged 10.08 percent to $2.84. Among … Continue reading

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Time for full carbon accounting

By Zoltán Szabó, Special to The Digest The sustainability aspects of transport fuels are in the spotlight this year in Brussels as a number of key files make their way through the process, namely the Energy Union package, the new Renewable … Continue reading

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Total aims to be global biofuel leader by 2035

In France, Total is betting on the future of renewables by developing a Gas, Renewables & Power segment as part of its current restructuring process that will be implemented by Sept. 1. With an eye on becoming the leading global … Continue reading

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Alliance BioEnergy Plus tests shows technology bolts on cellulosic ethanol production

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. released the results from its most recent testing of corn ethanol Distillers Grains (DDG) and Corn Kernel fiber that has been conducted at its laboratories and pilot facility, Ek Laboratories. The tests have been … Continue reading

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Urban Air Initiative, Governors’ Biofuels Coalition and the Energy Future Coalition take EPA to task over RFS LCA rules

In Washington, the Urban Air Initiative, Governors’ Biofuels Coalition and the Energy Future Coalition filed a report requesting that the EPA correct its 2010 Lifecycle Analysis for future renewable fuel standards (RFS) rules. The request for correction was filed under … Continue reading

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April Sofiproteol to cut biodiesel production in light of fading demand

In France, April Sofiproteol announced it will cut its biodiesel production in light of lower expected demand at just 928,000 metric tons this year compared to 1.5 million tons last year. Demand is falling due to a combination of higher … Continue reading

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Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices down 30% since mid-March

In Brazil, hydrous ethanol prices continue to fall thanks to the early onset of the sugarcane crush in March, will prices down 30% since mid-March. Prices for the week of April 11-15 fell 4.4% on the week to $1.439/gal plus … Continue reading

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Researchers produce biodiesel from UCO using microwaves

In Washington, using a microwave and catalyst-coated beads, scientists have devised a new way to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel that could make it more affordable. They report how they did it in ACS’ journal Energy & Fuels. Biodiesel … Continue reading

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India to hit E5 mandate by importing from US and Brazil for industry

In India, biofuel blending mandates and demand for ethanol from the industrial sector have finally found a balance with domestic production going towards the 5% blend while cheaper Brazilian and US imports will satisfy the chemical market. For this first … Continue reading

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EU biofuels: A lost opportunity?

By Dick Roche, former Irish Minister for Environment and EU Affairs Special to The Digest When the EU Commission produced its 2012 proposal to cap at 5% the contribution crop-based biofuels can make under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the … Continue reading

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Cellulosic Ethanol, are all processes equal?: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant

Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for example corn stover in North America, bagasse in South America … Continue reading

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What’s the Buzz? Heard on the floor at the BIO World Congress

Overall, the BIO mood differed by BIO sector. For foods and proteins, it feels like boom times as companies are raising substantial amounts of money and we see companies like Calysta moving ahead fast with its protein product, FeedKind — … Continue reading

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Avantium raises €20M in a financing round led by PMV 

At the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in San Diego, Avantium revealed the closing of a new financing round of €20 million led by PMV, an independent investment company for Flanders, with investments also by FPIM, a Belgian Federal Holding … Continue reading

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Solving the d-limonene squeeze: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Elevance

Last year, Elevance Renewable Sciences introduced Elevance Clean 1200, what it describes as “a superior-performing degreasing and VOC-exempt solvent that outperforms traditional and bio-based solvents for industrial degreasing applications targeted toward heavy manufacturing, transportation maintenance and repair operations (MRO), and industrial … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index rises 1.28 percent to 53.99 as ethanol equities advance

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, rose 1.28 percent to 53.99 as ethanol equities advanced. For the day, Global Bioenergies (ALGBE.PA) jumped 10.47 percent to $23.31, while Aemetis (AMTX) gained 6.93 percent to $2.47.  … Continue reading

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EPA releases final corrections to quality assurance program rulemaking

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has final action on technical corrections and clarifications withdrawn from a previous direct final rule that amended provisions from the April 2014 Tier 3 final rulemaking and the July 2014 Quality Assurance Program … Continue reading

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Vivergo’s future looking brighter thanks to improved margins

In the UK, Associated British Foods says Vivergo’s financial results have improved after performing well during the September to February period. With operations improving and the European ethanol market providing higher crush margins recently, the company believes prospects for the … Continue reading

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Cambodia’s commissions largest sugar mill with ethanol destined for China

In Cambodia, a $360 million sugar mill owned by a Chinese food conglomerate has come online, bringing along with it 50 million metric tons of ethanol production annually, all meant for shipment to China. The 500,000 tons of sugar to … Continue reading

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India says will buy as much ethanol as domestic industry can produce

In India, the country’s transportation minister says the government is prepared to buy as much ethanol as the industry can produce, be it from molasses or corn or other feedstocks. If they can produce it, the government will find uses … Continue reading

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EPA takes 2017 RFS rule to OMB for final review

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has taken its 2017 renewable fuel standard proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget in the final step before it is published for public review. The EPA’s administrator promised during a … Continue reading

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