Monthly Archives: May 2016

Gevo looking at all options to secure enough financing to move forward

In Colorado, Gevo has hired Cowen & Company to advise on securing the development capital required to get to commercial viability, with all options from sale to joint venture to private placements or whatever it takes to get the company … Continue reading

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Both Abengoa Nebraska ethanol plants restarted as of May 20

In Nebraska, Abengoa has restarted its two ethanol plants in Ravenna and York as of May 20. The company is negotiating with natural gas supplies to reduce its fuel bill for production. Court filings show that Abengoa’s financial advisors have … Continue reading

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Karnataka to run 1,700 public buses on B20 with eye on total fleet conversion

In India, Karnataka’s public transport system will have 1,700 buses running on B20 as of June 5 following a successful trial last year running 10 buses on the blend. A biodiesel company in Telangana will supply the company 4.1 million … Continue reading

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Trestle Energy teams with Larksen to commercialize a new Fuel Pathway Management Platform

In California, Trestle Energy LLC, a low carbon fuel company working with ethanol producers across the Midwest, and Larksen LLC, a biomass company providing sustainably sourced agricultural residues to Midwestern power plants, announced their collaboration to commercialize a new Fuel … Continue reading

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Brazilian biodiesel production down 6% on year while ethanol soars

In Brazil, biodiesel production hit 301,000 cubic meters in April, bringing the total for the year to 1.19 million cubic meters, down 6% on the year. That is despite having an installed production capacity of 7.24 million cu m. Ethanol … Continue reading

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Petawawa Renewable Power Corporation developing 500kW gasification project in Ontario

In Canada, Petawawa Renewable Power Corporation in seeking permission to build a 500kW gasification plant in Orangeville, Ontario. The power will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program and produced from wood waste, grasses and … Continue reading

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South Korean researchers develop method to produce biofuels from human waste

In South Korea, a brand new outdoor laboratory has been recently launched at UNIST and this is expected to convert human waste into renewable energy sources, and possible to a monetary value. The major research facilities of this pavillion include … Continue reading

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Malaysia to boost mandate to B10 for June 1

In Malaysia, the biodiesel blending mandate for transport will increase to B10 from the current B7 on June 1, while the industrial sector will have to boost its consumption to 7% biodiesel. As a result, domestic consumption of crude palm … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index edges up 0.35 percent to 54.12 despite an advanced bio retreat

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, edged up 0.35 percent to 54.12 despite an advanced bio retreat. For the day, Biox (BX.T) dumped 14.66 percent to $0.50, while Codexis (CDXS) shed 6.17 percent to … Continue reading

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Send the Marines: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to GoodFuels Marine

Netherlands-based GoodFuels Marine and its partners, Boskalis, the leading global dredging and marine expert and Wärtsilä, the global supplier of engines and power systems to the marine industry, announced in October a two-year pilot program to accelerate the development of … Continue reading

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Disrupting value chains: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Genomatica

Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology leader for the chemical industry, and for four years running has been the #1-ranked company in the Hot 30.  It delivers new manufacturing processes that enable its partners to produce the world’s most widely-used chemicals from … Continue reading

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The Crash of ’18

Economists are saying that the US is experiencing the “most-unloved bull market in history”. You might wonder why, if shares are rising, GDP is rising, unemployment is falling and inflation is steady, why is everyone so nervous? Let’s start here: … Continue reading

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Letter from Thailand: Report on biomass and biofuels

By John Diecker, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Being a tropical country with a largely agricultural economy, Thailand is blessed with an abundance of biomass. The country ranks among the world leaders in production of palm oil, … Continue reading

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European bioethanol offers 15% CO2 reductions in transport – blocking it is a form of climate crime

By James Cogan, industry, technology and policy analyst with Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd.    Special to The Digest There should be no cap on the amount of sustainable European bioethanol energy counted towards the EU’s 2030 carbon emissions goals. The … Continue reading

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EPA Is Trying to Get Out of Its Own Way on the RFS

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice-President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Special to The Digest In setting the 2014-2016 Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cited “practical and legal constraints” on the oil industry’s ability to meet the volumes … Continue reading

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Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to TERRA

What’s up at ARPA-E’s TERRA program?  — Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture? ARPA-E has released these project overviews for its TERRA Program.

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Intrexon taps Germano as new president

In California, Intrexon Corporation has appointed Geno Germano to the new role of President of Intrexon effective June 1, 2016, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Randal J. Kirk.  As President, Mr. Germano will help lead Intrexon’s management team … Continue reading

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Lee Enterprises Consulting Adds 5 in Biogas, Hazardous Waste, Plastics, Microwave Energy, Catalytic Pyrolysis and Anaerobic Digestion

In Arkansas, Lee Enterprises Consulting has added Dr. Lorenz Bauer, Dr. Elham Khaghani, John Forcier, P.E., and John Diecker, P.E., to its team of experts.  The consulting group has over 75 experts in its biodiesel, ethanol, emerging technologies, biomass power, … Continue reading

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US ethanol production dips to 14.41 billion gallon annual rate

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 948,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 39.82 million gallons daily. That is down 14,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol … Continue reading

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ICM’s Fiber Separation Technology expands to four commercial plants in North America

In Kansas, ICM said that its Fiber Separation Technology is now being operated at four major commercial plants in North America.  FST is part of  ICM’s EPA-approved pathway to cellulosic ethanol and is a value-added platform technology that removes fiber … Continue reading

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