Monthly Archives: June 2016

The gas-to-isobutanol gambit: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Intrexon

Intrexon’s proprietary methanotroph bioconversion platform has the potential to transform the gas-to-liquids industry through use of optimized microbial cell lines to convert natural gas into higher carbon compounds such as isobutanol and farnesene under ambient temperatures and pressures.  This novel … Continue reading

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Intrexon: Will its GTL business arrive in 2018?

The indictment was handed down this week in The Motley Fool, which averred: Intrexon is…failing to learn the dangers of over-promising on manufacturing milestones. While investors have been told to expect the natural gas-to-fuels platform to be commercialized by 2018, … Continue reading

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Amyris busts a move: major deals with Givaudan, Ginkgo

Zombies with attitude. New partnerships for making magic molecules and exploitin’ the heck out of ’em. These days, nothing in Hollywood beats a great zombie movie, more than 50 have been released in recent years. Zombies rise from the dead, and … Continue reading

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BIOX and World Energy team on JV to buy Houston biodiesel plant

In Canada, BIOX Corporation and World Energy announced a 50/50 joint venture to acquire and operate a 90 million U.S. gallon biodiesel production facility in Houston, Texas. Each company has committed US$10 million to the World Energy BIOX Biofuels joint … Continue reading

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High sugar prices seen cutting into ethanol production

In Brazil, sugar fetching the highest prices seen in several years is expected to deter the amount of sugarcane diverted to ethanol production, eventually putting a squeeze on the local ethanol markets as well as those countries who traditionally import. … Continue reading

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Ethanol crush margins highest in eight months

In Illinois, ethanol producers are benefiting from the highest crush margins seen in eight months thanks to falling corn prices ahead of the next crop and steady ethanol demand from summer driving season. Platts estimates that the price differential converts … Continue reading

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Biodiesel industry study shows support to nearly 48,000 jobs nationwide

In Missouri, nearly 100 biodiesel industry leaders are converging on Capitol Hill June 28 to call for strong clean-fuels policy as a new study found that the industry is supporting nearly 48,000 jobs nationwide. The study, conducted by LMC International, found … Continue reading

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Kartesia and Bayside Capital buy out Desmet Ballestra in debt-to-equity swap

In Belgium, Kartesia and Bayside Capital have bought out majority ownership of Desmet Ballestra from Equistone Partners by buying out the company’s staggering debt beginning as far back as 2012. By mid-2015, the two companies had owned 60% of Desmet … Continue reading

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UK UCO-based power company seeking funding to refinance equipment

In the UK, Abundance is running a peer-to-peer regulated investment scheme to source Living Power with £2.47 million in equity to refinance their bioliquid-power generators they use to supply the grid. The company uses UCO to power the generators, collected … Continue reading

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Brookhaven lab alters lignin without inhibiting growth

In New York state, by engineering a novel enzyme involved in lignin synthesis, Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have altered the lignin in plant cell walls in a way that increases access to biofuel building blocks without inhibiting plant growth. Lignin … Continue reading

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency gives A$2.4 million grant for biorefinery project

In Australia, the country’s first biorefinery capable of producing renewable diesel and jet fuels from plant material could become a reality in Queensland with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. ARENA is providing A$2.4 million in funding support for … Continue reading

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Biomass to aromatics: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech

Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes, are used to make plastics for consumer goods such … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index rebounds 2.45 percent to 52.71 as ethanol equities rally

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, rebounded 2.45 percent to 52.71 as ethanol equities rallied. For the day, TerraVia (TVIA) jumped 5.27 percent to $2.16, while Amyris (AMRS) jumped 7.06 percent to $0.37. Among … Continue reading

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Rabbi encourages biodiesel industry to produce kosher for glycerin market

In Wisconsin, a rabbi speaking at the National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo in Milwaukee encouraged biodiesel producers using corn oil, soy and oil vegetable oils as feedstocks to ensure their production method was kosher, providing wider market opportunities for … Continue reading

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Former biofuels promoter awaits sentencing for failure to pay income taxes

In Iowa, a former fundraiser for Energae LP that was a significant owner of Permeate Refining is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to failure to pay federal income taxes for employees working at the ethanol plant. He could spend up … Continue reading

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Newfoundland to get new advanced biodiesel plant using wood

In Canada, unnamed investors have agreed to build a commercial-scale biodiesel facility in Botwood, Newfoundland that will use Tennessee-based Proton Power’s technology to produce the fuel from wood. The process burns the biomass to produce hydrogen that in turn is … Continue reading

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Bihar distillery switches over to ethanol production following alcohol ban

In India, just 10 weeks after alcohol was banned in Bihar, already Sati Organics Private Limited has shifted to ethanol production from potable alcohol, keeping its 250 employees on board. Though the distillery’s alcohol production capacity is much higher, it … Continue reading

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Two more RIN fraudsters plead guilty

In Florida, Thomas Davanzo, of Estero, Florida, and Robert Fedyna, of Naples, Florida, pleaded guilty on Friday for their participation in a multi-state scheme to defraud biodiesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel credits and fraudulently claiming tax … Continue reading

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NRDC releases 2016 Aviation Biofuel Sustainability Scorecard

In Washington, the National Resource Defense Council has released its 2016 Aviation Biofuel Sustainability Scorecard with six airlines falling under the “leading category”: KLM/Air France, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Scandinavian Airlines, South African Airways and United Airlines. Other airlines were … Continue reading

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Researchers look at knowledge gaps in biomass biogeochemical processes and ecosystem sustainability

In Washington state, an ARS researcher led a team looking at the current state of knowledge and highlight gaps in research on biogeochemical processes and ecosystem sustainability related to biomass production. Biomass production systems incrementally remove greater quantities of organic … Continue reading

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