Monthly Archives: July 2016

White House releases “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy”

In Washington, a new White House report, titled “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy,” sets out prioritized federal research and development goals and objectives to address key scientific and technical challenges that inhibit the development, production, and use … Continue reading

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Advanced breeding: The Digest’s updated 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to NexSteppe

NexSteppe is dedicated to pioneering the next generation of scalable, reliable, cost-effective feedstock solutions for the biofuels, biopower and biobased products industries. Using advanced breeding techniques and cutting-edge analytical technologies, NexSteppe is developing Malibu sweet sorghum and Palo Alto high … Continue reading

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USDA offers funding for Advanced Biofuels and Biobased Products

In Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications for funding to help support the development of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products. Funding is being provided through the Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical … Continue reading

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Valero says RFS compliance costs are soaring; renewable industry snaps back “poor capacity planning”

In Texas, Reuters is reporting that “Valero Energy expects to get hit with a half-billion-dollar bill in the second half of the year” and the news agency attributed the costs to “the rising cost of meeting government mandates to blend … Continue reading

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US ethanol production dips to 15.39 billion gallon annual rate

According to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 998,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 41.92 million gallons daily. That is down 31,000 b/d from last week’s historic high. The four-week average for ethanol production … Continue reading

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Paris quotes for rapeseed withstand soybean weakness, says UFOP

In Germany, UFOP reports that positive crop prospects in the US have put “massive downward pressure on soybean prices”. This has hardly had any impact on rapeseed in Paris to date. Neither are there any signs of decline in harvest. … Continue reading

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Aemetis: “a major market opportunity,” in cellulosic ethanol

In California, Aemetis offered an update.on its development of cellulosic ethanol options, noting that California cellulosic ethanol values have increased to as high as $4.60 per gallon. “Current [cellulosic ethanol] production levels are far below the RFS mandate as the … Continue reading

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Climate Bonds, SITAWI Launch “State of the Market Brazil Edition” on climate change bond finance

In Brazil, the Climate Bonds Initiative, in partnership with SITAWI, will launch ‘Bonds and Climate Change: The State of the Market in 2016’ Brazil Edition.  The launch will take place in conjunction with the ‘New Economy for Brazil Post COP … Continue reading

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E85 Comes to a Northern Virginia Mobil aimed at Performance Auto Community 

  In Virginia, Protec Fuels announced that E85 has expanded to Woodbridge, near I-95, at The Potomac Mills Mobil convenience store. To welcome ethanol, the station will host a car, classic car, and bike show. Protec Fuel, ethanol supplier and … Continue reading

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Evolva’s nootkatone enters NIH-sponsored studies to assess its effectiveness against Zika virus

In Switzerland, Evolva said  that the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will sponsor studies to test Evolva’s nootkatone against mosquitoes infected with Zika virus. The study will evaluate nootkatone in multiple formulations against wild type and insecticide-resistant … Continue reading

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EU should strengthen existing sustainability rules for biofuels: European Court of Auditors

In Brussels, a European Court of Auditors report published found that “there are a number of gaps in the European Commission’s existing biofuels sustainability certification framework.” ePURE said that the sustainability regime for biofuels in Europe can and should be … Continue reading

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Poor weather, small EU harvest pushes rapeseed price ahead of wheat

In Germany, UFOP is reporting that the price gap between rapeseed and wheat has widened at the end of 2015/16. As harvest pressure wanes, this trend could continue in 2016/17 because, due to poor weather, the EU harvest will be … Continue reading

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Crooked deal on climate de-claws Washington State’s proposed Clean Air Rule : RFA

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association charged that Washington state’s proposed carbon caps eschews globally accepted bioenergy carbon accounting methods out of fear that properly recognizing the carbon benefits associated with biofuels would trigger the so-called ‘poison pill’ legislative provision … Continue reading

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SDTC radically simplifies Canadian grant applications to benefit entrepreneurs

In Canada, Leah Lawrence, CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada said that the organization will be discontinuing regularly scheduled calls for applications in favor of a continuous intake model—applicants will now be able to submit their initial request for funding … Continue reading

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Air transport supports nearly 63M jobs, $2.7T in global GDP: report

In New York, the Air Transport Action Group launched its Aviation: Benefits Beyond Borders report at  the United Nations High Level Political Forum’s Sustainable Development Goal Business Day. In the next 20 years, the report forecasts that aviation-supported jobs worldwide … Continue reading

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Alliance BioEnergy develops pathway to JP-8 advanced cellulosic aviation biofuel

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus has developed a pathway to produce JP-8, an advanced military grade aviation biofuel, at the suggestion of government officials at the DOE and NREL.  The Company is working closely with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory … Continue reading

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Applications open for NatLabs’ innovators for Chain Reaction Innovations: 2 year support deals

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory, opened the application process to select the first national cohort of innovators for Chain Reaction Innovations. CRI is the second energy and science … Continue reading

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Rivertop Renewables’ corrosion inhibitor molecule: “Safer Choice”, says EPA

In Montana, Rivertop Renewables’ sodium glucarate produced by the company’s breakthrough oxidation technology has been listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Safer Chemicals Ingredients List (SCIL). Chemicals on the SCIL have been certified by the EPA as safer than … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index is flat at 56.12 despite an advanced bio decline

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, was flat at 56.12, up 0.02 percent, despite an advanced bio decline. For the day, The ANdersons (ANDE) gained 2.57 percent to $36.7, while Gevo (GEVO) dropped 3.47 … Continue reading

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CoOptima: Redesigning Engines, Fuels, Marketplace strategies all at once

If you ever ask yourself why the US has a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy, supervising the Vehicle Technologies Office  and the Bioenergy Technologies Office, here’s your answer: the CoOptima initiative. In Washington, this new initiative out of the Office … Continue reading

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