Monthly Archives: September 2016

DC Water successfully trials B20 in vehicle fleet

In Washington, between October 1, 2015- August 31, 2016, DC Water displaced nearly 15,000 gallons of petroleum diesel through its use of B20 (a blend of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum diesel). Importantly, this B20 use resulted in … Continue reading

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Louis Dreyfus opens news glycerin refinery co-located at Indiana biodiesel plant

In Indiana, Louis Dreyfus opened its new glycerin refinery co-located at its soybean crushing and biodiesel facility in Claypool, becoming the country’s second-largest kosher glycerin factory with a capacity of 80 million pounds per year.  Though the company has been … Continue reading

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US ethanol consumption officially breaks the blend wall

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency reported that the gasoline market has officially breached the blend well, blending 10.2% ethanol in the week ending September 23. Going beyond the 10% blend wall demonstrates use of higher blends such as E15 … Continue reading

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Indian UCO biodiesel producer to build plant in Armenia

In Armenia, India’s Proalgen Biotech is looking to take advantage of the country’s used vegetable oil stocks to build a EUR20 million biodiesel facility. A memorandum of understanding to develop the city was signed on Wednesday during an Indian investment … Continue reading

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CO2 producers to co-locate facility next to Pennsylvania ethanol plant

In Pennsylvania, Continental Carbonic Products is setting up a manufacturing facility for production of industrial CO2 and dry ice, using the CO2 produced from the PGP ethanol plant in Clearfield. Construction should begin this summer so that the plant is … Continue reading

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European biodiesel supply chain organizes sustainability debate at European Parliament

In Belgium, the European Biodiesel Board along with FEDIOL and the European Oilseed Alliance is organizing a dinner event in the European Parliament on October 12 discussing the future of sustainable biodiesel. Speakers include Prof. Steve Kaffka from the University … Continue reading

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Toyota develops new DNA analysis technology to boost plant improvement

In Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced it has developed a new deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis technology called Genotyping by Random Amplicon Sequencing (GRAS) using analytical materials that have been provided by the Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center (KARC) of … Continue reading

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Mexico looking at tax breaks to boost biodiesel consumption

In Mexico, the government is exploring the potential introduction of tax stimuli to boost consumption of biodiesel in the next 2017 fiscal year. The plan seeks to create an offset between the IEPS tax and the ISR tax that would … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index falls 0.79 percent to 56.21 as advanced bio retreats

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, fell 0.79 percent to 56.21 as advanced bio retreated. For the day, Deinove (ALDEI.PA) dumped 13.84 percent to $3.05, while Codexis (CDXS) shed 3.17 percent to $4.27. Among … Continue reading

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The Rise of Organic Manufacturing: Ginkgo, Amyris, Genomatica’s circle of innovation is a trend to watch

The factories of old — a technological wave that swept in with the Industrial Revolution — these were inorganic manufacturing centers, and they are now the wave of the past. They used a suite of lifeless fossil ingredients and mechanical, … Continue reading

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Value-Add(itive): The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the Lanxess-Chemtura merger

In Germany, we reported today that Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, for $2.69B, a 18.9% premium to the stock’s current share price. What does … Continue reading

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 Why High Uptime for Your Laboratory Instruments is Critical to Your Bioethanol Plant’s Profitability 

By Mark Janeczko, Energy and Chemicals Marketing Manager, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc.  Special to The Digest The Future of Renewable Fuels  Whatever your thoughts regarding the future of the world’s energy supply, it is clear biofuel production and its clean implications … Continue reading

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Lanxess to acquire Chemtura for $2.69B

In Germany, Lanxess will acquire the US-based speciality chemical maker Chemtura, one of the major global providers of high-quality flame retardant and lubricant additives, for $2.69B, a 18.9% premium to the stock’s current share price. The transaction will be financed … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index slips 0.18 percent to 55.95 despite an advanced bio reboun

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, slipped 0.18 percent to 55.95 despite an advanced bio rebound.  For the day, Renewable Energy Group (REGI) slid 3.63 percent to $7.97, while Biox (BX.T) rose 3.57 percent … Continue reading

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Tick-tick-tick…This Plastic Will Self-Destruct

They called it Mission Impossible. Create a means to biodegrade any plastic out there that needs to decompose in the environment after use. Find little microbes that can break the material into something that ordinary microbes found widely in the … Continue reading

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New Bio Plastics and Resins

By Lorenz Bauer, PhD., Lee Consulting Enterprises Special to The Digest Sales of biopolymers and resins are predicted to grow to over $5 billion by 2021.   Biomass derived materials have been used neat and as components in composites and blends for … Continue reading

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ASSOBARI becomes first Brazilian sugarcane group to earn RSB sustainability certification

In Switzerland, ASSOBARI (Associação  dos Fornecedores de Cana da Região de Bariri) became the first organization of sugar cane producers in Brazil to earn the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification. The RSB certification is for the production of sugarcane by 62 farmers … Continue reading

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Popeye was right: there’s super energy in that spinach

Researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology came up with what could pose as one of the most interesting discoveries from plants. The researchers came up with a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that can produce hydrogen, oxygen and more importantly electricity … Continue reading

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Breakthrough in salt-tolerant plant development

Plant development research has seen some tremendous contribution from researchers with discoveries that always enhance plant growth and development. It is in this same vein that researchers from University of Adelaide (from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy … Continue reading

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Global 2016/17 vegetable oil production to hit record level: USDA

In Washington, the USDA estimates that in 2016/17 global production of vegetable oils will amount to just less than 187 million tonnes, the highest quantity ever, according to the German treade association UFOP. Palm oil, soybean oil, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil … Continue reading

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