Monthly Archives: October 2016

Amyris scores Biossance launch with Sephora

In California, Biossance™, the consumer beauty brand from Amyris, Inc., announced its planned launch in Sephora’s retail stores where the brand’s expansive line of high-performance skin care products will be available to consumers. The rollout to initial participating stores will … Continue reading

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Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative looking to scale up with stover and straw dextrose supply chain

In Canada, Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative has initiated an equity campaign to develop a corn stover and wheat straw to dextrose supply chain in southwestern Ontario. CSPC will engage with growers in the region to supply corn stover and wheat … Continue reading

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Fiberight breaks ground while PERC appeals permits decision

In Maine, Fiberight has broken ground on its MSW-to-ethanol facility despite the company allegedly having failed to secure all of its construction financing required. The company is still awaiting the final resolution of its appeal to finalize permits from the … Continue reading

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IGPC seeks investment to double ethanol production

In Canada, the board of directors and senior management of Integrated Grain Processors Co-operative Inc. on behalf of itself and its wholly-owned subsidiary IGPC Ethanol Inc., announced that the company has commenced a process to explore the feasibility of investing … Continue reading

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Great Green Fleet fighting ISIL in the Persian Gulf

In the Middle East, the US Navy has deployed its Great Green Fleet to support the fight against ISIL, led by the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, a 38-year-old Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. One of Eisenhower’s observations was that oil dependency was … Continue reading

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Neste supplying renewable diesel to more than 1,100 San Diego city vehicles

In California, the city of San Diego has recently started using Neste renewable diesel in its vehicle fleet consisting of service trucks, refuse packers, dump trucks, construction equipment, and street sweepers, to name a few. By switching from conventional petroleum diesel to … Continue reading

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NBB may face uphill battle in court case against EPA’s invitation for Argentine biodiesel imports

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board argued in the DC District Court on Thursday that the letter the Environmental Protection Agency sent to the Argentine biodiesel association last year inviting imports from “qualified land” equated to rulemaking by the agency … Continue reading

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ORNL study looks at impacts of pyrolysis bio-oil on elastomers

In Tennessee, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have published a study in the American Chemical Society’s Energy Fuels journal evaluating the compatibility of neat bio-oil produced from fast pyrolysis with six elastomer types, two fluorocarbons, six acrylonitrile butadiene rubbers … Continue reading

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Romanian MEP says EU policies destroying potential benefits from biofuels

In Belgium, a Member of European Parliament from Romania says that the European Commission’s about turn on biofuels policy in 2012 is undermining his country’s capacity to develop its rural economy via ethanol production that would support thousands of farming … Continue reading

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On the Acetic Prowl: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to the Green Plains-Fleishmann acquisition

In a $250 million transaction this month, including working capital, Green Plains acquired Fleischmann’s Vinegar, financed with $135 million of debt with the balance paid from cash on hand. A group of lenders led by Maranon Capital, L.P provided a $130 million … Continue reading

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Congress: extend critical bioenergy tax credits during lame-duck session, asks BIO

In Washington, Biotechnology Innovation Organization called for the extension of renewable energy tax credits slated to expire at the end of 2016. In its letter, BIO urges Congress to advance a multi-year extension of the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax … Continue reading

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New hope for algae biofuels via carbon storage breakthrough: researchers

  In Missouri, James Umen, Ph.D., associate member at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and colleagues have discovered a way to make algae better oil producers without sacrificing growth. Umen and his team found the oil-accumulating mutation in Chlamydomonas, called … Continue reading

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US ethanol production rises to 15.05B gallons, a five week high: EIA

In Washingtion, According to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 998,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 41.92 million gallons daily. That is up 36,000 b/d from the week before and a five-week high. The four-week … Continue reading

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RFA: Data Show the So-Called “Blend Wall” is Crumbling

In Washington, the Energy Information Administration reports that gasoline supplied to the U.S. market last week contained an average of 10.4 percent ethanol, the second time in the last four weeks that the ethanol blend rate topped 10.0 percent, a … Continue reading

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Honeywell UOP scientist hauls in Houdry Award for applied catalysis 

In Illinois, the North American Catalysis Society has awarded its 2017 Eugene J. to Dr. Jeffery Bricker, Sr. Director of Research at Honeywell UOP. Dr. Bricker’s achievements include the discovery of key reaction mechanisms in thiol oxidation chemistry in refinery … Continue reading

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Iteris brings predictive analytics and data science to sunflower, sorghum  

In California, Iteris, has added growth models for sunflower and sorghum crops into its digital agriculture platform, ClearAg. According to the USDA, sunflower seeds are one of the five largest oilseed crops with about 40 million metric tons produced in … Continue reading

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Advanced biofuels costs to drop to $0.60/l by 2045: new IRENA report

In the EU, IRENA’s released its latest report, Innovation Outlook: Advanced Liquid Biofuels, the second in the Innovation Outlook series which includes a renewable mini-grid report and an upcoming offshore wind power report, reveals a future global outlook for advanced liquid biofuel … Continue reading

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Homeland Energy Solutions passes 1B gallon ethanol mark 

  In Iowa, Homeland Energy Solutions ethanol production facility near Lawler, Iowa, produced its one billionth gallon of ethanol. One billion gallons of ethanol equals 34,722 loads of rail tanker cars.  In reaching the one billionth milestone, Homeland Energy Solutions … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 0.85 percent to a 13-month high of 60.30

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 0.85 percent to a 13-month high of 60.30 as advanced bio surged again, For the day, TerraVia (TVIA) jumped 12.50 percent to $2.70, while Global Bioenergies (ALGBE.PA) … Continue reading

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USDA opens REAP program for funding applications

In Washington, Rural Business-Cooperative Service announced the acceptance of applications under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) which is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the Nation’s critical … Continue reading

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