Monthly Archives: December 2016

University of Missouri study shows switchgrass can improve soil quality where topsoil has been lost

In Missouri, loss of fertile topsoil from agricultural fields is an economic problem for modern farmers. When runoff water washes topsoil from agricultural fields in areas with claypan soils under the topsoil, including parts of Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Oklahoma … Continue reading

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RFS may be in peril with Perry heading the DOE and Pruitt leading EPA

In Washington, the biofuel industry may want to rethink its position on president-elect Donald Trump’s support for the Renewable Fuel Standard after it was announced the next energy secretary would be former Texas governor Rick Perry, famous for opposing the … Continue reading

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Battelle Unlocks Door, Algae Could Rush In

By Stafford “Doc” Williamson Special to The Digest Reported in the Feednavigator.com (Dec. 8, 2016) is news that soymeal has taken a step toward replacing fishmeal as aquaculture feed. The Battelle company, at the behest of the Ohio Soybean Council, has developed a non-fermentation … Continue reading

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Green Biologics begins shipments from 1st commercial plant 

It seems that the two people around the globe that are doing exactly what they said they would are Donald Trump and Green Biologics CEO Sean Sutcliffe. President-elect Trump is appointing a team on energy, interior, EPA and at the … Continue reading

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Renewable specialty chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics

Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, sugar cane bagasse, forest materials and grasses). GBL works with … Continue reading

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ADM to set up renewable natural gas project at Decatur facility

In Illinois, Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently announced a project in which renewable natural gas, produced as a byproduct at ADM’s corn processing facility in Decatur, Illinois, will be distributed by Ameren Illinois into the nation’s natural gas infrastructure. Methane … Continue reading

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Estonia to be the last EU member state to mandate biofuel blending

In Estonia, the government has decided—after learning lessons from the other EU member states as they implemented biofuel blending mandates in line with the Renewable Fuel Directive—that it will be the last country to do so, implementing 3.3% by May … Continue reading

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Philippines’ sugar regulator says no to more ethanol imports

In the Philippines, the Sugar Regulatory Authority has responded to calls by independent oil companies to increase ethanol imports saying that the policy’s intention is to boost consumption of local ethanol and support the local ethanol industry. The oil industry … Continue reading

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Tight Chicago ethanol market sees Argo jump more than 8 cents in a day

In Illinois, Chicago Argo ethanol prices jumped more than 8 cents per gallon to $1.84/gal on Friday, the largest inter-day price increase seen in two years. Prices are near a two-year high due to a lack of sellers in the … Continue reading

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Feds rule 2015 South Dakota ethanol derailment caused by broken track

In South Dakota, the Federal Railroad Administration has determined that a broken rail was the cause for a train derailment in September 2015 where nearly 50,000 gallons of ethanol from Glacial Lake Energy Company’s ethanol plant in Mina were lost … Continue reading

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Pacific Ethanol refinances $155.1 million in principal term debt

In California, Pacific Ethanol is refinancing its $155.1 million principal term debt, due in September 2017, and expanding its business through the following transactions: • Pacific Ethanol will obtain a new five-year term amortizing loan from CoBank and First Farm … Continue reading

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Midwest averages an ethanol spill every two days

In Illinois, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found that the Midwest saw 173 ethanol spills in 2015, up from 36 in 1985 but below 2013’s high of 2011, bringing the average to about one spill every second day. Illinois … Continue reading

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Blending 20% ethanol could save India $6.12 billion by 2021/2022

In India, a new study led by the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies says the country could save $6.12 billion in foreign exchange from avoided oil imports if instead it blended 20% of domestically produced ethanol through 2021/2022. Nearly … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index drops 1.50 percent to 57.86 as advanced bio slumps

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, dropped 1.50 percent to 57.86 as advanced bio slumped. For the day, Gevo (GEVO) dumped 13.89 percent to $0.23, while BioAmber (BIOA) plunged 15.63 percent to $4.05. Among … Continue reading

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Santamyris’ sustainable Christmas, good for investors too?

This week, news arrived from Amyris that they have purchased the Glycotech facility in Leland, North Carolina where, since 2011, they have been on a contract basis converting their farnesene into squalane for the cosmetic markets. Total purchase price for … Continue reading

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Sinatra Bio: Ol’ Brew Eyes is Back

Last week, a company with the unlikely name of Synata Bio was the winning bidder in the race to acquire the former Abengoa Bioenergy cellulosic plant in Hugoton, with a bid of $48.5M, which you might regard as “three coins … Continue reading

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What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels?: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen and the cellulosic sector

Iogen says it has has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined engineering to transform cellulosic biofuels into real, reliable and cost-effective … Continue reading

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What’s Next in Cellulosic Biofuels?: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-SLide Guide to Iogen and the cellulosic sector

Iogen says it has has “one of the world’s largest and most experienced teams in developing, designing, de-bugging, scaling-up and deploying cellulosic biofuel technology. We’re using innovative thinking and disciplined engineering to transform cellulosic biofuels into real, reliable and cost-effective … Continue reading

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Sharp rise in oilseed prices: Report

In Germany, UFOP reports that firm prices for soybeans, palm oil and crude oil have sent prices for rapeseed on a sharp climb over the past few days. At the futures exchange in Paris on 6 December 2016, the nearby closed … Continue reading

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US ethanol production hits 15-week high, reaches 15.58B gallon rate

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 1.023 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 42.97 million gallons daily. That is up 11,000 b/d from the week before and tied for the largest … Continue reading

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