Monthly Archives: June 2017

Tasty Energy Treats You Can Make From Brownies

Terpenes may be the most unloved class of energy molecule of all time, if you compare R&D spending to potential. Even ARPA-E, the home of high-risk, high-reward government research into energy, hasn’t delved into terpenes since 2012’s OPEN invite, where … Continue reading

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Velocys pivots from “FT tech co” to “renewable fuels company”, eyes California

In the UK, Velocys CEO David Pummell said that “Our new strategy is for Velocys to be at the heart of building plants that convert woody biomass to high specification renewable diesel and jet fuel for the US market, our … Continue reading

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Algae biodiesel reduces emissions up to 80%: report

In Chile, FLS is reporting that researhers at Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses of the Catholic University have found that that algae-based biodiesel can reduce emissions and particulates by up to 80 percent in high-power diesel engines, compored to … Continue reading

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COFCO on the sidelines, saddled with debt, but Bunge-Glencor merger talks continue: report

In China, Reuters is reporting that COFCO is now expected to sit out the current wave of global M&A amongst major agricultural firms, citing that “he state-run conglomerate is struggling to integrate businesses it bought three years ago, deals which … Continue reading

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Evogene advances against Western corn rootworm

In Israel, Evogene has advanced a gene displaying insecticidal activity against Western corn rootworm into Phase-I  focusing on validation in target crops, following positive laboratory assay results. Additionally, the company announced for the first time the identification of a set … Continue reading

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Nanomaterials Global Market Is Expected To Reach $19.83B by 2022: study

In New York, Stratistics MRC has released a report projecting that the Global Nanomaterials Market accounted for $4.79 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $19.83 billion by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 22.5% from 2015 to 2022. … Continue reading

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Corn for food socially profitable, not biofuels, says new study

In Illinois, a study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign published in Earth’s Future found a net “social and economic worth of food corn production” in the U.S. of $1,492 per hectare, compared with “a remarkable $10 per hectare loss … Continue reading

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President Trump re-affirms Administration support for biofuels in two Iowa speeches

In Iowa, in remarks to Iowa ag leaders at Kirkwood Community College and again at his Cedar Rapids rally, President Donald Trump reiterated his support for American renewable fuels.  His remarks come as several issues vital to the future of … Continue reading

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Ethanol from thin air advances with catalyst breakthrough

In California, Stanford University scientists reported on a promising technology to make renewable ethanol from water, carbon dioxide and electricity delivered through a copper catalyst. The results are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). For … Continue reading

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In search of lowest cost hydrocarbons: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies

Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of the petrochemical industry. Since inception, the company focused its efforts … Continue reading

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Aux Farms, Citoyens! France’s Bioeconomy Plan is a stirring call to action on jobs, climate, innovation

It took a long time, but France in the past year published a national bioeconomy strategy and its national government has approved it. It’s here in full form. We’re publishing a digested version today not only as  summary of activities … Continue reading

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Things to do with lignin: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Upgrading Biorefinery Waste to chemicals and hydrogen

At the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review, John Staser of Ohio University gave this illuminating overview on a continuous electrochemical process to convert biorefinery waste lignin to substituted aromatic compounds for resins and resin binders. The hope? To generate additional … Continue reading

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Sanga Moses is on a Crusade

On 15th January, 2009, Sanga Moses travelled to his village in Uganda, in East Africa, to visit his mother.  It was a day that would change his life. On his way home, he met his 12 year old sister carrying a bundle of … Continue reading

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US ethanol production drops to 15.38B gallon annual rate

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 990,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 41.58 million gallons daily. That is down 12,000 b/d from the week before and the lowest in seven … Continue reading

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Rapeseed imports to EU from Australia expected to decline

In Germany, UFOP reports that  Australia was the second largest supplier of rapeseed to Germany after France. This situation is unlikely to repeat itself in the coming year because the current drought will probably cut the Australian rapeseed harvest and … Continue reading

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Faces of the Bioeconomy: 4 Minutes with Marcel van Berkel

Q: Most would know you, Marcel, from your days as an executive with GF Biochamicals. Tell us about the the new VanBerkel Consultancy. A: With experience in business management, strategy, marketing, and development, VanBerkel Consultancy bridge your company to the … Continue reading

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NatureWorks Creates Performance Chemicals Division and Launches Vercet Product Line

In Minnesota, NatureWorks has formed a Performance Chemicals Division to supply lactides, polyols, binder resins, and chemical intermediates to companies that manufacture innovative C.A.S.E. (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers), toners, and fine chemicals. Vercet is a new tunable platform of … Continue reading

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RFA’s Cooper Receives 2017 High Octane Award

In Washington, Renewable Fuels Association Senior Vice President Geoff Cooper has been awarded the 2017 High Octane Award, presented by BBI International and Ethanol Producer Magazine at the Fuel Ethanol Workshop in Minneapolis. The award, established in 2000 by BBI … Continue reading

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S2G BioChem to Build of Advanced BioRefinery in Sarnia: Production of Xylitol to Begin in 2018

In Canada, S2G BioChem has started work on the company’s first standalone biorefinery demonstration plant that it intends to build in Sarnia, Ontario. The commercial-scale facility will refine local, sustainable forestry and agricultural residues using S2G’s patented process to produce the lowest-cost … Continue reading

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Breathing room: Gevo refinances current year debt through 2020

In Colorado, WB Gevo, Ltd. the holder of the Company’s issued and outstanding Senior Secured Convertible Notes, due June 23, 2017 exchanged all $16.5 million of the existing 2017 Notes for $16.5 million of the Company’s newly created 12.0% Convertible … Continue reading

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