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First-ever commercial flight on farnesene flies Orlando to Sao Paolo
31-Jul-14   By: Meghan Sapp

In Florida, GOL’s flight 7725 that departed from Orlando, Florida on July 30 at 5:15 PM ET and traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazil, was the industry’s first commercial flight with farnesane. GOL committed to fly its Boeing 737 fleet with up to a 10 percent blend of the renewable farnesane fuel starting with this initial […]

Gevo sells $18 million in stock to fund Luverne project completion
31-Jul-14   By: Meghan Sapp

In Colorado, Gevo announced that it has priced its underwritten public offering of common stock units. Gevo announced that it has agreed to sell 30,000,000 common stock units. Each common stock unit consists of one share of common stock and a warrant to purchase 0.5 shares of common stock, at a public offering price of […]

Biodiesel bolo factor slips to lowest in six months
31-Jul-14   By: Meghan Sapp

In New York state, the biodiesel bolo factor—the difference between household heating oil and soy oil— fell to minus 23.5 cents/gal, the lowest since Feb. 3. Cheaper soy oil prices due to an expected bumper crop and leading to improved biodiesel margins having been outweighing softer heating oil prices.  

New Britain Palm Oil’s majority shareholder puts up Sime Darby Berhad
31-Jul-14   By: Meghan Sapp

In the UK, New Britain Palm Oil’s majority shareholder Kulim (Malaysia) Berhad has designated Sime Darby Berhad as its preferred winner for offloading its entire 48.97% stake in the company. The terms of the proposed deal nor whether it would result in a formal takeover. Kulim was forbidden last year by Papua New Guinea’s competition […]

ABA wants White House to push EPA on faster pathway approvals
31-Jul-14   By: Meghan Sapp

In Washington, the Advanced Biofuels Association is pushing the White House to speed up the approval process for new fuel pathways that would unlock the availability of more second-generation fuels on the market. Currently more than 35 applications are under review by the EPA, with an average approval process of two years, yet the EPA […]

New trigeneration system makes small-scale biofuel-powered CHP viable
31-Jul-14   By: Meghan Sapp

In the UK, an innovative ‘trigeneration’ system fuelled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad. Developed by a consortium led by Newcastle University and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the RCUK Energy […]

JBEI develops new tool to genetically engineer energy crops
31-Jul-14   By: Meghan Sapp

In California, a powerful new tool that can help advance the genetic engineering of “fuel” crops for clean, green and renewable bioenergy, has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a multi-institutional partnership led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). The JBEI researchers have developed an […]

Grassley files amendments to jobs bill bringing back biodiesel tax breaks
31-Jul-14   By: Meghan Sapp

In Washington, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa filed amendments to restore the wind energy and domestic biodiesel tax incentives to the Bring Jobs Home Act before the Senate. The Bring Jobs Home Act has been widely criticized as a political messaging bill from the Senate majority that isn’t expected to pass and won’t accomplish its […]

Solazyme: ROI next year, and some Return on Dream too
31-Jul-14   By: Jim Lane

Signature AkzoNobel deal expansion highlights Solazyme’s Q2 results. But there’s something more to this company than the cash that sustains it, though sustain it cash does, and necessarily so. In California, Solazyme and AkzoNobel announced that they have expanded their multi-year agreement with supply terms targeting 10,000 MT annually of algal oils for a new […]

The Boss From Hell: EPA, Congress and advanced biofuels
31-Jul-14   By: Jim Lane

Here are 5 Tell-Tale Signs that you have the Boss from Hell. And when it comes to the US federal government and advanced biofuels, all five are kinda pointin’ right at ol’ Uncle Sam. Congress passed the Renewable Fuels Standard in 2007, as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act, and appointed EPA to take […]

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