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Rivertop Renewables’ Sodium Glucarate Achieves European REACH Registration

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 2:24pm

In Montana, Rivertop Renewables’ sodium glucarate has achieved registration under the European Chemical Agency’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals regulation. REACH registration opens the door for the commercial deployment of products derived from sodium glucarate in markets across Europe, including Waterline® CI and Headwaters® corrosion inhibitor and Rivertop’s Riose® detergent builder.

Following the REACH registration, two European customers of Rivertop are beginning trials of the company’s Waterline® CI, a high-performing alternative to phosphorous-based corrosion inhibitors in the water treatment industry.

The registration will also make Rivertop’s Riose® detergent builder available to European formulators. Riose® is a sugar-derived chelant that meets high performance standards and enables a lower total cost of formulation for dishwasher and laundry detergents. Sodium glucarate is also a key ingredient in Rivertop’s Headwaters® corrosion inhibitor, which protects vehicles and highway infrastructure from corrosion caused by salt brine used to de-ice winter roads.

The REACH registration of sodium glucarate comes less than a year after the chemical became the first corrosion inhibitor to be listed on the U.S. EPA’s Safer Chemical Ingredients List (SCIL), a key requirement of chemicals that are used to formulate products with the agency’s popular Safer Choice label. Sodium glucarate has also been found to meet health and safety standards under Environment Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan and is listed on the Non-Domestic Substance List (NDSL).

The registration confirms the health and safety characteristics of sodium glucarate for manufacturers, customers, regulators and NGOs in Europe. Sodium glucarate, based on glucaric acid, only recently became available in commercial quantities thanks to Rivertop’s breakthrough oxidation technology that can efficiently transform simple plant sugars into a variety of renewable chemicals with impressive cost and performance characteristics.

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Estes to Receive BIO’s 2017 Rosalind Franklin Award

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 2:23pm

In Washington, biotech industry veteran Vonnie Estes will receive the 4th annual Rosalind Franklin Award for Leadership in Industrial Biotechnology. The award will be presented on Tuesday July 25, 2017, during a lunch plenary session of the 2017 BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology. The world’s largest industrial biotechnology and partnering event will be held July 23-26, 2017 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

The Award will again be sponsored by the Rosalind Franklin Society, whose goal is to support and showcase the careers of eminent women in science. “Rosalind Franklin made an important contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA. Her work serves as an inspiration and model to female scientists. Throughout her distinguished career, Vonnie Estes has made numerous contributions to the commercial development of new biotechnologies, creating revolutionary products that are good for people and the planet,” said Rita R. Colwell, PhD, President of the Rosalind Franklin Society and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland College Park and John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, added, “Vonnie Estes is an accomplished industry leader with decades of experience commercializing industrial biotechnology innovations and developing emerging companies. She has held key leadership positions in companies, including DuPont, GranBio, Caribou Biosciences, Monsanto, and Syngenta. With this award, BIO hopes to honor Rosalind Franklin’s legacy by recognizing women who make lasting contributions to the field of biotechnology.”

Vonnie Estes is currently an independent business consultant. She was most recently Vice President of Business Development at Caribou Biosciences, leading the company’s partnerships and business development activities in agricultural and industrial biotechnology. Prior to joining Caribou Biosciences, Vonnie Estes served as Managing Director for GranBio, where she oversaw the company’s continued expansion and growth across North America and was responsible for identifying and licensing new technologies, overseeing large capital investments and raising brand awareness. Vonnie Estes is a Board Director of Microvi Biotechnologies, a member of the Iteris ClearAg Advisory Council, a member of the Advisory Board of Agile BioFoundry, and a member of Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee at the US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. She formerly served on BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section Governing Board.

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Bioindustrial Innovation Canada Invests in Origin Materials 

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 2:22pm

In Canada, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada has made a COMM SCI investment in Origin Materials, Sacramento, California, through BIC’s Sustainable Chemistry Alliance investment fund, as part of an investment round that will see Origin construct its first commercial scale demonstration facility in Sarnia by late 2018.

Origin has developed unique and proprietary technology which allows it to transform multiple bio-based feedstocks into a broad range of chemical intermediates with large existing market demand. The company has successfully demonstrated the technology in its Sacramento pilot plant but chose Sarnia for its first commercial scale demonstration due to the unique nature of the biocluster which has been growing in the Sarnia region in recent years.

This cluster allows Origin to not only locally source feedstocks but have a ready market in the biochemical value chain. Origin is supported by partnerships with several global consumer products companies that will benefit from bio-based packaging created from the Company’s bio-intermediates.

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US ethanol production dips to 15.45B gallon annual clip

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 2:21pm

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 1.002 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 42.08 million gallons daily. That is up 3,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production decreased to 1.008 million b/d for an annualized rate of 15.45 billion gallons.

Stocks of ethanol were 22.5 million barrels. That is a 2.5 % increase from last week. Average weekly gasoline demand decreased 0.5% to 389.3 million gallons (9.269 million barrels) daily, for an annualized rate of 142.1 billion gallons. Refiner/blender input of ethanol increased 2.4% to 931,000 b/d. Expressed as a percentage of daily gasoline demand, daily ethanol production climbed to 10.81%.

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Increased supply of GMO-free soybean weighed down price advantage of rapeseed meal

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 2:20pm


In Germany, UFOP reports that the past weeks’ weakness in prices of GMO-free soybean meal reduced the price advantage of rapeseed meal over soybean meal as ingredients of compound feed.

Over the past few weeks, German prices of GMO-free soybean meal dropped substantially. The rise in GMO-free soybean supply in South America curtailed the price advantage of rapeseed meal, Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft mbH (AMI) reported. More specifically, prices of GMO-free soybean hovered around EUR 466 per tonne after falling around 9 per cent since the end of April. In contrast, prices of rapeseed meal remained relatively stable at on average EUR 211 per tonne over the past few weeks. In other words, the price ratio changed to the disadvantage of rapeseed meal. Since mid May, the price spread has declined sharply. It even recently dropped below the level of EUR 3.30 per tonne, which was just under EUR 1 per tonne less than a month earlier and the lowest level seen since 25 May 2016.

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Beyond Silicon, indigo transistors grab interest for cost, performance, sustainability advantages

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 2:18pm

In Austria, a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the physicist Serdar Sarıçiftçi had investigated possible uses in electronics of the semiconductor properties of indigo pigment.

For a number of years, however, an alternative to silicon has been available: certain hydrocarbons that also exhibit semiconductor properties are now the new standard in OLED displays of mobile phones and television sets. Moreover, these “organic” semiconductors, as these hydrocarbons are also called, can also be used for solar cells or transistors. Their big disadvantage is their lack of stability: atmospheric oxygen quickly destroys these elements, which is why they need to be packaged in an airtight cover. A research team led by the physicist Serdar Sarıçiftçi from the Johannes Kepler University Linz has now achieved a breakthrough in solving this problem. In a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, the team managed to produce semiconductors related to the indigo pigment which is not only stable when exposed to air, but also under water.

Processability was the problem in using indigo as a semiconductor: it is almost insoluble, which, incidentally, partly explains its durability. Many methods to produce organic semiconductor elements do, however, require the material to be first dissolved in some way and then deposited on a carrier medium. Sarıçiftçi and his group managed to render the pigment soluble by binding volatile side groups to the indigo molecule. When heated above 100°C these side groups split off again.

Does this mean the entire field of organic semiconductors can now shift to indigo compounds? Sarıçiftçi sounds a note of caution: “Owing to the hydrogen bonds, indigo has strong luminescence-quenching properties.”This weak bond between molecules, which plays an important role in ice, has a disruptive effect on optical applications.

The function of solar cells, for instance, is based on irradiating light interacting with the material, which releases electrons and initiates a current. In indigo molecules, however, such “excited” electronic states are quickly dissipated and converted into heat before they can be used. That means that both solar cells and light-emitting diodes will be difficult to realise with the indigo family of compounds. “We are trying to work around this problem, but there is no real solution to it”, explains. Sarıçiftçi. This is an aspect he is currently researching. Transistors are not affected by such problems.

Sarıçiftçi perceives great potential for indigo materials in medical uses. “We are devoting particular attention to the bio-compatibility of indigo transistors. We were able to show that they can operate even under water at different pH levels. “This means they can be used for implants in human tissue. “It opens the door for bio-applications”, observes Sarıçiftçi.

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L’Oréal, Barry Callebaut join Palm Oil Innovation Group to reform palm oil sourcing

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 2:17pm


The Palm Oil Innovation Group Welcomes Major Global Companies

In trhe UK, L’Oréal and Barry Callebaut joined as the newest memebrs of the Palm Oil Innovation Group in search of responsibly produced palm oil. These companies join others in POIG that have committed to stepping up efforts to drive the much-needed transformation of the palm oil sector.

POIG was recently recognised by the European Parliament as a strong standard for responsible palm oil production. The EU palm oil resolution presents a great opportunity for RSPO and POIG members, especially at a time when the RSPO is considering strengthening its standards to incorporate no deforestation and no exploitation requirements outlined in the POIG Charter. The initiative was founded by Agropalma, DAABON, Greenpeace, WWF, Rainforest Action Network (RAN) and Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) in 2014 and remains the initiative that sets the highest benchmark for independently verified and truly responsible palm oil.

L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetics company, and Switzerland-based Barry Callebaut, the global leading supplier of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, have joined existing POIG members like Ferrero and Danone in their commitments to drive truly responsible palm oil production.

“With more innovators joining forces under POIG, we move closer to achieving POIG’s vision: a responsible supply chain that has broken the link between palm oil production and the destruction of forests and peatlands, the exploitation of communities and workers, and climate change,” concluded co-chair Matthias.

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Amgen, Dow, Merck among 2017 Green Chemistry Award winners

Biofuels Digest - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 2:16pm

In Washington, the US EPA announced the winners of the 2017 Green Chemistry Awards:

During the 22 years of the program, EPA has received more than 1600 nominations and presented awards to 114 technologies that spur economic growth, reduce costs, and decrease waste. The agency estimates winning technologies are responsible for annually reducing the use or generation of more than 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals, saving 21 billion gallons of water, and eliminating 7.8 billion pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent releases to air.

• Professor Eric Schelter, University of Pennsylvania, for developing a simple, fast, and low-cost technology to help recycle mixtures of rare earth elements. Reducing the costs to recover these materials creates economic opportunity by turning a waste stream, currently only recycled at a rate of 1%, into a potential revenue stream. About 17,000 metric tons of rare earth oxides are used in the U.S. annually in materials such as wind turbines, catalysts, lighting phosphors, electric motors, batteries, cell phones, and many others. Mining, refining, and purification of rare earths are extraordinarily energy and waste intensive and carry a significant environmental burden.

• Dow Chemical Company, Collegeville, Pennsylvania, in partnership with Papierfabrik August Koehler SE, Germany, for developing a thermal printing paper that eliminates the need for chemicals used to create an image, such as bisphenol A (BPA) or bisphenol S (BPS). Thermal paper is used broadly throughout the world for cash register receipts, tickets, tags, and labels. This technology reduces costs by creating records that do not fade, even under severe sunlight, allowing the original document to be preserved for long term storage. The paper is compatible with thermal printers currently in commercial use around the world.

• Merck Research Laboratories, Rahway, New Jersey, for successfully applying green chemistry design principles to Letermovir, an antiviral drug candidate, that is currently in phase III clinical trials. The improvements to the way the drug is made, including use of a better chemical catalyst, increases the overall yield by more than 60%, reduces raw material costs by 93%, and reduces water usage by 90%.

• Amgen Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, in partnership with Bachem, Switzerland, for improving the process used to manufacture the active ingredient in ParsabivTM, a drug for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism in adult patients with chronic kidney disease. This improved peptide manufacturing process reduces chemical solvent use by 71%, manufacturing operating time by 56%, and manufacturing cost by 76%. These innovations could increase profits and eliminate 1,440 cubic meters of waste or more, including over 750 cubic meters of aqueous waste annually.

• UniEnergy Technologies, LLC (UET), Mukilteo, Washington, in partnership with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), for an advanced vanadium redox flow battery, originally developed at the PNNL and commercialized by UET. The battery, when used by utility, commercial and industrial customers, allows cities and businesses more access to stored energy. It also lasts longer and works in a broad temperature range with one-fifth the footprint of previous flow battery technologies. The electrolyte is water-based and does not degrade, and the batteries are non-flammable and recyclable, thus helping meet the increasing demand of electrical energy storage in the electrical power market, from generation, transmission, and distribution to the end users of electricity.

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Greenbelt signs LOI with Prosys Biorefining for use with duckweed

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:48pm

In California, Greenbelt Resources Corporation has announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Prosys Biorefining Systems to license its proprietary ECOsystem biorefinering technology to convert lemna (duckweed) and microalgae into renewable products. Prosys, based in San Pedro, Calif., is developing an organic aquatic plant-based source of concentrated protein from duckweed as a nutritious protein replacement for livestock and humans. Plans include the development of a biofinery located in California’s Central Valley utilizing a custom ECOsystem technology design from Greenbelt.

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Kansas Ethanol opens $3.7 million equity financing round

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:47pm

In Kansas, Kansas Ethanol filed a form D with the Securities and Equities Commission announcing the opening of a $3.7 million equity financing round. The Lyons-based company produces 55 million gallons of ethanol annually from corn and milo sourced via Team Marketing Alliance. The ethanol production facility that began operations in 2009 uses technology provided by ICM and was one of the first 14 ethanol plants to adopt its new Fiber Separation Technology to boost yields.

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Brazilian biodiesel auction sells 760.3 million liters

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:46pm

In Brazil, the national fuel agency ANP announced 760.3 million liters of biodiesel had been contracted at the 55th biodiesel auction with an average price of 68.5 cents per liter. Nearly all of the fuel contracted, 99.5%, had the social fuel seal to promote feedstock production by smallholder farmers. In total, 856 million liters were offered at the auction by 34 producers. The fuel sold at the auction will supply the 8% blending mandate between July 1 and August 31.

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NY’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative under scrutiny for awarding funds to projects that don’t make it to implementation

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:44pm

In New York state, the $500 million NY’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative under scrutiny for awarding funds to projects that don’t make it to implementation is under fire for awarding up to, but never having paid, $1.3 million to Florida-based shell company SR Energy who sought to build a 70 million gallon wood-based ethanol plant in Oswego County. The company had no track record, and as the project quickly fell apart, the award is being scrutinized for potentially being reckless with public funds but state authorities say working with unproven companies is part of the program and public funds are not at risk because they are only paid out upon completion of a project.

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Japan’s Idemitsu Kosan looking closer at Cambodian ethanol production

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:42pm

In Cambodia, Japanese oil company Idemitsu Kosan may be looking to move forward with the MOU it signed with the government to 2012 to produce 200 million liters of cassava-based ethanol annually by 2020. The company’s renewable energy director visited the energy ministry recently to talk about the potential investment where the company sought a domestic ethanol policy to support the project’s viability. The ministry encouraged the company to buy domestic cassava for its Thai facility in the meantime.

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Brazilian ethanol sales pass 1.1 billion liters during H2 May

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:39pm

In Brazil, UNICA said 600.3 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 454.93 million liters of anhydrous ethanol were sold during the second half of May with just 82.59 million liters of the total intended for export. The remaining volume was sold into the domestic market. Ethanol production has been slipping for the past eight weeks due to weather conditions. Ethanol production for the 2017/18 season reached a total of 4.30 billion liters through June 1.

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Kansas State researchers narrowing in on best camelina cultivars

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:37pm

In Kansas, researchers from Kansas State University looked at the interaction between genotype and environment on camelina seed yield, oil content, and fatty acid composition across two locations in the U.S. Great Plains over three growing seasons using three different varieties. Yields in Montana were shown to be more than 50% higher than those in Kansas as was oil content but fatty acid contents were higher in Kansas. The Blaine Creek variety produced the greatest seed among the camelina genotypes studied.

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Senate’s RVP E15 waiver bill may not move as fast as hoped

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 8:14pm

In Washington, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S.517) looks likely to move towards a hearing but getting to the markup stage may be a while off yet. Sen. Chuck Grassley had hoped for a markup as early as next week, but the committee’s chairman who opposes the bill said that wasn’t going to happen, though he had promised the bill’s author that it would get one. Some believe the markup could come before the August recess.

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A Charge Unanswered is a Charge Believed: The real economics of charging vs fueling

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:41pm

This short post on first-gen biofuels vs solar went viral on LinkedIn last week — thousands of likes, shares went bananas, it made a deep impression across the internet.

Say 1 acre of corn ethanol produces 500 gallons, one acre of solar, 200kW, avg. US insolation on tracker produces 300,000kwh per year. Electric cars use .325kwh/mile so Solar powers 71 cars per acre per year assuming 12,000 miles driven and ethanol powers 1. We should replant all ethanol acres with solar.

71 to one?

I know, you’re about to ask me “where is electric transmission & distribution loss?”, “why isn’t this using the solar insolation rates for Corn Country?”, “why is this comparing kw/h for small EV sedans to mileage for big fuel-powered SUVs” and “why are we comparing solar vs ethanol instead of solar vs petroleum?”

And you’re gearing up to say, “wait a minute, those ethanol acres produce distillers grains, CO2,  and corn oil — what are the cows supposed to eat? Are we all supposed to drink flat sodas? What do we use in situations that call for vegetable oil?

Whoa Nelly. We’ll get to all that. But here’s the thing. It’s not a completely crazy comparison, which may explain why the internet went wild. There’s enough unsaid to leave a false and dangerous impression, and to quote the old Washington saying, “a charge unanswered is a charge believed”.

So let’s get into the charge, and the re-charge, and the re-fuel, and the economics, and the hard data.

The Hard Data: solar vs corn ethanol

Yes, transmission losses, solar insolation where corn grows, and comparing small EVs to large fuel-powered cars, these are omissions by our gone-viral commentator made. Let’s correct those quickly, 30% loss in transmission, 30% loss for the reduced solar insolation in Corn Country, and another 60% to even up the fuel economy comparison because economy-sized sedans don’t get 24 miles to the gallon.

But even so, the differential is like 36 cars per acre for solar compared to 2 cars for ethanol. The difference has been exaggerated, but it’s still stark.

So, we need to consider why we are investing in a lower-efficiency energy system for transport, in the first place.  And, it does go back to the economics. just not those economics.

If Only

Here’s your starting point. If civilization had been  invented this morning, we might well have built a 100% electric small sedan fleet and stable electric grids, instead of using the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine.

But come to think of it, if civilization was invented this morning, people would speak one language, one dialect.

We’d all drive on the same side of the road. We would have built computers that didn’t have Y2K problems. We would have one universal power outlet, one global voltage for home use, one television display system, one remote for the TV. The Ten Commandments would have come on a disk, no freeway would have to be widened, asbestos would have been avoided as a building material, and no one would have given so much spectrum to radio and TV, it would have gone to mobile.

The Big Headache

Welcome to the Big Headache of Western Civ, which is the problem of Existing Infrastructure.

In the case of ethanol (and, ahem, gasoline) vs. solar-powered EVs, you really could generate all the power for America’s passenger car fleet off about 40 million acres of land. That’s the land area of Washington state. But it’s not going to happen any time soon, for the same reason that the world will not wake up tomorrow speaking melodic, yet easy-to-learn Swahili.

The 5 Whoops

Here are the 5 Reasons We have to Go Slowly on Transformation of the economy, and why bio has a strong role in the transformation that will take place.

1. The world has a billion existing vehicles and the US has more than 250 million, and they fuel up (except for a handful of electrics) at conventional fueling stations.

2. Depending on vehicle size there may be a) some very good electric alternatives, b)  trade-offs that are very tough (think heavy-duty), or c) alternatives that will not appear for decades and decades (think marine and aviation). So it is not just a question of efficient fuel sourcing, it is about people choosing vehicles that are fit for purpose.

3. Capital costs for energy transformation are huge. Installing solar on something like 40 million acres isn’t just about PV costs (though, we’re talking about billions and billions of dollars, even at $1/watt).  There are serious transmission & distribution issues balancing load and demand and because the US operates three geographically distinct grids, it’s not as simple as producing power here and moving it there. And, there are serious costs of to establish charging stations to support 10 percent of road use (vs 1 percent today, most of it in California).

4. To make the obvious point that someone at Nissan is probably impatient for us to relate, ethanol happens to be one of the most efficient pathways to serving onboard energy to an electric motor. Rather than storing energy in a battery, you can store it in ethanol, and deliver electricity via a fuel cell. You can learn more about that vehicle and its 600km range right here. And if you think that the ideal use of solar is to help make high-density liquid fuels, read here.

5. Ethanol is a fuel oxygenate and source of octane, and you need both of those for conventional vehicles. There are alternatives to ethanol, but E0 (ethanol-free, straight gasoline) costs 18 percent more ( has the hard data), and a sudden transformation (at current prices) would cost the economy around $73 billion per year.

EV vs biofuels vehicle cost economics

Let’s look beyond the national economy and get down to individual vehicle ownership.

1. Consider the problem of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – the world’s best-selling electric hybrid that happens to be a larger vehicle. Looking at the US market, the base model (fuel-powered version) costs $24,000, has a range of 450 miles, and refuels in 1.3 minutes.

By contrast, the PHEV version costs $42,000, the range is 32 miles all-electric, recharges in 3.5 hours, and is missing the third row of seats. Ouch.

2. Here’s the hard data on that vehicle — if you amortize the vehicle cost over 10 years.

Per-year, in all-electric mode, you’ll pay:

$4200 for the vehicle ($3620 if we count the electric vehicle tax credit)
$2695 for retail recharges or $637 at home
Monthly cost (excluding maintenance & repair), $354-$574

Per year, in all-fuel mode, you’ll pay:

$2400 for the vehicle
$1120 for the re-fuels
Monthly cost (excluding maintenance & repair), $293

Yes, we are comparing SUVs, but the comparison holds up in any class of vehicle. It’s not a pretty fact that conventional vehicles cost less, but it is a hard fact that will shape how we transform and de-carbonize the economy.

EV vs biofuels vehicle carbon economics

There’s a perception out there that EVs have no emissions, and that’s because the energy conversion happened elsewhere, the power is an energy carrier. But the Mitsubishi Outlander has a carbon intensity rating of 41 — far better than gasoline at 100, but biodiesel rates around 11 and cellulosic ethanol rates between 20-40 depending on the source. So, let’s consider that in our de-carbonization thinking

EVs will be green when the grid is green. In the case of solar, it’s an outstanding case of carbon reduction — it’s not zero (after all, there’s carbon intensity in making a solar panel), but it is de minimis.

But then, so are the very best of biofuels, if we are going to compare “best on best”.

The very best biofuels, in terms of carbon intensity — are carbon negative. These are usually systems that produce a carbon-sequestering soil biochar as one of the products from the process, so you have a low-carbon fuel easily offset by the biochar.

The Bottom Line

Straight-up, best on best for energy efficiency. Solar EV rocks it every time.

Straight-up, best on best for cost. Biofuels rule.

Straight-up, best on best for carbon. Carbon-negative biofuels win the day.

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The bio route to BTX: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech

Biofuels Digest - Thu, 06/15/2017 - 3:20pm

Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes, are used to make plastics for consumer goods such as beverage bottles and packaging, clothing, carpeting, automotive parts, home and construction materials, electronic products, and a wide array of industrial products.

From its Pearl River, New York, facility, once research is completed Anellotech will license its Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis process to industrial users around the world. Commercial scale applications are expected by 2019.

Anellotech CEO David Sudolsky gave this illuminating overview of the technology’s progress and promise at ABLC 2017 in Washington DC.

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Raizen offers $248 million to buy two Tonon Bioenergia ethanol facilities

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 5:59pm

In Brazil, Cosan said in a securities filing that Raizen has offered $248 million to buy the Santa Cândida and Paraíso ethanol distilleries from Tonon Bioenergia. Tonon is currently going through in-court reorganization and was putting the two plants up for auction. The Santa Cândida facility produces 123,000 cubic meters of ethanol annually in addition to sugar while the Paraíso facility produces 91,000 cubic meters annually, also in addition to sugar. Selling the two mills would leave Tonon with its Vista Alegre facility.

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Kuala Lampur’s successful B10 trial like to lead to complete transition for city’s fleet

Biofuels Digest - Wed, 06/14/2017 - 5:58pm

In Malaysia, the city of Kuala Lampur’s 3.5 year, 3 million kilometer B10 trial has shown no adverse effects on vehicles as a result of the fuel. The trial included 50 vehicles of the city’s fleet ranging from pick ups to excavators. Two Nissan vehicles that participated in the trial will undergo a more in-depth inspection including an engine tear down. As a result of the trial, the city is exploring conversion of the entire 2,040 vehicle fleet to B10.

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