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Syngenta and Proteus in biofuel joint venture

I notice that Syngenta and Proteus have formed a joint venture to create enzymes to help make second generation biofuels. This is not Syngenta’s first jv in this area. It would be intetresting to know how the different techologies complement each other.

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VeraSun outlines process for farmers to sell corn elsewhere

VeraSun has outlined a process for farmers to be able to tell if their corn will be available for sale elsewhere, according to the Des Moines Register. 

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Verasun goes to court today to cancel corn purchse contracts

VeraSun, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection recently is planning to go to court in Delaware to cancel a number of corn purchase contracts. Much to the chagrin of farmers in Iowa who planned to sell the corn to the firm.  

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Dynamotive in stover to biofuel process in China

A Dynamotive press release today says that Dynamotive is involved in a project to use pyrolysis to convert corn stover into liquid biofuels in China… I’ve said it before that this kind of pyrolysis could prove to be the wayahead in converting corn waste into biofuels. I’m a big fan of this kind of technology […]

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Taking the long view

There’s a piece about algae-based biofuel firm Sapphire Energy on Xeconomy, it’s talking about the way that plunging oil prices require alternative fuel start-ups to take a long view. I guess that more realistic valuations of biofuel companies and a shake out of some of the more highly leveraged and more recent entrants into the […]

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Verasun tries to exit corn purchase contracts

Verasun which has filed for  bankruptcy protection has asked the courts to terminate a number of its corn contracts, says ICIS news. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS)While the move would help Verasun get back on its feet, if the court agrees, it’s going to be painful for farmers.

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Solazyme algae-based biofuel ok for Jet fuel

Solazyme’s algae-based biofuel is ok for Jet fuel, according to Domestic Fuel. Solazyme received more funding last month, and plans to build a commercial scale factory some time in 2010. 

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Abengoa gets 2% discount on new Plant

Abengoa bioenergy has persuaded the State of Illinois to put $4m towards the cost of a $200m biofuel plant to be built at Madison, Illinois, according to the St Louis Business Journal. That will be in addition to other state and local tax exemptions.

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BioEnergy Africa to list on the UK Alternative Investment Market today.

BioEnergy Africa is scheduled to list on the UK Alternative Investment Market today. The firm has a number of projects in Mozambique, according to the Independent Newspaper. 

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Solazyme raises finance

Reports on the internet say that Solazyme has raised more finance, up to $45.4m for its algae based biofuels programme. I’ve had a trawl through EDGAR (worth bookmarking in my opinion) but the company’s filings are all on paper… grrr so I can’t absolutely verify it. But Solazyme has had its profile raised lately and […]

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