Recent Reads for 2/10/2016

Battery Storage for Renewables: Market Status and Technology Outlook International Renewable Energy Agency

We Should All Fear Oilmageddon: A feedback loop of the U.S. dollar, crude, capital flows, and emerging markets Bloomberg

How Redox Flow Batteries Could Stabilize Our Electric Grids C&EN

Commodity Glut, Strong Dollar Pressure Chemical Company Earnings C&EN

As Big Oil shrinks, boards plot different paths out of crisis Reuters

Stung by Low Oil Prices, Companies Face a Reckoning on Debts NY Times


Recent Reads for 2/6/2016

Solazyme announces 20% staff reduction SEC Form 8-K

DOE Announces $18 Million For Solar Energy Storage & Grid Resiliency CleanTechnica

For Once, Low Oil Prices May Be a Problem for World’s Economy Bloomberg

Shell ready for more cost cuts as earnings fall 87 percent on weak oil prices – lowest annual income in over a decade – reducing investment, cutting nearly 10,000 jobs and selling assets Reuters

Battle of Three Oil Benchmarks Upending Crude Flows Across Globe Bloomberg

If you thought solar was going to hurt utilities, get a load of solar+storage Vox

Recent Reads for 2/2/2016

Coskata’s technology re-emerges as Synata Bio Biofuels Digest

Anellotech Breaks Ground on TCat-8™ in Silsbee, Texas – a fully-integrated development and testing facility Anellotech

Valero Energy reports better-than-expected profit – but y-o-y net income fell from $2.22 to $0.62 Reuters

Wood Group chosen as owner’s engineer on Texas syngas-to-liquids project; an integrated 30,000 bpd syngas-to-liquids facility. The facility, which will produce jet fuels, will be located in Hudspeth County, Texas, east of El Paso. The owner is D’Arcinoff Group, a US-based investment and alternative technology development company. (Comment: the management bios on the D’Arcinoff website show zero refining and petrochemicals industry experience.) Wood Group

Oilfield services find little room to squeeze out further cuts Reuters

Partner Collaborations Advance Second-Generation Elevance Biorefinery Technology Elevance Renewable Sciences

The Unlimited Biotech Potential of Algae European Biotech News

BP reports biggest ever annual loss – to cut 7,000 jobs by the end of 2017, or nearly 9 percent of its workforce Reuters

Recent Reads for 1/28/2016

Abengoa Seeks Sale of Biofuel Assets in New Viability Plan – heading for a distressed sale of assets Bloomberg

Biodiesel Production Rises in 2015 as Consumers Seek Cleaner Fuels National Biodiesel Board

How the Oil Bust Wiped Out One North Dakota Oil Refiner’s Profit Bloomberg

BASF Faces Harsh Reality as Crude Slump Sends 2015 Profit Lower Bloomberg

DuPont doubles down on cost cuts ahead of Dow Chemical merger Reuters

U.S. crude stocks soar to highest on record: EIA Reuters

Good news, bad news for US biodiesel industry in 2016 Platts

The Problem with Biofuels MIT Technology Review

Recent Reads for 1/20/2016

Anellotech and Suntory Enter Next Phase of Strategic Partnership to Develop 100 Percent Bio-Based Plastics for Sustainable Beverage Bottles  Anellotech

Anellotech Selects Texas Site for Installation of Fully-Integrated Development and Testing Facility (TCat-8™)  Anellotech

Oil Giants Start Losing Safety Net as Refining Margins Squeezed – after high 3Q refining profits, 4Q hit hard by low middle distillate crack spreads and high inventories  Bloomberg

DuPont Industrial Biosciences and ADM Announce Breakthrough Platform Technology for Long Sought-After Molecule – produces furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME) from fructose; one of the first polymers under development utilizing FDME is polytrimethylene furandicarboxylate (PTF)  ADM


Recent Reads for 1/15/2015

World Chemical Outlook: Forecast is for growth, but clouds loom in the form of China, Brazil, and Europe – US chemical output increase 3.8% in 2015, and the 2016 forecast is for continued growth driven by low energy prices and healthy consumer demand.  C&EN

Chemical Employers To Face Tougher Worker Safety Penalties: OSHA is boosting civil fines and working with Department of Justice to expand criminal charges C&EN

The profitability of ethanol production in 2015 – benchmark model shows $0.10 profits for first half of 2015 and $0.03 for second half of 2015 AG Professional

The Crop Surplus Is Bad News for America’s Farms – low crop prices, falling exports, increasing interest rates, high inventories, overstimulated land prices. Governors’ Biofuels Coalition

U.S. official sees more cyber attacks on industrial control systems – … the increase in attacks was mainly because more control systems are directly connected to the Internet. Reuters

Interview: New Siluria CEO sees opportunity in small-scale petrochemicals Hydrocarbon Processing


Recent Reads for 1/12/2016

Rolls-Royce Testing Demonstrates Virent Synthesized Aromatic Kerosene (SAK) Bio-Jet Fuel Blend Provides Health and Environmental Benefits While Maintaining Engine Performance – jet fuels containing Virent’s BioForm® Synthesized Aromatic Kerosene (SAK) fuel blend produced a greater than 50% reduction in particulate matter emissions compared to conventional jet fuel Virent

Oil options lurch closer to $20 Goldman doomsday forecast Reuters

Oil prices tumble as US inventories of gasoline, distillate fuels surge Bloomberg

DuPont Shutting Central Research – Corporate R&D: Firm’s restructuring of storied labs comes before its merger with Dow – one of the most prestigious and accomplished research organizations in the chemistry world, will soon cease to exist C&EN and C&EN

Solvay plans sale of polyamide division – paper Reuters

Study: Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissions Illinois News Bureau and Impacts of a 32-billion-gallon bioenergy landscape on land and fossil fuel use in the US Nature Energy


Recent Reads for 1/6/2016

DuPont to Cut 1,700 Delaware Jobs Before Dow Chemical Merger – 28% reduction of DuPont’s Delaware workforce to restructure corporate overhead costs Bloomberg

Here’s One Transportation Fuel Ending 2015 on a Positive Note – spot biodiesel has increased 10 percent since the end of November on increased consumption mandates and reinstated tax credits Bloomberg

Huge Natural Gas Leak in Los Angeles Still Months from Fix AP

California state of emergency over methane leak BBC

French Biofuel Maker Is Tested by $35 Oil Despite Tax Breaks – needs oil at $100 per barrel without tax incentives Bloomberg

IH2 Technology Licensed to Leading European Company – GTI and CRI/Criterion technology to convert wood to biofuels CNBC and Hydrocarbon Processing

The Future of Biofuels – an overview ENI

BP agrees to sale of Alabama petrochemical complex – the Decatur plant had a prominent role in creating the global PTA business, which became one of the largest and perhaps the most successful chemicals business in the industry BP


Recent Reads for 1/3/2016

A Biofuel Dream Gone Bad
Legendary venture capitalist Vinod Khosla backed a startup called KiOR as part of his ambitious push for green energy. Now KiOR is bankrupt, he and company executives are being sued for fraud, and Khosla’s big biofuel bet is looking increasingly questionable.  Fortune

Lehigh Valley biofuel company owners charged in $50M clean energy scam  The Morning Call

Are We There Yet? A Biofuel Refinery Update
Renewable Energy World

Cheap oil slows down University of Washington’s plan for tree-based biofuels
The Seattle Times

Recent Reads for 12/24/2015

Chemours Restructuring To End U.S. Production Of Sodium Metal – Reorganization: Action continues cost-cutting moves by the DuPont spin-off C&EN

U.S. Boost of Biofuels Pleases Neither Refiners Nor Growers Bloomberg

Abengoa reportedly lays off staff at Hugoton, other US locations Ethanol Producer Magazine

Anellotech Announces Form D Filing for $7 Million Equity Investment from a New Strategic Investor, $3 Million More to Come Anellotech

BP explores sale of Alabama petrochemical facility BP

Industry Metrics: US gasoline crack spread tumbles amid higher inventories Hydrocarbon Processing