Major Stories

Trash to Treasure – From Canada to Europe, Enerkem turns trash to cash

Trash to Treasure – From Canada to Europe, Enerkem turns trash to cash

February 17, 2018 |

In Canada, more big news is coming out of Enerkem with the latest waste-to-chemistry project in Rotterdam to be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative solution for non-recyclable wastes, converting waste plastics and other mixed wastes into new raw materials. Background In case you’ve been hibernating this winter and […]

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Big Algae chases Omega-3 dominance: DSM, Evonik underway on $200M algae project in Nebraska

Big Algae chases Omega-3 dominance: DSM, Evonik underway on $200M algae project in Nebraska

February 15, 2018 |

DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition — something that’s been traditionally been made from wild-caught fish oil. They’re calling it Veramaris — and they’re cutting out the middlefish, more or less, as Cellana CEO Martin […]

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Vive le ROI: has Sylvatex uncovered a gold mine in renewable fuels?

Vive le ROI: has Sylvatex uncovered a gold mine in renewable fuels?

February 14, 2018 |

One of the purest, high-yield financial plays we have ever seen in the energy business is possibly emerging, one that could put fracking returns to shame. Vive le ROI. And Vive le IRR and DCF, while we’re at it. Catalyst for industry attention is the news that Sylvatex and Valicor inked a Joint Development Agreement […]

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A Million Minds in the Advanced Bioeconomy

A Million Minds in the Advanced Bioeconomy

February 13, 2018 |

Two of our most popular editorial features return today in their 2018 livery— the corporate 5-Minute Guides and the “4 Minutes with…” series that introduces you to some of the Million Minds in the Advanced Bioeconomy, who gather together in different parts of the Digest Cinematic Universe, including ABLC and the Bioenergy by Biofuels Digest […]

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Novozymes ignites Yeast Wars with breakthrough new strain, yield gain, time cut

Novozymes ignites Yeast Wars with breakthrough new strain, yield gain, time cut

February 12, 2018 |

Novozymes moved into yeast this week with a new organism, Innova Drive. It’s saccharomyces cerevisae — the workhouse yeast that has been powering wine fermentation since the days of Noah and the Ark. But here’s a new strain engineered to cut fermentation times up to two hours, and yield boosts of up to two percent. A […]

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8-Slide Guides

Hotties: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering thermophiles for syngas-to-fuels

Hotties: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to engineering thermophiles for syngas-to-fuels

February 17, 2018 |

The US Department of Energy is supporting a Kiverdi-led project to develop microbial biocatalysts to convert syngas into monoterpenes. Syngas feedstocks are relatively inexpensive and diverse, and thermophiles have several unique advantages; Meanwhile, end products have value as fuel and solvent applications among others. The diversity of feedstocks available to syngas processes (including waste) together […]

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Big Algae: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Veramaris

Big Algae: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Veramaris

February 15, 2018 |

DSM and Evonik have given a name to their joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA from natural marine algae for animal nutrition — something that’s been traditionally been made from wild-caught fish oil. They’re calling it Veramaris — and they’re cutting out the middlefish, more or less, as Cellana CEO Martin […]

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Making it Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry

Making it Count: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry

February 14, 2018 |

The Consortium for Computational Physics and Chemistry (CCPC) is a joint core research and development activity among five national laboratories that has been created to utilize unique DOE computational modeling facilities and experience in order to accelerate the discovery and deployment of novel materials in support of the Energy Materials Network and the Materials Genome […]

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Better, faster, cheaper bio-oil: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to fractionation and catalytic upgrading of bio-oil

Better, faster, cheaper bio-oil: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to fractionation and catalytic upgrading of bio-oil

February 13, 2018 |

In the world of bio-oil production, current technologies have low carbon retention in fuel range and high hydrogen consumption. The DOE is supporting a project led by Daniel Resasco at the University of Oklahoma to develop a more effective fractionation, combined with catalytic upgrading for carbon-carbon bond formation. The ultimate objective? Maximizing carbon efficiency at […]

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Lignin Unchained, 3D printable: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineered Lignin Bioplastics

Lignin Unchained, 3D printable: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Engineered Lignin Bioplastics

February 12, 2018 |

The project goal? To produce and commercialize lignin-derived, industrial-grade composites with properties including 3D printability, rivaling current petroleum-derived alternatives. That’s the project undertaken by a team led by Amit K. Naskar, of the Carbon & Composites Group Materials Science & Technology Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The hoped-for project outcome? A novel family […]

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The Latest World News

Construction underway for USA’s largest on-farm dairy RNG project

Construction underway for USA’s largest on-farm dairy RNG project

February 17, 2018 |

In California, Renewable Dairy Fuels (RDF), a business unit of AMP Americas, said that construction is underway on the country’s largest on-farm anaerobic digester-to-vehicle fuel operation. Located in Fair Oaks, Indiana, the dairy project will be the company’s second biogas facility producing renewable natural gas from dairy waste for transportation fuel. The new facility will […]

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Unilever and PTPN to accelerate production of sustainable palm oil in Indonesia

Unilever and PTPN to accelerate production of sustainable palm oil in Indonesia

February 17, 2018 |

In Switzerland, Unilever and Indonesian government-owned palm oil plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in Indonesia to support local mills and smallholder farmers to produce palm oil according to the standards of no deforestation, no development on peat and no exploitation of people and communities (NDPE). […]

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Advanced Biofuels USA Proposes Quicker, Cheaper Way to Achieve CO2 GHG Reduction Goals

Advanced Biofuels USA Proposes Quicker, Cheaper Way to Achieve CO2 GHG Reduction Goals

February 17, 2018 |

In Washington, DC, Advanced Biofuels USA’s Bob Kozak builds on the recent U.S. Department of Energy studies on the superior fuel economy and emission reductions that can come from ethanol-based high octane fuels with optimized internal combustion engines and proposes that the Environmental Protection Agency regulate actual life cycle CO2 mobility and transportation emissions, as […]

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NREL looking for help with biorefineries survey

NREL looking for help with biorefineries survey

February 17, 2018 |

In Washington, DC, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is asking for help in gathering information to better understand the existing and next generation biofuel industry and its contributions to the local, state and national economy. If you are in the planning stage, under construction or are currently operating a biorefinery, please consider helping in […]

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China’s rapeseed consumption on a sharp increase

China’s rapeseed consumption on a sharp increase

February 17, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that world rapeseed stocks are likely to dwindle more strongly than previously expected in the 2017/18 marketing year, yet China’s figures have been unexpectedly adjusted. In its February forecast of the global rapeseed market, the USDA left figures for most market parameters unchanged. Global rapeseed production was seen at just less […]

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R&D News

DOE releases two studies on co-optimization of engines and fuels

DOE releases two studies on co-optimization of engines and fuels

February 17, 2018 |

In Washington, DC, the U.S. Energy Department released two studies from the Co-Optimization of Engines & Fuels initiative. The study, Fuel Blendstocks with the Potential to Optimize Future Gasoline Engine Performance, identifies eight representative high-octane blendstocks across five chemical groups that could be blended into gasoline for better performance. These new blendstocks, co-optimized with advanced […]

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Swedish researchers develop quick method to map carbs in plant matter

Swedish researchers develop quick method to map carbs in plant matter

February 15, 2018 |

In Sweden, researchers from Karolinska Institutet have developed a quick and non-destructive method to map the carbohydrates of plant matter. By making composition analysis more easy and accessible, this method will help to understand where inefficiencies lie in many processes from paper recycling to the production of biofuel and will eventually lead to less waste […]

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University of Georgia researchers find gene can improve both poplar and switchgrass for biofuels

University of Georgia researchers find gene can improve both poplar and switchgrass for biofuels

February 14, 2018 |

In Georgia, a research team led by the University of Georgia has discovered that manipulation of the same gene in poplar trees and switchgrass produced plants that grow better and are more efficiently converted to biofuels. In a paper published recently in Nature Biotechnology, the researchers report that reducing the activity of a specific gene […]

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BETO publishes 2017 project peer review

BETO publishes 2017 project peer review

February 13, 2018 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office published the results of last year’s Peer Review. The 2017 Project Peer Review Report contains project and technology area recommendations on the focus, management, and impact of the projects in each technology area, as well as project investigators’, technology area managers’, and BETO leadership’s responses to reviewer recommendations. […]

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DTU researchers patent ethanol from whey and spins off company to commercialize it

DTU researchers patent ethanol from whey and spins off company to commercialize it

February 12, 2018 |

In Denmark, researchers from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, have developed a patented technology which uses lactic acid bacteria to efficiently convert lactose in the whey into ethanol. Ethanol is the type of alcohol that is found in spirits. The researchers have formed the company Alcowhey, which aims to help smaller dairies […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Study says fixing RFS is getting easier and easier

Study says fixing RFS is getting easier and easier

February 17, 2018 |

In Illinois, a new study from the University of Illinois analyzes why the gap between the ethanol blend wall and the conventional ethanol mandate is so important to understanding the movement of ethanol RINs prices, how the gap is rapidly shrinking, and what this means for the future ethanol RINs price levels. The report said […]

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Growth Energy says EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 sees bright future for biofuels

Growth Energy says EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2018 sees bright future for biofuels

February 15, 2018 |

In Washington, federal forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) demonstrate a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels says Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth Energy. The EIA “reference” case, which contains projections through 2050 based on current trends and regulations, predicts an […]

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API wants EPA to keep fair playing field for all refiners and not favor smaller ones

API wants EPA to keep fair playing field for all refiners and not favor smaller ones

February 14, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the American Petroleum Institute wrote the Environmental Protection Agency urging an even playing field for all refiners under the Renewable Fuels Standard and to not provide waivers for the two dozen smaller refiners who have applied for leniency, a move supported by several governors. The API has instead called for […]

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AFPM petitions EPA to reduce cellulosic biofuel mandates

AFPM petitions EPA to reduce cellulosic biofuel mandates

February 13, 2018 |

In Washington, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers has filed a petition with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce mandated volumes of non-existent cellulosic biofuels. “Year after year, the cellulosic biofuel industry fails to produce the volumes mandated under the RFS, forcing refiners to pay a de facto phantom fuel tax to comply with […]

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Sierra Club teams on lawsuit challenging EPA’s 2018 RFS volumes

Sierra Club teams on lawsuit challenging EPA’s 2018 RFS volumes

February 12, 2018 |

In Washington, the Sierra Club and the Gulf Restoration Network filed a lawsuit in D.C. Circuit Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to consult with wildlife agencies to ensure that its 2018 renewable fuel volume standards do not jeopardize federally listed species. The suit claims dramatic land conversion has occurred as a result […]

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Other Recent Articles

Ethanol production hits 5 week low

Ethanol production hits 5 week low

February 17, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production averaged 1.016 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 42.67 million gallons daily, which is down 41,000 b/d from the week before and a five-week low, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. The four-week average for ethanol production decreased to 1.044 million b/d for an annualized rate of […]

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USDA fighting back against Brazil’s 20% ethanol tariff

USDA fighting back against Brazil’s 20% ethanol tariff

February 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service plans to fight back hard against Brazil’s 20% tariff on ethanol imports above 600 million liters per year or 150 million liters per quarter, aimed at stemming US ethanol imports, especially during its inter-harvest season. Saying no stone will be left unturned, it’s all hands […]

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Brazil opens public consultation on biodiesel auction guidelines

Brazil opens public consultation on biodiesel auction guidelines

February 15, 2018 |

In Brazil, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) opened a 45-day public consultation to discuss the improvement of specific guidelines for biodiesel auctions on February 14, published in MME Ordinance No. 476, August 15, 2012. The notice of the consultation is published in the Official Gazette (DOU). The details for sending the contributions can […]

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PTT teams with academia and private sector to improve biofuel catalysts

PTT teams with academia and private sector to improve biofuel catalysts

February 15, 2018 |

In Thailand, PTT has teamed with the Thai Research Fund, Chulalongkorn University, SCG Chemicals, IRPC, Global Green Chemical, and TPK Ethanol in a project that seeks to improve production efficiency, extend lifespan, and reduce costs for importing catalysts and absorbents in biodiesel and ethanol industries. The CAT-REAC Industrial Project is set to cost $2.1 million […]

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Bridgestone and Versalis to jointly develop bio-based materials for tires from guayule

Bridgestone and Versalis to jointly develop bio-based materials for tires from guayule

February 15, 2018 |

In Tennessee, Bridgestone Americas and Versalis are forming a strategic partnership to develop and deploy a comprehensive technology package to commercialize guayule in the agricultural, sustainable-rubber and renewable-chemical sectors. The partnership combines Bridgestone’s leadership position in guayule agriculture and production technologies with Versalis’ core strengths in commercial-scale process engineering and market development for renewables. This […]

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RSB and Boeing to host African Aviation Biofuel Summit in Ethiopia

RSB and Boeing to host African Aviation Biofuel Summit in Ethiopia

February 15, 2018 |

In Ethiopia, in a first for the continent, Addis Ababa will play host to an RSB Aviation Biofuel Summit in March. Generously sponsored by the Boeing Company, this summit will bring together local, regional and international leaders from the aviation industry and government who are driving the development of a sustainable aviation biofuels in the […]

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