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Heard on the Floor at the BIO World Congress: Dinneen steps down at RFA, Cooper succeeds; EPA hearings in DC; organic solar cells and more

Heard on the Floor at the BIO World Congress: Dinneen steps down at RFA, Cooper succeeds; EPA hearings in DC; organic solar cells and more

July 18, 2018 |

Dinneen steps down as Renewable Fuels Association CEO, Geoff Cooper to succeed; EPA hearings in DC; Lygos rockin’; biomaterials advance; organic solar cells are on the docket; iffy news for algae tech. The Shocker News spread like wildfire at the 2018 BIO World Congress in Philadelphia that Renewable Fuels Association CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role […]

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Heard on the Floor at the BIO World Congress: Iowa, plastics, benzene, Queensland, skin care, jet fuel in the mix

Heard on the Floor at the BIO World Congress: Iowa, plastics, benzene, Queensland, skin care, jet fuel in the mix

July 18, 2018 |

Yep, the Congress heads to the Heartland The rounds of applause at BIO have been loud and steady but the biggest ones were heard not for a presentation or a speaker — rather, BIO’s decision to stage the World Congress next year in Des Moines. It breaks a lengthy streak away from the industry’s heartland […]

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Heard on the Floor at BIO: Queensland to invest $100 million in bioeconomy project support

Heard on the Floor at BIO: Queensland to invest $100 million in bioeconomy project support

July 16, 2018 |

In Philadelphia, the Australian state of Queensland announced $100 million in support of high-value resource recovery industryp.rojects as the state cemented its place ”at the vanguard of the bioeconomy” BioFutures program. The announcement at a Queensland Life Sciences evening event marked a memorable start to the 2018 edition of the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology […]

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of July 18th

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of July 18th

July 16, 2018 |

The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the changes. Here are the top innovations for the week […]

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Top 10 Transformations – Pivotal Pivots for survival in the bioeconomy

Top 10 Transformations – Pivotal Pivots for survival in the bioeconomy

July 15, 2018 |

We frequently hear that the only constant is change and in today’s bioeconomy world, we see this lived out all the time. Companies come and go but some evolve, transform, and change. Today we focus on some of these pivotal pivots and the transformations with these leaders who live and breathe change to survive. Some […]

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8-Slide Guides

Low-carbon jet fuel and diesel, at scale : The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir Fuels

Low-carbon jet fuel and diesel, at scale : The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir Fuels

July 19, 2018 |

Established in 2013, AltAir Fuels was created to produce low carbon fuels and chemicals derived from sustainable feedstock. For its first commercial project, AltAir partnered with Alon Energy USA to use its existing refinery in Paramount, California retooling idled refining equipment to increase the nation’s energy supply, while positively impacting the southern California economy. Through […]

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Surfactants, 100% renewable and biobased: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Croda’s Eco Range

Surfactants, 100% renewable and biobased: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Croda’s Eco Range

July 15, 2018 |

Croda’s new Eco Range of surfactants is 100% renewable and 100% biobased. Croda’s is the first plant of its type in North America to produce 100% renewable, 100% biobased surfactants. The versatile bio-ethylene oxide plant can accept bioethanol from different renewable sources. The new line is registered and tested with the USDA BioPreferred Program. Furthermore, products […]

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Prior to take-off: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to renewable jet fuels and certification

Prior to take-off: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to renewable jet fuels and certification

July 15, 2018 |

Before renewable jet fuel production comes renewable jet fuel certification. What is involved? FAA and CAAFI stalwart Mark Rumizen presented on the process, the steps, the milestones and more at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC.

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Algae for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

Algae for the Advanced Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Cellana

July 15, 2018 |

Cellana uses the most productive plants on earth—marine microalgae—to photosynthetically produce its ReNew line of Omega-3 EPA and DHA oils, animal feed, and biofuel feedstocks. Cellana’s patented ALDUO system, a series of photobioreactors coupled with open ponds, enables low-cost, continuous production of diverse strains of microalgae. Since 2009, Cellana has operated its Kona Demonstration Facility, […]

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Driving sustainability into the mainstream: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Genomatica

Driving sustainability into the mainstream: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Genomatica

July 14, 2018 |

Genomatica is a widely-recognized technology leader for the chemical industry, delivering new manufacturing processes that enable its partners to produce the world’s most widely-used chemicals from alternative feedstocks, with better economics and greater sustainability than petroleum-based processes. CEO Christophe Schilling gave this illuminating overview of the company’s promise and progress at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC.

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The Latest World News

Alliance BioEnergy gets new CEO and board members in effort to reorient business

Alliance BioEnergy gets new CEO and board members in effort to reorient business

July 18, 2018 |

In Florida, the Board of Directors of Alliance BioEnergy Plus has refocus the direction and operations of the company, is in the process of implementing a series of changes which will allow the company to concentrate more efficiently on its core competency, the production of sugars from cellulosic feedstock. The CEO and other key senior […]

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RFA announces VP will take over for long-time CEO Dinneen in October

RFA announces VP will take over for long-time CEO Dinneen in October

July 18, 2018 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) made an announcement that marks the beginning of a new era for the ethanol industry’s leading trade association.  Executive Vice President Geoff Cooper will assume the position of president and CEO in October 2018, while current President and CEO Bob Dinneen will transition into the role of RFA’s […]

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Malaysia says will finally implement B10 in H2

Malaysia says will finally implement B10 in H2

July 18, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Reuters reports that following Indonesia’s decision to push forward its B30 blending mandate to 2019 from 2020, Malaysia will follow suit by implementing its B10 mandate by the second half of 2018 following several delays since 2016 to get the policy in place. Cabinet must still approve the move, however. The delays were […]

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Dubai’s Sustainable City to go B100 for second construction phase

Dubai’s Sustainable City to go B100 for second construction phase

July 18, 2018 |

In the UAE, The Sustainable City, the Middle East’s first fully operational sustainable community, has adopted B100 biodiesel to fuel the construction of the new buildings in phase 2 including Fairgreen International School, Hotel Indigo, and the innovation centre. The renewable fuel alternative is manufactured from the used cooking oil consumed by the restaurants at […]

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India’s My Eco Energy to being Indiezel sales in Odisha

India’s My Eco Energy to being Indiezel sales in Odisha

July 18, 2018 |

In India, My Eco Energy announced it will launch retail sales of its Indiezel biofuel in Odisha with the fuel becoming available at more than 300 filling stations by the end of 2019. It believes East India provides a major opportunity for the company to penetrate the region and significantly reduce pollution. MEE says its […]

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R&D News

Los Alamos researchers show how some algae can feed directly off other plants

Los Alamos researchers show how some algae can feed directly off other plants

July 18, 2018 |

In New Mexico, researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory and partner institutions provided the first published report of algae using raw plants as a carbon energy source. The research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is capable of directly degrading and utilizing non-food plant substrates, such as switchgrass, for improved cell […]

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Mexican researchers look at biomimicry traits of Cocoyol palm fruit

Mexican researchers look at biomimicry traits of Cocoyol palm fruit

July 17, 2018 |

In Mexico, researchers from the Center for Scientific Research of Yucatán are leading an international team looking at the Cocoyol palm fruit as a potential feedstock for solid biofuel but also at the possibility of developing advanced composite materials with high strength and low density using the fruit. A number of biomimicry tests have been […]

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Colorado School of Mines researcher gets five-year DOE grant to develop predictive metabolic models for algae

Colorado School of Mines researcher gets five-year DOE grant to develop predictive metabolic models for algae

July 16, 2018 |

In Colorado, Nanette Boyle, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Colorado School of Mines, has been awarded funding through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program. Boyle will receive $750,000 over five years to develop predictive metabolic models for algae – work that could help speed up the commercialization of strains […]

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Latest research says biofuel production won’t seriously affect forestry industry

Latest research says biofuel production won’t seriously affect forestry industry

July 14, 2018 |

In Sweden, researchers from Luleå University of Technology (LTU), IIASA, and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden found that increased biofuel production will not affect the production of wood products and that increased biofuel targets will introduce fringe feedstocks to the fuel mix. An opportunity that the forest industry, including sawmills and pulp mills, provides is […]

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European scientists concerned by blanket GHG emissions neutrality of biomass

European scientists concerned by blanket GHG emissions neutrality of biomass

July 12, 2018 |

In Belgium, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) says it has worked to draw the attention of policy makers to a glaring oversight in this ambition: the EU and its Member States continue to classify all biomass from forests as carbon neutral, renewable energy. It is simplistic and misleading to classify all types of […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Biofuels and oil industry go head-to-head at EPA’s RFS hearing

Biofuels and oil industry go head-to-head at EPA’s RFS hearing

July 18, 2018 |

In Michigan, the biofuels and oil industries went head-to-head at the Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard proposed blending volumes for 2019 and 2020. The American Petroleum Institute said until Congress fixes the broken Renewable Fuel Standard, the Environmental Protection Agency must protect consumers from higher ethanol blended fuels that threaten […]

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Queensland as Asia Pacific biofuels hub takes a step forward with the Navy

Queensland as Asia Pacific biofuels hub takes a step forward with the Navy

July 17, 2018 |

In Washington, Queensland’s potential as the biofuel hub of the Asia Pacific has taken center stage in Washington this week at a meeting with the US Department of the Navy. Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick met at the Pentagon Monday with advanced biofuel experts and announced the appointment of Queensland’s […]

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UNICA concerned China-US trade war could lead to US dumping its ethanol on NNE

UNICA concerned China-US trade war could lead to US dumping its ethanol on NNE

July 16, 2018 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that UNICA is concerned the on-going trade war between the US and China will end up with the US dumping its ethanol on the Brazilian market. The US currently sends most of its 1 billion gallons of ethanol imports to Canada and Brazil but those volumes that would have gone to […]

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Senators get reply from EPA, but not the one they were hoping for

Senators get reply from EPA, but not the one they were hoping for

July 14, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and 11 other senators finally got a reply from the Environmental Protection Agency in response to a letter they sent the EPA about the RFS back in April, but not the one they hoped for. The EPA reply said it granted 19 waivers in […]

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EPA backs off from plan to reallocate RINs lost to hardship waivers

EPA backs off from plan to reallocate RINs lost to hardship waivers

July 12, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has backtracked on an earlier plan to re-allot RIN obligations to other refiners to make up for the 1.8 billion gallons of ethanol demand lost due to hardship waivers granted to smaller refineries. The EPA says the waivers only eliminated demand for 2.25 million gallons. The […]

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Other Recent Articles

US glycerin market seen balancing during Q3

US glycerin market seen balancing during Q3

July 18, 2018 |

In Texas, ICIS reports that glycerin production will ramp up during the second half the year, helping to bring the market into balance. The market has suffered from tightness through to Q3 as a major Midwest producer shut down in Q1 that caused panic among buyers, forcing them to buy up in advance and pushing […]

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Solidaridad brings together Asian palm oil industries into sustainability framework

Solidaridad brings together Asian palm oil industries into sustainability framework

July 17, 2018 |

In Indonesia, a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed which, for the first time, recognizes the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and the Indian Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS) Framework as legitimate sustainability frameworks for palm oil production and trade between Indonesia and India. This MoU was signed on 16 July 2018 between the […]

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India sees ethanol converting Agra into clean city to save Taj Mahal from ruin

India sees ethanol converting Agra into clean city to save Taj Mahal from ruin

July 17, 2018 |

In India, in an attempt to save the Taj Mahal from environmental pollution while also tackling excessive sugar production in Uttar Pradesh, the transport minister announced a policy that will see 1 billion liters of ethanol produced from sugarcane within five years that will be used in Agra to make the famous city fueled by […]

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Colombia seen as major opportunity for US ethanol

Colombia seen as major opportunity for US ethanol

July 17, 2018 |

In Washington, the US Grains Council says Colombia represents a burgeoning market for U.S. ethanol, with the Colombian government increasing the national blend mandate to E10 in March 2018. Colombia has a growing domestic ethanol industry, producing sugar-based ethanol. U.S. ethanol enters Colombia duty free per the terms of the U.S.–Colombia trade agreement, but the […]

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Low Malaysian palm oil prices see biodiesel hit biggest discount in four years

Low Malaysian palm oil prices see biodiesel hit biggest discount in four years

July 17, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Bloomberg reports that surplus palm oil supplies have seen the gap between biodiesel and fossil fuel prices reach the largest gap seen since 2014 with palm oil-based biodiesel reaching a discount of $124 per metric ton last Friday. The gap has since narrowed to $107 on Monday. With prices so low, exports could […]

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Iowa congressional delegation invite acting EPA administrator to see biofuels in action

Iowa congressional delegation invite acting EPA administrator to see biofuels in action

July 17, 2018 |

In Washington, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley and the entire Iowa Congressional delegation invited U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Iowa to meet with those who are counting on EPA to uphold the President’s commitments to maintain the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “Renewable fuels are critical to achieving energy […]

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