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The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points right now

The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points right now

December 12, 2017 |

  As ABLC’s storied 2 for 1 offer comes to a close this week, we look at the top themes that Delegates will be coming to Washington to explore, debate, negotiate, argue, pray for, fear, delight in and generally obsess over. Yep, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference — which convenes in Washington, DC on February […]

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I Don’t Like Losses, Sport: The invention of bioeconomy risk insurance and Fulcrum BioEnergy’s leap to scale

I Don’t Like Losses, Sport: The invention of bioeconomy risk insurance and Fulcrum BioEnergy’s leap to scale

December 11, 2017 |

We have news you can use today on the subject of the most powerful, inevitable, fearsome, mysterious, taboo, and untouchable four-letter word in the advanced bioeconomy lexicon. Risk. The problem of Investor risk is ridiculously easy to understand and ridiculously hard to solve. If you think back to your own 401(k) or IRA for a […]

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Poop to plastic and biofuel, innovators put crap to good use

Poop to plastic and biofuel, innovators put crap to good use

December 9, 2017 |

No matter how much we recycle, reduce or reuse, we will always have one kind of waste – human waste. From when we are babies to our last days, we poop. While most say “eww,” or share an elementary school poop joke, researchers at University of Calgary are saying “cool!” Instead of flushing it away, […]

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This is an algorithm, that is alive: The rise of Arzeda and Digital Biology

This is an algorithm, that is alive: The rise of Arzeda and Digital Biology

December 7, 2017 |

The question is being raised all over Silicon Valley — and increasingly around the world — if biotechnology is essentially a branch of information technology. 3D printing is one of those technologies that tests the boundaries between the digital and the physical worlds. Consider the images above you. On the upper left, an algorithm. On the […]

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Shazzan!: Turning Urban Trash into Treasure Island, the LanzaTech, Sekisui Chemicals story

Shazzan!: Turning Urban Trash into Treasure Island, the LanzaTech, Sekisui Chemicals story

December 6, 2017 |

Sekisui Chemicals, LanzaTech break-through in MSW-to-ethanol demonstration Today we return to the subject of landfill, or as we like to think of it, the Island of Misfit Feedstocks. We’ll continue the storyline with a welcome technology breakthrough, and begin with the observation that of all the things that people throw into a landfill, no one […]

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8-Slide Guides

Fish, wildlife & bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable impacts on fish and wildlife habitats

Fish, wildlife & bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable impacts on fish and wildlife habitats

December 11, 2017 |

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies is working with bioenergy industries and leaders to assist them in the sustainable development of bioenergy that includes our fish and wildlife resources, in the quest towards sustainable bioenergy to meet our nation’s needs for energy independence and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while also preserving our nation’s […]

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Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy projects in the US vs Internationally

Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy projects in the US vs Internationally

December 11, 2017 |

Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern Brothers, Faegre Baker Daniels partner John Kirkwood or Kilpatrick Townsend partner Mark Riedy. They’ve been part of the go-to team for more projects than there […]

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Bioproducts, USDA and you: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Agricutural Research Service partnership

Bioproducts, USDA and you: The Digest 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Agricutural Research Service partnership

December 10, 2017 |

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: Ensure high-quality, safe food, and other agricultural products; Assess the nutritional needs of Americans; Sustain a competitive agricultural economy; […]

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Connecting to value: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to below50 and the global new fuels push

Connecting to value: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to below50 and the global new fuels push

December 7, 2017 |

Below50 is an initiative that brings businesses together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) to promote the best-of-breed of sustainable fuels has launched in South America. The companies and organizations driving the initiative include ABBI, Arizona State University, Audi, BSR, CGEE, […]

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Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sekisui Chemical, LanzaTech’s MSW-to-ethanol tech

Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sekisui Chemical, LanzaTech’s MSW-to-ethanol tech

December 6, 2017 |

In Japan, Sekisui Chemical and LanzaTech, have successfully demonstrated the production of ethanol from unsorted municipal solid waste — which can be used directly as a fuel or as a precursor to butadiene (a key raw material in the production of synthetic fibers and rubber), isopropanol, and isoprene — which themselves are used to make […]

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The Latest World News

Ireland and France continue to hold up EU-Mercosur trade deal

Ireland and France continue to hold up EU-Mercosur trade deal

December 12, 2017 |

In Argentina, Reuters reports that Ireland and France continue to stand in the way between the European Union and Mercosur countries concluding a multilateral trade deal before the end of the year. European ethanol producers have complained about increased import quota, saying an increased quota in a stagnant market will push them out of business. […]

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Brazilian sugar mills use 63.17% of cane for ethanol during H2 November

Brazilian sugar mills use 63.17% of cane for ethanol during H2 November

December 12, 2017 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that sugar mills continued to focus on ethanol production during the second half of November with 63.17% of 15.225 million metric tons of cane producing 800 million liters of ethanol. Even though the percentage of cane used for ethanol was exceptionally high, production fell from just over a billion liters two […]

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Celtic Renewables gets planning permission for commercial demo plant

Celtic Renewables gets planning permission for commercial demo plant

December 12, 2017 |

In the UK, Waste Management World reports that the Falkirk Council has granted Celtic Renewables planning permission for its proposed 500,000 liter per year commercial-scale demonstration plant producing advanced biobutanol from whiskey waste streams draff and pot ale. Using a peer-to-peer investment platform called Abundance Investment, the company is seeking nearly $7 million in capital […]

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Jamaica’s ethanol journey continues its convoluted path but there’s still hope

Jamaica’s ethanol journey continues its convoluted path but there’s still hope

December 12, 2017 |

In Jamaica, the Jamaica Gleaner reports that just as a local company is looking to buy out the troubled Moneymusk sugarcane mill and switch its focus to more ethanol production, a report from the Auditor General shows that long-time ethanol producers Petrojam Ethanol didn’t really get “value for money” from its 40 million gallon ethanol […]

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Researcher says LFCS and RFS’ ILUC measures add $61 per ton of carbon to fuel bills

Researcher says LFCS and RFS’ ILUC measures add $61 per ton of carbon to fuel bills

December 12, 2017 |

In Illinois, a University of Illinois researcher says that California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard as well as the federal Renewable Fuel Standard impose an additional cost of $61 per ton of carbon onto drivers as a result of the methodology used for calculating indirect land use change in an attempt to shift consumption towards advanced […]

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R&D News

NREL researchers gain insights into how glycosylation affects key cellulase enzyme

NREL researchers gain insights into how glycosylation affects key cellulase enzyme

December 12, 2017 |

In Colorado, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory  have gained new insights into how glycosylation—the natural attachment of sugars to proteins—affects a key cellulase enzyme. This work could be used to improve enzyme performance to better break down biomass and convert waste plant matter to renewable fuels and products. Namely, […]

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Penn State to boost industrial hemp acreage 100-fold next year

Penn State to boost industrial hemp acreage 100-fold next year

December 12, 2017 |

In Pennsylvania, WESA-FM reports that industrial hemp acres could increase by 100-fold to 5,000 acres next year from just 50 acres this year as research at Penn State looks to continues to scale up, looking at uses included biofuels and cooking oil. Research has so far shown promising results when farmers plant it after harvesting […]

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New study looks at California’s LCFS and low-carbon liquid fuels

New study looks at California’s LCFS and low-carbon liquid fuels

December 8, 2017 |

In California, a new study co-authored by Propel and consulting firm ICF shows that consumers will make low carbon purchasing decisions if given the opportunity to do so and that low carbon liquid fuels must play a more significant role to meet California’s 2020 and 2030 carbon reduction goals. The research also shows the current […]

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Indian researchers produce chemicals from glycerin

Indian researchers produce chemicals from glycerin

December 7, 2017 |

In India, Outlook India is reporting that researchers from Chemical Engineering and Process Development Division together with colleagues from the National Collection of Industrial Microorganisms Center, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune have developed a method to produce 2,3- butanediol (BDO), 1,3- Propanediol (PDO)  – along with acetoin and ethanol from glycerol using bacterial strains. By integrating […]

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University of Bristol researchers develop way to convert ethanol into butanol from fermentation broths

University of Bristol researchers develop way to convert ethanol into butanol from fermentation broths

December 6, 2017 |

In the UK, chemists at the University of Bristol have made the first steps towards making sustainable petrol using beer as a key ingredient. Scientists from the University of Bristol’s School of Chemistry have been working for several years to develop technology that will convert widely-available ethanol into butanol. This has already been demonstrated in […]

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Policy & Policymakers

DOE launches Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Directed Funding Opportunity

DOE launches Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium Directed Funding Opportunity

December 12, 2017 |

In Washington, news arrived that the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is overseeing a Directed Funding Opportunity (DFO) call. Interested industrial and academic partners wanting to collaborate with research experts and leverage unique technology capabilities at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s national laboratories are encouraged to apply. Lignocellulosic biorefineries’ development and operation have suffered from […]

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India looks to 15% methanol blending to help offset lack of ethanol

India looks to 15% methanol blending to help offset lack of ethanol

December 12, 2017 |

In India, in light of the difficulty for sugar mills to supply required volumes for the 10% ethanol-blending mandate, Autocar India reports that the government announced last week it would allow up to 15% blending of coal-based methanol in an effort to reduce fuel costs. Depending upon how it’s produced, however, it can have very […]

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Alberta government gives $1.4B funding for cleantech, low-carbon innovations

Alberta government gives $1.4B funding for cleantech, low-carbon innovations

December 8, 2017 |

In Canada, the government of Alberta is putting $1.4 billion into five categories to create new jobs and reduce carbon pollution over seven years for clean tech innovation projects. The bulk of the funding comes from the Climate Leadership Plan, which recycles carbon levies back into Alberta industries to help them compete and grow their […]

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Trump wants it both ways on RFS debate

Trump wants it both ways on RFS debate

December 7, 2017 |

In Washington, President Trump wants to see a compromise on the Renewable Fuel Standard that keeps farmers happy but also protects oil industry jobs and told oil state senators to “get it done” in the long awaited meeting held Thursday. Some reports on the meeting made it sound more like he was in favor of […]

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Chairman of Senate’s environment committee demands EPA assess RFS impacts on water, air and land quality

Chairman of Senate’s environment committee demands EPA assess RFS impacts on water, air and land quality

December 7, 2017 |

In Washington, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to request that the EPA complete overdue studies assessing the impact of the Renewable Fuel Standard on air, water, and land quality. Under sections 211(v) of the Clean Air […]

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Other Recent Articles

Neste decides on Singapore to extend renewable diesel production 1 million tons

Neste decides on Singapore to extend renewable diesel production 1 million tons

December 12, 2017 |

In Finland, Neste’s Board of Directors has decided that Neste’s additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. The decision initiates technical design of the new production line, with the aim of a final investment decision by the end of 2018. If […]

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Major fuel retailers to implement Vietnam’s E5 policy by Friday

Major fuel retailers to implement Vietnam’s E5 policy by Friday

December 12, 2017 |

In Vietnam, Reuters is reporting that the shift to E5 will be implemented by top fuel suppliers PetroVietnam and PetroLimex by Friday following the government’s push for the private sector to help achieve its 5% blending policy and drive demand for domestic ethanol production that has all but mothballed most facilities. All fuel stations should […]

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Argentine biodiesel imports into Europe pressure prices heavily

Argentine biodiesel imports into Europe pressure prices heavily

December 12, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, Platts is reporting that recent arrivals of Argentina biodiesel into Rotterdam have weighed on FAME-0 biodiesel prices sufficiently to bring the premium against gasoil futures down to 31-month lows at $246.25 while FAME-0 outright prices are down at 21-month lows of $811.25/mt FOB ARA. Platts data showed the additional supplies and weaker […]

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New DEFRA data shows UK bioenergy crop production rose 41% in 2016

New DEFRA data shows UK bioenergy crop production rose 41% in 2016

December 12, 2017 |

In the UK, Farmers Weekly is highlighting new data from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs showing that bioenergy crop production rose 41% in 2016 to an all-time high of 132,000ha, with corn and wheat taking up the majority of the acreage. Even so, bioenergy crops still only account for 2.2% of arable […]

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Noble scores $15 million offer via Mercuria bid for South Bend Ethanol

Noble scores $15 million offer via Mercuria bid for South Bend Ethanol

December 12, 2017 |

In Singapore, Business Times is reporting that Mercuria Investments has agreed to pay Noble $3 million more for its Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol plant in Indiana than Zeeland Farm’s $12.5 million offer that had been seen as a done deal. Noble was expected to terminate its agreement with Zeeland Farm on Monday and pay […]

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Chinese ethanol traders want to import but don’t know when E10 will begin

Chinese ethanol traders want to import but don’t know when E10 will begin

December 12, 2017 |

In China, Platts is reporting that although Beijing, Tiajing city and eight cities in Shandong province will be the first to roll out the E10 mandate, the government has yet to announce when the mandate must be implemented which has handicapped traders in their ability to take advantage of a current arbitrage window with the […]

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