Major Stories

Taking off: Velocys, Shell, British Airways,  UK Government, New Energy Risk, Red Rock Biofuels, TCG Global, PQ, and Advanced Plasma Power figure in key renewable jet fuel project advances

Taking off: Velocys, Shell, British Airways,  UK Government, New Energy Risk, Red Rock Biofuels, TCG Global, PQ, and Advanced Plasma Power figure in key renewable jet fuel project advances

June 20, 2018 |

New Energy Risk’s new performance insurance for TCG Global’s gasifiers and a significant project advance from Velocys in the UK are on the docket today.  These companies and the news this morning are united as key project components in the Red Rock Biofuels project which breaks ground in Lakeview, Oregon next month, aiming to supply […]

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of June 21st, 2018

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of June 21st, 2018

June 19, 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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Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

June 19, 2018 |

In today’s Digest, we look at some of the industry rock star leaders of recent years who have moved on to other duties. Some have remained within the sector, in several cases in equally or more prominent roles — some are soaring with the eagles elsewhere. But they were always interesting, dynamic, sharp, worth knowing […]

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Back to business: G20 energy minsters affirm drive towards renewables, innovation, cooperation

Back to business: G20 energy minsters affirm drive towards renewables, innovation, cooperation

June 18, 2018 |

The cold snap that invaded the Patagonia resort town of San Carlos de Bariloche in recent days is fading now as the G20 Energy Ministerial wraps up and heads home.  A light rain cleared the slush off the streets, and a brilliant sunset greeted those who delayed their departure until the weekend. A handful turned […]

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Maine Developments – bio news mounts from the Pine Tree state

Maine Developments – bio news mounts from the Pine Tree state

June 17, 2018 |

The stories are mounting and coming in from the North with the latest news from the Maine Technology Institute and Jackson Laboratory. And while super bullet proof wood is being created in another state by removing lignin and increasing wood’s density threefold and its strength elevenfold, the latest news is making us think how amazing […]

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8-Slide Guides

Succinic’s next season: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber

Succinic’s next season: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BioAmber

June 19, 2018 |

BioAmber’s Mission? To be a fast growing producer of chemical intermediates that uses sugars instead of fossil fuels and sells competitively priced, sustainable chemicals with strong profit margins and the cleanest environmental footprint in the industry. In this overview of the company’s progress and promise, we’ve combined the most recent ABLC presentation by CEO Rick […]

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes

June 19, 2018 |

Novozymes is a world leader in biological solutions. Together with customers, partners and the global community, the company supplies innovations to the world’s leading companies across 40 markets. Best known for industrial enzymes, the company is highly active also in agriculture, biomass conversion, ethanol production and more. Here we have an illuminating look at Novozymes’ […]

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Agriculturally advantaged traits: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Calyxt

Agriculturally advantaged traits: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Calyxt

June 18, 2018 |

Calyxt is pioneering a paradigm shift to deliver both healthier specialty food ingredients, such as healthier oils and high fiber wheat for consumers as well as agriculturally advantageous traits, such as herbicide tolerance to farmers. The technology enables Calyxt to precisely and specifically edit a plant genome to elicit the desired traits and characteristics, resulting […]

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to The Andersons

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to The Andersons

June 16, 2018 |

The Andersons operate four ethanol plants for respective LLCs in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Iowa that are collectively capable of producing over 475 million gallons of ethanol.  The company’s Ethanol Group provides facility operations, risk management, ethanol and distiller dried grains marketing. The Andersons’ recently provided this illuminating overview of its progress towards its strategic goals, and […]

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Corbion

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Corbion

June 14, 2018 |

Corbion is a global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives, and a leading company in emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins and algae ingredients. In 2017, the company generated annual sales of € 891.7 million and had a workforce of 1,794 FTE. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. The company gave this illuminating overview […]

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The Latest World News

ADM and DuPont team up to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes

ADM and DuPont team up to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes

June 20, 2018 |

In Illinois, Archer Daniels Midland Company and DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced a collaboration to develop, produce and market cellulase enzymes for operators of grain-based ethanol plants. Cellulase enzymes assist in hydrolyzing the corn kernel fiber, which consists mostly of cellulose and hemicellulose carbohydrates. Once the fiber is broken down, more sugars can be liberated and […]

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ePure study shows European ethanol delivers 70% average GHG emissions savings

ePure study shows European ethanol delivers 70% average GHG emissions savings

June 20, 2018 |

In Belgium, European renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 70% greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in 2017, according to new certified data from European ethanol producers. The number represents the latest of a string of annual increases in the climate-change-fighting potential of European ethanol, which has shown improved performance every year since […]

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Brazilian Senate approves bill allowing direct hydrous ethanol sales

Brazilian Senate approves bill allowing direct hydrous ethanol sales

June 20, 2018 |

In Brazil, RTT News reports that the country’s Senate has given the green light for direct hydrous ethanol sales to fuel stations in a 47-2 vote but the House is yet to give its approval. The idea is to cut out middlemen in an effort to lower prices at the pump but the bill only […]

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EPA could re-allocate RIN requirements during RVO announcement Friday

EPA could re-allocate RIN requirements during RVO announcement Friday

June 20, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency could announce re-allotments of RIN requirements waived under the hardship waiver program to other refiners as early as Friday, a move that would reduce the potential 1.8 billion gallon ethanol glut left when smaller refiners were granted waivers. The EPA has tripled the volume of waivers […]

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Growth Energy says E15 could boost ethanol demand by 350 million gallons by 2021

Growth Energy says E15 could boost ethanol demand by 350 million gallons by 2021

June 20, 2018 |

In Washington, more than 2,800 retail sites will offer E15 by 2021, generating approximately 350 million new ethanol gallons annually, according to a one-pager released by Growth Energy. The report touts the immense success of E15 and the accomplishments of Prime the Pump, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping build the infrastructure and distribution of […]

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R&D News

DOE announces $40 million for 31 microbe-based research projects benefiting biofuels and bioproducts

DOE announces $40 million for 31 microbe-based research projects benefiting biofuels and bioproducts

June 20, 2018 |

In Washington, on June 18 the U.S. Department of Energy announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources. The projects will further the ongoing revolution in biology and biotechnology, and will increase our […]

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Researchers find way to improve electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells

Researchers find way to improve electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells

June 19, 2018 |

In Asia, team of researchers with members from institutions in Singapore, China and the U.K. has found a way to improve electron transfer in enzymatic biofuel cells. In their paper published in the journal Nature Energy, they describe their technique and how well it works. Huajie Yin and Zhiyong Tang with Griffith University in Australia […]

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ORNL researchers find additional biofuel and bioproduct uses for enzymes

ORNL researchers find additional biofuel and bioproduct uses for enzymes

June 18, 2018 |

In Tennessee, for decades, biologists have believed a key enzyme in plants had one function—produce amino acids, which are vital to plant survival and also essential to human diets. But for Oak Ridge National Lab researchers, this enzyme does more than advertised. They had run a series of experiments on poplar plants that consistently revealed […]

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Researchers create artificial leaf that converts carbon dioxide into energy and fuel

Researchers create artificial leaf that converts carbon dioxide into energy and fuel

June 17, 2018 |

In India, researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore are taking a queue from companies like LanzaTech and found a new way to create energy using carbon dioxide. By using sunlight, along with Copper Aluminum Sulphate and Zinc Sulphide, they were able to convert carbon dioxide salts into a fuel source. According to Crazy […]

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Purdue researchers develop engineered proteins to improve biomanufacturing

Purdue researchers develop engineered proteins to improve biomanufacturing

June 14, 2018 |

In Indiana, Purdue University researchers have developed a series of engineered proteins that could improve biomanufacturing processes for the production of biofuels, pharmaceuticals and commodity chemicals. The buildup of toxic materials during the production process can damage cell health and typically lowers the overall amount of product that is made. Few tools are available to […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Zimbabwe boosts ethanol blend to 20% thanks to increased supplies

Zimbabwe boosts ethanol blend to 20% thanks to increased supplies

June 20, 2018 |

In Zimbabwe, the government has pushed mandatory ethanol blending back up to 20% from the previous 15% to reflect increased supply availability of ethanol from Green Fuel. With gas prices currently running at $1.44 per liter, it is hoped that higher ethanol content will help to bring down consumer prices. Green Fuel remains the sole […]

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EPA administrator believes he has statutory right to approve year-round E15

EPA administrator believes he has statutory right to approve year-round E15

June 19, 2018 |

In Iowa, Reuters reports that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency said during a charm offensive in the Midwest that he believes his agency has the statutory authority to grant year-round E15 sales, a process that would require rulemaking along with a notice and comment period. The administrator has come under heavy fire for […]

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EPA says it’s on track to publish 2019 and 2020 RVOs soon

EPA says it’s on track to publish 2019 and 2020 RVOs soon

June 18, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency confirmed it is close to announcing renewable volume obligations for 2019 advanced biofuels and ethanol and 2020 requirements for biodiesel. The interagency review process should be finalized this week and the announcement will be made shortly thereafter. The agency is keeping to the established timetable in […]

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Bosnian government reaches deal with fuel distributors

Bosnian government reaches deal with fuel distributors

June 17, 2018 |

In Bosnia, fuel distributors in Bosnia’s autonomous Bosniak-Croat Federation agreed a deal with the regional government to cut fuel prices after drivers repeatedly blocked roads in protest against rising prices, a government minister told Reuters. The Federation government decided to take action after traffic jams disrupted life in several Bosnian cities after prices were first […]

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European Union agrees on renewable transport targets and palm oil ban

European Union agrees on renewable transport targets and palm oil ban

June 14, 2018 |

In Belgium, negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed early Thursday morning on a new target for renewables in transport – a deal that clearly recognizes the importance of separating bad biofuels like palm oil from good ones like European ethanol. The agreement sets a target of 14% renewables in transport by 2030. […]

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Other Recent Articles

Federal grand jury indicts two Colorado business owners for biodiesel tax credit scam

Federal grand jury indicts two Colorado business owners for biodiesel tax credit scam

June 20, 2018 |

In Colorado, a federal grand jury for the District of Colorado has returned an indictment, which was unsealed Wednesday, charging two Colorado business owners with conspiring to defraud the United States and to commit money laundering, money laundering and filing false claims, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s […]

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Inventure Renewables implements Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at Chinese Wilmar biodiesel plant

Inventure Renewables implements Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at Chinese Wilmar biodiesel plant

June 19, 2018 |

In Alabama, Inventure Renewables has announced the successful implementation and nearly year-long operation of its Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at a Wilmar International processing plant in Jiangsu province, China. The technology is being used to produce FAME for oleochemicals and biodiesel from a wide range of vegetable oil feedstocks. “The launch of the plant in […]

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Royal DSM introduces eBOOST™ to boost ethanol yields

Royal DSM introduces eBOOST™ to boost ethanol yields

June 19, 2018 |

In New Jersey, Royal DSM introduced eBOOST™, a complete solution for ethanol producers seeking higher yield and significantly reduced glycerol production in starch conversion processes. The launch took place at the annual Fuel Ethanol Workshop (fuelethanolworkshop.com) in Omaha, Nebraska, USA (11-13 June 2018). Developed by DSM’s Bio-based Products & Services business, the solution includes yeast; […]

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Brazilian mills hit hard during recent truckers strike

Brazilian mills hit hard during recent truckers strike

June 19, 2018 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that sugar mills could have processed 13 million metric tons more cane during the last half of May were it not for the truckers strike that also kept more than 300,000 tons from being exported or supplied to the local market. Ethanol production fell to 1.74 billion liters during the period […]

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Construction of Bharat Petroleum’s 2G ethanol plant to begin by August

Construction of Bharat Petroleum’s 2G ethanol plant to begin by August

June 19, 2018 |

In India, construction of Bharat Petroleum Corporation’s $148 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Bargarh is set to begin in July or August following delays due to the Odisha authorities failing to grant the land required for the facility. The plant is expected to use straw and other biomass as feedstock. It is one of several […]

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NATSO launches Alternative Fuels Council

NATSO launches Alternative Fuels Council

June 19, 2018 |

In Washington, NATSO Inc. on June 12 launched a new business venture known as the Alternative Fuels Council (NATSOAltFuels.com) to help fuel retailers leverage the resources necessary to learn about and incorporate alternative fuels into their supply offerings. The Alternative Fuels Council will work with members of the truckstop and travel plaza community and other […]

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