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Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum prices bonds, GOP governors’ pro-biofuels march on DC

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum prices bonds, GOP governors’ pro-biofuels march on DC

October 19, 2017 |

Fulcrum prices its bonds for pioneer first commercial plant to make drop-in diesel and jet fuel — closing set for October 27th. In the biggest news sweeping the floor at ABLC Next 2017 and perhaps the biggest industrial biotechnology update of 2017, the long-awaited financing is approaching completion for Fulcrum Bioenergy’s highly-anticipated waste-to-fuels project in […]

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The Hot 40: 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, 2017-18

The Hot 40: 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, 2017-18

October 17, 2017 |

The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Economy, as voted by a panel of invited international selectors organized by the Digest and Nuu, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy dailies. The rankings recognize biotechnology innovation and achievement in fuels, biobased chemicals, nutrition, health, syntheric biology, and materials, and the Hot 40 specifically recognizes emerging companies […]

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Gingko BioWorks, Impossible Foods, Calysta, Bolt Threads, Zymergen take top slots in The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2016-17

Gingko BioWorks, Impossible Foods, Calysta, Bolt Threads, Zymergen take top slots in The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2016-17

October 17, 2017 |

Ginkgo BioWorks took the #1 spot in the 2017-18 “40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published today in The Digest and Nuu, the world’s most widely-read advanced bioeconomy dailies. It is the first time for Ginkgo at the top of the list, and the first time each of the others reached the […]

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State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017

State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017

October 17, 2017 |

At 8:00am Pacific Time on Tuesday of this week, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies and Markets opens in San Francisco with a record audience size, with diversification as its theme and “Go!” as the takeaway message — with investment and technologies arriving in unheard of pace and volume in the sector, companies […]

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Jumping for joy for Qantas biofuel powered aircraft

Jumping for joy for Qantas biofuel powered aircraft

October 14, 2017 |

In Australia, Qantas will buy eight million gallons of renewable jet fuel each year from U.S. based bio-energy company, SG Preston, in order to fuel its Los Angeles based aircraft. Their goal is to have the LAX to Australia flight powered on an ongoing basis by 50% non-food plant based biofuel and 50% traditional jet […]

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8-Slide Guides

Methane for Supper: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Microbes

Methane for Supper: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Microbes

October 19, 2017 |

iMicrobes designs and builds microorganisms, including industrial strains of bacteria and yeast to produce chemicals from natural gas and carbon dioxide. Their green, bio-based methods are “more cost effective than sugar or oil, helping to make consumer goods cheaper” and the company picked up a joint development agreement with AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business to help […]

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The Hot 40: 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, 2017-18

The Hot 40: 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, 2017-18

October 17, 2017 |

The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Economy, as voted by a panel of invited international selectors organized by the Digest and Nuu, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy dailies. The rankings recognize biotechnology innovation and achievement in fuels, biobased chemicals, nutrition, health, syntheric biology, and materials, and the Hot 40 specifically recognizes emerging companies […]

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Advance to Go!: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy

Advance to Go!: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy

October 17, 2017 |

At 8:00am Pacific Time on Tuesday of this week, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies and Markets opens in San Francisco with a record audience size, with diversification as its theme and “Go!” as the takeaway message — with investment and technologies arriving in unheard of pace and volume in the sector, companies […]

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Productionizing synthetic biology: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry

Productionizing synthetic biology: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry

October 14, 2017 |

The Agile BioFoundry, designed to productionize synthetic biology, is a public infrastructure investment aimed at increasing U.S. industrial competitiveness and enables new opportunities for private sector growth and jobs. Specifically, the foundry aims to enable a biorefineryto achieve a positive return on investment through a 50% reduction in time-to-scale up compared to the average of ~10 […]

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All your Biobase are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioBase Europe pilot plant

All your Biobase are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioBase Europe pilot plant

October 12, 2017 |

Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is an independent, state-of-the-art facility that operates from a laboratory level to a multi-ton scale. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is a service provider for process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of biobased products and processes. A wide and flexible spectrum of modular unit operations enables us to translate your […]

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The Latest World News

Southeast Queensland’s Unitywater looking for renewable energy consultants

Southeast Queensland’s Unitywater looking for renewable energy consultants

October 19, 2017 |

In Australia, as part of a broader energy and resource recovery strategy, Southeast Queensland’s Unitywater is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified parties with an interest in: •           Providing proven technology solutions at a cost •           Commercialising technology solutions and developing jointly owned intellectual property, or •           Developing joint venture arrangements and new business […]

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Four Swedish NGOs write MEPs demanding a shift in biofuels policy

Four Swedish NGOs write MEPs demanding a shift in biofuels policy

October 19, 2017 |

In Sweden, a group of four NGOs have written an open letter to members of European Parliament urging them to rethink the proposals for the second version of the Renewable Energy Directive, claiming that Swedish forests are already in dire straights and that the RED proposals will only further diminish their quality. They want no […]

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Vietnam’s E5 blending mandate will be a challenge for smaller fuel retailers

Vietnam’s E5 blending mandate will be a challenge for smaller fuel retailers

October 19, 2017 |

In Vietnam, although the government is confident domestic ethanol production will be sufficient to supply the E5 blending mandate coming into force in January, and that major fuel retailers have put measures in place to sell the blend, it is concerned that smaller fuel retailers don’t have the financial capacity to invest in the additional […]

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Croda inaugurates $170 bio-based chemicals plant in Delaware

Croda inaugurates $170 bio-based chemicals plant in Delaware

October 19, 2017 |

In Delaware, Croda International inaugurated its new $170 million plant producing bio-based non-ionic surfactants, the first of its kind in North America to use bio-based ethanol rather than petroleum products as feedstock. The governor praised the project during the ribbon cutting for demonstrating the state welcomes innovative companies that bring good jobs and create sustainable […]

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T2 ethanol prices slump to 11-month low ahead of flood of beet-based supplies

T2 ethanol prices slump to 11-month low ahead of flood of beet-based supplies

October 19, 2017 |

In the Netherlands, T2 ethanol prices have slumped to an 11-month low of $542/cu m on the back of increased supplies from sugarbeet-based ethanol following the de-regulation of the European Union’s sugarbeet market. Spanish and South American cargos have also recently arrived in Rotterdam, helping to further bring down the price. Most beet-based ethanol is […]

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R&D News

Tennessee start-up licenses ORNL technology to synthetically engineer fuels and medicines

Tennessee start-up licenses ORNL technology to synthetically engineer fuels and medicines

October 19, 2017 |

In Tennessee, SimPath has licensed a novel cloning system developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bioengineer new medicines and fuels. Knoxville, Tennessee-based startup SimPath will further develop ORNL’s cloning method into a multi-gene DNA assembly kit and software package for […]

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Big Island Biodiesel piloting UH Hilo biogas system

Big Island Biodiesel piloting UH Hilo biogas system

October 18, 2017 |

In Hawaii, Big Island Biodiesel has teamed with the University of Hawaii at Hilo on a lab scale of an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor, a single tank wastewater treatment system. A pilot scale model of the UASB reactor is located in Keaʻau at Big Island Biodiesel, a branch of Pacific Biodiesel, a company […]

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University of Arizona gets $15 million grant to set up biofuels and bioproducts center

University of Arizona gets $15 million grant to set up biofuels and bioproducts center

October 17, 2017 |

In Arizona, the University of Arizona has received a five-year grant of up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new center focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern U.S. Kimberly Ogden, director of the UA Institute for Energy […]

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PNNL researchers create continuous thermochemical process for useful biocrude from algae

PNNL researchers create continuous thermochemical process for useful biocrude from algae

October 16, 2017 |

In Washington state, researchers at the U.S. DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a continuous thermochemical process that produces useful biocrude from algae. The process takes just minutes and PNNL is working with a company that has licensed the technology to build a pilot plant using the technology. The first part of the conversion process, hydrothermal […]

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ExxonMobil breaks ground on algae biofuel and carbon capture research facility

ExxonMobil breaks ground on algae biofuel and carbon capture research facility

October 14, 2017 |

In New Jersey, ExxonMobil broke ground on the expansion of its research facility which will focus on research and development for algae biofuel and carbon capture technologies. It is expected to be completed in 2019 and will include a new engine testing center, a lubricant research and development blend plant, and enhancements to existing facilities […]

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Policy & Policymakers

New York City write to the EPA protesting any rollback of the RFS

New York City write to the EPA protesting any rollback of the RFS

October 19, 2017 |

In New York state, New York City submitted comments to the U.S. EPA Oct. 19, protesting any rollback of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which calls for minimal use levels for renewable fuels like biodiesel. Biodiesel has proven a reliable and effective fuel for NYC fleet and buildings and has helped reduce air pollution in the […]

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White House tells EPA to stand down on cuts to RFS mandates and RINs from exports

White House tells EPA to stand down on cuts to RFS mandates and RINs from exports

October 18, 2017 |

In Washington, the White House has told the Environmental Protection Agency to stand down from two proposals it had laid out to amend the Renewable Fuels Standard following strong pressure from Iowan politicians leaning against the president for not holding up his campaign promises to support biofuels. The lower blending mandate as proposed for 2018 […]

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South Africa only used 11.4% of duty-free ethanol quota during first year of EPA

South Africa only used 11.4% of duty-free ethanol quota during first year of EPA

October 17, 2017 |

In South Africa, just 11.4% of the 80,000 metric ton duty-free ethanol quota to Europe under the new Economic Partnership Agreement with Southern African Development Community countries has been used during the first year of the trade deal. Ethanol is among a long list of other commodities and products granted duty-free access, most of which […]

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Four Republican governors write EPA administrator to save RFS

Four Republican governors write EPA administrator to save RFS

October 16, 2017 |

In Washington, four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the recently proposed changes to America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), urging the president to keep his promises to rural America to support the RFS. “The renewable fuels industry in our states—and others—is poised to grow if the EPA sends positive and […]

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Indian government signs MOU with Sweden for biogas technology

Indian government signs MOU with Sweden for biogas technology

October 14, 2017 |

In Sweden, India’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met with Swedish government officials to work out plans on using Swedish biogas technology to make urban transportation in Mumbai compliant with emission standards. If it works in Mumbai, it will be expanded to public transportation in Nagpur. The sewage treatment plants in Mumbai will be able to […]

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Other Recent Articles

Members of House Biofuels Caucus urge EPA to rethink position on RFS

Members of House Biofuels Caucus urge EPA to rethink position on RFS

October 19, 2017 |

In Washington, 22 representatives from the House Biofuels Caucus wrote a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency urging it not to reduce the blending mandate for 2018 and 2019 as proposed nor to allow RIN generation from exported ethanol, saying farmers and biofuel producers in their states need more certainty from the agency. They say […]

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The Brazilians Are Coming!! The Brazilians Are Coming!!

The Brazilians Are Coming!! The Brazilians Are Coming!!

October 19, 2017 |

By Dave VanderGriend, CEO, ICM Special to The Digest The legend of Paul Revere was that in 1875 he rode through the towns of Massachusetts and warned of the impending attack by the British. He used lanterns that would reveal how they were advancing- one of by land, two if by sea. If Paul was […]

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Back to Basics: Effect of D/T Ratio on Agitator Power for Flow Controlled Applications

Back to Basics: Effect of D/T Ratio on Agitator Power for Flow Controlled Applications

October 19, 2017 |

By Gregory T. Benz, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Many agitator applications, such as blending of miscible liquids or suspending slowly settling solids such as starch and grain slurries used in ethanol production, may be classified as flow-controlled applications. That is to say, the process result depends on creating a certain characteristic velocity, […]

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Ethanol Europe Renewables teams with UN Climate Change to promote biofuels deployment

Ethanol Europe Renewables teams with UN Climate Change to promote biofuels deployment

October 18, 2017 |

In Germany, ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Bonn (COP 23, 6-17 November), Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL) and UN Climate Change have partnered to boost the deployment of biofuels in the transport sector. Transport is the second biggest source of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions world-wide, and the sector is rapidly growing. Biofuels such […]

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Twenty-five countries reject ICAO’s aviation biofuel plans for 2050

Twenty-five countries reject ICAO’s aviation biofuel plans for 2050

October 18, 2017 |

In California, 25 countries convened by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rejected the 2050 Vision on Sustainable Aviation Fuels that included volume-based targets for biofuels proposed by the ICAO Secretariat on October 13. The ICAO Secretariat’s proposal intended to see 128 million tons of biofuels a year being burned in plane engines by 2040, […]

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Indonesian biodiesel industry hoping US anti-dumping decision not as bad as thought

Indonesian biodiesel industry hoping US anti-dumping decision not as bad as thought

October 18, 2017 |

In Washington, the Commerce Department’s complaints against the Indonesian biodiesel industry supporting potential anti-dumping duties on imports have been narrowed down to two from an original eight, giving the Indonesian industry hope that when duties are announced by November 7 that they won’t be the maximum 40% that’s currently on the table. The two remaining […]

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