Major Stories

Grow your own bioplastic home, avocado-pit bioplastic, Arla and UPM’s wood-based dairy packaging, PHA bioplastic water bottle and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of February 20th

Grow your own bioplastic home, avocado-pit bioplastic, Arla and UPM’s wood-based dairy packaging, PHA bioplastic water bottle and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of February 20th

February 21, 2019 |

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of February 20th. In today’s Digest, grow your own bioplastic home, avocado-pit bioplastic, Arla and UPM’s wood-based dairy packaging, PHA bioplastic water bottle — these and more, ready for you now at The Digest online. […]

Read More

Quiz: What’s Your Renewable Fuels IQ?

Quiz: What’s Your Renewable Fuels IQ?

February 21, 2019 |

 

Read More

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

February 20, 2019 |

With the news that Matt Carr is leaving his post as the Executive Director of the Algae Biomass Organization, it’s beginning to feel like a real changing of the guard is taking place on the watchtowers that surround and advanced the bioeconomy. It was only a few months ago that long-time RFA CEO Bob Dinneen […]

Read More

Hot 50 PhotoVote: LanzaTech

Hot 50 PhotoVote: LanzaTech

February 19, 2019 |

This is an official photo vote submitted for the 2019 Hot 50 by LanzaTech. Photo Votes are distributed via the Digest, Twitter and LinkedIn (subject to review for taste and originality) and each Like for each photo vote counts for 1 additional vote in the Hot 50. Notes on PhotoVotes. This year, you may submit Photo […]

Read More

Hot 50 PhotoVote: Licella

Hot 50 PhotoVote: Licella

February 19, 2019 |

This is an official photo vote submitted for the 2019 Hot 50 by Licella. Photo Votes are distributed via the Digest, Twitter and LinkedIn (subject to review for taste and originality) and each Like for each photo vote counts for 1 additional vote in the Hot 50. Notes on PhotoVotes. This year, you may submit Photo […]

Read More

8-Slide Guides

So Happy Together: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass and Plastic Wastes Co-Processing

So Happy Together: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass and Plastic Wastes Co-Processing

February 21, 2019 |

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Lorenz Bauer, from LJBILL Chemical Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of biomass and non-recyclable plastic to liquid fuel, landfill and carbon reduction, and more

Read More

The Expert Witness: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Litigation

The Expert Witness: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Litigation

February 20, 2019 |

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Wayne Lee, CEO of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of what bioeconomy litigation is, what makes a good expert witness, and more.

Read More

Biogas Business: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Conversion

Biogas Business: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Conversion

February 19, 2019 |

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Terry Mazanec, a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of biogas, what it’s good for, scale, bio-methane, what to do with it, key players, and more

Read More

Mass Transfer: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gas Liquids Fermentation Agitation Strategies

Mass Transfer: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gas Liquids Fermentation Agitation Strategies

February 18, 2019 |

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Gregory Benz, from Benz Technology International and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, offers this illuminating overview of gas-liquid fermentation, agitation, and more

Read More

2019 Hot 50 Voting: The Early Photo Votes

2019 Hot 50 Voting: The Early Photo Votes

February 18, 2019 |

In Florida, LanzaTech, Amyris, Novozymes, Neste, POET/DSM, POET, Impossible Foods, Anellotech, Beyond Meat and BASF have taken the lead in early voting in the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy ballot. More on the early leaders here. Meanwhile, photo votes are now coming in — a highlight of the year for Advanced Bioeconomy creativity. Here’s the […]

Read More

The Latest World News

S&P Global Platts looks to revise methodology for Chicago Argo ethanol prices assessments

S&P Global Platts looks to revise methodology for Chicago Argo ethanol prices assessments

February 21, 2019 |

In Illinois, following a period of industry consultation, S&P Global Platts announced a proposal to revise the methodology for its Ethanol Chicago (terminal) price assessment to expand the delivery (offtake) options to include barge, rail and truck loading, effective May 1, 2019. “By this proposal, we will expand delivery options for our Ethanol Chicago price assessment, […]

Read More

Liverpool’s giant 90-ton fatberg has a future as biodiesel

Liverpool’s giant 90-ton fatberg has a future as biodiesel

February 21, 2019 |

In the UK, an 84-meter long, 90-metric ton fatberg has been found in the sewers of Liverpool which will be converted into biodiesel after removal and elimination of objects like wet wipes. After failing to remove it with high pressure water guns, it will now have to be removed manually using pickaxes and shovels, an […]

Read More

Singapore’s USP Group sells Biofuel Research to JV

Singapore’s USP Group sells Biofuel Research to JV

February 21, 2019 |

In Singapore, USP Group Limited announced that it has entered into a non-binding term sheet with AJ Shanaya Venture Pte Ltd, a company jointly owned by the founders of AJ Jetting Pte Ltd and Shanaya Environmental Services Pte Ltd, to sell its subsidiary company, Biofuel Research Pte Ltd to them. Biofuel Research Pte Ltd is […]

Read More

SVPGlobal buys White Energy ethanol plant and gluten facility

SVPGlobal buys White Energy ethanol plant and gluten facility

February 21, 2019 |

In Texas, Strategic Value Partners and its affiliates (“SVPGlobal”) announced an agreement to purchase food ingredient and ethanol businesses from White Energy. The purchase includes two integrated plants in Russell, Kansas: the nation’s largest vital wheat gluten manufacturing facility and one of the nation’s most cost-efficient ethanol production facilities. With an annual production capacity of […]

Read More

Epitome Energy hopes to break ground on $150 million soybean complex in spring 2021

Epitome Energy hopes to break ground on $150 million soybean complex in spring 2021

February 21, 2019 |

In Minnesota, local press reports that Epitome Energy could break ground on its proposed $150 million soybean crushing and biodiesel facility in spring 2021 should everything go as planned, with the build period seen at around 18 months. The project has received a $450,000 grant from the state’s department of transportation to improve rail infrastructure […]

Read More

R&D News

Louisiana State University researcher optimizing E. coli to produce biodiesel better

Louisiana State University researcher optimizing E. coli to produce biodiesel better

February 21, 2019 |

In Louisiana, a Louisiana State University Mechanical Engineering graduate student Is currently working on genetically engineering and optimizing E. coli bacteria to produce bioproducts, like biodiesel, in a cost-effective manner. The main goal is to create Malonyl-CoA bioproducts, such as biodiesel, plastics, polymers, and pharmaceuticals. Malonyl-CoA is found in bacteria from humans and has important […]

Read More

PNNL calling on algae industry and academia to partners on DISCOVR project

PNNL calling on algae industry and academia to partners on DISCOVR project

February 20, 2019 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is calling on algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. PNNL and its partners in this effort are offering private and academic collaboration opportunities. PNNL […]

Read More

McGill University researchers produce methanol from ethanol using sunlight

McGill University researchers produce methanol from ethanol using sunlight

February 19, 2019 |

In Canada, Science magazine reports that researchers from McGill University have developed a method of producing ethanol from methanol by using sunlight. Using gallium nitride nanowires “spiked” with magnesium as a catalyst, following successful results producing benzene from methane gas using the same technology, they were able to absorb UV rays from sunlight, negatively charging […]

Read More

Montana State University looking to improve algae-biodiesel production with DOE study

Montana State University looking to improve algae-biodiesel production with DOE study

February 18, 2019 |

In Montana, an effort to improve the feasibility of a renewable energy source, Montana State University researchers are exploring a potential breakthrough in producing biofuel from algae. Backed by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the research team — which includes scientists from University of Toledo and University of North Carolina […]

Read More

Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

February 17, 2019 |

In Australia, QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia have commenced work on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either biojet and biodiesel fuel or biochemicals. Their patented REACH technology, developed by U.S. parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective […]

Read More

Policy & Policymakers

EPA preparing several options for RIN reform

EPA preparing several options for RIN reform

February 21, 2019 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that the under orders from President Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to propose a complete reform of RIN trading that would keep speculators such as banks out the market. There has been concern that speculation has led to higher RIN prices that have in turn burdened some parts of […]

Read More

Malaysia hoping diplomacy with France will ease palm oil tensions

Malaysia hoping diplomacy with France will ease palm oil tensions

February 20, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports that Malaysian and French officials are set to meet to discuss palm oil in an effort to better understand the product’s opportunities and challenges. Malaysia is trying to head of implementation of the French Parliament’s ban on palm oil for biodiesel from 2020. The French Environment Ambassador is set […]

Read More

Republicans furious EPA chief rejected proposal to cut ethanol blending

Republicans furious EPA chief rejected proposal to cut ethanol blending

February 19, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency rejected a staff proposal last December that would have cut the biofuel blending mandate, a move that has enraged Republicans and threatened their votes in the Senate confirmation hearing that would make the acting administrator the permanent one. The proposal sought to […]

Read More

Brazilian car manufacturers aim to stop planned 15% biodiesel blend

Brazilian car manufacturers aim to stop planned 15% biodiesel blend

February 18, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the national association of automobile manufacturers has recommended the government not boost the biodiesel blending mandate to 15% by 2023 as proposed by the biodiesel industry, a move which unsurprisingly has the industry in an uproar. The car manufacturers claim that boosting the biodiesel blend can have a number of […]

Read More

India considering mandating UCO feedstock for biofuel

India considering mandating UCO feedstock for biofuel

February 17, 2019 |

In India, Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the government is “considering mandating biofuel from used cooking oil as advanced biofuel which can be blended with biodiesel,” which will help the government reach their goal of 20% ethanol and 5% biodiesel by 2030 under their biofuel policy, according to News18. “We have set a target […]

Read More

Other Recent Articles

India looking to ramp up aviation biofuel production to support air force

India looking to ramp up aviation biofuel production to support air force

February 21, 2019 |

In India, the Hindu newspaper reports that the government is trying to set up 1,000 liter per day aviation biofuel plants in five states across the country in part to help fuel a two-year testing program by the air force that will trial the fuel in all of its aircraft types such as helicopters, transport […]

Read More

Praxair expands Louisiana CO plant to better supply biofuel producers

Praxair expands Louisiana CO plant to better supply biofuel producers

February 20, 2019 |

In Louisiana, Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc, has announced the completion of a major investment project at its Geismar, Louisiana facility, bringing a new plant online that will increase carbon monoxide supply to customers in the Geismar area. The plant incorporates a new carbon monoxide purification train with more than 13 million […]

Read More

Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to state’s GDP in 2018

Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to state’s GDP in 2018

February 20, 2019 |

In Minnesota, the state’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, according to a new study by ABF Economics. In 2018, the study said, Minnesota’s ethanol producers produced 1.27 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.8 million tons of dried distiller’s grains with solubles (a high-protein animal feed) and 283 […]

Read More

Indonesia’s PLN to convert 122MW of power production to crude palm oil

Indonesia’s PLN to convert 122MW of power production to crude palm oil

February 20, 2019 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the national utility PLN is switching three of its diesel-fueled and one of its gas-fueled power plants to crude palm oil which together will produce 122MW of power for Papua, East Kalimantan and South Sulawesi. The four plants currently consume 190 million liters of fossil fuel which will now be […]

Read More

Calgren Dairy Fuels injects bio-RNG into Southern California Gas pipelines

Calgren Dairy Fuels injects bio-RNG into Southern California Gas pipelines

February 20, 2019 |

In California, Southern California Gas Co. and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels announced Feb. 14 that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren’s dairy digester facility in Pixley, California, is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. The project marks the first time that carbon-negative renewable natural gas produced from cow manure has been injected directly into SoCalGas’ natural gas system. […]

Read More

Kinder Morgan to boost Argo infrastructure to help reduce ethanol glut

Kinder Morgan to boost Argo infrastructure to help reduce ethanol glut

February 20, 2019 |

In Illinois, Reuters reports that in an effort to slow falling ethanol prices as a result of a supply glut and in response to ADM flooding the benchmark Argo terminal since late 2017, Kinder Morgan will expand its barge-loading capacity to help increase the flow of ethanol towards coastal markets with higher prices. The number […]

Read More