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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 […]

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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 […]

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Hot 50 PhotoVote: Sierra Energy

Hot 50 PhotoVote: Sierra Energy

February 19, 2019 |

This is an official photo vote submitted for the 2019 Hot 50 by Sierra Energy. 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 […]

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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 […]

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Hot 50 PhotoVote: Sierra Energy

Hot 50 PhotoVote: Sierra Energy

February 19, 2019 |

This is an official photo vote submitted for the 2019 Hot 50 by Sierra Energy. 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 […]

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8-Slide Guides

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

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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

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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 […]

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Biochar Science and Market: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochar

Biochar Science and Market: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochar

February 17, 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. Hugh McLaughlin, PhD, PE, a technical expert in pyrolysis, biochar and activated carbon, and Gerald Kutney, PhD, a business expert in pyrolysis and biochar, and both members of Lee Enterprises Consulting offer […]

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Consumer Demand Drives Biochemicals: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biobased Specialty Chemicals

Consumer Demand Drives Biochemicals: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biobased Specialty Chemicals

February 14, 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. MarketChemica, Inc., a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of the VIRIDISOL, ecoXTRACT, and GreenFlame brands, how marketing is an essential service in the LEC Toolbox, and more

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The Latest World News

Eni teams with RenOils to collect UCO for biodiesel production

Eni teams with RenOils to collect UCO for biodiesel production

February 19, 2019 |

In Italy, Eni and RenOils, the Italian national vegetable and animal oils and fats Consortium established in 2016 to ensure the correct management of the collection, transport, storage, processing and reuse of vegetable oils and animal fats, signed a collaboration agreement to promote the recovery of used vegetable oils. Eni currently makes use of approximately […]

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Cortus Energy teams with Swedish Biofuels to produce bio-jet from forest waste

Cortus Energy teams with Swedish Biofuels to produce bio-jet from forest waste

February 19, 2019 |

In Sweden, Cortus Energy AB (Publ) and Swedish Biofuels AB (SB) have agreed in a preliminary agreement about cooperating with the goal of during 2019, jointly projecting a first commercial plant for production of bio-jet fuel based on forest raw material and alcohols for the Arlanda airport needs. Initial contacts around land, logistics, fuel and […]

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Record molasses prices boosts Philippine ethanol price to $1,165/cu m

Record molasses prices boosts Philippine ethanol price to $1,165/cu m

February 19, 2019 |

In the Philippines, Platts reports Sugar Regulatory Agency data shows record molasses prices pushed domestic ethanol prices to $1,165/cu m during the first half of February. Molasses prices rose to $194.85/mt during the first half of the month bringing ethanol prices to an equivalent of $0.83/liter. Sugar prices also rose during the period to $588.2/mt, […]

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Green Earth Institute aims to produce green chemicals from oil palm waste in Malaysia

Green Earth Institute aims to produce green chemicals from oil palm waste in Malaysia

February 19, 2019 |

In Japan, Green Earth Institute plans to start producing high value chemicals— alanine and valine—from oil palm waste using its technology in a Malaysian trial by 2022 with hopes of partnering with companies such as Sime Darby. Empty fruit bunches will be used but also palm trunks. GEI, started in 2011 with funds from the […]

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Brazilian sugar mills seen being more responsive to sugar and ethanol prices

Brazilian sugar mills seen being more responsive to sugar and ethanol prices

February 19, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that Louis Dreyfus believes flexible sugar mills that can easily switch between sugar and ethanol will likely make the shift faster this next season than in previous seasons, leading to “dramatic” shifts in production of either product as mills become more pragmatic in their decision making. Alvean believes that sugar prices […]

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R&D News

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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German researchers say aviation biofuel can reduce negative climate impacts of flying

German researchers say aviation biofuel can reduce negative climate impacts of flying

February 14, 2019 |

In Germany, researchers at the German Aerospace Center say the use of aviation biofuels can reduce soot emissions and contrail formations. By blending 50% biofuel, soot-related ice crystal formation can but cut by 80% while contrail formation can halve. They argue that by reducing the amount of clouds created by aviation can help to reduce […]

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows ethanol production rose 23% since 2014

University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows ethanol production rose 23% since 2014

February 13, 2019 |

In Nebraska, a recent impact study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) economists reveals Nebraska’s ethanol production capacity increased by 23 percent since 2014 and continues to be a significant driver of economic impact for the state. “The state sees what economists describe as an economic ‘bounce’ when we take advantage of the added value when […]

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Policy & Policymakers

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Five Republican Senators threaten to block EPA administrator confirmation over RFS

Five Republican Senators threaten to block EPA administrator confirmation over RFS

February 14, 2019 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that five Republican Senators led by Senator Ted Cruz have sent a letter to the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency saying they would have a hard time voting to confirm him into the position unless he finds ways to lower the regulatory burden for independent oil refiners by reforming […]

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EPA says with implement year-round E15 together with RIN reforms

EPA says with implement year-round E15 together with RIN reforms

February 13, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency chose not to just make the ruling for year-round E15 but to also combine it with reform of the RIN market, on the behest of the President who said he wanted the two policies kept together. RIN reform will include credit trading limits in an effort […]

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Other Recent Articles

Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales launched

Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales launched

February 19, 2019 |

In UK, commissioned by WRAP Cymru, Anthesis has developed this user-friendly Circular Economy Mapping Tool for Wales – a useful resource for those operating within the Welsh bioeconomy; particularly food and drink producers and processors. It provides an interactive, visual representation of the extent of Wales’ thriving bioeconomy, plotting where different types of businesses are […]

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Risks in the Climate Finance Markets

Risks in the Climate Finance Markets

February 19, 2019 |

By Michael Newman, Chief Operating Officer, Parhelion Underwriting Inc. Special to The Digest Risks often act as barriers to investment and trading in the climate finance market – the systems designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), California’s Cap & Trade and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) – because […]

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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 […]

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Hot 50 PhotoVote: Sierra Energy

Hot 50 PhotoVote: Sierra Energy

February 19, 2019 |

This is an official photo vote submitted for the 2019 Hot 50 by Sierra Energy. 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 […]

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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 […]

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Hot 50 PhotoVote: Sierra Energy

Hot 50 PhotoVote: Sierra Energy

February 19, 2019 |

This is an official photo vote submitted for the 2019 Hot 50 by Sierra Energy. 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 […]

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