Major Stories

Indonesia halts all new palm oil plantations for 3 years

Indonesia halts all new palm oil plantations for 3 years

September 22, 2018 |

Like a big red stop sign in your face, the palm oil debate seems to be unyielding. It’s in newspapers, in documentaries like Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood movie, even dinner table conversations as families and friends munch on chocolate desserts made with palm oil. The battle continues between the European Union and its anti-palm […]

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biosteel for airplanes, chemicals from sunlight, water and CO2, automated tractors, cloud biology, biodegradable straws: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of September 21st

biosteel for airplanes, chemicals from sunlight, water and CO2, automated tractors, cloud biology, biodegradable straws: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of September 21st

September 20, 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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Looking deeper into Clariant cellulosic technology: Part 2 of 2, a visit to Craiova, Romania and first commercial groundbreaking

Looking deeper into Clariant cellulosic technology: Part 2 of 2, a visit to Craiova, Romania and first commercial groundbreaking

September 16, 2018 |

Clariant launches flagship sunliquid plant in Romania as the EU bids to decarbonize transport In Romania, Clariant officially started construction of the first large-scale commercial sunliquid plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol made from agricultural residues.  The project represents the biggest industrial commitment by an international corporation in this region. At full capacity, the […]

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Looking deeper into Clariant cellulosic technology: Part 1 of 2, a visit to Straubing, Germany and an integrated pilot plant

Looking deeper into Clariant cellulosic technology: Part 1 of 2, a visit to Straubing, Germany and an integrated pilot plant

September 16, 2018 |

When you first encounter the Clariant cellulosic ethanol technology, your nose tells you that you haven’t seen anything quite like this before.  An ethanol plant smells like a Corn Flakes factory, you see —  warm, toasty corn scent that’s pleasant and distinctive, but cellulosic ethanol project typically had a harsher smell when you first enter […]

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Agrisoma, United Airlines and World Energy complete longest transatlantic biojet flight

Agrisoma, United Airlines and World Energy complete longest transatlantic biojet flight

September 16, 2018 |

Carinata is proving that it is a feedstock to be reckoned with, a compelling catalyst for change, with the latest news that Agrisoma, United Airlines and World Energy came together for the longest rransatlantic biojet flight yet. Lots of biofuel flights have been happening over the last few years, so why is this one different? […]

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8-Slide Guides

Faster genetic engineering and fighting antibiotic resistance: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Scibac

Faster genetic engineering and fighting antibiotic resistance: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Scibac

September 20, 2018 |

Scibac is new and the underlying MERGE technology, is strikingly new; however, the co-founders Jeanette Mucha, Anthony Cann and Derick Twomey are veterans of the advanced bioeconomy, having spent a number of years  at Cobalt Technologies bringing forward that biochamicals platform Cobalt was about the clostridium bacteria— and SciBac is in a neighboring region, but in […]

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Opportunities in advanced biofuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office

Opportunities in advanced biofuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office

September 16, 2018 |

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g., biosolids). BETO works with a broad spectrum of government, industrial, academic, agricultural, and nonprofit partners across the United States […]

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Specialty ingredients: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Evolva

Specialty ingredients: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Evolva

September 16, 2018 |

Evolva aims to solve supply chain issues of nature through a 21st century mix of biotechnology and fermentation. They develop, make and sell ingredients that provide significant health, wellness and nutrition benefits to people in their daily life, but whose supply chain issues have limited their use until now. Their flagship ingredients are stevia, nootkatone […]

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Resilience through Regional Partnership: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Consortium

Resilience through Regional Partnership: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC Consortium

September 16, 2018 |

The Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC) is a consortium consisting of the University of Florida (lead), the University of South Florida, the University of Georgia, Auburn University, and other institutions, government agencies, the civil aviation industry, and Agrisoma Biosciences and Applied Research Associates (ARA) from the private sector. This group has embarked […]

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid cellulosic technology

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid cellulosic technology

September 15, 2018 |

Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for example corn stover in North America, bagasse in South America or wheat straw in Europe and can be adapted to various plant concepts. The […]

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The Latest World News

Valmet to deliver world’s first BioTrac system for black pellet production

Valmet to deliver world’s first BioTrac system for black pellet production

September 22, 2018 |

In France, Valmet agreed with FICAP on the delivery of the world’s first continuous steam explosion system, BioTrac, for production of black pellets. The pellet plant will produce both white and black pellets and has an annual capacity of 120 000 ton/year of pellets. The black pellets produced will be used mainly by district heating […]

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New biogas plants using kitchen waste to power temple meals

New biogas plants using kitchen waste to power temple meals

September 22, 2018 |

In India, new biogas plants in all the gurudwara complexes in Delhi will be operational by October, thanks to the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee which is setting them up and using kitchen waste and food waste as a feedstock for the biogas plants. “The committee had been facing various issues in waste management, but […]

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Biofuel use being considered in bunkering sector as IMO 2020 standards near

Biofuel use being considered in bunkering sector as IMO 2020 standards near

September 22, 2018 |

In the United Kingdom, S&P Global Platts reports that some market participants have been promoting the blending of biofuels as a way of reducing emissions in preparation for the International Maritime Organization’s tighter sulfur emission standards, but actual uptake is slow. Installing scrubbers to collect excess sulfur from traditional marine fuel is one way to […]

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Kraig Biocraft accelerates development of spider silk fibers from a day to minutes

Kraig Biocraft accelerates development of spider silk fibers from a day to minutes

September 22, 2018 |

In Michigan, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc., a leading developer of spider silk based fibers implemented two major advancements in the development of next generation recombinant spider silk fibers. These advancements are the result of new equipment and recently employed protocols at their R&D headquarters in Michigan. These new approaches build on the existing protocols, but […]

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German rapeseed oil export shrinks

German rapeseed oil export shrinks

September 22, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that German exports of rapeseed oil in the 2017/18 marketing year fell short of the previous year’s record level. Above all, some EU member states purchased considerably less rapeseed oil. According to figures published by the German Federal Statistical Office, German exports of rapeseed oil declined for the first time in […]

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R&D News

Pre-winter switchgrass harvest produces better ethanol yields

Pre-winter switchgrass harvest produces better ethanol yields

September 22, 2018 |

In Michigan, researchers from Michigan Technological University, University of Tennessee, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University are looking at Wisconsin switchgrass to better understand the costs and benefits to harvesting at various points in the season. Comparing data from samples collected every two to three weeks from the switchgrass fields against biofuel yield data […]

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Kew Gardens researchers discover fungi that can break down plastic in weeks

Kew Gardens researchers discover fungi that can break down plastic in weeks

September 20, 2018 |

In the UK, the Telegraph reports that Kew Gardens researchers and an international team from 18 countries have discovered Aspergillus tubingensis can break down plastic in weeks rather than decades using its mycelia. The fungi was found in a Pakistani trash dump by Chinese scientists last year. The discovery was part of a larger publication […]

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UofI researchers lead $5 million switchgrass study

UofI researchers lead $5 million switchgrass study

September 19, 2018 |

In Illinois, a University of Illinois crop scientist will lead a team of researchers on a five-year study of new crops that could contribute to the production of affordable, sustainable sources for market-ready fuels and other valuable products. They were awarded $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a study titled “Next-Generation […]

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EPFL researchers develop chemical method to stabilize simple cellulosic sugars

EPFL researchers develop chemical method to stabilize simple cellulosic sugars

September 18, 2018 |

In Switzerland, EPFL researchers have developed a chemical method that stabilizes simple sugars and prevents them from being degraded. This method could mean that chemists no longer have to balance deconstruction of the plant with avoiding degradation of the product. The new method changes the chemical susceptibility of the sugars to dehydration and degradation by […]

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Researchers develop mechanism to protect enzymes from oxygen

Researchers develop mechanism to protect enzymes from oxygen

September 17, 2018 |

In Germany, an international team of researchers has developed a new mechanism to protect enzymes from oxygen as biocatalysts in fuel cells. The enzymes, known as hydrogenases, are just as efficient as precious metal catalysts, but unstable when they come into contact with oxygen. They are therefore not yet suitable for technological applications. The new […]

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Policy & Policymakers

State government taking deductions from staff salaries to pay for biofuel cookers

State government taking deductions from staff salaries to pay for biofuel cookers

September 22, 2018 |

In Nigeria, the state governor for Cross River, Ben Ayade, is requiring a salary deduction of every civil and public servant in the state for the purchase of biofuel cookers and lamps, which staff are not happy about. This comes after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Alvila Technologies Limited, supposedly a close associate of […]

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EPA releases hardship waivers data showing 29 refineries were granted 13.62 billion gallons of exemptions in 2017

EPA releases hardship waivers data showing 29 refineries were granted 13.62 billion gallons of exemptions in 2017

September 20, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency finally released data regarding small refinery hardship waivers, saying that 29 refineries were granted waivers from RIN compliance in 2017 compared to 19 in 2016 and just seven the year before. A total of 13.62 billion gallons of ethanol were exempted in 2017 as a result […]

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Malaysia planning B10 white paper by year’s end

Malaysia planning B10 white paper by year’s end

September 19, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the Bernama news agency reports that the industries ministry will at last put forward a white paper by the end of this year looking at the switch to B10. The country has run up against resistance from truckers and engine manufacturers who say higher blends will damage vehicles but the government is looking […]

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India fines 18 mills and two associations more than $5 million for ethanol bid fixing

India fines 18 mills and two associations more than $5 million for ethanol bid fixing

September 18, 2018 |

In India, the Press Trust of India reports that the country’s antitrust watchdog CCI has fined 18 sugar mills as well as the Indian Sugar Mills Association and Ethanol Manufacturers Association of India more than $5 million for rigging bids in ethanol tenders held by national oil companies in 2013. The penalties were calculated based […]

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US Court of Appeals votes in favor Oregon’s Clean Fuels program against oil industry attack

US Court of Appeals votes in favor Oregon’s Clean Fuels program against oil industry attack

September 17, 2018 |

In Oregon, Platts reports that the state’s Clean Fuels program had its day in court against the oil industry and won when the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decided the law discriminates against fuels with high greenhouse gas emissions, not the state of origin as the coalition of truckers and oil industry […]

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Other Recent Articles

Ethanol production gets small boost, but still at 2nd lowest volume in 10 weeks

Ethanol production gets small boost, but still at 2nd lowest volume in 10 weeks

September 22, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production averaged 1.051 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 44.11 million gallons daily, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. While the 31,000 b/d increase in production was a 3.0% boost over the prior week, ethanol output remains at the second-lowest volume in 10 weeks. The four-week […]

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Virgin Atlantic to fly 747 from Orlando to London on LanzaTech fuel in October

Virgin Atlantic to fly 747 from Orlando to London on LanzaTech fuel in October

September 20, 2018 |

In the UK, Virgin Atlantic announced that its partnership with LanzaTech will finally come to fruition in October when a Boeing 747 will fly from Orlando to London Gatwick partially fueled with LanzaTech’s aviation biofuel. Richard Branson’s announcement on his blog didn’t indicate what percentage of the fuel will be biofuel but did say it […]

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GoodFuels Marine completes world’s first bunker delivery using blockchain

GoodFuels Marine completes world’s first bunker delivery using blockchain

September 20, 2018 |

In the Netherlands, GoodFuels Marine and blockchain technology and governance experts Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration (BLOC) have successfully completed the world’s first bunker delivery and transaction using blockchain technology. The delivery, made to a Samskip vessel via a REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker barge in Rotterdam on September 7th, represents a landmark moment for the shipping […]

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US associations submit comments to UK urging adoption of E10

US associations submit comments to UK urging adoption of E10

September 20, 2018 |

In the UK, earlier this week, Growth Energy, the U.S. Grains Council, and the Renewable Fuels Association jointly submitted comments to the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department of Transport as it considers implementing a nationwide E10 ethanol blend. The comments, submitted on Sept. 16, highlight the proven benefits of ethanol for fuel and draw on the […]

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Indonesian palm oil production hits four-year high in August

Indonesian palm oil production hits four-year high in August

September 20, 2018 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that while Indonesia looks to absorb more palm oil through its B20 blending mandate, its production continues to grow. August saw production hit a four-year high at more than 4 million metric tons. Exports also slid slightly from July to 2.83 million tons while domestic consumption rose to 1.05 million tons, […]

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Additional import tariffs on US ethanol won’t impact trade with China

Additional import tariffs on US ethanol won’t impact trade with China

September 20, 2018 |

In China, Platts reports that despite the higher tariffs on US undenatured ethanol imposed to counterbalance the latest round of tariffs in US President Trump’s trade war, the market doesn’t expect there to be much impact because the previous 65% tariffs had already closed any possible import window. The latest tariff increase announced this week […]

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