Major Stories

Back to the Future All Over Again: ExxonMobil targets algae fuels at scale by 2025, as oil prices rise

Back to the Future All Over Again: ExxonMobil targets algae fuels at scale by 2025, as oil prices rise

May 24, 2018 |

So, ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have announced a new phase in their joint algae biofuel research program that could lead to the technical ability to produce 10,000 barrels of algae biofuel per day by 2025. With that, it feels like the circle has turned again. Which is to say, West Texas Intermediate has reached $70.68, […]

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A Yield Revolution in Row Crops Cometh

A Yield Revolution in Row Crops Cometh

May 23, 2018 |

Yield10’s Brave New World of Metabolic Engineering, Benson Hill’s cloud biology and CRISPR/Cas9 from Purdue and the Chinese Academy of Sciences? Crop yield may never be the same. And developers using crops for bioindustrials or nutrition stand to reap the benefit via bigger refineries and lower input costs. Yield, yield, yield. Just about everyone thinks […]

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 23rd, 2018

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of May 23rd, 2018

May 22, 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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Banking on the bacterium bad guy: Sandia tailors E. coli to convert plants into renewable chemicals

Banking on the bacterium bad guy: Sandia tailors E. coli to convert plants into renewable chemicals

May 19, 2018 |

In California, Sandia National Laboratories scientists have demonstrated a new technology based on bioengineered bacteria that could make it economically feasible to produce things like jet fuel, pantyhose, and plastic bottles from renewable plant sources. Economically and efficiently converting tough plant matter, or lignin, has long been a stumbling block for wider use of the […]

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Breaking News: attack on farm bill clean energy programs

Breaking News: attack on farm bill clean energy programs

May 17, 2018 |

Breaking news arrives from the Ag Energy Coalition regarding the 2018 Farm Bill. Green Capiltol’s Lloyd Ritter writes: Rep. Biggs farm bill amendment was made in order by the Rules Committee last night to eviscerate the clean energy title programs of the farm bill.  It will be voted on as early as this afternoon. This is […]

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8-Slide Guides

You’ve Come a Long Ways, Baby: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ renewable drop-in fuels

You’ve Come a Long Ways, Baby: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ renewable drop-in fuels

May 24, 2018 |

Velocys enables modular gas-to-liquids and biomass-to-liquids plants to convert unconventional, remote and problem gas and waste biomass into valuable, drop-in liquid fuels. And most recently has repositioned from being a technology component supplier into initiating and drive the development of biorefineries from concept to full operations. By taking the lead in projects, they aim to reduce […]

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One commercial, two commercial, three commercial, four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology

One commercial, two commercial, three commercial, four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology

May 23, 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 Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy

May 22, 2018 |

Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company recently broke ground on its first commercial project in Nevada, and more about that here. Fulcrum’s innovative business model combines large volume MSW feedstock agreements with […]

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Waiver Wire: Why is the biofuels industry up in arms about oil refinery waivers?

Waiver Wire: Why is the biofuels industry up in arms about oil refinery waivers?

May 21, 2018 |

It’s baseball season and the waiver wire and easy outs are the talk of ESPN and other sports outlets. But they’re part of the Washington dialogue this month, waivers and easy outs, since reports surfaced in media that the US Environmental Protection Agency granted a Renewable Fuel Standard hardship waiver for CVR Energy’s Wynnewood, Oklahoma oil […]

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Hot tech for fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

Hot tech for fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Joint BioEnergy Institute

May 20, 2018 |

JBEI’s mission is to convert biomass to biofuels. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, renewable transportation fuels identical to gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Inside JBEI’s Emeryville laboratories, researchers are using the latest tools in molecular biology, chemical engineering, computational and robotic technologies, and pioneering work in synthetic biology to transform biomass […]

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The Latest World News

St1 teams with Swedish forestry company to produce biofuels from tall oil

St1 teams with Swedish forestry company to produce biofuels from tall oil

May 24, 2018 |

In Sweden, energy company St1 and the forest products company SCA have formed a partnership to develop large-scale production of renewable fuels from tall oil. The planned production site will be St1’s refinery in Gothenburg. The aim of the partnership is to construct a new facility to produce advanced renewable fuels from tall oil with […]

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POET breaks ground on $5 million DDGS upgrade project at Mitchell plant

POET breaks ground on $5 million DDGS upgrade project at Mitchell plant

May 24, 2018 |

In South Dakota, POET broke ground on $5 million investments at its ethanol facility in Mitchell to help boost the quantity and quality of its animal feed produced from DDGS in order to better service the local market of beef and bison producers, a first for the company. The new pellet product is meant to […]

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European Commission to begin registering Argentine biodiesel imports Friday

European Commission to begin registering Argentine biodiesel imports Friday

May 24, 2018 |

In Belgium, Platts reports that as part of the European Commission’s most recent trade investigation into potential dumping of Argentine biodiesel on the European market, the EC will begin registering imports of Argentine biodiesel as of Friday in an effort to better track potential increases in import volumes and be able to respond quicker.  The […]

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Quebec and Western Cape sign partnership agreement on green technologies

Quebec and Western Cape sign partnership agreement on green technologies

May 24, 2018 |

In Canada, the Premier of Quebec and the Premier of Western Cape Province in South Africa signed an agreement lays the foundation for a partnership in the areas of environmental management, green technologies and renewable energy. Écotech Québec, the green technology cluster and GreenCape, a Western Cape organization that supports the green economy, also signed […]

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Metsä to produce textile fibers from forestry products

Metsä to produce textile fibers from forestry products

May 24, 2018 |

In Finland, Metsä Group has established a new innovation company, Metsä Spring Ltd. The company will, together with partner organizations, invest in new endeavors with the target to identify and develop new business opportunities in sustainable forest-based bioeconomy and circular economy. The first concept to be included into Metsä Spring’s portfolio is the new textile […]

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R&D News

Embrapa teams with DowDuPont’s agri arm to enhance Brazilian crops

Embrapa teams with DowDuPont’s agri arm to enhance Brazilian crops

May 24, 2018 |

In Brazil, Embrapa and Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, signed an agreement to conduct leading-edge research to enhance the competitiveness and sustainability of Brazilian farming. The research will focus on genomics to improve the pest and drought tolerance of crops, enhance the post-harvest quality of agricultural products and minimize the environmental impact of farming. […]

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Panjab University center scores more than $376,000 to support food and agri start-ups

Panjab University center scores more than $376,000 to support food and agri start-ups

May 23, 2018 |

In India, the Tribune reports that Panjab University’s Bioincubators Nurturing Entrepreneurship for Scaling Technologies has been awarded more than $376,000 to support five start-ups food and agriculture processing. One of the five projects is to scale up a technology to produce biodiesel from algae following successful smaller-scale trials that demonstrated the fuel has a lower […]

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Malaysian and UK researchers develop new technology to process POME

Malaysian and UK researchers develop new technology to process POME

May 22, 2018 |

In Malaysia, engineers at the University of Nottingham Malaysia have developed new technology to help the global palm oil processing industry reduce CO2 emissions and create renewable energy from its waste. Now University researchers, in collaboration with Malaysian industry partners, have built a unique integrated zero-waste management system for the mills. The pilot plant, called […]

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Chalmers University finds gasification the way forward after 10 years of research

Chalmers University finds gasification the way forward after 10 years of research

May 21, 2018 |

In Sweden, a chance to switch to renewable sources for heating, electricity and fuel, while also providing new opportunities for several industries to produce large numbers of renewable products. This is the verdict of researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, who now, after ten years of energy research into gasification of biomass, see an […]

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Researchers find a way to increase biofuel from algae by 30%

Researchers find a way to increase biofuel from algae by 30%

May 18, 2018 |

In India, a team of 14 scientists from Korea, Spain, and India found a way to increase biofuel from algae by 30% by unearthing a “gatekeeper” that regulates biofuel yields in algae. “This metabolic gatekeeper in algae is akin to what Heimdall does in the Avengers, regulating who enters Asgard,” said Rishiram Ramanan, the lead […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Senate Democratic leadership urge Trump to reduce gas prices by protecting RFS

Senate Democratic leadership urge Trump to reduce gas prices by protecting RFS

May 24, 2018 |

In Washington, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to President Trump urging him to take immediate action to lower gas prices for American families ahead of Memorial Day weekend. One of the suggestions made to dampen rising gas prices […]

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Indonesia preparing for B25 in 2019

Indonesia preparing for B25 in 2019

May 23, 2018 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports that the government plans to boost its current 20% biodiesel blending mandate to 25% early next year in an effort to save $1 billion in fossil fuel imports as well as to absorb more of its domestic palm oil production. Currently, the energy ministry is working to develop the […]

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RFA wants Brazil to ensure fair calculations of ethanol GHG emissions

RFA wants Brazil to ensure fair calculations of ethanol GHG emissions

May 22, 2018 |

In Washington, Brazil’s RenovaBio program establishes national annual emissions reduction targets for transportation fuels that will likely require a significant increase in biofuels consumption. Therefore, the program must accurately reflect the carbon intensity for all ethanol pathways, including imports, the Renewable Fuels Association wrote in comments to Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy submitted Sunday. […]

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Jamaica looking to boost ethanol blend to 15%

Jamaica looking to boost ethanol blend to 15%

May 21, 2018 |

In Jamaica, the government is exploring an increase of its ethanol blend to 15% from the current 10% in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to slow down increasing gas prices. The country’s fuel industry is in favor of the move, saying that E15 is proven to not have negative impacts on vehicles. […]

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Algae is on a roll in Congress

Algae is on a roll in Congress

May 19, 2018 |

In Washington, the Algae Biomass Organization said that supporters of algae are putting their imprint on policy with several big moves in the first few months of 2018. The February spending deal came together as one of the winners with the algae industry’s long-time interests in carbon capture and use. The agreement included a provision to […]

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Other Recent Articles

EIA says federal subsidies for renewables dropped 56% between 2013-2016

EIA says federal subsidies for renewables dropped 56% between 2013-2016

May 24, 2018 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says federal subsidies for renewable energy—including biofuels for transportation use and renewable generation of electricity—dropped to $6.7 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2016, a 56% decline from FY 2013. Renewable subsidies in FY 2010 and FY 2013 were approximately $15 billion, more than double FY 2016 levels, as support […]

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Bioindustrial Innovation Canada to fund Benefuel FEED study

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada to fund Benefuel FEED study

May 23, 2018 |

In Canada, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada approved a COMM SCI project with Benefuel, a renewable energy company that utilizes their patented ENSEL® catalyst technology to produce a low carbon intensity biodiesel from a variety of food and agriculture waste streams, with high yields. The purpose of this COMM SCI project is to support a Front-End Engineering […]

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Marathon seeking hardship waiver for smallest refinery

Marathon seeking hardship waiver for smallest refinery

May 23, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that despite all of the heat on the Environmental Protection Agency for issuing hardship waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard that have so far represented a loss of 1.8 billion gallons of ethanol demand, the country’s second-largest oil refiner—Marathon—has applied for a waiver for its 93,000 barrel per day plant in […]

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E.ON, H&M Group, Scania and Siemens team up to achieve fossil-free commercial transport by 2050

E.ON, H&M Group, Scania and Siemens team up to achieve fossil-free commercial transport by 2050

May 23, 2018 |

In Sweden, E.ON, H&M Group, Scania and Siemens are forming a coalition to accelerate decarbonization of heavy transport brought together by The Pathways Study: Achieving fossil-free commercial transport by 2050. The study initiated by Scania argues a fossil-free commercial transport system in the timeframe of the Paris Agreement target is not only possible, but also […]

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Brazilian March biodiesel production breaks 10-year record

Brazilian March biodiesel production breaks 10-year record

May 23, 2018 |

In Brazil, the country broke a 10-year biodiesel record in March with a whopping 452 million liters, bringing the total for the quarter 1.13 billion liters, up nearly a third on the year thanks to the higher B10 mandate brought in ahead of time. Roughly two-thirds of the production during Q1 came from soybean oil, […]

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DOE meeting with USDA and EPA again over RFS proposals

DOE meeting with USDA and EPA again over RFS proposals

May 23, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that yet another meeting will be held by top officials from the departments of energy and agriculture—but not necessarily the Secretaries—together with the Environmental Protection Agency—but maybe not the Administrator—on Thursday to try to move forward proposed reforms to the Renewable Fuel Standard. With the White House yet to finalize its […]

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