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Andeavor’s petroleum refinery switch-over to renewables, in the heart of Bakken shale: what are the drivers?

Andeavor’s petroleum refinery switch-over to renewables, in the heart of Bakken shale: what are the drivers?

August 14, 2018 |

News arrived this week from Dickinson, North Dakota that Andeavor is proposing to switch its refinery there over from petroleum refining to the production of renewable diesel.The timing will be 2020, the feedstock is waste and crop-based oils, the capacity will be 12,000 barrels a day (183 million gallons per year), and the technology is Haldor […]

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Lego’s biobased bricks; Vertoro’s green crude oil; nitogen-fixing microbes for corn; diapers from food waste; 3D imaging; Apeel’s $70M: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 15th

Lego’s biobased bricks; Vertoro’s green crude oil; nitogen-fixing microbes for corn; diapers from food waste; 3D imaging; Apeel’s $70M: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 15th

August 13, 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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The advanced bioeconomy’s second technology wave: a sneak preview of ABLC Global

The advanced bioeconomy’s second technology wave: a sneak preview of ABLC Global

August 13, 2018 |

We’re just a few days out from ABLC Global’s 2 for 1 deadline. Time to give some perspective on what we’re driving at. The Rationale It’s all about our continuing mission to boldly go where no event has gone before — specifically, to bring the whole of the bioeconomy’s leadership to be in one place […]

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From food waste to biobased

From food waste to biobased

August 11, 2018 |

“Eat everything on your plate.” “You can’t leave the table until that plate is clean.” “You know, there are starving kids that would love to have that food on your plate.” Maybe you grew up hearing that many times. Maybe you snuck some of those yucky veggies to your dog. Maybe you even remember the […]

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Edible cutlery, organic burial, spider silk for football helmets & hearing aids, bellybutton bacteria, Elon Musk biobased surfboards: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 8th

Edible cutlery, organic burial, spider silk for football helmets & hearing aids, bellybutton bacteria, Elon Musk biobased surfboards: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 8th

August 9, 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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8-Slide Guides

Fly Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SkyNRG

Fly Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SkyNRG

August 14, 2018 |

SkyNRG is the global market leader for sustainable jet fuel, supplying more than 20 carriers across 5 continents in the world. SkyNRG’s sustainable jet fuel can offer CO2 emission reductions up to 80% compared to fossil jet fuel. SkyNRG’s Oskar Meijerink gave this illuminating overview of the company’s promise and progress at ABLC 2018 in […]

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Strategic Advance: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM’s Q2

Strategic Advance: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM’s Q2

August 14, 2018 |

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such […]

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DowDuPont

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DowDuPont

August 14, 2018 |

DuPont has developed a multi-part strategy to deliver new technologies to the growing biofuels and chemicals markets market. The strategy includes: (1) improving existing ethanol production through differentiated agriculture seed products and crop protection solutions as well as through improved bioprocessing aids and enzymes that allow animals to get the most out of valuable ethanol co-products; […]

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The road to biobased BTX: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech

The road to biobased BTX: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Anellotech

August 13, 2018 |

Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes, are used to make plastics for consumer goods such as beverage bottles and packaging, clothing, carpeting, automotive parts, home and construction materials, electronic products, […]

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Strategic Progress:  The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM

Strategic Progress: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM

August 13, 2018 |

Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences, DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such […]

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The Latest World News

Metsä’s biorefinery achieves 100% production capacity on schedule

Metsä’s biorefinery achieves 100% production capacity on schedule

August 15, 2018 |

In Finland, Metsä’s biorefinery in Äänekoski achieved 100% production capacity by August 8 as planned, when it produced its millionth ton of pulp following commissioning August 15, 2017. The facility produces product gas from bark, sulphuric acid from the mill’s odorous gases and biogas from the sludge from its wastewater treatment plant in addition to […]

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Ethanol production falls slightly while stocks rise to highest since mid-March

Ethanol production falls slightly while stocks rise to highest since mid-March

August 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that Energy Information Administration Agency data shows ethanol production fell slightly last week to an average of 1.072 million b/d while stocks rose by of 94,000 barrels to their highest level since mid-March at 1.189 billion barrels. Even inventories in the East Coast region rose 48,000 barrels on the week as […]

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Nippon Biodiesel developing mobile money project to help up to 5 million farmers

Nippon Biodiesel developing mobile money project to help up to 5 million farmers

August 15, 2018 |

In India, the Nikkei reports that Japan’s Nippon Biodiesel is developing a mobile money system that will allow villages in India and later in Sri Lanka and Mozambique collectively sell their crops as well as buy inputs such as fertilizers. The project targeting between 4 million and 5 million farmers will be supported in Sri […]

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Wilmar’s Q2 results boosted by positive biodiesel economics

Wilmar’s Q2 results boosted by positive biodiesel economics

August 15, 2018 |

In Singapore, The Edge reports that Wilmar’s Q2 was saved in large part thanks to biodiesel due to the positive spread between crude palm oil and gasoil, a feature that is likely to continue throughout the year. Looking ahead into 2019, discretionary demand from the European Union thanks to this positive spread as well as […]

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Karnataka mills worry there are still barriers to boosting ethanol production

Karnataka mills worry there are still barriers to boosting ethanol production

August 15, 2018 |

In India, Karnataka sugar mills believe they won’t benefit from the recent deregulation of sugarcane juice and heavy molasses for ethanol feedstock due to oil marketing companies requiring cost sharing for transport and that 28% goods and services tax that is still lobbed on molasses. Ethanol is subject to only 5% tax. While mills are […]

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R&D News

Saudi researchers find biofuels could significantly reduce NOx and other GHGs

Saudi researchers find biofuels could significantly reduce NOx and other GHGs

August 15, 2018 |

In Saudi Arabia, switching to renewable fuels could significantly lower exhaust emissions of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) as well as curbing global greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) have combined computer analysis with laser-based NOx concentration measurements to understand NOx production pathways in different fuel types. The […]

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DOE researchers using new methods to identify genes in biofuel and biomaterial feedstocks

DOE researchers using new methods to identify genes in biofuel and biomaterial feedstocks

August 14, 2018 |

In Washington, to improve biofuel production, scientists must understand the fundamental interactions that lead to the expression of key traits in plants and microbes. To understand these interactions, Department of Energy scientists are using different layers of information (about the relationships between genes, and between genes and phenotypes) combined with new computational approaches to integrate […]

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University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers tweak yeast genes to better tolerate pretreatment

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers tweak yeast genes to better tolerate pretreatment

August 13, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories have identified two changes to a single gene that can make the yeast tolerate the pretreatment chemicals. They published their findings recently in the journal Genetics. The researchers used the gene-editing tool CRISPR to alter a strain of an ionic liquid-susceptible […]

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Yeast can be protected from damage in biofuel production

Yeast can be protected from damage in biofuel production

August 11, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories identified two changes to a single gene that can make yeast tolerate pretreatment chemicals during biofuel production. The toxicity involved in pretreatment chemicals is enough to make the yeast as much as 70 percent less efficient at turning sugar into biofuel, […]

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Lebanese researchers team with UNDP on pilot biodiesel plant

Lebanese researchers team with UNDP on pilot biodiesel plant

August 9, 2018 |

In Lebanon, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) and IPT Energy Center (IPTEC), with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Lebanon, signed an MOU to install a pilot plant for the production of biodiesel from Waste Cooking Oil. The main objective of this project is to encourage and promote sustainable biodiesel […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Senator Grassley believes EPA has taken RIN generation from exports off the table

Senator Grassley believes EPA has taken RIN generation from exports off the table

August 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Senator Chuck Grassley says that following discussions with the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency he no longer believes that that controversial proposal to generate RINs from ethanol exports is still an option for reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard. The acting administrator has been coy about what reforms were likely to […]

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Vancouver (Canada!) to transition all diesel vehicles to 100% renewable diesel

Vancouver (Canada!) to transition all diesel vehicles to 100% renewable diesel

August 14, 2018 |

In Canada, the City of Vancouver has taken a significant step towards achieving its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy sources by entering into a new fuel contract with Suncor. With this new contract, all of the City’s diesel vehicles will transition to 100 percent renewable diesel, reducing emissions to 50 percent below 2007 […]

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Thailand to boost renewable energy ambitions to 50%

Thailand to boost renewable energy ambitions to 50%

August 13, 2018 |

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports that in conjunction with the local launch of Shell’s Sky Scenario initiative, the government announced it would increase its ambitions for renewable energy consumption by setting its target at 50% in the next 40 years. Currently plans aim for 30% by 2036 but the national alternative energy development plan […]

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India launches new biofuel policy and plans for establishing 12 new biofuel refineries

India launches new biofuel policy and plans for establishing 12 new biofuel refineries

August 11, 2018 |

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated World Biofuel Day 2018 on Friday with the announcement that India will achieve 10% ethanol blending in petrol by 2022 and double it to 20% by 2030 as part of its new National Biofuel Policy. Modi also said that 12 new biofuel refineries will be established across the […]

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Bermuda looks forward to 2035 with shift towards biofuels and natural gas

Bermuda looks forward to 2035 with shift towards biofuels and natural gas

August 9, 2018 |

In Bermuda, the government has released the National Fuels Plan that sets out 57% biofuel and natural gas consumption by 2035 in an attempt to shore up fuel security as well as reduce costly imports of fossil fuels and reduce negative impacts on the environment. The country also aims to reduce energy consumption by 20% […]

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Other Recent Articles

New Zealand start up looking to take cue from bees to produce biodegradable plastic

New Zealand start up looking to take cue from bees to produce biodegradable plastic

August 15, 2018 |

In New Zealand, Humble Bee is collecting material produced by Banksia bees in southwest Queensland in an attempt to reverse engineer a biodegradable plastic that is also water-repellent and flame-resistant. The bees line their nests with a cellophane-like plastic, so the company is working with researchers to see if they can produce the plastic en […]

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Gevo to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process at Luverne facility

Gevo to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process at Luverne facility

August 14, 2018 |

In Colorado, Gevo, Inc. announced that it has entered into two separate operating leases and service agreements with Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process as well as related technology and equipment at Gevo’s production facility in Luverne, MN whereby Shockwave is financing its equipment required for this multi-million dollar project and is providing […]

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Brazilian company to launch patented vinasse transportation tank

Brazilian company to launch patented vinasse transportation tank

August 14, 2018 |

In Brazil, Engcom will launch its patented vinasse transportation tank at a sugar industry trade fair in Sao Paulo state next week, demonstrating faster, safer and more efficient transportation of vinasse at the mills. Compared to other products in the market for transportation of vinasse, the use of composite materials makes the tank 500kg lighter […]

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South Korean ethanol imports fall 41% from June to July

South Korean ethanol imports fall 41% from June to July

August 14, 2018 |

In South Korea, Platts reports that July ethanol imports fell more than 41% from June at 22,668 metric tons. Nearly 70% of the 10,335 tons of undenatured ethanol imported in July came from Pakistan, followed by Brazil, pushing out Australia who has been the top origin so far this year. Nearly all of the denatured […]

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Scania closes up ethanol bus service in India

Scania closes up ethanol bus service in India

August 14, 2018 |

In India, Scania notified the Nagpur Municipal Corporation that it would no longer be operating its green ethanol bus fleet as of August 13 after first indicating in June that the project would come to an end. The company began winding up operations for its alternative buses earlier this year, with its Karnataka bus manufacturing […]

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European waste-based biodiesel squeezed due to high stocks and falling euro

European waste-based biodiesel squeezed due to high stocks and falling euro

August 14, 2018 |

In the Netherlands, Platts reports that growing stocks of biodiesel made from both UCO and tallow, considered second generation fuels in Europe because they are produced from waste feedstock, prices have fallen and the market expects UCOME and TME to remain bearish throughout the rest of the year. With waste feedstocks primarily imported in dollars […]

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