Major Stories

Tick-tick-tick…This Plastic Will Self-Destruct

Tick-tick-tick…This Plastic Will Self-Destruct

September 25, 2016 |

They called it Mission Impossible. Create a means to biodegrade any plastic out there that needs to decompose in the environment after use. Find little microbes that can break the material into something that ordinary microbes found widely in the environment can use. After all, soil microbes would love to eat plastic if they could. […]

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Breakthrough in biodiesel: Duonix Beatrice reaches commercial-scale, with signature advances in cost-reduction, feedstock flexibility

Breakthrough in biodiesel: Duonix Beatrice reaches commercial-scale, with signature advances in cost-reduction, feedstock flexibility

September 22, 2016 |

The most important technological advance in biodiesel in recent years has reached commercial-scale in Eastern Nebraska, with the startup of the Duonix Beatrice biodiesel plant, which is and the first commercial-scale application of Benefuel’s innovative ENSEL technology. ENSEL technology is capable of converting a range of lower cost feedstocks such as recycled cooking oil and […]

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Answers to your questions about Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy

Answers to your questions about Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy

September 21, 2016 |

Recently, we held a popular webinar on Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy with NEXANT principal Ron Cascone, for which you can see the slides here. During the webinar, we received a number of excellent questions, some of which we did not have time to get to — all of which are worth looking at. Ron Cascone […]

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Bayer-Monsanto Hook Up: Good News or Bad Tidings for the Advanced Bioeconomy?

Bayer-Monsanto Hook Up: Good News or Bad Tidings for the Advanced Bioeconomy?

September 20, 2016 |

Late last week, the extended courtship between Bayer and Monsanto, which saw the dowry offer raised four times by Bayer, resulted in a $127.50 per share all-cash offer for Monsanto, which Monsanto’s board accepted. A whopping $66 billion in all — one of the largest all-cash acquisitions, ever. Reactions to the deal fall into three […]

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jetBlue makes record-setting 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel order

jetBlue makes record-setting 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel order

September 19, 2016 |

In New York, jetBlue announced a 10-year, 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history, and the largest, long-term, binding commitment by any airline globally for HEFA (hydro-processed esters and fatty acids) renewable jet fuel. The first deliveries […]

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8-Slide Guides

Advanced enzymes for lignocellulosic conversion: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen

Advanced enzymes for lignocellulosic conversion: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen

September 25, 2016 |

“Shaping the future of bioenergy and renewable chemicals,” that’s the lofty technological goal which MetGen has set for itself. The company has made a name for itself via participation as a preferred enzyme developer in EU Horizon 2020 projects — overall, it features customized industrial enzymatic solutions for the energy, renewable chemicals and pulp paper […]

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Shell, Sinopec

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Shell, Sinopec

September 22, 2016 |

This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this slide deck, we looked at Shell and Sinopec and their direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies both heralded and unknown.

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Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes

September 21, 2016 |

This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this slide deck, we looked at Novozymes and Procter & Gamble and their direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies both heralded and unknown.

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Hook-Up of the Year: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Bayer & Monsanto

Hook-Up of the Year: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Bayer & Monsanto

September 20, 2016 |

Late last week, the extended courtship between Bayer and Monsanto, which saw the dowry offer raised four times by Bayer, resulted in a $127.50 all-cash offer for Monsanto, which Monsanto’s board accepted. A whopping $66 billion in all — one of the largest all-cash acquisitions, ever. Bayer and Monsanto put together this deck on the […]

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jetBlue loves you: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to SG Preston

jetBlue loves you: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to SG Preston

September 19, 2016 |

 jetBlue has announced a 10-year, 330 million gallon renewable jet fuel purchase agreement with SG Preston. This marks one of the largest renewable jet fuel purchase agreements in aviation history, and the largest, long-term, binding commitment by any airline globally for HEFA (hydro-processed esters and fatty acids) renewable jet fuel. The partner is SG Preston, a […]

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The Latest World News

ASSOBARI becomes first Brazilian sugarcane group to earn RSB sustainability certification

ASSOBARI becomes first Brazilian sugarcane group to earn RSB sustainability certification

September 25, 2016 |

In Switzerland, ASSOBARI (Associação  dos Fornecedores de Cana da Região de Bariri) became the first organization of sugar cane producers in Brazil to earn the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification. The RSB certification is for the production of sugarcane by 62 farmers and approximately 1,860 hectares of sugar cane plantations. “RSB certification is the recognition that farmers […]

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Global 2016/17 vegetable oil production to hit record level: USDA

Global 2016/17 vegetable oil production to hit record level: USDA

September 25, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA estimates that in 2016/17 global production of vegetable oils will amount to just less than 187 million tonnes, the highest quantity ever, according to the German treade association UFOP. Palm oil, soybean oil, rapeseed oil and sunflower oil account for around 87 per cent of production. The remainder consists of coconut oil, olive oil […]

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US ethanol production slumps to 15.36 billion gallon annual clip

US ethanol production slumps to 15.36 billion gallon annual clip

September 25, 2016 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 981,000 barrels per day—or 41.20 million gallons daily. That is down 23,000 b/d from the week before and the lowest total since the week ended 6/17/2016. Nevertheless, the four-week average for ethanol production remained above the million barrel threshold, […]

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New DOE Study: Gasoline becomes stale before ethanol phase separation occurs

New DOE Study: Gasoline becomes stale before ethanol phase separation occurs

September 25, 2016 |

In Colorado, a study conducted by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), found that the petroleum components of ethanol-blended gasoline become degraded and unfit for use in an engine long before the ethanol portion takes up enough water to cause phase separation in the fuel tank. “Phase separation” occurs when an excessive amount of water […]

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New €3.8M SUPERBIO project to support industrial bio innovation in EU

New €3.8M SUPERBIO project to support industrial bio innovation in EU

September 25, 2016 |

In the EU, the new SuperBIO project worth €3.8 million primarily targets developing promising industrial value chains in the bio economy. The innovative project is supported through the EU Horizon2020 programme. The SuperBIO consortium includes four industrial cluster organisations and six service providers The project would also seek to build partnerships and connections by engaging […]

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R&D News

Popeye was right: there’s super energy in that spinach

Popeye was right: there’s super energy in that spinach

September 25, 2016 |

Researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology came up with what could pose as one of the most interesting discoveries from plants. The researchers came up with a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that can produce hydrogen, oxygen and more importantly electricity from water using sunlight with the basis of the entire cell being a simple membrane […]

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Breakthrough in salt-tolerant plant development

Breakthrough in salt-tolerant plant development

September 25, 2016 |

Plant development research has seen some tremendous contribution from researchers with discoveries that always enhance plant growth and development. It is in this same vein that researchers from University of Adelaide (from the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology in collaboration with the School of Medicine) made a breakthrough in findings into salt […]

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European ethanol’s greenhouse gas savings increase 8.5% in 2015: new report

European ethanol’s greenhouse gas savings increase 8.5% in 2015: new report

September 25, 2016 |

In the EU, ethanol’s direct greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) savings compared to fossil fuel have increased from 59% in 2014 to 64% in 2015, an increase of 8.5% against the 2014 figure, according to new industry statistics published by the European renewable ethanol association ePURE. The European renewable ethanol industry – Annual statistics report 2016*, […]

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New noncatalytic process converts CO2 into fuels like ethanol

New noncatalytic process converts CO2 into fuels like ethanol

September 22, 2016 |

In a new process for the economical conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels such as ethanol has been developed. The proprietary noncatalytic process combines CO2 with a carbonaceous feedstock and water in the form of steam at temperatures between 1,600 to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit and low pressure, near atmospheric, in a gasifier to produce a […]

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Australian researchers find eucalyptus-based fuel would save more emissions for aviation biofuel

Australian researchers find eucalyptus-based fuel would save more emissions for aviation biofuel

September 21, 2016 |

In Australia, researchers from the Australian National University said in a new study eucalyptus-based fuel would initially be more expensive than fossil fuels to make on a mass scale, but would produce significantly less net carbon emissions. “If we could plant 20 million hectares of eucalyptus species worldwide, which is currently the same amount that […]

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Policy & Policymakers

ePure worried what an EU-Canada trade agreement would mean for ethanol

ePure worried what an EU-Canada trade agreement would mean for ethanol

September 22, 2016 |

In Belgium, ePure says the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), which is to be discussed by the EU’s Trade Ministers during the informal Council meeting in Bratislava on 23 September, is a major threat to the EU ethanol industry. It could result in 1.2 billion liters of additional duty free imports from Canada to […]

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Growth Energy pushing E15 in light of oil pipeline spills

Growth Energy pushing E15 in light of oil pipeline spills

September 21, 2016 |

In Washington, a September 9 leak in the Colonial pipeline, which supplies gasoline to many states in the southeast and east coast has resulted not only in gasoline shortages, but also price spikes at the pump. As workers act to fix the leak and remediate the environmental consequences of a 336,000-gallon gasoline spill, Emily Skor, […]

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ACE launches two week ad campaign pushing for RVP update

ACE launches two week ad campaign pushing for RVP update

September 20, 2016 |

In Washington, The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) kicked-off a two week ad campaign Monday in Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E), a Washington DC-based media outlet with five daily online publications and a daily video webcast for energy and environmental policy leaders. Charlie Good, an ASE-certified mechanic and c-store owner, is featured in digital advertisements […]

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General Court of the European Union overturns biodiesel antidumping duties

General Court of the European Union overturns biodiesel antidumping duties

September 19, 2016 |

In Luxembourg, the General Court of the European Union has overturned the European Commission’s antidumping duties against Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imposed in 2013 in a far reaching trade ruling that experts believe will even impact trade relations with China, who the EU believes to be dumping manufactured products such as steel. The Argentina Chamber […]

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Dutch gov’t backs project for power, heat from ‘shroom waste

Dutch gov’t backs project for power, heat from ‘shroom waste

September 16, 2016 |

In the Netherlands, mushroom-grower Gemert (CKG) has opened a plant that turns its organic waste, derived from growing mushrooms, into compost and heat. The name of the plant is Upcycling Gemert. CKG produces five million kilo mushrooms each year, and this creates a lot of organic waste that consists for 60-70% out of water. This […]

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5-Minute Guides

Rho Renewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Rho Renewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

October 18, 2015 |

Rho Renewables, Inc. is using both classical yeast genetic engineering and modern molecular biology tools to develop powerful fermentation systems for the high-yield production of monocyclic aromatic compounds that have significant market potential. Rho’s lead compounds are high value specialty chemicals, biofuels, and flavors and fragrances including Meta-cresol, Rhoctane, Vanillin and Orsellinic acid and derivatives […]

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Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Glucan Biorenewables: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

August 23, 2015 |

Glucan Biorenewables is producing furan derivatives from biomass.  The furfural platform will be used to launch other value-added co-products: 5-hydroxyl-methyl furfural (HMF) and downstream derivatives The company’s TriVersa Process meets the need for a renewable, environmentally friendly process to deconstruct aggregated agricultural residues created from existing 1st generation industries, into high-end chemicals and advanced materials. […]

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Red Rock Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Red Rock Biofuels: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

July 20, 2015 |

Red Rock takes waste biomass from forests and sawmills, and using a proprietary process, transforms it into domestically produced jet, diesel and naphtha fuels. The company’s process begins with the gasification of woody biomass to produce syngas, which is then cleaned and sent to a Fischer-Tropsch unit where it is converted to a high grade, […]

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Corbion: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Corbion: The Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

July 15, 2015 |

Corbion has over 80 years of experience in fermentation and downstream processing, is the global market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides, and a leading company in functional blends containing enzymes, emulsifiers, minerals and vitamins. The company delivers high performance biobased products made from renewable resources and applied in global markets such […]

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Pacific Ag: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

Pacific Ag: Biofuels Digest’s 2015 5-Minute Guide

June 6, 2015 |

Founded in 1998 in the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Ag is the largest, most experienced agricultural biomass supply company in the US.  Today, Pacific Ag provides biomass supply chain solutions from six locations across the nation and works with more growers, owns and operates more equipment, has more personnel, and harvests more biomass tons per year […]

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Other Recent Articles

New Bio Plastics and Resins

New Bio Plastics and Resins

September 25, 2016 |

By Lorenz Bauer, PhD., Lee Consulting Enterprises Special to The Digest Sales of biopolymers and resins are predicted to grow to over $5 billion by 2021.   Biomass derived materials have been used neat and as components in composites and blends for the last decade. Products made with high contents of cellulose, starch, proteins, chitosan are common. […]

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Digest Bioeconomy Index drops 0.69 percent to 56.05 as advanced bio retreats

Digest Bioeconomy Index drops 0.69 percent to 56.05 as advanced bio retreats

September 25, 2016 |

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, dropped 0.69 percent to 56.05 as advanced bio retreated. For the day, Renewable Energy Group (REGI) slid 2.13 percent to $8.27, while Amyris (AMRS) fell back 7.81 percent to $0.48. Among other equities, Metabolix (MBLX) rebounded 6.67 percent to $0.40. Overall, advances led […]

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Roxol Bioenergy gets the OK to ramp back up after odor problems

Roxol Bioenergy gets the OK to ramp back up after odor problems

September 22, 2016 |

In the Philippines, the mayor of La Carlota city where Roxol Bioenergy’s ethanol plant is located has approved the re-opening of the facility following efforts to significantly reduce odors. The cease and desist order was issued on Sept. 9 for 30 days but was lifted early following the company’s efforts to mitigate the problem that […]

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Green Fuel expanding cane area to 13,000 hectares

Green Fuel expanding cane area to 13,000 hectares

September 22, 2016 |

In Zimbabwe, Green Fuel is expanding its sugarcane area to up to 13,000 hectares by year’s end from the current 10,000 ha in an effort to boost production beyond its current 120 million liter capacity. Part of the expansion includes investment in irrigation to ensure better use of water. The company remains the sole licensee […]

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Lockheed Martin teams with Concord Blue on “advanced” gasification system

Lockheed Martin teams with Concord Blue on “advanced” gasification system

September 22, 2016 |

In New York state, Lockheed Martin has teamed with Concord Blue to use the latter’s Reformer technology, a type of “advanced” gasification system, to produce 250kW of energy from MSW. So far tests of the project have used discarded wood chips from a nearby sawmill that has so far saved the company 9,000 tons of […]

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Malaysia’s B10 policy implementation delayed again

Malaysia’s B10 policy implementation delayed again

September 22, 2016 |

In Malaysia, the B10 policy won’t be implemented next month after all, following several delays from its original summer start date. The B10 will cost more than the B7, and is also seen as a burden for implementation in the southern region. The Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities may have been too enthusiastic about […]

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