Major Stories

Bill Gates and CowTech: Fix or replace our friends in the pasture?

Bill Gates and CowTech: Fix or replace our friends in the pasture?

April 19, 2018 |

We think the world is entitled to know if Bill Gates is for the cow or against the cow. Add or Modify? Cow-lovers can take heart in this report from TheWeek.com about the Bill Gates Super Cow, which begins: BBC reported Friday that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will invest millions of dollars to […]

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 18th, 2018

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 18th, 2018

April 18, 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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Shell releases Energy Transition Report: commits to 50% lower emissions by 2050, biofuels to top oil by 2100 in “Sky” scenario  

Shell releases Energy Transition Report: commits to 50% lower emissions by 2050, biofuels to top oil by 2100 in “Sky” scenario  

April 17, 2018 |

In the Netherlands and England, Shell released its most definitive statement yet on its low-carbon future and committed to 50% lower emissions by 2050 and net zero by 2070 in its operations and emissions from its fuels.  The road, to Shell, is apparently paved with good intentions. In its analysis of future energy demand, Shell […]

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The $20 Million Carbon XPRIZE: The 10 Finalists, revealed

The $20 Million Carbon XPRIZE: The 10 Finalists, revealed

April 16, 2018 |

In New York, XPRIZE announced the 10 teams advancing to the final round in the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE.  The 10 finalists, each taking home an equal share of a $5 million milestone prize, were revealed at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Future of Energy Summit in New York City. This four-and-a-half-year global competition challenges […]

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Commonwealth countries get knocked down, but get up again

Commonwealth countries get knocked down, but get up again

April 15, 2018 |

With 195 countries on the planet today, an impressive 53 countries are Commonwealth countries, including countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific. They include large, rich countries like Canada and Australia all the way to some of the smallest or poorest countries like Malawi and Sierra Leone. They are all meeting this […]

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8-Slide Guides

Catalyzing biobased chemicals: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable

Catalyzing biobased chemicals: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable

April 19, 2018 |

With the launch of the Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable (BTLR), the ACS GCI seeks to provide a forum for pre-competitive industry collaboration. Building on the American Chemical Society’s roundtable model, the BTLR will be devoted to catalyzing and enabling the bio-based and renewable chemicals economy by promoting the underlying science required for the development and […]

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Chemicals, a second life for carbon: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

Chemicals, a second life for carbon: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

April 18, 2018 |

LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use. LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the current highly centralized global energy system by enabling the regional production of low-cost energy from local wastes and residues, including gases as varied […]

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Complex feedstocks, clean synthesis gas: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy

Complex feedstocks, clean synthesis gas: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy

April 17, 2018 |

Sierra Energy has created what is billed as “the world’s most efficient gasifier,” FastOx, developed in conjunction with UC Davis, US Army and California Energy Commission. Gasification is the missing link between complex feedstocks and a clean synthesis gas for use in a wide variety of biofuel applications. The medium BTU synthesis gas is 70% […]

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Advocating for Commercialization of Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BRAG

Advocating for Commercialization of Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BRAG

April 16, 2018 |

Renewable chemicals are emerging at a fast pace, paving the way for new, innovative, and sustainable biobased products. A coalition of companies and trade associations committed to enhancing the legal and regulatory positioning of biobased products formed the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group in 2013 to address issues specific to biobased chemical products and, in […]

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Jet fuels from crops: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC regional biojet consortium

Jet fuels from crops: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the SPARC regional biojet consortium

April 15, 2018 |

Sometimes, what an engine needs to roar to life is a spark. Or a SPARC, as in this case. As in the Southeastern Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC), 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, […]

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The Latest World News

DNV releases white paper assessing a range of alternative fuels and technologies

DNV releases white paper assessing a range of alternative fuels and technologies

April 19, 2018 |

In Norway, classification society DNV GL has issued a new white paper which assesses a range of alternative fuels and technologies. The white paper “Alternative fuels and technologies for greener shipping” examines the price, availability, regulatory challenges and environmental benefits of alternative fuels and technologies, including LNG, LPG, hydrogen, fuel cells, and hybrid and battery […]

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Air Canada to fly 22 domestic flights on biojet to celebrate Earth Day

Air Canada to fly 22 domestic flights on biojet to celebrate Earth Day

April 19, 2018 |

In Canada, Air Canada will save 160 tons of carbon on 22 domestic flights this Earth Day through an innovative biofuel demonstration project at Toronto-Pearson Airport. Under the project, coordinated by Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), Air Canada is a leading partner, introducing 230,000 liters of sustainable biofuel blended into the airport’s multi-user fuel […]

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Oregon State Police and EPA execute criminal search warrant against Oregon Oils

Oregon State Police and EPA execute criminal search warrant against Oregon Oils

April 19, 2018 |

In Oregon, the Oregon State Police (OSP), with assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services executed a criminal search warrant at the business of Oregon Oils, Inc. located at 2515 NW 28th Ave, Portland, Oregon. The joint OSP and EPA investigation began in early February of 2018 after […]

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Walyak Energy’s $45 million biodiesel plant up for city council vote next week

Walyak Energy’s $45 million biodiesel plant up for city council vote next week

April 19, 2018 |

In North Carolina, Stanley City Council will decide next week if Walyak Energy’s proposed $45 million multi-feedstock biodiesel facility to grant permission or not for the siting of the facility. The council is excited about the job creation opportunities but the site chosen borders a residential area that has neighbors concerned about noise, safety and […]

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ENOC to trial B5 in Dubai municipal truck fleet

ENOC to trial B5 in Dubai municipal truck fleet

April 19, 2018 |

In the UAE, national oil company ENOC has teamed with the City of Dubai to trial B5 in the city’s truck fleet in an effort to develop projects aligned with the UAE Energy Plan for 2050 and the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy as well as demonstrate ENOC’s capacity to supply tailor-made solutions for customers. Dubai’s […]

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R&D News

Brazilian and Colombian researchers say sugarcane energy could provide $35 billion to Latin America over 10 years

Brazilian and Colombian researchers say sugarcane energy could provide $35 billion to Latin America over 10 years

April 19, 2018 |

In Brazil, Brazilian and Colombian researchers have determined that expanding sugarcane ethanol production throughout Latin America could not only reduce fossil fuel imports but also provide green electricity through co-generation from bagasse providing economic benefits and savings of $35 billion over 10 years. With current molasses supplies, the researchers say Guatemala, Nicaragua and Cuba could […]

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Renaissance BioScience Corp teams with Mitacs on C$1.44 million non-GMO yeast R&D project

Renaissance BioScience Corp teams with Mitacs on C$1.44 million non-GMO yeast R&D project

April 18, 2018 |

In Canada, Renaissance BioScience Corp. announced a new partnership with Mitacs for a multi-year, C$1.44-million research and development project. Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization, will provide matching funding to the RBSC project to support the development of next-generation, systematic tools and methods for expanding, screening and selecting biodiversity in non-GMO industrial yeast […]

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UK and US scientists engineer enzymes to digest common plastics

UK and US scientists engineer enzymes to digest common plastics

April 17, 2018 |

In the UK, scientists have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics, providing a potential solution to one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. The discovery could result in a recycling solution for millions of tons of plastic bottles, made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which currently persists for […]

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Brazilian researchers to fungi to understand enzymes for 2G ethanol hydrolysis

Brazilian researchers to fungi to understand enzymes for 2G ethanol hydrolysis

April 16, 2018 |

In Brazil, production of second-generation (2G) ethanol from sugarcane requires enzymatic hydrolysis, in which enzymes from microorganisms act together to break down and convert the carbohydrates in sugarcane straw and bagasse into sugars capable of undergoing fermentation. Understanding the genetic mechanisms that regulate the control and production of hydrolytic enzymes by microorganisms is considered fundamental […]

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95% wooden pallets recycled into biofuel, mulch, animal bedding

95% wooden pallets recycled into biofuel, mulch, animal bedding

April 15, 2018 |

In Virginia, a new study conducted by Virginia Tech on the disposal of wood pallets at landfill sites reveal that 95% of wooden pallets are being recycled. Wooden pallets get used, reused, and when they are no longer useful, they are converted to mulch, animal bedding or biofuel. Both municipal and solid waste (MSW) and […]

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Policy & Policymakers

US ethanol not likely to enter Japan until 2019/20

US ethanol not likely to enter Japan until 2019/20

April 19, 2018 |

In Japan, Platts reports that the new policy shift allowing US ethanol into the market for blending into MTBE won’t have an immediate impact because new-season ethanol from Brazil had already been booked before the policy was approved. As a result, US ethanol won’t likely be imported into Japan until 2019/20 but when the market […]

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Secretary of Agriculture slams China’s “politicized” 179% duty on US sorghum imports

Secretary of Agriculture slams China’s “politicized” 179% duty on US sorghum imports

April 18, 2018 |

In Washington, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressed extreme disappointment regarding China’s announcement of duties of almost 179 percent on U.S. sorghum imports. “The international grain market is about the freest market there is, and it is ludicrous to even mention ‘dumping,’ because China can buy product from anywhere they choose. This is clearly a […]

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Thirteen Senators demand EPA stop issuing “hardship” waivers

Thirteen Senators demand EPA stop issuing “hardship” waivers

April 17, 2018 |

In Washington, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) led a bipartisan group of 13 senators in writing to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt requesting the agency cease issuing so-called “hardship” waivers exempting obligated parties from the Renewable Fuel Standard, provide topline information about the waivers already issued, disclose whether or not the agency […]

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Italy moves forward with EUR4.7 billion incentive scheme for biogas

Italy moves forward with EUR4.7 billion incentive scheme for biogas

April 16, 2018 |

In Italy, the government began consulting on the implementation of its new biogas policy in late March that will seen biogas producers earn around EUR300 per generation credit of 10 GCal of biogas available for public consumption, while producers of “advanced” biogas using certain feedstocks will receive EUR375 for every 5 GCal, and those co-digesting […]

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New biofuel targets go into effect in UK

New biofuel targets go into effect in UK

April 15, 2018 |

In the United Kingdom, British biofuel targets that took effect over the weekend “will double the use of renewable fuels in the UK transport sector in 15 years and reduce reliance on imported diesel,” the government told Reuters. The new targets demand transport fuel suppliers that sell at least 450,000 liters a year or more […]

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Other Recent Articles

China Beidahuang Industry Group to invest $153.04 million in Inner Mongolia ethanol plant

China Beidahuang Industry Group to invest $153.04 million in Inner Mongolia ethanol plant

April 19, 2018 |

In China, China Beidahuang Industry Group announced it would invest $153.04 million in an ethanol plant in Inner Mongolia that would use 924,000 metric tons of corn and around 350,000 tons of straw and sweet sorghum each year in an effort to achieve the 10% ethanol-blending mandate recently set for 2020. The facility is set […]

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NNFCC publishes fifth annual ‘Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the UK’ report

NNFCC publishes fifth annual ‘Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the UK’ report

April 18, 2018 |

In the UK, NNFCC published the fifth edition of its annual ‘Anaerobic Digestion Deployment in the UK’ report. The publication provides a detailed breakdown of the UK AD sector on both a national and regional basis, using primary data to offer an accurate reflection of industry output capacities and feedstock consumption. Constant delays in the […]

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Red Rock Biofuels sets groundbreaking for summer but Velocys still waiting for order

Red Rock Biofuels sets groundbreaking for summer but Velocys still waiting for order

April 18, 2018 |

In Oregon, Red Rock Biofuels announced it was ready to start construction on its biorefinery in Lakeview but Velocys said it has yet to receive a notice to proceed for the manufacture of its Fischer-Tropsch reactors and catalyst for the plant, and will make a further announcement in due course. Red Rock’s CFO told local […]

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Urban Air Initiative studies show ethanol blends improve air quality

Urban Air Initiative studies show ethanol blends improve air quality

April 18, 2018 |

In Washington, ethanol blends reduce toxic tailpipe emissions by up to 50%, significantly improving air quality and protecting public health, according to two new studies. The separate studies were conducted by the North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the University of California Riverside (UCR). The Urban Air Initiative (UAI) commissioned both independent studies to evaluate […]

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ICCT working paper looks at effects of biodiesel on vehicles in Indonesia

ICCT working paper looks at effects of biodiesel on vehicles in Indonesia

April 18, 2018 |

In Washington, the ICCT has released a working paper that reviews the effects of biodiesel on vehicles specifically in the Indonesian context. It does not address other renewable diesel substitutes such as hydrotreated vegetable oil. The paper first reviews the effects of biodiesel on emissions of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and particulate matter in […]

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ASTM revises D1613 test method for measuring acidity in fuel ethanol

ASTM revises D1613 test method for measuring acidity in fuel ethanol

April 18, 2018 |

In Pennsylvania, members of ASTM International recently revised a key test method (D1613) that has been used to measure the acidity of fuel ethanol and denatured fuel ethanol, including ethanol used for car gasoline blends. By including a new “nitrogen purge” as part of the test method, a laboratory can help ensure that carbon dioxide […]

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