Major Stories

COP24 brings new bioeconomy strategy from UK, $200B from World Bank and more

COP24 brings new bioeconomy strategy from UK, $200B from World Bank and more

December 9, 2018 |

Amid rumors of President Trump’s coal and fossil-fuel side event at COP24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Poland this week and a Swedish 15 year old climate activist who tells it like it is, all hope for biofuels and bioenergy is not lost with […]

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C.J.’s back and REGI’s got her: Warner tapped as new Renewable Energy Group CEO

C.J.’s back and REGI’s got her: Warner tapped as new Renewable Energy Group CEO

December 6, 2018 |

In Iowa, white smoke has emerged from the REGI conclave: Tesoro EVP and former Sapphire Energy CEO C.J. Warner has been named chief exec of Renewable Energy Group, at a pivotal moment for biodiesel in Washington and around the world and amidst a boom for renewable diesel like the world has never seen. REG has been […]

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Renmatix, Gevo ink deal to develop cellulosic hydrocarbons for jet fuel, gasoline markets 

Renmatix, Gevo ink deal to develop cellulosic hydrocarbons for jet fuel, gasoline markets 

December 6, 2018 |

We have word bubbling up simultaneously from Pennsylvania and Colorado that Gevo and Renmatix inked a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose Process with Gevo’s GIFT technology and alcohol to jet process.  The key word here is cellulosic, but not limited to “trees to […]

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Strategic Due Diligence of Emerging Technologies for the Advanced Bioeconomy

Strategic Due Diligence of Emerging Technologies for the Advanced Bioeconomy

December 5, 2018 |

By Bob Kodrzycki, Ph.D., Principal Encompass Biotech LLC and Doug Rivers, Ph.D., Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting Inc. Special to The Digest Investing in Emerging Biotechnology The advanced bioeconomy is a hot topic these days for technology developers and investors alike. The bioecomony itself is not new; humans have been using biogenic resources and processes since the […]

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The laws of Biofuels Deployment, and TACs that Whack: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI annual meeting

The laws of Biofuels Deployment, and TACs that Whack: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI annual meeting

December 4, 2018 |

A most remarkable document appeared almost without fanfare at one of the most obscure corners of the Internet, known to some as “biomassboard.gov” and to most people as “Eh?” It’s the home planet for a little known working group called the Technical Advisory Committee of the Biomass R&D Board. As the committee notes: The Biomass […]

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8-Slide Guides

Better Policy for Better Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to SEforAll and below50

Better Policy for Better Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to SEforAll and below50

December 9, 2018 |

Sustainable Energy For All and below50 aim to promote bioenergy, especially in developing countries, and grow the demand for sustainable alternative fuels, so that bioenergy can reach its full potential. Gerard J. Ostheimer, Global Lead for Bioenergy at SEforAll and Co-Founder of below50 gave this illuminating overview of international policy mobilization and messages at ABLC […]

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Affordable Cellulosics: The Digest’s Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Renmatix

Affordable Cellulosics: The Digest’s Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Renmatix

December 4, 2018 |

Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants. The company’s water-based Plantrose process is the lowest cost method for converting a wide range of non-food biomass into cellulosic sugars, used in the global chemical and fuels markets. CTO Fred Moesler gave this illuminating overview of the company’s promise and progress […]

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Top 4 Techs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Capture, Gas-to-Liquids, Bio-Based Ethylene Glycol, Biomass to Commodity Chemical Application

Top 4 Techs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Capture, Gas-to-Liquids, Bio-Based Ethylene Glycol, Biomass to Commodity Chemical Application

December 2, 2018 |

Carbon Capture, Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) Technologies, Bio-Based Ethylene Glycol, and Biomass to Commodity Chemical Application. EPIC Modular Process writes that “through our work scaling technologies for pilot plants or commercial systems, we often get exposed to the up-and-coming processes on the verge of commercialization. In the last several years, we have seen an especially large surge in CO2, Gas-to-Liquids, and biomass […]

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What Will it Take?: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Policies for the Biofuture Take-off

What Will it Take?: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Policies for the Biofuture Take-off

December 2, 2018 |

Promote short term deployment of mature options, stimulate the development and deployment of new technologies, deliver the necessary feedstock sustainably, backed by a supportive sustainability governance system, and develop capacity and catalyse investment via a coordinated international collaboration effort. That’s the message from the International Energy Agency on how to deploy a low carbon transportation system. Dr. […]

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A Summary of Federal Programs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Technology Incentives

A Summary of Federal Programs: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Technology Incentives

December 2, 2018 |

A wide array of federal incentives supports the development and deployment of alternatives to conventional fuels and engines in transportation. These incentives include tax deductions and credits for vehicle purchases and the installation of refueling systems, federal grants for conversion of older vehicles to newer technologies, mandates for the use of biofuels, and incentives for […]

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The Latest World News

Burgeoning U.S. Ethanol Exports Third Highest on Record

Burgeoning U.S. Ethanol Exports Third Highest on Record

December 9, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. ethanol exports totaled 175.4 million gallons (mg) in October, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). This is nearly double (up 95%) September exports and the third highest monthly total on record—only surpassed by February (218.7 mg) and March (215.1 mg) of this year. Shipments […]

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UFOP says rapeseed oil remains most important biodiesel raw material in EU

UFOP says rapeseed oil remains most important biodiesel raw material in EU

December 9, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that while the availability and price of vegetable and animal oils and fats play a key role in biodiesel production, rapeseed oil continues to be the most important source of raw materials for biodiesel production in the EU. With the lower supply and the resulting increase in the price of the […]

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RFA releases updated brochure with latest flex fuel models

RFA releases updated brochure with latest flex fuel models

December 9, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association updated its annual flex fuel vehicles brochure to help consumers find out if their vehicle can run on up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). The brochure compiles the FFV models available in the current model year (MY2019), as well as previous years going back as far as MY1998. […]

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Biofuel refinery opponents say state is ignoring their appeal hearing request

Biofuel refinery opponents say state is ignoring their appeal hearing request

December 9, 2018 |

In Delaware, the Delaware Audubon and the League of Women Voters of Delaware who won a ruling in January to keep their appeal in a lawsuit against Delaware City Refinery’s plan to expand its ethanol biofuel operation, said the state has not yet scheduled a hearing for their appeal. “We still don’t have a resolution […]

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Queensland becomes first government in the world to sign below50 agreement

Queensland becomes first government in the world to sign below50 agreement

December 9, 2018 |

In Australia, the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) welcomed the Queensland Government’s signing of the below50 campaign at Parliament House in Brisbane. The Queensland Government were the first jurisdiction in the World to sign on to the low-carbon emissions initiative, highlighting their commitment to a more […]

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R&D News

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

December 9, 2018 |

In Washington, a new collaborative study led by a research team at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles could provide engineers new design rules for creating microelectronics, membranes, and tissues, and open up better production methods for new materials. At the same time, the research helps uphold […]

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Chinese researchers develop novel catalytic method to processfeedstock for biofuels

Chinese researchers develop novel catalytic method to processfeedstock for biofuels

December 6, 2018 |

In China, researchers from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and colleagues from Peking University recently reported an efficient and novel catalytic method for the conversion of aqueous biomass fermentation broth to a water-immiscible product. Their finding was published in Nature Communications. They developed a strategy capable of […]

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UK launches $76.4 million challenge to create sustainable packaging and plastic

UK launches $76.4 million challenge to create sustainable packaging and plastic

December 5, 2018 |

In the UK, household food scraps could be transformed into environmentally-friendly plastic bags and cups, thanks to up to GBP60 million ($76.4 million) of new government funding. Innovators are being challenged to make the UK a world-leader in creating sustainable packaging and reduce the impact of harmful plastics on the environment, as the UK seizes […]

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Japanese researchers discover “switch” in algae impacting starch levels

Japanese researchers discover “switch” in algae impacting starch levels

December 4, 2018 |

In Japan, results from a collaborative study by Tokyo Tech and Tohoku University, Japan, raise prospects for large-scale production of algae-derived starch, a valuable bioresource for biofuels and other renewable materials. Such bio-based products have the potential to replace fossil fuels and contribute to the development of sustainable systems and societies. A “switch” controlling the […]

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University of York researchers find key to producing biofuel from wood in the gut of curious wood-eating crustacean

University of York researchers find key to producing biofuel from wood in the gut of curious wood-eating crustacean

December 3, 2018 |

In the UK, scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel. Gribble are small marine invertebrates that have evolved to perform an important ecological role eating the abundant supplies of wood washed into the sea from river estuaries. They can […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Norway first country to ban biofuel from palm oil

Norway first country to ban biofuel from palm oil

December 9, 2018 |

In Norway, the Parliament voted to no longer allow biofuel from palm oil into the country in an effort to stop deforestation in Indonesia and other countries that export palm oil. The decision is set to go into force in 2020. The recent vote came after earlier attempts at slowly phasing out palm oil, like […]

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Bloomberg heads to Iowa to promote biofuels ahead of potential presidential bid

Bloomberg heads to Iowa to promote biofuels ahead of potential presidential bid

December 6, 2018 |

In Iowa, the New York Post reports that the former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was touring the state as part of a potential plan to launch a presidential bid as a Democrat. Bloomberg had previously criticized the use of corn for ethanol as bad energy policy but has since changed his tune, saying […]

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DDGS may be among those to benefit from easing of China and US trade war

DDGS may be among those to benefit from easing of China and US trade war

December 5, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the trade war between China and the US may be easing following an agreement by China to import a substantial amount of US commodities. Expectations are that in order to facilitate the trade deal, import tariffs would have to drop. DDGS are among the commodities that are expected to benefit […]

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National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition tells Commerce how to look at Argentine biodiesel imports

National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition tells Commerce how to look at Argentine biodiesel imports

December 4, 2018 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition submitted comments for the record on how the U.S. Department of Commerce should conduct recently initiated changed circumstances reviews (CCRs) of U.S. duties on Argentine biodiesel imports. Commerce imposed countervailing duty (CVD) and antidumping (AD) duty orders in January and April 2018, following investigations that found […]

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New study shows biodiesel blenders tax credit vital for industry

New study shows biodiesel blenders tax credit vital for industry

December 3, 2018 |

In Maryland, a new study from FIT Consulting considers the impact of the biodiesel industry on the U.S. economy, environment and energy security. It also examines the impact on the industry’s financial health if an important incentive – the biodiesel blenders tax credit (“BTC”) – were discontinued. By analyzing 2017 production and financial data, FTI […]

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Other Recent Articles

Biofuel opportunities could abound with Maersk’s net zero CO2 target

Biofuel opportunities could abound with Maersk’s net zero CO2 target

December 9, 2018 |

In Denmark, Maersk aims at having carbon neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030, net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, and calls for strong industry involvement. Maersk said in their press release, “an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required. Climate is one of the most important issues in the world, and […]

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Iowa: Cultivating Growth in Bioprocessing

Iowa: Cultivating Growth in Bioprocessing

December 7, 2018 |

By Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority Special to The Digest For all the things people immediately associate with Iowans (which generally includes cornfields), being boastful isn’t on the list. Though we’re very proud of all our state has to offer, we prefer letting our hard work and knack for problem solving speak for […]

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Harvestone Group takes over marketing of ethanol from four producers

Harvestone Group takes over marketing of ethanol from four producers

December 6, 2018 |

In Tennessee, Harvestone Group LLC announced the commencement of its first four ethanol production facilities making the transition to its marketing, logistics and trading platform. Iroquois Bio-Energy, Siouxland Energy, Red River Energy and Quad County Corn Processors combine for over 210 million gallons of annualized ethanol production. These facilities will be exclusively marketed through the […]

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Gevo and Renmatrix team on developing commercial renewable jet fuel

Gevo and Renmatrix team on developing commercial renewable jet fuel

December 6, 2018 |

In Colorado, Gevo and Renmatix announced a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose® Process with Gevo’s GIFTTM technology and alcohol to jet process. Renmatix’s Plantrose Process converts cellulosic feedstocks such as wood, agricultural residues, or other cellulosic raw materials to cellulosic-based sugars, the basic […]

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Former INEOS Bio Energy 8± MMGY cellulosic ethanol and biomass plants up for auction

Former INEOS Bio Energy 8± MMGY cellulosic ethanol and biomass plants up for auction

December 6, 2018 |

In Florida, the former INEOS Bio Energy 8± MMGY Cellulosic Ethanol Plant and 6± MW Biomass Plant are going to Auction with Maas Companies. Maas Companies specializes in the sale of specialized and renewable assets for private companies, courts and lenders nationwide. The surplus land and equipment are being offered first via a sealed bid […]

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SAFCell completes eight-month field trial of remote power system fueled by methanol

SAFCell completes eight-month field trial of remote power system fueled by methanol

December 6, 2018 |

In California, SAFCell, Inc. has completed an eight-month field trial of their remote power system at a Shell Canada well site in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. SAFCell’s system, which runs on industrial methanol, powered a methane emissions sensor from late February until mid-October, thereby demonstrating operability in the field at both low and high ambient […]

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