Major Stories

BASF to Buy Bayer’s Seed Assets for Billions

BASF to Buy Bayer’s Seed Assets for Billions

October 21, 2017 |

In New Jersey, BASF agreed to buy almost all of Bayer’s seed assets including LibertyLink seeds and chemistry for $7 billion, assuming the Bayer acquisition of Monsanto goes through. If all goes as planned, BASF will gain 1,800 Bayer employees, 700 of them in North America and 81 Bayer sites. This is BASF’s first time […]

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Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum prices bonds, GOP governors’ pro-biofuels march on DC

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum prices bonds, GOP governors’ pro-biofuels march on DC

October 19, 2017 |

Fulcrum prices its bonds for pioneer first commercial plant to make drop-in diesel and jet fuel — closing set for October 27th. In the biggest news sweeping the floor at ABLC Next 2017 and perhaps the biggest industrial biotechnology update of 2017, the long-awaited financing is approaching completion for Fulcrum Bioenergy’s highly-anticipated waste-to-fuels project in […]

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The Hot 40: 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, 2017-18

The Hot 40: 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, 2017-18

October 17, 2017 |

The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Economy, as voted by a panel of invited international selectors organized by the Digest and Nuu, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy dailies. The rankings recognize biotechnology innovation and achievement in fuels, biobased chemicals, nutrition, health, syntheric biology, and materials, and the Hot 40 specifically recognizes emerging companies […]

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Gingko BioWorks, Impossible Foods, Calysta, Bolt Threads, Zymergen take top slots in The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2016-17

Gingko BioWorks, Impossible Foods, Calysta, Bolt Threads, Zymergen take top slots in The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2016-17

October 17, 2017 |

Ginkgo BioWorks took the #1 spot in the 2017-18 “40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy” rankings, published today in The Digest and Nuu, the world’s most widely-read advanced bioeconomy dailies. It is the first time for Ginkgo at the top of the list, and the first time each of the others reached the […]

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State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017

State of the Advanced Bioeconomy 2017

October 17, 2017 |

At 8:00am Pacific Time on Tuesday of this week, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies and Markets opens in San Francisco with a record audience size, with diversification as its theme and “Go!” as the takeaway message — with investment and technologies arriving in unheard of pace and volume in the sector, companies […]

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8-Slide Guides

Novel and Bio-based Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Elevance

Novel and Bio-based Chemicals: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Elevance

October 22, 2017 |

Elevance Renewable Sciences is a world leader in natural oil metathesis, with a commercial-scale biorefinery in Gresik, Indonesia and a group of collaborators including Stepan, P&G, Wilmar, Materia and Clariant. In 2015, the company introduced Elevance Clean 1200, what it describes as “a superior-performing degreasing and VOC-exempt solvent that outperforms traditional and bio-based solvents for […]

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Methane for Supper: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Microbes

Methane for Supper: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Microbes

October 19, 2017 |

iMicrobes designs and builds microorganisms, including industrial strains of bacteria and yeast to produce chemicals from natural gas and carbon dioxide. Their green, bio-based methods are “more cost effective than sugar or oil, helping to make consumer goods cheaper” and the company picked up a joint development agreement with AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business to help […]

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The Hot 40: 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, 2017-18

The Hot 40: 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy, 2017-18

October 17, 2017 |

The 40 Hottest Emerging Companies in the Advanced Economy, as voted by a panel of invited international selectors organized by the Digest and Nuu, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy dailies. The rankings recognize biotechnology innovation and achievement in fuels, biobased chemicals, nutrition, health, syntheric biology, and materials, and the Hot 40 specifically recognizes emerging companies […]

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Advance to Go!: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy

Advance to Go!: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of the Advanced Bioeconomy

October 17, 2017 |

At 8:00am Pacific Time on Tuesday of this week, the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference on Next-Gen Technologies and Markets opens in San Francisco with a record audience size, with diversification as its theme and “Go!” as the takeaway message — with investment and technologies arriving in unheard of pace and volume in the sector, companies […]

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Productionizing synthetic biology: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry

Productionizing synthetic biology: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry

October 14, 2017 |

The Agile BioFoundry, designed to productionize synthetic biology, is a public infrastructure investment aimed at increasing U.S. industrial competitiveness and enables new opportunities for private sector growth and jobs. Specifically, the foundry aims to enable a biorefineryto achieve a positive return on investment through a 50% reduction in time-to-scale up compared to the average of ~10 […]

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The Latest World News

Canadian government developing new clean fuel standard

Canadian government developing new clean fuel standard

October 21, 2017 |

In Canada, the government is looking at potential low-carbon fuels and liquid drop-in biofuels to replace fossil fuels through their clean fuel standard that could require 10 to 15 percent decrease in fuels’ carbon intensity. Their goal is to cut carbon emissions by 2030 by 30 million tons. Canada currently imports biodiesel to meet their […]

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China begins construction on ethanol plant and plans 5 more

China begins construction on ethanol plant and plans 5 more

October 21, 2017 |

In China, China’s State Development & Investment Corporation began construction of its first ethanol plant in the Liaoning province with 300,000 tons of capacity and is planning on building another five ethanol plants in other provinces as well as buying additional facilities. SDIC also plans on processing corn in the northeast China. SDIC is hoping […]

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Pulpwood biofuel being looked at in Revelstoke as replacement for propane

Pulpwood biofuel being looked at in Revelstoke as replacement for propane

October 21, 2017 |

In Canada, Revelstoke, a city in British Columbia, is looking at replacing its propane consumption with biofuel from pulpwood. A study from Canadian Biomass Energy Research was presented at a recent council meeting showing how Revelstoke could convert its own wood waste into energy and replace the more than $12 million used annually on imported […]

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Renewable fuel credits trade at highest level in months

Renewable fuel credits trade at highest level in months

October 21, 2017 |

In Maryland, the Oil Price Information Service said the price of renewable fuel D6 credits are trading at the highest level since August upon news from the EPA that they are abandoning the proposed cuts and lowered mandates to the RFS. On Friday, the D6 credits were being traded between 87 and 90 cents in […]

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Ethanol production hits four-week high

Ethanol production hits four-week high

October 21, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association reports that according to EIA data, average ethanol production expanded by 5.4% to 1.019 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 42.80 million gallons daily. That is up 52,000 b/d from the week before and a four-week high. The four-week average for ethanol production dropped to 998,000 b/d–the first time […]

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R&D News

Pandas and beavers digestion of bamboo and trees can help biofuel production

Pandas and beavers digestion of bamboo and trees can help biofuel production

October 21, 2017 |

In Canada, scientists in Ottawa with Agriculture Canada are looking at how pandas digest bamboo to better understand the fungi and microbes that help them digest the branches and twigs. This builds on another recent study about how beavers digest trees and how the enzymes in their gut help break down the material to get […]

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Tennessee start-up licenses ORNL technology to synthetically engineer fuels and medicines

Tennessee start-up licenses ORNL technology to synthetically engineer fuels and medicines

October 19, 2017 |

In Tennessee, SimPath has licensed a novel cloning system developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that generates and assembles the biological building blocks necessary to synthetically bioengineer new medicines and fuels. Knoxville, Tennessee-based startup SimPath will further develop ORNL’s cloning method into a multi-gene DNA assembly kit and software package for […]

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Big Island Biodiesel piloting UH Hilo biogas system

Big Island Biodiesel piloting UH Hilo biogas system

October 18, 2017 |

In Hawaii, Big Island Biodiesel has teamed with the University of Hawaii at Hilo on a lab scale of an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor, a single tank wastewater treatment system. A pilot scale model of the UASB reactor is located in Keaʻau at Big Island Biodiesel, a branch of Pacific Biodiesel, a company […]

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University of Arizona gets $15 million grant to set up biofuels and bioproducts center

University of Arizona gets $15 million grant to set up biofuels and bioproducts center

October 17, 2017 |

In Arizona, the University of Arizona has received a five-year grant of up to $15 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to lead a new center focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern U.S. Kimberly Ogden, director of the UA Institute for Energy […]

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PNNL researchers create continuous thermochemical process for useful biocrude from algae

PNNL researchers create continuous thermochemical process for useful biocrude from algae

October 16, 2017 |

In Washington state, researchers at the U.S. DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have created a continuous thermochemical process that produces useful biocrude from algae. The process takes just minutes and PNNL is working with a company that has licensed the technology to build a pilot plant using the technology. The first part of the conversion process, hydrothermal […]

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Policy & Policymakers

EPA ditches changes to RFS, says biofuel mandates will remain same or even increase

EPA ditches changes to RFS, says biofuel mandates will remain same or even increase

October 21, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to lawmakers that they are abandoning the proposed changes to biofuels policy after Midwestern GOP Senators, the White House, and others in the biofuels industry pushed them to reconsider. The letter from Pruitt states that the “EPA has not taken any formal action […]

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New York City write to the EPA protesting any rollback of the RFS

New York City write to the EPA protesting any rollback of the RFS

October 19, 2017 |

In New York state, New York City submitted comments to the U.S. EPA Oct. 19, protesting any rollback of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which calls for minimal use levels for renewable fuels like biodiesel. Biodiesel has proven a reliable and effective fuel for NYC fleet and buildings and has helped reduce air pollution in the […]

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White House tells EPA to stand down on cuts to RFS mandates and RINs from exports

White House tells EPA to stand down on cuts to RFS mandates and RINs from exports

October 18, 2017 |

In Washington, the White House has told the Environmental Protection Agency to stand down from two proposals it had laid out to amend the Renewable Fuels Standard following strong pressure from Iowan politicians leaning against the president for not holding up his campaign promises to support biofuels. The lower blending mandate as proposed for 2018 […]

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South Africa only used 11.4% of duty-free ethanol quota during first year of EPA

South Africa only used 11.4% of duty-free ethanol quota during first year of EPA

October 17, 2017 |

In South Africa, just 11.4% of the 80,000 metric ton duty-free ethanol quota to Europe under the new Economic Partnership Agreement with Southern African Development Community countries has been used during the first year of the trade deal. Ethanol is among a long list of other commodities and products granted duty-free access, most of which […]

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Four Republican governors write EPA administrator to save RFS

Four Republican governors write EPA administrator to save RFS

October 16, 2017 |

In Washington, four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the recently proposed changes to America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), urging the president to keep his promises to rural America to support the RFS. “The renewable fuels industry in our states—and others—is poised to grow if the EPA sends positive and […]

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Other Recent Articles

Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?

Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?

October 22, 2017 |

By Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner Special to The Digest Lost in all the wrangling in Europe and the U.S. over the benefits of biofuels and whether or not they can mitigate climate change is the recognition that in Sub-Saharan Africa a thriving indigenous bioenergy industry can play a positive and productive role in modernizing […]

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Larger legume harvest coming for spring

Larger legume harvest coming for spring

October 21, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that legume harvests were satisfactory due to the expansion of land devoted to growing legume crops which set the course for a larger legume harvest in Germany already in spring. Consistently higher yields than 2016 also contributed to the rise in harvests. In 2017, average yields of feed peas and field […]

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Southeast Queensland’s Unitywater looking for renewable energy consultants

Southeast Queensland’s Unitywater looking for renewable energy consultants

October 19, 2017 |

In Australia, as part of a broader energy and resource recovery strategy, Southeast Queensland’s Unitywater is inviting expressions of interest from suitably qualified parties with an interest in: •           Providing proven technology solutions at a cost •           Commercialising technology solutions and developing jointly owned intellectual property, or •           Developing joint venture arrangements and new business […]

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Four Swedish NGOs write MEPs demanding a shift in biofuels policy

Four Swedish NGOs write MEPs demanding a shift in biofuels policy

October 19, 2017 |

In Sweden, a group of four NGOs have written an open letter to members of European Parliament urging them to rethink the proposals for the second version of the Renewable Energy Directive, claiming that Swedish forests are already in dire straights and that the RED proposals will only further diminish their quality. They want no […]

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Vietnam’s E5 blending mandate will be a challenge for smaller fuel retailers

Vietnam’s E5 blending mandate will be a challenge for smaller fuel retailers

October 19, 2017 |

In Vietnam, although the government is confident domestic ethanol production will be sufficient to supply the E5 blending mandate coming into force in January, and that major fuel retailers have put measures in place to sell the blend, it is concerned that smaller fuel retailers don’t have the financial capacity to invest in the additional […]

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Croda inaugurates $170 bio-based chemicals plant in Delaware

Croda inaugurates $170 bio-based chemicals plant in Delaware

October 19, 2017 |

In Delaware, Croda International inaugurated its new $170 million plant producing bio-based non-ionic surfactants, the first of its kind in North America to use bio-based ethanol rather than petroleum products as feedstock. The governor praised the project during the ribbon cutting for demonstrating the state welcomes innovative companies that bring good jobs and create sustainable […]

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