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Driving Decarbonization: How California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Is Helping the Environment While Saving Lives and Growing the Biobased Economy

Driving Decarbonization: How California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Is Helping the Environment While Saving Lives and Growing the Biobased Economy

September 12, 2018 |

By Bryan Sherbacow, Chief Commercial Officer, World Energy Special to The Digest As 2018 has made all too clear, climate change is real and it’s impacting all of our lives. July 2018 was the hottest month ever recorded in California. We have dealt with the state’s largest wildfire this summer, just one year after the […]

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Airlines 4 America and sustainable aviation fuels

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Airlines 4 America and sustainable aviation fuels

September 11, 2018 |

Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of its members to shape crucial policies and measures that promote safety, security and a healthy U.S. airline industry. They work collaboratively with airlines, labor, Congress and the Administration and other groups to improve air travel for everyone. Annually, commercial aviation helps drive nearly $1.5 trillion in U.S. […]

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ENVIA suspends operations, Velocys renews focus on Mississippi, UK projects

ENVIA suspends operations, Velocys renews focus on Mississippi, UK projects

September 11, 2018 |

In Oklahoma, the Board of ENVIA Energy has suspended operations at the Oklahoma City plant and is undertaking a review of strategic alternatives in order to preserve the value inherent in the facility. This decision was driven by financial circumstances following a leak at the plant, as announced on 15 May 2018. ENVIA’s investigation into […]

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Biobased smartphone chargers, biocomposite boats, smart fields, smart farms, surgery-scale biomaterials: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of September 13th

Biobased smartphone chargers, biocomposite boats, smart fields, smart farms, surgery-scale biomaterials: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of September 13th

September 10, 2018 |

Here are the top innovations for the week of September 13th — another illuminating set of advances. This week, we’re seeing biobased smartphone chargers, biocomposite boats, smart fields and smart farms, surgery-scale biomaterial scaffolding, biobased pet caskets, biobased synlawns, and fashion biomaterials — and more. #1 New funding for MyAgData expands geospatial data collection on […]

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Energy security: a bipartisan issue in a partisan year

Energy security: a bipartisan issue in a partisan year

September 9, 2018 |

Former President Obama gave a widely-reported speech in Illinois last week which was long on rhetoric about the purpose of democracy and short of hard detail about what issues can unite the fractured American democracy. He said: In order to move this country forward, to actually solve problems and make people’s lives better, we need […]

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The Idaho team that lopped $1 a gallon off the cost of fuel, and how they did it

The Idaho team that lopped $1 a gallon off the cost of fuel, and how they did it

September 9, 2018 |

In Idaho, researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have have cut the modeled cost of harvesting, storing, transporting, and preprocessing biomass from $149.58/dry ton to $82.86/dry ton.   As INL’s Kevin Kenney explained, “when applying least-cost formulation and blending strategies in an analysis of data from DOE’s 2016 Billion-Ton Report, INL researchers achieved a 46% reduction […]

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Any alcohol into any drop-in fuel: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

Any alcohol into any drop-in fuel: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

September 8, 2018 |

Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Byogy’s jet fuel is not an additive, but instead, a full replacement standalone fuel, and hence can be used at any blend ratio up […]

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Advancing energy independence: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas and the Global Methane Initiative

Advancing energy independence: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas and the Global Methane Initiative

September 8, 2018 |

Why consider biogas to Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)? First, there’s the momentum nationally and internationally on RNG (aka, biomethane, R-gas, green gas, renewable gas). Plus, biomethane is a flexible renewable fuel; and can be used in vehicle fuel, electricity, thermal, CHP, bio-product feedstock. Moreover, we can use the existing natural gas grid and fueling infrastructure, […]

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Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ARPA-E’s MARINER program

Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to ARPA-E’s MARINER program

September 8, 2018 |

The projects that comprise ARPA-E’s MARINER (Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources) program seek to develop the tools to enable the United States to become a global leader in the production of marine biomass. Presently, macroalgae, or seaweed, is primarily used as food for human consumption, but there is a growing opportunity for the production […]

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Strategic Transformation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM, the Biofore company

Strategic Transformation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM, the Biofore company

September 8, 2018 |

UPM is going through a transformation to ensure sustainable value creation in the long term. The aim is to improve profitability, generate growth and increase the value of the company’s business portfolio. UPM has been transforming its business model, business portfolio and business performance. UPM consists of six separate business areas. The business areas are […]

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