Category: Thought Leadership

Will the RFS Deal Protect Innovation and Our Planet?

Will the RFS Deal Protect Innovation and Our Planet?

September 17, 2019 |

Stephanie Batchelor, Vice President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) Special to The Digest As we speculate on the details and implications of the administration’s renewable fuels deal, the future of an entire green industry hangs in the balance. The debate over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has become muddied with rhetoric about special interests and government […]

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New Air Stripper Technology Improves Cleaning Access and Reduces Fouling

New Air Stripper Technology Improves Cleaning Access and Reduces Fouling

September 12, 2019 |

By Dave Fischer, Vice President of Technology, QED Environmental Systems Special to The Digest Numerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are on federal and state lists of toxic compounds that must be removed from water before it is used or discharged into the environment. A variety of treatment technologies are available, each with its own advantages […]

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Contract Fermentation Update, Market Continues to Tighten

Contract Fermentation Update, Market Continues to Tighten

September 10, 2019 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest In my previous articles on the contract fermentation landscape here and capital light scale-up here, I reviewed contract fermentation organizations (CMOs) and discussed how the market was tightening. The last article was over a year ago and I thought it was worth an […]

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Trump, Biofuels, 2020 and the prospect of a Farmer Flip

Trump, Biofuels, 2020 and the prospect of a Farmer Flip

September 4, 2019 |

By Mike Carr Special to The Digest Starting with Iowa voters in the earliest part of his campaign, one of Donald Trump’s most explicit promises has been to farm country voters that he would protect and expand the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Instead, President Trump has repeatedly buckled under pressure from fossil fuel interests and […]

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Emissions Abatement in Ethanol Production Operations

Emissions Abatement in Ethanol Production Operations

September 3, 2019 |

By Anoosheh Oskouian, President & CEO and Mike Pawlowski, Senior Technical Sales Engineer, Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc. Special to The Digest Most ethanol production facilities at some point must deal with the issue of destroying the byproducts created in processing. Several sources of process gas contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and the use of […]

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It’s Time to Rebuild: Farmland as Critical Infrastructure

It’s Time to Rebuild: Farmland as Critical Infrastructure

August 20, 2019 |

By Michael A. Fatigati, Senior Consultant, Vantaggio Renewables Special to The Digest Preface:  The term ‘infrastructure’ recalls images of roads, highways, bridges, dams, power plants, trains, various modes of shipping, navigable waterways, and airports. This infrastructure has, in some cases, been funded via private, profit-making sources or, in other cases, via public budgetary means. Because […]

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Environmental advocates should take another look at biofuels

Environmental advocates should take another look at biofuels

August 15, 2019 |

By Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and former Sen. Timothy Wirth (D-Colo.) Special to The Digest The question of how best to address environmental challenges has increasingly become a partisan flashpoint. So, when there is a green solution on which many Republicans and Democrats see eye-to-eye, as we do, it’s worth paying attention. It’s time to […]

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Soil Sampling for VOCs: Best Practices: An overview of methods and equipment options

Soil Sampling for VOCs: Best Practices: An overview of methods and equipment options

August 14, 2019 |

By David Kaminski, Senior Vice President, Vice President of Technology, QED Environmental Systems, Inc. Special to The Digest In all types of environmental testing, using proper sample collection methods is vitally important, as the data analyzed in the laboratory is only as good as the quality of samples collected in the field. Soil testing and […]

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FAME is fleeting: FAEE as a more sustainable option for biodiesel in the US

FAME is fleeting: FAEE as a more sustainable option for biodiesel in the US

August 13, 2019 |

By Ron Cascone and Steven Slome, Nexant Special to The Digest Filling the tank on the road to the future The term “fatty acid methyl ester” or FAME has been synonymous with biodiesel for the better part of the last two decades that have seen its widespread promotion and use. This has been due to […]

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Managing LCFS credits and risk in uncertain times

Managing LCFS credits and risk in uncertain times

August 7, 2019 |

By Michael Newman, Chief Operating Officer, Parhelion Underwriting Inc. Special to The Digest Trading in the climate finance market – the systems designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – sometimes create areas of uncertainty. The risk of invalidation of credits worry market participants – but insurance risk capital can be used to mitigate these concerns […]

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