Category: Thought Leadership

Time for full carbon accounting

Time for full carbon accounting

April 21, 2016 |

By Zoltán Szabó, Special to The Digest The sustainability aspects of transport fuels are in the spotlight this year in Brussels as a number of key files make their way through the process, namely the Energy Union package, the new Renewable Energy Directive, a communication on transport decarbonisation, and the bioenergy sustainability policy. Correct carbon accounting, […]

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EU biofuels: A lost opportunity?

EU biofuels: A lost opportunity?

April 20, 2016 |

By Dick Roche, former Irish Minister for Environment and EU Affairs Special to The Digest When the EU Commission produced its 2012 proposal to cap at 5% the contribution crop-based biofuels can make under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the logic of the Commission’s position was widely questioned. Critics, including this writer, challenged the extraordinary […]

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Scale-Up of Emerging Biofuel Technologies

Scale-Up of Emerging Biofuel Technologies

April 11, 2016 |

By Lorenz Bauer, PhD and William Quapp, MSME, special to The Digest Introduction The continued interest in advanced biofuels has produced numerous exciting technical advances on the laboratory, pilot and demonstration scales. However, attempts to translate these small scale successes into commercial technologies have been less successful.   It is easy to blame lower oil and […]

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Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy

Farm Bill Energy Programs Enable New Feedstock Production To Help Fuel the Biobased Economy

April 5, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive VP, Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Special to The Digest Congress has made it a priority to try and return the annual appropriations process to regular order, following multiple years of passing late omnibus funding bills. Omnibus funding bills rob many successful programs of the individual evaluation they merit; the Farm Bill Energy […]

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Commercializing Innovative Foods

Commercializing Innovative Foods

March 29, 2016 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC, Special to The Digest Understanding the challenge of commercializing innovative foods will separate those that change the future of food, from others that become an asterisk in a market study. In my previous publication “What makes scale-up of industrial bio-technology so difficult”, I expanded on the technical challenges […]

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Building a Bioethanol Coalition in the Fight Against Climate Change

Building a Bioethanol Coalition in the Fight Against Climate Change

March 14, 2016 |

By Jan Koninckx, Global business director for advanced biofuels, DuPont. Special to The Digest February 2016 was the warmest February on record—perhaps of all time. Not by tenths of degrees, as records are often broken by, but by a staggering 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit higher than average. The body of evidence for global warming continues to […]

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Stimulating Investment To Grow the Biobased Economy

Stimulating Investment To Grow the Biobased Economy

February 28, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice-President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization Over the past decade, federal policies such as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the USDA Biobased Markets Program, the Navy’s Green Fleet initiative, the Second Generation Biofuel Tax Credit, and others have created momentum for industrial biotech innovations, including biofuels, renewable chemicals and synthetic biology. While policy […]

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Yogi Berra on Bioenergy

Yogi Berra on Bioenergy

February 22, 2016 |

By Douglas L. Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” With baseball’s spring training once again underway, it seemed appropriate to channel one of that sport’s legendary players into an article on biofuels. The late, great New York Yankee catcher and all-round American folk commentator, Yogi Berra, coined many timeless observations.  “The future ain’t what it used to […]

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Options, values, and benefits to adding co2 recovery to existing and planned ethanol plants

Options, values, and benefits to adding co2 recovery to existing and planned ethanol plants

February 14, 2016 |

By Sam A. Rushing, president, Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd. BACKGROUND The long term sustainability of first generation ethanol facilities, through advanced biofuels plants, is realized by making money from all the by-products; and of course, CO2 is one of the leading components of this by-product list. There are many variables associated the feasibility of adding a […]

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Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

Section 9003’s Success Helps Insure More Capital for Biorefineries

February 10, 2016 |

By Brent Erickson, Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Industry Organization USDA’s Section 9003 Program created by the comprehensive Farm Bill has successfully helped fund construction of biofuel biorefineries over the past six years and it is now expanding to launch renewable chemical facilities as well. Like other USDA programs, this loan guarantee enables manufacturers to access […]

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