Category: Thought Leadership

Cap and Trade, RINs, and the Risks of the Future

Cap and Trade, RINs, and the Risks of the Future

April 9, 2019 |

Mike Newman is a Director of Parhelion Underwriting Special to The Digest The best climate policy – environmentally and economically – limits emissions and puts a price on them. Cap and trade is one way to do both. It’s a system designed to reduce pollution in our atmosphere. The cap on greenhouse gas emissions that […]

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The Compelling Case for Biojet Fuel

The Compelling Case for Biojet Fuel

April 1, 2019 |

By Jess Hewitt and Jonathan Lewis, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Biojet is in the news a lot lately, with one carrier after another announcing a test flight. But widespread use by most airlines just does not seem to be happening. Why? Let’s look at the case for Biojet and determine its real […]

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The Next Chapter for Algae

The Next Chapter for Algae

March 27, 2019 |

The Farm Bill of 2018 recognizes algae as a crop for the first time. Will we be bold enough to treat it like one? By Dr. Rebecca White, Vice President of Operations, iWi (Qualitas Health, Inc.) Special to The Digest This Wednesday marks a major milestone in the history of the American algae industry: the […]

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Biotechnology Commercialization Roadmap

Biotechnology Commercialization Roadmap

March 26, 2019 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest As the next wave of first-of-a-kind biorefineries ramps-up, the subject of project engineering once again comes to the forefront. Questions about the overall process, why it takes so long and costs so much abound, all capped off by the realization that an EPC […]

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Port of Seattle and Washington state coalesce for sustainable aviation fuels

Port of Seattle and Washington state coalesce for sustainable aviation fuels

March 21, 2019 |

By Fred Felleman, Port of Seattle Commissioner Special to The Digest Despite our reputation as environmentally progressive and determined protectors of the climate, Washington state has not kept up with its neighbors to the north and south when it comes to a clean fuel standard or supply. We know how to make the fuel. Washington […]

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Commitment to R&D is the Key

Commitment to R&D is the Key

March 19, 2019 |

By Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority Special to The Digest As the nation’s No. 1 producer of ethanol and biodiesel and with country’s second-lowest cost of doing business, Iowa is recognized as a bioprocessing hub. The state successfully blends ample biomass with a business-friendly regulatory environment designed to stimulate the growth and profitability […]

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What a Microbe Would Say on Glassdoor

What a Microbe Would Say on Glassdoor

March 18, 2019 |

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest In my previous article on Scale-up from the Microbes Perspective, I discussed how the biotechnology commercialization process would be viewed by a microbe. This is a little lighter topic than the engineering subjects I usually write about, but the robust response to the […]

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Green for the Common Man

Green for the Common Man

February 25, 2019 |

By Douglas L. Faulkner, “The Cleantech Conservative” & Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D. Special to the Digest           Out of the climate change cacophony, two notes that ring true for us are:  1) No climate fixes can be made without improving the lives of those in distressed rural areas; and, 2) Bio-based fuels and chemicals are needed […]

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Risks in the Climate Finance Markets

Risks in the Climate Finance Markets

February 19, 2019 |

By Michael Newman, Chief Operating Officer, Parhelion Underwriting Inc. Special to The Digest Risks often act as barriers to investment and trading in the climate finance market – the systems designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), California’s Cap & Trade and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) – because […]

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Open the Door to Higher Blends

Open the Door to Higher Blends

February 12, 2019 |

Doug Sombke, President, South Dakota Farmers Union and Farmers Union Enterprise Special to The Digest  Once again, the ethanol industry seems determined to play small ball and unwittingly limit itself to ever realizing its full potential.  Reports out of Iowa following the renewable fuels summit that the industry is thriving defies any rational thinking.  The […]

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