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Functional fungus, Amyris’s secret new nutritional ingredient, bioplastics for auto applications, first-ever hydrogen powered train and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of November 22nd

Functional fungus, Amyris’s secret new nutritional ingredient, bioplastics for auto applications, first-ever hydrogen powered train and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of November 22nd

November 21, 2019 |

Christmas decorations are showing up in all the stores already so The Digest figures it’s not too early to talk about the holidays…so forget about the coal powered Polar Express this winter, as the first-ever contract in the U.S. to supply a hydrogen-powered train is actually happening! Also, what’s Packman got to do with this […]

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The Kodak Moment: The world’s airlines consider their low-carbon options in an era of flight-shaming

The Kodak Moment: The world’s airlines consider their low-carbon options in an era of flight-shaming

November 19, 2019 |

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” — Anne Dudley Bradstreet For the airlines, which met this past week in New Orleans for the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Symposium, it’s a Kodak Moment. As in the moment when Kodak […]

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Pyrolysis Party and who’s the pilot steering the ship? BTG and GoodFuels to invest in world’s 1st marine biofuel refinery based on pyrolysis oil

Pyrolysis Party and who’s the pilot steering the ship? BTG and GoodFuels to invest in world’s 1st marine biofuel refinery based on pyrolysis oil

November 17, 2019 |

There’s a party on the water and BTG and GoodFuels are the ship’s pilots steering the way to sustainable biofuel. In the Netherlands, BTG and GoodFuels are preparing for major investment in a new biorefinery to support shipping’s low carbon fuels demands. Biomass technology group BTG will set up a new company that can convert […]

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Hollywood sends materials to anaerobic digester, poop to paper, hydrogen from seawater, Kanye’s algae foam kicks, Hellman’s seaweed sachets, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of November 15th

Hollywood sends materials to anaerobic digester, poop to paper, hydrogen from seawater, Kanye’s algae foam kicks, Hellman’s seaweed sachets, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of November 15th

November 14, 2019 |

Even Hollywood is going green these days with the latest Bond movie sending 30 tons of food and biodegradable materials to anaerobic digester to generate electricity! And elephant poop is getting turned into upscale stationary paper. A revoluntionary catalyst is developed that is opening up hydrogen from seawater. And your Hellman’s may packets may now […]

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Two great organizations, one amazing event: The US Department of Energy and The Digest join forces to co-sponsor ABLC 2020

Two great organizations, one amazing event: The US Department of Energy and The Digest join forces to co-sponsor ABLC 2020

November 11, 2019 |

And a special meeting and program with the US Biomass Research & Development Board at ABLC 2020 In Florida, The Digest announced that the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC 2020) will be held March 25-27, 2020 at the Mayflower Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, and that the US Department of Energy has joined as the […]

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8-Slide Guides

Calgren Dairy Fuels’ Lagoon Digester Cluster Project: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Pooping Cows Bringing Us Biofuel

Calgren Dairy Fuels’ Lagoon Digester Cluster Project: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Pooping Cows Bringing Us Biofuel

November 21, 2019 |

Methane – we all know there’s too much of it and much of it comes from farting and pooping cows. But Calgren has been doing something about that for years, before cow manure memes became cool. Calgren turns dairy manure biogas into biofuels as well as other valuable, low-carbon products, taking horrible, polluting methane gas […]

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A Planet on Fire: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels’ Call to Action for Aviation Industry

A Planet on Fire: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Rock Biofuels’ Call to Action for Aviation Industry

November 20, 2019 |

“Facing catastrophic problems with the immediacy of wildfire and the sinister creeping of climate change is depressing. It is depressing enough to throw in the towel, to say I can’t make a difference, the problem is just too big for me to solve.” That’s what Jeff Manternach, Red Rock Biofuels’ Co-Founder and CFO told the audience […]

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The IRENA View: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to the potential of hydrogen fuel for hard-to-decarbonise energy uses

The IRENA View: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to the potential of hydrogen fuel for hard-to-decarbonise energy uses

November 20, 2019 |

The International Renewable Energy Agency has examined the potential of hydrogen fuel for hard-to-decarbonize energy uses, including energy-intensive industries, trucks, aviation, shipping and heating applications, in a new report. According to IRENA, the decarbonisation impact depends on how hydrogen is produced. Current and future sourcing options can be divided into grey (fossil fuel-based), blue (fossil […]

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When Negative is Good – Carbon Negative: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Biojet Fuel

When Negative is Good – Carbon Negative: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Biojet Fuel

November 19, 2019 |

Noone wants to be negative…unless they are talking about carbon negative of course. The aviation industry has been all abuzz about lowering their carbon footprints for years, then carbon neutral, now carbon negative. According to Gevo’s Timothy Cesarek, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, the carbon footprint of jetfuel has the potential to be driven to negative with […]

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Better Biofuels with Biomass: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Axens and the BioTfueL Project

Better Biofuels with Biomass: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Axens and the BioTfueL Project

November 18, 2019 |

BioTfueL, originally launched by Total, is a project to produce biofuels via thermochemical conversion and includes several partners that work together on this. Axens Solutions recently spoke at ABLC NEXT about the project, how biomass feedstock is torrefied and then converted into syngas in a gasifier. Once the syngas has been cleaned and conditioned, it […]

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The Latest World News

Greenfield Global is teaming with Hy2gen Canada in a green hydrogen JV

Greenfield Global is teaming with Hy2gen Canada in a green hydrogen JV

November 21, 2019 |

In Canada, Greenfield Global Inc., Canada’s largest ethanol producer, and Hy2gen Canada, the first mover for commercial production and distribution of green hydrogen, announced their intention to create a joint venture that will develop and operate a facility in Varennes (Québec) for industrial-scale production of green hydrogen and other zero-carbon energy products. The companies are […]

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American GreenFuels’ biodiesel secures certification for recycled content and byproduct synergy

American GreenFuels’ biodiesel secures certification for recycled content and byproduct synergy

November 21, 2019 |

In Connecticut, American GreenFuels, LLC announced that its certified biodiesel product has achieved two UL Environmental Claim Validations: (1) Recycled Content – Biodiesel produced by American GreenFuels, LLC contains an average of 42% post-consumer recycled content, and, (2) Byproduct Synergy – Biodiesel produced by American GreenFuels, LLC contains an average of 46% by-product synergy feedstock […]

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Malaysia looking to set up biodiesel price stabilization fund

Malaysia looking to set up biodiesel price stabilization fund

November 21, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post newspaper reports that the primary industries ministry is exploring cooperation with the finance ministry to create a fund to stabilize the price of biodiesel with 3% of the export taxes lobbed on palm oil circled back to finance it. The tax is only applied to exports when palm oil prices […]

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New 4evergreen industry alliance seeks to boost fiber-based circular economy

New 4evergreen industry alliance seeks to boost fiber-based circular economy

November 21, 2019 |

In Finland, Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is one of the founding members of the new 4evergreen industry alliance together with other members of CEPI, the European association representing the paper industry. The new alliance aims to boost the contribution of fiber-based packaging in a circular and sustainable economy that minimizes climate and environmental […]

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Indian mills can only supply 60% of blending mandate but still only offered half of that

Indian mills can only supply 60% of blending mandate but still only offered half of that

November 21, 2019 |

In India, the Business Standard newspaper reports that Indian mills can only supply 60% of the ethanol required annually for the 5% blending mandate, around 3.55 billion liters compared to 5.11 billion liters required by oil marketing companies for blending in 2019/20. But even so, because of expectations of better prices elsewhere along with lower […]

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R&D News

Tavelmout BioFarm expands PhotoBioReactor in Brunei

Tavelmout BioFarm expands PhotoBioReactor in Brunei

November 21, 2019 |

In Brunei, Tavelmout BioFarm (B) Sdn Bhd, a Bruneian subsidiary of Tabérumo Corporation, has successfully constructed a new production facility in Brunei Darussalam (here in after referred to as “Brunei”) to expand its production capacity. TVMB is a pioneer in the large-scale cultivation of spirulina using PhotoBioReactor (PBR) in the world. Compared to the conventional […]

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TNO’s seaweed ethanol fuels Danish research vehicle achieving 80 km/h

TNO’s seaweed ethanol fuels Danish research vehicle achieving 80 km/h

November 20, 2019 |

In the Netherlands, TNO has produced ethanol from seaweed and algae that went on to power a car in Denmark that achieved speeds of 80 km/h as part of the MacroFuels EU-funded project. Researchers were unsure that fuels produced from seaweed would function the same as other fuels and were concerned about the impacts on […]

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NovoNutrients joins Chevron Technology Ventures Catalyst Program making protein through carbon capture

NovoNutrients joins Chevron Technology Ventures Catalyst Program making protein through carbon capture

November 19, 2019 |

In California, NovoNutrients, a Silicon Valley-based innovator making protein through carbon capture and utilization, has been selected by Chevron Technology Ventures to join its Catalyst Program. NovoNutrients transforms industrial emissions that are primarily CO₂ into additives and high-performance protein ingredients, initially for fast-growing aquaculture feed markets. The Catalyst Program is a conduit for maturation of […]

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Auburn University professor lands Fulbright scholarship to study biofuels in Brazil

Auburn University professor lands Fulbright scholarship to study biofuels in Brazil

November 18, 2019 |

In Alabama, Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Distinguished Research Professor of Industrial and Environmental Microbiology Ben Okeke has earned a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to study sustainable strategies for the production of renewable biodiesel fuels. His research study offers benefits for biofuel, agricultural and other industries. The Fulbright grant provides support for Okeke to conduct […]

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Fish feed from forest and food side streams

Fish feed from forest and food side streams

November 16, 2019 |

In Finland, VTT’s deep-tech incubator teams come up with two solutions to meet the need for new sustainable fish feed. Enifer Bio’s solution is based on the use of dilute side streams from the agro- and forest industries, and Volare’s solution focuses on the valorisation of food-industry side streams. The forest industry previously produced large […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Airlines bracing for higher fuels costs with Norway’s 0.5% aviation biofuel blending mandate

Airlines bracing for higher fuels costs with Norway’s 0.5% aviation biofuel blending mandate

November 21, 2019 |

In Norway, Reuters reports that airlines believe they will have access to sufficient, although expensive, supplies of aviation biofuel by year’s end in order to comply with the country’s 0.5% blending mandate for airplanes that will come into effect on January 1. Currently, aviation biofuel is about four times the price as conventional jet fuel, […]

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Farm Credit Agency tells House subcommittee that ag economy needs stable biofuel market

Farm Credit Agency tells House subcommittee that ag economy needs stable biofuel market

November 20, 2019 |

In Washington, the head of the Farm Credit Agency told the House Agriculture Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit Subcommittee that what the agricultural economy in general and the biofuel industry specifically needs to a stable market for ethanol and biodiesel, that growing and keeping the industry is critical. Though he said the Commodity Credit Corporation […]

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New E4tech study shows Europe’s ethanol industry could be supplied without exceeding crop-based cap

New E4tech study shows Europe’s ethanol industry could be supplied without exceeding crop-based cap

November 19, 2019 |

In Belgium, Europe’s need for better-performing, low-carbon fuels to reduce emissions from existing and new cars could be met by the ethanol industry, within the RED II framework, that is without exceeding the cap on crop-based biofuels and as a response to the advanced biofuels sub-target, according to new research. A study by sustainable energy […]

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Agriculture Secretary says lack of ethanol exports more damaging to industry than SREs

Agriculture Secretary says lack of ethanol exports more damaging to industry than SREs

November 18, 2019 |

In Washington, AgWired reports that the Agriculture Secretary told the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual convention last week that he has the facts to prove that the ethanol industry is suffering more from a lack of exports than from demand destruction resulting from the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of 31 small refinery hardship waivers […]

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French PM Philippe calls for new vote on palm oil tax break for biofuel producers

French PM Philippe calls for new vote on palm oil tax break for biofuel producers

November 16, 2019 |

In France, lawmakers and environmentalists were upset about a palm oil tax break for companies using it as a source of biofuel, like Total, that went through parliament without debate, prompting French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to call for a new vote, as reported in International Business Times. The tax break was sponsored by lawmakers […]

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Other Recent Articles

LMC International suggests closer cooperation between palm oil producing countries

LMC International suggests closer cooperation between palm oil producing countries

November 21, 2019 |

In Malaysia, The Edge Markets reports that the head of LMC International says cooperation between countries to boost biodiesel blending mandates will help support palm oil prices. In order to achieve these stronger prices, coordination among Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries will be required. Although most of the attention has been on Malaysia and […]

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Federal jury finds Colorado businessman guilty of biofuel tax credit fraud

Federal jury finds Colorado businessman guilty of biofuel tax credit fraud

November 20, 2019 |

In Colorado, a federal jury in Denver, Colorado, found Martin Fields guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit money laundering, making false claims against the United States, and money laundering, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. According to the evidence presented at […]

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Neste’s MY Renewable Diesel™ to fuel Dreamforce Conference shuttles

Neste’s MY Renewable Diesel™ to fuel Dreamforce Conference shuttles

November 20, 2019 |

In California, Neste has embarked on a partnership with Salesforce to help reduce the carbon emissions of their annual Dreamforce Conference held in San Francisco 19–22 November 2019. By using Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ in more than 25 of their shuttle buses, Salesforce will be able to reduce the program’s greenhouse gas emissions by up […]

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Indonesia to use 72 million liters of biodiesel to test B30 in ships and trucks

Indonesia to use 72 million liters of biodiesel to test B30 in ships and trucks

November 20, 2019 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the government has decided to release 72 million liters of palm oil-based biodiesel to supply its B30 trial set for later this month through December ahead of its planned roll out of a B30 mandate next year. B30 will be tested in vessels and trucks along with eight of the […]

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REG puts $30 million Seneca expansion on hold due to tax credit extension delays

REG puts $30 million Seneca expansion on hold due to tax credit extension delays

November 20, 2019 |

In Iowa, local press reports that the Renewable Energy Group has decided to halt its $30 million expansion project at its Seneca plant, saying the 22 months since the biodiesel producers tax credit lapsed has left uncertainty in the market. It said it didn’t know when it would be able to restart work on the […]

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Democrats unveil draft of GREEN Act that includes extending biofuel tax credits

Democrats unveil draft of GREEN Act that includes extending biofuel tax credits

November 20, 2019 |

In Washington, House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Committee Democrats released a discussion draft of the Growing Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now (GREEN) Act. This draft legislation is a comprehensive approach to tackling climate change by using the tax code to extend and expand renewable energy use […]

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