Major Stories

The E15 Dilemma—Let’s Not Take this Hill Twice

The E15 Dilemma—Let’s Not Take this Hill Twice

May 23, 2022 |

Doug Durante, Executive Director Clean Fuels Development Coalition Special to The Digest The decision by the Biden Administration last month to lift the restriction on E15 during the summer months was by all accounts a public relations disaster.  How could what should have been presented to the public as a positive, health and money-in-your-pocket development […]

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2.6B gallons per year of biofuel!  SGP BioEnergy, Panama to build world’s largest advanced biofuel production hub

2.6B gallons per year of biofuel! SGP BioEnergy, Panama to build world’s largest advanced biofuel production hub

May 22, 2022 |

A team of energy industry companies led by SGP BioEnergy is joining the Government of Panama to develop the world’s largest biofuels production and distribution hub. Once complete in five years, Biorefineria Ciudad Dorada (Golden City Biorefinery), located in Colon and Balboa, Panama, will be the largest advanced biorefinery and Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) production […]

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Bombshell: Propel Fuels sues Phillips 66 over “Year-long extraction of trade secrets”

Bombshell: Propel Fuels sues Phillips 66 over “Year-long extraction of trade secrets”

May 18, 2022 |

In California, Judge Evelio Grillo of the Superior Court of Alameda County has unsealed a Propel Fuels-Phillips 66 lawsuit, ordered that Propel Fuels file an unredacted copy of the suit. According to Propel, the suit alleges hat “the Texas-based oil company misappropriated Propel’s trade secrets and engaged in unlawful business practices in violation of California’s Uniform […]

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Algae-based batteries, biodegradable COVID-19 tests, BMW’s biobased coatings, Heinz biobottles, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of May 19th

Algae-based batteries, biodegradable COVID-19 tests, BMW’s biobased coatings, Heinz biobottles, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of May 19th

May 18, 2022 |

Can you imagine running a computer chip on algae – yes, algae – for more than six months? Apparently, that’s now possible thanks to biochemists at the University of Cambridge who created the biobased battery alternative to power small electronics during their “pandemic project”. And speaking of the pandemic, goodness knows we’ve taken more COVID-19 […]

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On the Move – Topsoe, Yield10, Calyxt, BASF, Biotalys, Tidal Vision, New Culture and more

On the Move – Topsoe, Yield10, Calyxt, BASF, Biotalys, Tidal Vision, New Culture and more

May 17, 2022 |

Josh Kittelson, PhD, former Bolt Threads VP, joins New Culture as VP of Biology In California, Bay Area-based New Culture hired Josh Kittleson, PhD, as the company’s VP of Biology. New Culture is leading the global movement to an animal-free dairy future, offering animal-free dairy products that are indistinguishable from conventional products in taste, texture, […]

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8-Slide Guides

Transforming Carbon into Products: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

Transforming Carbon into Products: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

May 23, 2022 |

If you missed Jennifer Holmgren’s illuminating presentation at ABLC this year, here’s your chance to see what she shared with the world on LanzaTech’s latest work, once again breaking barriers. Here’s the latest on their 2 commercial operating plants, 7 plants scheduled to complete construciton in 2022 and 7 additional plants in engineering, and all […]

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1 Billion Gallons Per Year by 2030: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

1 Billion Gallons Per Year by 2030: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

May 22, 2022 |

In addition to new hot technologies, Gevo has a goal of 1 billion gallons per year of capacity or more by 2030. How can they achieve this? What is the status with Net-Zero 1 and its expected operation in 2025? What are the feedstocks? How are they going beyond net zero? What’s their latest work […]

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Solving Today’s Ag Challenges: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to FFAR

Solving Today’s Ag Challenges: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to FFAR

May 19, 2022 |

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research builds public-private partnerships and funds pioneering research focusing on key challenge areas like next generation crops, soil health, advanced animal systems, sustainable water management, and more. Find out who is involved, what programs are used to invest in the scientific workforce, their latest work with biochar, and more.

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Survey Says Biofuels Indispensable for Security: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to UFOP’s Biofuels Survey

Survey Says Biofuels Indispensable for Security: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to UFOP’s Biofuels Survey

May 18, 2022 |

The war in Ukraine affects important agricultural markets and restrictions on legal requirements for the production of biodiesel and bioethanol lead to an increase in imports of protein animal feeds and thus to an increase in land requirements in the exporting countries, according to UFOP. Get all their latest on how without biofuels, the main […]

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Reaching New Records with Renewables: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Raízen

Reaching New Records with Renewables: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Raízen

May 17, 2022 |

The Digest just covered big news from Brazil-based Raízen on their $395 million investment into two new cellulosic ethanol plants that will utilize sugarcane bagasse (wastes from sugarcane sweetener processing), and here is their latest short and sweet earnings presentation highlighting their new records, bioenergy parks productivity, ethanol and bioenergy commercialization latest, and more.

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The Latest World News

JERA Americas buys two northeastern thermal power projects with an eye to renewable conversion

JERA Americas buys two northeastern thermal power projects with an eye to renewable conversion

May 23, 2022 |

In Japan, JERA Co., Inc., through its subsidiary JERA Americas Inc., having decided to participate in thermal power generation projects in Massachusetts and Maine in the United States, has concluded a stock purchase agreement with an affiliate of funds managed by Stonepeak to acquire a 100% interest in the projects. The acquisition is expected to […]

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Rio Tinto and bp to undergo one-year marine biofuel trial

Rio Tinto and bp to undergo one-year marine biofuel trial

May 23, 2022 |

In the UK, Rio Tinto and bp have agreed to work together on a one-year biofuel trial to help reduce carbon emissions from Rio Tinto’s marine fleet.  Under the trial, bp is supplying Rio Tinto with marine biofuel for approximately 12 months. The fuel will be trialed on Rio Tinto’s RTM Tasman vessel on a […]

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European Parliament’s ENVI committee votes to exclude primary woody biofuels and limit crop-based biofuels

European Parliament’s ENVI committee votes to exclude primary woody biofuels and limit crop-based biofuels

May 23, 2022 |

In Belgium, late on May 16, the European Parliament’s environment committee voted on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), including limiting subsidies to burning forests biomass and crop-based biofuels.  Forests biomass: with a 45 to 36 majority the committee voted in favor of amendment CA9, recommending that primary woody biomass should no longer be […]

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CJ BIO introduces marine biodegradable PHA

CJ BIO introduces marine biodegradable PHA

May 23, 2022 |

In Massachusetts, CJ BIO, a division of South Korea-based CJ CheilJedang, has introduced PHACT Marine Biodegradable Polymers based on its proprietary polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) technology. Being a part of the solution to change the trajectory of the plastic pollution challenge and preserving the planet is the essence of the PHACT brand. PHACT means (PHA + Act) […]

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Some EU countries cutting back on biofuels short-term due to war in Ukraine

Some EU countries cutting back on biofuels short-term due to war in Ukraine

May 23, 2022 |

Across Europe, Stratus Advisors says that eight of the European Union’s 27 member states have either lowered biofuel blending mandates for the near term or are in discussions to do so in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and concerns about food security, but believes that the RePower policy will help to decarbonize Europe and […]

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R&D News

Japanese researchers produce formic acid from CO2

Japanese researchers produce formic acid from CO2

May 23, 2022 |

In Japan, photoreduction of CO2 into transportable fuel like formic acid (HCOOH) is a great way of dealing with CO2’s rising levels in the atmosphere. To aid in this mission, a research team from Tokyo Tech chose an easily available iron-based mineral and loaded it onto an alumina support to develop a catalyst that can […]

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BETO 2020 State of Bioenergy Technology report now available

BETO 2020 State of Bioenergy Technology report now available

May 22, 2022 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) funds R&D of technologies necessary for deployment and production of cost-competitive bioenergy, primarily biofuels, and they just published the latest report with a status of those R&D efforts at the end of 2020 and the technical challenges and barriers facing the industry. This […]

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Stockholm University researchers lead study on producing methanol from CO2 with copper-zinc catalyst

Stockholm University researchers lead study on producing methanol from CO2 with copper-zinc catalyst

May 19, 2022 |

In Sweden, international research team led by researchers of Stockholm University has for the first time been able to study the surface of a copper-zinc catalyst when carbon dioxide is reduced to methanol. The results – obtained at DESY´s brilliant light source PETRA III – are published in the scientific journal Science. A better knowledge […]

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New Zealand researchers score funding for biopolymers

New Zealand researchers score funding for biopolymers

May 18, 2022 |

In Australia, in a bid to replace the harmful chemicals used in durable water repellent (DWR) textile coatings, a new research collaboration is developing a sustainable alternative made from biopolymers. The Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) has granted New Zealand based biotechnology research company, Humble Bee Bio, and Deakin University A$70,000 to develop and […]

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Green Fuels Research successfully demonstrate use of 100% salmon waste-based marine biofuel

Green Fuels Research successfully demonstrate use of 100% salmon waste-based marine biofuel

May 17, 2022 |

In the UK, an important stage on the long voyage to marine transport decarbonization was reached recently when Green Fuels Research (GFR), a pioneer in renewable fuels, successfully demonstrated use of unblended sustainable marine fuel (SMF) at Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir near Port Talbot, South Wales. The fuel was used in a Beta Marine B14 engine […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Minnesota PUC says it has authority to regulate CO2 pipelines

Minnesota PUC says it has authority to regulate CO2 pipelines

May 23, 2022 |

In Minnesota, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) unanimously voted they have existing authority to permit the siting of carbon dioxide (CO2) pipelines, including the two multi-state pipelines currently in development. This decision addresses the growing regional demand to capture carbon dioxide from ethanol plants and transport via pipeline. Minnesota statutes require pipelines that transport […]

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Growth Energy, EPA reach settlement on deadline for issuing 2023 RVO

Growth Energy, EPA reach settlement on deadline for issuing 2023 RVO

May 22, 2022 |

In Washington, D.C., following settlement discussions with Growth Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to file a notice in the Federal Register on Monday seeking comment on a proposed judicial consent decree that would require EPA to propose the 2023 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) by no later than September 16, 2022 and finalize […]

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Energy Secretary says Biden Administration “all in” supporting renewable fuels

Energy Secretary says Biden Administration “all in” supporting renewable fuels

May 19, 2022 |

In Washington, Brownfield Ag News reports the Energy Secretary says the Biden Administration is “all in” when it comes to supporting renewable fuels, be it biodiesel or biofuel production or consumption. She says homegrown fuels are the way to fight against a “petro-dictator” like Vladimir Putin. But even with more biofuels in the mix, she […]

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India approves changes to national biofuels policy

India approves changes to national biofuels policy

May 18, 2022 |

In India, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the Amendments to the National Policy on Biofuels -2018. The “National Policy on Biofuels – 2018” was notified by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on June 4, 2018 in supersession of National Policy on Biofuels, promulgated through the Ministry of […]

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Iowa governor signs into law year-round E15 and expansion of higher blends

Iowa governor signs into law year-round E15 and expansion of higher blends

May 17, 2022 |

In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law HF2128, the Biofuels Bill. This bill was a top priority of hers, which she introduced to the legislature earlier this year and received strong bipartisan support. This historic bill makes Iowa the first state in the nation to adopt an E15 standard and expands access to higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel across the state, […]

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Other Recent Articles

Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. invests in Motif FoodWorks

Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr. invests in Motif FoodWorks

May 23, 2022 |

In Boston, foodtech company Motif FoodWorks says it has received unspecified funding from Footprint Coalition Ventures, an investment firm founded by Marvel star Robert Downey Jr.  Motif uses precision fermentation to produce ingredients that mimic animal muscle protein, while plant proteins and plant-based carbohydrates help it achieve meat-like texture.  “If plant-based foods are going to […]

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Meet Green Kid, the bioeconomy’s first comic book

Meet Green Kid, the bioeconomy’s first comic book

May 23, 2022 |

In the UK, researchers have produced a comic book about biobased products to help schoolchildren in the region get excited about the bioeconomy.  Set in 2064, the plot sees Green Kid go back in time to the 2020s to check on how scientific research is creating green solutions to create a circular economy and help […]

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Safety meets sustainability: Dutch design studio unveils biodegradable bike helmet

Safety meets sustainability: Dutch design studio unveils biodegradable bike helmet

May 23, 2022 |

In the Netherlands, Studio MOM has developed a 100% biodegradable bike helmet made from the root structure of fungus and hemp textiles.   Dubbed MyHelmet, the protective gear was designed by Alessandra Sisti, a junior designer at Studio MOM, as her graduation project from the Politecnico di Milano’s Design and Engineering masters program.   The helmet is […]

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Bee-free honey maker celebrates World Bee Day at bougie NYC eatery

Bee-free honey maker celebrates World Bee Day at bougie NYC eatery

May 23, 2022 |

In New York, plant-based honey producer MeliBio partnered with Eleven Madison Park, a pricey plant-based restaurant in Manhattan boasting three Michelin stars, to offer a four-course honey-themed lunch in honor of World Bee Day.  According to MeliBio’s press release, invited guests joined from around the world, including over two-dozen conservation leaders, investors, government officials, and […]

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Biodegradable flossers are a win-win for earth and your dental hygiene

Biodegradable flossers are a win-win for earth and your dental hygiene

May 23, 2022 |

In Michigan, leading dental flosser brand Plackers has introduced 100% biodegradable flossers made from natural silk floss, coconut coating, and PHA bioplastic sourced from Danimer Scientific.   Dubbed EcoChoice, the flossers will “gently clean between your teeth while also caring for the planet” by decomposing in a home or industrial composter after just 26 weeks, Plackers […]

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Dutch firm plans eight straw houses

Dutch firm plans eight straw houses

May 23, 2022 |

In the Netherlands, Ballast Nedam Development is planning eight houses with prefab straw panels.  The design was the result of a contest dubbed “Nature House,” or Natuurhuis in Dutch, to develop materials for climate-positive housing. The first pilot project will take place in Heeze in the province of Noord-Brabant. “The Nature House fulfils the high […]

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