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The Extraordinary ReMaking of Ordinary Things, Pt 3: J&J Green Paper reinvents the paper coffee cup with an alternative to plastic

The Extraordinary ReMaking of Ordinary Things, Pt 3: J&J Green Paper reinvents the paper coffee cup with an alternative to plastic

April 12, 2021 |

Today, in part 3 of our series The Extraordinary remaking of Ordinary Things, let’s begin with the not well-known problem of the paper coffee cup, that it leaks and loses rigidity when hot, unless you put a coating on it, one made of polyethylene, and that coating makes it very, very difficult to break down […]

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Can Bacteria, Biocement, Biomason save the concrete industry?

Can Bacteria, Biocement, Biomason save the concrete industry?

April 11, 2021 |

Did you know concrete is the most consumed substance in the world, other than water? No big deal in terms of environmental impact, after all concrete is pretty “natural” right? Not so fast. Portland cement is a core ingredient in traditional concrete and the cement industry accounts for about 8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. […]

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Sustainable Sexy, Fish Guts to Polyurethane Replacement, $700M Bioplastic Investment and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of April 8th

Sustainable Sexy, Fish Guts to Polyurethane Replacement, $700M Bioplastic Investment and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of April 8th

April 7, 2021 |

Sex sells but now it can even be more sustainable with a boudoir brand’s new biodegradable adult toy line that uses corn starch-based biopolymer biolene. Going to the other extreme of non-sexy, Canadian researchers converted fish guts, heads, bones and skin into a biodegradable replacement for polyurethane. In today’s Digest, a huge $700 million investment […]

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Transport Energy & Renewables in the EU – What the Latest Commission Data Tells Us

Transport Energy & Renewables in the EU – What the Latest Commission Data Tells Us

April 6, 2021 |

By James Cogan, Industry Analyst at Ethanol Europe Special to The Digest Demand for energy in transport rose 7% overall during the five years to 2020. Oil maintains an overwhelming grip on the sector with a steady 94% share. The rest is biofuels with 5.6% and renewable electricity with 0.6%. Three quarters of the extra […]

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Shell invests in LanzaJet, accelerating ATJ sustainable jet fuel as it hurtles towards commercial deployment

Shell invests in LanzaJet, accelerating ATJ sustainable jet fuel as it hurtles towards commercial deployment

April 6, 2021 |

From Illinois, news arrives that Shell has invested in LanzaJet, to scale the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel. Shell joins founding investors LanzaTech, Suncor Energy Inc., Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and in recent months British Airways joined as an investor and  LJ has a n extensive collaboration in place also with All Nippon Airways. There […]

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8-Slide Guides

BETO’s Bioenergy Data Workshop: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy Data

BETO’s Bioenergy Data Workshop: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy Data

April 12, 2021 |

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) just released the workshop summary report from the virtual event they hosted last summer that discussed how to collect and valorize underused bioenergy datasets and associated knowledge, with the goal of making this information public on existing databases.

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Nutrition & Materials Science: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM

Nutrition & Materials Science: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM

April 11, 2021 |

A positive outlook for 2021 is what DSM’s Co-CEOs predict in this investor presentation. Nutrition in particular was strong in 2020 with a strong late 2020 recovery for Materials. But what will 2021 bring for DSM? What were the big changes and progress in 2020? Find out now in this just released slide guide.

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Bioeconomy Project Evaluations: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Risk Management

Bioeconomy Project Evaluations: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Risk Management

April 8, 2021 |

Today, we look at how you can knock cost out of project finance through measuring and mitigating risk. Stephen Gorman of Commercial Insurance Associates shares the process of analyzing and evaluating new tech performance and bioeconomy projects to facilitate risk transfer and more.

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Net Zero Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

Net Zero Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

April 7, 2021 |

Low-carbon, drop-in fuels with a pathway to “net zero” is what Gevo is all about. Capturing renewable energy and transforming it into energy dense, liquid hydrocarbons that can be drop-in fuels is a game changer, especially with net zero GHG footprint. How they do it, the technology, current commercial operations and facilities, pipeline of projects, […]

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Emissions, Mileage, New Data: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to EVs vs. ICE

Emissions, Mileage, New Data: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to EVs vs. ICE

April 6, 2021 |

Today, a special look at new hard data on EVs vs IC engines — what the recent Wall Street Journal review missed! It was an exclusive to the DigestConnect last week but here’s your chance to see the full slides on emissions, fuels, octane, mileage, performance, and results that will surprise you.

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The Latest World News

Avantium reaches key commercial milestone for its FDCA flagship plant

Avantium reaches key commercial milestone for its FDCA flagship plant

April 11, 2021 |

In the Netherlands, Avantium signed a conditional offtake agreement with Resilux, an international rigid plastic packaging supplier, for the supply of PEF resin from the planned Avantium FDCA flagship plant. This brings the total of such offtake contracts to five. The planned FDCA flagship plant is set to produce 5 kilotonnes of FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) […]

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GAIL India Ltd. to invest INR 18M in LR Energy VPL biogas project

GAIL India Ltd. to invest INR 18M in LR Energy VPL biogas project

April 11, 2021 |

In India, in its first round of funding, LR Energy VPL from India raised INR 18 Million (~USD $240,000) funding from GAIL India Ltd. for its pilot project of setting up 5000 Kg per day Compressed BioGas Project under “SATAT” Scheme by Govt. of India. The Compressed BioGas will be purchased by GAIL Gas Ltd […]

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Ballard fuel cells to power CP Hydrogen Locomotive Program

Ballard fuel cells to power CP Hydrogen Locomotive Program

April 11, 2021 |

In Canada, Canadian Pacific will employ Ballard Power Systems’ fuel cell modules for CP’s Hydrogen Locomotive Program. Through its Hydrogen Locomotive Program, CP will develop North America’s first hydrogen-powered line-haul freight locomotive by retrofitting a formerly diesel-powered locomotive with Ballard hydrogen fuel cells. The fuel cells will work with battery technology to power the locomotive’s […]

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DMC & SCG execute agreement for DMC’s amino acid product line in ASEAN

DMC & SCG execute agreement for DMC’s amino acid product line in ASEAN

April 11, 2021 |

In Colorado, DMC Biotechnologies, a biobased specialty chemical company which makes products using microbial fermentation, executed an agreement with SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd to bring DMC’s L-Alanine and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) into the ASEAN* markets. SCG was an investor in DMC’s Series A round in December 2019. Matt Lipscomb, Ph.D., CEO & Co-Founder […]

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New documentary highlights cell culture tech to grow meat, carbon capture and aquaculture

New documentary highlights cell culture tech to grow meat, carbon capture and aquaculture

April 11, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., Gravitas Ventures, released Just Add Firewater LLC’s documentary “They Say It Can’t Be Done,” which follows four entrepreneurial companies tackling humanity’s biggest threats, including Eat JUST, Inc. which uses cell culture technology to grow meat and an Arizona State University scientist who created a synthetic tree that removes atmospheric carbon at one-thousand […]

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R&D News

MAGIC project looks at bioenergy crops potential on unproductive arable land

MAGIC project looks at bioenergy crops potential on unproductive arable land

April 11, 2021 |

In Germany, a European project with the participation of the University of Hohenheim called “Marginal lands for Growing Industrial Crops”, MAGIC for short, aims at developing the enormous potential of around 65 million hectares of agricultural land in Europe that are hardly or not at all usable for conventional agriculture and see how bioenergy industrial […]

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French researchers decrypt functioning of FAP enzyme

French researchers decrypt functioning of FAP enzyme

April 8, 2021 |

In France, functioning of the enzyme FAP, useful for producing biofuels and for green chemistry, has been decrypted. This result mobilized an international team of scientists, including many French researchers from the CEA, CNRS, Inserm, École Polytechnique, the universities of Grenoble Alpes, Paris-Saclay and Aix Marseille, as well as the European Synchrotron (ESRF) and synchrotron […]

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers receive $3M grant to study corn’s environmental credentials

University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers receive $3M grant to study corn’s environmental credentials

April 7, 2021 |

In Nebraska, University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers affiliated with the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute have received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better quantify carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions connected with corn production fields in the Midwest. The high-tech effort is included in the first phase of the […]

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Startup founded by ex-NREL researcher close to commercializing non-isocyanate polyurethane technology

Startup founded by ex-NREL researcher close to commercializing non-isocyanate polyurethane technology

April 6, 2021 |

In Colorado, a startup founded by an emeritus researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has moved closer to commercializing technology he helped develop at the U.S. Department of Energy facility.  The company, Polaris Renewables, is the first business to directly spin off from NREL since 1992.  Philip Pienkos, who retired in April 2020, […]

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Spanish researchers produce new biodiesel from low quality animal fats and soy oil

Spanish researchers produce new biodiesel from low quality animal fats and soy oil

April 5, 2021 |

In Spain, researchers from the Higher Technical School of Mining Engineers of the Polytechnical University of Madrid (UPM), in collaboration with the ETS of Industrial Engineers of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, have produced a new biodiesel from mixtures of low quality animal fats and soybean oil. The results obtained suggest that from these raw […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Canadian government to invest millions in to replace diesel-fueled buses with RNG buses

Canadian government to invest millions in to replace diesel-fueled buses with RNG buses

April 11, 2021 |

In Canada, the Governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing in RNG buses in Greater Victoria as part of a public transportation initiative through the Public Transportation Infrastructure Stream, part of the Investing in Canada Plan. A portion of the funding will be used to acquire around 15 medium-duty buses fueled with CNG or […]

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Brazil shuts down biodiesel auction midway as biodiesel prices spike

Brazil shuts down biodiesel auction midway as biodiesel prices spike

April 8, 2021 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that the ANP fuels agency suddenly suspended its biodiesel auction this week at the request of the Ministry of Mines and Energy with sources expecting that the unprecedented move was as a result of record biodiesel prices. The suspension occurred during the part of the auction exclusively for small-scale farmers, when […]

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Sens. Klobuchar and Ernst developing bipartisan ethanol infrastructure bill

Sens. Klobuchar and Ernst developing bipartisan ethanol infrastructure bill

April 7, 2021 |

In Washington, AgWeek reports that US Senator from Minnesota Amy Klobuchar and US Senator from Iowa Jodi Ernst are developing a bipartisan bill that would provide $500 million in grants over five years to help fuel retailers supply higher ethanol blends. The legislation goes hand-in-hand with South Dakota Senator John Thune’s Adopt GREET Act that […]

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Growth Energy urges Indiana government to veto bill that would destroy E15 demand

Growth Energy urges Indiana government to veto bill that would destroy E15 demand

April 6, 2021 |

In Washington, Growth Energy sent a letter to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb urging him to veto SB 303, legislation intended to destroy demand for E15, a fuel blend with 15 percent ethanol. “Make no mistake, SB 303 was designed to stall new competition at the fuel pump and prevent more consumers from saving three to […]

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Biden Administration wants EVs included in RIN program

Biden Administration wants EVs included in RIN program

April 5, 2021 |

In Washington, Reuters reports the Biden Administration wants to see how charging electric vehicles with power produced from renewable fuels, such as methane produced at dairy farms, could generate RINs. The White House asked the Environmental Protection Agency to look into how such a policy shift might be achieved. There are questions about how to […]

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Other Recent Articles

Covestro acquires DSM’s Resins & Functional Materials business, adds $1.175B in revenues

Covestro acquires DSM’s Resins & Functional Materials business, adds $1.175B in revenues

April 11, 2021 |

In Germany, Covestro completed the acquisition of the Resins & Functional Materials business from the Dutch company Royal DSM. The transaction substantially expands Covestro’s portfolio of sustainable coating resins, making the Group one of the world’s leading providers in this growth market. The integration of RFM will expand the Group’s revenues by around EUR 1 […]

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ZeroAvia scores another $23.4M for hydrogen-electric hybrid aircraft engines

ZeroAvia scores another $23.4M for hydrogen-electric hybrid aircraft engines

April 8, 2021 |

In California, propelling their mission towards delivering airlines zero-carbon, hydrogen-fueled flight, ZeroAvia is launching the development program for a 2MW hydrogen-electric powertrain for full-size regional aircraft. The program kick-off is supported by a new raise of $24.3 million, led by Horizons Ventures, joined by a new investor British Airways. Existing investors Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Ecosystem […]

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CMA CGM to buy 12,000 tons of biomethane to help scale market

CMA CGM to buy 12,000 tons of biomethane to help scale market

April 8, 2021 |

In France, Reuters reports the CEO of the CMA CGM told a UN sustainability conference that the company was going to buy 12,000 metric tons of biomethane in order to help boost interest in the fuel and bring the market to scale. The volume to be purchased represents roughly the annual fuel consumptions of two […]

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Diageo successfully trials Encirc biofuel-powered glass with 90% lower carbon footprint

Diageo successfully trials Encirc biofuel-powered glass with 90% lower carbon footprint

April 8, 2021 |

In the UK, Diageo has collaborated on an innovation trial with Encirc to make the most sustainable glass Scotch whisky bottles ever. The collaboration with glass manufacturer Encirc and leading industry research and technology body Glass Futures, used waste-based biofuel-powered furnaces to reduce the carbon footprint of the bottle-making process by up to 90%. For […]

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Total beings SAF production at two refineries

Total beings SAF production at two refineries

April 8, 2021 |

In France, Total has begun producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its La Mède biorefinery in southern France and its Oudalle facility near Le Havre. The biojet fuel, made from used cooking oil, will be delivered to French airports starting in April 2021. Total will also be able to produce SAF as from 2024 at […]

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DOE announces $61.4M for low-cost, low-carbon biofuels

DOE announces $61.4M for low-cost, low-carbon biofuels

April 8, 2021 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $61.4 million for technologies that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. Topic areas for the “Bioenergy Technologies Office Scale-Up and Conversion” funding opportunity include high-impact biotechnology research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to bolster the body of scientific and engineering knowledge needed to produce low-carbon biofuels at lower cost. This […]

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