Major Stories

How badly is COVID-19 slamming biofuels industry? 30% reduction of ethanol production capacity, nearly half offline in coming weeks?

How badly is COVID-19 slamming biofuels industry? 30% reduction of ethanol production capacity, nearly half offline in coming weeks?

April 5, 2020 |

COVID-19 is creating a rocky road for everyone but is it all gloom and doom? RFA told The Digest that about 4.4 billion gallons of capacity has come offline since March 1, plus what was already idle, the total is about 5.2 billion gallons idle – that’s approximately 30% of the industry’s total. Growth Energy […]

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Reporters’ Notebook: The 10 Most Overlooked bioeconomy stories of the week

Reporters’ Notebook: The 10 Most Overlooked bioeconomy stories of the week

April 2, 2020 |

Amidst a tsunami of wall-to-wall ‘Rona coverage, a series of storylines have been lost in the shuffle that will have impacts near and wide-ranging for the bioeconomy, some of them relating directly to testing, scale-up and deployment of health remedies — some in the broader bioeconomy. Out of reporter’s notebook and into your hands, here […]

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The Competitive Edge: Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)

The Competitive Edge: Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)

April 2, 2020 |

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) was founded in 2007 by a small group of leading organisations from civil society, […]

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The Crisis Dashboard – Health, Economy, Climate, Energy

The Crisis Dashboard – Health, Economy, Climate, Energy

March 31, 2020 |

Using the latest data available, The Digest published this “Crisis Dashboard” visual guide showing what’s going on with ethanol retail prices, liquid energy commodity prices, biodiesel operating margins, ethanol operating margins, retail fuel prices, RIN prices and volumes, equities, crop prices, low carbon fuel standard price and credit data, and more.

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Bioeconomy: State of the Industry 2020

Bioeconomy: State of the Industry 2020

March 31, 2020 |

Here are our 34 Takes. In all, 4 Crises, 10 Macro Trends, and 20 Emerging Trends we’d like to point your attention to.

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8-Slide Guides

USDA, DOE, SBA Programs for Biofuels, Biopower, Biochem: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Federal Programs Supporting Commercial Scale Development

USDA, DOE, SBA Programs for Biofuels, Biopower, Biochem: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Federal Programs Supporting Commercial Scale Development

April 2, 2020 |

Earlier this week we shared the latest federal programs supporting demonstration concept and today our focus is on federal programs supporting commercial scale development for biofuels, biopower, biochemicals and biobased projects. Check out this slide guide from Bill Hagy at Lee Enterprises Consulting, for details on the USDA Biofuels, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program […]

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Hydrogen Tech, Optimization in Large-Scale Power Systems: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Long Duration Energy Storage

Hydrogen Tech, Optimization in Large-Scale Power Systems: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Long Duration Energy Storage

April 2, 2020 |

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is always thinking about energy and these days long duration energy storage seems even more important. Check out this illuminating slide guide from NREL researchers who looked at how power systems are likely to benefit from long duration storage, how that benefit increases as the amount of renewables on the system […]

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Decarbonizing Shipping and Freight, Road Vehicles, Rail, Aviation, Maritime: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UK’s Plan for Decarbonizing Transport

Decarbonizing Shipping and Freight, Road Vehicles, Rail, Aviation, Maritime: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UK’s Plan for Decarbonizing Transport

April 1, 2020 |

Government support for regional solutions doesn’t just relate to the coronavirus pandemic. The United Kingdom’s Department of Transportation just released this plan for decarbonizing transportation across the board, from rail and aviation to road vehicles like buses, cars, freight and heavy duty trucks. The UK’s plan includes ways to become a hub for green transport technology […]

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Coronavirus Not Stopping Amyris: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris’s Production Resilience

Coronavirus Not Stopping Amyris: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris’s Production Resilience

March 31, 2020 |

Having been in the news recently for its launching of hand sanitizer and receiving initial positive result for vaccine adjuvant during the COVID-19 pandemic, Amyris also happens to be the fastest growing skin care brand in North America. Check out this Slide Guide from their latest investor meeting on how the world’s leading synthetic biology platform […]

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Bioeconomy: State of the Industry 2020

Bioeconomy: State of the Industry 2020

March 31, 2020 |

Here are our 34 Takes. In all, 4 Crises, 10 Macro Trends, and 20 Emerging Trends we’d like to point your attention to.

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The Latest World News

Ethanol production plummeted 16.4%, lowest level in 6.5 years

Ethanol production plummeted 16.4%, lowest level in 6.5 years

April 5, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the EIA released its Weekly Petroleum Status Report for the week ending March 27, which was the first to reflect more fully the impact on the ethanol industry from the social distancing and stay-at-home restrictions associated with COVID-19, showing the largest ethanol production decline since the EIA began reporting ethanol production statistics […]

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Indonesia’s B40 stalls amid coronavirus

Indonesia’s B40 stalls amid coronavirus

April 5, 2020 |

In Indonesia, Argus Media reports that the country is delaying implementation of its 40% biodiesel blending (B40) program indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. Trials were due to begin in March with a roll-out planned for 2021. “The government is eager to push higher blending mandates to reduce reliance on expensive foreign oil and support […]

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BASF and STÄHLER SUISSE SA evaluate Ameoba’s biocontrol products

BASF and STÄHLER SUISSE SA evaluate Ameoba’s biocontrol products

April 5, 2020 |

In France, Amoeba, producer of a biological biocide capable of eliminating the risk in water and human wounds, and of a biocontrol product for plant protection, signed a Material Transfer Agreement with STÄHLER SUISSE SA and another MTA with BASF. The purpose of the BASF research partnership is related to the amoeba lysate Willaertia magna […]

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DOE extends deadline for Bio-Optimized technology applications

DOE extends deadline for Bio-Optimized technology applications

April 5, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the Department of Energy is extending the application deadlines for the “BOTTLE: Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment” funding opportunity. The funding opportunity was announced on March 16, 2020, and will support high-impact R&D for developing new plastics that are capable of efficient recyclability and improving recycling […]

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Reporters’ Notebook: The 10 Most Overlooked bioeconomy stories of the week

Reporters’ Notebook: The 10 Most Overlooked bioeconomy stories of the week

April 2, 2020 |

Amidst a tsunami of wall-to-wall ‘Rona coverage, a series of storylines have been lost in the shuffle that will have impacts near and wide-ranging for the bioeconomy, some of them relating directly to testing, scale-up and deployment of health remedies — some in the broader bioeconomy. Out of reporter’s notebook and into your hands, here […]

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R&D News

University of Cordoba researchers determine best valorization paths for restaurant food waste

University of Cordoba researchers determine best valorization paths for restaurant food waste

April 2, 2020 |

In Spain, research into the field of the bioeconomy and the search for waste valorization strategies, such as agricultural by-products, is the field of research for the BIOSAHE (a Spanish acronym of biofuels and energy-saving systems) research group at the University of Cordoba. They are now taking a step further: they aim to establish the […]

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Australian researchers find agave better for ethanol production than sugarcane

Australian researchers find agave better for ethanol production than sugarcane

April 1, 2020 |

In Australia, the agave plant used to make tequila could be established in semi-arid Australia as an environmentally friendly solution to Australia’s transport fuel shortage, a team of researchers at the University of Sydney, University of Exeter and University of Adelaide has found. In an article published this week in the Journal of Cleaner Production, […]

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NREL releases first findings from Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative

NREL releases first findings from Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative

March 31, 2020 |

In Colorado, for the past four years, researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have collaborated with other top U.S. scientists, engineers, and analysts on the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. A new report summarizes findings from this first phase of the initiative, which has focused primarily on turbocharged (or “boosted”) spark-ignition […]

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Mazda investing in joint research projects to get algae-based fuels commercial

Mazda investing in joint research projects to get algae-based fuels commercial

March 30, 2020 |

In the UK, Mazda is currently involved in joint research projects and studies as part of an ongoing industry-academia-government collaboration to promote the wide-spread adoption of biofuels from microalgae growth. As part of its ‘Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030’ long-term technology development program, the company is committed to reducing its average ‘Well-to-Wheel’ CO2 emissions to 50% of […]

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Co-Optima publishes report summing up first 4 years of research on engines and fuels

Co-Optima publishes report summing up first 4 years of research on engines and fuels

March 28, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative released a report summarizing findings from the first phase of the Co-Optima research. The first three years of Co-Optima research focused on improved fuel/engine solutions by identifying fuel property impacts on engine efficiency, fuel blendstocks that are capable of providing those properties, and solutions […]

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Policy & Policymakers

European biofuels value chain concerned about derogation of biofuel policies

European biofuels value chain concerned about derogation of biofuel policies

April 2, 2020 |

In Belgium, last week a consortium of associations representing the European biofuels value chain wrote a letter to the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal to highlight the challenges the value chain is facing, especially the proposed derogations of biofuel blending mandates, saying they can provide both fuel as well as feedstock […]

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RFA slams EPA and DOT for ignoring ethanol in vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards

RFA slams EPA and DOT for ignoring ethanol in vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards

April 1, 2020 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation issued final regulations for 2021-2026 vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards. According to the Renewable Fuels Association, the final rule ignores the input of automakers, ethanol producers, farmers, environmental groups, retailers and others who called on the agencies to establish a pathway in the […]

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EPA blasts media for misreporting its COVID-19 policies

EPA blasts media for misreporting its COVID-19 policies

March 31, 2020 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says its mission is to protect human health and the environment, and during this time of unprecedented public health concerns, that mission is even more critical. On March 26, EPA released a temporary policy regarding the agency’s enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary policy is not […]

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EPA uses COVID-19 as excuse for bailing out refineries

EPA uses COVID-19 as excuse for bailing out refineries

March 30, 2020 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency does not intend to unilaterally revisit or rescind any previously granted small refinery exemptions issued for prior compliance years. As noted in the temporary policy on COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Assurance Program, EPA is focused on protecting our employees and ensuring continued protection of public health and the environment […]

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Ethanol and electric vehicle supporters come together on fuel plan

Ethanol and electric vehicle supporters come together on fuel plan

March 28, 2020 |

In Minnesota, more than 20 organizations including ethanol companies, agriculture associations, electric utilities and others have come together in the state to push a “technology-neutral” policy aimed at decarbonizing transportation, which has surpassed electricity production as the state’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to Aberdeen News. “Supporters say the idea, which is likely […]

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Other Recent Articles

Ethanol production falls 16.4% on week to lowest seen in six years

Ethanol production falls 16.4% on week to lowest seen in six years

April 2, 2020 |

In Washington, Biofuels International reports that Energy Information Administration data shows ethanol production suffered the largest week-on-week drop since the EIA began tracking 10 years ago as it fell to just 840,000 barrels per day last week, the lowest seen in six years and 16.4% lower than the week before, as the industry slows down […]

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Chicago Argo prices hit fifth new low in three weeks

Chicago Argo prices hit fifth new low in three weeks

April 2, 2020 |

In Illinois, Platts reports Chicago Argo ethanol prices fell to a new record low of 84.8 cents per gallon earlier this week, falling from the previous low set on March 23, the fifth time a new low has been hit in the past three weeks. Demand for ethanol continues to slump as drivers stay home […]

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Gevo engages Citigroup Global Markets to help seek financing

Gevo engages Citigroup Global Markets to help seek financing

April 2, 2020 |

In Colorado, Gevo announced the engagement of Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. to assist Gevo in exploring financing for its operations, including its projects.  Gevo is seeking financing to expand its production capabilities to supply its renewable jet fuel and isooctane pursuant to Gevo’s “take or pay” contracts with Delta Air Lines, Inc. and HCS Group […]

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European Investment Bank launches $759M initiative for agriculture and bioeconomy

European Investment Bank launches $759M initiative for agriculture and bioeconomy

April 2, 2020 |

In Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU bank, announced the launch of a new financing initiative that aims to unlock close to €1.6 billion of investment in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector. The financing aims to support private companies operating throughout the value chains of production and processing of food, bio-based materials and […]

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Green Maritime Methanol successfully starts engine on 100% methanol

Green Maritime Methanol successfully starts engine on 100% methanol

April 2, 2020 |

In the Netherlands, within the Green Maritime Methanol project a new milestone has been achieved, the successful start of the engine test program on 100% methanol. New tests are being planned and two important new partners have joined the consortium recently.  In January 2020 Pon Power started its engine testing program with a Caterpillar 3508 […]

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USDA seeks public comments on research goals to achieve Agricultural Innovation Agenda

USDA seeks public comments on research goals to achieve Agricultural Innovation Agenda

April 2, 2020 |

In Washington, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is soliciting comments and suggestions on objectives and opportunities leading to research goals and informed product goals to facilitate transformative breakthroughs to enable U.S. agriculture to meet the Department’s goal of increasing agricultural production by 40 percent to meet the needs of the global population in […]

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