Major Stories

Fulcrum’s near, Ensyn’s back: Hopeful Hours in the Big Heavy

Fulcrum’s near, Ensyn’s back: Hopeful Hours in the Big Heavy

September 27, 2022 |

If the bioeconomy were a galaxy and the heavy-duty fuels were the constellation Big Heavy, two of the brightest and longest-lived stars would be Fulcrum BioEnergy and Ensyn Fuels. Of late, attention has been steering towards newcomers such as Alder Fuels, T2C Energy, and a host of new projects getting off the ground — DG […]

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Ready Mobile One: Siemens jumps on the peace train with Ballard fuel cell technology

Ready Mobile One: Siemens jumps on the peace train with Ballard fuel cell technology

September 26, 2022 |

The latest news from Germany concerns a technology that just can’t get enough attention, that’s the Siemens Mobility’s Mireo Plus H passenger trains.  Ballard Power Systems picked up an order for 14 x 200 kW fuel cell modules from Siemens to power a fleet of seven Mireo Plus H passenger trains. Delivery of the 14 […]

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eFuels, by land and sea, get their grips on the ships, road trips

eFuels, by land and sea, get their grips on the ships, road trips

September 22, 2022 |

For more than a decade we have been covering the emergence of e-Fuels — renewable fuels made from (usually waste) CO2 and green hydrogen, the latter conventionally obtained by splitting water using spare, intermittent renewable power. It’s been a story of a fuel defeated by policy. Simply put, most early-day carbon thresholds were so low, […]

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Getting ABLC Ready: The Digest’s 5 Minute Guide to Fermworx

Getting ABLC Ready: The Digest’s 5 Minute Guide to Fermworx

September 22, 2022 |

As ABLC Next approaches with record crowds and plenty of companies to meet, we’re profiling key industry players over the next month in our long-standing “5 Minutes With” series. Today, Fermworx, aspiring to be the world’s leading specialty fermentation company with local production and a global presence focused on making quality products and exceeding customer […]

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Barbarians at the Gate: WasteFuel offers new methanol tech to ward off the new barbarians of industrial emission

Barbarians at the Gate: WasteFuel offers new methanol tech to ward off the new barbarians of industrial emission

September 21, 2022 |

From New York and the stages of ClimateWeek therein arrives news that WasteFuel, which would not surprise you to learn makes fuel from waste, has developed and is offering a new technology, their Methanol Module. We’ve been hard at work over the past months highlighting the advantages of methane as a feedstock, intermediate and end […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals

September 26, 2022 |

Policymakers and energy security hawks love fuel, but consumers love renewable chemicals that power the everyday applications in their lives — resins, solvents, nutraceuticals, intermediates to make fabrics, nylons, plastics, and more. There’s a dizzying array of candidates — hydrogen for chemistry, methanol ammonia, PLA, PHA, ethanol, ethylene, MEG, ethyl acetate, BDO, PEG, the four-carbon […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Diesel and DME

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Diesel and DME

September 22, 2022 |

What’s up with the most exciting molecule in the bioeconomy as measured by capacity building? There are greenfield projects, refinery conversions, new technologies headed toward commercial, and the exciting arrival of DME at scale. What are the drivers, who are the players, what technologies are developing and deploying, how does policy play a role — […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Plastics and Biomaterials

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Plastics and Biomaterials

September 22, 2022 |

Everything we have learned at The Digest about the State of Plastics and Biomaterials in 2022, we have digested down into these pages, as presented in our latest ABLC CONNECT episode this past week. Whether you’re looking at PET, PLA, PHA, FDCA, FDME, nylons, fabrics, biobased cements and concretes, leathers, packaging, bottling or elsewhere in […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Deactivation Mitigation for Biomass Conversion

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Deactivation Mitigation for Biomass Conversion

September 21, 2022 |

As we observed once here in Digestville, biomass is where catalysts go to die. How can we change that? Providing fundamental insight and actionable recommendations for extending catalyst lifetime in biomass catalytic conversion by a collective and collaborative effort within ChemCatBio. PNNL’s Huamin Wang led a team to accomplish that and provide us with knowledge […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Catalytic Upgrading of Biochemical Intermediates

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Catalytic Upgrading of Biochemical Intermediates

September 20, 2022 |

Whether it is Mixed C6-C5 Corn Stover Hydrolysate Sugars to Produce Butyric Acid with In-situ Product Removal, or Non-Biological Conversion of Mixed C6-C5 Corn Stover Hydrolysate Sugars to Furans (Furfural, HMF), opportunities abound in biobased chemicals. Where to focus, what are the real opportunities? NREL’s Rick Elanderi led a team to investigate and report.

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The Latest World News

Reuters withdraws article claiming ethanol plants pollute more than oil refineries

Reuters withdraws article claiming ethanol plants pollute more than oil refineries

September 26, 2022 |

In Washington, Reuters has withdrawn a controversial story published on September 8 that claimed US ethanol plants, including some that were specifically called out, had higher carbon emissions than oil refineries. The news agency said in its official withdrawal that it was flawed interpretation of data that was the problem, leading to inaccurate reporting regarding […]

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Environmentalists slam use of US wood pellets for UK bioenergy in new report

Environmentalists slam use of US wood pellets for UK bioenergy in new report

September 26, 2022 |

In the UK, environmentalists have documented the devastating impact of biomass sourcing done for Enviva, the world’s largest wood pellet producer, to supply Drax’s burning of wood to generate electricity. Photographic evidence gathered by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Dogwood Alliance, Southern Environmental Law Center, and independent news agencies exposes logging in valuable forests and ecosystems in the US Southeast, a designated global […]

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Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team concludes successful HVO100 trial

Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team concludes successful HVO100 trial

September 26, 2022 |

In Germany, the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team recently concluded a trial in the use of biofuels in our 16 Mercedes Actros Gigaspace race trucks for the final three races of the European season. As part of our drive to further reduce our CO2 emissions and achieve verified Net Zero by 2030, the trial was designed […]

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Givaudan and LanzaTech NZ team on fragrance ingredients development

Givaudan and LanzaTech NZ team on fragrance ingredients development

September 26, 2022 |

In Illinois, Givaudan, a global industry leader in the world of scent and beauty, and LanzaTech NZ, Inc. have announced a collaboration for the development of sustainable fragrance ingredients from renewable carbon. Renewable carbon is carbon that avoids or substitutes the use of additional fossil carbon. Examples include carbon from CO2 and carbon recycling. Multiple […]

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Rolls-Royce releases mtu rail engines that can run on HVO

Rolls-Royce releases mtu rail engines that can run on HVO

September 26, 2022 |

In Germany, Rolls-Royce is taking a significant step towards even more climate-friendly rail transport with the release of mtu rail engines for use with sustainable fuels. With synthetic diesel fuels of the EN15940 standard, CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 100 percent compared to fossil diesel. Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO or renewable diesel), […]

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R&D News

Researchers partner with Valerian Materials to scale bio-based BMVL

Researchers partner with Valerian Materials to scale bio-based BMVL

September 26, 2022 |

In Illinois, through funding provided by BioMADE, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Valerian Materials, the University of Minnesota, and Scientific Bioprocessing Inc. (SBI) have partnered to perform research and development on novel sustainable materials solutions. Launched in 2021, BioMADE is the most-recently established Manufacturing Innovation Institute. By supporting the […]

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute using food waste to make renewable diesel

Worcester Polytechnic Institute using food waste to make renewable diesel

September 22, 2022 |

In Massachusetts, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is looking at ways to use food waste to make a renewable and more affordable fuel replacement for oil-based diesel. The work, led by Chemical Engineering Professor Michael Timko, is detailed in a new paper in the journal iScience.  The work is part of […]

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The Australian Research Council Center of Excellence in Synthetic Biology inks deal with Twist Bioscience 

The Australian Research Council Center of Excellence in Synthetic Biology inks deal with Twist Bioscience 

September 22, 2022 |

In Australia, Twist Bioscience and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Center of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB) announced a partnership that will enable CoESB members and partners to order a wide range of Twist products that facilitate research and development. Emily Leproust, CEO and co-founder of Twist Bioscience, said: “The partnership will provide researchers access […]

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Colorado State University researchers discover why some algae are brown

Colorado State University researchers discover why some algae are brown

September 21, 2022 |

In Colorado, if you think of algae, you might think of the brilliant green strands waving in a stream or the blue-green blooms that invade lakes. But the majority of these diverse aquatic organisms that exchange sunlight for energy are brown-colored, like the large forests of seaweeds found in polar regions or coastal California. Brown […]

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UK researchers find OSR plants are weaker when not pollinated

UK researchers find OSR plants are weaker when not pollinated

September 20, 2022 |

In the UK, when oilseed rape experiences a lack of pollination it allocates more resources to plant growth and flowering – producing less robust plants – new research has found. Oilseed rape is an important crop with multiple uses, such as vegetable oil for human consumption and biodiesel. However, like all floral crops, it relies […]

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Policy & Policymakers

DOE launches Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge Roadmap

DOE launches Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge Roadmap

September 26, 2022 |

In Washington, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm announced the release of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge Roadmap, a comprehensive plan that outlines a government-wide strategy for scaling up new technologies to produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) across the U.S. airline industry. A collaboration between the U.S. Departments of Energy, Agriculture, Transportation, […]

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Haryana government finalizing new biomass policy

Haryana government finalizing new biomass policy

September 22, 2022 |

In India, the Hindustan Times newspaper reports the Haryana government is planning a new biomass policy that will on one hand significantly reduce paddy straw burning while on the other hand promote private sector investment in biomass-based power to cut the state’s reliance on fossil fuels. The draft policy was debated earlier this week before […]

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Delhi government to spray bio-decomposer solution over paddy fields to reduce polution

Delhi government to spray bio-decomposer solution over paddy fields to reduce polution

September 22, 2022 |

In India, The Hindu reported that the government of Delhi will spray a bio-decomposer free of cost over 5,000 acres of paddy fields in the city this year, with the main aim of controlling stubble burning and reducing air pollution during winter. Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced the setting up of 21 teams to carry […]

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Bipartisan senators introduce Biochar Research Network Act

Bipartisan senators introduce Biochar Research Network Act

September 21, 2022 |

In Washington, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was joined by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in introducing the Biochar Research Network Act. This bipartisan, bicameral proposal seeks to study the effectiveness of biochar, which is a carbon-rich material produced from biomass. Specifically, the bill would establish a national biochar research […]

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ICCT releases briefing report analyzing different versions of the ReFuelEU aviation regulation

ICCT releases briefing report analyzing different versions of the ReFuelEU aviation regulation

September 20, 2022 |

In Belgium, the International Council on Clean Transportation has published a briefing paper assessing the differences between the European Commission proposal for a ReFuelEU aviation regulation and the European Parliament and the Council of European Union’s amendments. It identifies which proposals would increase low-greenhouse gas (GHG) compliance options and reduce GHG emissions. The assessment finds […]

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Other Recent Articles

Upgrade your cocktail experience with… cabbage?

Upgrade your cocktail experience with… cabbage?

September 26, 2022 |

In Israel, a “marketing tech” machine that deposits colorful designs on cocktails—think latte art, but boozy—can now use entirely plant-based pods.  Manufactured by Ripples, a “bev-top media” category leader, the ability to print logos or designs on drinks is meant to target the ‘did-it-for-the-Gram [Instagram]’ demographic. Or, as Ripples puts it, “is designed to help […]

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Fruity Booty Launches Beech Tree Pulp Unmentionables

Fruity Booty Launches Beech Tree Pulp Unmentionables

September 26, 2022 |

In London, intimates apparel brand Fruity Booty has released a collection of underwear using modal, a material partially made from beech tree pulp.  Dubbed Bodywear, the collection includes seamless bras, thongs, and shorts.  “We chose to branch out into seamless because we wanted to create a collection for our customers which was solely focused on […]

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Calyxt Exploring Strategic Alternatives

Calyxt Exploring Strategic Alternatives

September 26, 2022 |

In Minnesota, synthetic biology company Calyxt says it is “evaluating potential strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value,” including financing alternatives, merger, reverse merger, other business combinations, sale of assets, licensing, or other transactions.  Calyxt uses its proprietary PlantSpring™ technology platform to engineer plant metabolism to produce high-value, plant-based chemistries for use in customers’ materials and […]

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Austrian Fashion Week Includes Kelp-Inspired Bioplastic Clutch

Austrian Fashion Week Includes Kelp-Inspired Bioplastic Clutch

September 26, 2022 |

In Austria, designer Julia Koerner has introduced kelp-inspired clutch bags made from kelp bioplastics for her JK3D fashion brand.  Debuted recently at MQ Vienna Fashion Week and available in slate, mauve, and midnight blue, the Kelp Mini Clutch resembles tangled tendrils of kelp found along the coast of Malibu, with “strategic voids” that create a […]

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Seed Balls Promote Biodiversity after Forest Fires

Seed Balls Promote Biodiversity after Forest Fires

September 26, 2022 |

In Spain, a group of design students has conceived a novel method of restoring diversity following forest fires—hanging biodegradable balls containing seeds, which fall to the forest floor or are eaten by birds and other animals and carried elsewhere for germination.  Dubbed DISPERSEED, the 3D-printed balls are a national runner-up for the 2022 James Dyson […]

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Bucha Bio raises $1.1-million for kombucha-waste leather

Bucha Bio raises $1.1-million for kombucha-waste leather

September 26, 2022 |

In Texas, a startup developing vegan leather from kombucha waste has closed a $1.1-million seed funding.  Bucha Bio will use the funds to support development and commercialization for its process, which converts bacterial nanocellulose left over from kombucha production into its Shorai and Hikari biobased materials. It expects to make Hikari, a translucent material, available […]

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