Major Stories

A clearer picture: What does legislation mean for chemical recycling?

A clearer picture: What does legislation mean for chemical recycling?

January 30, 2023 |

“Plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of all life in the ocean.” – David Attenborough, biologist, natural historian, and author. Something must be done to solve the plastic problem. Not only for the good of ocean life, but to dramatically reduce the amount of waste that’s sent to landfill and incinerated, and to remove virgin […]

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DOE awards $118M to juice domestic biofuels, as Georgia’s AVAP Biorefinery nabs $80M of it

DOE awards $118M to juice domestic biofuels, as Georgia’s AVAP Biorefinery nabs $80M of it

January 26, 2023 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $118M in funding for 17 projects to accelerate the production of sustainable biofuels Projects selected as part of this funding opportunity will contribute to meeting DOE’s goal to achieve cost-competitive biofuels and at least a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. The Big […]

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Who Should Want More Ethanol In The Pool? Would you Believe Oil Refiners?

Who Should Want More Ethanol In The Pool? Would you Believe Oil Refiners?

January 26, 2023 |

By David Hallberg, President, Dakota Ag Energy Special to The Digest Sound Crazy?  Maybe so, but not so crazy when you break it down.  First of all, we are seeing the slow turn of the wheel as the buzz of EVs is starting to wear off and we may be looking at a hangover.  They […]

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Raven Nabs Mavens: The hydrogen pioneer signs H3 Dynamics, Chevron, Hyzon as partners in its quest to decarbonize

Raven Nabs Mavens: The hydrogen pioneer signs H3 Dynamics, Chevron, Hyzon as partners in its quest to decarbonize

January 24, 2023 |

In Wyoming, Raven SR and hydrogen aviation developer H3 Dynamics have inked an MOU to collaborate on waste-to-hydrogen energy systems to support the decarbonization of airport operations and the adoption of hydrogen at airports.  H3 Dynamics will provide hydrogen power systems to replace conventional fuel and other energy sources at airports, especially in Asia, Europe and […]

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ABLC 2023 agenda announced

ABLC 2023 agenda announced

January 23, 2023 |

In Florida, the Digest announced the agenda for ABLC 2023 in Washington DC, March 22-24, and the first 50 committed speakers. Complete details are available at the ABLC website here. Official networking for ABLC opened yesterday at digestevents.com including one-to-one messaging and meeting set-up, groups and forums by sector and the opportunity to connect with […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals and Materials

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals and Materials

January 30, 2023 |

It’s been 18 years since the Werpy and Petersen paper, Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass —a screening  for Potential Candidates from Sugars and Synthesis Gas that sent a lot of people in search of succinic acid, and about 12 years since industry CEOs started asking, why should I make a $3 fuel when I […]

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to NovoNutrients

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to NovoNutrients

January 26, 2023 |

NovoNutrients‘ mission is to solve two problems simultaneously: creating sustainable protein to feed a growing population, and combating climate change through innovation. The proprietary microbes grow quickly in a carbonated water solution, using minimal water and no arable land. In some places, they’ll be paid to take CO2. The bioreactor designs optimal protein production for […]

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Sofinnova Industrial Biotech portfolio

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Sofinnova Industrial Biotech portfolio

January 26, 2023 |

The Sofinnova venture capital mission is to tap the tools and feedstocks of the natural world to drive positive change for the planet while yielding outsized returns to investors. The company’s portfolio includes investments in Biotalys, Afyren, DMC, Metgen, Prometheus, EnginZyme, GL Biochemicals, Protera and mamy other companies. In this report, they look at the […]

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Hot Trends in Energy and Chemicals

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Hot Trends in Energy and Chemicals

January 25, 2023 |

New sustainability standards no longer focus solely on bio-based carbon content. The focus has shifted to reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) and overall carbon footprint –in which biomaterials have a role to play. The transition towards climate neutrality and circular economy will have a profound impact on existing assets and radically change the economic drivers for […]

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Decarbonizing at Mega Scale with Blue Hydrogen

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Decarbonizing at Mega Scale with Blue Hydrogen

January 24, 2023 |

Decarbonization continues to be a major goal Transferring those targets from paper to reality that’s what we’re going to look at critically today, and specifically at the opportunities in blue hydrogen. Here in these slides, we’ll learn what it is, why and how it goes to mega scale and what the impact in decarbonization is. […]

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The Latest World News

Mubadala Capital buys controls of Atvos

Mubadala Capital buys controls of Atvos

January 30, 2023 |

In Brazil, the Brazil Journal reports that after months of fights and accusations, Mubadala Capital managed to break down American fund Lone Star and bought control of the sugar and alcohol company Atvos, the former Odebrecht Agroindustrial. The agreement was signed last week and executives Ricardo K. and Giovanne Forace, partners at RK Partners, who […]

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Henkel and Shell Chemical agree five-year biobased feedstocks deal

Henkel and Shell Chemical agree five-year biobased feedstocks deal

January 30, 2023 |

In Germany, Henkel and Shell Chemical LP have agreed to a five-year collaboration to replace up to 200,000 metric tons of fossil feedstocks used in the manufacture of surfactants with feedstocks that are based on renewable raw materials. The renewable-based surfactants will be used in Henkel’s laundry product brands, including many varieties of Persil®, Purex® […]

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North-C Circular to focus on circular economy and the energy transition in Belgium

North-C Circular to focus on circular economy and the energy transition in Belgium

January 30, 2023 |

In Belgium, North Sea Port, ArcelorMittal Belgium and all the port companies have committed themselves to a climate-neutral port by 2050. This will be achieved by reducing CO2 emissions and further developing the circular economy. To this end, the North-C Circular industrial estate is being developed in Ghent. The development of the North-C Circular industrial […]

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Arkeon passes $10M in funding for CO2 utilization for protein ingredients

Arkeon passes $10M in funding for CO2 utilization for protein ingredients

January 30, 2023 |

In Austria, ingredients startup Arkeon turns CO2 into next-generation protein ingredients and raises another €4+ million to do more, sooner. Launched just over a year ago, Vienna-based tech startup Arkeon has secured additional capital investments to build out its CO2 utilization technology for converting carbon dioxide directly into protein ingredients. After the company had successfully […]

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Fusion Fuel signs green hydrogen offtake agreement with Dourogás

Fusion Fuel signs green hydrogen offtake agreement with Dourogás

January 30, 2023 |

In Portugal, Fusion Fuel has signed an offtake agreement with Portuguese natural gas utility Dourogás for green hydrogen produced from Fusion Fuel’s projects in Portugal. This represents Fusion Fuel’s first offtake contract aimed at blending green hydrogen within the Portuguese natural gas grid, and a first-of-its-kind agreement to support the Portuguese government in meeting its […]

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R&D News

WSU researchers score grant to see how biofuel crops use soil nutrients

WSU researchers score grant to see how biofuel crops use soil nutrients

January 30, 2023 |

In Washington state, Washington State University scientists are working to more precisely understand how plants use nutrients from soil at the level of single cells, with the goal of helping crop plants used for biofuels be more sustainable. A team of WSU researchers was awarded one of 20 exploratory grants to access state-of-the-art equipment at the Environmental […]

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Michigan State University researchers better understand switchgrass’s “summer vacation”

Michigan State University researchers better understand switchgrass’s “summer vacation”

January 26, 2023 |

In Michigan, Michigan State University researchers have solved a puzzle that could help switchgrass realize its full potential as a low-cost, sustainable biofuel crop and curb our dependence on fossil fuels. Among switchgrass’s attractive features are that it’s perennial, low maintenance and native to many states in the eastern U.S., including Michigan. But it also […]

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BETO announces that scientists from multiple labs are seeking new ways to convert CO2 into biofuels and bioproducts

BETO announces that scientists from multiple labs are seeking new ways to convert CO2 into biofuels and bioproducts

January 26, 2023 |

In Washington D.C, The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) said that a collaborative team of BETO-funded scientists from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are searching for carbon utilization technologies that can make better use of the carbon dioxide generated by industry, transportation, and agriculture by transforming it […]

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University of Queensland find new enzyme to boost sugarcane-based fuel production efficiency

University of Queensland find new enzyme to boost sugarcane-based fuel production efficiency

January 25, 2023 |

In Australia, University of Queensland researchers have found a way to more efficiently convert sugarcane into a building block of aviation fuel and other products. By zeroing in on a specific enzyme, a UQ team working in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has sped up the slowest step in processing sugar into […]

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University of Toronto researchers create new catalyst design for electrolyzers

University of Toronto researchers create new catalyst design for electrolyzers

January 24, 2023 |

In Canada, a new catalyst design created by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering could significantly improve the practicality of an electrochemical process that converts captured carbon dioxide into multi-carbon molecules—some of the key building blocks of the chemical industry. One way to upgrade carbon involves electrochemistry—electricity used to […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Iowa leads coalition of 8 Attorneys General asking EPA to implement year-round E15

Iowa leads coalition of 8 Attorneys General asking EPA to implement year-round E15

January 30, 2023 |

In Iowa, Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird led a bipartisan coalition of seven Attorneys General urging the Biden Administration to follow the law and respond to the request of Governor Kim Reynolds and seven other Governors that the EPA issue regulations allowing the sale of year-round E15 ethanol gasoline in their States.   Federal law […]

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Malaysia wants the EU to approve use of palm waste streams as biofuel feedstock

Malaysia wants the EU to approve use of palm waste streams as biofuel feedstock

January 26, 2023 |

In Malaysia, OFI reports that the national palm oil council wants the European Union to include palm wastes and residues in its list of approved waste feedstocks for biofuel production. The use of palm oil as biofuel feedstock is highly controversial in Europe and is being phased out, which Malaysia and Indonesia continue to fight […]

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Bolivia expects to gradually replace the import of hydrocarbons with local biofuel production

Bolivia expects to gradually replace the import of hydrocarbons with local biofuel production

January 26, 2023 |

In Bolivia, state news agency ABI reported that Bolivian President Luis Arce said that the country will gradually substitute the import of hydrocarbons with the production of biodiesel, whose first manufacturing plant will be inaugurated within “a few months”. Arce noted that Bolivia is now in the phase of industrializing its raw materials, to substitute […]

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German ministries clash over future of crop-based biofuels

German ministries clash over future of crop-based biofuels

January 25, 2023 |

In Germany, Euractiv reports that although the environment minister said last week that her ministry would soon publish plans to eliminate the use of crop-based biofuels by 2030, in line with the stance shared with her fellow green party member, the agriculture minister, the transportation ministry is at odds with the plan. Instead, the transport […]

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Philippines to investigate illegal use of palm oil displacing coconut oil for biodiesel

Philippines to investigate illegal use of palm oil displacing coconut oil for biodiesel

January 24, 2023 |

In the Philippines, the Manila Standard newspaper reports that the Office of the President has asked the agriculture ministry to investigate the alleged illegal use of imported palm oil that is displacing domestic coconut oil production for biodiesel and cooking oil. The imports are less expensive than the domestic oil and are having a negative […]

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Other Recent Articles

SNCF’s use of B100 reduces CO2 emissions by 11,000 tons since April 2021

SNCF’s use of B100 reduces CO2 emissions by 11,000 tons since April 2021

January 30, 2023 |

In France, since April 2021, trains on the Paris-Granville line have been powered exclusively by B100, a 100% rapeseed biofuel, representing a first in France. Over this time period, the emission of 11,000 tons of CO2 emissions were thus avoided. This innovative initiative in Normandy, France’s first, enables withdrawing the use of fossil fuels in the […]

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Teesside becomes UK’s first airport to use SAF with Air France-KLM

Teesside becomes UK’s first airport to use SAF with Air France-KLM

January 30, 2023 |

In the UK, Teesside has become the UK’s first airport to partner with Air France-KLM for the airline’s programme to boost the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, part of the Air France-KLM group, connects passengers worldwide from Teesside to more than 160 countries via its link to the global Amsterdam […]

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Imperial greenlights $560M Canadian renewable diesel facility

Imperial greenlights $560M Canadian renewable diesel facility

January 26, 2023 |

In Canada, Imperial said it will further help Canada achieve its net zero goals by investing about $560 million to move forward with construction of the largest renewable diesel facility in the country. The project at Imperial’s Strathcona refinery near Edmonton is expected to produce more than one billion litres of renewable diesel annually primarily […]

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DOE to fund $118M for 17 project to accelerate sustainable biofuels production

DOE to fund $118M for 17 project to accelerate sustainable biofuels production

January 26, 2023 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $118 million in funding for 17 projects to accelerate the production of sustainable biofuels for America’s transportation and manufacturing needs. The selected projects, located at universities and private companies, will drive the domestic production of biofuels and bioproducts by advancing biorefinery development, from pre-pilot to […]

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Steeper licenses Topsoe’s complete waste-to-fuel solution

Steeper licenses Topsoe’s complete waste-to-fuel solution

January 26, 2023 |

In Denmark, Topsoe and Steeper have signed a global licensing agreement for a complete waste-to-fuel solution. The agreement combines Topsoe’s unique technologies in renewable fuels and hydrogen production as well as decades of experience in engineering, with Steeper’s proprietary Hydrofaction® technology and industry know-how. With the agreement, Topsoe will be able to provide a complete waste-to-fuel […]

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Solvay to launch first unit of circular highly dispersible silica in Italy

Solvay to launch first unit of circular highly dispersible silica in Italy

January 26, 2023 |

In Italy, Solvay is investing at its Livorno site, in Italy, to launch the company’s first unit of circular highly dispersible silica (HDS), made with bio-based sodium silicate derived from rice husk ash. This new breakthrough silicate process provides a circular solution as it gives a second life to rice husk in a local value […]

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