Major Stories

Quest fulfilled? Holy Grail found? 40% crop yield increase really possible?

Quest fulfilled? Holy Grail found? 40% crop yield increase really possible?

January 19, 2019 |

Regardless of your age, you’ve probably heard of the search for the Holy Grail, or at the very least watched Monty Python’s movie, “Holy Grail.” And while everyone is probably searching for their own holy grail, scientists in Illinois may have just gotten incredibly close to finding the treasure that any crop producer has been […]

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Hot 50 Nominations 2019 now open!

Hot 50 Nominations 2019 now open!

January 17, 2019 |

  Out of thousands of eligible organizations, who will make the Hot 50– who will get your vote? Expanded voting options via Twitter – special Photo voting In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of nominations for the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2019. Nominate companies here. Voting Rules Voting will […]

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Porsche hemp race car, cigarette butt bricks, biobased boo-boo bandages, flax phone cases, bursting balloon bubbles, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of January 16th

Porsche hemp race car, cigarette butt bricks, biobased boo-boo bandages, flax phone cases, bursting balloon bubbles, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of January 16th

January 15, 2019 |

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of January 16th. In today’s Digest, Porsche hemp race car, cigarette butt bricks, biobased boo-boo bandages, flax phone cases, bursting balloon bubbles — these and more, ready for you now at The Digest online. #1 […]

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Carbon, concrete, cotton – BASF has it covered

Carbon, concrete, cotton – BASF has it covered

January 13, 2019 |

In Germany, BASF is off to a roaring start with its pursuit of ambitious goals and announcements of new innovations. They launched four groundbreaking projects for CO2-reduced future production processes. They advanced five new cottonseed varieties, including dicamba-tolerant varieties for enhanced weed control. They presented novel high-performance insulation in their first carbon concrete composite facade […]

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Don’t Mess with my Toot Toot: The Zydeco of Xyleco

Don’t Mess with my Toot Toot: The Zydeco of Xyleco

January 9, 2019 |

Some 35 years ago, Rockin’ Sidney burst out into the music charts with an upbeat, cryptic, fast-tempo‘d hit called Don’t Mess with My Toot Toot, that represented perhaps the last appearance of a  accordion carrying hr lead melody in a hit song, and had music fans all the world over trying to figure out a […]

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8-Slide Guides

Wood Pellets – Beyond Heat and Power: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

Wood Pellets – Beyond Heat and Power: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

January 20, 2019 |

IEA Bioenergy’s Task 40 has been looking to clarify where wood pellets could play a role in the (longer-term) future. Uwe R. Fritsche and others from IEA Bioenergy gave this illuminating presentation on future markets for long-term viable wood pellet supply chains in a carbon-constrained world at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco – and […]

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Wet Mill to Dry Mill: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to FQPT

Wet Mill to Dry Mill: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to FQPT

January 20, 2019 |

Fluid Quip Process Technologies provides fully integrated custom technologies and services to dry-grind ethanol and biochemical industries which include full plant design, process optimization studies, yield improvement technologies, new co-product technologies, and turnkey capital projects. Neal Jakel of FQPT gave this illuminating overview of moving from wet mill to dry mill diversification model, and more […]

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Advanced Biofuels Cost Reduction: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to IEA Bioenergy

Advanced Biofuels Cost Reduction: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to IEA Bioenergy

January 16, 2019 |

IEA Bioenergy is looking at how advanced biofuels could be more affordable and what sort of policy support might be needed? Adam Brown from IEA Bioenergy gave this illuminating overview of the potential for cost reduction for advanced biofuels at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco – and it’s ready for you now at The […]

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Biomass Biocrude: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Ensyn

Biomass Biocrude: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Ensyn

January 15, 2019 |

Ensyn produces a biocrude from forest and agricultural residues using its proprietary thermal technology. Dr. Robert G. Graham, Founder and Executive Chairman of Ensyn gave this illuminating overview of their growth in RFO, advancement in refinery co-processing, and start-up of a new 10 million gallon/year production facility in Quebec at ABLC Global 2018 in San […]

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EU Bioeconomy Survey: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 42

EU Bioeconomy Survey: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 42

January 14, 2019 |

IEA Bioenergy 42 conducted a bio-economy survey using an online system to collect data, analysis of bioeconomy economics and policy data with interactive visualization, and a biorefineries database. Vincenzo Motola, Alessandro Giocoli, Nicola Pierro, and Isabella De Bari from IEA Bioenergy Task 42 gave this illuminating overview of the bio-economy survey that was conducted in […]

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The Latest World News

Largest volume in 6 weeks for ethanol production

Largest volume in 6 weeks for ethanol production

January 19, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production pressed 5.1% higher to the largest volume in 6 weeks at an average of 1.051 million barrels per day (b/d)—or 44.14 million gallons daily, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. The four-week average for ethanol production rose fractionally at 1.026 million b/d for an […]

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EU imports of US soybeans doubled

EU imports of US soybeans doubled

January 19, 2019 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that following China’s ban on U.S. soybeans, the U.S. has been in need of new buyers. The EU-28 benefits from this situation as its imports of US soybeans have multiplied. The EU-28 has always depended on oilseed imports from third countries, because EU demand exceeds EU production by around 30 per […]

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Finance series on biofuels and biochemical sectors

Finance series on biofuels and biochemical sectors

January 19, 2019 |

In Iowa, Lee Enterprises Consulting completed a series on due diligence within the biofuels and biochemical sectors. The 12-part series on “Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence” was published in 2018 by several members of the Lee Enterprises group. The topics include an Introduction to Bioeconomy Project Financing & Due Diligence, Expanded Technology Readiness Level […]

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Gevo and Avfuel supply biojet fuel for Van Nuys Airport event

Gevo and Avfuel supply biojet fuel for Van Nuys Airport event

January 19, 2019 |

In Colorado, Gevo, Inc. supplied its sustainable and renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel to Avfuel Corporation for use at the Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability event on January 17th at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California. This event is a first of a kind in the general and business aviation sector marking […]

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ARPA-E Announces $11 Million for Fourth, Fifth OPEN+ Cohorts

ARPA-E Announces $11 Million for Fourth, Fifth OPEN+ Cohorts

January 19, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $11 million in funding for 7 projects in the next two cohorts of the agency’s OPEN+ program: Energy-Water Technologies and Sensors for Bioenergy and Agriculture. Energy-Water cohort teams will develop new, energy-efficient processing technologies for industrial (particularly oil and gas) and […]

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R&D News

Structure and function of photosynthetic protein explained

Structure and function of photosynthetic protein explained

January 19, 2019 |

In Germany, an international research team has elucidated the structure and mode of action of the photosynthetic complex I. The membrane protein complex plays an important role in the electron transport processes in photosynthesis. “The results close one of the last major knowledge gaps in the understanding of the photosynthetic electron transport pathways,” said the […]

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Penn State researcher makes corn gene discovering following 20 years of trials

Penn State researcher makes corn gene discovering following 20 years of trials

January 17, 2019 |

In Pennsylvania, in discovering a mutant gene that “turns on” another gene responsible for the red pigments sometimes seen in corn, researchers solved an almost six-decades-old mystery with a finding that may have implications for plant breeding in the future. The culmination of more than 20 years of work, the effort started when, in 1997, […]

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Indian researchers develop zeolite catalyst to speed up furfural production from waste

Indian researchers develop zeolite catalyst to speed up furfural production from waste

January 16, 2019 |

In India, researchers from the National Chemical Laboratory have developed a new zeolite catalyst that can speed up the production of furfural from agricultural waste biomass without having to pass through traditional intermediate steps that are time consuming and costly. Ethyl levulinate which is produced from furfural is a key product of biorefineries, so finding […]

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Great Lakes Bioenergy researchers analyze metabolic activity within a bioreactor

Great Lakes Bioenergy researchers analyze metabolic activity within a bioreactor

January 15, 2019 |

In Wisconsin, researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, recently published a paper in the journal mSystems in which they analyzed the makeup and metabolic activity of a mixed microbial community within a bioreactor. By doing so, they’re edging closer toward engineering such a community to optimally generate particular products—an outcome that would boost […]

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center find four-gene cluster in yeast that produce pulcherrimin

Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center find four-gene cluster in yeast that produce pulcherrimin

January 14, 2019 |

In Michigan, yeasts are complex organisms that may become the workhorses of biofuel production. To move yeasts into this larger role, scientists need to understand the genetic machinery that leads to the production of complex molecules like the iron-binding molecule pulcherrimin in budding yeasts. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center scientists revealed a four-gene cluster associated […]

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Policy & Policymakers

RFA Asks EPA to Separate Year-Round E15 Provisions from RIN Reform Measures

RFA Asks EPA to Separate Year-Round E15 Provisions from RIN Reform Measures

January 19, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., with the government shutdown threatening to further delay approval of year-round sales of E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol), the Renewable Fuels Association is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to focus strictly on year-round E15 provisions in its forthcoming proposed rule and address RIN reform measures in a separate action. President Trump announced […]

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Malaysia looks to double biodiesel blending to 20% by 2020

Malaysia looks to double biodiesel blending to 20% by 2020

January 17, 2019 |

In Malaysia, despite the several years of delays to get to 10% biodiesel blending from 7%, a shift that will be implemented in February, Reuters reports that the government is seriously looking at doubling the mandate to 20% as soon as 2020. The move should help to reduce palm oil stockpiles that are overhanging the […]

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EPA administrator nominee tells Senate E15 will be in play for summer driving season

EPA administrator nominee tells Senate E15 will be in play for summer driving season

January 16, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the acting administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency told his Senate confirmation hearing that he still expects year-round E15 to be in place by the summer driving season that kicks off in June despite the ongoing government shutdown causing delays to rulemaking. The rule was expected to be released in […]

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RFA launches E15 awareness campaign ahead of year-round blending

RFA launches E15 awareness campaign ahead of year-round blending

January 15, 2019 |

In Washington, with less than five months before the start of the summer driving season, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has launched an awareness campaign to educate consumers and policymakers about the benefits of E15 (a gasoline blend containing 15% ethanol) in anticipation of the blend being available year-round. The campaign kicked off this week […]

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Study for Union of Concerned Scientists shows Washington state can benefit from cleaner fuels

Study for Union of Concerned Scientists shows Washington state can benefit from cleaner fuels

January 14, 2019 |

In California, Washington state can reduce emissions from its transportation fuels and make them up to 11 percent cleaner by 2028, according to “Washington’s Clean Fuels Future,” an analysis completed by independent research firm Cerulogy and commissioned by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). The state legislature is soon expected to consider a bill modeled […]

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Other Recent Articles

Finnair introduces CO2 offsetting and biofuel service for customers

Finnair introduces CO2 offsetting and biofuel service for customers

January 19, 2019 |

In Finland, Finnair introduced a service where customers can offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by supporting a CO2 emission reduction project or reduce emissions by buying biofuel. Finnair’s biofuel partner is SkyNRG, and the biofuel is produced from used cooking oil in California. Customers can choose to support biofuel flights. The use of […]

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US Grains Council boosts information offering regarding ethanol

US Grains Council boosts information offering regarding ethanol

January 17, 2019 |

In Washington, to make ethanol program information, resources and updates more easily accessible for stakeholders and members, the US Grains Council has expanded its web presence for ethanol, highlighting many of the important components of is ethanol efforts. The following pages are available and updated regularly on the site: Ethanol home page – the global […]

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Ireland awards grants funds to 12 businesses to boost the blue bioeconomy

Ireland awards grants funds to 12 businesses to boost the blue bioeconomy

January 17, 2019 |

In Ireland, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine has announced that the Marine Institute is to provide 12 marine businesses (in collaboration with five universities) with investment funding totaling EUR2.4 million over three years. The funding is being provided to drive continued innovation in Ireland’s ocean economy, a key requirement of the Marine Institute […]

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Epitome Energy chooses Minnesota site for future soybean biodiesel plant

Epitome Energy chooses Minnesota site for future soybean biodiesel plant

January 17, 2019 |

In Minnesota, Epitome Energy has chosen the town of Crookston as the location of its proposed soybean extraction plant that will produce 30 million gallons per year of biodiesel in addition to soy oil and soybean meal. The company told local press that there are more than 1.8 million acres of soybeans in the 10 […]

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Aemetis receives $12.7 million tax break from California

Aemetis receives $12.7 million tax break from California

January 17, 2019 |

In California, Aemetis, Inc. announced that the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) awarded the Aemetis Riverbank Advanced Biofuels Project an exclusion from the payment of California sales and use taxes valued at $12.7 million.  The CAEATFA financial assistance program provides for up to $100 million per year of California state funding […]

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Malaysia PM writes to French president asking for reprieve on palm oil

Malaysia PM writes to French president asking for reprieve on palm oil

January 17, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Prime Minister has sent a letter to the President of France asking him to drop the de facto restrictions on palm oil from 2020 that will see tax breaks for fuels produced from the controversial feedstock come to an end. In the letter, the Prime Minister called the assertion that palm oil […]

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