Major Stories

Cows and Cannabinoids: Aemetis’ dairy digestor biogas, Hyasynth’s yeast-based cannabinoids

Cows and Cannabinoids: Aemetis’ dairy digestor biogas, Hyasynth’s yeast-based cannabinoids

October 25, 2020 |

Things are heating up with Aemetis now producing dairy digester biogas from the first two dairies in a 17 dairy digester biogas project that will be used for ethanol production and added four miles of private pipeline that is moving forward transportation fuel. And cannabinoids are hot right now, especially with Hyasynth who just completed […]

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Overview of 2020 Cannabis Ballot Measures: Potential to Add 21 Million as Legal Consumers in the U.S.

Overview of 2020 Cannabis Ballot Measures: Potential to Add 21 Million as Legal Consumers in the U.S.

October 25, 2020 |

By Martin Wahl, Vice President, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest This is the first in a series of articles being prepared by Lee Enterprises Consulting experts addressing opportunities and concerns for the growing hemp and cannabis industries. Topics will include cultivation, feedstock management, project financing, offtake agreement processing and product development with a […]

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ABLC 2021, in a year about policy — From Pioneer to Player, Field to Fork, Plant to Pump, and Trash to Cash

ABLC 2021, in a year about policy — From Pioneer to Player, Field to Fork, Plant to Pump, and Trash to Cash

October 22, 2020 |

In Florida, The Daily Digest announced that ABLC 2021 will be held March 17-19, 2021. We’ll be safely live in Washington DC and will have a virtual program for those who cannot join us for the main stage events. At ABLC 2021 we’ll be focused on three interlocked strands: emerging technologies and the feedstocks they work with, the vibrant stream of commercial-scale […]

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Cyanobacteria biofilm that produces ethylene, cool car, kicks, and shades all biobased, cell-based meat brisket, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of October 22nd

Cyanobacteria biofilm that produces ethylene, cool car, kicks, and shades all biobased, cell-based meat brisket, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of October 22nd

October 21, 2020 |

Madonna’s lyrics “Cause we are living in a material world, And I am a material girl” come to mind when looking at the hottest innovations of the week. From a biobased car made with coconut fiber, horsehair, and flax, to cool kicks made from sugarcane and algae, we live in a material world that is […]

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The Need for State and Local Initiative

The Need for State and Local Initiative

October 20, 2020 |

American citizens are rich. They own governments that are “of the people, by the people and for the people”. Through them as trustee, citizens own land, water, and air as well as public infrastructure such as transportation, water and energy management assets and land parcels with improvements. Arguably, they even have an earned interest in […]

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8-Slide Guides

Cellulosic ethanol: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant Chemtex Approach

Cellulosic ethanol: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant Chemtex Approach

October 25, 2020 |

Two world leaders in cellulosic deployment – Jeff Taylor from Chemtex and Paolo Corvo from Clariant – talked about how cellulosic fuels are on the march on last week’s DigestConnect. Check out this exclusive slide guide on 1G/2G biofuels integration opportunities, what are the models, technologies and prospects, plus a sneak peek into the latest […]

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2020 Impacts Renewable Materials Company: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Stora Enso

2020 Impacts Renewable Materials Company: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Stora Enso

October 22, 2020 |

Just this week, Stora Enso released this slide guide on how the company is performing in a challenging business environment amidst a crazy year. President and CEO Annica Bresky and CFO Seppo Parvi noted that sales decreased by 13% year-on-year for Q3 2020, but active cost management continues as do mixed market conditions. They had high […]

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Data, Data, Everywhere: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy Data

Data, Data, Everywhere: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy Data

October 21, 2020 |

The U.S. Department of Energy and Next Rung Technology shared this illuminating slide guide on the creation, valorization and disposition of bioenergy data assets. By looking at data types, data assets, checking back in on bioenergy technology life cycles, and more, we can get a more complete picture of the changing landscape of tech commercialization in […]

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Renewable Jet Fuel Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UOP

Renewable Jet Fuel Tech: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to UOP

October 20, 2020 |

You’ve probably heard of Honeywell UOP, but did you know they are working on making commercial renewable aviation biofuels a reality? At ABLC Digital, they shared this illuminating slide guide on their latest projects, including ones with AltAir, United Airlines, World Energy, and others. Also take a peak into their renewable jet fuel technologies and process, the […]

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Reducing Carbon Emissions in Agriculture: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Commodity Plus Carbon

Reducing Carbon Emissions in Agriculture: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Commodity Plus Carbon

October 19, 2020 |

At ABLC Digital this summer, there was lots of talk about carbon. In this slide guide, GIC takes us on a learning journey about commodity plus carbon and how it monetizes carbon. What is CPC? What are the advantages? What is the methodology? How does blockchain tech work with it? What is CPC’s potential for the […]

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The Latest World News

Ethanol weekly production down 2.6%, ethanol stocks down 7.7% below year-ago volumes

Ethanol weekly production down 2.6%, ethanol stocks down 7.7% below year-ago volumes

October 25, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production scaled back by 2.6%, or 25,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 913,000 b/d—equivalent to 38.35 million gallons daily, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. Ethanol stocks declined 1.4% to 19.7 million barrels, which was 7.7% below year-ago volumes. Inventories drew down across all regions. The four-week […]

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Amyris and IDRI enter license for RNA vaccine platform, beginning with COVID-19 vaccine

Amyris and IDRI enter license for RNA vaccine platform, beginning with COVID-19 vaccine

October 25, 2020 |

In California, Amyris, Inc. signed a Collaboration Agreement and License Agreement with the Infectious Disease Research Institute to advance a novel ribonucleic acid vaccine platform, including accelerating the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The collaboration will combine IDRI’s RNA vaccine platform, including IDRI’s proprietary nanostructured lipid carrier platform, with Amyris’s semi-synthetic squalene. This has the […]

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Neste reports strong performance in Renewable Products, but struggling Oil Products in Q3

Neste reports strong performance in Renewable Products, but struggling Oil Products in Q3

October 25, 2020 |

In Finland, Neste reports overall performance as solid during the third quarter despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Renewable Products business was very resilient and improved its sales margin and sales volume compared to the corresponding period last year. Oil Products continued to suffer from a very weak refining market caused by the global COVID-19 related […]

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Novozymes reports 1% organic sales growth in first 9 months of 2020

Novozymes reports 1% organic sales growth in first 9 months of 2020

October 25, 2020 |

In Denmark, Novozymes released Q3 and year to date reporting that showed satisfactory performance despite COVID-19 implications. Q3 impacted by destocking, as expected. Full-year EBIT margin and FCF outlook raised. Organic sales growth outlook maintained with midpoint of range as the most likely outcome. Organic sales growth of 1% (Q3: -3%) in the first nine […]

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Covestro receives first supply of certified renewable phenol for polycarbonates from Borealis

Covestro receives first supply of certified renewable phenol for polycarbonates from Borealis

October 25, 2020 |

In Germany, Covestro received a first delivery of 1,000 tons of renewable phenol from Borealis, produced with renewable hydrocarbons from Neste. Neste produces these ISCC Plus certified hydrocarbons entirely from renewable raw materials which are then converted into phenol by Borealis and finally used by Covestro to produce polycarbonate – as a replacement for part […]

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R&D News

ABPDU creates open source software to benefit biotech community

ABPDU creates open source software to benefit biotech community

October 25, 2020 |

In California, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office’s Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shared two software applications that standardize bioreactor feeding processes that enable the wider biotech community to focus resources on the commercializing of technologies. The open source software applications, alongside a set of […]

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Norwegian researchers look at how bioeconomy transition will impact Nordic water resources

Norwegian researchers look at how bioeconomy transition will impact Nordic water resources

October 22, 2020 |

In Norway, in the future, the world may increasingly rely on renewable biomass resources for the provision of food, fodder, fiber and fuel. How this transition to a bioeconomy will affect Nordic water resources, is something BIOWATER, a Nordic Centre of Excellence, is currently looking into. In a recent special issue of the human environment […]

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University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh teams with Agra Energy on micro-GTL

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh teams with Agra Energy on micro-GTL

October 21, 2020 |

In Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has partnered with Agra Energy Corp. to promote a new technology that converts biogas to fuel. The renewable solution makes use of Agra Energy’s Micro-GTL (gas-to-liquids) technology that converts methane-rich biogas into liquid fuels that meet diesel fuel specifications. A Micro-GTL pilot unit is installed and connected to […]

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Carnegie Mellon University researchers team with Facebook AI Research to discover novel catalysts

Carnegie Mellon University researchers team with Facebook AI Research to discover novel catalysts

October 20, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have teamed up with Facebook AI Research (FAIR) to break down one of these barriers. Combining the expertise in machine learning, dataset development, and computing power of FAIR with years of prior research using machine learning techniques for novel catalyst discovery, the team is empowering researchers around the […]

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KIST develops biodiesel from lignocellulosic biomass thanks to microorganism

KIST develops biodiesel from lignocellulosic biomass thanks to microorganism

October 19, 2020 |

In South Korea, Korea Bizwire reports the Korea Institute of Science and Technology has developed a process to produce biodiesel from lignocellulosic biomass thanks to a microorganism, expanding potential feedstocks for biodiesel to include vast amounts of paper waste including delivery boxes. The microorganism produces biodiesel by consuming the sugars in biomass, specifically glucose and […]

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Policy & Policymakers

RFA calls on President Trump to level playing field for ethanol exports to Brazil

RFA calls on President Trump to level playing field for ethanol exports to Brazil

October 25, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association called on President Trump to move forward in seeking reciprocity and fairness in ethanol trade policy with Brazil. In a letter to the president, the association highlighted his August pledge to consider reciprocity with respect to Brazilian ethanol imports and reminded him of a commitment from the U.S. […]

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Republican senators tell EPA to reduce 2021 RVO to compensate for pandemic

Republican senators tell EPA to reduce 2021 RVO to compensate for pandemic

October 22, 2020 |

In Washington, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and a group of senators sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler concerning the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Specifically, the senators asked Administrator Wheeler to use his statutory waiver authorities under […]

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Two biofuel company owners sentenced to prison for IRS and EPA fraud

Two biofuel company owners sentenced to prison for IRS and EPA fraud

October 21, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, two biofuel company owners were sentenced to prison for conspiracy and making false statements to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and conspiracy to defraud the IRS and preparing a false tax claim. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III sentenced Ben Wootton of Savannah, Georgia, to 70 months and Race Miner of […]

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“#SupportEthanol spelled out in Kansas sorghum field calls out to Washington

“#SupportEthanol spelled out in Kansas sorghum field calls out to Washington

October 20, 2020 |

In Kansas, National Sorghum Producers (shared a high-altitude view of a top policy priority with newly released aerial photos of a farm plot in Kansas emblazoned with “#SupportEthanol” spelled out in giant letters of sorghum. Rocky Ormiston, a farmer from Kismet, planted the message using the latest in precision agricultural tools and a mix of […]

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India’s PM personally involved to get comprehensive ethanol policy launched

India’s PM personally involved to get comprehensive ethanol policy launched

October 19, 2020 |

In India, CNBC TV18 reports the Prime Minister has personally looked into comprehensive ethanol policy currently under development along with a team of senior officials to ensure timely roll out. The aim is to achieve 20% ethanol by 2030 with a midpoint of between 12% and 15% at the state level by 2026. Grain feedstocks, […]

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Other Recent Articles

Arzeda and Amyris enter into joint development agreement for novel enzymes

Arzeda and Amyris enter into joint development agreement for novel enzymes

October 25, 2020 |

In Washington, Arzeda, the Protein Design Company, entered into a joint development agreement with Amyris to design and develop novel enzymes for Amyris with unique functionalities, which Amyris will incorporate into their fermentation process to facilitate production of the target high value ingredients. This marks the second joint project between the parties. Amyris and Arzeda […]

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Earth Energy Renewables files for Chapter 11

Earth Energy Renewables files for Chapter 11

October 22, 2020 |

In Texas, the San Antonio Business Journal reports Earth Energy Renewables has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, listing debts of between $1 million and $10 million against assets of between $10 million and $50 million. The company uses a waste-to-energy technology developed by Texas A&M University professor that produces organic acids and esters. It […]

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Cargill building $150M waste-based biodiesel facility in Belgium

Cargill building $150M waste-based biodiesel facility in Belgium

October 22, 2020 |

In Belgium, Cargill is constructing a $150 million multi waste- and residues-based biodiesel plant at its existing integrated oilseeds crush and Bioro biodiesel site in Ghent, Belgium. The plant will use very latest technology of BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH that enables the processing of all types of liquid waste oils and fats, including by-products from food […]

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Microsoft buys SkyNRG SAF to for Alaska Airlines to boost employee flight sustainability

Microsoft buys SkyNRG SAF to for Alaska Airlines to boost employee flight sustainability

October 22, 2020 |

In Washington state, Microsoft Corp. employees who fly between their global headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and California on Alaska Airlines will fly more sustainably thanks to the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to cover their business travel. The SAF, supplied by SkyNRG, and produced from waste oil, is an important option for the aviation […]

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USDA certifies SYNLawn products as biobased

USDA certifies SYNLawn products as biobased

October 22, 2020 |

In Georgia, SYNLawn has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label. The product, SYNAugustine 547 Bio-Based System, is now able to display a unique USDA label that highlights its percentage of biobased content. The following SYNLawn products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label: • SYNRenew with 47% biobased content. […]

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Brazilian corn ethanol remains hot despite pandemic tempering ethanol demand

Brazilian corn ethanol remains hot despite pandemic tempering ethanol demand

October 22, 2020 |

In Brazil, a USDA Foreign Agriculture Service GAIN report says that despite lower ethanol demand due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, investment interest in corn-based ethanol domestically continues to grow. For 2020/21, corn-based ethanol production is seen at 2.5 billion liters from 16 currently operating facilities including both corn-only and flex-plants co-located at sugarcane […]

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