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40 Mistakes That Will Kill a Proposal

40 Mistakes That Will Kill a Proposal

November 15, 2018 |

  By C.J. Evans, Member, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest It is not enough to just have a game-changing idea, concept, or innovation. Nor is it enough to just add a top-notch team, detailed workplan, and sufficient inhouse and outside expertise to move through each of the nine TRL levels. You need to be […]

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3D printed Bio-eyes, biobased surfactants, duckweed’s comeback, cow poop fabric, starch algae opp, Disney goes bio, alt tuna: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of November 14th

3D printed Bio-eyes, biobased surfactants, duckweed’s comeback, cow poop fabric, starch algae opp, Disney goes bio, alt tuna: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of November 14th

November 14, 2018 |

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of November 7th. In today’s Digest, 3D printed Bio-eyes, biobased surfactants, duckweed’s comeback, cow poop fabric, starch algae opp, Disney goes bio, alt tuna — these and more, ready for you now at The Digest […]

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#Gasolinegate

#Gasolinegate

November 12, 2018 |

In Washington, researchers for a report published by the Urban Air Initiative contend that “technical data that shows the nation has been exposed to decades of flawed test fuels and flawed driving tests, which in turn means flawed emissions results and mileage claims”.  The complete Beyond a Reasonable Doubt series from UAI is available here. Further, EPA […]

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Heard on the Floor: Reflections and the buzz from ABLC Global 2018

Heard on the Floor: Reflections and the buzz from ABLC Global 2018

November 11, 2018 |

The bunting is down, the bands have retreated and ABLC Global is now in the rear-view mirror — all the bustle of 625 delegates raising a din of deal-making so loud in the anterooms that delegates had to routinely flee to other floors to be heard. It was, at times, not unlike the old trading […]

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Duckweed takes off in nutrition space as well as biofuel and bioenergy

Duckweed takes off in nutrition space as well as biofuel and bioenergy

November 11, 2018 |

Duckweed is some pretty amazing stuff. And no, we aren’t talking about that kind of Daffy Duck duck weed. We are talking about the green stuff that grows in ponds and floats on the surface of water, often mistaken for algae. Why is this green goodness so good? Duckweed, also referred to as lemna or […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Antares and innovations in harvest, pre-processing of herbaceous biomass

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Antares and innovations in harvest, pre-processing of herbaceous biomass

November 17, 2018 |

ANTARES has been assisting clients identify and use biomass resources since the company was founded and our experience ranges from conducting feedstock supply assessments to serving as owner’s representative in the conceptualization, development and operation of energy plants. A few examples of capabilities include: • Feedstock logistics and supply/demand analyses for lender’s due diligence and […]

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Anuvia Plant Materials

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Anuvia Plant Materials

November 17, 2018 |

Today, commonly used fertilizers contain little to no organic material. Simply put, using plant- or organic-based materials to feed crops just takes too long to convert into a usable form (up to two years). Much of the nitrogen and phosphates in traditional fertilizer aren’t even consumed by the plants. In some instances, almost 70% of […]

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Anaergia

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Anaergia

November 17, 2018 |

Anaergia is the world leader in solving waste problems by recovering energy, water, and fertilizer from virtually any waste stream. While Anaergia was built on the foundations of highly capable and experienced acquisitions, focused investments on innovation and execution capabilities allow us to deliver facilities that divert waste, reduce life cycle costs, create new revenue […]

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Aemetis

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Aemetis

November 17, 2018 |

Aemetis owns and operates 110 million gallons per year of ethanol and biodiesel facilities in the US and India, and is upgrading the plants using patented technology to produce lower carbon, higher value advanced biofuels and chemicals using lower cost, non-food energy sources and feedstocks. Of special interest is the Aemetis cellulosic refinery using agricultural […]

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Anellotech

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Anellotech

November 17, 2018 |

Founded in 2008, Anellotech has developed a clean technology platform for inexpensively producing bio-based chemicals from renewable non-food biomass. These drop-in, green versions of widely used petrochemicals; benzene, toluene and xylenes, are used to make plastics for consumer goods such as beverage bottles and packaging, clothing, carpeting, automotive parts, home and construction materials, electronic products, […]

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The Latest World News

Green Plains sheds three plants, shutters another and offloads storage and rail assets

Green Plains sheds three plants, shutters another and offloads storage and rail assets

November 15, 2018 |

In Nebraska, Green Plains Inc. announced that it completed the previously announced sale of its three ethanol plants to Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC for $319 million in cash, including net working capital and other adjustments. The transaction includes ethanol plants located in Bluffton, Ind., Lakota, Iowa, and Riga, Mich. which represented approximately 20% of […]

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Ethanol prices ease away from 13-year lows as plants shutter production

Ethanol prices ease away from 13-year lows as plants shutter production

November 15, 2018 |

In Illinois, Platts reports that expectations that production will ease on the back of low prices had an immediate impact on Argo ethanol prices, lifting them from 13-year lows to $1.2405/gal on Wednesday from $1.2175/gal on Tuesday. There is little fundamental support to be found in the market with the seasonal low demand period approaching […]

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Indian sugar industry seeking license waiver to ramp up ethanol production quicker

Indian sugar industry seeking license waiver to ramp up ethanol production quicker

November 15, 2018 |

In India, the Financial Express newspaper reports that the domestic sugar industry is pleading with the central government to have regulations established by the National Green Tribunal requiring certain licenses for ethanol producers be eased in order to facilitate to a quick ramp up in production. The national government is pushing for sugar mills to […]

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Indonesian biodiesel industry calling for B30

Indonesian biodiesel industry calling for B30

November 15, 2018 |

In Indonesia, while the government has paved the way for an increase in biodiesel blending to 20% in order to combat oversupply of palm oil as well as reduce imports of fossil fuels, the Jakarta Post reports that biodiesel producers are calling on the government to boost the blending rate even further to 30%. Under […]

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UK company wins grant to develop aviation biofuel from waste

UK company wins grant to develop aviation biofuel from waste

November 15, 2018 |

In the UK, Renovare Fuels has been awarded support by Innovate UK for aviation fuel testing through the Sustainable Aviation for Clean Growth program. The company has developed a technology that converts waste into a biofuel that could replace traditional fossil fuels. Fuel standards outlined by the British Ministry of Defense state that turbine-engine airplanes […]

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R&D News

New Zealand’s University of Victoria says bioeconomy key to achieving clean energy goals

New Zealand’s University of Victoria says bioeconomy key to achieving clean energy goals

November 15, 2018 |

In New Zealand, the University of Victoria says building a biorefinery—probably at Marsden Point—geared towards aviation fuel, as well as bioethanol and biodiesel for blending with conventional fuels will aid the transition away from the country’s current heavy transport and aviation vehicle fleet, as well as feeding current and future hybrid electric vehicles. An aspect […]

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European researchers find way to make hydrogenase fuel cells viable

European researchers find way to make hydrogenase fuel cells viable

November 14, 2018 |

In Germany, fuel cells that work with the enzyme hydrogenase are, in principle, just as efficient as those that contain the expensive precious metal platinum as a catalyst. However, the enzymes need an aqueous environment, which makes it difficult for the starting material for the reaction – hydrogen – to reach the enzyme-loaded electrode. Researchers […]

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Arizona State University researchers get $4.5 million from DOE for bioenergy projects

Arizona State University researchers get $4.5 million from DOE for bioenergy projects

November 13, 2018 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced 36 projects that together have been awarded $80 million to support early-stage bioenergy research and development. Two ASU research teams are among the grantees, with the grants to ASU totaling about $4.5 million. The two teams are headed by Wim Vermaas, Foundation Professor in the School […]

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Protected: ABLC Global 2018: The Complete Presentations

Protected: ABLC Global 2018: The Complete Presentations

November 13, 2018 |

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

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Researchers find different strategies for boosting cellulosic ethanol production

Researchers find different strategies for boosting cellulosic ethanol production

November 12, 2018 |

In Michigan, scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Science Center investigated how five different feedstocks affected process and field-scale ethanol yields. Two annual crops (corn stover and energy sorghum) and three perennial crops (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie) were pretreated using ammonia fiber expansion, hydrolyzed, and fermented separately using yeast or bacteria. They found that […]

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Policy & Policymakers

“Producers United” takes EPA to task over hardship waivers in US Appellate Court

“Producers United” takes EPA to task over hardship waivers in US Appellate Court

November 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that an unidentified group of biofuel producers referred to just as “Producers United” has asked a federal judge to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from continuing to issue hardship waivers to smaller oil refineries. The complaint filed in US Appellate Court alleges that the EPA’s decision to retroactively grant waivers to […]

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France pledges to stop “importing deforestation” by 2030

France pledges to stop “importing deforestation” by 2030

November 14, 2018 |

In France, France24 reports that the government has announced a plan to end imports of agricultural products it says leads to deforestation by 2030 including palm oil, soy and beef. The move follows the European Parliament’s approval of the updated Renewable Energy Directive that seeks to eliminate use of palm oil in biofuels by 2030, […]

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Senator Grassley believes current EPA won’t issue as many hardship waivers

Senator Grassley believes current EPA won’t issue as many hardship waivers

November 13, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley doesn’t believe the Environmental Protection Agency will continue to issue hardship waivers to small refiners at the pace previously seen under the prior administrator. He said that he feels the current administrator believes his predecessor was too “liberal” in the issuance of waivers. The current administrator […]

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Ethanol industry hit hard by Trump’s Chinese trade war

Ethanol industry hit hard by Trump’s Chinese trade war

November 12, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the ethanol industry is suffering heavily from the Trump Administration’s trade war with China as demonstrated by a number of quarterly filings by ethanol companies last week. Without China to buy 200 million gallons of ethanol, trade that has dried up due to the ongoing trade war, the US market […]

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PCA pushes for B5 instead of B2, IPPCA says no way

PCA pushes for B5 instead of B2, IPPCA says no way

November 11, 2018 |

In the Philippines, the Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) opposed the plan of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to increase the biodiesel amount to B5 from B2. “With Euro 4, there is no compelling reason to add or increase the biodiesel blend, given that the current diesel standard is already very clean,” IPPCA said […]

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Other Recent Articles

NREL researchers making carbon fiber from biomass a reality

NREL researchers making carbon fiber from biomass a reality

November 15, 2018 |

In Colorado, taking a page from history, National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers successfully produced 50 grams of bio-derived acrylonitrile (CAN). That capped the first phase of a DOE-funded program. The second phase, now underway, calls for the production of 50 kilograms of ACN that will be converted into carbon fiber and tested. The nitrilation process, […]

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One Molecule at a Time: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris

One Molecule at a Time: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris

November 15, 2018 |

For many people, a key question in the advanced bioeconomy continues to be: “what is Amyris becoming, and when, and where and how?” Becoming a global leader in the health and beauty market, and self-funding operations in 2018 with at least $10 million in EBITDA this year — those are the targets appearing out of […]

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Bangchak to boost biofuel production to 2.2 million liters per day by 2022

Bangchak to boost biofuel production to 2.2 million liters per day by 2022

November 14, 2018 |

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports that as part of its push to invest in the bioeconomy, Bangchak will invest in expansion of its biodiesel and ethanol production to 2.2 million liters per day by 2022 compared to 1.83 million liters per day currently. The company said it expects the bio-based business to comprise 40% […]

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South Korean ethanol imports jump 63% in October

South Korean ethanol imports jump 63% in October

November 14, 2018 |

In South Korea, Platts reports that ethanol imports rose a whopping 63% in October compared to the month prior at 111,418 metric tons. Brazil supplied the majority of undenatured ethanol, followed by Pakistan, with total imports of 16,413 tons, nearly 159% higher than in September. Pakistan is typically the origin of choice of in South […]

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Toyota close to rolling out hybrid flex-fuel vehicles in Brazil

Toyota close to rolling out hybrid flex-fuel vehicles in Brazil

November 14, 2018 |

In Brazil, Bloomberg reports that Toyota hasn’t had to spend a lot of money on “tweaking and some calibration” to get its hybrid vehicles to also run on flex-fuel, allowing for hydrous ethanol to fuel hybrid vehicles. The R&D is almost finished and the Latin American CEO for the company is ready to roll them […]

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POET Groton investors looking at potential merger with parent company

POET Groton investors looking at potential merger with parent company

November 14, 2018 |

In South Dakota, investors of the POET ethanol plant in Groton are discussing whether to merge with the parent company in an effort to take advantage of economy of scale and the synergies that come with it, including additional access to capital to finance expansions. There are seven POET plants that have yet to merge […]

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