Major Stories

Competitive Edge: Hydragas Energy

Competitive Edge: Hydragas Energy

May 28, 2020 |

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? We founded Hydragas to develop a renewable gas recovery technology, to supply clean energy at country-scale. The roots of the […]

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Q&A on Cellulosic Ethanol with Clariant

Q&A on Cellulosic Ethanol with Clariant

May 27, 2020 |

DigestConnect hosted a wildly popular webinar in late April with Clariant’s Head of Business Line, Biofuels & Derivatives at Clariant but there were so many fantastic audience questions we didn’t to, that we decided to follow up and put together The Digest’s Q&A with Clariant on the latest and greatest about cellulosic ethanol. In today’s […]

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Agricultural & Energy DigestData Dashboard for May 2020: Resilience, Crops, Economy, Energy

Agricultural & Energy DigestData Dashboard for May 2020: Resilience, Crops, Economy, Energy

May 26, 2020 |

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3 Things that Need to Happen for Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Take Off

3 Things that Need to Happen for Sustainable Aviation Fuel to Take Off

May 25, 2020 |

By Lloyd Ritter, Esq., Director, Green Capitol LLC Special to The Digest A timely new report came out recently on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), “Ready for Takeoff: Aviation Biofuels Past, Present, and Future,” written by the Atlantic Council (herein AC).  The key takeaways are three-fold. First, aviation emissions are one of the most recognizable sources […]

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Higher COVID-19 fatality rates among urban minorities come down to air pollution

Higher COVID-19 fatality rates among urban minorities come down to air pollution

May 24, 2020 |

A startling reality has surfaced from the coronavirus health crisis: Pollution has been significantly reduced in recent weeks during the shutdown. Whether in New Delhi, Kansas City, New York, or Beijing, less driving has resulted in cleaner air. Vistas that previously were only foggy images have burst through as crystal clear pictures of what clean […]

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8-Slide Guides

Australia’s Efforts to Support Renewables: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Accelerating Large-Scale Renewable Energy

Australia’s Efforts to Support Renewables: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Accelerating Large-Scale Renewable Energy

May 28, 2020 |

The Business Renewables Centre – Australia and project partners like WWF, ARENA, Rocky Mountain Institute and others are working on getting Australia to use more large-scale renewable energy and using Power Purchase Agreements to get there. But why a renewable energy PPA? How are corporate PPAs an important segment in a diversified market? Where are the […]

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Q1 Revenue of $2.4M, Uses Cash, Suspends 2020 Predictions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Calyxt’s Q1 and COVID-19 Impact

Q1 Revenue of $2.4M, Uses Cash, Suspends 2020 Predictions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Calyxt’s Q1 and COVID-19 Impact

May 27, 2020 |

Suspended. Reminiscint of the ‘bad kid’ at school who was always getting in trouble, we are hearing the word ‘suspended’ over and over again in 2020. Calyxt isn’t any different. In their Q1 2020 investor call, they shared the latest financials and ‘suspended’ 2020 predictions. Check out this slide guide including commentary from their CEO, Jim Blome, […]

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Hydrogen is Hot in Australia! ARENA’s Funding for Hydrogen Continues: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Hydrogen Deployment

Hydrogen is Hot in Australia! ARENA’s Funding for Hydrogen Continues: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Hydrogen Deployment

May 26, 2020 |

Australian Renewable Energy Agency, or ARENA, has invested $1.48 billion in 513 projects since 2012, and of those approximately $50 million are across 28 hydrogen projects. A pathway to a renewable hydrogen industry has many benefits but there are still several key issues like barriers to large scale deployment, demand drivers that are still evolving, and […]

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Strong Q1 but 2020 Outlook Suspended: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes’s Latest Results, Equity Story

Strong Q1 but 2020 Outlook Suspended: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes’s Latest Results, Equity Story

May 25, 2020 |

COVID-19 has put the world on hold and Novozymes is no different in terms of suspending their 2020 outlook. Why? Because none of us have a crystal ball and how can you predict the future now, especially concerning U.S. ethanol demand and stockpiling effects? Novozymes is an agile organization, however, and was able to meet demand despite […]

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BD Zones and BDO Zones: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Weaponizing Biomass for a Bio-fueled Recovery

BD Zones and BDO Zones: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Weaponizing Biomass for a Bio-fueled Recovery

May 24, 2020 |

If you missed last week’s DigestConnect webinar, you can catch up on what exactly a Bioeconomy Development (BD) Zone is vs. a Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone and why you should care about both. Think about a certified investment-ready industrial site program but to drive bioeconomy development – a BD Zone – and what it can mean […]

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The Latest World News

Canada launches EOI for lignin joint investment challenge

Canada launches EOI for lignin joint investment challenge

May 28, 2020 |

In Canada, Nextfor launched a series of High Performance Lignin Collaboration Forums to gather value chain feedback on the state of lignin product development in Canada and Ontario. Industry leaders worked together in these sessions to identify three opportunity maps for commercialization: • Polymers & Fine Chemicals • Resins & Adhesives • Thermoplastics & Composites […]

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Valero’s Supreme Court hopes against EPA dashed so backs five governors instead

Valero’s Supreme Court hopes against EPA dashed so backs five governors instead

May 28, 2020 |

In Texas, the San Antonio Business Journal reports that the Supreme Court has refused to hear Valero’s spat with the Environmental Protection Agency where the oil company argues that blenders should have to bear some of the cost of blending biofuel under the Renewable Fuels Standard. Typically, the Supreme Court gives a reason for rejecting […]

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Ethanol stocks reach 19-week low despite rising production

Ethanol stocks reach 19-week low despite rising production

May 28, 2020 |

In Washington, DTN reports that Energy Information Administration data shows that although ethanol production is ramping up after it shut down more than 50% of capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stocks are still shrinking. Last week, stocks reached the lowest level in 19 weeks at 23.2 million barrels, falling 400,000 barrels from the week […]

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D4 RIN prices reach highest seen since December 2019

D4 RIN prices reach highest seen since December 2019

May 28, 2020 |

In New York, Platts reports D4 prices rose to their highest level since December at 56 cents/RIN on the back of expected higher blending mandates from the Environmental Protection Agency. Between higher blending expected for 2021 and fewer waivers that will likely be granted under the small refinery exemption program following significant scrutiny, prices have […]

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Spot ethanol prices on the rise but not as fast as hoped

Spot ethanol prices on the rise but not as fast as hoped

May 28, 2020 |

In Texas, ICIS reports that increased driving demand has lifted spot prices for ethanol as shelter in place orders are lifted, but the market had hoped for a faster recovery. There is also concern that China will not buy as much US-origin ethanol as expected as part of the phase 1 trade deal easing the […]

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R&D News

University of Georgia researchers say biofuel production could lead to environmental decay

University of Georgia researchers say biofuel production could lead to environmental decay

May 28, 2020 |

In Georgia, modern sustainability practices often encourage resource and energy efficiencies across separate sectors, such as food production or biofuels, but this siloed approach could actually lead to ongoing environmental decay, according to a recent commentary by researchers in the University of Georgia College of Engineering. Using new technology to improve efficiency, in particular, may […]

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PNNL researchers develop technology to boost use of ethanol as octane booster

PNNL researchers develop technology to boost use of ethanol as octane booster

May 27, 2020 |

In Washington state, technology developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory could pave the way for increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane-on-demand fuel-delivery system. Designed to work with a car’s existing fuel, the onboard separation technology is the first to use chemistry—not […]

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Researchers partially replace fossil phenol with bio-based lignin in resins

Researchers partially replace fossil phenol with bio-based lignin in resins

May 26, 2020 |

In Ohio, in the framework of Bio4Products, scientists at Hexion, a global leader for phenolic specialty resins, have succeeded in partially replacing fossil phenol with bio-based lignin in resins. Two applications seem very promising: insulating foams and molding compounds. Tests of the mechanical properties should ensure that the bio molding compound has the same performance […]

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University of Bayreuth discover enzyme for use as biocatalyst

University of Bayreuth discover enzyme for use as biocatalyst

May 25, 2020 |

In Germany, researchers at the University of Bayreuth have now discovered an enzyme that offers great advantages as a biocatalyst. It is eminently suited for the production of natural product-derived drugs that promise a broad spectrum of medical application. Conventional synthesis processes for these substances are very laborious. In the journal ACS Catalysis, researchers from […]

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PNNL invention partitions ethanol from gasoline to enable octane on demand; could lower emissions

PNNL invention partitions ethanol from gasoline to enable octane on demand; could lower emissions

May 24, 2020 |

In Washington, an onboard separation technology developed by U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers is the first to use chemistry—not a physical membrane—to separate ethanol-blended gasoline into high- and low-octane fuel components and could pave the way for increased fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions as part of an octane-on-demand fuel-delivery […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Oregon DEQ submits details plans to carry out GHG reductions

Oregon DEQ submits details plans to carry out GHG reductions

May 28, 2020 |

In Oregon, the Department of Environmental Quality has submitted detailed information to Gov. Kate Brown on how it plans to carry out her March 10 executive order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state. In all, DEQ submitted a preliminary report on Cap and Reduce programs, and four other work plans regarding clean fuels, […]

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Sens. Grassley and Ernst urge FDA to allow ethanol manufacturers to produce hand sanitizer

Sens. Grassley and Ernst urge FDA to allow ethanol manufacturers to produce hand sanitizer

May 27, 2020 |

In Washington, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting clarification on its temporary policy for the manufacture of alcohol-based hand sanitizer products during the COVID-19 pandemic. The FDA released temporary guidance on March 27, 2020 regarding ethanol used for hand sanitizer production during […]

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RFA tells EPA to deny “gap filling” petitions

RFA tells EPA to deny “gap filling” petitions

May 26, 2020 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deny new petitions submitted by refiners for past-year waivers from their renewable volume obligations. In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper argued that granting such waivers would be unlawful, inconsistent with the statute, and contrary […]

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Brazilian ministry rejects B13 request from industry

Brazilian ministry rejects B13 request from industry

May 25, 2020 |

In Brazil, Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) responded negatively to the proposal that had been circulated by entities representing the biodiesel sector to boost blending to 13% to reduce the impacts of Covid-19 along the entire supply chain. The request had been submitted to the MME at the end of last month. According to […]

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Group Condemns EPA’s Criticism of Harvard Study on Gasoline Emissions and Covid-19 Transmission

Group Condemns EPA’s Criticism of Harvard Study on Gasoline Emissions and Covid-19 Transmission

May 24, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., 10 energy and agriculture organizations including Renewable Fuels Association, the National Farmers Union, the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, and others called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to condemn statements by its own Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee that dismissed the findings of a recent study by Harvard University linking air pollution […]

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Other Recent Articles

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices jump 19% in a month

Brazilian hydrous ethanol prices jump 19% in a month

May 28, 2020 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that on the back of 28% higher gasoline prices in May, hydrous ethanol prices have been steadily increasing since May 13, already rising by almost 19% in a month. Between January 14 and April 29, Petrobras cut gasoline prices a whopping 12 times which hit the competitiveness of ethanol prices just […]

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Neste and Covestro team on sustainable raw materials for plastics

Neste and Covestro team on sustainable raw materials for plastics

May 27, 2020 |

In Finland, Neste and Covestro are starting a strategic cooperation in Europe to promote the use of sustainable raw materials in plastics production. Covestro will be supplied with material from renewable sources to replace a significant portion of the fossil raw materials used to date in the manufacture of polycarbonates. This type of a high-performance […]

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Brazil rethinking possibility of jump to B13

Brazil rethinking possibility of jump to B13

May 27, 2020 |

In Brazil, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) changed its tone regarding the possibility of working towards anticipating an increase in the mandatory mixture of biodiesel in common diesel. During a conference call between representatives of the productive sector, parliamentarians and Minister Bento Albuquerque, held Tuesday afternoon, it was agreed that the topic would […]

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Danish coalition to develop world’s largest electrolyser and sustainable fuel production facilities

Danish coalition to develop world’s largest electrolyser and sustainable fuel production facilities

May 27, 2020 |

In Denmark, Copenhagen Airports, A.P. Moller – Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS and Ørsted have formed the first partnership of its kind to develop an industrial-scale production facility to produce sustainable fuels for road, maritime and air transport in the Copenhagen area. The partnership brings together the demand and supply side of sustainable fuels with […]

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Iran to use imported Brazilian aflatoxin infected corn for hand sanitizer production

Iran to use imported Brazilian aflatoxin infected corn for hand sanitizer production

May 27, 2020 |

In Iran, Press TV reports Brazilian corn that arrived last year but has been stuck in port due to aflatoxin contamination will instead be used as ethanol feedstock. Customs authorities will release the shipment that has been at Imam Khomeini Port since it was unloaded. The government originally planned to destroy the shipment despite complaints […]

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Shire council still negotiating with Ethtec to provide matching funds for ARENA grant

Shire council still negotiating with Ethtec to provide matching funds for ARENA grant

May 27, 2020 |

In Australia, the Newcastle Herald newspaper reports that Muswellbrook Shire Council agreed to continue negotiating with Ethtec a potential A$10.4 million grant that would go towards a pilot cellulosic ethanol plant. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has awarded Ethtec an A$11.9 million grant for the project that is dependent on matching funds. Originally a Chinese […]

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