Major Stories

Why that Company that releases fertilizers so sloooow is getting traction so faaaaast: Anuvia raises $103M to accelerate deployment

Why that Company that releases fertilizers so sloooow is getting traction so faaaaast: Anuvia raises $103M to accelerate deployment

March 8, 2021 |

In Florida, Anuvia Plant Nutrients today announced it has raised $103 million in Series C funding, co-led by TPG ART and Pontifax Global Food and Agriculture Technology Fund (Pontifax AgTech), with additional investment from Generate and Piva Capital. Those slow-release fertilizers: the backstory. Granulated fertilizers have been around for quite a number of years. Most […]

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Working together towards net zero – Origin Materials to combine with Artius in IPO

Working together towards net zero – Origin Materials to combine with Artius in IPO

March 7, 2021 |

In California and New York, two companies are coming together for a match made in heaven to create the first publicly traded pure play carbon negative materials company. Origin Materials and Artius Acquisition Inc., signed a definitive agreement for a business combination – the combined company will be named Origin Materials, will be led by […]

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The Sage of Hastings-on-Hudson: The Wit and Wisdom of Ron Cascone

The Sage of Hastings-on-Hudson: The Wit and Wisdom of Ron Cascone

March 7, 2021 |

In New York, Ronald F. Cascone died on Friday, March 5th from complications of COVID and after a long battle with esophageal cancer. He was 77. Cascone was known around the world as one of the foremost authorities on the advanced bioeconomy, an acerbic critic of cant, pettifoggery and hype and a champion of emerging […]

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Aquaman supports algae-based sneakers, hemp barrister wigs, mushroom leather, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of March 5th

Aquaman supports algae-based sneakers, hemp barrister wigs, mushroom leather, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of March 5th

March 4, 2021 |

Last week we had Iron Man and Bill Gates. This week it’s Aquaman’s Jason Momoa who is supporting a biobased economy with his support of algae-based sneakers. And if you thought no one was wearing barrister wigs anymore, check out the new vegan hemp wigs instead of traditional horsehair for UK’s barristers, who yes, apparently […]

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Fuels from thin air: Prometheus joins the chase to make captured CO2 into net zero hydrocarbon fuels

Fuels from thin air: Prometheus joins the chase to make captured CO2 into net zero hydrocarbon fuels

March 3, 2021 |

One more company to focus on in our tour of CO2 usage. It’s another electrofuels play called Prometheus Fuels using atmospheric CO2 using water, electricity, and nanotube membranes to produce commercially viable fuels. The project was one of two selected for investment in March of 2019 by Y Combinator, a prominent Silicon Valley business incubator, […]

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8-Slide Guides

LCFS Upcoming Reporting: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to LCFS

LCFS Upcoming Reporting: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to LCFS

March 8, 2021 |

What’s up with Low Carbon Fuel Standards? Stefan Unnasch of Life Cycle Associates & Lee Enterprises Consulting gives us the scoop on upcoming reporting, LCFS verification requirements, common biofuel fuel pathway questions, and more.

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Reactors for Producing Lower Carbon Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to E-Fuel

Reactors for Producing Lower Carbon Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to E-Fuel

March 8, 2021 |

Today we look at E-Fuel’s reactors for producing lower cost, lower carbon for power, ethanol, hydrogen, and jet fuel, with E-Fuel CEO Tom Quinn. Details on their rejected energy reactor, losers and winners, and converting rejected energy into mechanical energy.

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How did 2020 treat Amyris? What will 2021 bring?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris

How did 2020 treat Amyris? What will 2021 bring?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris

March 7, 2021 |

Amyris just had their 2020 earnings call and here are the highlights! From 47% of their sales revenue coming from ingredients like alternative sweeteners, flavors & fragrances, clean beauty ingredients and 40% from consumer products like their Biossance, Pipette and Purecane products, check out how Amyris did in 2020 AND their 2021 full year outlook.

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Building up from lab to demo scale: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Zeton

Building up from lab to demo scale: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Zeton

March 4, 2021 |

Canadian-based Zeton is now the largest designer and builder of pilot plants in the world. Find out what ethanol, biomass gasification, food, pharma and other plants they have worked on from their six fabrication bays ranging from modular plants at lab, pilot, demonstration, and production scales, and more.

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LCRI Looks at Hydrogen, Biofuels, Synthetic Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Low-Carbon Fuels

LCRI Looks at Hydrogen, Biofuels, Synthetic Fuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Low-Carbon Fuels

March 3, 2021 |

Hydrogen, ammonia, synthetic hydrocarbon fuels, and biofuels can provide greenhouse gas emissions reduction for difficult-to-decarbonize sectors when produced via low-carbon means—from clean electricity, renewable feedstocks, or fossil resources with carbon capture, utilization, and storage, says this Low-Carbon Resources Initiative white paper that looks at production, transport, storage, and use of these low-carbon fuels, and more.

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The Latest World News

Honeywell developing a biofuel-powered turbogenerator for hybrid-electric aircraft

Honeywell developing a biofuel-powered turbogenerator for hybrid-electric aircraft

March 8, 2021 |

In Arizona, Honeywell is developing a power source for hybrid-electric aircraft, planned for demonstration later this year.  At 280 pounds, the Honeywell 1-Megawatt generator weighs about the same as a motor scooter but delivers enough energy to power an entire neighborhood block. This generator will be combined with the Honeywell HGT1700 auxiliary power unit, currently […]

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Cargill investing $475M over five years to boost US soy crushing

Cargill investing $475M over five years to boost US soy crushing

March 8, 2021 |

In Minnesota, Reuters reports that Cargill plans to boost soybean crushing at its Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Sydney, Ohio facilities in part due to increased demand for soy oil for fuel. The Cedar Rapids facility will see an increase of 10% in crushing capacity while the Sydney facility will double with an investment of $225 […]

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Fluid Quip Technologies to provide flex plant technology to Sao Martinho sugar mill

Fluid Quip Technologies to provide flex plant technology to Sao Martinho sugar mill

March 8, 2021 |

In Nebraska, Green Plains Inc. announced that Fluid Quip Technologies (Fluid Quip) was selected and contracted to provide its global-leading Flex Plant Technology for installation at Sao Martinho’s Boa Vista sugarcane facility. Deployment of Fluid Quip’s technology solutions worldwide underscores the value of the investment made by BlackRock, Ospraie Management and Green Plains, and is […]

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USDA and EIA to update reporting to boost renewable diesel data

USDA and EIA to update reporting to boost renewable diesel data

March 8, 2021 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that in response to the increase interest in and demand for renewable diesel, the USDA is preparing to adjust its soy reporting in the World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report while the Energy Information Administration is going to adjust its reporting as well to include more detailed data on […]

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Marathon Petroleum moves ahead with Martinez refinery conversion to renewable diesels

Marathon Petroleum moves ahead with Martinez refinery conversion to renewable diesels

March 8, 2021 |

In California, Marathon Petroleum Corporation says its Board of Directors has approved plans to convert its Martinez, California, refinery into a renewable fuels manufacturing facility. Converting the Martinez facility from refining petroleum to manufacturing renewable fuels signals MPC’s strong commitment to producing a substantial level of lower carbon-intensity fuels in California. The Martinez facility is […]

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R&D News

Nebraska study shows E30 safe for non-flex fuel vehicles

Nebraska study shows E30 safe for non-flex fuel vehicles

March 8, 2021 |

In Nebraska, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the results of a E30 demonstration project conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) with support from the State’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS). The ground-breaking research clearly demonstrates that E30, gasoline blended with 30% ethanol, is safe for long-term use in non flex fuel vehicles (FFVs). A team […]

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New PNNL Energy Sciences Center to foster research collaborations on biofuels, chemicals

New PNNL Energy Sciences Center to foster research collaborations on biofuels, chemicals

March 7, 2021 |

In Washington, a new research facility on the Richland campus of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is set to open fall 2021. The Energy Sciences Center (ESC) will feature many of PNNL’s strengths in chemistry, materials sciences, and computing in one building. “The ESC will accelerate innovation in energy research using chemistry, materials science, and […]

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Fraunhofer Institute researchers developing industrial applications for vegetable proteins

Fraunhofer Institute researchers developing industrial applications for vegetable proteins

March 4, 2021 |

In Germany, just like cellulose, lignin and fats, proteins are renewable raw materials. Their potential for the chemical industry remains largely untapped. Research teams at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV are collaborating with partners to change all this, the idea being to use the promising technofunctional properties of vegetable proteins for […]

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Lund University researchers produce sugars from recycled textiles

Lund University researchers produce sugars from recycled textiles

March 3, 2021 |

In Sweden, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have developed a method that converts cotton into sugar, that in turn can be turned into spandex, nylon or ethanol. At the Department of Chemical Engineering in Lund, there is a great deal of accumulated knowledge about using micro-organisms and enzymes, among other things, to transform the […]

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USC researchers develop new aquaculture technique to boost kelp browth

USC researchers develop new aquaculture technique to boost kelp browth

March 2, 2021 |

In California, scientists at the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Santa Catalina Island, working with private industry, report that a new aquaculture technique on the California coast dramatically increases kelp growth, yielding four times more biomass than natural processes. The technique employs a contraption called the “kelp elevator” that optimizes growth for the […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Sens. Grassley and Klobuchar asks for USDA to quickly bailout ethanol and biodiesel producers

Sens. Grassley and Klobuchar asks for USDA to quickly bailout ethanol and biodiesel producers

March 8, 2021 |

In Washington, Brownfield Ag News reports Senators Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar have written a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture asking for him to release funds to assist ethanol and biodiesel plants as soon as possible. As much as $13 billion in funding from the previous coronavirus relief package was already available in December […]

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U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, RFA comment on proposed Canada Clean Fuel Regulations

U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy, RFA comment on proposed Canada Clean Fuel Regulations

March 7, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association submitted joint comments to Environment and Climate Change Canada, regarding its proposed Clean Fuel Regulations, noting the importance of allowing renewable fuel producers to account for carbon capture and sequestration in their carbon intensity scores, regardless of whether the fuel is […]

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House Biofuels Caucus co-chairs introduce two bills to boost biofuels

House Biofuels Caucus co-chairs introduce two bills to boost biofuels

March 4, 2021 |

In Washington, the co-chairs of the House Biofuels Caucus introduced two new pieces of legislation to increase access to biofuels and to fully recognize the environmental benefits. Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) and Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) led introduction of the Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Investment and Market Expansion Act, which would expand access to higher blends […]

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Democrats introduce CLEAN Future Act to quickly decarbonize the US

Democrats introduce CLEAN Future Act to quickly decarbonize the US

March 3, 2021 |

In Washington, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Energy Subcommittee Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) introduced the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act – ambitious new climate legislation that ensures the United States acts aggressively to tackle […]

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German industry concerned EU Commission wants to ban ICE engines by 2025

German industry concerned EU Commission wants to ban ICE engines by 2025

March 2, 2021 |

In Germany, the VDMA representing Germany’s mechanical industries says the EU Commission is pushing the Euro 7 emissions standard to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, which is supported by the mechanical and plant engineering sector. But now tighter regulations are already being considered for 2025, which experts believe would be ecologically and economically misguided, […]

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Other Recent Articles

Chipotle announces copromotion deal with makeup major and RuPaul Drag Race stars

Chipotle announces copromotion deal with makeup major and RuPaul Drag Race stars

March 8, 2021 |

In California, e.l.f Cosmetics has partnered on a line of vegan makeup inspired by the plant-based offerings at burrito bastion Chipotle.  e.l.f.’s offerings include eyeshadow palettes—with colors named after Chipotle items, such as sofritas, pinto beans, or guacamole—as well as the “Make it Hot” lip gloss inspired by the shade of the ubiquitous chain’s red […]

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Clean shave, clean plant: Biobased razor subscription launches online

Clean shave, clean plant: Biobased razor subscription launches online

March 8, 2021 |

In New Hampshire, Sustain Shave Club is making online, subscription-based sales more sustainable with disposable razors with up to 35% wheat straw content.  For $10, the company will send 10 razors, plant a tree, and buy carbon neutral offsets for shipping.  About 2 billion disposable razors end up in landfills or in the environment annually, […]

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Upcoming H&M line to feature cactus leather

Upcoming H&M line to feature cactus leather

March 8, 2021 |

In Sweden, fast-fashion major H&M has launched a new collection featuring vegan leather made from prickly pear cactus.  H&M says the material is similar to conventional leather, requires little water to produce, and is free of undesirable chemicals such as phthalates and polyvinyl chloride.  Dubbed Desserto, the material was invented in 2019 by Adrian Lopez […]

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Plant-based stock index takes guesswork out of green investing

Plant-based stock index takes guesswork out of green investing

March 8, 2021 |

In Chicago, the first index of publicly traded plant-based stocks has been launched. Dubbed the Global Vegan Impact and Innovation Index, or VegTech, the Dow Jones-type index includes 21 global, publicly traded companies actively innovating to remove animals from the supply chain.  Inclusion criteria is strict. The company needs to be working, intentionally or not, […]

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Shake Shack is the latest chain to evaluate bioplastic utensils and straws

Shake Shack is the latest chain to evaluate bioplastic utensils and straws

March 8, 2021 |

In New York, popular burger chain Shake Shack is trialing the use of bioplastic straws and utensils at a handful of its 310 stores.  Nation’s Restaurant News says the biodegradable, polyhydroxybutyrate service ware items are already being used at locations in West Hollywood and Long Beach, California; Madison Square Park and West Village, New York […]

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Lab-grown meat gets exotic with human steaks, horse, and fish bladders

Lab-grown meat gets exotic with human steaks, horse, and fish bladders

March 8, 2021 |

In Connecticut, Nanalyze has compiled a list of lab-grown meat companies pursuing exotic foods. The  media and research firm aims to educate its readers about startups going beyond consumer mainstays such as chicken nuggets and ground beef.   First on the list, and arguably the weirdest, is the human meat steak Philadelphia artist and professor […]

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