Major Stories

Are sugar beets the answer for Scotland’s biofuels, net zero goals and job growth?

Are sugar beets the answer for Scotland’s biofuels, net zero goals and job growth?

November 28, 2021 |

It’s barely December yet but some are already having visions of sugar beets, not sugar plums, dancing in their heads, thanks to a new Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) and Scottish Enterprise working on proposals to re-introduce sugar beet as a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels used for bioethanol in Scotland. Their data shows […]

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Competitive Edge: Praj Industries’ Ethanol, Bioenergy, Biotech

Competitive Edge: Praj Industries’ Ethanol, Bioenergy, Biotech

November 25, 2021 |

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? Praj was founded by Dr. Pramod Chaudhari in 1983 owing to his affinity for agriculture and exposure to research with […]

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Living, moving biomimicry dress, corn-based sneakers, cactus leather, wood-based batteries and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 25th

Living, moving biomimicry dress, corn-based sneakers, cactus leather, wood-based batteries and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of November 25th

November 24, 2021 |

On a day when many are eating way too much turkey, clothing that moves and grows with you sounds like a good idea, but how about self-destructing clothing – a “living” concept dress called “Biomimicry” from salt and recycled plastic that grows, changes color and shape in response to conditions, and will eventually fall apart. […]

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U.S. Biogas Production is Key to Meeting COP26 Global Methane Pledge Goals

U.S. Biogas Production is Key to Meeting COP26 Global Methane Pledge Goals

November 23, 2021 |

By John Hanselman, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Vanguard Renewables Special to The Digest At COP26, the United Nations climate change summit, top leaders from around the world (save a few) came together to collaborate on solutions for keeping the planet’s temperature from rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. They agreed that […]

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Handing cargo owners control of decarbonizing their supply chains

Handing cargo owners control of decarbonizing their supply chains

November 22, 2021 |

By Katarin Van Orshaegen, Commercial Lead at GoodShipping Special to The Digest Left unchecked, emissions from international shipping could account for more than 15% of the world’s total by 2050. That’s not just a challenge for the industry itself to become more sustainable, but for wider society. Encouragingly, Katarin Van Orshaegen, Commercial Lead at GoodShipping, […]

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8-Slide Guides

Commercializing Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to DMC

Commercializing Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to DMC

November 28, 2021 |

Getting identical performance from lab to commercial scale is tough, but DMC’s platform tech makes it happen with efficient development, scaling, and commercialization of biobased products. DMC’s Matt Lipscomb shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC in San Francisco recently.

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How to Replace 90% of U.S. Gas Consumption: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Ways2H

How to Replace 90% of U.S. Gas Consumption: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Ways2H

November 25, 2021 |

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and your trash pile of turkey bones and leftovers are nightmarish, but Ways2H has a solution by converting organic wastes, including plastics, into hydrogen. Check out this new ABLC slide guide from CEO Jean-Louis Kindler on the latest on scaling up in island nations, how this paves the way for […]

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Giving Thanks for Bayou Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

Giving Thanks for Bayou Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

November 24, 2021 |

We know you might be busy eating turkey and giving thanks today, but here’s a short and sweet slide guide from Jeff McDaniel, VP of New Projects at Velocys, as your appetizer. A bit about their latest Bayou Fuels project and how they are helping decarbonize that flight you may be taking for your Thanksgiving […]

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Decarbonizing Transport with Cellulosic Ethanol: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant

Decarbonizing Transport with Cellulosic Ethanol: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant

November 23, 2021 |

If you missed the ABLC presentation by Andreas Reindl, Clariant’s Business Line Biofuels & Derivatives, Head of Industrial Enzymes and Technologies, then you won’t want to miss this one! It’s all about sunliquid, Clariant’s cellulosic ethanol, their pre-commercial demo plant, new plant construction updates, integrated enzyme and yeast production, and more.

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Expanding Molecular Building Blocks: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Checkerspot

Expanding Molecular Building Blocks: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Checkerspot

November 22, 2021 |

Biological applications could unlock an estimated $2 trillion to $4 trillion in annual direct global economic impact in 10-20 years, said Checkerspot’s CEO and Co-Founder Charles Dimmler at the ABLC in San Francisco. Check out his slide guide on how synthetic biology and biomanufacturing is changing the world.

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The Latest World News

Terravesta gets Phase 1 funding for miscanthus bioenergy project

Terravesta gets Phase 1 funding for miscanthus bioenergy project

November 28, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, miscanthus specialist, Terravesta, was successful in its bid to secure Phase 1 funding for its OMENZ project which stands for ‘Optimising Miscanthus Establishment through improved mechanisation and data capture to meet Net Zero targets’. Success in Phase 1 will enable upscaling to contribute to the recommendation from the Climate Change Committee’s […]

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Ethanol production still up compared to same weeks in 2019 and 2020

Ethanol production still up compared to same weeks in 2019 and 2020

November 28, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production scaled up by 19,000 barrels per day (b/d), or 1.8%, to 1.079 million b/d, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. This is equivalent to 45.32 million gallons daily. Production was 9.0% above the same week last year, which was affected by the pandemic, and 1.9% greater […]

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Collaboration for hydrogen fuel in shipping to exceed IMO 2050 targets

Collaboration for hydrogen fuel in shipping to exceed IMO 2050 targets

November 28, 2021 |

In Italy, Class society RINA, together with technology providers ABB, Helbio (subsidiary of Metacon AB), the Liberian Registry, Wärtsilä and an Energy Major entered in a common effort to deliver a solution with hydrogen as fuel that would exceed IMO 2050 targets for 70% reduction of carbon intensity without the need for extensive infrastructure investment, […]

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Circa Group’s ReSolute plant to increase bio-solvent Cyrene production to 80,000 tons per year

Circa Group’s ReSolute plant to increase bio-solvent Cyrene production to 80,000 tons per year

November 28, 2021 |

In Norway, Circa Group’s ReSolute will be the first of several industrial scale plants to be commissioned in a growth plan that will see manufacturing capacity of the bio-solvent Cyrene increase to 80,000 tons per year by 2030. Two further distribution companies are in discussions for offtake agreements – one for the UK markets and […]

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New report highlights biomethane ramp-up and pathways for full renewable gas deployment

New report highlights biomethane ramp-up and pathways for full renewable gas deployment

November 28, 2021 |

In Belgium, by 2050, 30% to 40% of Europe’s total gas consumption could be made up of sustainable biomethane, according to the 11th edition of the Statistical Report launched today by the European Biogas Association. The report provides an in-depth analysis on the state of the art and the potential of biogas and its upgraded […]

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R&D News

NREL research looks at algae and garbage as ingredients for fuels of the future

NREL research looks at algae and garbage as ingredients for fuels of the future

November 28, 2021 |

In Colorado, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is helping unlock the full potential of the U.S. feedstock supply for biofuels after receiving over $2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) for two projects that will study how to best grow photosynthetic algae and efficiently sort municipal solid waste, important steps […]

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USDA ARS researchers develop better way to make SAF from soybean oil

USDA ARS researchers develop better way to make SAF from soybean oil

November 25, 2021 |

In Illinois, scientists with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Peoria, Illinois, have developed a way to make a better jet biofuel from soybean oil. Fatty acids from soybean oil can be turned into an array of industrial products normally made from petroleum, including fuel, ink and paints. One appeal of plant-based products is that […]

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Eni and the BF Group team to develop sustainable biofuel feedstocks

Eni and the BF Group team to develop sustainable biofuel feedstocks

November 24, 2021 |

In Italy, Eni and the BF Group partner to develop sustainable agricultural products for biofuel production. Through an equal joint venture (50% Eni, 50% BF), projects will be developed to research and experiment with agricultural seeds from oil plants to be used as feedstock at Eni’s bio-refineries. Furthermore, the agreement between the companies provides for […]

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NREL study show most vehicles likely compatible with E10 and E15

NREL study show most vehicles likely compatible with E10 and E15

November 23, 2021 |

In Colorado, a new study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is out now that shows all vehicles in the study countries are highly likely to be compatible with E10. Motorcycles and scooters similarly analyzed in India and Indonesia have full compatibility with E10, and many are also compatible […]

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Volkswagen’s Pen Hybrid LabFactory developing biobased car materials of the future

Volkswagen’s Pen Hybrid LabFactory developing biobased car materials of the future

November 22, 2021 |

In Germany, a research association between science and companies, Volkswagen is working on the car materials of the future: Innovations based on cellulose and mushrooms (biological polymers) could soon replace leather and help protect the climate.  Stepping into the “Open Hybrid LabFactory” (OHLF) on the outskirts of Wolfsburg for the first time is a bit […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Ireland’s Minister of Transport announces Renewable Fuels for Transport Policy Statement

Ireland’s Minister of Transport announces Renewable Fuels for Transport Policy Statement

November 28, 2021 |

In Ireland, the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, announced the publication of the Renewable Fuels for Transport Policy Statement with the next increase in the rate of supply of biofuels blended in diesel and petrol to take effect from 1 January 2022. There will be a statutory consultation for regulations to be made giving […]

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Thailand caps fuel prices and drops B10 and B20 in response to high palm oil prices

Thailand caps fuel prices and drops B10 and B20 in response to high palm oil prices

November 25, 2021 |

In Thailand, the Pattaya Mail newspaper reports the Energy Policy Administration Committee has decided to cap the price of B7 at 83.7 cents per liter until March in an effort to rein in soaring energy prices, especially for businesses and truckers. Only B7 will be available until March with B10 and B20 being pulled from […]

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Rep. Hinson introduces Defend the Blend Act to keep EPA from reducing 2020 RVO

Rep. Hinson introduces Defend the Blend Act to keep EPA from reducing 2020 RVO

November 24, 2021 |

In Washington, Congresswoman Ashley Hinson (IA-01), alongside Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13), Congresswoman Angie Craig (MN-02), and Congressman Ron Kind (WI-03), introduced the bipartisan Defend the Blend Act, legislation to prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from reducing the minimum applicable volume of biofuels into transportation fuel once the Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) levels are […]

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Biofuel and ag groups welcome Build Back Better as it goes to the Senate

Biofuel and ag groups welcome Build Back Better as it goes to the Senate

November 23, 2021 |

In Washington, Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, National Farmers Union, and the Renewable Fuels Association thanked Congress for efforts to “build new markets for farmers and biofuel producers and help lower the carbon intensity of agriculture.” In a joint letter to the chairs of the House and Senate agriculture committees, […]

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ACE supports new policies that pay farmers and ethanol producers to reach net-zero

ACE supports new policies that pay farmers and ethanol producers to reach net-zero

November 22, 2021 |

In Washington, during its November 10, 2021 meeting, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Board of Directors voted to support new policies that credit farmers and ethanol producers for activities helping ethanol reach net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by mid-century. THE RESOLUTION:  The ACE Board of Directors supports the adoption of policies at the state […]

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Other Recent Articles

Britain’s cow dung to help heat 750,000 homes this winter

Britain’s cow dung to help heat 750,000 homes this winter

November 28, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, Britain’s cow-dung, left-over food and household sewage will produce enough green gas to heat over three-quarters of a million homes this winter, according to data released by Energy Networks Association as part of its first ever annual Britain’s Green Gas Scoreboard. Britain’s Green Gas Scoreboard also shows that a total of […]

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Advanced Biofuels Canada releases Biofuels in Canada 2021 report

Advanced Biofuels Canada releases Biofuels in Canada 2021 report

November 25, 2021 |

In Canada, Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) released the Biofuels in Canada 2021 (BIC) report, with full open-source access to Canadian market data for renewable, low-carbon, and conventional fuels. This report is fifth in a series commissioned annually by Advanced Biofuels Canada and independently authored by Navius Research, a leading energy and environment quantitative market analysis […]

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Australian Renewable Energy Agency takes lead role in HyGATE

Australian Renewable Energy Agency takes lead role in HyGATE

November 25, 2021 |

In Australia, Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced that it will play a key role in the development and delivery of the German-Australian Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Incubator known as HyGATE. ARENA will team up with Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), to administer HyGATE which will support real-world pilot, trial, demonstration […]

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Revival of sugar beet could be key crop for Scotland’s bioeconomy

Revival of sugar beet could be key crop for Scotland’s bioeconomy

November 25, 2021 |

In the UK, growing sugar beet in Scotland and processing the crop at a purpose-built biorefinery facility initially producing bioethanol could support thousands of jobs and make a significant contribution to the country’s net zero ambitions, according to a study funded by Scottish Enterprise and produced by the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC). The report […]

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CCS pipelines crisscrossing Midwest under fire from environmentalists and farmers

CCS pipelines crisscrossing Midwest under fire from environmentalists and farmers

November 25, 2021 |

In North Dakota, Bloomberg reports the Midwest Carbon Express under development by Summit Agriculture Group and the Heartland Gateway by Navigator CO2 Ventures are coming under fire from environmentalists as well as farmers whose land will be impacted by the pipeline that will transfer CO2 emissions from ethanol plants across the Midwest for injection into […]

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Ag Processing Inc plans to expand soy crushing capacity in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

Ag Processing Inc plans to expand soy crushing capacity in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

November 25, 2021 |

In Nebraska, Ag Processing Inc plans to make a significant investment to expand the crush capacity of its soybean processing facility in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. Chief Marketing Officer Mark Sandeen added, “The availability and quality of the soybeans in the Sergeant Bluff area make it an excellent location to expand our crush capacity. AGP continues […]

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