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The Competitive Edge: Observing I Ecotech

The Competitive Edge: Observing I Ecotech

September 16, 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? The reason for founding the company Observing I Ecotech was to provide Solutions to Pollution. Waste to Wealth – is […]

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The Problem with Moisture Analysis in Biofuels – a New Solution?

The Problem with Moisture Analysis in Biofuels – a New Solution?

September 15, 2021 |

By Dr. Stephany McClements, Vice President of Business Development, Lantha Sensors Special to The Digest We know that the world is adapting to the effects of climate change, and biofuels are reaching a pivotal role in making those changes less impactful for future generations. However, problems in the industry still pose daunting challenges. One in […]

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Mycelium magic, Braskem, Spiber, DSM, Meatable bionews, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of September 16th

Mycelium magic, Braskem, Spiber, DSM, Meatable bionews, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of September 16th

September 15, 2021 |

Mycelium is hot this week with 2 new innovations – one more appealing than the other. First, a fireproof but edible BBQ grill made from fungal mycelium, which is handy if you don’t grill enough food for everyone at your BBQ. The other, a “living” coffin made of mycelium and moss that takes 45 days […]

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ECB Group Renewable Diesel Project in Latin America Uses Unique Hydrogen Integration Design

ECB Group Renewable Diesel Project in Latin America Uses Unique Hydrogen Integration Design

September 14, 2021 |

By Dan Szeezil, Business Leader, Renewable Fuels, Honeywell Special to The Digest The first renewable diesel project in South America will be built in Paraguay. The Omega Green renewable fuel complex developed by ECB Group has an investment cost of more than $800 million and is the largest private investment in the country’s history. The […]

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Dig their Big Rig: Licella commissions world’s largest operating hydrothermal liquefaction facility

Dig their Big Rig: Licella commissions world’s largest operating hydrothermal liquefaction facility

September 14, 2021 |

Licella commissions world’s largest operating hydrothermal liquefaction facility  In Australia, Licella has completed initial commissioning of its upgraded Cat-HTR commercial-demonstration plant. The Commercial Stage 1 facility is co-owned with Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor), a global leader in the manufacturing of sustainable forest products, through its joint venture, Arbios Biotech. It is built around the […]

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8-Slide Guides

Bioenergy Challenges & Opportunities: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA

Bioenergy Challenges & Opportunities: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA

September 16, 2021 |

Dr. Paolo Franki, Head of the Renewable Energy Division at the International Energy Agency shared this short but sweet slide guide at ABLC Digital on the opportunities and challenges for bioenergy in clean energy transitions. Find out how covid-19 has impacted this, recommendations for improving innovation and collaboration, and more.

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The insect love story that never happens: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Provivi

The insect love story that never happens: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Provivi

September 15, 2021 |

Keeping pests apart – mating disruption is what it’s all about for Provivi which uses a patented production method, enabling a step-change in the cost of manufacturing of pheromones, allowing the use of this technology in high-acreage food crops like corn and rice.

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Getting 35B SAF gallons by 2050: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s SAF Approach

Getting 35B SAF gallons by 2050: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s SAF Approach

September 14, 2021 |

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Energy Recovery Technology: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Observing I Ecotech

Energy Recovery Technology: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Observing I Ecotech

September 13, 2021 |

The waste treatment technology ERT (Energy Recovery Technology) highlighted by Observing I Ecotech is worth taking a look at as a way to recover energy like fuels and gas from unsegregated municipal and biomedical waste. How does ERT work in converting waste to liquid hydrocarbons and LPG? What makes it unique?

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Hydrogen Ecosystem for Aviation: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Airbus ZEROe

Hydrogen Ecosystem for Aviation: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Airbus ZEROe

September 12, 2021 |

It’s all about hydrogen propulsion with the ZEROe aircraft which Airbus aims to develop by 2035 as the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft. What is power-to-liquid or PtL for aviation and how will it be used in this aircraft? How will hydrogen hubs work at airports?

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The Latest World News

Shell to build 820,000-ton per year biofuel facility in Rotterdam

Shell to build 820,000-ton per year biofuel facility in Rotterdam

September 16, 2021 |

In the Netherlands, Royal Dutch Shell plc announced a final investment decision to build an 820,000-tons-a-year biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, the Netherlands, formerly known as the Pernis refinery. Once built, the facility will be among the biggest in Europe to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel made […]

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Pannonia commissions HZI BioMethan to build biomethane upgrading facility

Pannonia commissions HZI BioMethan to build biomethane upgrading facility

September 16, 2021 |

In Hungary, Irish ClonBio Group Ltd has commissioned Hitachi Zosen Inova BioMethan to build a biomethane plant that will upgrade 5,000 Nm³/h of inlet biogas. It is to be constructed in 2022 in Dunaföldvár, Hungary, at Europe’s largest grain biorefinery, at ClonBio subsidiary Pannonia Bio Zrt. The upgrading process will use an in-house technology from […]

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West Bengal receives 15 proposals for ethanol production

West Bengal receives 15 proposals for ethanol production

September 16, 2021 |

In India, the Business Standard newspaper reports 15 biofuel project proposals have been submitted to the state of West Bengal for approval. In an effort to achieve the national E20 blending mandate, the state is seeking to produce its own ethanol from its most abundant feedstock source, broken rice. The projects represent $362.3 million. In […]

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Brazil imports 15,000 tons of soy oil from Argentina for biodiesel

Brazil imports 15,000 tons of soy oil from Argentina for biodiesel

September 16, 2021 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that in light of rising biodiesel prices that has forced the energy ministry to cut blending to 10% from the mandated 12% to keep prices down, a company is said to have imported 15,000 metric tons of soy oil from Argentina for biodiesel production. Platts did not report the price of […]

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August D6 RIN production slips but D4 RIN production strengthens

August D6 RIN production slips but D4 RIN production strengthens

September 16, 2021 |

In Washington, Reuters reports Environmental Protection Agency data shows D6 RIN production fell by 600,000 in August to 1.21 billion. On the other hand, D4 renewable diesel RINs rose slightly to 421 million from the month prior when production was 359 million. With the renewable volume obligations still unclear for 2021 and 2022, the market […]

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R&D News

Researchers set up $6.2M collaboration to develop sorghum that better captures carbon

Researchers set up $6.2M collaboration to develop sorghum that better captures carbon

September 16, 2021 |

In Missouri, researchers at the Salk Institute’s Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI) have established a five-year, $6.2 million collaboration the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center to identify and develop sorghum plants that can better capture and store atmospheric carbon.The work, which will first involve gaining a better understanding of the genetics of sorghum, fits into the […]

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PNNL researchers marry algae for biofuels with fighting viruses

PNNL researchers marry algae for biofuels with fighting viruses

September 15, 2021 |

In Washington state, when the coronavirus pandemic thrust the world into turmoil last year, a group of bioenergy researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) saw an unconventional way to fight the pandemic: algae.  What followed was a deep dive into the literature linking algae and antivirals as far back as 1956. To make sense […]

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UK and Canadian researchers filter municipal wastewater through willow trees

UK and Canadian researchers filter municipal wastewater through willow trees

September 14, 2021 |

In the UK, infiltration by willow trees could be the answer to a growing waste problem, producing clean water, renewable biofuels and ‘green’ chemicals. In Canada, Canada, six trillion liters of municipal wastewater are partially treated and released into the environment each year, while another 150 billion liters of untreated sewage are discharged straight into […]

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University of Toledo scores $3.2M DOE grant to speed up carbon capture with algae

University of Toledo scores $3.2M DOE grant to speed up carbon capture with algae

September 13, 2021 |

In Ohio, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded The University of Toledo a $3.2 million grant to continue advancing technology that speeds up the capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow algae, a critical part of the process of turning algae into biofuel. It’s part of $34 million announced by the Bioenergy Technologies […]

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Making methane from CO2: carbon capture grows more affordable

Making methane from CO2: carbon capture grows more affordable

September 12, 2021 |

In Washington, in their ongoing effort to make carbon capture more affordable, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a method to convert captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane, the primary component of natural gas. By streamlining a longstanding process in which CO2 is converted to methane, the researchers’ new […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Rep. Feenstra introduces Biofuel Cell Research Act

Rep. Feenstra introduces Biofuel Cell Research Act

September 16, 2021 |

In Washington, Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) introduced H.R. 5090, the Biofuel Cell Research Act. This bill directs the Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) to establish a research, development, and demonstration program for a commercially viable fuel cell system that uses biofuels as the main fuel source. Working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), […]

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Regulators investigating if Phillips 66 had required permits for Rodeo refinery conversion

Regulators investigating if Phillips 66 had required permits for Rodeo refinery conversion

September 15, 2021 |

In California, Reuters reports that a letter it saw from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District said the agency was investigating whether Phillips 66 had gone ahead and begun retrofitting its Rodeo refinery for renewable diesel, renewable gasoline and sustainable aviation fuel without first having the required permits. The investigation comes on the back […]

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NBB welcomes proposed biodiesel and RD tax extenders through 2031

NBB welcomes proposed biodiesel and RD tax extenders through 2031

September 14, 2021 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board welcomed the proposed extension through 2031 of the biodiesel and renewable diesel blenders tax credit in the House Ways & Means portion of the Build Back Better Act.  NBB thanked House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) […]

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Coalition calls on Democrats to fix antiquated LCA modeling in proposed budget reconciliation

Coalition calls on Democrats to fix antiquated LCA modeling in proposed budget reconciliation

September 13, 2021 |

In Washington, America’s top biofuel and farm advocates called on Democratic leaders to fix a major flaw in the House Ways & Means Committee text released Friday night for tax provisions of the budget reconciliation, which is set for consideration Tuesday. As drafted, the text could leave American farmers and biofuel producers cut out of […]

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ACE applauds push for historic biofuel infrastructure funds included in House version of the Reconciliation Bill

ACE applauds push for historic biofuel infrastructure funds included in House version of the Reconciliation Bill

September 12, 2021 |

In South Dakota, The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) thanks Senate and House biofuel supporters for pushing for the inclusion of biofuels infrastructure funding in the reconciliation package making its way through Congress. The House Agriculture Committee is set to mark up bill language that provides $960 million in competitive grants to install, retrofit or […]

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Other Recent Articles

Ukrainian bioenergy association calling for implementation of biomass market at last

Ukrainian bioenergy association calling for implementation of biomass market at last

September 16, 2021 |

In the Ukraine, Interfax-Ukraine reports the national bioenergy association is calling for the creation of a biofuel exchange for biogas plants to ensure they have a consistent supply of feedstock. It says the domestic biomass market is underdeveloped, causing challenges for the different energy producers that use biomass as feedstock to displace 4 billion cubic […]

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POET announces net zero carbon goal for 2050

POET announces net zero carbon goal for 2050

September 15, 2021 |

In Iowa, POET released of its inaugural sustainability report, which outlines the company’s focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.  POET established several ESG goals, including the achievement of net-zero carbon at its bioprocessing facilities by 2050. In addition, POET pledges to ensure that its renewable, plant-based bioethanol reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by […]

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Uniper and Port of Rotterdam agree to develop green hydrogen production

Uniper and Port of Rotterdam agree to develop green hydrogen production

September 15, 2021 |

In the Netherlands, Uniper and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have entered into an agreement for developing the production of green hydrogen at the Uniper location on Maasvlakte. These plans build on the findings of a recent feasibility study and are in line with the new hydrogen infrastructure that has been planned and the growing […]

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Honeywell complete commercial refinery trial with Preem

Honeywell complete commercial refinery trial with Preem

September 15, 2021 |

In Illinois, Honeywell announced the completion of a commercial refinery trial with Preem AB for co-processing of biomass-based pyrolysis oil in a fluidized catalytic cracking (FCC) unit. Utilizing UOP’s proprietary bioliquid feed system with OptimixTM GF Feed Distributor, pyrolysis oil was successfully co-processed in the FCC at Preem’s Lysekil refinery to produce partially renewable transportation […]

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Aemetis Biogas signs interconnection agreement with PG&D

Aemetis Biogas signs interconnection agreement with PG&D

September 15, 2021 |

In California, Aemetis Biogas LLC has signed the Standard Renewable Gas Interconnection Agreement (SRGIA) with the Pacific Gas & Electric Company and funded the final $1.2 million payment for installation of PG&E’s interconnection equipment to deliver renewable natural gas (RNG) into the utility gas pipeline in Q4 2021. The PG&E RNG interconnect equipment has already […]

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Ethanol stocks fall to 14-week low while production rises above analysts’ expectations

Ethanol stocks fall to 14-week low while production rises above analysts’ expectations

September 15, 2021 |

In Washington, Dow Jones reports Energy Information Administration data shows ethanol stocks slumped for the seventh week in a row, even below analysts’ expectations, to 20.01 million barrels compared to 20.09 million barrels as the low end of their estimates. Ethanol production rose to 937,000 barrels per day, 15,000 bpd higher than analysts expected. Brownfield […]

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