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Developing Hype-Cycle Resilience to Accelerate Advanced Biofuel Technology

Developing Hype-Cycle Resilience to Accelerate Advanced Biofuel Technology

January 25, 2021 |

By Ross Mazur, Graduate Student, Colorado State University Impact MBA, Business Development & Project Engineer, Sustainable Fuels Consulting LLC Special to The Digest Hype, the ephemeral group discourse surrounding topics and ideas, is becoming more pervasive in our increasingly digital world. Although hype cycles, the temporal trends in societal perception of a specific technology or […]

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New Mexico Clean Fuel Standard proposed, Counterpoints to CA LCFS report

New Mexico Clean Fuel Standard proposed, Counterpoints to CA LCFS report

January 24, 2021 |

As hot as John Travolta was in the ‘70s, an even hotter report from Jonn Axsen, Director of Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team and Michael Wolinetz at Navius Research is slamming California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office 2018 Low Carbon Fuel Standard report that had recommended the legislature rely more on the cap-and-trade policy instead of an […]

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3 Wednesdays in January: Can biotechnology heal the divide?

3 Wednesdays in January: Can biotechnology heal the divide?

January 21, 2021 |

We’ve had three Wednesdays in January so far this year, and none of us will ever forget them.  On January 6th, a mob of insurrectionists attacked the citadel of Liberty, the United States Capitol. On January 13th, the United States House of Representatives impeached President Donald J. Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’. On January 20th, […]

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Biodegradable computer, cow intestine lamps, soy-based turf, air-to-meat: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of January 22nd

Biodegradable computer, cow intestine lamps, soy-based turf, air-to-meat: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of January 22nd

January 21, 2021 |

We all know the huge toll that electronics have on our planet, from the rare-earth metals like lanthanum, terbium, and dysprosium needed in the creation stage to what to do with quickly outdated electronics and a lack of widespread recycling programs. So a new biodegradable PC computer certainly catches the eye. Consisting of a portable […]

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A Muted Year for Biofuels M&A Activity: 2020 Review and Outlook

A Muted Year for Biofuels M&A Activity: 2020 Review and Outlook

January 20, 2021 |

by Bruce Comer, Founder, Managing Partner and Frank Kim, Director, Ocean Park Advisors Special to The Digest COVID-19 further plagues the already challenged North American biofuels M&A market, while capital investments thrive. Biofuels merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in North America remained sluggish in 2020. For the second consecutive year, no large-scale, operating biofuels plant […]

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8-Slide Guides

C02 as Feedstock!: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon to Value Initiative

C02 as Feedstock!: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon to Value Initiative

January 25, 2021 |

Carbontech—technologies that capture and convert CO2 into valuable end products or services is hot right now in attempts to make the planet not so hot with climate change. If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, check out this slide guide from the Carbon to Value Initiative, a multi-year multi-stakeholder program to rapidly commercialize innovation and which […]

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Hydrogen Cost, Production, Applications and Implications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogen Competitiveness

Hydrogen Cost, Production, Applications and Implications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogen Competitiveness

January 24, 2021 |

Full decarbonisation requires a multidimensional strategy, which has spurred renewed interest in hydrogen and technological advances and early demonstration projects have significantly lowered the cost of many hydrogen applications. The Digest culled the best visuals and graphs from The Hydrogen Council’s report, “Path to hydrogen competitiveness” that provides an evidence base on the path to […]

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MARAD and META Biofuel Opportunities: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maritime Biofuels

MARAD and META Biofuel Opportunities: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Maritime Biofuels

January 21, 2021 |

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD)’s Maritime Environmental and Technical Assistance (META) Program promotes the research, demonstration, and development of emerging technologies, practices, and processes that improve maritime industrial environmental sustainability with a focus on reduction in vessel and port air emissions. One way to do this is through biofuels and this illuminating […]

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USDA’s Support for Rural Growth: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Rural Business-Cooperative Service

USDA’s Support for Rural Growth: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Rural Business-Cooperative Service

January 20, 2021 |

Mark Brodziski, Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, shared this illuminating slide guide at ABLC 2020 about how the USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers programs to support rural business growth across markets in the bioeconomy like biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products like the 9003 Program, Ag Innovation Agenda, and more.

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From Waste to Profits and Products: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy

From Waste to Profits and Products: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy

January 19, 2021 |

How do you recycle mixed and complex waste? What about waste that can’t be recycled? These are the questions that Mike Hart, CEO of Sierra Energy tackles in this illuminating slide guide that looks at waste generation by region, zero waste goals, FastOx gasification as the future of waste to energy, their facility in California, […]

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The Latest World News

Boeing aims to supply planes capable of flying on 100% SAF by 2030

Boeing aims to supply planes capable of flying on 100% SAF by 2030

January 25, 2021 |

In Washington state, Boeing is setting an ambitious target to advance the long-term sustainability of commercial aviation, committing that its commercial airplanes are capable and certified to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum jet fuel with 100% sustainable fuels to address the urgent challenge […]

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Gevo closes $321.7M in direct offering

Gevo closes $321.7M in direct offering

January 25, 2021 |

In Colorado, Gevo announced that it has closed its previously announced registered direct offering priced at-the-market under Nasdaq rules of an aggregate of 43,750,000 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $8.00 per share. H.C. Wainwright & Co. acted as the exclusive placement agent for the offering. Citigroup acted as capital markets advisor […]

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MSC teams with Quadrise on MSAR fuel trials

MSC teams with Quadrise on MSAR fuel trials

January 25, 2021 |

In the UK, Quadrise has signed a Joint Development Agreement with MSC Shipmanagement Limited of Cyprus (“MSC”), a 100% subsidiary of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA headquartered in Geneva, to carry out an MSAR® Operational Trial on commercial container vessels in the MSC global fleet commencing in 2021 with, subject to further agreement, subsequent commercial […]

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Indian steel industry to develop $54.8M gas-to-ethanol plant in Maharashtra

Indian steel industry to develop $54.8M gas-to-ethanol plant in Maharashtra

January 25, 2021 |

In India, the Economic Times newspaper reports that the country’s still authority is planning to develop a $54.8 million gas-to-ethanol plant in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, the first ever in the country. About 20% of the investment is expected to be covered by the government through grants related to the 2018 biofuels policy. The three other plants […]

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European ethanol producers to scale back production in Q2 as margins crash

European ethanol producers to scale back production in Q2 as margins crash

January 25, 2021 |

In Belgium, Platts reports European ethanol producers are looking to significantly scale back production in Q2 due to some of the lowest crush margins on record. As seen around the world, the global COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reduced driving, shrinking demand for gasoline and in turn for ethanol blending. That low demand is mixed with […]

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R&D News

Chinese researchers develop algorithm to speed up understanding of microbiome functions

Chinese researchers develop algorithm to speed up understanding of microbiome functions

January 25, 2021 |

In China, a new algorithm may reduce the need for expensive, time-consuming whole-genome sequencing computations to understand how a microbiome functions. A team led by JING Gongchao of the Qingdao Institute of BioEnergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and SU Xiaoquan of Qingdao University, published their approach, called Meta-Apo, […]

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83M hectares of abandoned cropland could produce biofuels

83M hectares of abandoned cropland could produce biofuels

January 25, 2021 |

In Norway, researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology are studying a way to put less pressure on food production and plant and animal life – growing perennial grasses on abandoned cropland for biofuels – and calculating the extent of areas available for this type of grass cultivation. “We can grow perennial grasses […]

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NREL leading BOTTLE Consortium to develop renewable plastics and upcycling

NREL leading BOTTLE Consortium to develop renewable plastics and upcycling

January 21, 2021 |

In Colorado, researchers developing renewable plastics and exploring new processes for plastics upcycling and recycling technologies will now be able to easily baseline their efforts to current manufacturing practices to understand if their efforts will save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Benchmark data calculated and compiled at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) provide […]

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University of Aberdeen launches UK’s first postgrad energy systems degree

University of Aberdeen launches UK’s first postgrad energy systems degree

January 20, 2021 |

In the UK, the University of Aberdeen has today launched the UK’s first postgraduate degree program in Energy Transition Systems and Technologies. The new course, which is available to study full-time on campus from September (depending on Covid-19 situation), or part-time online, reinforces and builds upon the city’s reputation as a major international energy center. […]

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Norwegian researchers find perennial grasses can help offset climate change impacts

Norwegian researchers find perennial grasses can help offset climate change impacts

January 19, 2021 |

In Norway, growing perennial grasses on abandoned cropland has the potential to counteract some of the negative impacts of climate change by switching to more biofuels, according to a Norwegian University of Science and Technology research group. Researchers consider increased use of biofuels to be an important part of the solution to achieve reduced CO2 […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Brazil reaches out to White House but ethanol trade remains a sticking point

Brazil reaches out to White House but ethanol trade remains a sticking point

January 25, 2021 |

In Brazil, AgWeek reports that with the Biden Administration now officially installed in the White House, the Brazilian government has reached out to discuss a better relationship between the two countries but the failure last year to agree on quotas and duties on US origin-ethanol has strained relations. Before the new president was inaugurated, biofuels […]

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D.C. Circuit Court Stays EPA Action Granting Refinery Waivers

D.C. Circuit Court Stays EPA Action Granting Refinery Waivers

January 24, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., in response to an emergency motion filed by the Renewable Fuels Association, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ordered that EPA’s action on Tuesday to grant three small refinery petitions must be “administratively stayed pending further order of the court.” The order prevents EPA from further processing the small […]

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US Court of Appeals stays SRE approvals until court can respond

US Court of Appeals stays SRE approvals until court can respond

January 21, 2021 |

In Washington, in response to an emergency motion filed Tuesday evening by the Renewable Fuels Association, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Thursday ordered that EPA’s action on Tuesday to grant three small refinery petitions must be “administratively stayed pending further order of the court.” The order prevents EPA from further […]

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RFA files emergency motion to stop EPA’s “dark of night” SRE approvals

RFA files emergency motion to stop EPA’s “dark of night” SRE approvals

January 20, 2021 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association filed a petition for review and an emergency motion to stay the effectiveness of three small refinery exemptions granted Tuesday evening by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with less than 24 hours remaining in the Trump administration. Data released by EPA Tuesday evening show that the two 2019 compliance […]

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Estonian Liquid Fuel Act allows Circle K to offer ethanol-free 95 octane gasoline

Estonian Liquid Fuel Act allows Circle K to offer ethanol-free 95 octane gasoline

January 19, 2021 |

In Estonia, the ERR news agency reports that Circle K will start selling 95 octane ethanol-free gasoline at its gas stations in response to demand for ethanol-free fuel. Currently only 98 octane fuel is sold without ethanol and the company says it does not think it’s fair that customers should have to pay more for […]

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Other Recent Articles

Absolut Biobased: Paper vodka bottles hit shelves in select markets

Absolut Biobased: Paper vodka bottles hit shelves in select markets

January 25, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom and Sweden, the first rollout of paper bottles from the iconic vodka brand Absolut have hit liquor store shelves.  The bottles are actually made from a mix of paper and recycled plastic and are the first step toward a fully biobased spirits bottle, says Pernod Ricard, the French owner of the […]

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MIT grows wood in a petri dish

MIT grows wood in a petri dish

January 25, 2021 |

In Boston, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have grown plant tissue, including wood and fibers, in a lab, paving the way for a new method of growing food and materials with less land and inputs.   “If you want a table, then you should just grow a table,” Luis Fernando Velásquez-García, a principal scientist […]

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Microbial stamp could help track E. coli outbreaks

Microbial stamp could help track E. coli outbreaks

January 25, 2021 |

In New York, start-up Aanika Biosciences is developing biological tags that can help authorities pinpoint the source of deadline E. coli outbreaks.  The company’s technology tweaks the genome of inactivated microbe, essentially creating a unique identifier that is then added to each head of lettuce to enable tracking.  The Centers for Disease Control often struggles […]

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UConn team creates polylactic acid face mask

UConn team creates polylactic acid face mask

January 25, 2021 |

In Connecticut, researchers have invented a reusable and biodegradable face mask made from polylactic acid. Thinh Le, mechanical engineering PhD student at University of Connecticut, tells Daily Campus the masks are made of poly-L lactic acid, “an FDA-approved material [used] in medical applications, which is completely safe and biodegradable.”  Most masks are made from polypropylene […]

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Indian researchers develop bioplastic film using red algae

Indian researchers develop bioplastic film using red algae

January 25, 2021 |

In India, the National Institute of Ocean Technology has converted seaweed into biodegradable plastic film.  Using red algae Kappaphycus alvarezii cultivated from the Gulf of Mannar and plasticizer polyethylene glycol (PEG)-3000, the team was able to create films with high tensile strength. The films also have good oxygen and moisture permeability properties for use as […]

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Amyris acquires CBD beauty brand

Amyris acquires CBD beauty brand

January 25, 2021 |

In California, synthetic biology company Amyris has acquired cannabinoids-based beauty brand Terasana for an undisclosed sum.  John Melo, president and CEO of Amyris said in a press statement that the company is “very optimistic” about the future of clean cannabinoids and the efficacy they bring to the skincare market.  The company recently commercialized cannabigerol, a […]

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