Major Stories

About those biobased amines we might one day dream up at Ptixar Amination 

About those biobased amines we might one day dream up at Ptixar Amination 

October 14, 2019 |

Amines have a bad guy reputation, in part because controversial compounds like cocaine, heroin, nicotine and mescaline are among the alkaloids that are, when you get down to it, a special class of amines.  And if you find something that blows up with great destructive force, you’ll find an amine in the mix (think, on […]

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Tesla Model 3 vs Honda Accord LX: what’s the more cost-effective ride?

Tesla Model 3 vs Honda Accord LX: what’s the more cost-effective ride?

October 11, 2019 |

This sensational headline may have caught your attention this year, Tesla Model 3 Cheaper Than Honda Accord — 15 Cost Comparisons, as it appeared here on Clean Technica, one of our favorite sites. Here’s the money slide, if you will, concluding that a Tesla Model 3 was marginally, but definitely, ahead of the Honda Accord […]

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Catch & Kill: the Velocys, Oxy, Cemvita, Carbon Engineering, BHP, Ginkgo chase to catch waste, kill emissions, armed with new organisms to liberate value

Catch & Kill: the Velocys, Oxy, Cemvita, Carbon Engineering, BHP, Ginkgo chase to catch waste, kill emissions, armed with new organisms to liberate value

October 10, 2019 |

In Mississippi, Velocys’ Bayou Fuels project has signed with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to capture carbon dioxide  from Velocys’ planned Bayou Fuels biomass-to-fuels project in Natchez, Mississippi, and securely store it underground in a geologic formation. OLCV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental, will take, transport and store CO2 captured from the Bayou Fuels facility, […]

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Faux snow, faux fur, wool surfboards, green hydrogen, Hawaiian algae, Next-gen Mirai: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of October 10th

Faux snow, faux fur, wool surfboards, green hydrogen, Hawaiian algae, Next-gen Mirai: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of October 10th

October 9, 2019 |

This week there’s faux snow, there’s faux fur, wool-based surfboards and seaweed pods filled with a burst of Glenlivet whisky. Not to mention some biogas based fuels cells, an algae-based solar startup, news on the next-gen Toyota Mirai, and a skincare line that harnesses the protective power of Hawai’ian algae faster than you can say […]

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The 10 Most Overlooked Stories in the Bioeconomy

The 10 Most Overlooked Stories in the Bioeconomy

October 8, 2019 |

Shhh! This is such Top Secret stuff that every announcement was, we surmise, buried in the hardest-to-find hole, on the loneliest street, of the most out-of-the-way town on Planet Neptune. Just shows what you might find down a rabbit hole. Share this at your peril, it rocks the status quo of pushing electric cars, electric […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Direct Air Capture

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Direct Air Capture

October 14, 2019 |

Atmospheric CO2 levels have hit, er, stratospheric levels. The levels measured today were last recorded in 3 million B.C., and given the global concern about climate impact, a major industry is in the process of being born — namely, the Carbon Reduction Industry. Afforestation, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, and direct air capture of […]

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Anaerobic digesters, Aussie style: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas in Australia

Anaerobic digesters, Aussie style: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas in Australia

October 13, 2019 |

An organization well worth knowing in the world of biogas, or renewable methane, is the indefatigable group organized as IEA Bioenergy Task 37, an international working group which covers the anaerobic digestion of biomass feedstocks including agricultural residues, energy crops, organic-rich waste waters, the organic fraction of municipal of solid waste  and industrial organic wastes.  The main interests […]

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Anaerobic digesters, Sweden style: The Digest’s 209 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas in Sweden

Anaerobic digesters, Sweden style: The Digest’s 209 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas in Sweden

October 13, 2019 |

An organization well worth knowing in the world of biogas, or renewable methane, is the indefatigable group organized as IEA Bioenergy Task 37, an international working group which covers the anaerobic digestion of biomass feedstocks including agricultural residues, energy crops, organic-rich waste waters, the organic fraction of municipal of solid waste  and industrial organic wastes.  The main interests […]

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Anaerobic digesters, Netherlands style: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas in the Netherlands

Anaerobic digesters, Netherlands style: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas in the Netherlands

October 13, 2019 |

An organization well worth knowing in the world of biogas, or renewable methane, is the indefatigable group organized as IEA Bioenergy Task 37, an international working group which covers the anaerobic digestion of biomass feedstocks including agricultural residues, energy crops, organic-rich waste waters, the organic fraction of municipal of solid waste  and industrial organic wastes.  The main interests […]

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Anaerobic digesters, Canada style: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas in Canada

Anaerobic digesters, Canada style: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas in Canada

October 13, 2019 |

An organization well worth knowing in the world of biogas, or renewable methane, is the indefatigable group organized as IEA Bioenergy Task 37, an international working group which covers the anaerobic digestion of biomass feedstocks including agricultural residues, energy crops, organic-rich waste waters, the organic fraction of municipal of solid waste  and industrial organic wastes.  The main interests […]

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The Latest World News

Velocys’ to capture CO2 from planned Bayou Fuels project

Velocys’ to capture CO2 from planned Bayou Fuels project

October 14, 2019 |

In Mississippi, Velocys, Inc announced it has signed an agreement with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC (OLCV), to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from Velocys’ planned Bayou Fuels biomass-to-fuels project in Natchez, Mississippi, and securely store it underground in a geologic formation. OLCV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental, will take, transport and store CO2 captured […]

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Greenfield looking to expand ethanol production on the back of Quebec’s proposed mandate increase

Greenfield looking to expand ethanol production on the back of Quebec’s proposed mandate increase

October 14, 2019 |

In Canada, the announcement of the proposed renewable fuel regulations in Quebec comes at a time when Greenfield is considering the adaptation of emerging advanced biofuels technologies using non-traditional feedstocks and processes, including cellulosic ethanol, renewable diesel, and renewable natural gas to further reduce the carbon intensity of its biofuels. The first phase of Greenfield’s […]

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DOE report identifies top 10 bio-blendstocks for LD gasoline

DOE report identifies top 10 bio-blendstocks for LD gasoline

October 14, 2019 |

In Washington state, the Department of Energy has released its Top Ten Blendstocks for Turbocharged Gasoline Engines report that identifies top blendstocks that can be derived from biomass and are suitable for further development and commercialization. These blendstocks are best suited for LD gasoline, boosted spark ignition (BSI) engines. The blendstocks were identified using a fuel […]

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Neste brings MY Renewable Diesel™ to Estonia and the Netherlands

Neste brings MY Renewable Diesel™ to Estonia and the Netherlands

October 14, 2019 |

In Finland, Neste will introduce Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, produced from 100% renewable raw materials, in Estonia during October 2019. During the initial phase, private car owners and heavy-duty vehicle drivers can refuel with renewable diesel at one station in Tallinn, at Kadaka tee 60, Tallinn. With the expansion, Neste MY Renewable Diesel will be available […]

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Canada’s Green Party wants to ban ICE engines by 2030 but sees role for biofuels in heavy transportation

Canada’s Green Party wants to ban ICE engines by 2030 but sees role for biofuels in heavy transportation

October 14, 2019 |

In Canada, the Green Party’s Mission: Possible climate action plan calls for big changes in the way Canadians work and travel, as the national economy shifts rapidly from fossil fuels to renewable energy to meet the goal of zero emissions by 2050. Cars, buses and trains will be powered by electricity and internal combustion engines […]

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R&D News

European researchers awarded more than EUR7 million to research photosynthesis

European researchers awarded more than EUR7 million to research photosynthesis

October 14, 2019 |

In the UK, a University of Sheffield academic is part of a research team which has been awarded over EUR7 million to continue pioneering research into photosynthesis by the European Research Council (ERC). Photosynthesis is a fundamental process on Earth, harnessing the energy of sunlight to generate the oxygen we breathe and the food we […]

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Wood for skin: nanocellulose sensor developed for human skin health

Wood for skin: nanocellulose sensor developed for human skin health

October 11, 2019 |

In Switzerland, a team of Empa researchers, together with scientists from Canada, have produced a novel flexible sensor that lies on the skin surface and is biocompatible because it is made of nanocellulose. Nanocellulose is an inexpensive, renewable raw material, which can be obtained in form of crystals and fibers, for example from wood. Its […]

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Berkeley researchers produce diesel fuel precursors from crop residues, municipal solid waste

Berkeley researchers produce diesel fuel precursors from crop residues, municipal solid waste

October 11, 2019 |

In California, researchers at Berkeley Lab have created six blends that combined MSW items (non-recyclable paper and grass clippings) with biomass (corn stover and switchgrass). Using an ionic liquid-based process, they converted these blends into methyl ketones, which are chemical compounds that can be used as diesel fuel precursors. This is the first report on […]

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Berkeley Lab creates six blends with MSW and biomass

Berkeley Lab creates six blends with MSW and biomass

October 10, 2019 |

In California, in a new study published in the journal ChemSusChem, researchers at Berkeley Lab created six blends that combined MSW items (non-recyclable paper and grass clippings) with biomass (corn stover and switchgrass). Using an ionic liquid-based process, they converted these blends into methyl ketones, which are chemical compounds that can be used as diesel […]

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Morgan State University nabs nearly $500,000 NSF grant to study nanoparticles in cyanobacterium

Morgan State University nabs nearly $500,000 NSF grant to study nanoparticles in cyanobacterium

October 9, 2019 |

In Maryland, Morgan State University’s School of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences has announced its receipt of a $499,999 grant award from the National Science Foundation). The Excellence in Research (EiR) grant will be used to advance interdisciplinary research at the interface of biology, chemistry and engineering with a focus on studying the role of nanoparticles in cyanobacterium […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Malaysia to invest $131.35 million in boosting palm oil production and trade

Malaysia to invest $131.35 million in boosting palm oil production and trade

October 14, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the government is investing $131.35 million in a loan fund to help smallholder oil palm farmers replant trees that are getting old and losing production volumes. The loans will be offered at 2% interest with a 12-year tenure and four-year grace period on repayment. Funding will also be allocated to the national palm […]

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem urge President Trump to take new biofuela actions

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem urge President Trump to take new biofuela actions

October 11, 2019 |

In Minnesota,  Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem urged President Trump to use his “… executive authority to restore and grow the nation’s agriculture and biofuels industries…” by taking the following administrative actions now: • Direct EPA to enforce the Clean Air Act and reduce the aromatics in gasoline, opening new market […]

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Kilpatrick Townsend takes lead as “Big Law Fights Climate Change”

Kilpatrick Townsend takes lead as “Big Law Fights Climate Change”

October 11, 2019 |

In New York, the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School is collaborating with several law firms, including Kilpatrick Townsend, to publish Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States, a legal playbook that will provide pathways for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. This resource will offer recommendations — […]

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Governors’ Biofuels Coalition lays out suggestions for Trump to improve biofuels policy

Governors’ Biofuels Coalition lays out suggestions for Trump to improve biofuels policy

October 10, 2019 |

In Washington, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem sent a letter to President Trump thanking him for working with agricultural leaders and biofuels producers to help mitigate the damage done by the small refinery waivers but also recommended additional steps the Administration could take to grow the nation’s biofuels industry.  Governor Walz and Governor Noem […]

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EPA administrator says ethanol deal around 15 billion gallons, not 16 billion

EPA administrator says ethanol deal around 15 billion gallons, not 16 billion

October 9, 2019 |

In Washington, Successful Farming reports that less than 48 hours after Reuters reported President Trump saying the new ethanol deal will get ethanol demand to close to 16 billion liters, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency said that in fact it would “net out” at about 15 billion gallons after small refinery hardship waivers […]

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Other Recent Articles

Malaysia increases estimate for 2020 palm oil average by 5%

Malaysia increases estimate for 2020 palm oil average by 5%

October 14, 2019 |

In Malaysia, Reuters reports that the government expects prices for palm oil and crude palm oil will finally start to strengthen in 2020 to an average of $500.95 per metric ton, up 5% from this year’s estimate, on the back of increased demand from the impending B20 blending mandate. At the same time, it expects […]

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Salmon trial validates nutritional, sustainable potential of SylPro wood-to-food ingredient

Salmon trial validates nutritional, sustainable potential of SylPro wood-to-food ingredient

October 11, 2019 |

In France, a scientific study evaluating SylPro, aj alternative protein ingredient for juvenile Atlantic salmon feed made by Arbiom, found that SylPro can be used to replace fish meal or plant-based proteins in feed for juvenile Atlantic salmon, a crucial developmental stage, and deliver equivalent nutritional performance as conventional protein sources up to 20 percent inclusion […]

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Fluctuations in feedstock prices hardly move consumer prices

Fluctuations in feedstock prices hardly move consumer prices

October 11, 2019 |

In Germany, Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (mbH) reports that consumer prices for rapeseed oil virtually remained at the same level of EUR 0.99 per litre on German average over the past five years. By contrast, movements of wholesale prices for rapeseed oil ex oil mill were much more pronounced – but had little impact on consumer prices. […]

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New comprehensive report on European biofuel policy published

New comprehensive report on European biofuel policy published

October 11, 2019 |

In Germany, UFOP has published a a comprehensive overview about the state of the art on national and European biofuel policy. The main topics are the implementation and consequences of the Renewable Energies Directive (2018/2001/EC) and in particular the national framework conditions resulting from the Climate Protection Act. The Federal Cabinet will decide today on […]

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French court OKs ban on palm oil biofuels

French court OKs ban on palm oil biofuels

October 11, 2019 |

In France, a French court upheld a law requiring that palm oil be excluded as a qualifying feedstock for biofuels, promoting immediate, negative reaction from Total. Total said that it may revisit its decision to convert its La Mede refinery from petroleum to renewable diesel. Reuters reports that the “The legislation will remove palm oil […]

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Avantium joins the Paper Bottle Project for the fully plant-based and recyclable Paper Bottle

Avantium joins the Paper Bottle Project for the fully plant-based and recyclable Paper Bottle

October 11, 2019 |

In the Netherlands, the Paper Bottle Company (Paboco) – a joint venture between paper packaging material developer BillerudKorsnäs and bottle manufacturing specialist ALPLA revealed that Avantium has joined the Paper Bottle Project. Avantium will be one of the technology providers for the fully plant-based and recyclable Paper Bottle. A thin layer of Avantium’s PEF (polyethylene […]

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