Major Stories

Who’s in Hot Water, Cold Water, and Who’s Just Right?: Mitsubishi, Monolith Materials, Codexis, Casdin, LG Chem, Neste, Wells Fargo, EPA, NXTLEVVEL, Elementis, Growth Energy, US National Labs, Ginkgo Bioworks in the news

Who’s in Hot Water, Cold Water, and Who’s Just Right?: Mitsubishi, Monolith Materials, Codexis, Casdin, LG Chem, Neste, Wells Fargo, EPA, NXTLEVVEL, Elementis, Growth Energy, US National Labs, Ginkgo Bioworks in the news

December 2, 2020 |

Who’s in Hot Water? Some of the Usual Suspects get into the usual trouble. We note that EPA missed the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation deadline, and Growth Energy threatens a lawsuit. Really. We get tired of reporting on the industry having to (almost annually) sue the government to compel compliance to the law. It’s a […]

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5 management tools to reduce hemp biomass harvest variability

5 management tools to reduce hemp biomass harvest variability

December 1, 2020 |

By David F. Peterson, B.S, MBA, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest This is the second article in a two-part series that you can find on Biofuels Digest – Part 1 is here. Since you are reading this article, you are interested in learning how to better manage your hemp biomass feedstock. Whether the […]

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Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Santa’s Sleigh, Lufthansa Cargo delivers packages, cargo, now with biofuel

Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Santa’s Sleigh, Lufthansa Cargo delivers packages, cargo, now with biofuel

November 30, 2020 |

  It’s December 1st and many of us are in holiday mode, maybe purchased something on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday or today, Giving Tuesday, to have gifts delivered to loved ones that maybe we won’t be gathering with in person this year. Shipping has probably never been so important or in […]

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50 Hottest Companies in Low Carbon fuels, chemicals & materials for 2021 – early voting

50 Hottest Companies in Low Carbon fuels, chemicals & materials for 2021 – early voting

November 30, 2020 |

In Florida, the Daily Digest released the early-voting totals from Subscriber Voting in the 50 Hottest Companies in Low Carbon fuels, chemicals & materials for 2021 — which do not yet include Invited International Selector votes. Companies such as Praj Industries, Renewable Energy Group, LanzaTech, and Amyris were prominent in the early ballots as readers placed much […]

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An Open Letter to the Ethanol Community from Ethanol Producers

An Open Letter to the Ethanol Community from Ethanol Producers

November 29, 2020 |

This letter was a collaborative effort from James Seurer, CEO Glacial Lakes Energy; Erik Osmon, GM Bushmills Ethanol; Steve Roe, GM Little Sioux Corn Processors; James Broghammer, CEO Homeland Energy Solutions; and Nick Bowdish, CEO Siouxland Ethanol and Elite Octane. Special to The Digest The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same Truer […]

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8-Slide Guides

Predictive Models and Computing to Accelerate Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Scaling-Up of Biofuels

Predictive Models and Computing to Accelerate Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Scaling-Up of Biofuels

December 2, 2020 |

This just released report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office sums up the input that 175 participants from biofuels and bioenergy sectors gave at a virtual workshop to come up with best practices for utilizing mathematical modeling tools across multiple scales to reduce technology uncertainty and accelerate scaling-up of biorefinery/chemical production equipment and […]

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Decarbonizing Shipping and Transportation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BioLNG

Decarbonizing Shipping and Transportation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BioLNG

December 1, 2020 |

There are concrete benefits of using BioLNG to decarbonize hard to abate transport sectors like heavy-duty transport and shipping, according to the latest European Biogas Association, Gas Infrastructure Europe, the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association, and SEA-LNG joint paper. The EU production of BioLNG is set to increase tenfold by 2030 and this slide guide shares the […]

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Mastering the Science of Producing Algae: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to iWi

Mastering the Science of Producing Algae: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to iWi

November 30, 2020 |

To go along with our “green” holiday theme today, check out this slide guide on how iWi’s Omega-3 made from algae can go a long way in making us healthier in a much greener way. iWi skips the fish and krill and goes directly to the beginning of the food chain with algae, and also […]

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Enzymes and Microbes Produce More with Less: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes

Enzymes and Microbes Produce More with Less: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Novozymes

November 29, 2020 |

In September, Novozymes announced they would be a more customer-centric organization. But what does that mean? And how did COVID-19 affect their business strategy for the remaining 2020 months? Find out in this illuminating slide guide that dives deep into their financials, their strategic plans, the latest launched products, plans for the future, and more.

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Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock Variability

Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Feedstock Variability

November 26, 2020 |

We all know variability is inherent to biomass, but what can you do about it? Lots! This ABLC2020 slide guide dives into feedstock variability and the work FCIC is coordinating across an impressive 6 national labs to help address this major operational challenge for anyone who works with any type of biomass feedstock.

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The Latest World News

Clariant on track to finish Romanian sunliquid plant construction by end-2021

Clariant on track to finish Romanian sunliquid plant construction by end-2021

December 2, 2020 |

In Romania, Clariant says it is making good progress with the construction of its sunliquid cellulosic ethanol production plant in Podari, in the southwestern part of Romania, with construction set for completion by the end of 2021. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present a challenging situation, Clariant’s team was able to ensure that work […]

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Texas company to invest $15M in producing green pallets from corn stover in Iowa

Texas company to invest $15M in producing green pallets from corn stover in Iowa

December 2, 2020 |

In Iowa, the Des Moines Register reports a Texas company is looking to invest $15 million in a facility that will produce green shipping pallets from corn stover. The technology, called CornBoard, is already used for everything from surfboards to skis and furniture. The facility needs as many as 50 farmers per year to supply […]

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Chinese investors bring Scottish green energy village scheme closer to reality

Chinese investors bring Scottish green energy village scheme closer to reality

December 2, 2020 |

In the UK, the Scotsman newspaper reports that North China Power Engineering will invest £800,000 in a green energy village scheme in Aberdeenshire that is meant to power 10s of thousands of homes. The 40-acre project will combine a mixed fuel gasification and biomass plant, a green biodiesel production facility and an aerobic digestion plant […]

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Buyer for Fiberight’s Maine MSW-to-biofuel plant on the table

Buyer for Fiberight’s Maine MSW-to-biofuel plant on the table

December 2, 2020 |

In Maine, local press reports there is a potential buyer for the Fiberight facility that has been closed since May who could bring the MSW-to-biofuel plant online by early 2021. The undisclosed company is still negotiating with the Municipal Review Committee whose waste is processed at the facility and owns the land it sits upon, […]

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Indonesia rethinking biodiesel policy due to $865M deficit seen for 2021

Indonesia rethinking biodiesel policy due to $865M deficit seen for 2021

December 2, 2020 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports the government is working hard to find ways to keep its biodiesel program alive in the face of ongoing cheap oil prices and rising palm oil prices. An $865 million deficit in the biodiesel program’s budget due to the increasing gap between fossil and palm oil, currently four times last year’s […]

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R&D News

NSF grant helps Penn State researchers see how duckweed can limit nutrient pollution

NSF grant helps Penn State researchers see how duckweed can limit nutrient pollution

December 2, 2020 |

In Pennsylvania, with a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Penn State researchers will investigate how duckweed could be grown on Pennsylvania farms to limit nutrient pollution into the Chesapeake Bay. Duckweed, a tiny plant resembling a lily pad, grows rapidly in water with elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, often the result […]

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Researchers set criteria for determining best microalgae for biodiesel

Researchers set criteria for determining best microalgae for biodiesel

December 1, 2020 |

In Washington, in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, by AIP Publishing, researchers developed a methodology to analyze the properties of different species to select the best microalgae for use as an energy source by taking into account biological, economic, and environmental aspects.  The researchers created an overall score that standardized criteria for potential […]

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Audi and KIT teams on chemical recycling of automotive plastics

Audi and KIT teams on chemical recycling of automotive plastics

November 30, 2020 |

In Germany, in collaboration with the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), Audi is working on a method for chemical recycling of automotive plastics. This method will make it possible to recycle mixed plastics, which are used in automotive engineering due to exacting safety, heat resistance and quality requirements, into so-called pyrolysis oil which, in turn, […]

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Using CO2 and water to create renewable ‘green’ methanol

Using CO2 and water to create renewable ‘green’ methanol

November 29, 2020 |

In Germany, chemists and engineers at Ruhr University Bochum and Creative Quantum are developing a chemical factory the size of a container that produces methanol from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energies in a highly efficient manner. In a few years, small and medium-sized companies as well as regional suppliers should be able to produce […]

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ORNL researchers join BOTTLE consortium to develop sustainable packaging

ORNL researchers join BOTTLE consortium to develop sustainable packaging

November 26, 2020 |

In Tennessee, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are joining the Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment, or BOTTLE, Consortium.  In collaboration with other national laboratories, ORNL scientists will support the development of new plastics that are recyclable-by-design and customize microbes and processes to break down […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Growth Energy intends to sue EPA over failure to issue RVO on time

Growth Energy intends to sue EPA over failure to issue RVO on time

December 2, 2020 |

In Washington, Growth Energy submitted a notice of intent to sue letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding its failure to fulfill its statutory obligation to issue the 2021 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) by November 30, 2020, an annual deadline set by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The notice gives EPA 60 days to […]

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New Zealand to launch tender seeking partners for forestry waste-based biofuels

New Zealand to launch tender seeking partners for forestry waste-based biofuels

December 1, 2020 |

In New Zealand, Te Uru Rākau is moving ahead with the next stage of research into creating a New Zealand biofuels industry, following a successful first stage, announced the Director Sector Investments. He said there is considerable interest in biofuels and biomass energy from organizations such as Air New Zealand and Fonterra. “We are now […]

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Congressmen introduce bill to promote advanced biofuel production

Congressmen introduce bill to promote advanced biofuel production

November 30, 2020 |

In Washington, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would lower greenhouse gas emissions and encourage low-carbon fuel production. The Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act would help biofuels plants cut through red tape in order to increase production of cellulosic biomass into renewable fuels. Senators John Thune and […]

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Colombia reforming fuel pricing, increasing biodiesel blends in 2021

Colombia reforming fuel pricing, increasing biodiesel blends in 2021

November 29, 2020 |

In Colombia, Argus Media reports that at a recent oil chamber annual summit, former mines and energy minister German Arce pointed out the “huge price disparity” between diesel and biodiesel, “one with guaranteed supply and the other with no guarantee” and noted the country’s biodiesel blend mandate will rise to 12pc from 10pc in Q1 […]

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Bipartisan group of governors urge EPA to recognize de minimis biogenic CO2 emissions

Bipartisan group of governors urge EPA to recognize de minimis biogenic CO2 emissions

November 26, 2020 |

In Washington, the Biogenic CO2 Coalition commended a bipartisan group of six U.S. governors who are urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take prompt, science-based action to keep the United States from falling behind its competitors in the international bioeconomy. In a letter sent last week to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a group of […]

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Other Recent Articles

PKN Orlen looking to invest in renewables to help hit net zero targets

PKN Orlen looking to invest in renewables to help hit net zero targets

December 2, 2020 |

In Poland, ChemWeek reports the country’s oil giant PKN Orlen is looking to spend considerably on renewable fuels including hydrogen and biofuels through 2030 as part of its wider strategic plan. Like many other oil companies of late, PKN Orlen has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, hitting an interim reduction target […]

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Mitsubishi invests in Monolith Materials to scale “Turquoise” hydrogen

Mitsubishi invests in Monolith Materials to scale “Turquoise” hydrogen

December 2, 2020 |

In Japan, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries completed a capital investment in Monolith Materials, which has innovative technology enabling the production of hydrogen and carbon black from methane via methane pyrolysis. Monolith Materials is the first U.S. manufacturer to produce a clean, industry-transforming hydrogen known as “turquoise hydrogen” on a commercial scale. Earlier this fall, Monolith Materials […]

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Joint letter on the inclusion of sustainable renewable fuels in the EU mobility legislation

Joint letter on the inclusion of sustainable renewable fuels in the EU mobility legislation

December 2, 2020 |

On 30 November 2020, 39 associations and companies, collaboratively signed and sent a letter, calling on the European Commission to include sustainable renewable fuels in EU mobility legislation. The signatories of this joint letter represent a crucial part of the automotive, fuel, energy industry and civil society in Europe, i.e. a combined force behind the […]

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Codexis, Casdin launch SynBio Innovation Accelerator

Codexis, Casdin launch SynBio Innovation Accelerator

December 2, 2020 |

In California, Codexis and Casdin Capital will launch the SynBio Innovation Accelerator. The goal of the accelerator is to fund and nurture early stage companies with disruptive technology platforms or unique product development capabilities in the far reaching and transformative field of synthetic and industrial biotechnology. Casdin Capital envisions in the next several years investing […]

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LG Chem aims to decarbonize using Neste renewable hydrocarbons as feedstock

LG Chem aims to decarbonize using Neste renewable hydrocarbons as feedstock

December 2, 2020 |

In Finland, Neste and South Korea’s petrochemical major LG Chem announced strategic long-term partnership to develop and grow the biopolymers and biochemicals market globally, and more specifically, in the LG Chem’s home market Korea. LG Chem will start replacing fossil feedstock commonly used in the manufacturing of polymers and chemicals with Neste Renewable Hydrocarbons in the […]

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How to use Machine Learning in Metabolic Engineering

How to use Machine Learning in Metabolic Engineering

December 2, 2020 |

In the journal Metabolic Engineering, the vital subject of how to incorporate machine learning was addressed by a group of rock-star researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, JBEI, Agile BioFoundry, the Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, PNNL, ABPDU, Ginkgo Bioworks and the University of California at Davis. As the research team noted, “Machine learning provides […]

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