Major Stories

Farm Animals, the Looming Unemployment Crisis: Woolly mammoth burgers, honey without the bees, milk without the cow, leather without the skin

Farm Animals, the Looming Unemployment Crisis: Woolly mammoth burgers, honey without the bees, milk without the cow, leather without the skin

August 11, 2022 |

Years ago, a guy named Art Baker hosted a show called You Asked for it, readers would write in from all over the country asking for things they wanted to see re-created on television. I’m pretty sure no one ever asked Art for a woolly mammoth burger. Ah, the times we live in. It’s coming […]

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The Big Launch: PM Modi inaugurates India’s first 2G ethanol project, using Praj technology

The Big Launch: PM Modi inaugurates India’s first 2G ethanol project, using Praj technology

August 11, 2022 |

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s first 2G cellulosic ethanol biorefinery, the Indian Oil project at Panipat, Haryana. This 100 KLPD Project is based on Praj’s proprietary technology processing Rice Straw as feedstock for production of Ethanol. Praj is the Technology Licensor and EPCM Consultant to IOCL This is the first but […]

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No Animal was Killed in the Creation of this Lab-Grown Steak

No Animal was Killed in the Creation of this Lab-Grown Steak

August 10, 2022 |

By Rahim Rajwani, special to The Digest Cultured meat is no longer the stuff of science-fiction novels. Labs like mine, Atelier Meats, are already producing high-quality meat that looks and tastes just like the real thing. In fact, it is the real thing — it just doesn’t require the sacrifice of an animal. Lab-grown meat […]

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The Business of their Biology, the Biology of their Business: 10 years after IPOs, how are Amyris, Gevo, Codexis doing?

The Business of their Biology, the Biology of their Business: 10 years after IPOs, how are Amyris, Gevo, Codexis doing?

August 9, 2022 |

It’s been more than 10 years since the celebrated IPOs of Amyris, Codexis and Gevo showed that the second wave of industrial biotechnology (after the first wave of ethanol companies) was producing mature companies of size and substance. Since then, the crash of oil prices in the 2010s forced a pivot by these companies. Amyris […]

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Not In The Job Description

Not In The Job Description

August 8, 2022 |

By Jonathan Sherwood, VP, Finance at Sweetwater Energy When I first interviewed at Sweetwater for the VP of Finance position, I was not asked, “How good are you at shoveling manure?” But, just six months after that interview where I’d sat in a crisp suit and new tie, I was knee-deep in some of the most […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Dyadic

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Dyadic

August 11, 2022 |

One of the most interesting journeys in all of biotech — from jeans to jeans, and from cellulosic fuels over to pharma. Welcome to the story of Dyadic. Here are the markets, technologies, sources of revenues, trends, lines of business — launch-stage, growth-stage, maturity and end of life.

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Quest for Feedstock: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of SAF

Quest for Feedstock: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of SAF

August 11, 2022 |

This week on ABLC CONNECT, we networked and exchanged information about the world of Sustainable Aviation Fuel, and as part of the proceedings, we had the State of Sustainable Aviation Fuel presentation. The slides are here.

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM

August 10, 2022 |

The company touts its bright science and bright it is — deeply engaged in health, nutrition and speciality materials — a new presentation covers the new lines of business and old — all the markets, technologies, sources of revenues, trends, lines of business.

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act

August 9, 2022 |

What’s in the Inflation Reduction Act, really? For one, a bonanza of opportunity for renewable fuels — and especially, sustainable aviation fuels — plus renewable energy writ large. All sectors, ethanol, SAF< heavy-duty transport — have been applauding the ACt,l which has moved to the US House of Representatives for passage. A large team of […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Evogene

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Evogene

August 8, 2022 |

In the world of crops and genetics, less known and unjustly so, the attractive world of Evogene. Here’s an updated presentation out — all the markets, technologies, sources of revenues, trends, lines of business — launch-stage, growth-stage, maturity and end of life.

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The Latest World News

Mubadala and Raizen confirmed as final bidders for BP Bunge Bioenergia

Mubadala and Raizen confirmed as final bidders for BP Bunge Bioenergia

August 11, 2022 |

In Brazil, Reuters has confirmed that UAE state investor Mubadala Investment Co and Raizen are the final bidders in the sale of BP Bunge Bioenergia, with no bidders in the second round and the other potential buyers rejected earlier in the process. Parallel negotiations are ongoing with both parties as the difference between the two […]

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TravelCenters of America survey shows fleets transitioning to sustainable fuels

TravelCenters of America survey shows fleets transitioning to sustainable fuels

August 11, 2022 |

In Ohio, leaders of the largest U.S. trucking fleets are moving forward with planning and investment in fleets powered by sustainable fuels, according to a new survey released by TravelCenters of America Inc. Fleet companies have begun making investments in electric and hydrogen powered vehicles and expect to continue to do so in the next […]

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DCC and Certas Energy rolling out HVO for truck fleets across the UK

DCC and Certas Energy rolling out HVO for truck fleets across the UK

August 11, 2022 |

In the UK, DCC plc announced its UK roll out of renewable diesel from Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as a refuelling solution for its customers. The initiative forms part of DCC’s Leading With Energy strategy and will see Certas Energy become the first company in the UK to offer HVO fuel to heavy goods vehicle […]

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Restaurant Technologies using fuels from Chevron Renewable Energy Group

Restaurant Technologies using fuels from Chevron Renewable Energy Group

August 11, 2022 |

In Minnesota, Restaurant Technologies is taking a step forward in its sustainability journey by utilizing biofuels from Chevron Renewable Energy Group, a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (in its commercial vehicle fleet. The step is unique because the biofuels come from Restaurant Technologies’ own total oil management business – one which manages millions of gallons of […]

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Boom Supersonic to fly on 100% SAF

Boom Supersonic to fly on 100% SAF

August 11, 2022 |

In Colorado, Boom Supersonic, recently presented the refined design of Overture and also announced a new partnering agreement with Northrop Grumman to develop special mission variants of the aircraft. Carrying 65–80 passengers at twice the speed of today’s airliners and running on 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Overture will fly Mach 1.7 over water with […]

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R&D News

Stanford University researchers manipulating plant biological processes to boost yields

Stanford University researchers manipulating plant biological processes to boost yields

August 11, 2022 |

In California, researchers at Stanford University are working on ways to manipulate biological processes in plants to help them grow more efficiently and effectively in a variety of conditions. Researchers have designed a series of synthetic genetic circuits that allow them to control the decisions made by different types of plant cells. In a paper published […]

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Missouri S&T partners in hydrogen-energy collaboration initiative

Missouri S&T partners in hydrogen-energy collaboration initiative

August 11, 2022 |

In Missouri, the Missouri University of Science and Technology announced a partnership with industry, business groups and academic institutions to form the Greater St. Louis and Illinois Regional Clean Hydrogen Hub Industrial Cluster. The group will collaborate on developing infrastructure for hydrogen fuels and will use innovative technology to help individual businesses meet decarbonization goals […]

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3DNaturDruck project uses natural fiber-reinforced biopolymers in 3D printing

3DNaturDruck project uses natural fiber-reinforced biopolymers in 3D printing

August 10, 2022 |

In Germany, 3D printing has been in use in architecture for a while, and now it is to become ecologically sustainable as well: Together with partners, the LZH is researching how to produce individual building elements from natural fibers using additive manufacturing. In the project 3DNaturDruck, architectural components such as facade elements shall be created […]

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Government of Canada investing in study for new wood-based opportunities

Government of Canada investing in study for new wood-based opportunities

August 9, 2022 |

In Canada, Government of Canada is investing in a clean energy future while strengthening Canada’s forest sector from coast to coast to coast. By finding innovative ways to leverage new market opportunities, Canada is ensuring the global competitiveness of our forest sector. Chris Bittle, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of […]

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Australian researchers develop new-to-nature yeast chromosome

Australian researchers develop new-to-nature yeast chromosome

August 8, 2022 |

In Australia, a completely new-to-nature yeast chromosome has been developed, paving the way for engineered yeast to be applied to an array of industrial applications.  Scientists from the ARC Center of Excellence in Synthetic Biology, Macquarie University and the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) have made a major breakthrough in yeast genome engineering, outlined in […]

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Policy & Policymakers

UK launches public consultation on BECCS business model

UK launches public consultation on BECCS business model

August 11, 2022 |

In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched a public consultation seeking views to set out the government’s preferred position for a business model to support the deployment of First of a Kind (FOAK) power BECCS project(s). It is seeking views on its early proposals including the main design elements […]

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LCFC recommends the California Air Resources Board to recognize relevance of climate smart agriculture

LCFC recommends the California Air Resources Board to recognize relevance of climate smart agriculture

August 11, 2022 |

In California, the Low Carbon Fuels Coalition sent a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to recommend the body to recognize farming practices and other methods of climate smart agriculture (CSA) into the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) Rulemaking. “By quantifying CSA in CA-GREET and in LCFS pathways, CARB would take a leading […]

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India to begin E20 sales in April 2023

India to begin E20 sales in April 2023

August 10, 2022 |

In India, the Press Trust of India reports E20 will already be available at the pump starting in April 2023 as part of the country’s move towards 20% ethanol blending overall by 2025. Ten percent ethanol blending was achieved in June this year. The Prime Minister dedicated the Indian Oil Corp.’s new zero liquid waste […]

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Growth Energy calls on EPA to ensure 2023 and 2024 RVOs support biofuels

Growth Energy calls on EPA to ensure 2023 and 2024 RVOs support biofuels

August 9, 2022 |

In Washington, Growth Energy celebrated the 17th anniversary of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), signed into law on August 8, 2005, by outlining the biofuel sector’s top priorities for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) fast-approaching update to the program. Under a consent decree agreement reached with Growth Energy, EPA will be required to formally propose […]

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India’s Lok Sabha passes key biofuel promotion legislation

India’s Lok Sabha passes key biofuel promotion legislation

August 8, 2022 |

In India, the Press Trust of India reports the country’s parliament, Lok Sabha, has passed a bill that promotes ethanol, green hydrogen and biomass-based fuels, amongst other non-fossil fuels. Key to the legislation are penalties for failure to use fuels blended with renewable fuels, be they industrial units, vessels or manufacturers if the vehicles they […]

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Other Recent Articles

UECC teams with Svitzer for three-year marine biofuel deal

UECC teams with Svitzer for three-year marine biofuel deal

August 11, 2022 |

In Sweden, UECC is raising its sustainability game by expanding the use of carbon-neutral biofuels in its logistics chain through a new partnership for decarbonization with Svitzer, a leading global towage provider and wholly owned subsidiary of AP Moller-Maersk. The two companies have signed a three-year contract for Svitzer’s EcoTow product that will see biofuels […]

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Brightmark RNG announces delivery of first gas from Athena Project

Brightmark RNG announces delivery of first gas from Athena Project

August 11, 2022 |

In California, Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC – a joint venture partnership between Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation and Brightmark Fund Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Brightmark LLC, the global waste solutions provider – delivered first gas at its Athena Project in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. The project is comprised of three farms […]

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UECC to use Svitzer’s biofuel service in Scandinavian ports

UECC to use Svitzer’s biofuel service in Scandinavian ports

August 11, 2022 |

In Denmark, Svitzer announced that United European Car Carriers (UECC), an European provider of short sea transportation services for cars and other rolling cargo, has signed a three-year contract for Svitzer’s EcoTow product, through which fossil fuels are replaced with biofuels on Svitzer’s tugs. Svitzer said that the new partnership will result in a reduction […]

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Ballard’s Q2 revenues down 16% year-on-year

Ballard’s Q2 revenues down 16% year-on-year

August 11, 2022 |

In Canada, Ballard reported its total revenues for the second quarter of the year reached $20.9 million, down 16% year-over-year. The company’s Power Products revenue amounted to $13.5 million in Q2, down 14% year-on-year, chiefly due to lower shipments of fuel cell products. “We continue to see policy momentum across the globe to support our vision […]

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Atlantic Biomass, Bionoid ink letter of intent to produce SAF from residual hemp biomass

Atlantic Biomass, Bionoid ink letter of intent to produce SAF from residual hemp biomass

August 11, 2022 |

In Maryland. Atlantic Biomass signed a Letter of Intent with Bionoid, with the aim of producing commercial quantities of sustainable aviation fuels from residual hemp biomass.  The parties noted that this agreement will lead to the production of SAF and other bioproducts from up to 190,000 tons of annual residual hemp biomass harvests. The first […]

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BMW Group takes actions for sustainable packaging in its logistics

BMW Group takes actions for sustainable packaging in its logistics

August 11, 2022 |

In Germany, the BMW Group said it has implemented a number of initiatives to boost sustainable packaging in its logistics. As part of this initiative, the company’s plants in Europe will use more recycled material in their packaging. The BMW Group highlighted that for newly awarded contracts, the proportion of recycled material in reusable packaging […]

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