Major Stories

O Canada! Canada supports biofuels and publishes final Clean Fuel Regulations

O Canada! Canada supports biofuels and publishes final Clean Fuel Regulations

July 3, 2022 |

“O Canada…With glowing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free!” – Canada’s National Anthem The neighbors to the North are leading the way with their latest clean fuel regulations that will rely heavily on the use of low-carbon biofuels like increasing ethanol use by 2030, bring more clean tech and energy […]

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The Competitive Edge: Praj Industries Ltd.

The Competitive Edge: Praj Industries Ltd.

June 30, 2022 |

Q: Tell us about your organization. What do you do? Praj, India’s most accomplished industrial biotechnology company driven by innovation, integration, and delivery capabilities. Over the past four decades, Praj has focused on the environment, energy, and agri-process industry, with over 1000++ customer references spanning 100+ countries across 5 continents. With sustainability at its core […]

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Cultivated human meat, biobased band aids, beer waste to nanotech and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of June 30th

Cultivated human meat, biobased band aids, beer waste to nanotech and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of June 30th

June 29, 2022 |

The “Eat a Swede” campaign certainly caught our eye, but thankfully it is a satirical piece to promote alternative earth-friendly proteins, not an actual promotion for creating or eating cultivated human meat. A more socially acceptable innovation this week is Carlsberg’s biobased beer bottles and Canadian researchers working on converting beer waste to nanotech to […]

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On the Move – Neste, H2U, Tree Energy Solutions, USDA, Covestro and more

On the Move – Neste, H2U, Tree Energy Solutions, USDA, Covestro and more

June 28, 2022 |

Green hydrogen company H2U has a new Chief Commercial Officer and a new Board Chair, Neste has a new Executive Vice President of Renewables Platform, there’s a new CEO in town for another green hydrogen company Tree Energy Solutions, the Biden administration nominated Doug McKalip as USDA Chief Agricultural Negotiator, and more major moves in […]

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Walk and Chew Gum – Keeping Biofuels at the Table

Walk and Chew Gum – Keeping Biofuels at the Table

June 27, 2022 |

By John Eichberger, Executive Director, Fuels Institute Special to The Digest  There are a lot of articles, statements, projections, pledges and policies being promoted based upon the assumption that future vehicles are critical tools to reduce carbon emissions – and they are absolutely right! New technology will go a long way to helping us on […]

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8-Slide Guides

Ag Residues to the Rescue: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to PacificAg

Ag Residues to the Rescue: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to PacificAg

July 3, 2022 |

Agricultural residues are highly abundant especially with all the corn stover and wheat straw out there that farmers have to dispose of after every harvest. But PacificAg has found a way to turn this waste into a winner – into feedlots, mushroom growers, renewable natural gas, biopolymers, textiles, and more. They also are expanding and […]

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Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone Ratings: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Ecostrat

Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone Ratings: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Ecostrat

June 30, 2022 |

What are BDO Zone ratings? Take a look at Barnwell County, South Carolina with a BDO Zone “A” Rating for woody biomass as an example. How the ratings work, what they mean, the ratings due diligence, and objectives, and more from Ecostrat’s President & CEO Jordan Solomon in this short and sweet slide guide.

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Overcoming the Toughest Catalyst Challenges in the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to LEC

Overcoming the Toughest Catalyst Challenges in the Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to LEC

June 29, 2022 |

Terry Mazanec from Lee Enterprises Consulting takes us on a journey through the toughest catalyst challenges in the bioeconomy and, most importantly, how to overcome them. From feedstock consistency and availability to substrate intransigence and unmanagement by-products.

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Striking Green Gold: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio

Striking Green Gold: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio

June 28, 2022 |

If you missed this illuminating slide guide from Juergen Polle at MicroBio Engineering at ABLC, now’s your chance to check out All Things Algae! From their algae tech to targeted bioprospecting, non-GMP strain development, how they have taken on large-scale algae cultivation for environmental protection and commercial products, and more.

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Where are the Feedstocks?: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to South Carolina BDO Zones

Where are the Feedstocks?: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to South Carolina BDO Zones

June 27, 2022 |

Barnwell County and the 7-county Southern Carolina region – it’s full of feedstocks like low-carbon forest residues for SAF, hydrogen transport fuels, chemicals, and more. Check out the recent DigestConnect slide guide on the biomass-replete region of the Southern Carolinas and Barnwell County, SC — a forest-replete corridor – and Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zones.

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The Latest World News

Victor private jets now offering Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel globally

Victor private jets now offering Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel globally

July 3, 2022 |

In Finland, Neste and Fly Victor, the on-demand private jet company, are partnering up so Victor members can purchase Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for every private jet booking globally. This enables private jet charterers to reduce the carbon footprint of their private air travel in a credible and measurable way. Victor’s private and […]

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Embraer and Pratt & Whitney complete 100% SAF flight testing in Florida

Embraer and Pratt & Whitney complete 100% SAF flight testing in Florida

July 3, 2022 |

In Florida, Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and Pratt & Whitney tested a GTF-powered E195-E2 aircraft on 100% sustainable aviation fuel. The test, with one engine running on 100% SAF, validated that GTF engines and the E-Jets E2 family can fly on both engines with blends of up to 100% SAF without any compromise to safety […]

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CMA CGM, ENGIE unveil initiative to produce second-generation biomethane

CMA CGM, ENGIE unveil initiative to produce second-generation biomethane

July 3, 2022 |

In France, CMA CGM Group and ENGIE will co-invest in the Salamander project, an industrial and commercial unit for second-generation biomethane production and they aim to produce up to 200,000 tons of renewable gas annually worldwide by 2028. Majority-owned by ENGIE and the CMA CGM Group, the production facility is being considered to be located […]

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South Korea’s Dansuk completes first shipment of sustainable marine fuel to Europe

South Korea’s Dansuk completes first shipment of sustainable marine fuel to Europe

July 3, 2022 |

In South Korea, Argus reports that South Korean biodiesel producer Dansuk Industrial shipped 3,000 tons of sustainable marine fuel to the Netherlands in June, the company’s first export to Europe. Dansuk produces 50,000 tons of ISCC-certified sustainable marine fuel per year at its manufacturing facilities in Pyeongtaek and Siheung, in Gyeonggi province from a blend […]

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Farnborough Airport will offer SAF at same price as standard jet A1 fuel

Farnborough Airport will offer SAF at same price as standard jet A1 fuel

July 3, 2022 |

In the UK, Farnborough Airport launched its Net Zero roadmap with the aim of becoming Net Zero across its controllable emissions by 2030 or sooner and will be the first airport in the world to offer sustainable aviation fuel at the same price as standard Jet A1 fuel for a trial period. The airport’s Net […]

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R&D News

Bacteria for blastoff: using microbes to make supercharged new rocket fuel

Bacteria for blastoff: using microbes to make supercharged new rocket fuel

July 3, 2022 |

In California, biofuel scientists used an oddball molecule made by bacteria to develop a new class of biofuels predicted to have greater energy density than any petroleum product, including the leading aviation and rocket fuels, JetA and RP-1. “This biosynthetic pathway provides a clean route to highly energy-dense fuels that, prior to this work could […]

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Researchers ID protein that keeps plants from standing heat stress

Researchers ID protein that keeps plants from standing heat stress

June 30, 2022 |

In North Carolina, when heat waves hit, they don’t just take a toll on people — the plants we depend on for food suffer too. That’s because when temperatures get too high, certain plant defenses don’t work as well, leaving them more susceptible to attacks from pathogens and insect pests. Now, scientists say they have […]

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CU Boulder researchers find microbes in 100-year old snail guts

CU Boulder researchers find microbes in 100-year old snail guts

June 29, 2022 |

In Colorado, on a drizzly day in July 1920, a Colorado scientist named Junius Henderson was hiking around the Dakota Hogback, a sandstone ridge north of Boulder. There, he spotted a group of Rocky Mountain snails (Oreohelix strigosa) oozing across the ground. Henderson scooped up the mollusks and brought them back to his lab at […]

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Results from Malaysian research on algae for biofuels expected in six months

Results from Malaysian research on algae for biofuels expected in six months

June 28, 2022 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports the government is currently leading research into algae-based biofuels, the outcomes of which are expected in the next six months. Algae-based biofuels are likely to be used for sustainable aviation fuel if the research proves the feedstock to be commercially viable for the country. Currently, the country’s biofuel production […]

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CU Boulder produces carbon neutral cement with microalgae

CU Boulder produces carbon neutral cement with microalgae

June 27, 2022 |

In Colorado, a CU Boulder-led research team has figured out a way to make cement production carbon neutral—and even carbon negative—by pulling carbon dioxide out of the air with the help of microalgae.  The CU Boulder engineers and their colleagues at the Algal Resources Collection at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and the […]

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Policy & Policymakers

President Biden, EPA, renewable leaders call Supreme Court decision step backwards

President Biden, EPA, renewable leaders call Supreme Court decision step backwards

July 3, 2022 |

In Washington, D.C., President Biden, the EPA and renewable energy leaders are disappointed in the Supreme Court decision in West Virginia v. EPA that curtails the EPA’s ability to limit emissions from the energy sector and making it harder than ever for the EPA to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants as well as […]

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RICanada welcomes final Clean Fuel Regulations

RICanada welcomes final Clean Fuel Regulations

June 30, 2022 |

In Canada, Renewable Industries Canada (RICanada) welcomed the Canadian government’s release of the final Clean Fuel Regulations (CFR). The final CFR marks a major milestone in Canada’s ongoing efforts to decarbonize transportation and combat climate change sustainably. RICanada has been pleased to be an active participant in the Government’s CFR Technical Working Group and public […]

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Canadian Clean Fuel Standard regulations decarbonize slower by stronger by 2030

Canadian Clean Fuel Standard regulations decarbonize slower by stronger by 2030

June 29, 2022 |

In Canada, the Canadian Press got ahold of a copy of the final regulations for the Clean Fuel Standard approved by Parliament last week that will delay decarbonization rules but will ask for stronger cuts by 2030. The new rules are set to be published by July 6. The delayed policy was first proposed in […]

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Growth Energy challenges EPA decision on SREs

Growth Energy challenges EPA decision on SREs

June 28, 2022 |

In Washington, Growth Energy filed petitions for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to excuse certain refineries from their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In a decision announced this April, EPA reversed 31 small refinery exemptions (SREs) it had previously […]

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Biden to block Johnson’s attempt to scrap G7 biofuel mandates

Biden to block Johnson’s attempt to scrap G7 biofuel mandates

June 27, 2022 |

In Germany, the UK’s Telegraph newspaper says that President Biden intended to block Prime Minister Johnson’s attempt to get G7 countries to temporarily remove biofuel blending mandates in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The war has increased grain prices and fueled concerns about possible food insecurity and conflicts between food and fuel. Sources […]

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Other Recent Articles

Petrobras inks deal with Vallourec to analyse potential production of bio-oil

Petrobras inks deal with Vallourec to analyse potential production of bio-oil

July 3, 2022 |

In Brazil, Petronoticias reports that Petrobras and Vallourec signed an agreement to evaluate opportunities for technological cooperation involving the production and use of bio-oil made from the condensation of gases produced during the transformation of Eucalyptus wood into charcoal. Petrobras said that the testing phase of this initiative is being carried out at Petrobras’ Research […]

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Trillium partners with Chautauqua Green Energy, CGE Ventures to produce RNG from waste in New York

Trillium partners with Chautauqua Green Energy, CGE Ventures to produce RNG from waste in New York

July 1, 2022 |

In Texas, Trillium inked a partnership with Chautauqua Green Energy and CGE Ventures to convert gas from the Chautauqua County landfill, in Chautauqua, New York, to 100% RNG. The ads will be sold across Trillium’s network of owned and operated CNG stations. The agreement will produce more than 5,000,000 DGE (diesel gallon equivalent) of RNG […]

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Argentine family farm to produce biodiesel for its own fleet

Argentine family farm to produce biodiesel for its own fleet

June 30, 2022 |

In Argentina, Clarín newspaper reports that Las Chilcas is a family agricultural business and over the years it has diversified and incorporated added value. And now, it will build a plant to produce biodiesel with the aim of supplying its own fleet with biofuel. It is from the initiative of the Government of Córdoba to […]

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DOE funds $39M for net carbon building materials

DOE funds $39M for net carbon building materials

June 30, 2022 |

In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $39 million in awards for 18 projects seeking to develop technologies that can transform buildings into net carbon storage structures. Led by DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), selectees for the Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere (HESTIA) program will prioritize overcoming barriers associated […]

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Indonesia exploring B35 mandate

Indonesia exploring B35 mandate

June 30, 2022 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports the country is contemplating boosting its biodiesel blending mandate to 35%. It has been doing trials on B40 and B50 for the past couple of years in hopes of boosting blending beyond the current 30%. Exports were banned for three weeks but since they have opened up again, palm oil stocks […]

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Hydrous ethanol competitiveness falls further against gasoline following tax cuts

Hydrous ethanol competitiveness falls further against gasoline following tax cuts

June 30, 2022 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that hydrous ethanol’s competitiveness against gasoline was already falling in May but with the cuts in various taxes that came into force this week and last, hydrous ethanol has become even less competitive. Ethanol prices are expected to fall in response to gasoline’s enhanced competitiveness. In the Southeast region, for example, […]

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