Major Stories

Building Blocks of Life – DeepMind to release shape database of every protein known to science

Building Blocks of Life – DeepMind to release shape database of every protein known to science

August 1, 2021 |

They are the building blocks of life. Proteins. Can you imagine solving the protein structure prediction problem? Who would have thought a company that started in 2010 with testing AI on 49 different Atari games and being the first AI program to beat a professional Go player, a feat described as a decade ahead of […]

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The Rubbishing of Aviation, and the search for carbon-negative rubbish

The Rubbishing of Aviation, and the search for carbon-negative rubbish

July 29, 2021 |

Where I come from, rubbish is used as a verb, meaning to denigrate, and there’s been an awful lot of rubbishing going around with respect to aviation. Once, we Flew the Friendly Skies, but these days, the runways are getting surly, and when the UK government issued a report finding, as the BBC reports here, […]

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Jose Cuervo, Dole, Crocs bump up biobased products and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 29th

Jose Cuervo, Dole, Crocs bump up biobased products and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of July 29th

July 28, 2021 |

It’s summertime for some around the globe right now, and what better way to relax on National Tequila Day than with agave straws from tequila giant Jose Cuervo. And enjoy some pineapple knowing the leaf fibers are going towards vegan leather in a partnership with Dole. Don’t forget your Crocs, which aims to be 100% […]

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Aviation leaders say biofuels still too expensive

Aviation leaders say biofuels still too expensive

July 27, 2021 |

By Cécile Michaut, Institut Polytechnique de Paris Special to The Digest Aviation is counting on the use of biofuels and petrol-free synthetic fuels to reduce carbon emissions. Technically it is possible, but some say it’s still too expensive. Hear from Samuel Saysset, Lead techno advisor at ENGIE Research; Jean-Philippe Héraud, Process engineer at IFP Energies […]

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God Speed the Right: a bioeconomy in an exciting, turbulent adolescence

God Speed the Right: a bioeconomy in an exciting, turbulent adolescence

July 26, 2021 |

Fourteen years ago today, the Daily Digest debuted not very auspiciously with two readers and a goal to cover you: the people and technologies of the advanced bioeconomy. Since then we’ve published 36,400 articles to date in the telling of your story, and, though promoted only via word of mouth, the Digest recently passed the […]

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8-Slide Guides

Is Your Project Investment-Ready?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biotech Due Diligence

Is Your Project Investment-Ready?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biotech Due Diligence

August 1, 2021 |

There are some great projects and investment opportunities in the marketplace. Andrew Grant from Lee Enterprises Consulting and LEC Executive VP Glenn Farris shared this illuminating slide guide at last week’s DigestConnect asking Why perform Due Diligence? Who should do it? What is the Process? Who should be involved?

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Better Biocatalysts for Biogas: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Biocatalysis

Better Biocatalysts for Biogas: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Biocatalysis

July 29, 2021 |

Biological gas-to-liquid conversion offers a means to valorize biogas, improve bioprocess sustainability, and reduce risk of waste and biomass processing. How big is the biogas market? What are the newest biocatalysts and gas fermentation tech to enable gas-to-liquid conversion? Does it improve economics and sustainability?

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Data that Makes a Difference: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels Information Center

Data that Makes a Difference: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels Information Center

July 28, 2021 |

Data – we all need it. And the Biofuels Information Center provides essential bioenergy data, information, and tools to educate stakeholders on all aspects of biofuels. Where do they get the data from? How does the data help bioenergy companies? What does the latest data show? How can you access it?

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Cellulosic Ethanol Fermentation to DDGS: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs

Cellulosic Ethanol Fermentation to DDGS: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs

July 27, 2021 |

White Dog Labs is working on producing a Single-Cell Protein product from a cellulosic ethanol plant waste stream. The goal – to produce enough butyrate enhanced SCP product from cellulosic ethanol streams, that can be mixed with DDGS, for broiler chicken feed trials, which can provide cellulosic ethanol plants with a new valuable co-product from […]

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Hydrocarbon Fuels from Industrial Off Gas: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

Hydrocarbon Fuels from Industrial Off Gas: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

July 26, 2021 |

LanzaTech’s Dr. Laurel Harmon shared this illuminating slide guide at the BETO Peer Review on jet and diesel fuel production from industrial waste gases, commercialization of ethanol-to-jet technology by building a standalone Alcohol-to-Jet pre-commercial demonstration facility to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel, the Freedom Pines Fuels project, and more.

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The Latest World News

NovoNutrients scaling up with project funding plus $9M in equity

NovoNutrients scaling up with project funding plus $9M in equity

August 1, 2021 |

In California, NovoNutrients, an alternative proteins company that uses industrial carbon dioxide emissions, cheap hydrogen and naturally occurring microbes to create high-grade proteins for human and animal consumption, announced a $4.7 million raise led by Hong Kong-based global venture firm, Happiness Capital. NovoNutrients previously raised $4.3 million in venture backing, as well as a multiple […]

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Bota Bio raises $100M Series B Financing to advance sustainable biomanufacturing

Bota Bio raises $100M Series B Financing to advance sustainable biomanufacturing

August 1, 2021 |

In California and China, Bota Bio raised more than $100 million in an oversubscribed Series B funding round, which will be used to expand the company’s global operations and build out Bota Bio’s lab-to-pilot scale platform to facilitate the rapid scale-up and deployment of the company’s product pipeline in consumer goods, food, nutrition, and pharmaceutical […]

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Biofine looks at new biofuel refinery development on former mill property

Biofine looks at new biofuel refinery development on former mill property

August 1, 2021 |

In Maine, the Bangor Daily News reports that Biofine Developments Northeast Inc. reached a tentative agreement with Lincoln and Lincoln Lakes Innovation Corp. to open a multi-phase biofuels refinery development on a former Lincoln mill property. “Biofine Developments Northeast, a Maine-based subsidiary of the Massachusetts company Biofine Technology, uses a technology that uses waste wood […]

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Eni and BASF launch joint R&D initiative to produce bio-propanol from biodiesel by-product

Eni and BASF launch joint R&D initiative to produce bio-propanol from biodiesel by-product

August 1, 2021 |

In Italy and Germany, Eni and BASF signed a strategic agreement on a joint R&D initiative to develop a new technology to produce advanced bio-propanol from glycerin, a side stream of the production of industrial biodiesel (FAME, fatty acid methyl ester), that Eni will purchase from European producers. The technology under development involves the conversion […]

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KPI OceanConnect launches future fuels division

KPI OceanConnect launches future fuels division

August 1, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, KPI OceanConnect launched its Alternative Fuels and Special Projects division to enhance its counterparts’ ability to achieve their sustainability ambitions and expand KPI OceanConnect’s future fuels capabilities. Bill Wakeling, an expert in marine fuels, will lead the new offering. As pressure intensifies for the shipping industry to become more sustainable, KPI […]

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R&D News

PNNL researchers study plant material that offers clues for making sustainable bioproducts

PNNL researchers study plant material that offers clues for making sustainable bioproducts

August 1, 2021 |

In Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers are forming a clearer picture of how plant matter is transformed in the microbial gardens the ants create. This detailed understanding of how fungus degrades biomass could one day help scientists develop microbial systems for sustainable bioproduct production, such as biofuels or renewable chemicals. In the latest of […]

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NREL researchers score $3M ARPA-E grant to integrate electrochemistry into biofuel production

NREL researchers score $3M ARPA-E grant to integrate electrochemistry into biofuel production

July 29, 2021 |

In Colorado, as much as one-third of the carbon in sugar is lost as carbon dioxide (CO2) during fermentation processes that use biomass to make renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).  That waste CO2 translates into notable consequences for biorefiners scrambling to meet demand for low-carbon biofuels. Less carbon makes it into the fuel, […]

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PNNL researchers turn chemical energy storage into practical solutions for renewables

PNNL researchers turn chemical energy storage into practical solutions for renewables

July 28, 2021 |

In Washington state, through decades of fundamental research, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have contributed detailed information about how catalysts help convert energy into molecular bonds, storing the energy by making bonds and releasing it by breaking bonds. Now, a team is working to turn chemical energy storage into practical setups that could […]

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Australian researchers to develop organic nitrogen fertilizer from aquatic cyanobacterial biomass

Australian researchers to develop organic nitrogen fertilizer from aquatic cyanobacterial biomass

July 27, 2021 |

In Australia, while agricultural production around the world struggles with declining soil health, Australian researchers are investigating production of a sustainable organic nitrogen fertilizer made from aquatic cyanobacterial biomass—ideally suited for badly degraded areas reliant on chemical fertilizers.  Scientists in Australia, US and Europe are testing a new biofertilizer made from a fast-growing freshwater cyanobacterium […]

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Autonomous University of Guadalajara researchers model chemical processes for biodiesel and bioplastics

Autonomous University of Guadalajara researchers model chemical processes for biodiesel and bioplastics

July 26, 2021 |

In Mexico, Sureste Informa reports that researchers from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara have been able to model chemical processes such as the production of biodiesel from waste from grease traps and also biological processes such as the growth of the Artrospira Microalgae (Spirulina maximum). The project that is currently active in this line of […]

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Policy & Policymakers

USDA Secretary Vilsack says we need biofuels to Iowa crowd at USGC meeting

USDA Secretary Vilsack says we need biofuels to Iowa crowd at USGC meeting

August 1, 2021 |

In Iowa, the U.S. Grains Council is holding its annual meeting in person in Des Moines, Iowa, and online, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic and was joined by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary in the Biden Administration, Tom Vilsack, who addressed meeting attendees about the future of U.S. agricultural trade. […]

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Senators call on Biden to discuss future of the RFS

Senators call on Biden to discuss future of the RFS

July 29, 2021 |

In Washington, U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-Kan.) led several of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden requesting a meeting with him and representatives of his cabinet to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard and promote biofuels as a key solution for America’s energy and climate agenda. The Biden […]

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RFA tells President Biden its members will be net zero by 2050 or sooner

RFA tells President Biden its members will be net zero by 2050 or sooner

July 28, 2021 |

In Washington, in a letter sent Wednesday to President Joe Biden, Renewable Fuels Association members from across the country memorialized their commitment to ensuring ethanol achieves a net-zero carbon footprint, on average, by 2050 or sooner. Ethanol is already cutting greenhouse gas emissions by half compared to gasoline, the letter says, but “we can—and must—do […]

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UK launches public consultation regarding SAF blending mandate

UK launches public consultation regarding SAF blending mandate

July 27, 2021 |

In the UK, the Department for Transport has launched a public consultation regarding a potential SAF blending mandate starting in 2025 with the comment period open until September 19. The consultation proposes the introduction of an obligation on fuel suppliers to reduce the carbon footprint of jet fuel used in the UK, to be achieved […]

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National Corn Growers Association launches pro-ethanol campaign in DC

National Corn Growers Association launches pro-ethanol campaign in DC

July 26, 2021 |

In Washington, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has launched a new campaign in Washington D.C., outlining the environmental benefits of corn ethanol that can be realized today. The digital campaign is made up of non-skippable video units on streaming services, video on local websites within Washington D.C. and social media marketing on Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, […]

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Other Recent Articles

Ethanol production 5.8% above 2020 levels but still slightly below 2019

Ethanol production 5.8% above 2020 levels but still slightly below 2019

August 1, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production eased by 14,000 barrels per day (b/d), or 1.4%, to 1.014 million b/d, equivalent to 42.59 million gallons daily, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. Production was 5.8% above the same week last year but was 1.6% below the 2019 level. The four-week average ethanol production […]

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Protected: ABLC Digital 2021 presentations

Protected: ABLC Digital 2021 presentations

August 1, 2021 |

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Citizens group in New Zealand pushing against biofuels for trucking

Citizens group in New Zealand pushing against biofuels for trucking

July 29, 2021 |

In New Zealand, the Citizens Environmental Advocacy Center warns that use of trucks with biodiesel will cause far more damage to environment than using electric trucks, overseas studies have found that production of biofuels for use in diesel truck engines will speed up the climate change, not slow it down. CEAC instead has chosen to […]

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Eni and BASF team up on bio-propanol R&D

Eni and BASF team up on bio-propanol R&D

July 29, 2021 |

In Italy, Eni and BASF have signed a strategic agreement on a joint R&D initiative to reduce the CO2 footprint of the transportation sector. The cooperation aims to develop a new technology to produce advanced bio-propanol from glycerin, a side stream of the production of industrial biodiesel (FAME, fatty acid methyl ester), that Eni will […]

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Growth Energy slams EPA for failing to return missing gallons four years after ruling

Growth Energy slams EPA for failing to return missing gallons four years after ruling

July 29, 2021 |

In Washington, Thursday marked the four-year anniversary of the July 2017 ruling in Americans for Clean Energy v. EPA. The 2017 ruling required EPA to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons for 2016 renewable fuel blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). To date, EPA has failed to reconsider the 2016 RVO and has not restored the […]

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Glenfiddich producing biogas from distillery waste to fuel delivery trucks

Glenfiddich producing biogas from distillery waste to fuel delivery trucks

July 29, 2021 |

In the UK, Reuters reports that Glenfiddich has launched an initiative to produce biogas from its whisky distillation waste that will in turn fuel its own delivery trucks, three of which have already been converted to run on biogas. Already, fueling stations at its Dufftown distillery have been installed. Previously the company, like most distillers, […]

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