Major Stories

CO2 Usage in an Old Application, With a New Twist in an Ever-Growing Spiked Beverage Market

CO2 Usage in an Old Application, With a New Twist in an Ever-Growing Spiked Beverage Market

August 6, 2020 |

By Sam A. Rushing, President – Advanced Cryogenics, Ltd. Special to The Digest BACKGROUND New markets are opening, and competition is heating up over carbonating more than the traditional Coca – Cola, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper – Snapple, and many private labels of purely soft drinks. The rise, and rapid growth of hard seltzers is impressive. […]

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Squid self-repairing design inspires U.S. military, microflora-based vegan ice cream, dairy-waste to hand sanitizer, banana fiber PPE, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of August 6th

Squid self-repairing design inspires U.S. military, microflora-based vegan ice cream, dairy-waste to hand sanitizer, banana fiber PPE, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of August 6th

August 5, 2020 |

While taking a dip in the ocean, take a good look at that squid in a different light…researchers at the US Army Research Institute are developing a renewable, self-healing material inspired by squid teeth in the hopes it can be used to design self-repairing robots and uniforms. Then enjoy some surfside “Brave Robot” vegan ice […]

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Owning the Landscape: The Importance of Intellectual Property Rights in Engineered Biofuels

Owning the Landscape: The Importance of Intellectual Property Rights in Engineered Biofuels

August 4, 2020 |

By David Fournier, Chair for Patent Prosecution and Portfolio Counseling, Perkins Coie LLP Special to The Digest Biocarbons are experiencing significant investment and growth as a drop-in replacement for fossil fuels in energy and metals production.  As companies move from found fossil fuels to engineered biofuels, intellectual property rights will invariably have a significant impact […]

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A Whopping $97M from U.S. Department of Energy for Bioenergy Research and Development

A Whopping $97M from U.S. Department of Energy for Bioenergy Research and Development

August 3, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C. comes news from the U.S. Department of Energy that they gave more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy. These projects will improve the performance and lower the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce […]

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Inside GranBio, NextChem’s new partnership to “blow out” cellulosic ethanol global roll-out

Inside GranBio, NextChem’s new partnership to “blow out” cellulosic ethanol global roll-out

August 3, 2020 |

News arrives from Sao Paulo and Rome that GranBio and NextChem have inked a strategic alliance and will co-license GranBio’s patented technology for the production of second-generation ethanol. NextChem is a subsidiary of Italian engineering giant Maire Tecnimont dedicated to the energy transition. The news follows the announcement last week that GranBio has retained Citigroup […]

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8-Slide Guides

Building a Biobased Economy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BIO in a Post-COVID-19 World

Building a Biobased Economy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BIO in a Post-COVID-19 World

August 6, 2020 |

At ABLC Digital in July, Stephanie Batchelor, Vice President of the Industrial & Environmental Section at Biotechnology Innovation Organization shared this illuminating slide guide on how BIO is advocating for a resilient future, promoting LCFS in states and sustainable fuels at the federal level, advanced biobased manufacturing, and more.

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SAF Pathways, Emerging Tech, Commercialization: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CAAFI & Sustainable Aviation Fuel Affordability

SAF Pathways, Emerging Tech, Commercialization: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CAAFI & Sustainable Aviation Fuel Affordability

August 5, 2020 |

If you missed the first Sustainable Aviation Fuels session at ABLC Digital in July, have no fear, Steve Csonka’s slide guide is here! From enabling SAF affordability to the latest emerging technologies that lower cost or increase value, the potential for U.S. SAF build-out, the current SAF market pull, the latest SAF commercialization projects under way, […]

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Biomass Alliance for Logistics Efficiency and Specifications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BALES Bioenergy Feedstock Analysis

Biomass Alliance for Logistics Efficiency and Specifications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BALES Bioenergy Feedstock Analysis

August 4, 2020 |

Bale analysis, probes, core samples – measuring and analysis of bioenergy feedstocks is key. In this illuminating slide guide from ABLC Digital, the Idaho National Laboratory, Antares Group, ASDI, and B Hames Consulting share how bale probes are a novel sensor for in-field, real-time analysis of bioenergy feedstocks. From developing new tools for analysis of stover […]

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Co-Locating Renewable Diesel with Ethanol Biorefinery: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Saola Energy’s Renewable Diesel

Co-Locating Renewable Diesel with Ethanol Biorefinery: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Saola Energy’s Renewable Diesel

August 3, 2020 |

NextChem was in the news yesterday with the big announcement that they will co-license GranBio’s patented technology for the production of second-generation ethanol, but at ABLC Digital, NextChem was also mentioned in Saola Energy’s presentation and their partnership too. Find out how a renewable diesel plant can be co-located with an ethanol biorefinery, renewable diesel’s economic value, how […]

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Renewable products remain strong: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

Renewable products remain strong: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

August 2, 2020 |

“A solid quarter despite market turbulence due to COVID-19”, is how Neste is describing their second quarter of 2020 in this just released presentation. Check out this illuminating slide guide for the scoop on the company’s Q2 financials, how their renewable products segment helped maintain a strong quarter for the business, how the feedstock market tightening […]

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The Latest World News

Green Fuels and INOCASs team on macaúba project in Minas Gerais

Green Fuels and INOCASs team on macaúba project in Minas Gerais

August 6, 2020 |

In Brazil, Green Fuels and INOCAS announced an agreement to engage in the development of a sustainable fuels value chain in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Using macaúba in novel intercropping and agrosilvopastoral techniques, the partners intend to ensure future sustainable fuel production for distributed energy and land, marine and air transport sectors, as signatories of the Zona da Mata Biokerosene and Renewables Platform (an integrated biofuels and reforestation value chain promoted by the […]

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Triton Algae Innovations scales up scientific team despite COVID challenges

Triton Algae Innovations scales up scientific team despite COVID challenges

August 6, 2020 |

In California, San Diego-based future food company Triton Algae Innovations has scaled up its hiring, adding six new team members in the last two months despite the economic and practical challenges presented by the COVID pandemic. Triton is focused on bringing to market an entirely new variety of healthy food products derived from its non-GM […]

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EIB helps The Navigator Company to decarbonize with major biomass boiler investment

EIB helps The Navigator Company to decarbonize with major biomass boiler investment

August 6, 2020 |

In Portugal, the European Investment Bank (EIB) will support The Navigator Company, a major Portuguese industrial group and Europe’s leading pulp and paper manufacturer, with a EUR27.5 million loan for the construction and operation of a new biomass boiler at their integrated mill facility located in Figueira da Foz, a cohesion region in Portugal. This […]

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Nigeria signs MOU with Israeli methanol company for local production

Nigeria signs MOU with Israeli methanol company for local production

August 6, 2020 |

In Nigeria, Core TV news reports the Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the DOR Group of Israel for the production of methanol in Nigeria with an aim to replace kerosene as cooking fuel. The agreement follows an earlier cooperation agreement between Nigeria and Israel signed in June. Dor chemicals is the […]

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BP’s green shift could focus heavily on vertically integrated renewable diesel

BP’s green shift could focus heavily on vertically integrated renewable diesel

August 6, 2020 |

In the UK, Forbes reports BP announced this week that it would shift to cleaner forms of energy and cut oil production by 40% by 2030. As part of its strategic plan to move towards renewables includes a significant biofuels piece beyond its renewable diesel production at its Cherry Point Refinery in Blaine, Washington. Forbes […]

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R&D News

Nigerian researchers develop new nano-catalyst technology for UCO biodiesel production

Nigerian researchers develop new nano-catalyst technology for UCO biodiesel production

August 6, 2020 |

In Nigeria, researchers at the University of Ilorin have developed a biodiesel production process from used cooking oil using waste-iron-filling as the building blocks for a nano-catalyst. Scientists used UCO containing 6.1% free fatty acid as feedstock for the trials. The catalysts showed the effectiveness and relative stability for UCO transesterification over three cycles, demonstrating […]

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Stanford researchers determine ethanol policy could make Indian sugar production more sustainable

Stanford researchers determine ethanol policy could make Indian sugar production more sustainable

August 5, 2020 |

In California, Stanford researchers conducted the first comprehensive analysis of India’s sugar industry and its impact on water, food and energy resources through the lens of its political economy – that is, how entrenched political interests in sugar production threaten food, water and energy security over time. The results show that a national biofuel policy […]

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Indian researchers show how PPE can be used as biofuel feedstock

Indian researchers show how PPE can be used as biofuel feedstock

August 4, 2020 |

In India, plastic from used personal protective equipment (PPE) can, and should, be transformed into renewable liquid fuels—according to a new study, published in the peer-reviewed Taylor & Francis journal Biofuels. Experts from The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies have suggested a strategy that could help to mitigate the problem of dumped PPE—currently being […]

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DOE awards $13M for pennycress resiliency study

DOE awards $13M for pennycress resiliency study

August 3, 2020 |

In Illinois, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) awarded a $13 million grant to a nationwide project led by Illinois State University aimed at genetically strengthening Thlaspi arvense, commonly known as the weed pennycress and a relative of canola for use in sustainable energy efforts. The grant from the DOE will allow researchers to improve […]

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Researchers land $10M USDA grant for RNG from biomass and manure

Researchers land $10M USDA grant for RNG from biomass and manure

July 30, 2020 |

In Iowa, a new federal grant will allow a research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State and Roeslein Alternative Energy to develop new methods of turning biomass and manure into fuel. The five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture will power the Consortium for […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Nebraska to look at policy environment for ethanol with eye to improvements

Nebraska to look at policy environment for ethanol with eye to improvements

August 6, 2020 |

In Nebraska, KFOR radio reports state senator Joni Albrecht has submitted a bill that calls for a study looking into the policies impacting the state’s ethanol industry in order to find ways to streamline and improve the business climate. The study will also compare with policies other states are using to try to find ways […]

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DOE recommends EPA include partial “gap” SRE exemptions

DOE recommends EPA include partial “gap” SRE exemptions

August 5, 2020 |

In Washington, Reuters reports the Department of Energy recommended to the Environmental Protection Agency that it include partial exemptions from oil refiners seeking to reduce their RIN compliance under the Renewable Fuel Standard through “gap” requests. A total of 58 “gap” requests for small refinery hardship waivers have been submitted and the EPA now has […]

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Concerns US ambassador to Brazil helping Trump campaign by getting more ethanol quota

Concerns US ambassador to Brazil helping Trump campaign by getting more ethanol quota

August 4, 2020 |

In Washington, the Des Moines Register reports the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade sent a letter to the US ambassador to Brazil over claims in two Brazilian newspapers that the ambassador has been working to help President Trump win Iowa […]

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UK public consultation looks to increase cost of RTFO buy-out to boost biofuel consumption

UK public consultation looks to increase cost of RTFO buy-out to boost biofuel consumption

August 3, 2020 |

In the UK, the government has opened a public consultation that seeks to ensure the continued decarbonization of road transport fuels through the supply of renewable fuels under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). Biofuels supported under the RTFO have successfully reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport over the last 12 years and will […]

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Sen. Grassley wants $3B from next COVID-19 package for ethanol

Sen. Grassley wants $3B from next COVID-19 package for ethanol

July 30, 2020 |

In Iowa, the Iowa Capital Dispatch reports that after making comments earlier in the week about the ethanol industry needing to beg the agricultural secretary for further COVID-19 funding, Sen. Chuck Grassley has now put a $3 billion price tag on the industry’s needs. The Republican Senate proposal for the now round of supports includes […]

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Other Recent Articles

Oberon Fuels adds extra staff to help with rDME expansion

Oberon Fuels adds extra staff to help with rDME expansion

August 6, 2020 |

In California, Oberon Fuels has added five full-time employees to its team at its Brawley, Calif. production facility, located in a county with one of the highest unemployment rates in California. The expansion of the team comes as the company gears up to produce the first rDME in the United States and is the result […]

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European T2 ethanol hits eight-year high and record premium against gasoline

European T2 ethanol hits eight-year high and record premium against gasoline

August 5, 2020 |

In the Netherlands, Platts reports European T2 ethanol rose to an eight-year high this week at EUR715/cu m FOB Rotterdam, up EUR51 on the week, with the highest-ever premium to gasoline at $559.49/cu m. Even though prices were at a record low in March during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, demand recovered faster than […]

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Clariant expects Romanian sunliquid plant to be online by Q4 2021

Clariant expects Romanian sunliquid plant to be online by Q4 2021

August 5, 2020 |

In Romania, Romania Insider reports Clariant expects to commission its sunliquid plant in Podari by Q4 2021. The EUR140 million facility was expected to be online this year but even so, the company’s CFO says construction is progressing well. When online, it will produce 50,000 metric tons of cellulosic ethanol annually. A total of EUR40 […]

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CVR Energy exploring $100M renewable diesel facility at Wynnewood refinery

CVR Energy exploring $100M renewable diesel facility at Wynnewood refinery

August 5, 2020 |

In Oklahoma, Platts reports CVR Energy is looking to begin renewable diesel production at its Wynnewood refinery. Earlier, the company said it was looking at the possibility, following in the footsteps of other refiners who have added RD production capacity. Engineering studies have already been commissioned for the proposed $100 million facility that would produce […]

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Valero Q2 earnings show renewable diesel lead on operating income generation

Valero Q2 earnings show renewable diesel lead on operating income generation

August 5, 2020 |

In Texas, Seeking Alpha reports that Valero’s most recent Q2 earnings show that renewable diesel has surpassed refining and ethanol as the primary source of operating income. The other two segments suffered severe losses due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company expects renewable diesel margins to remain about $2 per gallon throughout […]

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UK grain coop looking to build 500kW biogas digester to improve carbon footprint

UK grain coop looking to build 500kW biogas digester to improve carbon footprint

August 5, 2020 |

In the UK, the Northumberland Gazette reports a cooperative of 80 grain farmers is seeking to build a 500kW biogas digester to supply energy to its grains operations and reduce its carbon footprint. The facility would use low quality grain, rather than shipping it off for use as ethanol production at facilities elsewhere in the […]

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