Major Stories

Synova, SABIC, Technip Energies join forces to accelerate plastic circularity

Synova, SABIC, Technip Energies join forces to accelerate plastic circularity

December 1, 2022 |

From Netherlands comes news that Synova, SABIC Global Technologies and Technip Energies  have signed a Joint Development and Cooperation Agreement on November 23, 2022 to collaborate on the development and realization of a commercial plant, which will produce olefins and aromatics from plastic waste.  In support of Synova and the collaboration, SABIC’s affiliate SABIC Ventures […]

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CIRCULAR BTX: Anellotech’s aromatics from mixed waste plastics, now available

CIRCULAR BTX: Anellotech’s aromatics from mixed waste plastics, now available

December 1, 2022 |

News has arrived from the gang at Pearl River that Anellotech is offering drum-quantity product samples of aromatics produced from recycled mixed waste plastics. The recycled benzene, toluene and xylenes, known as CIRCULAR BTX, will be available to current and potential commercial partners. The production story The samples are made at Anellotech’s TCat-8 facility — a […]

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The renewing Power of Progress in renewable Power: Shell acquires Nature Energy in $2B RNG deal

The renewing Power of Progress in renewable Power: Shell acquires Nature Energy in $2B RNG deal

November 29, 2022 |

News arrives from Europe that Shell plc has agreed to acquire 100% of Nature Energy for nearly USD $2 billion (€ 1.9 billion) from Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, Pioneer Point Partners and Sampension. The acquisition will be absorbed within Shell’s current capital range, which remains unchanged. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and […]

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Axens, Chiyoda and the search for liquid hydrogen carriers

Axens, Chiyoda and the search for liquid hydrogen carriers

November 28, 2022 |

From France and Japan comes news that Axens and Chiyoda Corporation have inked a partnership to facilitate hydrogen supply chain projects via methylcyclohexane, known widely as MCH, as a Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier, and promote a combination of Axens’ Toluene Hydrogenation technology and Chiyoda’s SPERA Hydrogen technology. The hydrogen backstory According to the International Energy […]

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The Well-Earned Prize: NEXT Renewables’ proposed SPAC merger, in detail

The Well-Earned Prize: NEXT Renewables’ proposed SPAC merger, in detail

November 25, 2022 |

Back in October, we speculated that the gang at NEXT might muse from time to time about re-naming their company BY GRABTHAR’S HAMMER, EVENTUALLY — given the epic effort they’ve undertaken in developing their massive Columbia River RD and SAF project, but they’ve found a better name altogether. We reported last week that NEXT Renewable Fuels […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Hexas Biomass

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Hexas Biomass

December 2, 2022 |

Hexas is a biomaterials company focused on the production of regenerative, plant-based raw materials that replace wood and fossil fuel-based materials in multiple applications. Applications for these plant-based materials include: energy, chemicals, packaging, textiles, composites, structural/non-structural products, bioremediation, and more. Hexas has developed a farm-to-fiber platform for the reliable delivery of XanoFiber. They produce this […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Clariant Cellulosic Ethanol technology

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Clariant Cellulosic Ethanol technology

December 1, 2022 |

Chemicals, catalysis, additives. Clariant shared how they are working on advancing biofuels globally and here offers extensive detail on their sunliquid technology to decarbonize transportation, now operating at commercial scale in Romania. A fully integrated and carbon negative process, sunliquid is a platform for sustainable biobased products too such as cosmetics, lubricants, plastics and more. […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction for Sustainable Liquid Fuels

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Hydrothermal Liquefaction for Sustainable Liquid Fuels

November 30, 2022 |

Research has shown that HTL technology is one of the most energy-efficient solutions for handling wet biomass streams. Circlia Nordic’s proprietary Technology is well suited for multiple applications, such as: wastewater treatment, plastics, manure, and many more.. Circlia Nordic’s technology and solution can be increased in capacity if needed. Our technology is ready to handle […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to ChemCatBio

November 29, 2022 |

ChemCatBio’s mission is to accelerate the catalyst and process development cycle for bioenergy applications – but how? What’s the potential impact of a billion-ton bioeconomy? What are the catalysis challenges in the conversion of biomass and waste feedstocks and how can we overcome them? NREL’s Josh Shaidle presented these slides at ABLC Next 2022.

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the NXT SPAC merger and Columbia River project

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the NXT SPAC merger and Columbia River project

November 25, 2022 |

We reported last week that NEXT Renewable Fuels and ITAQ, a special purpose acquisition company, signed a merger agreement expected to result in NXTCLEAN Fuels, Inc. We profiled the project in NEXT Renewable Fuels and its big, big, big, long, long, long project in Oregon, here. But we have even more today: You can visualize the […]

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The Latest World News

Manchester Airports aims to secure direct supply of low carbon hydrogen fuel

Manchester Airports aims to secure direct supply of low carbon hydrogen fuel

December 2, 2022 |

In the UK, Manchester Airport has unveiled plans to become the first UK airport with a direct supply of low carbon hydrogen fuel, announcing a partnership with HyNet – one of the UK’s Government-backed industrial decarbonization projects. The airport has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the two founding partners of HyNet. Progressive Energy, […]

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South Africa aims to become a leading country in green hydrogen

South Africa aims to become a leading country in green hydrogen

December 2, 2022 |

In South Africa, Devdiscourse reported that South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled the country’s intention to become a world leader in green hydrogen. “We are determined to make full use of our substantial endowments to meet the challenges of climate change and to achieve a just transition that benefits all our people,” Ramaphosa said during […]

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Egyptian ministers carry out follow-up meeting on waste-to-energy project in Giza

Egyptian ministers carry out follow-up meeting on waste-to-energy project in Giza

December 2, 2022 |

In Egypt, local newspaper Daily News reported that Egypt’s Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad met with Minister of Local Development Hisham Amna, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker, and Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed Salah El-Din Mostafa, to follow up on the national project to establish a municipal waste-to-energy plant in […]

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Sarawak to launch microalgae production facility in February 2023

Sarawak to launch microalgae production facility in February 2023

December 2, 2022 |

In Malaysia, Borneo Post Online reported that Sarawak’s premier Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said that a microalgae production facility is expected to be launched by February next year. He noted the five-hectare algae production facility will mark the state government’s commitment to achieve greener and cleaner coal power generation. “I am proud of […]

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Jamaican government identifies potential sites for waste-to-energy plants

Jamaican government identifies potential sites for waste-to-energy plants

December 2, 2022 |

In Jamaica, Jamaica Gleaner reported that Prime Minister Andrew Holness confirmed that the government has identified two sites for the construction of waste-to-energy facilities. The government did not reveal the location of the sites. “Very soon the plastic bottle that you throw through the window will become very valuable in the production of energy,” Holness said. […]

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R&D News

NTU Singapore scientists convert waste paper into component for lithium-ion batteries

NTU Singapore scientists convert waste paper into component for lithium-ion batteries

December 1, 2022 |

In Singapore, scientists from NTU Singapore have developed a technique to convert waste paper, from single-use packaging and bags, and cardboard boxes, into a crucial component of lithium-ion batteries. Through a process called carbonisation which converts paper into pure carbon, the NTU researchers turned the paper’s fibres into electrodes, which can be made into rechargeable […]

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WPI researchers create method for making net-zero aviation fuel

WPI researchers create method for making net-zero aviation fuel

December 1, 2022 |

In Massachusetts, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a potential recipe for a net-zero fuel for planes that will pull carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air. Through modeling and computation analysis, the researchers developed a formula for a fuel that consists of magnesium, a mineral that is found […]

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Berkley Lab researchers develop process to convert CO2 into liquid acetate

Berkley Lab researchers develop process to convert CO2 into liquid acetate

November 30, 2022 |

In California, scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have demonstrated a new technique, modeled after a metabolic process found in some bacteria, to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into liquid acetate, a key ingredient in producing “liquid sunlight” or solar fuels through artificial photosynthesis. The new approach, reported in Nature Catalysis, could help advance […]

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KTH researchers develop wood-based degradable plastic

KTH researchers develop wood-based degradable plastic

November 29, 2022 |

In Sweden, plastics used in home furnishings and constructions materials could be replaced with a new kind of wood-based degradable plastic with semi-structural strength. Unlike thermoplastic, the material can be broken down without harm to the environment, researchers at KTH have reported. One of the goals of renewable wood composite development is to make materials […]

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Johannes Kepler University researchers create “MycelioTronics”

Johannes Kepler University researchers create “MycelioTronics”

November 28, 2022 |

In Austria, scientists have dubbed the new innovative substance “MycelioTronics” and researchers Johannes Kepler University Linz believe it’s a “global first” that could result in more sustainable electronics. At any rate, the fungal skin is an “ingenious barrier”. As described in the journal “Science Advances”, the approach was “more or less an accidental discovery”. Tnstitute […]

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Policy & Policymakers

EPA launches proposal to expand renewable energy through the Renewable Fuel Standard

EPA launches proposal to expand renewable energy through the Renewable Fuel Standard

December 1, 2022 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a multi-part proposal that will build on the strong foundation for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program started in the Biden-Harris Administration and seeks to advance the priorities of energy security, less pollution, and consumer protection. The RFS “Set” proposal requests public input on required volumes of biofuel […]

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India to propose global biofuels alliance at 2023 G20 summit

India to propose global biofuels alliance at 2023 G20 summit

December 1, 2022 |

In India, Mint reported that Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas. Hardeep Singh Puri stated that the country will advocate for a global alliance on biofuels at the upcoming G20 summit. “We will utilize our G20 presidency to try and set up an international biofuel alliance like the International Solar Alliance,” Puri said at […]

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Bipartisan group of Senators submit bill to bring back year-round E15

Bipartisan group of Senators submit bill to bring back year-round E15

November 30, 2022 |

In Washington, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, joined a bipartisan group of Midwest senators on a push to expand the year-round sales of E15 nationwide. The Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to ethanol blends above […]

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Renewable Carbon Initiative calls on European Commission to boost renewable chemicals mandate

Renewable Carbon Initiative calls on European Commission to boost renewable chemicals mandate

November 29, 2022 |

In Germany, the Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) says the European Commission’s Communication on Sustainable Carbon Cycles, as published in December 2021 included an “Industrial Sustainable Carbon challenge” which entails, among other targets, having 20% of all carbon in chemicals and plastic products from sustainable non-fossil sources by 2030. The Communication outlines important strategic steps into […]

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Brazilian president rejects use of Petrobras’ R5 in biodiesel blending mandate

Brazilian president rejects use of Petrobras’ R5 in biodiesel blending mandate

November 28, 2022 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports the current president of Brazil vetoed the coming National Council for Energy Policy (CNPE) decision that would allow biodiesel produced by “any technological route of production” to be included in the biodiesel blending mandate. Last week’s decision would have allowed Petrobras Gasóleo R5, a fuel co-processed with vegetable oil in a […]

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Other Recent Articles

GreenTechnologies gets Competitive USDA SBIR Phase II grant

GreenTechnologies gets Competitive USDA SBIR Phase II grant

December 2, 2022 |

In Florida, GreenTechnologies announced that its research and commercialization project for a new Reactive Layer Coating (RLC) technology for biobased fertilizers has been awarded a highly competitive Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II Award of $649,875 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). GreenTechnologies noted that it will develop pilot scale manufacturing capabilities […]

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Ryanair and Shell signs MOU for 120M gallons of SAF by 2030

Ryanair and Shell signs MOU for 120M gallons of SAF by 2030

December 1, 2022 |

In Ireland, Ryanair and Shell signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) to advance the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at over 200 Ryanair airports across Europe, with particular focus on SAF supply at RYR’s largest bases like Dublin and London Stansted. While SAF is a key enabler of aviation decarbonisation, it currently accounts for […]

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EIA says record levels of ethanol blending occurred this summer

EIA says record levels of ethanol blending occurred this summer

December 1, 2022 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency said that last summer, when the price of fuel ethanol was lower than the petroleum component of gasoline, record amounts of ethanol were blended into the gasoline sold in the United States (blend rates). The summer 2022 fuel ethanol blend rate from June through August reached 10.5%, the highest […]

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BioHome3D launched in Maine

BioHome3D launched in Maine

December 1, 2022 |

In Maine, on Nov. 21, the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) unveiled BioHome3D, the first 3D-printed house made entirely with bio-based materials. BioHome3D was developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hub and Spoke program between the UMaine and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Partners included MaineHousing and the Maine […]

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Zara teams with Evrnu to sell clothes made from recycled waste material

Zara teams with Evrnu to sell clothes made from recycled waste material

December 1, 2022 |

In Washington state, Zara has tapped textile innovations company Evrnu to supply its breakthrough recycled waste material, NuCycl Lyocell, for a new capsule collection. Comprising two oversized collared shirts and wide-leg trousers, the Zara x Evrnu collection is available now on Zara.com and select Zara stores worldwide. Evrnu’s mission is to use textile waste as […]

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Essar Oil to build $441M carbon capture facility as part of its energy transition

Essar Oil to build $441M carbon capture facility as part of its energy transition

December 1, 2022 |

In the UK, Essar Oil UK Limited announced its plan to build a £360 million major new carbon capture plant at its Stanlow refinery in line with its ambition to become a leading low carbon refinery by 2030. Essar is investing over £1 billion into a range of energy efficiency, fuel-switching, and carbon capture initiatives, […]

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