Major Stories

ABLC 2020 – From Pioneer to Player, Field to Fork, Plant to Pump, and Trash to Cash

ABLC 2020 – From Pioneer to Player, Field to Fork, Plant to Pump, and Trash to Cash

August 19, 2019 |

In Florida, The Digest announced that the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC 2020) will be held March 25-27, 2020 at the Mayflower Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC, and outlined the agenda, themes and announced a first wave of event speakers. More about ABLC The event website, agenda and conference details including registration and the 2 […]

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The Golden Cow – Is India the place to be for biofuels?

The Golden Cow – Is India the place to be for biofuels?

August 18, 2019 |

Aemetis may be based in California, but it has set sights in India thanks to the country’s growing biofuel market. And it’s not just Aemetis that sees India’s biofuel market as key for their own growth, but what exactly is the market there? What is it predicted to be? Is India the cash cow for […]

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The Competitive Edge: Integrated BioChem, LLC

The Competitive Edge: Integrated BioChem, LLC

August 15, 2019 |

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? The technology was developed to provide a way to address two growing problems that exist in both the developed and […]

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Robocar’s biobased seat cushions, miscanthus bedding, churro waste fat based diesel, edible spoons, cellulose-based fabric, sausage without the sausage, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 15th

Robocar’s biobased seat cushions, miscanthus bedding, churro waste fat based diesel, edible spoons, cellulose-based fabric, sausage without the sausage, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 15th

August 14, 2019 |

As the end of summer approaches, county fairs are popping up around the U.S. and with it, churros and other waste. But innovators are turning churro waste fats into renewable diesel, using edible flavored spoons to avoid fair waste, rain ponchos made from sugarcane-based bioplastic, packaging from cornstarch and spruce wood, and more. Here are […]

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The Safrinha subpoena, or, do they that soy the wind ripen the whirlwind?

The Safrinha subpoena, or, do they that soy the wind ripen the whirlwind?

August 12, 2019 |

“They will sow wheat but reap thorns; they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.” — Jeremiah 12:13 If you want to see climate change, you can go north until you see it, or you can go south until you smell it. As in, welcome to the tropics, dude, we stink! Today we’re going to relate […]

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8-Slide Guides

Feeding the Fishies: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Multi-Slide Guide to KnipBio’s Aquaculture Feed

Feeding the Fishies: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Multi-Slide Guide to KnipBio’s Aquaculture Feed

August 19, 2019 |

KnipBio is a biotechnology company developing responsible and sustainable commercial feed solutions for the aquaculture industry. KnipBio’s game-changing single cell protein combines the attributes of protein-packed fishmeal and carotenoids into a single fishmeal replacement — KnipBio Meal (KBM). Larry Feinberg, PhD, CEO, Co-Founder & Board Member of KnipBio gave this illuminating overview of how their […]

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The Digital Deluge: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj’s Digital Biology

The Digital Deluge: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj’s Digital Biology

August 19, 2019 |

Digital biology is a phrase that seems as mystical as a unicorn, but Vineet Rajgarhia, Senior VP of Biochemicals at Praj Industries, shared this presentation at ABLC 2019 in Washington, D.C. on how the oil industry is using digital tools and how biofuels, biochemicals, and biotech can use digital tools to transform themselves. The presentation […]

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Got gas? Biogas, that is: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen’s Cellulosic Biofuels

Got gas? Biogas, that is: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen’s Cellulosic Biofuels

August 18, 2019 |

Iogen was the world`s first company to successfully use modern “enzymatic hydrolysis” technology to produce commercial quantities of cellulosic ethanol for field demonstrations… beginning production in 2004. They are also developing new ways to use biogas, another cellulosic biofuel, as a transportation fuel. Brian Foody, President & CEO of Iogen Corporation offered insight into developing […]

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Much More than Kool-Aid and Warren Buffet: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to BioNebraska

Much More than Kool-Aid and Warren Buffet: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to BioNebraska

August 18, 2019 |

Nebraska is home to the invention of Kool-Aid, home to billionaire Warren Buffet, and home to the first Arbor Day, but the state’s innovations go beyond that. It’s also home to production facilities for Novartis, Zoetis, Celerion, Merck Animal Health, and Novozymes. And one organization is trying to be the champion of biotechnology and an […]

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Scars Are Beautiful: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Market Perspectives

Scars Are Beautiful: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Market Perspectives

August 15, 2019 |

Scars are a sign you’ve been there and survived. You overcame. You learned something, maybe the hard way. And Patrick Gruber, CEO of Gevo, a company that produces low-carbon, renewable, high-performance fuel products, shows us just how beautiful scars can be. Check out his illuminating presentation where he shares what Gevo has learned over the […]

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The Latest World News

Ethanol production expands over previous week

Ethanol production expands over previous week

August 18, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., ethanol production averaged 1.045 million barrels per day (b/d)— equivalent to 43.89 million gallons daily, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association. Output expanded by 5,000 b/d (0.5%) over the previous week. However, the four-week average ethanol production rate declined for the sixth consecutive week, down 0.5% to 1.039 […]

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Neste introduces a new IMO2020-compliant low-sulphur marine fuel

Neste introduces a new IMO2020-compliant low-sulphur marine fuel

August 18, 2019 |

In Finland, Neste is offering a new IMO2020-compliant marine fuel for shipping companies to meet the International Maritime Organization requirement that will enforce a 0.5% global sulphur cap on fuel content for areas currently with 3.5% limit starting on January 1, 2020. In these areas, all vessels will be required to use fuel with a […]

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BASF and the University of Heidelberg extend cooperation at Catalysis Research Lab

BASF and the University of Heidelberg extend cooperation at Catalysis Research Lab

August 18, 2019 |

In Germany, BASF and the University of Heidelberg will jointly continue operating their Catalysis Research Laboratory (CaRLa) where researchers work on issues relating to homogeneous catalysis for a further three years. The current research work focuses primarily on efficient and resource-conserving synthesis methods, including methods using carbon dioxide (CO2) or renewable resources as starting materials. […]

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FuelCell energy’s carbonate fuel cell tech produces graphene and carbon fiber

FuelCell energy’s carbonate fuel cell tech produces graphene and carbon fiber

August 18, 2019 |

In Missouri, New Energy Opportunities reports that FuelCell Energy’s solid oxide cells produce electricity more efficiently than a steam-fired generator, but the efficiency is driven by the hydrogen that is also produced in the process. FuelCell Energy’s molten carbonate fuel cell technology can be used to produce graphene and carbon fiber materials from virtually all […]

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Montreal invests $167M to build biomethane plant

Montreal invests $167M to build biomethane plant

August 18, 2019 |

In Canada, the city of Montreal is investing $167 million (nearly $126 million USD) to build a plant on an old quarry site that will convert organic waste into renewable gas energy via biomethanation. The Montreal Gazette reports that it will cost $129.8 million for its design and construction and that maintenance for five years […]

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R&D News

Michigan State researchers create synthetic nano-sized factory based on bacteria

Michigan State researchers create synthetic nano-sized factory based on bacteria

August 19, 2019 |

In Michigan, researchers at Michigan State University has created a synthetic nano-sized factory, based on natural ones found in bacteria. This research could someday lead to new medical, industrial or bioenergy applications. Natural nanofactories are found in bacteria all over the planet. Some make nutrients. Others sequester toxic materials that would otherwise make the bacteria […]

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Researchers develop targeting of light-activated proteins

Researchers develop targeting of light-activated proteins

August 18, 2019 |

In Germany, researchers at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have developed a new strategy for the design of light-sensitive proteins. Such proteins, also called optogenetic tools, can be switched on and off by light pulses, thereby triggering targeted cellular processes. With their help, it is possible, for example, to study in living organisms and to control […]

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Rutgers researchers discover how algae harness solar energy

Rutgers researchers discover how algae harness solar energy

August 15, 2019 |

In New Jersey, scientists have discovered how diatoms – a type of alga that produce 20 percent of the Earth’s oxygen – harness solar energy for photosynthesis. The Rutgers University-led discovery, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could help lead to more efficient and affordable algae-based biofuels and combat climate […]

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Serbian researchers boost microalgae lipid content to 30% using stress methods

Serbian researchers boost microalgae lipid content to 30% using stress methods

August 14, 2019 |

In Serbia, local press reports that after two years of work, researchers from the University of Belgrade’s Institute for Multidisciplinary Research have developed a way to boost lipid content in microalgae to around 30% by stressing the organisms. The increased oil content could have a major impact in the economic viability of algae as a […]

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Tulane University researcher gets $507,000 NSF award to study bacteria’s role in biofuels

Tulane University researcher gets $507,000 NSF award to study bacteria’s role in biofuels

August 13, 2019 |

In Louisiana, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Tulane University, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Early Career Award. The $507,000 award will allow the researcher and his team of graduate students to continue their work on a type of bacteria with potentially important applications in biofuels, carbon capture and […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Malaysia offers UK route to palm oil trade post-Brexit

Malaysia offers UK route to palm oil trade post-Brexit

August 19, 2019 |

In Malaysia, Bloomberg reports that the country’s prime minister said in an opinion column that the UK could avoid the European trade war with the country by taking its own route post-Brexit by importing palm oil. Though he said he hopes to avoid a trade war with the EU and continues to “hold out the […]

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President Trump called EPA before small refinery exemptions announcement

President Trump called EPA before small refinery exemptions announcement

August 18, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., Reuters reported that President Trump made a phone call last week to Andrew Wheeler at the EPA to give the go ahead on the small refinery exemptions to 31 of the 40 applications, with sources citing that President Trump just wanted the issue off his desk. The small refinery exemption waivers were […]

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Zimbabwe moving forward with 2030 biofuel strategy with jatropha back on the cards

Zimbabwe moving forward with 2030 biofuel strategy with jatropha back on the cards

August 15, 2019 |

In Zimbabwe, local press reports that the government is moving forward with its long-awaited national biofuels plan that looks to promote sugarcane and jatropha as key feedstocks for ethanol and biodiesel production while also exploring other potential feedstocks such as cassava and sweet sorghum. The policy aims to take the country through 2030 as it […]

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Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stands behind RFS as it is

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg stands behind RFS as it is

August 14, 2019 |

In Indiana, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has come out swinging against the Trump Administration’s position on hardship waivers for small refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard, saying in his strategy to support rural America that he will “stop the abuse” of the waivers and stand by the RFS as written. He says by allowing […]

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Urban Air Initiative and National Farmers Union lead court appeal over EPA limits to higher ethanol blending

Urban Air Initiative and National Farmers Union lead court appeal over EPA limits to higher ethanol blending

August 13, 2019 |

In Washington, in a joint petition filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals, a broad alliance of ethanol, agriculture, and clean fuel organizations requested judicial review of a recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rulemaking that would limit ethanol blending and restrict the use of blender pumps. The Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and National Farmers […]

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Other Recent Articles

LPG company gets new Bio-LNG trucks instead of conventional diesel

LPG company gets new Bio-LNG trucks instead of conventional diesel

August 18, 2019 |

In the United Kingdom, Flogas Britain, a liquefied petroleum gas supplier, introduced two new Bio-LNG powered trucks from Volvo into their fleet to cut their carbon emissions. The trucks provide an 80% reduction in carbon emissions compared to the conventional diesel engine alternative and they are in operation as of this month. The new Volvo […]

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UFOP says that double counting from waste feedstocks has been main HVO driver

UFOP says that double counting from waste feedstocks has been main HVO driver

August 15, 2019 |

In Germany, UFOP says production of hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) in the European Union has picked up pace since 2012. Fossil fuel groups, such as Neste, Eni and Total, were the main entities promoting the creation of corresponding capacities. From the perspective of the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP), the key reason […]

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Neste scores partnership for renewable diesel distribution in Oregon

Neste scores partnership for renewable diesel distribution in Oregon

August 15, 2019 |

In Oregon, Neste announced an exclusive partnership with a distributor in Oregon, McCall Companies. Through this partner, fleet owners now have access to high-performance low-carbon Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, making this the first time the fuel is available in Oregon. Since launching in California in 2017, Neste estimates that Neste MY Renewable Diesel has reduced […]

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RFA asks Australia to consider US ethanol imports

RFA asks Australia to consider US ethanol imports

August 15, 2019 |

In Washington, in a letter sent Thursday, the Renewable Fuels Association encouraged Australia’s energy minister to strongly consider U.S. ethanol imports as a cleaner, more affordable alternative to purchasing oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  According to RFA, opening the Australian market to ethanol imports would be good for the continent’s economy and air […]

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USDA attaché report says India will blend record 5.8% of ethanol this year

USDA attaché report says India will blend record 5.8% of ethanol this year

August 15, 2019 |

In India, the USDA’s attaché reports that ethanol blending this year could reach a record 5.8%, above last year’s 4.1% as the government pushes for higher blending through deregulation of feedstocks, soft loans for increased investment in ethanol production and focus on 2G ethanol technologies and commercialization. Oil marketing companies are seen sourcing 2.4 billion […]

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Welsh LanzaTech aviation biofuel pilot project on the cards

Welsh LanzaTech aviation biofuel pilot project on the cards

August 15, 2019 |

In the UK, Business Live reports that local authorities are working with LanzaTech on a potential pilot project to use its technology at the Tata steelworks facility in Port Tabot for the production of 30 million gallons of aviation biofuel annually. The project, along with a number of other renewable energy projects including waste-to-energy are […]

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