Major Stories

Bombshell: Propel Fuels sues Phillips 66 over “Year-long extraction of trade secrets”

Bombshell: Propel Fuels sues Phillips 66 over “Year-long extraction of trade secrets”

May 18, 2022 |

In California, Judge Evelio Grillo of the Superior Court of Alameda County has unsealed a Propel Fuels-Phillips 66 lawsuit, ordered that Propel Fuels file an unredacted copy of the suit. According to Propel, the suit alleges hat “the Texas-based oil company misappropriated Propel’s trade secrets and engaged in unlawful business practices in violation of California’s Uniform […]

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Algae-based batteries, biodegradable COVID-19 tests, BMW’s biobased coatings, Heinz biobottles, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of May 19th

Algae-based batteries, biodegradable COVID-19 tests, BMW’s biobased coatings, Heinz biobottles, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of May 19th

May 18, 2022 |

Can you imagine running a computer chip on algae – yes, algae – for more than six months? Apparently, that’s now possible thanks to biochemists at the University of Cambridge who created the biobased battery alternative to power small electronics during their “pandemic project”. And speaking of the pandemic, goodness knows we’ve taken more COVID-19 […]

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On the Move – Topsoe, Yield10, Calyxt, BASF, Biotalys, Tidal Vision, New Culture and more

On the Move – Topsoe, Yield10, Calyxt, BASF, Biotalys, Tidal Vision, New Culture and more

May 17, 2022 |

Josh Kittelson, PhD, former Bolt Threads VP, joins New Culture as VP of Biology In California, Bay Area-based New Culture hired Josh Kittleson, PhD, as the company’s VP of Biology. New Culture is leading the global movement to an animal-free dairy future, offering animal-free dairy products that are indistinguishable from conventional products in taste, texture, […]

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Embracing the Potential of Carbon Capture and Utilization as an Essential Strategy for Decarbonizing the Power Sector

Embracing the Potential of Carbon Capture and Utilization as an Essential Strategy for Decarbonizing the Power Sector

May 16, 2022 |

By Anna Douglas, Co-Founder and CEO, SkyNano Technologies Special to The Digest In early April 2022, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the third part of its sixth climate assessment report, outlining actions that can be taken to mitigate climate change. One of the report’s top recommendations is to replace fossil fuels with renewables. […]

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Breakthrough for cows: NovoNutrients achieves “beef-quality” protein from CO2 instead of cattle

Breakthrough for cows: NovoNutrients achieves “beef-quality” protein from CO2 instead of cattle

May 16, 2022 |

Outperforms plant proteins, on path to deliver beef-level nutrition at soy cost From California comes hard data on protein made from thin air, which is to say CO2 emissions. The good news, the quality is virtually identical to beef –  it’s “beef-quality protein, without the cow,” the company states. NovoNutrients announced successful production of protein […]

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8-Slide Guides

Solving Today’s Ag Challenges: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to FFAR

Solving Today’s Ag Challenges: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to FFAR

May 19, 2022 |

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research builds public-private partnerships and funds pioneering research focusing on key challenge areas like next generation crops, soil health, advanced animal systems, sustainable water management, and more. Find out who is involved, what programs are used to invest in the scientific workforce, their latest work with biochar, and more.

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Survey Says Biofuels Indispensable for Security: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to UFOP’s Biofuels Survey

Survey Says Biofuels Indispensable for Security: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to UFOP’s Biofuels Survey

May 18, 2022 |

The war in Ukraine affects important agricultural markets and restrictions on legal requirements for the production of biodiesel and bioethanol lead to an increase in imports of protein animal feeds and thus to an increase in land requirements in the exporting countries, according to UFOP. Get all their latest on how without biofuels, the main […]

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Reaching New Records with Renewables: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Raízen

Reaching New Records with Renewables: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Raízen

May 17, 2022 |

The Digest just covered big news from Brazil-based Raízen on their $395 million investment into two new cellulosic ethanol plants that will utilize sugarcane bagasse (wastes from sugarcane sweetener processing), and here is their latest short and sweet earnings presentation highlighting their new records, bioenergy parks productivity, ethanol and bioenergy commercialization latest, and more.

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Russia’s Impact on Biomaterials: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Stora Enso

Russia’s Impact on Biomaterials: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Stora Enso

May 16, 2022 |

What does President and CEO Annica Bresky of Store Enso have to say about today’s turbulent environment and Stora Enso’s performance, purpose, and plans? Check out this illuminating slide guide to how they are finding solutions for their Russian operations and sourcing, the latest on their renewable products, divestment of paper assets to make room […]

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Renewable Diesel & SAF Outlook: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Emerging Markets Online

Renewable Diesel & SAF Outlook: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Emerging Markets Online

May 15, 2022 |

What’s the short, mid and long term outlook for renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels? Find out from William Thurmond, President & CEO of Emerging Markets Online in this illuminating slide guide to find out where electrofuels, fats and greases, cellulosic-GTL, RNG and other fuels stand in terms of the latest trends, what’s next, what […]

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The Latest World News

Kuehne+Nagel teams with IAG Cargo on transatlantic SAF use

Kuehne+Nagel teams with IAG Cargo on transatlantic SAF use

May 19, 2022 |

In the UK, Kuehne+Nagel will reduce emissions by purchasing eight million liters of sustainable aviation fuel. The delivery will be over 2022 and will remove approximately 18,300 metric tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of 350 British Airways flights between London and New York. The SAF, manufactured from sustainable waste feedstocks, will be sourced […]

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Tallgrass to capture CO2 from ADM’s Columbus corn-processing complex

Tallgrass to capture CO2 from ADM’s Columbus corn-processing complex

May 19, 2022 |

In Nebraska, Tallgrass announced it has entered into an agreement with ADM that would pave the way for Tallgrass to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from ADM’s corn-processing complex in Columbus, Neb., and transport it to Tallgrass’ Eastern Wyoming Sequestration Hub for permanent underground storage. By utilizing a converted natural gas pipeline for CO2 transportation, Tallgrass […]

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HEINZ teams with Pulpex to develop paper-based, renewable and recyclable bottle

HEINZ teams with Pulpex to develop paper-based, renewable and recyclable bottle

May 19, 2022 |

In Pennsylvania, HEINZ is teaming up with Pulpex to develop a paper-based, renewable and recyclable bottle made from 100 percent sustainably sourced wood pulp. Innovating its iconic ketchup bottle, HEINZ is the first sauce brand to test the potential of Pulpex’s sustainable paper bottle packaging for its range of world-famous condiments.  HEINZ and Pulpex are […]

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Caffe Inc. and Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund to build coffee waste recycling plant

Caffe Inc. and Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund to build coffee waste recycling plant

May 19, 2022 |

In the Netherlands, Caffe Inc. BV and the Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund (ACEF) have joined forces to build a 100% circular recycling plant for coffee waste in Amsterdam. In the factory coffee waste is recycled into coffee oil for use in the personal care industry and into coffee blocks applied in biobased materials. These […]

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VitroLabs scores $46M in Series A financing

VitroLabs scores $46M in Series A financing

May 19, 2022 |

In California, VitroLabs Inc, a Bay-Area-based biotech company leading the development of a new scientific process to grow the world’s first cellular cultivated animal leather, announced that it has closed its Series A financing to build and scale pilot production. The company has raised a total of $46 million. Series A funding is led by […]

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R&D News

Stockholm University researchers lead study on producing methanol from CO2 with copper-zinc catalyst

Stockholm University researchers lead study on producing methanol from CO2 with copper-zinc catalyst

May 19, 2022 |

In Sweden, international research team led by researchers of Stockholm University has for the first time been able to study the surface of a copper-zinc catalyst when carbon dioxide is reduced to methanol. The results – obtained at DESY´s brilliant light source PETRA III – are published in the scientific journal Science. A better knowledge […]

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New Zealand researchers score funding for biopolymers

New Zealand researchers score funding for biopolymers

May 18, 2022 |

In Australia, in a bid to replace the harmful chemicals used in durable water repellent (DWR) textile coatings, a new research collaboration is developing a sustainable alternative made from biopolymers. The Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) has granted New Zealand based biotechnology research company, Humble Bee Bio, and Deakin University A$70,000 to develop and […]

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Green Fuels Research successfully demonstrate use of 100% salmon waste-based marine biofuel

Green Fuels Research successfully demonstrate use of 100% salmon waste-based marine biofuel

May 17, 2022 |

In the UK, an important stage on the long voyage to marine transport decarbonization was reached recently when Green Fuels Research (GFR), a pioneer in renewable fuels, successfully demonstrated use of unblended sustainable marine fuel (SMF) at Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir near Port Talbot, South Wales. The fuel was used in a Beta Marine B14 engine […]

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UC Riverside researchers lead team that discovered gene functions in algae

UC Riverside researchers lead team that discovered gene functions in algae

May 16, 2022 |

In California, genes contain all the instructions an organism needs to live, grow, and reproduce. But identifying a gene and learning what it does are two different things. Scientists don’t know what kinds of instructions many genes contain— their functions are unknown. A new study led by UC Riverside, Princeton University, and Stanford University has […]

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Over 50% of U.S. commercial trucks are powered by near-zero emissions advanced diesel tech

Over 50% of U.S. commercial trucks are powered by near-zero emissions advanced diesel tech

May 15, 2022 |

In Washington, D.C., research commissioned by the Diesel Technology Forum shows that for the first time, more than half (about 53%) of all diesel commercial vehicles on the road in the U.S. are advanced diesel technology models and are capable of running on low-carbon renewable biofuels. The data examines the number of 2010+ model year […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Energy Secretary says Biden Administration “all in” supporting renewable fuels

Energy Secretary says Biden Administration “all in” supporting renewable fuels

May 19, 2022 |

In Washington, Brownfield Ag News reports the Energy Secretary says the Biden Administration is “all in” when it comes to supporting renewable fuels, be it biodiesel or biofuel production or consumption. She says homegrown fuels are the way to fight against a “petro-dictator” like Vladimir Putin. But even with more biofuels in the mix, she […]

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India approves changes to national biofuels policy

India approves changes to national biofuels policy

May 18, 2022 |

In India, the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the Amendments to the National Policy on Biofuels -2018. The “National Policy on Biofuels – 2018” was notified by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on June 4, 2018 in supersession of National Policy on Biofuels, promulgated through the Ministry of […]

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Iowa governor signs into law year-round E15 and expansion of higher blends

Iowa governor signs into law year-round E15 and expansion of higher blends

May 17, 2022 |

In Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law HF2128, the Biofuels Bill. This bill was a top priority of hers, which she introduced to the legislature earlier this year and received strong bipartisan support. This historic bill makes Iowa the first state in the nation to adopt an E15 standard and expands access to higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel across the state, […]

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White House National Economic Council weighing inflation vs. ethanol blending

White House National Economic Council weighing inflation vs. ethanol blending

May 16, 2022 |

In Washington, Reuters reports the White House National Economic Council is weighing consumer inflation against campaign promises the Biden Administration made to farmers to support ethanol as it reviews biofuel blending levels for this year that will be announced sometime in the next few weeks. November elections will be crucial for the Democrats so keeping […]

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British Columbia files LCFS overhaul, new low-carbon fuel requirements

British Columbia files LCFS overhaul, new low-carbon fuel requirements

May 15, 2022 |

In Canada, Argus Media reports that British Columbia is proposing new low-carbon fuel requirements for marine and aviation fuel and expanding the activities that can generate credits under new legislation updating the province’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). The Canadian province’s government filed legislation a few days ago that would replace the original 14-year-old enabling […]

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Other Recent Articles

Energy3i developing waste-based biofuels project in Egypt

Energy3i developing waste-based biofuels project in Egypt

May 19, 2022 |

In Egypt, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment met with representatives of Energy3i to discuss the possibility of executing a project to convert waste to biofuel in Fayoum. Dr. Fouad emphasized that Egypt is currently implementing a new solid waste management system with a different vision that depends on making the most of solid waste […]

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Aemetis Biogas Services signs six-year RNG offtake with Trillium

Aemetis Biogas Services signs six-year RNG offtake with Trillium

May 18, 2022 |

In California, Aemetis Biogas Services has signed a six-year supply agreement with Trillium to provide an estimated 600,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas (RNG) to be used as transportation fuel in California. The RNG replaces up to the equivalent of 4.3 million gallons of diesel fuel, primarily used in heavy duty passenger and cargo vehicles. […]

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REG teams with CNF and Pacific Pride to expand bio-based diesel distribution

REG teams with CNF and Pacific Pride to expand bio-based diesel distribution

May 18, 2022 |

In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. has entered into strategic collaboration agreements with CFN and Pacific Pride, two of North America’s largest cardlock fueling networks, to provide cleaner fuels through their branded cardlock networks. Partnering REG’s portfolio of bio-based diesel with CFN and Pacific Pride’s vast network of cardlocks will allow the companies to play […]

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SGP BioEnergy announces proposed world’s largest biofuels facility and hub in Panama

SGP BioEnergy announces proposed world’s largest biofuels facility and hub in Panama

May 18, 2022 |

In Panama, a team of energy industry companies led by SGP BioEnergy joined the project announced by the Government of Panama on May 18 for the development of the world’s largest biofuels production and distribution hub. Once complete in five years, Biorefineria Ciudad Dorada (Golden City Biorefinery), located in Colon and Balboa, Panama, will be […]

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Propel Fuels sues Phillips 66 for trade secrets and unlawful business practice violations

Propel Fuels sues Phillips 66 for trade secrets and unlawful business practice violations

May 18, 2022 |

In California, Propel Fuels, Inc has filed a lawsuit against Phillips 66 Company, claiming the Texas-based oil company misappropriated Propel’s trade secrets and engaged in unlawful business practices in violation of California’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act and Unfair Competition Law. Propel is represented by the San Francisco law offices of global disputes firm Kobre & […]

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Rolls-Royce takes step towards net zero ambition

Rolls-Royce takes step towards net zero ambition

May 18, 2022 |

In the UK, Rolls-Royce has taken a significant step towards meeting its net zero goals, set out last year, with the approval by Power Systems of its Series 4000 and Series 1600 diesel engines for use with a range of EN15940-certified synthetic diesel fuels in power generation applications. Following successful testing, including in the field, […]

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