Major Stories

The Race for Limestone as climate change’s Big Solution: Sulzer, Blue Planet sign key partnership

The Race for Limestone as climate change’s Big Solution: Sulzer, Blue Planet sign key partnership

July 22, 2021 |

As we continue with Gas Week at The Digest, today we move past green hydrogen (where we will return on Monday) and the nitrogen technology we looked at with Pivot Bio yesterday, and onto Blue Planet’s carbon-negative building material technology. Recently, we highlighted the future we see for carbon capture at scale has to take […]

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We Can Love Electric Cars, But Let’s Not Spurn Biofuels

We Can Love Electric Cars, But Let’s Not Spurn Biofuels

July 22, 2021 |

Right now, electric cars have the momentum and the “inevitability” narrative on their side. Is the idea of pursuing two paths forward a waste of money? By Dan Morgan Note: This article originally appeared in the Globalist and is re-published with permission. More about the Globalist here. https:theglobalist.com The Biden administration, the European Union, China […]

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Letter to Secretary Vilsack from Members of Congress Marc Veasey and Kay Granger

Letter to Secretary Vilsack from Members of Congress Marc Veasey and Kay Granger

July 21, 2021 |

The original version of the letter is here: https://bit.ly/2Uq48zN July 16, 2021  The Honorable Thomas Vilsack  Agriculture Secretary  U.S. Department of Agriculture  1400 Independence Ave., S.W.  Washington, DC 20250  Dear Secretary Vilsack:  We congratulate you on your confirmation as the Agriculture Secretary and leadership of the Department of Agriculture in these times of great need […]

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An Open Letter to President Biden on Competition for Climate Change Reduction Businesses

An Open Letter to President Biden on Competition for Climate Change Reduction Businesses

July 21, 2021 |

by Bob Kozak, Atlantic Biomass, LLC July 21, 2021  President Josepr R. Biden Jr.  The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.  Washington, DC 20500  Dear President Biden, For someone who says competition is the key to American economic success, “A fair, open, and competitive marketplace has long been a cornerstone of the American economy, while […]

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Notes from the Bar None Ranch: The new Sheriff in Nitrogenville, Pivot Bio, raises another $430M

Notes from the Bar None Ranch: The new Sheriff in Nitrogenville, Pivot Bio, raises another $430M

July 20, 2021 |

News arrives from Berkeley and Pivot Bio that the company has raised $430 million in its Series D venture round, led by DCVC and Temasek, bringing the total equity raised to more than $600 million. Last we saw, the company was valued at $1.6 billion — now, even more. The nitrogen rationale You might ask, […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to Nanoplazz’s Green Hydrogen, Syngas Technology

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to Nanoplazz’s Green Hydrogen, Syngas Technology

July 22, 2021 |

Nanoplazz Technologies has developed cutting-edge plasma reactor technology to convert greenhouse gases into value-added fuels and chemicals and to produce carbon nanoparticles with diamond cores to enhance the performance and sustainability of industrial and consumer products. The Multi-Slide Guide visualization of their technology.

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The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: Japan

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: Japan

July 21, 2021 |

As we continue with Gas Week, we’re providing you with 10 National Hydrogen Strategies between now and Friday. Today: (as we near the Summer Olympics) Japan.

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The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: Germany

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: Germany

July 21, 2021 |

As we continue with Gas Week, we’re providing you with 10 National Hydrogen Strategies between now and Friday. Today: Germany.

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The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: France

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: France

July 21, 2021 |

As we continue with Gas Week, we’re providing you with 10 National Hydrogen Strategies between now and Friday. Today: France.

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The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: Canada

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: Canada

July 20, 2021 |

As we continue with Gas Week, we’re providing you with 10 National Hydrogen Strategies between now and Friday. Today, the Big Hockey Stick, that is to say, Canada and its desire for this sector to “Take Off, Eh?” and as quickly as possible. Un génération nouvelle de technologie arrive pour  pour la mobilité, l’énergie et […]

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The Latest World News

Man United teams with Renewable Energy Group to promote biofuels

Man United teams with Renewable Energy Group to promote biofuels

July 22, 2021 |

In the UK, Manchester United has reinforced its commitment to environmental sustainability through a global partnership with Renewable Energy Group, Inc. with a shared mission to tackle climate change and create a cleaner world. The Club and Renewable Energy Group will work together to raise awareness of the company’s biofuel products and encourage positive environmental […]

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CIM Group invests in MAS CanAm RNG assets

CIM Group invests in MAS CanAm RNG assets

July 22, 2021 |

In California, CIM Group announced that it has made a significant investment in an affiliate of MAS CanAm, LLC, the holding company for all of the Renewable Natural Gas (“RNG”) activities undertaken by MAS Energy, LLC, a privately held, Atlanta-based owner, developer, and operator of North American RNG production assets and biogas to power facilities. […]

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Tidewater Midstream spins off Tidewater Renewables and announced IPO

Tidewater Midstream spins off Tidewater Renewables and announced IPO

July 22, 2021 |

In Canada, Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. announced the creation of Tidewater Renewables Ltd. as a wholly owned subsidiary. Tidewater Renewables has been formed to become a multi-faceted, energy transition company focusing on the production of low carbon fuels. The creation of and the initial public offering of Tidewater Renewables is a result of a […]

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Eni signs MOU to develop renewable energy and other opportunities in Kenya

Eni signs MOU to develop renewable energy and other opportunities in Kenya

July 22, 2021 |

In Kenya, Eni, through its subsidiary Eni Kenya, and the Nairobi Office of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) signed, in the presence of the Ambassador of Italy to Kenya Alberto Pieri, a Memorandum of Understanding to identify possible collaboration opportunities in the areas of agriculture and value-chain development, environment, health, vocational training and […]

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EIA sees renewable diesel production jumping to 5.1B gallons/day by 2024

EIA sees renewable diesel production jumping to 5.1B gallons/day by 2024

July 22, 2021 |

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency says U.S. production capacity for renewable diesel could increase significantly through 2024, based on announced projects and those that are under construction. Growing targets for state and federal renewable fuel programs and incentives for renewable diesel production are driving this expansion. As of the end of 2020, we estimate […]

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R&D News

Blue Biofuels files for three more patents related to its Cellulose-to-Sugar technology

Blue Biofuels files for three more patents related to its Cellulose-to-Sugar technology

July 22, 2021 |

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc., DBA Blue Biofuels, announced that it filed three additional patents that follow on the granted patent to its Cellulose-to-Sugar (“CTS”) technology system. In the process of testing and perfecting towards commercialization, the Company has developed additional unique technology related to its CTS system to file for the multiple additional […]

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Vanderbilt University scores $1.5M DOE grant to study cyanobacteria

Vanderbilt University scores $1.5M DOE grant to study cyanobacteria

July 21, 2021 |

In Tennessee, a new, $1.5 million Department of Energy grant brings together experts from three institutions to parse the metabolism of a blue-green algae that holds great promise for biofuel production. The team, led by Vanderbilt University, will take a systems biology approach to identify how cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, can be engineered […]

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Lawrence Livermore Lab use 3D printing to enhance CO2-based materials and energy

Lawrence Livermore Lab use 3D printing to enhance CO2-based materials and energy

July 20, 2021 |

In California, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and their collaborators are leveraging the power of 3D printing to improve the performance of electrochemical reactors used to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to useful energy sources, chemicals and material feedstocks.  Working under a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Stanford University and oil and gas […]

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Green Fuels Research scores grant to integrate biogas production into aquaculture

Green Fuels Research scores grant to integrate biogas production into aquaculture

July 19, 2021 |

In the UK, Green Fuels Research, in partnership with the School of Chemical Engineering, Hà Nội University of Science and Technology (HUST) has been awarded grant funding by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, under Energy Catalyst 8 to conduct a feasibility study into the conversion of pangasius (catfish) mortalities and processing waste into a […]

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BOTTLE Consortium shows enzyme-based plastics recycling is more energy efficient

BOTTLE Consortium shows enzyme-based plastics recycling is more energy efficient

July 17, 2021 |

In Colorado, researchers in the Bio-Optimized Technologies to keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment (BOTTLE) Consortium, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Portsmouth, identified using enzymes as a more sustainable approach for recycling polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a common plastic in single-use beverage bottles, clothing, and food packaging. The concept, […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Growth Energy launches new digital ad campaign to get Congress and Biden to uphold commitments to biofuels

Growth Energy launches new digital ad campaign to get Congress and Biden to uphold commitments to biofuels

July 22, 2021 |

In Washington, Growth Energy launched a new digital ad campaign urging President Biden and leaders in Congress to stop oil industry handouts and uphold their commitments to reduce carbon emissions and support low-carbon biofuels. The ads, appearing online in the Washington Post and POLITICO, will run until August and will direct readers to an action […]

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Biden Administration delays biofuel blending decisions further

Biden Administration delays biofuel blending decisions further

July 21, 2021 |

In Washington, Reuters reports the Biden Administration has delayed announcing the blending mandates for 2021 and 2022, already delayed since before last November’s election, as the President’s chief of staff attempts to negotiate a truce between oil and corn industries and states. The White House has said it’s not directly involved in the Environmental Protection […]

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Bipartisan Senators introduce bill to end corn ethanol mandate

Bipartisan Senators introduce bill to end corn ethanol mandate

July 20, 2021 |

In Washington, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act, a bill to end the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The mandate requires annual increases in the amount of renewable fuel that must be blended into the total volume […]

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India says it’s ready for 20% ethanol by 2023/24

India says it’s ready for 20% ethanol by 2023/24

July 19, 2021 |

In India, the ANI news agency reports Union Minister Piyush Goyal said 20% ethanol blending will be achieved as soon as 2023/24, even ahead of the latest 2025 target that was brought ahead further from 2030. He made the update in the context of a wider discussion on India’s overall renewable energy plans, which aims […]

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D.C. Circuit Court blasts refiner arguments on RFS

D.C. Circuit Court blasts refiner arguments on RFS

July 17, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association welcomed the D.C. Circuit Court’s outright rejection of arguments from oil refiners that the Renewable Fuel Standard causes them economic hardship and therefore the Environmental Protection Agency should have waived their 2019 RFS obligations. The court’s rebuke of the refiners’ arguments was part of a decision published Friday […]

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Other Recent Articles

Indian Oil Company to develop country’s first green hydrogen project

Indian Oil Company to develop country’s first green hydrogen project

July 22, 2021 |

In India, the Economic Times newspaper reports that Indian Oil Company Ltd. is to develop the country’s first green hydrogen project, co-located at its Mathura oil refinery. They hydrogen will be produced from the company’s wind power project in Rajasthan that will be “wheeled” to the Mathura refinery. The hydrogen produced from the project is […]

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BN National Trail Biodiesel LLC biodiesel plant up for auction

BN National Trail Biodiesel LLC biodiesel plant up for auction

July 21, 2021 |

In Illinois, after years of financial troubles, lawsuits and a foreclosure, the BN National Trail Biodiesel LLC biodiesel plant will soon have a new owner. BN National Trail Biodiesel LLC, purchased and planned to complete the unfinished scalable 50 million gallon per year multi-feedstock capable biodiesel plant. During construction, the company fell behind on payments […]

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Maersk Broker teams with McKinsey on shipping decarbonization strategies

Maersk Broker teams with McKinsey on shipping decarbonization strategies

July 21, 2021 |

In Denmark, Maersk Broker Advisory Services and McKinsey & Company have joined forces to assist shipowners and operators in defining their decarbonization roadmap and strategy. Based on market research from Maersk Broker Advisory Services and an AI-based solution from McKinsey’s QuantumBlack, which leverages technological and economic modelling of ship efficiency levers and alternative fuels, the […]

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ICCT report says EV GHG emissions are lower by far than any other fuels

ICCT report says EV GHG emissions are lower by far than any other fuels

July 21, 2021 |

In Germany, a far-reaching new study of the life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from passenger cars, including SUVs, draws sharp and meticulous distinctions between the climate impacts of battery and fuel cell electric vehicles on one hand and combustion vehicles on the other. The detailed findings can be summarized straightforwardly. Only battery electric vehicles (BEVs) […]

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Indian Credit Rating Agency sees sugar mills rebounding thanks to ethanol

Indian Credit Rating Agency sees sugar mills rebounding thanks to ethanol

July 21, 2021 |

In India, the Indian Credit Rating Agency (ICRA) expects the credit profile of integrated sugar mills to witness material improvement in FY2023 aided by improving inventory position and higher profits from higher ethanol supplies post commissioning of enhanced distillery capacities. While higher ethanol sales, especially from B-heavy molasses, would drive the revenues and operating profits […]

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Ethanol production falls slightly but stocks build as blending dips

Ethanol production falls slightly but stocks build as blending dips

July 21, 2021 |

In Washington, DTN reports Energy Information Administration data shows ethanol production led to a slight building in stocks together with lower demand for blending. Production fell slightly to 1.028 million barrels per day, making it the tenth week in a row that production was over a million barrels per day. Ethanol stocks reached 22.518 million, […]

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