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Update to Guidance on Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 – Prevailing Wage and Apprenticeship Training Requirements – With Guidance from Notice 2022-61

Update to Guidance on Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 – Prevailing Wage and Apprenticeship Training Requirements – With Guidance from Notice 2022-61

February 2, 2023 |

By John Kirkwood and Jason Deppen and  Virginia Speck, FaegreDrinker Special to The Digest  On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “Act”), which extends and expands existing tax credits and adds several new energy tax credits to encourage the production of clean energy and reduce carbon […]

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REenergize the Gulf Coast debuts: online community and event series to support the transformation of the US Gulf Coast economy through decarbonization technology and projects.

REenergize the Gulf Coast debuts: online community and event series to support the transformation of the US Gulf Coast economy through decarbonization technology and projects.

February 2, 2023 |

From Louisiana comes a long-awaited piece of news that impacts every Digest reader, everywhere. We’ve all seen the tremendous surge of decarbonization technology along the US Gulf Coast. More than $25 billion  in low carbon projects have been announced in the Baton Rouge-Geismar industrial corridor alone. The story is more than about size, it’s about […]

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That’s not Banana, it’s a new path to SAF: United, Tallgrass, Green Plains form Blue Blade to make billion and billions of gallons of sustainable aviation fuel

That’s not Banana, it’s a new path to SAF: United, Tallgrass, Green Plains form Blue Blade to make billion and billions of gallons of sustainable aviation fuel

February 1, 2023 |

News has arrived from the heartland that United Airlines will be buying up to 2.7 billion gallons of SAF, and up to 135 million gallons per year, from a new venture, Blue Blade Energy, which has been formed by Green Plains, Tallgrass and the airline. It’s new tech emerging this decade out of PNNL, going […]

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A clearer picture: What does legislation mean for chemical recycling?

A clearer picture: What does legislation mean for chemical recycling?

January 30, 2023 |

“Plastic waste must be tackled for the sake of all life in the ocean.” – David Attenborough, biologist, natural historian, and author. Something must be done to solve the plastic problem. Not only for the good of ocean life, but to dramatically reduce the amount of waste that’s sent to landfill and incinerated, and to remove virgin […]

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DOE awards $118M to juice domestic biofuels, as Georgia’s AVAP Biorefinery nabs $80M of it

DOE awards $118M to juice domestic biofuels, as Georgia’s AVAP Biorefinery nabs $80M of it

January 26, 2023 |

In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $118M in funding for 17 projects to accelerate the production of sustainable biofuels Projects selected as part of this funding opportunity will contribute to meeting DOE’s goal to achieve cost-competitive biofuels and at least a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030. The Big […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

February 2, 2023 |

What is a renewable DME company like Oberon Fuels doing with propane and hydrogen industries? Well, first they harvest waste via renewable methanol or biogas to make their rDME, which can then be blended with propane, setting the stage for widespread hydrogen transport and leveraging existing distribution. Get all the latest on how rDME solves […]

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to OMC Hydrogen

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to OMC Hydrogen

February 2, 2023 |

Hydrogen is widely used throughout major industries such as petroleum and biofuels refining, ammonia production, and many other processes. When produced cleanly, hydrogen has the ability to help decarbonize these and other industries such as transportation and steelmaking. Accordingly, green hydrogen production has become a global priority with a projected market in excess of 600bn […]

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Negative Origin Materials

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Carbon Negative Origin Materials

February 1, 2023 |

Nearly half of all global emissions come from making products. But Origin Materials’ mission is to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials to lower those GHG emissions. In these slides, we explore how the Origin platform can replace oil as the foundational feedstock for the materials economy and more — just as news that […]

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Understanding and Mitigating the Impacts of Feedstock Variability in Bioconversion Processes

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Understanding and Mitigating the Impacts of Feedstock Variability in Bioconversion Processes

January 31, 2023 |

The Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium is led by DOE as a collaborative effort among researchers from 9 National Labs. It’s Key Ideas? That biomass feedstock properties are variable and different from other commodities; and, that empirical approaches to address these issues have been unsuccessful. The FCIC uses first-principles- based science to de-risk biorefinery scale-up and deployment […]

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals and Materials

The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals and Materials

January 30, 2023 |

It’s been 18 years since the Werpy and Petersen paper, Top Value Added Chemicals from Biomass —a screening  for Potential Candidates from Sugars and Synthesis Gas that sent a lot of people in search of succinic acid, and about 12 years since industry CEOs started asking, why should I make a $3 fuel when I […]

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The Latest World News

BC Biocarbon sells CO2 Removal Credits from biochar to Ripple

BC Biocarbon sells CO2 Removal Credits from biochar to Ripple

February 2, 2023 |

In Canada, BC Biocarbon, a biomass conversion company based in Robson Valley, British Columbia, has signed an agreement with Ripple, the leading provider of enterprise blockchain and crypto solutions. BC Biocarbon developed and leverages proprietary carbon-refining technology to convert biodegradable biomass into solid, liquid and gaseous carbon products. Through this agreement, Ripple will receive a […]

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VARO Energy and Lufthansa expand partnership to explore SAF production

VARO Energy and Lufthansa expand partnership to explore SAF production

February 2, 2023 |

In Germany, VARO Energy and Deutsche Lufthansa AG have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore the production and supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel. The MoU will deepen existing partnership through potential agreement for VARO to sell SAF volumes to Lufthansa Group from as early as 2026. SAF is a key element in the ONE […]

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TotalEnergies and Air Liquide to create JV for network of hydrogen stations

TotalEnergies and Air Liquide to create JV for network of hydrogen stations

February 2, 2023 |

In France, TotalEnergies and Air Liquide announce their decision to create an equally owned joint venture to develop a network of hydrogen stations, geared towards heavy duty vehicles on major European road corridors. This initiative will help facilitate access to hydrogen, enabling the development of its use for goods transportation and further strengthening the hydrogen […]

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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding studying ammonia bunkering vessel

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding studying ammonia bunkering vessel

February 2, 2023 |

In Japan, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group company, has recently completed a conceptual study for an ammonia bunkering vessel capable of supplying ammonia fuel to ships. This study involved joint investigations with INPEX CORPORATION, which boasts abundant achievements and experience in the energy supply chain, in order to respond to […]

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Interion supplies Neste HVO in Singapore

Interion supplies Neste HVO in Singapore

February 2, 2023 |

In Singapore, Interion is the first to supply renewable diesel, also known as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) from Neste in Singapore. In close collaboration with building and facility owners and operators, bus and truck fleet owners and operators, and engine Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Interion supports firms to immediately reduce up to 90% of their […]

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R&D News

Aston University researchers developing better system to measure industrial CO2

Aston University researchers developing better system to measure industrial CO2

February 2, 2023 |

In the UK, researchers at Aston University are to take the UK a step nearer to net zero emissions by developing a better system of measuring industrial carbon dioxide. The government is giving the University £100,000 to improve measurement of CO2 streams from sites such as at power plants and factories. The Energy and Bioproducts […]

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Dutch researchers shows Stepac’s sustainable packaging reduces greenhouse gases

Dutch researchers shows Stepac’s sustainable packaging reduces greenhouse gases

February 2, 2023 |

In Israel, local firm StePac said it had analyzed supply chains it is closely involved with to assess how its advanced packaging preserves quality of fresh produce during handling, shipping and storing. The sustainable shelf-life extension packaging experts commissioned researchers at Wageningen Food & Biobased Research facility in the Netherlands, to quantify the GHG emissions […]

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Empa researchers develop new reactor concept for synthetic methane production

Empa researchers develop new reactor concept for synthetic methane production

February 1, 2023 |

In Switzerland, the production of synthetic methane from hydrogen and CO2 – so-called methanation– has its pitfalls. This is because methane produced by such a catalytic process still contains hydrogen, which prevents it from being fed directly into the gas grid. Empa researchers have therefore developed a new reactor concept, in which the formation of […]

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Ames National Laboratory leads development of one pot CO2 to ethylene catalyst

Ames National Laboratory leads development of one pot CO2 to ethylene catalyst

January 31, 2023 |

In Iowa, a new hybrid catalyst converts carbon dioxide into ethylene in one pot. The catalyst was developed by scientists from Ames National Laboratory, Iowa State University, University of Virginia, and Columbia University. This catalyst supports the world net-zero carbon initiative by using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a feedstock for efficient ethylene production powered by […]

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WSU researchers score grant to see how biofuel crops use soil nutrients

WSU researchers score grant to see how biofuel crops use soil nutrients

January 30, 2023 |

In Washington state, Washington State University scientists are working to more precisely understand how plants use nutrients from soil at the level of single cells, with the goal of helping crop plants used for biofuels be more sustainable. A team of WSU researchers was awarded one of 20 exploratory grants to access state-of-the-art equipment at the Environmental […]

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Policy & Policymakers

UK’s biogas association happy with Defra’s waste management proposal

UK’s biogas association happy with Defra’s waste management proposal

February 2, 2023 |

In the UK, the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) welcomes the publication of Defra’s Environmental Improvement Plan, notably its measures to achieve cleaner air, greater biodiversity, and nature-friendly practices in farming, as well as, crucially, its plans to “maximize resources and minimize our waste.” – all aspects to which anaerobic digestion (AD) can significantly contribute. Launching the […]

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Indian government announces fresh funds for clean energy initiatives

Indian government announces fresh funds for clean energy initiatives

February 2, 2023 |

In India, AP reported that the country’s finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced several new clean energy initiatives in the government’s annual federal budget speech earlier this week, stating that “green growth” is a top priority for the country. According to the report, more than $8 billion dollars were announced for projects like mangrove restoration which […]

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New EU data shows member states far from renewable energy goals

New EU data shows member states far from renewable energy goals

February 1, 2023 |

In Belgium, the European Union is still overly reliant on fossil fuels for transport and Member States are lagging behind in efforts to promote renewable energy sources such as sustainable biofuels, according to new EU data. The new figures confirm the importance of preserving a role in Fit for 55 policies for proven solutions such […]

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EU to support Ukraine by rebuilding energy infrastructure with renewables

EU to support Ukraine by rebuilding energy infrastructure with renewables

January 31, 2023 |

In the Ukraine, Reuters reports that a draft policy document between the Ukraine and the European Union outlines potential cooperation to rebuild the country’s energy infrastructure using renewable energy and hydrogen. Though the draft could change before being signed later this week at a summit to be held in Kiev, it aims to quickly deploy […]

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Iowa leads coalition of 8 Attorneys General asking EPA to implement year-round E15

Iowa leads coalition of 8 Attorneys General asking EPA to implement year-round E15

January 30, 2023 |

In Iowa, Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird led a bipartisan coalition of seven Attorneys General urging the Biden Administration to follow the law and respond to the request of Governor Kim Reynolds and seven other Governors that the EPA issue regulations allowing the sale of year-round E15 ethanol gasoline in their States.   Federal law […]

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Other Recent Articles

Brazil lobs 16% tax on US ethanol imports

Brazil lobs 16% tax on US ethanol imports

February 2, 2023 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the country has withdrawn its tax exception on ethanol imports from the US and will now lob a 16% tax on imports that will increase to 18% on January 1. Former president Bolsonario eliminated the import tax that allowed ethanol to flow primarily to the country’s deficit northeastern region, but […]

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Japan seeking to source SAF via Singapore and the US

Japan seeking to source SAF via Singapore and the US

February 2, 2023 |

In Japan, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reports that Japan is scaling up its efforts to secure sustainable aviation fuel with negotiations going with both Singapore and the US in an effort to secure supplies within the next two to three years before global demand outstrips supply. With ICAO wanting developed countries to ensure a 15% […]

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Ecoceres to start building plant to produce green fuels in Malaysia

Ecoceres to start building plant to produce green fuels in Malaysia

February 2, 2023 |

In Hong Kong, South China Morning Post reported that Ecoceres, a unit of local gas distributor Hong Kong and China Gas (Towngas), will soon start building a second plant to turn waste oil into low-carbon fuel for aircraft and vehicles. “Now that our first plant in China is performing well, we are designing our second […]

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Australia and Germany ink deal to boost renewable hydrogen production

Australia and Germany ink deal to boost renewable hydrogen production

February 2, 2023 |

In the UK, Innovation News Network reported that Australia and Germany are increasing research into renewable hydrogen production through a joint $100 million funding deal. The deal, which is part of the German-Australian Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Incubator – HyGATE, will include funding for four joint projects. One of the green hydrogen projects, the EGH2 […]

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Japan works with Singapore, the US to jointly procure SAF

Japan works with Singapore, the US to jointly procure SAF

February 2, 2023 |

In Japan, Asahi Shimbun reported that the Government of Japan is in negotiations with Singapore and the United States to outline a framework for jointly procuring sustainable aviation fuel. The Japanese government aims to ink this agreement within the next two to three years as the global race for the biofuel is accelerating, according to […]

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Indian government inks MoU to develop waste-to-energy plants

Indian government inks MoU to develop waste-to-energy plants

February 2, 2023 |

In India, Mint reported that the country Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Engineers India Limited to develop waste-to-energy and bio-methanation projects in cities with a population over one million people. “The thrust on sustainable solid waste management is strengthened under the ambit of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban 2.0, […]

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