Major Stories

Earth Day Innovations, pollution-fighting soap, potato Matchbox cars, mushroom Adidas, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of April 22nd

Earth Day Innovations, pollution-fighting soap, potato Matchbox cars, mushroom Adidas, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of April 22nd

April 21, 2021 |

In celebration of Earth Day today, let’s look at what can be done to help stop climate change and bring about a better bioeconomy. This week brings some innovations that give us hope like a new probiotic soap in Peru developed for washing clothes in rivers and streams that actually cleans up pollution in the […]

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The cannabinoid revolution is coming – and fermentation is the catalyst

The cannabinoid revolution is coming – and fermentation is the catalyst

April 20, 2021 |

By Roy Lipski, Co-founder & CEO of Creo Special to The Digest It’s clear that science and technology are spurring some of the biggest changes happening across industry today. And the innovation-driven revolution happening in the emerging cannabinoids sector could have far reaching effects. Cannabinoids themselves, while still underexplored, are powerful and diverse substances. But […]

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The “Coming Apocalypse:” Will Industrial Biotech Flourish or Flounder?

The “Coming Apocalypse:” Will Industrial Biotech Flourish or Flounder?

April 19, 2021 |

By Christopher J. Guske, Ph.D. and Mark Warner, PE Special to The Digest There are storm clouds on the horizon and those of us actively entrenched in scale-up and manufacturing for Industrial Biotech see the coming apocalypse…and it will likely not be pretty.  We make this assertion knowing we are in a superlative-saturated society, where […]

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Renewable diesel kicks off 2021 with conversions, capacity increases, new feedstocks and more

Renewable diesel kicks off 2021 with conversions, capacity increases, new feedstocks and more

April 18, 2021 |

Renewable diesel has been off to quite a start this year. Just one week in February brought several big news stories in the renewable diesel world and that doesn’t even include all the renewable diesel excitement that came throughout March and so far in April. So business is booming? What is the overall demand and […]

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Competitive Edge: DeepCell Industries

Competitive Edge: DeepCell Industries

April 15, 2021 |

You may recognize his name from Blue Marble Biomaterials, which converts organic biomass into renewable specialty chemicals, or as the former senior policy advisor to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, but Kelly Ogilvie, DeepCell Industries’ CEO and Co-Founder has an interesting, and very personal, story to tell about DeepCell’s cannabis business and why he went […]

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8-Slide Guides

Biomass to Sugar Conversion Mechanisms: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Enzymes for Biofuels

Biomass to Sugar Conversion Mechanisms: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Enzymes for Biofuels

April 20, 2021 |

Get the latest on thermochemical pretreatment and enzymatic reactions for biofuels and biochemicals production from Rajesh Gupta from Lee Enterprises Consulting in this illuminating slide guide. From lignocellulosic and algal biomass, comparison of popular pretreatment methods, supplemental and hydrolyzing enzymes, and more.

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Protein Production Platform: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Dyadic

Protein Production Platform: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Dyadic

April 19, 2021 |

Now that all Americans 16 years and older are eligible for Covid-19 vaccines as of yesterday, the timing is perfect for this Dyadic presentation that dives into their proprietary & patented C1-cell chromosomal gene expression and recombinant protein production platform to which can produce large quantities of vaccines, antibodies, enzymes and other protein-based products.

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Biofuels, Biochemicals, Biorefining: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM Biofore

Biofuels, Biochemicals, Biorefining: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM Biofore

April 18, 2021 |

From UPM Biorefining to UPM Biochemicals this investor presentation dives into UPM Biofore’s strategy in the bioeconomy, latest financials in various business areas, outlook for 2021, investments in next gen biochemicals, progress on biofuels including sustainable jet fuel, and more.

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Bio-advantaged Fuel Blendstocks: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Co-optimization of Fuels & Engines

Bio-advantaged Fuel Blendstocks: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Co-optimization of Fuels & Engines

April 15, 2021 |

Co-optima focuses on improved efficiency, performance and reduced pollution from ground transportation. Anthe George from Sandia National Labs shared this illuminating slide guide on the latest data and research from the U.S. Department of Energy Co-Optima team that is addressing those goals by evaluating fuels, looking at bio-advantaged blendstocks, and more.

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Redefining Meat Through Science: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Beyond Meat

Redefining Meat Through Science: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Beyond Meat

April 14, 2021 |

Looking at the composition of meat versus its animal origin is how Beyond Meat replicates its core structure and uses proprietary science to redefine how we look at meat. In this new presentation, check out at the latest updates, how they became a leading disruptor in the meat category, market share trends, and more.

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The Latest World News

Eco-Energy launches construction of Stockton ethanol distribution facility

Eco-Energy launches construction of Stockton ethanol distribution facility

April 20, 2021 |

In Tennessee, Eco-Energy has started construction on its ethanol distribution facility located in Stockton, California. The facility is scheduled to commence operations in March 2022 and will be the eleventh ethanol distribution terminal constructed by Eco-Energy over the past decade. The Stockton site will be equipped with 108 tank car offload spots, 6.7 million gallons […]

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Sinopec Capital invests in LanzaTech

Sinopec Capital invests in LanzaTech

April 20, 2021 |

In Illinois, Sinopec Capital, as the industrial investment arm of Sinopec Group which is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemicals companies, has announced investment in LanzaTech with a focus on promoting direct production of chemicals from waste carbon. LanzaTech’s platform takes pollution and recycles it, eliminating single-use carbon. Examples of the uses […]

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Love’s Family of Companies and Cargill launch 50/50 JV to produce and market renewable diesel

Love’s Family of Companies and Cargill launch 50/50 JV to produce and market renewable diesel

April 20, 2021 |

In Nebraska, Love’s Family of Companies, Cargill and their affiliates have entered into a unique 50/50 joint venture to produce and market renewable diesel – a green fuel experiencing strong, rising demand. The joint venture is called Heartwell Renewables and will result in the construction of a new production plant and more than 50 jobs […]

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UFOP reports 2020 EU biodiesel imports slumped due to COVID-19

UFOP reports 2020 EU biodiesel imports slumped due to COVID-19

April 20, 2021 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that a sharp decline in biodiesel imports from Argentina to the EU-27 in 2019, a major slump has been recorded in deliveries from Malaysia and Indonesia for 2020. In the calendar year 2020, the EU-27 imported a total of 3.1 million metric tons of biodiesel from non-EU countries. This was down around […]

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Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance launched to promote investment in SAF

Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance launched to promote investment in SAF

April 20, 2021 |

In New York state, RMI and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) launched the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) supported by founding companies Boeing, BCG, Deloitte, JPMorgan Chase, Microsoft, Netflix, and Salesforce. SABA’s mission is to accelerate the path to net zero aviation by driving investment in high quality sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), catalyzing new SAF production […]

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R&D News

University of Hawaii at Hilo researchers studying sugarcane-based aviation biofuel

University of Hawaii at Hilo researchers studying sugarcane-based aviation biofuel

April 20, 2021 |

In Hawaii, a groundbreaking study investigating the growth of selected varieties of sugarcane to convert into high-performance jet fuel is underway at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM). Utilizing advanced technologies in agronomics and bioeconomy, the researchers are ultimately looking to improve the island’s environmental sustainability, […]

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University of Augsburg researchers looking at green building materials from ag and wood waste

University of Augsburg researchers looking at green building materials from ag and wood waste

April 19, 2021 |

In Germany, over the past four and a half years, an EU project involving the University of Augsburg has explored the potential of environmentally friendly building materials, insulation foams or fuels from agricultural and forestry waste. The results also show how much a holistic view is needed when using them in order to avoid undesirable […]

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New paper shows high potential of biogas production from industrial wastewater

New paper shows high potential of biogas production from industrial wastewater

April 18, 2021 |

In Belgium, a new paper by the European Biogas Association mapped the opportunities of producing biogas from industrial wastewaters and quantified the biogas production potential of different EU industry sectors. The results show that biogas has a high potential to mitigate methane emissions from wastewater whilst at the same time providing a huge potential source […]

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UK researchers find miscanthus can grow well on poorer farm land

UK researchers find miscanthus can grow well on poorer farm land

April 15, 2021 |

In the UK, new study shows miscanthus can be grown in lower agricultural grade conditions – such as marginal land – due to their remarkable resilience and photosynthetic capacity at low temperatures. With very little known about its productivity in flooded and moisture-saturated soil conditions, researchers at the Earlham Institute in Norwich wanted to understand […]

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Berkeley Lab and Sandia researchers streamline woody biomass to liquid biofuel process

Berkeley Lab and Sandia researchers streamline woody biomass to liquid biofuel process

April 14, 2021 |

In California, teams from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Sandia National Laboratories have collaborated to develop a streamlined and efficient process for converting woody plant matter like forest overgrowth and agricultural waste – material that is currently burned either intentionally or unintentionally – into liquid biofuel. Their research was published recently in the […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Growth Energy, RFA and ACE call on EPA to fix to outdated and confusing E15 labeling

Growth Energy, RFA and ACE call on EPA to fix to outdated and confusing E15 labeling

April 20, 2021 |

In Washington, Growth Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association and the American Coalition for Ethanol all submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for a fix to outdated and confusing E15 labeling and to ensure retail stations’ existing tank systems can accommodate the storage of E15 and higher gasoline-ethanol blends. “Growth Energy supports modification […]

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Iowa Congresswoman Axne calls for inclusion of biofuel in infrastructure bill

Iowa Congresswoman Axne calls for inclusion of biofuel in infrastructure bill

April 19, 2021 |

In Washington, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) wrote to leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives and four committee chairs to urge inclusion of investments and incentives for the biofuels sector in the House’s infrastructure proposal. “Biofuels can and should be a part of the clean energy economy – and that starts with including it in our […]

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DOE BETO webinar on bioenergy high-priority topics

DOE BETO webinar on bioenergy high-priority topics

April 18, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office will host a webinar on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 1 p.m.–2 p.m. ET. The webinar will feature BETO leadership detailing the Office mission and methods it uses to enable the U.S. bioeconomy. The panel of speakers includes BETO’s: Valerie Sarisky-Reed, Acting Director Jay […]

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IMO may need to change rules to allow for biofuel expansion

IMO may need to change rules to allow for biofuel expansion

April 15, 2021 |

In the UK, Ship and Bunker reports the International Marine Organization which has set strict requirements for decarbonization of marine fuel for 2030 says changes to the MARPOL Annex IV may need to be changed if the spread of biofuels use is going to continue due to their higher nitrogen emissions compared to fossil fuels. […]

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Colombia boosting biodiesel blending to 12%

Colombia boosting biodiesel blending to 12%

April 14, 2021 |

In Colombia, while Brazil has reduced its biodiesel blend to 10% from 12%, RCN Radio announced Colombia’s government has increased its blend to 12% from 10%. Many parts of the country will see the higher blend as of April while Amazonas, Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, Chocó , Nariño and Putumayo will […]

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Other Recent Articles

Clean Energy Fuels to provide low and negative carbon RNG to Amazon

Clean Energy Fuels to provide low and negative carbon RNG to Amazon

April 20, 2021 |

In California, Clean Energy Fuels Corp has signed an agreement with Amazon to provide low and negative carbon renewable natural gas (RNG). The fuel will be provided at 27 existing Clean Energy fueling stations and another 19 non-exclusive new or upgraded Clean Energy-owned stations that Clean Energy expects to be constructed by the end of […]

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Matchbox cars get green redesign, complete with play charging stations

Matchbox cars get green redesign, complete with play charging stations

April 19, 2021 |

In California, Mattel has vowed that its popular Matchbox cars will be made from 100% recycled, recyclable or biobased materials by 2030. In addition to new materials, Mattel will also design the cars to reflect the shift to more sustainable mobility. Electric and hybrid vehicle models will be added to the fun-size fleet, as well […]

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Iconic adidas sneaker design goes vegan with mushroom leather

Iconic adidas sneaker design goes vegan with mushroom leather

April 19, 2021 |

In Germany, sneaker giant adidas will soon introduce a sneaker in its popular Stan Smith line that incorporates mushroom-based leather.  First launched in 1965, the lifestyle sneaker is named after the retired tennis superstar and is among the brand’s most popular and recognizable designs. The new Stan Smith Mylo uses Mylo vegan leather manufactured by […]

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NYC art revival plan includes soy-based green space at Lincoln Center

NYC art revival plan includes soy-based green space at Lincoln Center

April 19, 2021 |

In New York, the well-known promenade outside the MET opera and Juilliard will be made into a green space this summer using partially biobased faux turf.  Also known as the Josie Robertson Plaza, the 14,000 square foot space will be called The GREEN. The grass-like material is produced by SYN Lawn using soy raw material. […]

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Pollution-busting probiotic launched for river washing in Peru

Pollution-busting probiotic launched for river washing in Peru

April 19, 2021 |

In Peru, a new soap ingredient has been developed for washing clothes in rivers and streams that actually cleans up pollution instead of adding to it.  Creative agency Fahrenheit DDB and bottled water company Andea conceived and developed the probiotic technology and founded a startup, Cirsys, to manufacture and sell it to detergent brands. The […]

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Ukrainian designer creates faux fur from hemp

Ukrainian designer creates faux fur from hemp

April 19, 2021 |

In Ukraine, a design firm has developed faux fur made from hemp fibers. DevoHome created the fabric by weaving organic hemp fiber and viscose with organic cotton.  “The whole world is protesting against animal fur and then started protesting against synthetic fur, which is made of chemical and petroleum products. So, by creating plant-based fur, […]

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