Major Stories

eFuels, by land and sea, get their grips on the ships, road trips

eFuels, by land and sea, get their grips on the ships, road trips

September 22, 2022 |

For more than a decade we have been covering the emergence of e-Fuels — renewable fuels made from (usually waste) CO2 and green hydrogen, the latter conventionally obtained by splitting water using spare, intermittent renewable power. It’s been a story of a fuel defeated by policy. Simply put, most early-day carbon thresholds were so low, […]

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Getting ABLC Ready: The Digest’s 5 Minute Guide to Fermworx

Getting ABLC Ready: The Digest’s 5 Minute Guide to Fermworx

September 22, 2022 |

As ABLC Next approaches with record crowds and plenty of companies to meet, we’re profiling key industry players over the next month in our long-standing “5 Minutes With” series. Today, Fermworx, aspiring to be the world’s leading specialty fermentation company with local production and a global presence focused on making quality products and exceeding customer […]

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Barbarians at the Gate: WasteFuel offers new methanol tech to ward off the new barbarians of industrial emission

Barbarians at the Gate: WasteFuel offers new methanol tech to ward off the new barbarians of industrial emission

September 21, 2022 |

From New York and the stages of ClimateWeek therein arrives news that WasteFuel, which would not surprise you to learn makes fuel from waste, has developed and is offering a new technology, their Methanol Module. We’ve been hard at work over the past months highlighting the advantages of methane as a feedstock, intermediate and end […]

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Neste at The Rubicon

Neste at The Rubicon

September 20, 2022 |

News arrived from Finland that Neste has begun a “strategic study” on transitioning its refinery in Porvoo, Finland to non-crude oil refining and into a globally leading renewable and circular solutions site. 7 years ago Neste got rid of Oil — at least in the company name. But here’s where the rubber meets the road, […]

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USDA picks 70 Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities in historic $2.8B investment

USDA picks 70 Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities in historic $2.8B investment

September 19, 2022 |

News has arrived from Washington that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing up to $2.8 billion in 70 projects under the first pool of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding opportunity. It’s become the US Department of Action, as it turns out, the grand ol’ USDA. Big wins for industrials include: $5M for Scaling Up the […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Diesel and DME

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Diesel and DME

September 22, 2022 |

What’s up with the most exciting molecule in the bioeconomy as measured by capacity building? There are greenfield projects, refinery conversions, new technologies headed toward commercial, and the exciting arrival of DME at scale. What are the drivers, who are the players, what technologies are developing and deploying, how does policy play a role — […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Plastics and Biomaterials

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Plastics and Biomaterials

September 22, 2022 |

Everything we have learned at The Digest about the State of Plastics and Biomaterials in 2022, we have digested down into these pages, as presented in our latest ABLC CONNECT episode this past week. Whether you’re looking at PET, PLA, PHA, FDCA, FDME, nylons, fabrics, biobased cements and concretes, leathers, packaging, bottling or elsewhere in […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Deactivation Mitigation for Biomass Conversion

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Deactivation Mitigation for Biomass Conversion

September 21, 2022 |

As we observed once here in Digestville, biomass is where catalysts go to die. How can we change that? Providing fundamental insight and actionable recommendations for extending catalyst lifetime in biomass catalytic conversion by a collective and collaborative effort within ChemCatBio. PNNL’s Huamin Wang led a team to accomplish that and provide us with knowledge […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Catalytic Upgrading of Biochemical Intermediates

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Catalytic Upgrading of Biochemical Intermediates

September 20, 2022 |

Whether it is Mixed C6-C5 Corn Stover Hydrolysate Sugars to Produce Butyric Acid with In-situ Product Removal, or Non-Biological Conversion of Mixed C6-C5 Corn Stover Hydrolysate Sugars to Furans (Furfural, HMF), opportunities abound in biobased chemicals. Where to focus, what are the real opportunities? NREL’s Rick Elanderi led a team to investigate and report.

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Upgrading of C2 Intermediates

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Upgrading of C2 Intermediates

September 19, 2022 |

Ethanol is an attractive feedstock for middle distillate fuels and chemical products. How do we unlock the potential not only for ethanol-to-jet, but for C3+olefin (ETO) opportunities, and more. Dehydrate, oligomerize, hydrogenate – the path to minimizing capex and opex. Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s  Zhenglong Li led a team to investigate and report.

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The Latest World News

Air Company launches CO2-based SAF

Air Company launches CO2-based SAF

September 22, 2022 |

In New York state, Air Company announced the launch of its Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) made from captured CO2. The importance of this novel climate technology, distributed under the name AIRMADE SAF, is underscored by commitments from global aviation partners to purchase over one billion gallons of AIRMADE SAF; including JetBlue, Virgin Atlantic and Boom […]

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H2O Innovation scores 10 new projects including two biofuels related

H2O Innovation scores 10 new projects including two biofuels related

September 22, 2022 |

In Canada, H2O Innovation Inc. says its Water Technologies & Services (WTS) business line has recently been awarded 10 new water treatment projects. These new contracts, with a total value of C$12, bring the WTS backlog to C$46. The new projects are coming from four municipal customers and six industrials. This combination, which weighed more […]

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Orlen to supply Lot Airlines with SAF from 2025

Orlen to supply Lot Airlines with SAF from 2025

September 22, 2022 |

In Poland, the hydrotreated vegetable oil plant currently under construction in Płock will enable PKN ORLEN to offer a low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to airlines starting from 2025. This innovative product will be made from used cooking oils. SAF offers a reduction of up to 80% in carbon emissions over the lifecycle of the […]

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NextChem scores $194M EU grant to develop waste-to-hydrogen plant

NextChem scores $194M EU grant to develop waste-to-hydrogen plant

September 22, 2022 |

In Italy, NextChem has been assigned a €194 million grant for the development of a waste-to-hydrogen plant as part of the “IPCEI Hy2Use” EU project. The project sets up the Hydrogen Valley in Rome, the first industrial-scale technological hub for the development of the national supply chain for the production, transport, storage and use of […]

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ILO report shows increase in renewable energy-based jobs

ILO report shows increase in renewable energy-based jobs

September 22, 2022 |

In Switzerland, worldwide employment in renewable energy reached 12.7 million last year, a jump of 700,000 new jobs in one year, despite the lingering effects of COVID-19 and the growing energy crisis, according to a new report. Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2022  identifies domestic market size as a major factor influencing employment generation […]

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R&D News

Worcester Polytechnic Institute using food waste to make renewable diesel

Worcester Polytechnic Institute using food waste to make renewable diesel

September 22, 2022 |

In Massachusetts, an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is looking at ways to use food waste to make a renewable and more affordable fuel replacement for oil-based diesel. The work, led by Chemical Engineering Professor Michael Timko, is detailed in a new paper in the journal iScience.  The work is part of […]

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The Australian Research Council Center of Excellence in Synthetic Biology inks deal with Twist Bioscience 

The Australian Research Council Center of Excellence in Synthetic Biology inks deal with Twist Bioscience 

September 22, 2022 |

In Australia, Twist Bioscience and the Australian Research Council (ARC) Center of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB) announced a partnership that will enable CoESB members and partners to order a wide range of Twist products that facilitate research and development. Emily Leproust, CEO and co-founder of Twist Bioscience, said: “The partnership will provide researchers access […]

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Colorado State University researchers discover why some algae are brown

Colorado State University researchers discover why some algae are brown

September 21, 2022 |

In Colorado, if you think of algae, you might think of the brilliant green strands waving in a stream or the blue-green blooms that invade lakes. But the majority of these diverse aquatic organisms that exchange sunlight for energy are brown-colored, like the large forests of seaweeds found in polar regions or coastal California. Brown […]

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UK researchers find OSR plants are weaker when not pollinated

UK researchers find OSR plants are weaker when not pollinated

September 20, 2022 |

In the UK, when oilseed rape experiences a lack of pollination it allocates more resources to plant growth and flowering – producing less robust plants – new research has found. Oilseed rape is an important crop with multiple uses, such as vegetable oil for human consumption and biodiesel. However, like all floral crops, it relies […]

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University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers score $12.8M DOE grant for camelina and pennycress

University of Nebraska–Lincoln researchers score $12.8M DOE grant for camelina and pennycress

September 19, 2022 |

In Nebraska, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln researcher is leading a team working to unlock the full potential of two oilseeds that may help meet the escalating demand for renewable fuels, industrial chemicals and other bioproducts. The team will produce genetically enhanced oilseeds, establish the “rules” of oilseeds’ metabolic circuitry and develop synthetic biology tools for […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Haryana government finalizing new biomass policy

Haryana government finalizing new biomass policy

September 22, 2022 |

In India, the Hindustan Times newspaper reports the Haryana government is planning a new biomass policy that will on one hand significantly reduce paddy straw burning while on the other hand promote private sector investment in biomass-based power to cut the state’s reliance on fossil fuels. The draft policy was debated earlier this week before […]

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Delhi government to spray bio-decomposer solution over paddy fields to reduce polution

Delhi government to spray bio-decomposer solution over paddy fields to reduce polution

September 22, 2022 |

In India, The Hindu reported that the government of Delhi will spray a bio-decomposer free of cost over 5,000 acres of paddy fields in the city this year, with the main aim of controlling stubble burning and reducing air pollution during winter. Environment Minister Gopal Rai announced the setting up of 21 teams to carry […]

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Bipartisan senators introduce Biochar Research Network Act

Bipartisan senators introduce Biochar Research Network Act

September 21, 2022 |

In Washington, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was joined by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) in introducing the Biochar Research Network Act. This bipartisan, bicameral proposal seeks to study the effectiveness of biochar, which is a carbon-rich material produced from biomass. Specifically, the bill would establish a national biochar research […]

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ICCT releases briefing report analyzing different versions of the ReFuelEU aviation regulation

ICCT releases briefing report analyzing different versions of the ReFuelEU aviation regulation

September 20, 2022 |

In Belgium, the International Council on Clean Transportation has published a briefing paper assessing the differences between the European Commission proposal for a ReFuelEU aviation regulation and the European Parliament and the Council of European Union’s amendments. It identifies which proposals would increase low-greenhouse gas (GHG) compliance options and reduce GHG emissions. The assessment finds […]

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New study looks at the innerworkings of the RFS

New study looks at the innerworkings of the RFS

September 19, 2022 |

In Wisconsin, the nested design of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is limiting incentives for blenders to sell higher blends of ethanol (E85) and has instead resulted in increasing blending of biodiesel to comply with the RFS. The nested structure of the RFS allows a more advanced biofuel (such as biodiesel) to meet the requirements […]

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Other Recent Articles

Global Bioenergies has finalized project with Repsol, Sekab and Fibenol

Global Bioenergies has finalized project with Repsol, Sekab and Fibenol

September 22, 2022 |

In France, Global Bioenergies announced the end of the REWOFUEL project, which ran from June 1, 2018, to June 30, 2022. This project brought together several European companies such as Repsol, Sekab and Fibenol, with the objective of demonstrating the conversion of wood residues into sustainable high-performance components for road and aviation fuels, and thus […]

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Neste, Borealis and MAM team on commercializing biobased baby products

Neste, Borealis and MAM team on commercializing biobased baby products

September 22, 2022 |

In Finland, Neste, Borealis and MAM collaboratively announce an exciting product development made possible by value chain collaboration. MAM has been creating innovative and unique baby products such as soothers and baby bottles for more than 45 years, and has recently launched its first climate-neutral soother. The new MAM Original Pure soother is composed of […]

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Kibo acquires waste-to-energy project in the UK

Kibo acquires waste-to-energy project in the UK

September 22, 2022 |

In the U.K., renewable energy firm Kibo has signed a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire a 100% interest in a waste-to-energy project. Southport, an Anaerobic Digestor (AD) and power plant at Mersey Side in the UK, comprises an 80,000 ton waste-reception center, with AD technology that is set to produce 5.5 million m3 of […]

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Dow partners with BSB Nanotechnology to expand bio-based ingredients in the personal care market

Dow partners with BSB Nanotechnology to expand bio-based ingredients in the personal care market

September 22, 2022 |

In Michigan, Dow announced a new agreement with BSB Nanotechnology, a producer of premium rice husk-based specialty silica.  Rice husk, a renewable resource produced as a waste product of rice milling, is used for diverse applications in the personal care market. The newly added ingredient – sold under the Dow trademark EcoSmooth Rice Husk Cosmetic […]

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Breitling and SWISS ink partnership to promote SAF

Breitling and SWISS ink partnership to promote SAF

September 22, 2022 |

In Switzerland, SWISS International Air Lines and watchmaker Breitling have entered into a partnership in which Breitling will purchase sustainable aviation fuel for all its business-related flights operated by SWISS. With the purchase of the respective amount of SAF, Breitling said it will reduce its flight-related CO2 emissions by 80%. Breitling also said it will […]

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Far Eastern New Century’s TOPGREEN Bio3 won the Sustainability & Innovation Award from ITMF Awards 2022 

Far Eastern New Century’s TOPGREEN Bio3 won the Sustainability & Innovation Award from ITMF Awards 2022 

September 22, 2022 |

In Taiwan, Far Eastern New Century Corporation (FENC) said it FENC TOPGREEN Bio3 product has won the “Sustainability & Innovation Award” from ITMF Awards 2022, which recognize sustainable and innovative achievements in the textile industry. The company said that FENC TOPGREEN Bio3 is the world’s first fabric made with recycle waste gas PET. The product […]

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