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Competitive Edge: WESAF Energy Solutions

Competitive Edge: WESAF Energy Solutions

January 20, 2022 |

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? We decided to set up WESAF ENERGY as there is a glaring gap in the African energy matrix which is […]

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Philips biobased appliances, BIOPROT face masks, bio yoga mats and bandages, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of January 20th

Philips biobased appliances, BIOPROT face masks, bio yoga mats and bandages, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of January 20th

January 19, 2022 |

That mornin’ cup of joe will taste even better knowing it was brewed in a biobased coffee maker. Yep, biobased appliances are going mainstream with Philips launching an entire line of home appliances – toaster, kettle, and coffee maker – made out of polypropylene manufactured from used plant-based cooking oil. Then you can head out […]

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On the Move: National Biodiesel Board becomes Clean Fuels Alliance America

On the Move: National Biodiesel Board becomes Clean Fuels Alliance America

January 18, 2022 |

In Nevada, the National Biodiesel Board changed its name and expanded its mission, becoming the Clean Fuels Alliance America, in an announce at the opening session of the 2022 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas.  On its 30th anniversary, NBB said it envisions the transformation to Clean Fuels as a way to further […]

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Whither goest thou, Zymergen?

Whither goest thou, Zymergen?

January 18, 2022 |

Over the summer and fall, Zymergen’s Hyaline thin films project fell into crisis. There were reports of customer disappointment, expected revenues de-materialized, the stock price collapsed, two of the three co-founders left, and former Illumina CEO Jay Flatley stepped in as interim CEO. It was a year only Rough Riders could have enjoyed in Zymerland. […]

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Advanced feedstocks represent a generational opportunity – Here’s how to take it

Advanced feedstocks represent a generational opportunity – Here’s how to take it

January 17, 2022 |

By Mikala Grubb M.Sc., Ph.D., Director, Clean Fuels Technology, Haldor Topsoe Special to The Digest   The global transition to sustainably produced fuels offers refiners, biorefiners, and investors a once-in-a-generation-sized opportunity. The key to taking it will be advanced feedstocks, as detailed in this column which uncovers how to make the most of the enormous […]

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8-Slide Guides

Hydrogen Production, Policies and Promise: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to IRENA’s Report

Hydrogen Production, Policies and Promise: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to IRENA’s Report

January 20, 2022 |

IRENA’s latest report considers whether and how hydrogen may disrupt future energy systems, offers insights into how countries and stakeholders can navigate and shape hydrogen markets, and outlines policy considerations to help mitigate the geopolitical risks and capitalize on opportunities.

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Biofuels Market Dynamics 2022 and Beyond: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to IHS Markit’s Outlook

Biofuels Market Dynamics 2022 and Beyond: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to IHS Markit’s Outlook

January 19, 2022 |

Last week, we were surrounded by a Ministry of All the Talents, as you might say, experts from the holy of holies, IHS Markit, yes, Dan Yergin’s fabled firm. Want to find out what was covered with Christoph Berg, Stephan Li and Kevin Lindemer? From biofuels policy and decarbonization initiatives to the  latest developments in […]

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Learning from Washington State: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Clean Fuels Policy

Learning from Washington State: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Clean Fuels Policy

January 18, 2022 |

Did you know that most voters strongly support Clean Fuel Standards? Check out this slide guide from ABLC from Tim Zenk, Principle at Molecule LLC on how Washington state’s LCFS is a case study for clean fuels policy, how Clean Fuel Washington advocated for biofuels, what they learned from the Washington experience, and more.

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Why Terpenes in Jet Fuels?: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to SAF from Biobased Terpenes

Why Terpenes in Jet Fuels?: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to SAF from Biobased Terpenes

January 17, 2022 |

Did you know the Naval Air Systems Command is working on high-performance sustainable aviation fuels from biobased terpenes? Check out this illuminating slide guide from Dr. Benjamin G. Harvey at the Naval Air Warfare Center on why terpenes, RJ-4 from cellulosic feedstocks, biosynthetic terpenes in sea water, and more.

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Microalgal Crops: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio

Microalgal Crops: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to MicroBio

January 16, 2022 |

From algal-based wastewater treatment plants and purification ponds with biofuels/co-products in California to aviation fuels and algae strain improvements, MicroBio is leading R&D and innovation of microalgae cultivation for bio products. Get all the details from MicroBio’s CEO John Benemann in this illuminating slide guide now.  

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The Latest World News

Summit Cosmetics signs distribution deal with NXTLEVVEL for bio-based chemicals

Summit Cosmetics signs distribution deal with NXTLEVVEL for bio-based chemicals

January 20, 2022 |

In New York state, Summit Cosmetics Corporation (SCC), a global cosmetic ingredient developer and distributor, has executed a Global Distribution Agreement with NXTLEVVEL, a commercial scale manufacturer of next generation biomass derived chemicals, for the distribution of its NXT SOLV product line to the Beauty and Personal Care industry. The agreement is for a five-year […]

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Archaea Energy starts up world’s largest RNG project in Pennsylvania

Archaea Energy starts up world’s largest RNG project in Pennsylvania

January 20, 2022 |

In Texas, Archaea Energy Inc. has successfully started-up Project Assai, an RNG facility located at the Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. Pipeline-quality RNG has been produced and commercial operations were achieved on December 30, 2021. Assai is now the highest capacity operational RNG facility in the world.  Assai was successfully constructed, commissioned, and completed […]

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Software allows fleet managers to track low-CO2 powertrains

Software allows fleet managers to track low-CO2 powertrains

January 20, 2022 |

In Switzerland, Empa, the Swiss research institute for applied materials sciences and technology, has announced that a software tool aimed at supporting fleet managers in transforming truck fleet to low-CO2 powertrains jointly developed by the Switzerland’s largest retail company Migros and Empa has been acquired by HERE, a global navigation software company founded by Audi, […]

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Enviva signs MOU to develop supply chain strategy for SAF and other low carbon fuels

Enviva signs MOU to develop supply chain strategy for SAF and other low carbon fuels

January 20, 2022 |

In Maryland, Enviva announced the signing of an MOU with a U.S.-based cleantech company to co-develop a supply chain strategy for advanced, low-carbon transportation fuels, including sustainable aviation fuel with a focus on the customer’s operations in the U.S. Southeast and potentially California. Under the MOU, the customer’s refining process will convert Enviva’s woody biomass […]

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Diamond Green Diesel contracts for engineering and construction services

Diamond Green Diesel contracts for engineering and construction services

January 20, 2022 |

In Texas, Diamond Green Diesel LLC (DGD), a joint venture between Valero and Darling Ingredients Inc., contracted with Burns & McDonnell to provide engineering and construction services for a grassroots renewable diesel plant, the third facility for DGD. The project has reached a major construction milestone of over 1 million field construction hours worked. The […]

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R&D News

University of Kent researchers build equipment slashing bacterial biofuel cost of production

University of Kent researchers build equipment slashing bacterial biofuel cost of production

January 20, 2022 |

In the UK, researchers from the University of Kent’s School of Biosciences have designed and built equipment that can be used to investigate bacterial biofuel production at a fraction of the cost of commercial systems. Using this technology, they also demonstrated that bacterial genetic engineering could be used to enhance biofuel production. Commercial equipment used to study […]

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University of Delaware engineers tackle challenges for electrolyzer technologies

University of Delaware engineers tackle challenges for electrolyzer technologies

January 19, 2022 |

In Delaware, University of Delaware engineers and colleagues at Louisiana State University (LSU) are collaborating to tackle the one hurdle that keeps promising CO2 electrolyzer technologies in academic laboratories rather than being scaled for industrial use — where they could make a dent in our carbon dioxide emission problem — is that the critical materials […]

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OSU researcher harvests carbon dioxide for valuable chemicals using novel compound

OSU researcher harvests carbon dioxide for valuable chemicals using novel compound

January 18, 2022 |

In Oregon, carbon dioxide can be harvested from smokestacks and used to create commercially valuable chemicals thanks to a novel compound developed by a scientific collaboration led by an Oregon State University researcher. Published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, the study shows that the new metal organic framework, loaded with a common industrial […]

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa receives nearly $2.5M NSF grant to study microbiomes

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa receives nearly $2.5M NSF grant to study microbiomes

January 17, 2022 |

In Hawaii, world-renowned microbiome research at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa received a major boost by the National Science Foundation. The five-year, $2,499,432 grant will support new research led by a School of Life Sciences Professor and his team to study how microbiomes influence food chains, which may lead to the creation of more […]

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NREL’s Catalyst Property Database can accelerate biofuels research

NREL’s Catalyst Property Database can accelerate biofuels research

January 16, 2022 |

In Washington, D.C., National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers developed a public, online library of catalyst data, the Catalyst Property Database, which could be fertile ground for breakthroughs in catalytic technologies needed to turn renewable biomass or waste materials into sustainable transportation fuels and here are 3 ways the CPD can accelerate biofuels research. The tool […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Spanish government funds 544 renewable energy projects including hydrogen and biogas

Spanish government funds 544 renewable energy projects including hydrogen and biogas

January 20, 2022 |

In Spain, EV Wind reports the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) has selected 544 innovative renewable energy projects for the generation of electrical energy and the production of thermal energy in 13 autonomous communities, which will receive public aid worth 177 million euros and They will channel a total investment, […]

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India approves 196 grain-based ethanol projects to produce 8.59B liters

India approves 196 grain-based ethanol projects to produce 8.59B liters

January 19, 2022 |

In India, the Hindu Business Line reports the government has approved 196 grain-based ethanol project that, when implemented, should produce 8.59 billion liters of ethanol. More than 40% of the projects approved are in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, which are key sugarcane growing regions as well and where much of the country’s current ethanol […]

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Brazilian biodiesel market concerned about ANP’s price weighting methodology

Brazilian biodiesel market concerned about ANP’s price weighting methodology

January 18, 2022 |

In Brazil, Platts reports the biodiesel market is concerned about the new rules brought out by the National Agency of Petroleum, Gas and Biofuel, or ANP, regarding traded contracts rather than the previous biodiesel auctions that were quickly phased out at the end of 2021. ANP published prices on January 14 for the trades made […]

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Michigan state senator proposes expansion of E15 and E85

Michigan state senator proposes expansion of E15 and E85

January 17, 2022 |

In Washington, Growth Energy applauded a proposal to expand access to lower-cost, lower-emissions biofuel blends at the pump in Michigan. Legislation offered by Michigan state Senator Kevin Daley (R-Lum), Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, would establish a retailer tax incentive for higher ethanol blends, specifically a tax credit of $0.05 per gallon on sales of E15 and […]

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Governor promises new legislation to improve access to biodiesel and ethanol

Governor promises new legislation to improve access to biodiesel and ethanol

January 16, 2022 |

In Iowa, kicking off the 2022 Iowa legislative session with her Condition of the State address, Governor Kim Reynolds issued a promising call for passing biofuels legislation this year, saying she is introducing new legislation that will improve access to both 20% biodiesel (B20) and 15% ethanol (E15), and upgrade Iowa’s fuel infrastructure to offer […]

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Other Recent Articles

Green Fuels Ventures signs MOU with Tefler Tanks for expansion into Panama

Green Fuels Ventures signs MOU with Tefler Tanks for expansion into Panama

January 20, 2022 |

In the UK, in a move reinforcing Green Fuels’ commitment to its biodiesel refining capacity-building strategy in Latin America, Green Fuels Ventures (GFV) and Telfer Tanks have signed an MOU concerning deployment and operation of distributed-scale biodiesel production facilities in the Republic of Panama. The project’s objective is to refine biodiesel and advanced biofuels for […]

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Swedavia introduces special HVO100 incentive at Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg airports

Swedavia introduces special HVO100 incentive at Stockholm Arlanda and Göteborg airports

January 19, 2022 |

In Sweden, to encourage companies and other organizations operating at Swedavia’s airports to become fossil-free and start refueling with HVO, fossil-free diesel, on January 1 Swedavia introduced a special HVO 100 incentive at Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Göteborg Landvetter Airport. The goal is now for all ground operations at every Swedavia airport to be fossil-free by […]

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GAC Bunker Fuels’ GHG emissions verified by Bureau Veritas

GAC Bunker Fuels’ GHG emissions verified by Bureau Veritas

January 19, 2022 |

In the UAE, GAC Bunker Fuels’ Greenhouse Gas emissions calculations have been verified by Bureau Veritas UK Limited, crossing a new milestone in its goal to be net carbon zero by 2030. GAC Bunker Fuels is assured for indirect emissions from electricity and air-conditioning under Scope 2, and other indirect emissions that occur along the […]

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National Biodiesel Board becomes Clean Fuels Alliance America

National Biodiesel Board becomes Clean Fuels Alliance America

January 19, 2022 |

In Nevada, the National Biodiesel Board unveiled its new name and new brand, Clean Fuels Alliance America, during the opening session of the 2022 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo. The transformation to Clean Fuels helps further the organization’s position as a proven, innovative part of America’s clean energy mix and helps the industry represent all […]

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USD Partners enters five-year terminal agreement for ethanol producer

USD Partners enters five-year terminal agreement for ethanol producer

January 19, 2022 |

In Texas, USD Partners LP has entered into a five-year Terminal Services Agreement with a minimum monthly throughput commitment with a major ethanol producer at its West Colton, CA terminal, effective January 1, 2022. This contract replaces an existing short-term contract at the terminal and is expected to add incremental Net Cash from Operating Activities […]

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Port of Columbia receives $15M infrastructure grant supporting Louisiana Green Fuels

Port of Columbia receives $15M infrastructure grant supporting Louisiana Green Fuels

January 19, 2022 |

In Louisiana, Strategic Biofuels and the Port of Columbia in Caldwell Parish (Port) have jointly announced that the Port has received a $15 million infrastructure improvement grant. The grant, intended to fund site improvements, is from the Louisiana Port Construction and Development Priority Program, which is administered by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development […]

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