Major Stories

What impact do Low Carbon Fuel Standards have on fuel prices?

What impact do Low Carbon Fuel Standards have on fuel prices?

February 17, 2020 |

There are horse whisperers and there are fuel price whisperers. The latter, they beguile us with their charts and tables and reports and white papers and studies, generally aimed at making fuel prices seem awfully complex, when they’re actually not too tough to figure. These days some fuel price whisperers I know have taken aim […]

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Delta commits $1B to become world’s 1st carbon neutral airline

Delta commits $1B to become world’s 1st carbon neutral airline

February 16, 2020 |

In Georgia arrives news that starting March 1st, Delta is making a $1 billion commitment over the next 10 years to mitigate all emissions from its global business going forward. Their goal? To invest the money in driving innovation, advancing clean air travel technologies, accelerating the reduction of carbon emissions and waste, and establishing new […]

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The Competitive Edge: Sustainable Technologies srl

The Competitive Edge: Sustainable Technologies srl

February 13, 2020 |

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? Sustainable Technologies is active in the niche of R&D on fermentative processes. The company has developed a rational method for […]

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Death shrouds for Mars burial (no joke), algae skis, bacteria-built house, biobased food packaging, Coca-Cola, Absolut go paper, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of February 12th

Death shrouds for Mars burial (no joke), algae skis, bacteria-built house, biobased food packaging, Coca-Cola, Absolut go paper, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of February 12th

February 12, 2020 |

We all will die eventually, but one burial-garment designer and one bioengineer are thinking of future human burials on Mars with a new death garment made of four 100% biodegradable layers from silk and they plan to run experiments in which they dissolve the Martian death garments using alkaline hydrolysis to ensure residues do not […]

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Oberon Fuels, SHV Energy partner up to accelerate renewable DME: is this tech a carbon removal machine of great importance?

Oberon Fuels, SHV Energy partner up to accelerate renewable DME: is this tech a carbon removal machine of great importance?

February 11, 2020 |

In California, Oberon Fuels and SHV Energy are partnering to accelerate the use of renewable DME to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuel.  For Oberon’s path to scale, the partnership will include funding to augment a recent $2.9M grant from the California Energy Commission grant to further develop DME fueling infrastructure and vehicle development. […]

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8-Slide Guides

Plant Proteins – Redefining Meat with Science: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Beyond Meat and Meat Alternatives

Plant Proteins – Redefining Meat with Science: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Beyond Meat and Meat Alternatives

February 18, 2020 |

Subway recently launched the Beyond Meatball Marinara sub in Canada, Dunkin’ Donuts with Beyond Sausage, Del Taco with Beyond Taco and Beyond Burrito, and Beyond Burger, the world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks, and satisfies like beef, without GMOs, soy, or gluten, can be found almost anywhere now. Overall the company hopes that “By […]

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Engineered Bacteria for Acetone and Drop-in Fuels from Syngas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech’s Acetone Platform

Engineered Bacteria for Acetone and Drop-in Fuels from Syngas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech’s Acetone Platform

February 17, 2020 |

Sean Simpson and Michael Köpke from LanzaTech and researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on developing and scaling up a novel technology platform for direct conversion of biomass syngas to acetone, which can be converted into a range of fuels and commodities via existing downstream technologies. Can it be done? Can there be […]

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Global Ag Commodities – from Crops to Food: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Multi-Slide Guide to ADM’s Oilseeds, Carbs, Nutrition

Global Ag Commodities – from Crops to Food: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Multi-Slide Guide to ADM’s Oilseeds, Carbs, Nutrition

February 16, 2020 |

Archer Daniels Midland manages 10% of global ag commodity volumes, is the largest corn processor in the world and have been around for a while but what are they up to now? Check out this illuminating presentation with an in depth look at their business segments from origination of crops to processing oilseeds for meal, […]

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Sustainable Fabrics from Liquid Waste: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Nanollose’s Rayon from Liquid Waste

Sustainable Fabrics from Liquid Waste: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Nanollose’s Rayon from Liquid Waste

February 13, 2020 |

Rayon was valued as a $16.3 billion market in 2019 and growing at over 10%, so what Nanollose is doing is super smaht as Bostonians would say. Nanollose is taking liquid organic waste from the beer, wine and food industries as feedstock to go through fermentation, purification and conversion into microbial cellulose that is spun […]

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Biobased Solvents and Molecules from Renewable Feedstocks: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Visolis’s Hybrid Bio-Thermocatalytic Process

Biobased Solvents and Molecules from Renewable Feedstocks: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Visolis’s Hybrid Bio-Thermocatalytic Process

February 12, 2020 |

Visolis uses synthetic biology and fermentation and catalysis to produce a variety of things at 20-50% lower cost, but how? Deepak Dugar, President and Founder of Visolis shared this illuminating presentation how their platform molecules and applications using raw materials like sugars, syngas and biomass can meet a need in billion-dollar markets like green solvents, […]

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The Latest World News

PBF Energy looking at possibility with shell to repurpose Martinez Refinery into renewable diesel production

PBF Energy looking at possibility with shell to repurpose Martinez Refinery into renewable diesel production

February 18, 2020 |

In California, PBF Energy Inc. announced that its subsidiary completed the acquisition of Martinez refinery, and related logistics assets, from Equilon Enterprises LLC d/b/a Shell Oil Products US. With the acquisition, PBF’s increased its total throughput capacity to more than one million barrels per day and becomes the most complex independent refiner with a consolidated […]

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Global Partners looking to switch to renewable diesel transport from ethanol at Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery

Global Partners looking to switch to renewable diesel transport from ethanol at Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery

February 18, 2020 |

In Oregon, local press reports that Global Partners is considering switching the revamp of the Columbia Pacific Bio-Refinery in Clatskanie to transporting renewable diesel instead of ethanol as previously planned. The company told Port of Columbia County commissioners last week that the change would result in shorter trains than if it were transporting ethanol, but […]

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UNDP working with Mexican partners to trial Sargassum-based biogas production to fight toxic invasion

UNDP working with Mexican partners to trial Sargassum-based biogas production to fight toxic invasion

February 18, 2020 |

In Mexico, in an effort to fight off the invasion of toxic red seaweed Sargassum from the mangroves that are home to lobster and other fish populations in the protected Banco Chinchorro, UNDP Mexico and the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP, in Spanish) are setting up a pilot biodigester retrofitted to use Sargassum […]

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Biofuel industry veterans announced biodiesel tax credit bridge loans opportunity

Biofuel industry veterans announced biodiesel tax credit bridge loans opportunity

February 18, 2020 |

In Missouri, Rock House Advisors and PB Renewables run by biofuel industry veterans announced they have secured financing in order to offer biodiesel tax credit bridge loans, underwritten by an $5.5 billion financial institution, that will allow producers to access required financing while waiting for 2018 and 2019 biodiesel tax credit refunds from the IRS. […]

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Itaipu hydroelectric plant sees benefit from promoting biogas to improve water quality

Itaipu hydroelectric plant sees benefit from promoting biogas to improve water quality

February 18, 2020 |

In Brazil, the Inter Press Service reports that the Itaipu hydroelectric plant shared by both Brazil and Paraguay is promoting biogas production as a way to protect the quality of the water that passes through the dam and in turn will ensure it achieves its 184 years of expected lifespan. The region is a major […]

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R&D News

Oklahoma State University wins $3.1 million grant to study GHG emissions of sorghum

Oklahoma State University wins $3.1 million grant to study GHG emissions of sorghum

February 18, 2020 |

In Oklahoma, a recent $3.1 million grant awarded to Oklahoma State University to study greenhouse gas emissions is expected to help sorghum farmers save money and improve the industry’s sustainable field management practices. The three-state research project approved under the SMARTFARM program of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is headed […]

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University of York secures nearly $1.3M for bioeconomy research

University of York secures nearly $1.3M for bioeconomy research

February 17, 2020 |

In the UK, a project using waste from pea processing to clean water is one of seven projects which have just received funding from the THYME project to boost the region’s bioeconomy. These projects join 13 THYME projects already funded in 2019, bringing the total research funded by the project to almost £1 million (nearly […]

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Study says don’t blame U.S. biofuels for Indonesia and Malaysia deforestation

Study says don’t blame U.S. biofuels for Indonesia and Malaysia deforestation

February 15, 2020 |

In Indiana, a Purdue University study shows that only a scant fraction, less than 1%, of the deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia can be pinned on U.S. biofuel production and policy and that the expansion of palm oil production in those countries is not driven by biofuel production in the U.S. Farzad Taheripour, a research […]

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Australian researchers score grant for forestry waste bioenergy research

Australian researchers score grant for forestry waste bioenergy research

February 13, 2020 |

In Australia, pine plantations from Gympie to Bundaberg will be at the center of research to turn logging offcuts and treetops into bioenergy and other bio-based products. The joint project between University of the Sunshine Coast’s Forest Industries Research Centre and Queensland’s largest forest plantation owner, HQPlantations, has received a A$50,000 research grant from the […]

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University of Botswana commissions biodiesel processing unit

University of Botswana commissions biodiesel processing unit

February 12, 2020 |

In Botswana, the University of Botswana Biodiesel Research Unit in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) has commissioned a biodiesel processing unit, designed to produce 380 liters of biodiesel per batch from different feedstock. The biodiesel production is a joint research project between the University of Botswana, Department of Agricultural Research and the Department […]

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Policy & Policymakers

China pulls back tariffs on US-origin ethanol imports from March 2

China pulls back tariffs on US-origin ethanol imports from March 2

February 18, 2020 |

In China, Platts reports that as part of its efforts to ease trade tensions with the US, it is pulling back tariffs on close to 700 products, including denatured ethanol, which is meant to significantly help the US ethanol industry who has been suffering due to high tariffs that made exports to that key market […]

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FedDev Ontario contributes $11.3M to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

FedDev Ontario contributes $11.3M to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

February 17, 2020 |

In Canada, Minister Mélanie Joly announced 600 new jobs for Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. FedDev Ontario’s C$15 million  (about $11.3 million) financial contribution will promote new sustainable innovations and bring business support network to Eastern Ontario. Through this project, 150 businesses and organizations will be assisted and 700 jobs will be created and maintained in southern Ontario. […]

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Biofuel waivers being discussed with White House before EPA makes decision

Biofuel waivers being discussed with White House before EPA makes decision

February 15, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., Reuters reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is looking to the White House for guidance on the biofuel waiver program’s future after a court ruling cast doubt over its legitimacy. The EPA aims to announce a decision by early next month, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. […]

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Federal ministers call on Punjab to move stalled HPCL ethanol plant forward

Federal ministers call on Punjab to move stalled HPCL ethanol plant forward

February 13, 2020 |

In India, the Tribune newspaper reports that following its exposé on the proposed $84 million HPCL ethanol plant in Punjab that has been stalled for three years, the national food processing industries minister has called upon the petroleum and natural gas minister to push the Punjab government to expedite approval of the land HPCL requires […]

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UFOP calls for sustainable use of crops in European biofuels under Green Deal

UFOP calls for sustainable use of crops in European biofuels under Green Deal

February 12, 2020 |

In Germany, UFOP (Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V.) says the “Green Deal” announced by the European Commission could and should create the necessary “impulse” reliable sales alternatives to stabilize European agricultural revenue. Sustainable biofuels from cultivated biomass need to be a part of the overall strategy toward the decarbonization of the agricultural […]

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Other Recent Articles

Futnam India exploring viability of crop waste-based ethanol in Haryana or Punjab

Futnam India exploring viability of crop waste-based ethanol in Haryana or Punjab

February 18, 2020 |

In India, Devdiscourse reports that Futnam India is working with Haryana Agriculture University to do the initial studies that will eventually lead to a project proposal for an agriculture waste-based ethanol plant in Haryana or Punjab that could be online as soon as 2025. Severe air pollution plagued New Delhi and other parts of the […]

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Limited Biofuels M&A Activity in 2019, Stage Set for Potentially Busy 2020

Limited Biofuels M&A Activity in 2019, Stage Set for Potentially Busy 2020

February 18, 2020 |

By Bruce Comer, Founder and Managing Director, Ocean Park Special to The Digest Slowdown in North American biofuels Mergers and Acquisitions as thin margins and policy uncertainty hung over industry. Biofuels Merger and Acquisition (M&A) activity in North America was subdued in 2019. Only four operating biodiesel, ethanol and advanced biofuels plants were sold during […]

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Brightmark announces another RNG project, this time in South Dakota

Brightmark announces another RNG project, this time in South Dakota

February 17, 2020 |

In California, Brightmark, a San Francisco-based waste and energy development company, announced that it has signed a manure supply agreement with two South Dakota dairy companies, Boadwine Farms, Inc. and Mooody County Dairy Limited Partnership, to capture methane produced by nearly 12,000 dairy cows and heifers and convert it into renewable natural gas. The project […]

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Eni says Crescentino revamp will be up and running by H1 2020

Eni says Crescentino revamp will be up and running by H1 2020

February 17, 2020 |

In Italy, Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, has announced that all the plants at Crescentino (Vercelli, Piedmont) will be up and running by the first half of 2020. The plant, acquired in November 2018, is designed for industrial-scale production of bioethanol and has been upgraded with an investment of more than 15 million euro. The biomass […]

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Sandals Resorts producing and using biodiesel from its own UCO in St. Lucia

Sandals Resorts producing and using biodiesel from its own UCO in St. Lucia

February 17, 2020 |

In St. Lucia, following the success of its first Biodiesel Conversion Centre in Saint Lucia, Sandals Resorts International is exploring ways to expand the project throughout its resorts across the region. For the last five years, the company’s Dive Centre at Pointe Seraphine has been the site of its first biodiesel plant, successfully converting used […]

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North Dakota Soybean Processors gives up on Spiritwood but not on project

North Dakota Soybean Processors gives up on Spiritwood but not on project

February 17, 2020 |

In North Dakota, after more than three years, $6 million of investment and thousands of hours of management time, North Dakota Soybean Processors announced that it is abandoning its efforts to build a large-scale soybean crushing facility at the Spiritwood Energy Park in Spiritwood, North Dakota. “We made every effort to build the first farmer-owned […]

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