Major Stories

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

February 20, 2019 |

With the news that Matt Carr is leaving his post as the Executive Director of the Algae Biomass Organization, it’s beginning to feel like a real changing of the guard is taking place on the watchtowers that surround and advanced the bioeconomy. It was only a few months ago that long-time RFA CEO Bob Dinneen […]

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Hot 50 PhotoVote: LanzaTech

Hot 50 PhotoVote: LanzaTech

February 19, 2019 |

This is an official photo vote submitted for the 2019 Hot 50 by LanzaTech. Photo Votes are distributed via the Digest, Twitter and LinkedIn (subject to review for taste and originality) and each Like for each photo vote counts for 1 additional vote in the Hot 50. Notes on PhotoVotes. This year, you may submit Photo […]

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Hot 50 PhotoVote: Licella

Hot 50 PhotoVote: Licella

February 19, 2019 |

This is an official photo vote submitted for the 2019 Hot 50 by Licella. Photo Votes are distributed via the Digest, Twitter and LinkedIn (subject to review for taste and originality) and each Like for each photo vote counts for 1 additional vote in the Hot 50. Notes on PhotoVotes. This year, you may submit Photo […]

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Hot 50 PhotoVote: Sierra Energy

Hot 50 PhotoVote: Sierra Energy

February 19, 2019 |

This is an official photo vote submitted for the 2019 Hot 50 by Sierra Energy. Photo Votes are distributed via the Digest, Twitter and LinkedIn (subject to review for taste and originality) and each Like for each photo vote counts for 1 additional vote in the Hot 50. Notes on PhotoVotes. This year, you may submit […]

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Hot 50 PhotoVote: LanzaTech

Hot 50 PhotoVote: LanzaTech

February 19, 2019 |

This is an official photo vote submitted for the 2019 Hot 50 by LanzaTech. Photo Votes are distributed via the Digest, Twitter and LinkedIn (subject to review for taste and originality) and each Like for each photo vote counts for 1 additional vote in the Hot 50. Notes on PhotoVotes. This year, you may submit Photo […]

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8-Slide Guides

The Expert Witness: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Litigation

The Expert Witness: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Litigation

February 20, 2019 |

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Wayne Lee, CEO of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of what bioeconomy litigation is, what makes a good expert witness, and more.

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Biogas Business: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Conversion

Biogas Business: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biogas Conversion

February 19, 2019 |

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Terry Mazanec, a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting offers this illuminating overview of biogas, what it’s good for, scale, bio-methane, what to do with it, key players, and more

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Mass Transfer: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gas Liquids Fermentation Agitation Strategies

Mass Transfer: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gas Liquids Fermentation Agitation Strategies

February 18, 2019 |

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Gregory Benz, from Benz Technology International and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, offers this illuminating overview of gas-liquid fermentation, agitation, and more

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2019 Hot 50 Voting: The Early Photo Votes

2019 Hot 50 Voting: The Early Photo Votes

February 18, 2019 |

In Florida, LanzaTech, Amyris, Novozymes, Neste, POET/DSM, POET, Impossible Foods, Anellotech, Beyond Meat and BASF have taken the lead in early voting in the 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy ballot. More on the early leaders here. Meanwhile, photo votes are now coming in — a highlight of the year for Advanced Bioeconomy creativity. Here’s the […]

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Biochar Science and Market: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochar

Biochar Science and Market: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Biochar

February 17, 2019 |

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Hugh McLaughlin, PhD, PE, a technical expert in pyrolysis, biochar and activated carbon, and Gerald Kutney, PhD, a business expert in pyrolysis and biochar, and both members of Lee Enterprises Consulting offer […]

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The Latest World News

Praxair expands Louisiana CO plant to better supply biofuel producers

Praxair expands Louisiana CO plant to better supply biofuel producers

February 20, 2019 |

In Louisiana, Praxair, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Linde plc, has announced the completion of a major investment project at its Geismar, Louisiana facility, bringing a new plant online that will increase carbon monoxide supply to customers in the Geismar area. The plant incorporates a new carbon monoxide purification train with more than 13 million […]

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Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to state’s GDP in 2018

Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to state’s GDP in 2018

February 20, 2019 |

In Minnesota, the state’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018, according to a new study by ABF Economics. In 2018, the study said, Minnesota’s ethanol producers produced 1.27 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.8 million tons of dried distiller’s grains with solubles (a high-protein animal feed) and 283 […]

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Indonesia’s PLN to convert 122MW of power production to crude palm oil

Indonesia’s PLN to convert 122MW of power production to crude palm oil

February 20, 2019 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the national utility PLN is switching three of its diesel-fueled and one of its gas-fueled power plants to crude palm oil which together will produce 122MW of power for Papua, East Kalimantan and South Sulawesi. The four plants currently consume 190 million liters of fossil fuel which will now be […]

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Calgren Dairy Fuels injects bio-RNG into Southern California Gas pipelines

Calgren Dairy Fuels injects bio-RNG into Southern California Gas pipelines

February 20, 2019 |

In California, Southern California Gas Co. and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels announced Feb. 14 that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren’s dairy digester facility in Pixley, California, is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. The project marks the first time that carbon-negative renewable natural gas produced from cow manure has been injected directly into SoCalGas’ natural gas system. […]

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Kinder Morgan to boost Argo infrastructure to help reduce ethanol glut

Kinder Morgan to boost Argo infrastructure to help reduce ethanol glut

February 20, 2019 |

In Illinois, Reuters reports that in an effort to slow falling ethanol prices as a result of a supply glut and in response to ADM flooding the benchmark Argo terminal since late 2017, Kinder Morgan will expand its barge-loading capacity to help increase the flow of ethanol towards coastal markets with higher prices. The number […]

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R&D News

PNNL calling on algae industry and academia to partners on DISCOVR project

PNNL calling on algae industry and academia to partners on DISCOVR project

February 20, 2019 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is calling on algae industry partners and academic researchers to help find the best algae strains for biofuels and bioproducts to reduce the cost of producing bioenergy from algae feedstocks. PNNL and its partners in this effort are offering private and academic collaboration opportunities. PNNL […]

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McGill University researchers produce methanol from ethanol using sunlight

McGill University researchers produce methanol from ethanol using sunlight

February 19, 2019 |

In Canada, Science magazine reports that researchers from McGill University have developed a method of producing ethanol from methanol by using sunlight. Using gallium nitride nanowires “spiked” with magnesium as a catalyst, following successful results producing benzene from methane gas using the same technology, they were able to absorb UV rays from sunlight, negatively charging […]

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Montana State University looking to improve algae-biodiesel production with DOE study

Montana State University looking to improve algae-biodiesel production with DOE study

February 18, 2019 |

In Montana, an effort to improve the feasibility of a renewable energy source, Montana State University researchers are exploring a potential breakthrough in producing biofuel from algae. Backed by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the research team — which includes scientists from University of Toledo and University of North Carolina […]

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Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

Pilot plant pushes forward economic research on sugarcane waste to biofuels

February 17, 2019 |

In Australia, QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia have commenced work on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either biojet and biodiesel fuel or biochemicals. Their patented REACH technology, developed by U.S. parent company Mercurius Biorefining, has the potential to convert sugarcane bagasse and other biomass into cost effective […]

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German researchers say aviation biofuel can reduce negative climate impacts of flying

German researchers say aviation biofuel can reduce negative climate impacts of flying

February 14, 2019 |

In Germany, researchers at the German Aerospace Center say the use of aviation biofuels can reduce soot emissions and contrail formations. By blending 50% biofuel, soot-related ice crystal formation can but cut by 80% while contrail formation can halve. They argue that by reducing the amount of clouds created by aviation can help to reduce […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Malaysia hoping diplomacy with France will ease palm oil tensions

Malaysia hoping diplomacy with France will ease palm oil tensions

February 20, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports that Malaysian and French officials are set to meet to discuss palm oil in an effort to better understand the product’s opportunities and challenges. Malaysia is trying to head of implementation of the French Parliament’s ban on palm oil for biodiesel from 2020. The French Environment Ambassador is set […]

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Republicans furious EPA chief rejected proposal to cut ethanol blending

Republicans furious EPA chief rejected proposal to cut ethanol blending

February 19, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency rejected a staff proposal last December that would have cut the biofuel blending mandate, a move that has enraged Republicans and threatened their votes in the Senate confirmation hearing that would make the acting administrator the permanent one. The proposal sought to […]

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Brazilian car manufacturers aim to stop planned 15% biodiesel blend

Brazilian car manufacturers aim to stop planned 15% biodiesel blend

February 18, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the national association of automobile manufacturers has recommended the government not boost the biodiesel blending mandate to 15% by 2023 as proposed by the biodiesel industry, a move which unsurprisingly has the industry in an uproar. The car manufacturers claim that boosting the biodiesel blend can have a number of […]

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India considering mandating UCO feedstock for biofuel

India considering mandating UCO feedstock for biofuel

February 17, 2019 |

In India, Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the government is “considering mandating biofuel from used cooking oil as advanced biofuel which can be blended with biodiesel,” which will help the government reach their goal of 20% ethanol and 5% biodiesel by 2030 under their biofuel policy, according to News18. “We have set a target […]

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Five Republican Senators threaten to block EPA administrator confirmation over RFS

Five Republican Senators threaten to block EPA administrator confirmation over RFS

February 14, 2019 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that five Republican Senators led by Senator Ted Cruz have sent a letter to the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency saying they would have a hard time voting to confirm him into the position unless he finds ways to lower the regulatory burden for independent oil refiners by reforming […]

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Other Recent Articles

Brazilian H2 February ethanol prices jump more than 10%

Brazilian H2 February ethanol prices jump more than 10%

February 20, 2019 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that hydrous ethanol prices surged to $562.7/cu m during the first half of February, an increase of more than 10% from the second half of January and the highest seen since November 1 due to retailers failing to pass on lower gasoline prices to consumers. As a result, drivers chose to […]

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Eni teams with RenOils to collect UCO for biodiesel production

Eni teams with RenOils to collect UCO for biodiesel production

February 19, 2019 |

In Italy, Eni and RenOils, the Italian national vegetable and animal oils and fats Consortium established in 2016 to ensure the correct management of the collection, transport, storage, processing and reuse of vegetable oils and animal fats, signed a collaboration agreement to promote the recovery of used vegetable oils. Eni currently makes use of approximately […]

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Cortus Energy teams with Swedish Biofuels to produce bio-jet from forest waste

Cortus Energy teams with Swedish Biofuels to produce bio-jet from forest waste

February 19, 2019 |

In Sweden, Cortus Energy AB (Publ) and Swedish Biofuels AB (SB) have agreed in a preliminary agreement about cooperating with the goal of during 2019, jointly projecting a first commercial plant for production of bio-jet fuel based on forest raw material and alcohols for the Arlanda airport needs. Initial contacts around land, logistics, fuel and […]

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Record molasses prices boosts Philippine ethanol price to $1,165/cu m

Record molasses prices boosts Philippine ethanol price to $1,165/cu m

February 19, 2019 |

In the Philippines, Platts reports Sugar Regulatory Agency data shows record molasses prices pushed domestic ethanol prices to $1,165/cu m during the first half of February. Molasses prices rose to $194.85/mt during the first half of the month bringing ethanol prices to an equivalent of $0.83/liter. Sugar prices also rose during the period to $588.2/mt, […]

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Green Earth Institute aims to produce green chemicals from oil palm waste in Malaysia

Green Earth Institute aims to produce green chemicals from oil palm waste in Malaysia

February 19, 2019 |

In Japan, Green Earth Institute plans to start producing high value chemicals— alanine and valine—from oil palm waste using its technology in a Malaysian trial by 2022 with hopes of partnering with companies such as Sime Darby. Empty fruit bunches will be used but also palm trunks. GEI, started in 2011 with funds from the […]

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Brazilian sugar mills seen being more responsive to sugar and ethanol prices

Brazilian sugar mills seen being more responsive to sugar and ethanol prices

February 19, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that Louis Dreyfus believes flexible sugar mills that can easily switch between sugar and ethanol will likely make the shift faster this next season than in previous seasons, leading to “dramatic” shifts in production of either product as mills become more pragmatic in their decision making. Alvean believes that sugar prices […]

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