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Heard on the Floor at Day 2 of ABLC: 1325 attendees, sideline chat of ABLC Digital

Heard on the Floor at Day 2 of ABLC: 1325 attendees, sideline chat of ABLC Digital

July 8, 2020 |

Biogas, carbon, renewable diesel, biodiesel, methane, hydrogen, and many new markets, innovations, technologies, novel crops, and more were the talk of the day. On day 2 of ABLC Digital it was chock full of content from 29 speakers that shared the latest content with 583 registered delegates – and 742 additional viewers took the stage […]

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Heard on the Floor at ABLC: 1357 attendees, registrants crowd the opening day, sideline chat of ABLC Digital

Heard on the Floor at ABLC: 1357 attendees, registrants crowd the opening day, sideline chat of ABLC Digital

July 7, 2020 |

What the delegates were saying about CNG, fuel cells, and hydrogen, biogas as a platform, new markets, including EVs and succinic acid,  policy, methane, emissions, novel crops, and renewable diesel. In Florida, ABLC Digital opened for 583 registered delegates — and 774 additional viewers taking in the four hours of ABLC content that was streamed […]

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Renewable diesel has a bright future: NextChem and Saola Energy partnership will help feedstock suppliers of all sizes take full advantage of it

Renewable diesel has a bright future: NextChem and Saola Energy partnership will help feedstock suppliers of all sizes take full advantage of it

July 7, 2020 |

By NextChem Special to The Digest Transportation accounts for 28% of global warming emissions in the U.S. and is heavily reliant on fossil fuels. Innovation within the transportation industry is necessary to combat climate change and while electrification provides compelling opportunities for reducing carbon emissions in the light-duty vehicle fleet, in heavy duty applications (trucking, […]

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3 Ways for Companies to Have a Positive Impact

3 Ways for Companies to Have a Positive Impact

July 7, 2020 |

By Dr. Rajat Panwar, Associate Professor of Sustainable Business Management at Appalachian State University Are Your Favorite Companies Eco-Friendly? Even They May Not Know Corporations around the world love to promote their environmental bona fides, touting their at-times Herculean efforts to minimize their carbon footprint. But desiring to be environmentally friendly and truly accomplishing that […]

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Top 10 Slide Guides of 2020 so far

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2020 so far

July 6, 2020 |

Like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, The Digest brings you the hottest Top 10 slide guides so far from this crazy year. It’s about the halfway point of 2020 and time to make lemonade from lemons, sit on the front porch,  reflect on the year so far and where you […]

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8-Slide Guides

Upgrading Biogas to Renewable Natural Gas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

Upgrading Biogas to Renewable Natural Gas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

July 8, 2020 |

The transportation and utility/pipeline industries are ripe for decarbonizing and Greenlane Renewables are using their conversion of low-grade biogas to high-value renewable natural gas to decarbonize the natural gas grid and commercial transportation. RNG happens to be resilient during COVID-19 too according to Greenlane, and this slide guide gets into why that’s the case, key industry […]

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Valero & Diamond Green Diesel Joint Venture: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel

Valero & Diamond Green Diesel Joint Venture: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel

July 7, 2020 |

Diamond Green Diesel is North America’s largest renewable diesel plant, Valero is the largest renewable fuels producer in North America, and Darling Ingredients is the world’s largest independent processor of animal by-products, according to this illuminating slide guide that dives into renewable diesel’s margins, mandates, blending, demand, process, properties. Find out how it all ties together […]

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EIA Projections to 2050: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Annual Energy Outlook 2020

EIA Projections to 2050: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Annual Energy Outlook 2020

July 6, 2020 |

Key takeways from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2020 include a prediction that U.S. energy consumption will grow more slowly than gross domestic product throughout the projection period (2050) as U.S. energy efficiency continues to increase, and after falling during the first half of the projection period, total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions resume […]

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Top 10 Slide Guides of 2020 so far

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2020 so far

July 6, 2020 |

Like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, The Digest brings you the hottest Top 10 slide guides so far from this crazy year. It’s about the halfway point of 2020 and time to make lemonade from lemons, sit on the front porch,  reflect on the year so far and where you […]

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Biofuel Elements of Bipartisan EICDA: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act

Biofuel Elements of Bipartisan EICDA: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act

July 5, 2020 |

You’ve heard of BioPreferred and Renewable Fuel Standard, but what about the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act? Find out all about EICDA in this slide guide from Business Climate Leaders that was shared at a recent DigestConnect webinar. From how EICDA works like carbon fees and carbon dividends, to its benefits and outcomes, the biofuel elements, […]

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The Latest World News

Brazilian June ethanol exports up 75% vs 2019 thanks to weak Real

Brazilian June ethanol exports up 75% vs 2019 thanks to weak Real

July 8, 2020 |

In Brazil, Platts reports data from the Secretariat of International Trade, or SECEX, shows June ethanol exports were 75% higher on the year at 298.84 million liters. More than 43% of the total volume was exported to the US while South Korea received the bulk of the remaining volume at around 82 million liters. The […]

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Amazon Air teams with Shell Aviation on SAF buy contract

Amazon Air teams with Shell Aviation on SAF buy contract

July 8, 2020 |

In Washington state, Amazon Air has secured up to six million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplied by Shell Aviation and produced by World Energy. With this twelve-month deal, Amazon Air, in its short history, is prioritizing sustainability by bringing SAF into our air operations. World Energy and Shell collaborated to develop a SAF […]

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CropEnergies sees ethanol demand improving as COVID-19 quarantines ease

CropEnergies sees ethanol demand improving as COVID-19 quarantines ease

July 8, 2020 |

In Germany, Reuters reports that CropEnergies says it expects that as countries ease COVID-19 quarantines ethanol demand will rise again. Its Q1 ethanol production remained steady on the year at 208,000 cubic meters but falling prices related to the sudden drop in demand due to the pandemic forced down its Q1 operating profit by 46% […]

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Chevron teams with Clean Energy Fuels on Adopt-a-Port RNG initiative

Chevron teams with Clean Energy Fuels on Adopt-a-Port RNG initiative

July 8, 2020 |

In California, Chevron announced that it is partnering with California natural gas retailer Clean Energy Fuels Corp. on Adopt-a-Port, an initiative that provides truck operators serving the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with cleaner, carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG) to reduce emissions. For its part, Chevron will provide funding for Adopt-a-Port and supply […]

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Ethanol production seen within 10% of normal in Texas

Ethanol production seen within 10% of normal in Texas

July 8, 2020 |

In Texas, local TV news reports that an agricultural economist estimates ethanol production is within 10% of where it should be this time of year despite the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. With travel restrictions easing up and people getting back on the road, ethanol demand is expected to continue to rise with production rising […]

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R&D News

WSU-Tri Cities leads lignin-based SAF research project

WSU-Tri Cities leads lignin-based SAF research project

July 8, 2020 |

In Washington state, researchers are producing and testing a group of hydrocarbon molecules made from lignin, a waste material from biofuel production, as a new biojet fuel that could replace petroleum-based fuels and lead to greater performance and reduced emissions. The team including a Washington State University Tri-Cities researcher with colleagues from the University of […]

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Australian researchers develop electrochemical oxidation process to clean wastewater

Australian researchers develop electrochemical oxidation process to clean wastewater

July 7, 2020 |

In Australia, researchers from the University of Sydney’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering developed an electrochemical oxidation process with the aim of cleaning up complex wastewater that contained a toxic cocktail of chemical pollutants. The wastewater, which contained carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, was generated in a pilot plant, designed by the team for the […]

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Irish researchers find EU plastic destined for recycling ends up in oceans

Irish researchers find EU plastic destined for recycling ends up in oceans

July 6, 2020 |

In Ireland, new research from NUI Galway and the University of Limerick has for the first time quantified the volume of plastic from European countries (EU, UK, Switzerland and Norway) that contributes to ocean littering from exported recycling. While European countries have developed world-leading waste management infrastructure, 46% of European separated plastic waste is exported […]

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Production cost main hurdle for biofuel acceptance in India

Production cost main hurdle for biofuel acceptance in India

July 5, 2020 |

In India, the Hindu reports that researchers in the Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad are using machine learning techniques to understand the factors and impediments to incorporating biofuels into the fuel sector in India, and found production cost to be the main hinderance to acceptance and use of biofuels. The model developed by the IITH team […]

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Karlsruhe researchers discover how cyanobacteria can be modified to produce fuels

Karlsruhe researchers discover how cyanobacteria can be modified to produce fuels

July 2, 2020 |

In Germany, a group of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can be genetically modified by natural transformation and could thus produce substances such as ethanol or hydrogen. The technique established by the researchers to modify multicellular cyanobacteria by introducing genetic information opens up a […]

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Policy & Policymakers

RFA tells EPA its air quality modeling and analysis is flawed

RFA tells EPA its air quality modeling and analysis is flawed

July 8, 2020 |

In Washington, in comments submitted Tuesday to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Renewable Fuels Association expressed support for the Agency’s proposal to determine that no additional measures are necessary to mitigate “potential adverse air quality impacts” associated with the Renewable Fuel Standard. However, RFA’s comments also challenged the flawed air quality modeling and analysis conducted […]

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National Wildlife Federation pushing for general RFS waiver

National Wildlife Federation pushing for general RFS waiver

July 7, 2020 |

In Washington, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) became the most recent EPA petitioner seeking a general waiver to reduce 2020 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compliance obligations, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers announced. NWF President and CEO Collin O’Mara wrote to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler stressing the need for smaller biofuel mandates: “The RFS currently requires about 19 billion […]

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Chhattisgarh seeks green light to use 400,000 tons of rice for ethanol

Chhattisgarh seeks green light to use 400,000 tons of rice for ethanol

July 6, 2020 |

In India, the Pioneer newspaper reports the Chhattisgarh has requested again permission to use surplus rice as feedstock for ethanol production after its first request had been denied. The central government has been looking into the possibility of using surplus rice for ethanol production but has come across political resistance from the opposition who feared […]

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EPA puts 2021 RVO proposal on hold indefinitely

EPA puts 2021 RVO proposal on hold indefinitely

July 2, 2020 |

In Washington, sources told Reuters the Environmental Protection Agency has put on hold indefinitely the release of its biofuel blending mandate proposal for 2021, which the agency declined to comment about when requested. The proposal was already expected for release by late June or early July, but no reason was given for the delay. The […]

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House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveils plan including support for low carbon fuels

House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveils plan including support for low carbon fuels

July 1, 2020 |

In Washington, on Tuesday, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chair Kathy Castor (D-FL), members of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis unveiled a comprehensive plan titled “Solving the Climate Crisis: The Congressional Action Plan for a Clean Energy Economy and a Healthy, Resilient, and Just America.” The report lays out the Climate Crisis Action Plan, full […]

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Other Recent Articles

UK-based Green Fuels to develop Oman’s first biodiesel plant

UK-based Green Fuels to develop Oman’s first biodiesel plant

July 8, 2020 |

In Oman, the Zawya news agency reports UK-based Green Fuels is entering in a joint venture to develop the country’s first biodiesel facility. The facility will use used cooking oil as feedstock and is expected to be operational by Q2 2021 with construction expected to begin soon. The biodiesel plant will be located at Khazaen […]

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Greenlane Biogas to upgrade Brazilian sugar mill’s biogas to RNG

Greenlane Biogas to upgrade Brazilian sugar mill’s biogas to RNG

July 7, 2020 |

In Canada, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a $1.8 million contract with Grupo Cocal, a Brazilian sugar mill operator that refines sugar and produces ethanol biofuel from sugarcane. Greenlane will supply its Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) biogas upgrading system for this first-of-its-kind renewable natural gas (RNG) project. The Greenlane supplied system will process […]

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EU ethanol supplies seen tight later in the year due to feedstock challenges

EU ethanol supplies seen tight later in the year due to feedstock challenges

July 7, 2020 |

In the UK, ICIS reports that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to significant increases in ethanol demand for hand sanitizers, with some markets like France and Germany seeing demand rising 10-fold. As a result, there are concerns that industrial and beverage ethanol will be too tight through the end of 2020. With concerns about drought […]

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Alliance BioEnergy Plus installs 4th generation CTS prototype

Alliance BioEnergy Plus installs 4th generation CTS prototype

July 7, 2020 |

In Florida, Alliance BioEnergy Plus says its 4th generation Cellulose-to-Sugar (“CTS”) prototype is now completed and installed in its lab. Testing is in preparation and will begin this week. This 4th generation design of the Company’s revolutionary green renewable energy technology is 4 times the size and capable of running at 10 times the speed […]

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Neste delivers SAF to SFO via pipeline

Neste delivers SAF to SFO via pipeline

July 7, 2020 |

In Texas, Neste successfully delivered its first batch of sustainable aviation fuel to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) via pipeline, where it will be used by major airlines committed to reducing carbon emissions. Neste is the first company to deliver sustainable aviation fuel, under its brand name Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel™, to SFO using the […]

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Report says maritime industry must follow aviation’s footsteps on switch to biofuels

Report says maritime industry must follow aviation’s footsteps on switch to biofuels

July 7, 2020 |

In the UK, the international shipping industry will fail to tackle their global greenhouse gas emissions unless they put in place rules that truly reflect the climate impact of shipping fuels, according to a report released by Environmental Defense Fund and University Maritime Advisory Services. As the International Maritime Organization meets for informal discussions on […]

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