Major Stories

Hungry Eyes – Why Americans Waste So Much Food?

Hungry Eyes – Why Americans Waste So Much Food?

October 26, 2021 |

By Shannon Bergstrom, Sustainability Brand Manager, RTS Special to The Digest There’s been a lot of talk lately about the amount of perfectly edible and nutritious food that goes to waste in the US. And, by now, you’ve probably heard the shocking numbers. Americans waste about 40%, or around 80 billion pounds, of all the […]

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Smell that smell! Perfume made from CO2 derived ethanol, poop pigments, cell-culture news and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of October 27th

Smell that smell! Perfume made from CO2 derived ethanol, poop pigments, cell-culture news and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of October 27th

October 26, 2021 |

Perfume made out of thin air, well, made from ethanol derived from carbon dioxide anyway, is being made by a startup in New York. Poop pigment – a new pigment produced from sewage sludge in California. Cell-based breast milk startup getting investment from Bill Gates. And a cell cultured chocolate startup raised $4 million. A […]

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Pell-Mell at NREL : Two Bio Breakthroughs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Pell-Mell at NREL : Two Bio Breakthroughs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory

October 25, 2021 |

Found in the Bargain Bin of Overlooked Breakthroughs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a team of researchers have programmed a microbe to make acetate or ethylene from CO2 and, wait for it, use not only photosynthesis, but electricity supplied from the plug point on your wall. There are lots of reasons to get jazzed […]

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Sky rockets in flight, biofuels delight! The bioLPG story, Orbex’s biofuel powered space rocket and more

Sky rockets in flight, biofuels delight! The bioLPG story, Orbex’s biofuel powered space rocket and more

October 24, 2021 |

Out of this world things are happening in the United Kingdom with the news from Orbex that their Prime space rocket will have a 96% lower carbon footprint than comparable space launch programs thanks to their use of bioLPG from Calor and they are committed to offsetting all residual carbon emissions from launch operations. Calor’s […]

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Biodegradable underwear, fish guts to fashion, lab-grown antelope, Coldplay’s sustainable tour: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of October 21st

Biodegradable underwear, fish guts to fashion, lab-grown antelope, Coldplay’s sustainable tour: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of October 21st

October 21, 2021 |

It’s almost the weekend so let’s celebrate this week’s crazy and amazing innovations. From Coldplay’s “sustainable tour” emitting half the CO2 emissions as the previous tour with a bamboo stage, biodegradable glitter and renewable energy, to fish guts turned into fashion, apple-growing sneakers, and biodegradable underwear, these cool innovations are pretty darn exciting. In today’s […]

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8-Slide Guides

Cool GTL to Produce Jet Fuel from Biogas: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gas Technology Institute

Cool GTL to Produce Jet Fuel from Biogas: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gas Technology Institute

October 26, 2021 |

Terry Marker from the Gas Technology Institute shared this slide guide at the BETO 2021 Project Peer Review covering their goal to produce 100 gallons of Jet Fuel from Biogas using the Cool GTL Process, a new simple process which converts biogas, CO2, and methane directly to jet, gasoline, and diesel.

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Protein-based Biocontrol Food Solutions: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biotalys

Protein-based Biocontrol Food Solutions: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biotalys

October 25, 2021 |

Biotalys had a big 2021 so far – a successful public listing on Euronext Brussels raising in total €52.8 million (about $61 million), the development of Biotalys’ first protein-based biocontrol, Evoca, and more. Take a look at how their new paradigm of food production can help feed the world without exhausting our resources.

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Carbon Negative Manufacturing: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to ECOR

Carbon Negative Manufacturing: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to ECOR

October 24, 2021 |

  Waste fiber as feedstock and a non-toxic, low CO2 production process is what ECOR is all about. Existing demand for ECOR just from existing partners will require 100% of the production capacity of their currently planned facilities underway in Europe. Get the details on production assets, feedstock, scaleable process, market commitment.

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Training Next Gen Bioprocess Engineers: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to ABPDU

Training Next Gen Bioprocess Engineers: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to ABPDU

October 21, 2021 |

Biotech and bioprocessing face a pressing need for experienced people who can bring bio-based, sustainable products to market. A new college course at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) aims to meet this need by providing hands-on experience with industry-relevant bioprocessing equipment and more.

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De-risking and Commercializing Sustainable Aviation Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s SAF Strategy

De-risking and Commercializing Sustainable Aviation Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s SAF Strategy

October 20, 2021 |

With the recent announcement of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy’s BETO shared this slide guide on their sustainable aviation fuel strategy, featuring BETO Director, Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed, and Zia Haq, BETO Senior Analyst. From types of SAF feedstocks to benefits of SAF to farmers, the environment, and the aviation […]

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The Latest World News

Red Trail Energy gets green light for North Dakota’s first Class VI well

Red Trail Energy gets green light for North Dakota’s first Class VI well

October 26, 2021 |

In North Dakota, North Dakota’s regulatory framework for geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide (CO2) is leading the nation again as the North Dakota Industrial Commission approved the first Class VI well in North Dakota. North Dakota was the first state to receive primacy of Class VI wells from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in […]

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Sumitomo Chemical successfully produces first waste-based polyolefin production

Sumitomo Chemical successfully produces first waste-based polyolefin production

October 26, 2021 |

In Japan, Sumitomo Chemical has successfully conducted the first waste-based polyolefin production at its laboratory in Japan earlier this year, by use of the ethylene produced by Axens ethanol-to-ethylene technology Atol. This process value chain is complemented with the upfront “Waste to Ethanol” technology by Sekisui Chemical.  This project promotes circular economy making it possible […]

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GoodFuels and REG sign long-term supply and development agreement

GoodFuels and REG sign long-term supply and development agreement

October 26, 2021 |

In the Netherlands, GoodFuels and Renewable Energy Group have entered a long-term agreement for the supply and development of sustainable marine biofuel solutions for the global shipping industry. With REG’s expertise in biofuels and GoodFuels’ pioneering strengths, both companies are playing an important role in enabling the decarbonization efforts for shipping companies. This announcement reinforces […]

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Brazilian biodiesel auction sells $1.1B worth of fuel at $1.06/liter

Brazilian biodiesel auction sells $1.1B worth of fuel at $1.06/liter

October 26, 2021 |

In Brazil, Renewables Now reports the most recent ANP biodiesel auction saw 1.073 billion liters of biodiesel sold at an average price of $1.06 per liter. Some 44 biodiesel producers offered 1.37 billion liters of ethanol at the five-day auction but the volume that had the small producers seal attached was not reported. The $1.1 […]

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Sunfire secures $125M Series D funding for to further develop electrolyzers

Sunfire secures $125M Series D funding for to further develop electrolyzers

October 26, 2021 |

In Germany, Sunfire, a global leader in the development and production of industrial electrolyzers, has secured $125 million of new funding in its Series D round from a consortium of investors led by Lightrock and Planet First Partners, and including Carbon Direct Capital Management, HydrogenOne Capital, and existing shareholders. The new investment will further strengthen […]

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R&D News

PNNL researchers develop seaweed-based inks and materials for 2D and 3D printing

PNNL researchers develop seaweed-based inks and materials for 2D and 3D printing

October 26, 2021 |

In Washington state, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed seaweed-based inks and materials for developing colorful 2-D and 3-D shapes and models. The innovation is called ArtSea Inks and Materials. The set of vivid inks—think a futuristic upgrade from yesteryear’s eight-pack of Crayola crayons—was developed using seaweed solutions bolstered with pigments that […]

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Japanese researchers improve photoredox properties of panchromatic photosensitizers

Japanese researchers improve photoredox properties of panchromatic photosensitizers

October 25, 2021 |

In Japan, using photocatalysts to reduce CO2 has received a lot of attention recently. Scientists from Tokyo Tech have developed a new osmium complex that can absorb a full wavelength range of visible light and act as a panchromatic redox photosensitizer for CO2 reduction. The team combined this complex with a ruthenium (II) catalyst and […]

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Scientists reduce CO2 using a new Panchromatic Osmium Complex Photosensitizer

Scientists reduce CO2 using a new Panchromatic Osmium Complex Photosensitizer

October 24, 2021 |

In Japan, researchers from Tokyo Institute of Technology developed a new version of the osmium complex which can now absorb full wavelength range of visible light and will act as a panchromatic redox photosensitizer for CO2 reduction. The team combined this complex with a ruthenium (II) catalyst and successfully reduced CO2 into formic acid. Finding […]

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NCERC scores $1.9M grant partly to expand Biotechnology Laboratory Incubator

NCERC scores $1.9M grant partly to expand Biotechnology Laboratory Incubator

October 21, 2021 |

In Illinois, the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC), located in University Park of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has been awarded $1.9 million though the Rebuild Illinois Wet Lab Capital program by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). NCERC joins seven other laboratories from across the state who received a total investment of […]

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NREL researchers launch three new projects to boost biorefinery and bioenergy sustainability

NREL researchers launch three new projects to boost biorefinery and bioenergy sustainability

October 20, 2021 |

In Colorado, more sustainable farming sector, lower industrial emissions, more efficient biochemical production—National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists and industry partners expect sizable benefits from three new projects to commercialize bioinsecticides, enzymatic carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization, and cell-free biocatalysis.  Pulling a combined $750,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) and matching […]

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Policy & Policymakers

Sen. Thune leads Senators to seek meeting with Biden over future of RFS

Sen. Thune leads Senators to seek meeting with Biden over future of RFS

October 26, 2021 |

In Washington, U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a longtime member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, led several of his colleagues in requesting a meeting with President Biden and representatives of his cabinet to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard and promote biofuels as a key solution for America’s energy and climate agenda. In July, Thune […]

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Indonesia to save $4B in fossil fuel imports in 2021 thanks to biodiesel blending

Indonesia to save $4B in fossil fuel imports in 2021 thanks to biodiesel blending

October 25, 2021 |

In Indonesia, the Antara news agency reports the president estimates the country has saved as much as $4 billion on fossil fuel imports in 2021 thanks to biodiesel blending compared to $2.7 billion in savings in 2020. With palm oil production potential as high as 52 million metric tons annually, the president wants to see […]

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary confident that Covid aid for biofuel producers coming soon

U.S. Agriculture Secretary confident that Covid aid for biofuel producers coming soon

October 24, 2021 |

In Iowa, Brownfield Ag News reports that U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack is confident financial assistance for biofuel producers impacted by COVID-19 will be available soon. Speaking to reporters during a farm visit in central Iowa, Vilsack said many of the programs included in the American Rescue Plan were new and required additional thought on […]

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Rep. Randy Feenstra introduces two biofuels bills to E85 and SAF

Rep. Randy Feenstra introduces two biofuels bills to E85 and SAF

October 21, 2021 |

In Washington, in an effort to expand uses for biofuels, Rep. Randy Feenstra (IA-04) has introduced the Comparison of Sustainable Transportation (COST) Act and the Biojet Fuel Research Act. These new proposals will explore ways the federal government could use biofuels to reduce transportation costs while lowering carbon emissions. The COST Act directs the Comptroller General and […]

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CARB CEO sees green groups keeping low carbon fuel projects out of the state

CARB CEO sees green groups keeping low carbon fuel projects out of the state

October 20, 2021 |

In California, Reuters reports the executive officer at the California Air Resources Board says that pushback from environmental advocates who he says don’t want to see any new fuel production in the state have slowed down the implementation of low carbon fuels locally. Instead, most of the fuels that are benefiting from the state’s Low […]

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Other Recent Articles

European Parliament approves Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking

European Parliament approves Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking

October 26, 2021 |

In Belgium, the European Parliament last week voted in favor of Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU), the successor of BBI JU, by adopting a legislative proposal on the establishment of joint undertakings for the 2021-2027 period. The Council of the EU is expected to adopt the proposal by the end of November, leading […]

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London “phallus palace” (a.k.a., boxer brief) brand raises eyebrows and funds

London “phallus palace” (a.k.a., boxer brief) brand raises eyebrows and funds

October 25, 2021 |

In the UK, a men’s underwear startup with a stellar copywriting team and biodegradable designs has raised £2.6 million ($3.6 million) to expand production and distribution.  Founded in 2018 by couple Alex Walsh and Yang Liu, JustWears uses biodegradable materials like tree fibers, corn, and seaweed to create an ultra-comfortable boxer-briefs that also feature an […]

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Brooklyn start-up makes perfume (almost) out of thin air

Brooklyn start-up makes perfume (almost) out of thin air

October 25, 2021 |

In New York, a startup is using captured carbon dioxide to produce ethanol for a proof-of-concept perfume. Dubbed Air Eau de Parfum, Air Company’s scent includes notes of fig leaf, orange and jasmine. Indistinguishable from traditional perfume, Air Eau de Parfum uses ethanol made from captured carbon dioxide, as opposed to corn-based ethanol that, while […]

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Cali waste firm showcases poop pigment

Cali waste firm showcases poop pigment

October 25, 2021 |

In California, waste management technology firm bioforcetech has unveiled a pigment produced from sewage sludge.  The company displayed the technology at Dutch Design Week,  where its booth featured a sleek black planter made from polylactic acid and its OurCarbon pigment.  bioforcetech said OurCarbon could replace coal-based materials while at the same time diverting materials like […]

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Dutch designer envisions biomaterial skyscrapers

Dutch designer envisions biomaterial skyscrapers

October 25, 2021 |

In the Netherlands, a biomaterials advocate says buildings could be completely made from plant-based products and natural mineral materials.  Lucas DeMan, CEO of Biobased Creations, tells architecture and design publication dezeen materials like hemp, straw, lumber, and mycelium could replace products such as steel and cement that contribute to the construction industry’s poor environmental performance.  […]

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Symrise expands sustainable patchouli sourcing program

Symrise expands sustainable patchouli sourcing program

October 25, 2021 |

In Sumatra, flavors and fragrance giant Symrise and Van Aroma have expanded their sustainable patchouli cultivation program.  The two have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with PT. Sirukam Lumbung Nagari for the rejuvenation of cultivation in the region. The deal gives Sumatran farmers access to a growing network in the region that includes nearly […]

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