Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Aemetis starts production of branding high-grade alcohol sanitizer products

Aemetis starts production of branding high-grade alcohol sanitizer products

September 27, 2020 |

In California, Aemetis, Inc., an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, commenced the contracted production of hand sanitizer under its branded Aemetis Health Products label for sales to government, businesses and academic customers, as well as directly to consumers via the Amazon Marketplace. “Following through on our plan to address the ongoing demand for sanitizer […]

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Switching to switchgrass – will DOE and USDA funding turn switchgrass into a Rockstar biofuel feedstock?

Switching to switchgrass – will DOE and USDA funding turn switchgrass into a Rockstar biofuel feedstock?

September 27, 2020 |

Australian rock band AC/DC was on a roll with several record hits like ‘Back in Black’ and ‘For Those About to Rock We Salute You’ in the early 1980s, until that is, the ‘Flick of the Switch’ in 1983 that some rock critics say was the beginning of the end for them and a “commercial […]

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Mycelium coffins, wine waste sneakers, Ingredion’s new protein isolates and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of September 24th

Mycelium coffins, wine waste sneakers, Ingredion’s new protein isolates and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of September 24th

September 23, 2020 |

As COVID-19 deaths sadly reached the 200,000 mark in the U.S. this week, some innovators are finding more sustainable ways to deal with death in the form of mycelium coffins that help compost the body and remove toxins from the soil. On a more uplifting note, you can walk in sustainable shoes while you are […]

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Multifunctional microbe simplifies processing of plant-derived fuels, chemicals

Multifunctional microbe simplifies processing of plant-derived fuels, chemicals

September 20, 2020 |

In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have modified a single microbe to simultaneously digest five of the most abundant components of lignocellulosic biomass. This is a big step forward in the development of a cost-effective biochemical conversion process to turn plants into renewable fuels and chemicals. With support from the U.S. Department of Energy […]

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Vilsack and Judge say the damage is done, Trump actions still hurt farmers and biofuels

Vilsack and Judge say the damage is done, Trump actions still hurt farmers and biofuels

September 20, 2020 |

In Iowa, former Secretary Tom Vilsack and former Iowa Lt. Governor Patty Judge said that Trump’s $300 million aid package for oil and gas companies that may come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation, the same program that would assist struggling farmers and biofuels producers, is “insulting” when similar requests for farmers […]

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Carbon tax can help European chemical industry

Carbon tax can help European chemical industry

September 20, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, Nexant Energy and Chemicals Advisory consultants report that a carbon tax is necessary to incentivize the reduction of GHG emissions in Europe and indirectly in exporting markets. If implemented correctly, it could benefit the cost competitiveness of the European chemical industry. The most transparent mechanism is to tax products based on […]

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Electrochemical reduction produces cleaner products from bio-crude

Electrochemical reduction produces cleaner products from bio-crude

September 20, 2020 |

In Washington, a new review by researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory offer a solution to capture unused materials like sewage, food waste and wood chips: mini-refineries located near waste sources that process biomass using electrochemical reduction reactions powered by renewable energy and found that electrochemical reduction produces cleaner products from bio-crude. Well-known electrochemical reduction […]

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Biofuture Platform launches Clean Energy Ministerial workstream to accelerate bioenergy

Biofuture Platform launches Clean Energy Ministerial workstream to accelerate bioenergy

September 20, 2020 |

In Brazil, the Clean Energy Ministerial global forum officially launched the new Biofuture Platform Initiative, which will raise international ambition and advance sustainable bioenergy and biomaterials production, trade and use globally, via policies and programs to make sustainable bioenergy a key enabler in clean energy transitions. The workstream is a significant milestone for the four-year […]

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Germany stepped up biodiesel exports, hits 2M tons for second year

Germany stepped up biodiesel exports, hits 2M tons for second year

September 20, 2020 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that the country’s biodiesel exports reached the level of 2 million tons for the second year running in 2019/20. Whereas the main buyer, the Netherlands, maintained its purchases virtually steady at the previous year’s level, Belgium ramped up its biodiesel imports significantly. German biodiesel exports continued to rise further in the […]

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Sweden becomes a frontrunner in sustainable aviation with new government mandate

Sweden becomes a frontrunner in sustainable aviation with new government mandate

September 20, 2020 |

In Sweden, Neste reports that as part of Sweden’s target of being fossil-free by 2045, the government introduced a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden in 2021. The reduction level will be 0.8% in 2021, and gradually increase to 27% in 2030. “We need frontrunners to lead the way in sustainable […]

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