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Biobased bullet-proof vests, human composting, 3D printed living algae and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of May 7th

Biobased bullet-proof vests, human composting, 3D printed living algae and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of May 7th

May 6, 2021 |

Biobased bullet-proof vests are something Tony Stark might come up with in an Avengers movie, but it’s a reality in Sao Paulo, Brazil with DSM’s help. Speaking of trying to stay alive…researchers successfully 3D printed living algae to create a self-sustaining material that could have wide-ranging applications in everything from fashion to Mars colonization. But […]

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Biodiesel study highlights fuel’s ability to make impact

Biodiesel study highlights fuel’s ability to make impact

May 2, 2021 |

In Missouri, the National Biodiesel Board, in partnership with Trinity Consultants, launched a new study sharing the mounting evidence that shows how biodiesel can move the needle on an issue important to all Americans – their health. This research shows that using B100 — or pure biodiesel — can have positive impacts on both the […]

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12 more biorefineries join Summit Carbon Solutions

12 more biorefineries join Summit Carbon Solutions

May 2, 2021 |

In Iowa, 12 more biorefineries joined Summit Carbon Solutions, bringing the total to 30 facilities across Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska, further growing the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project, which will link dozens of carbon dioxide emission sources, primarily biorefineries, from across the Midwestern United States to permanent geologic storage […]

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Calyxt successfully transforms hemp genome to improve advanced materials, fiber, protein

Calyxt successfully transforms hemp genome to improve advanced materials, fiber, protein

May 2, 2021 |

In Minnesota, Calyxt, Inc., a plant-based technology company, successfully transformed hemp genome, enabling a step-change in innovation approaches in the species. This transformation technology enables future advancements in hemp such as trait delivery, gene editing and advanced plant breeding and is expected to accelerate hemp variety development. Out of reach by U.S. farmers and seed […]

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Shchekinoazot and Haldor Topsoe sign MoU for CO2 emission reduction

Shchekinoazot and Haldor Topsoe sign MoU for CO2 emission reduction

May 2, 2021 |

In Russia, Haldor Topsoe and Shchekinoazot signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the objective to reduce the carbon footprint of Shchekinoazot’s existing and future plants in Tula region, Russia. Shchekinoazot aims to establish production of green and blue methanol, ammonia, and hydrogen using Topsoe’s experience and technologies within reforming, electrolysis, carbon capture and utilization, and […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic still affecting Neste and their 2021 outlook, renewable diesel sales

COVID-19 Pandemic still affecting Neste and their 2021 outlook, renewable diesel sales

May 2, 2021 |

In Finland, Neste reports a resilient Renewable Products business and challenging market in Oil Products to start 2021 off and they expect volatility in the oil products and renewable feedstock markets to remain high due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales volumes of renewable diesel in the second quarter are expected to be on the same […]

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SoCalGas & California Energy Commission to fund hydrogen fuel cell tech testing for marine vessels

SoCalGas & California Energy Commission to fund hydrogen fuel cell tech testing for marine vessels

May 2, 2021 |

In California, Southern California Gas Co. will provide $200,000 in funding for Zero Emission Industries’, formerly Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, hydrogen fuel cell technology project that aims to develop a zero emissions solution for small commercial marine vessels by modifying a commercial boat with a hydrogen fuel cell in place of a combustion engine. […]

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RFA sends comment letters to USDA on ethanol, ag and rural policy recommendations

RFA sends comment letters to USDA on ethanol, ag and rural policy recommendations

May 2, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., in separate comment letters submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Renewable Fuels Association explained how expanded ethanol production and use can support the administration’s “climate-smart” agriculture goals and encouraged USDA to use the Rural Energy Pilot Program to support research into the use of ethanol for low-carbon power generation. In […]

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Miscanthus carbon independent sequestration figures revealed in new study

Miscanthus carbon independent sequestration figures revealed in new study

May 2, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, the first dedicated, independent study into Miscanthus life cycles shows that the above ground biomass grows annually and recycles all the carbon that’s been produced through planting, harvesting and burning the crop for renewable electricity, and at the same time, the underground rhizome and decaying leaf litter fixes and stores net […]

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SAF, please prepare for take-off…even with aviation industry turned upside down due to pandemic

SAF, please prepare for take-off…even with aviation industry turned upside down due to pandemic

May 2, 2021 |

There were 22 weekdays in April. There were 15 announcements about sustainable aviation fuel progress, advancements, implementations, and production in just those 21 days. What does that mean? Why is SAF suddenly taking off like never before, even as the aviation industry was turned upside down due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Why are companies pivoting […]

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