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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals

September 26, 2022 |

Policymakers and energy security hawks love fuel, but consumers love renewable chemicals that power the everyday applications in their lives — resins, solvents, nutraceuticals, intermediates to make fabrics, nylons, plastics, and more. There’s a dizzying array of candidates — hydrogen for chemistry, methanol ammonia, PLA, PHA, ethanol, ethylene, MEG, ethyl acetate, BDO, PEG, the four-carbon […]

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Ready Mobile One: Siemens jumps on the peace train with Ballard fuel cell technology

Ready Mobile One: Siemens jumps on the peace train with Ballard fuel cell technology

September 26, 2022 |

The latest news from Germany concerns a technology that just can’t get enough attention, that’s the Siemens Mobility’s Mireo Plus H passenger trains.  Ballard Power Systems picked up an order for 14 x 200 kW fuel cell modules from Siemens to power a fleet of seven Mireo Plus H passenger trains. Delivery of the 14 […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Diesel and DME

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Diesel and DME

September 22, 2022 |

What’s up with the most exciting molecule in the bioeconomy as measured by capacity building? There are greenfield projects, refinery conversions, new technologies headed toward commercial, and the exciting arrival of DME at scale. What are the drivers, who are the players, what technologies are developing and deploying, how does policy play a role — […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Plastics and Biomaterials

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Plastics and Biomaterials

September 22, 2022 |

Everything we have learned at The Digest about the State of Plastics and Biomaterials in 2022, we have digested down into these pages, as presented in our latest ABLC CONNECT episode this past week. Whether you’re looking at PET, PLA, PHA, FDCA, FDME, nylons, fabrics, biobased cements and concretes, leathers, packaging, bottling or elsewhere in […]

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eFuels, by land and sea, get their grips on the ships, road trips

eFuels, by land and sea, get their grips on the ships, road trips

September 22, 2022 |

For more than a decade we have been covering the emergence of e-Fuels — renewable fuels made from (usually waste) CO2 and green hydrogen, the latter conventionally obtained by splitting water using spare, intermittent renewable power. It’s been a story of a fuel defeated by policy. Simply put, most early-day carbon thresholds were so low, […]

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Early Contractor Involvement Paves 
The Way To Better Project Execution

Early Contractor Involvement Paves 
The Way To Better Project Execution

September 22, 2022 |

An ABLC Thought Leadership column from Kiewit Too often during construction of a project, the owner finds out that design, and consequently cost, need to be adjusted due to engineering deliverables that don’t align with construction realities. Issues often begin during the pre-FEED or FEED (front-end engineering design) phases. Lack of communication and collaboration can […]

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Getting ABLC Ready: The Digest’s 5 Minute Guide to Fermworx

Getting ABLC Ready: The Digest’s 5 Minute Guide to Fermworx

September 22, 2022 |

As ABLC Next approaches with record crowds and plenty of companies to meet, we’re profiling key industry players over the next month in our long-standing “5 Minutes With” series. Today, Fermworx, aspiring to be the world’s leading specialty fermentation company with local production and a global presence focused on making quality products and exceeding customer […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Deactivation Mitigation for Biomass Conversion

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyst Deactivation Mitigation for Biomass Conversion

September 21, 2022 |

As we observed once here in Digestville, biomass is where catalysts go to die. How can we change that? Providing fundamental insight and actionable recommendations for extending catalyst lifetime in biomass catalytic conversion by a collective and collaborative effort within ChemCatBio. PNNL’s Huamin Wang led a team to accomplish that and provide us with knowledge […]

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Barbarians at the Gate: WasteFuel offers new methanol tech to ward off the new barbarians of industrial emission

Barbarians at the Gate: WasteFuel offers new methanol tech to ward off the new barbarians of industrial emission

September 21, 2022 |

From New York and the stages of ClimateWeek therein arrives news that WasteFuel, which would not surprise you to learn makes fuel from waste, has developed and is offering a new technology, their Methanol Module. We’ve been hard at work over the past months highlighting the advantages of methane as a feedstock, intermediate and end […]

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The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Catalytic Upgrading of Biochemical Intermediates

The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to the Catalytic Upgrading of Biochemical Intermediates

September 20, 2022 |

Whether it is Mixed C6-C5 Corn Stover Hydrolysate Sugars to Produce Butyric Acid with In-situ Product Removal, or Non-Biological Conversion of Mixed C6-C5 Corn Stover Hydrolysate Sugars to Furans (Furfural, HMF), opportunities abound in biobased chemicals. Where to focus, what are the real opportunities? NREL’s Rick Elanderi led a team to investigate and report.

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