Category: Top Stories

What can ethanol plant owners do to thrive in the ethanol business today?  

What can ethanol plant owners do to thrive in the ethanol business today?  

December 15, 2022 |

By Mike Sticklen and Doug Rivers, Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest The US ethanol industry is faced with flat volume (Fig. 1) and mediocre returns on capital (Fig. 2).  There are several strategic opportunities available to return to revenue growth and improve returns to shareholders.   The strategies can be grouped into three categories. […]

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All Hands on Deck Needed to Fulfill Biofuels Promise   

All Hands on Deck Needed to Fulfill Biofuels Promise   

December 13, 2022 |

By David R. Rubenstein, CEO, California Ethanol + Power Special to The Digest Just after Thanksgiving, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced its proposed update for the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, a landmark clean fuels policy that has helped generate jobs, reduce oil imports and reduce air pollution. The EPA’s revised policy envisions a […]

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Nominations open for the Bioeconomy 500

Nominations open for the Bioeconomy 500

December 12, 2022 |

In Florida, The Digest announced the opening of nominations for the Bioeconomy 500, which recognizes individuals for their leadership contributions to the bioeconomy’s development and project deployment. The 500 is expected to honor scientists, engineers, policy makers, financiers, project developers, feedstock pioneers, offtakers, advocates and supply-chain and distribution partners. Every Digest subscriber can nominate an […]

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Hydrogen from Natural Gas without Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Hydrogen from Natural Gas without Carbon Dioxide Emissions

December 9, 2022 |

By Mark Robertson, PE., Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest Thermo-catalytic decomposition of methane (TCDM) converts methane directly into hydrogen and a useful solid carbon byproduct, with reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The resultant (turquoise) hydrogen can be used as a fuel in power generation, heating, transportation and for industrial hydrogen use. The solid carbon […]

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Current and Future California SAF Pathways & Supply

Current and Future California SAF Pathways & Supply

December 8, 2022 |

By Chuck Sorensen, Ph.D., P.E. Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest California leads the nation in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) implementation initiatives.  This is driven largely by the State’s aggressive fuel decarbonization goals and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) incentive program.  SAF fuel blending components also qualify for US EPA RIN credits.  The […]

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ABLC 2023 announced for Washington DC, March 22-24, 2023: Networking for Net Zero

ABLC 2023 announced for Washington DC, March 22-24, 2023: Networking for Net Zero

December 5, 2022 |

In Washington, the Digest announced that the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference,  ABLC 2023, will return to the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC, March 22-24, as the industry undertakes more Networking for Net Zero. More than 700 delegates and 100 speakers are expected from more than 400 companies active in advanced bioeconomy development & deployment. “No […]

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Synova, SABIC, Technip Energies join forces to accelerate plastic circularity

Synova, SABIC, Technip Energies join forces to accelerate plastic circularity

December 1, 2022 |

From Netherlands comes news that Synova, SABIC Global Technologies and Technip Energies  have signed a Joint Development and Cooperation Agreement on November 23, 2022 to collaborate on the development and realization of a commercial plant, which will produce olefins and aromatics from plastic waste.  In support of Synova and the collaboration, SABIC’s affiliate SABIC Ventures […]

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CIRCULAR BTX: Anellotech’s aromatics from mixed waste plastics, now available

CIRCULAR BTX: Anellotech’s aromatics from mixed waste plastics, now available

December 1, 2022 |

News has arrived from the gang at Pearl River that Anellotech is offering drum-quantity product samples of aromatics produced from recycled mixed waste plastics. The recycled benzene, toluene and xylenes, known as CIRCULAR BTX, will be available to current and potential commercial partners. The production story The samples are made at Anellotech’s TCat-8 facility — a […]

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The renewing Power of Progress in renewable Power: Shell acquires Nature Energy in $2B RNG deal

The renewing Power of Progress in renewable Power: Shell acquires Nature Energy in $2B RNG deal

November 29, 2022 |

News arrives from Europe that Shell plc has agreed to acquire 100% of Nature Energy for nearly USD $2 billion (€ 1.9 billion) from Davidson Kempner Capital Management LP, Pioneer Point Partners and Sampension. The acquisition will be absorbed within Shell’s current capital range, which remains unchanged. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and […]

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Axens, Chiyoda and the search for liquid hydrogen carriers

Axens, Chiyoda and the search for liquid hydrogen carriers

November 28, 2022 |

From France and Japan comes news that Axens and Chiyoda Corporation have inked a partnership to facilitate hydrogen supply chain projects via methylcyclohexane, known widely as MCH, as a Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier, and promote a combination of Axens’ Toluene Hydrogenation technology and Chiyoda’s SPERA Hydrogen technology. The hydrogen backstory According to the International Energy […]

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