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This Vodka Helps Fight Climate Change

(CNN)  Vodka is usually made from fermented grains, like rye. But Air Company’s spirit is made out of captured carbon dioxide emissions.  READ MORE/WATCH VIDEO From CO2 To Vodka: Air Company Launches World’s First Carbon-Negative Spirit  (Forbes) This carbon-negative vodka comes from captured CO2 — Air Company—a winner of Fast

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Department of Energy Awards $127 Million to Bring Innovative Clean Energy Technologies to Market

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy continues to power the clean energy revolution among American small businesses and entrepreneurs with awards totaling $127 million to support 110 innovative projects – each focused on tackling the climate crisis by harnessing market-oriented solutions and emerging technologies.  DOE’s Office of Energy and Efficiency

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Blue Biofuels Files 3 Additional Patents on Its CTS Technology

(Blue Biofuels) Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc., DBA Blue Biofuels, (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it filed 3 additional patents that follow on the granted patent to its Cellulose-to-Sugar (“CTS”) technology system. In the process of testing and perfecting towards commercialization, the Company has developed additional unique technology related to

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

IOC to Build India’s First Green Hydrogen Plant at Mathura Refinery

(PTI/Economic Times) Hydrogen is the latest buzz for meeting the world’s energy needs. Hydrogen, in itself, is a clean fuel but manufacturing it is energy-intensive and has carbon byproducts.  —  India’s largest oil firm IOC will build the nation’s first ‘green hydrogen’ plant at its Mathura refinery, as it aims

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to Nanoplazz’s Green Hydrogen, Syngas Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Nanoplazz Technologies has developed cutting-edge plasma reactor technology to convert greenhouse gases into value-added fuels and chemicals and to produce carbon nanoparticles with diamond cores to enhance the performance and sustainability of industrial and consumer products. The Multi-Slide Guide visualization of their technology.  READ MORE

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

The Race for Limestone as Climate Change’s Big Solution: Sulzer, Blue Planet Sign Key Partnership

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  Sulzer and Blue Planet have signed a significant partnership for converting CO2 into limestone. … Sulzer is enabling the further development and optimization of Blue Planet’s innovative carbon mineralization process for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) solutions. The process will leverage Sulzer’s carbon reduction technologies

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Offered Using Methanol in Power Generation for Electric Cars

(Ural Federal University/EurekAlert)  Technology is economical, safe, environmentally friendly, and energy-efficient —  Professors at Ural Federal University (UrFU, Russia) Sergey Shcheklein and Aleksey Dubinin have developed a technology for generating energy for an electric car engine using methanol. An article describing the technology was published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

July 23, 2021 Read Full Article

$1.5M DOE Grant Targets Engineering of Cyanobacteria as Biofuel Production Platform

(Vanderbilt University School of Engineering)  A new, $1.5 million Department of Energy grant brings together experts from three institutions to parse the metabolism of a blue-green algae that holds great promise for biofuel production. The team, led by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Jamey Young, will take a systems biology

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: Japan

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As we continue with Gas Week, we’re providing you with 10 National Hydrogen Strategies between now and Friday. Today: (as we near the Summer Olympics) Japan.  READ MORE

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: Germany

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we continue with Gas Week, we’re providing you with 10 National Hydrogen Strategies between now and Friday. Today: Germany.  READ MORE

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: France

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we continue with Gas Week, we’re providing you with 10 National Hydrogen Strategies between now and Friday. Today: France. READ MORE  

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

LLNL and Collaborators Improve Electrochemical Reactor Performance through 3D Printing

(Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and their collaborators are leveraging the power of 3D printing to improve the performance of electrochemical reactors used to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) to useful energy sources, chemicals and material feedstocks. Working under a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Stanford University and oil and

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: Canada

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we continue with Gas Week, we’re providing you with 10 National Hydrogen Strategies between now and Friday. Today, the Big Hockey Stick, that is to say, Canada and its desire for this sector to “Take Off, Eh?” and as quickly as possible. Un génération

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: The United States of America

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As we continue with Gas Week, we’re providing you with 10 National Hydrogen Strategies between now and Friday. Today, the Big Kahuna (or Enchilada, if you like), the US, where actions have been lagging but ambitions growing and a refining base of scale and national

July 21, 2021 Read Full Article

New Energy Freedom Refinery to Produce Carbon-Negative Fuel from America’s Ag Wastes

(New Energy Blue/PR Newswire) New Energy Blue announced its planned construction in Iowa of a biomass refinery designed to produce renewable carbon-negative automotive fuel, which replaces gasoline. “Our Iowa project can keep one million tons of CO2 out of the atmosphere every year–like taking 200,000 cars off the road,” says Thomas Corle,

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Multi-Guide Slide to National Hydrogen Strategies: Finland

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Finns are flying when it comes to hydrogen and, even better, this national hydrogen strategy has some great green hydrogen factoids and charts whether hydrogen in Scandinavia tickles your fancy or not. For mobility, stationery power and above all, for industrial applications, here’s a

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Green Hydrogen Horizons

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s Gas Week here in Digestville, all this week we’re highlighting new technologies, commercial breakthroughs and new strategies relating to the production of, applications for, or the avoidannce of: Green Hydrogen, Nitrogen and Syngas. Later this week we’ll look at the monster valuation and progress

July 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Spain: Repsol and Talgo Will Develop Renewable Hydrogen-Powered Train

(Repsol/NGV Journal) Repsol and Talgo will jointly develop projects to promote the creation of renewable hydrogen-powered trains and promote emission-free rail transport in the Iberian Peninsula. The agreement has been signed by Repsol’s Executive Director of Industrial Transformation and Circular Economy Juan Abascal and the Chairman of Talgo Carlos Palacio Oriol.

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Ameresco Reaches Commercial Operation of Landfill Gas to Renewable Natural Gas Plant

(Ameresco)  Innovative renewable natural gas plant at McCarty Road Landfill reached commercial operations in Q2 2021 —  Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), ), a leading cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, today announced that it achieved commercial operations at its landfill gas to renewable natural gas plant at Republic Services’ McCarty Road

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

ReCarbon Executes Multi-Site Landfill Gas to Hydrogen Agreement with H2Renewables

(ReCarbon)  ReCarbon, Inc., (https://recarboninc.com) the developer of the patented Plasma Carbon Conversion Unit (PCCU), a combustion-free, climate-positive greenhouse gas utilization technology, announced the execution of a supply agreement with Cleveland, Tennessee-based landfill gas to hydrogen project developer, H2Renewables, LLC. This follows the successful operation of a demonstration plant at McDonald, Tennessee.

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Butyl Acetate for Diesel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Butyl Acetate as Bioblendstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Does renewable butyl acetate make a good fuel additive? Can it be used as a bioblendstock for diesel to decrease combustion pollutants and lower the sooting propensity of a BA/diesel-based mixture? Can it’s low freezing point and high flash point improve fuel properties?  READ MORE

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2021 so Far

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Like a cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, the first half of 2021 was a bit more refreshing and uplifting than 2020. The Digest brings you the hottest Top 10 slide guides so far from 2021. We sure learned how to turn

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition Supports Letter from Congress Members Veasey and Granger to Ag Secretary Vilsack about BioPreferred® Program Problems

The Alternative Fuels & Chemicals Coalition supports a bipartisan letter from Texas Members of Congress, Marc Veasey (D-TX 33) and Kay Granger (R-TX 12) to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding flaws in the USDA BioPreferred® Program.   Requests include: • Provide a report to Congress showing the procurement of biobased products

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Analysis Shows Enzyme-Based Plastics Recycling Is More Energy Efficient, Better for Environment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  BOTTLE Consortium Effort Develops Model That Finds Sizeable Energy and Carbon-Saving Benefits for Recycling PET, a Common Plastic Used in Bottles, Clothing, Carpet —  Researchers in the BOTTLE Consortium, including from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Portsmouth,

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Indonesia Bets on Biofuels over Oil, but Electric Vehicles Could Render Both Moot

by Hans Nicholas Jong (Mongabay/Eco-Business) Increased adoption of electric vehicles could render redundant Indonesia’s biofuel infrastructure, which the government is touting as its chosen alternative to fossil fuels. The rapid development of electric vehicles looks set to overtake the biofuel infrastructure that Indonesia is investing heavily in, and could render

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Bio-beds for the Olympics, Bolt Threads Boost, Microbes, Leather Alternatives, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of July 15th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) With the Olympics starting next week, we are hearing about biobased innovations taking place in this much anticipated and COVID-disrupted Olympic Games in Japan, like the 18,000 cardboard bedframes and polyethylene fiber mattresses that can be recycled infinitely. Bolt Threads also got a boost this

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Fortescue Future Industries signs Option Agreement with TasPorts for Land and Operating Access for Green Hydrogen Plant

(Fortescue Future Industries) Australian Fortescue Future Industries Pty Ltd (FFI) has signed an Option Agreement with Tasmanian Ports Corporation Pty Ltd (TasPorts) to exclusively negotiate all land and operating access requirements for its proposed 250 megawatt (MW) green hydrogen plant in Bell Bay in Northern Tasmania, marking an important milestone

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Back to the Stone Age, or Everything I Really Needed to Know about Solving Climate Change, I Learned from Fred Flintstone

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As someone once observed, the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones, and the Petroleum Age is not going to end because we ran out of petroleum. Rather, needs and technologies will change. In fact, they are already changing, or have

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech and lululemon Partner to Create the First Fabric Using Recycled Carbon Emissions

(LanzaTech)  Partnership includes India Glycols Limited and Far Eastern New Century  — Biotechnology company LanzaTech today announced it has partnered with lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU), an athletic apparel company, to create the world’s first yarn and fabric using recycled carbon emissions that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere as pollution.

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

British Columbia Hydrogen Strategy Provides Vision for Clean-Energy Future

(British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation and Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy)  The Government of British Columbia is releasing its hydrogen strategy – a blueprint for how renewable and low-carbon hydrogen will support its climate goals and create new jobs in B.C.’s growing clean-tech sector. “With our

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article

From Biomass to Bug Zapper: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bio-Insecticides

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Creating a sustainable, inexpensive bioinsecticide that leverages the inherent chemical functionality from thermochemical biomass conversion that can improve biofuel economics is one of National Renewable Energy Lab’s goals. Take a look at bioinsecticide production using catalytic fast pyrolysis works, bioinsecticide trends, impacts on biorefining, and

July 12, 2021 Read Full Article
    Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals   —   March 23-24, 2022   —  hybrid event – ONLINE and Cologne, Germany

Conference on CO2-based Fuels and Chemicals — March 23-24, 2022 — hybrid event – ONLINE and Cologne, Germany

The conference is one of the most established worldwide and has developed into a unique meeting and networking place for the entire Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CCU) and Power-to-X industry and its customers. The first day will focus on green hydrogen production, carbon capture and CO2-based transport and aviation fuels,

July 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Clariant and India Glycols Biobased Ethylene Oxide JV, Biobased travel and Lamps, Faster Forest Regeneration, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of July 8th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  News came this week that Clariant and India Glycols established a joint venture to produce biobased ethylene oxide derivatives for home and personal care markets. With travel now returning in many places, biobased luggage using BioX material is the latest bio-innovation. And in other signs

July 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Microbes in Cow Stomachs Can Help Recycle Plastic

by Nicoletta Lanese (Live Science) Microbes fished from the stomachs of cows can gobble up certain kinds of plastic, including the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used in soda bottles, food packaging and synthetic fabrics. Scientists uncovered these microbes in liquid that was drawn from the rumen, the largest compartment of a ruminant’s stomach;

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Babcock & Wilcox Assists Amager Resource Center’s Application to E.U. to Fund Innovative Carbon Capture Project in Denmark

(Babcock & Wilcox)  Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) (NYSE: BW) Environmental announced today that it will support Amager Resource Center’s (ARC) application for more than €120 million ($140 million USD) in European Union funding to build an advanced carbon dioxide (CO2) capture facility at ARC’s Amager-Bakke (Copenhill) waste-to-energy facility in Copenhagen,

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Environmental Assessment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a Post-Treatment Technology in Waste Incineration

by Valentina Bisinella, Tore Hulgaard, Christian Riber, Anders Damgaard, and Thomas H. Christensen (Waste Management) – Carbon capture and storage (CCS) can amend existing waste incineration technologies.  -CCS reduces the energy recovered depending on the incineration technology amended.  -CCS reduces climate change impacts of all waste incineration technologies assessed. -Savings in climate change

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Awards $45.5 Million for Projects to Advance Biotechnology Research

(U.S. Department of Energy)  34 Projects Will Develop New Instruments to Study Cells, Processes to Convert Natural and Synthetic Materials Into Sustainable Biofuels and Bioproducts  — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded $45.5 million for research projects geared towards understanding and harnessing nature’s biological processes to produce clean biofuels

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Korean Air Partners with Hyundai Oilbank to Adopt Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Korean Air) Korean Air signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hyundai Oilbank, a leading petroleum and refinery company in Korea, regarding the manufacturing and usage of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). Through the partnership, Korean Air hopes to not only counter climate change caused by the aviation industry through the use

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

LCA Model for Biofuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to GREET

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Technologies Model – aka GREET – can be used to address impacts and conduct life cycle analyses of biofuels and bioproducts. Check out Argonne National Laboratory’s BETO Peer Review presentation on how it works, why it’s

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon-Negative Bioplastic Made from Air, Invasive Plants Turned into Yoga Mats, Cultured Chicken Progress, Renewable Fiber Innovations, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of July 2nd

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) We’ve covered food made from air here, but Germany-based company Made of Air has developed a bioplastic derived from burnt plant and forestry waste, or biochar, that can be used in many ways. So far, H&M’s sunglasses and HexChar panels installed on the facade of an Audi

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Maire Tecnimont Group and Fersam Team up to Develop Green Ammonia and Bio-ethanol Projects in Latin America

(NextChem) Maire Tecnimont Group’s subsidiaries NextChem and MET Development have reached an agreement with FerSam Uruguay S.A. (FerSam), part of FerSam Group, to develop projects for the production of green ammonia and bio-ethanol in Latin America. Under the agreement, Maire Tecnimont Group’s subsidiaries and FerSam will undertake feasibility studies for two

July 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Danish Partnership Receives Support from the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) for World’s First Industrial Dynamic Green Ammonia Demonstration Plant

by Ulrik Frøhlke (Haldor Topsoe)  -The Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP) awards 81 million. DKK (app. 11 million EUR) to the green ammonia project managed by the three partners Skovgaard Invest, Vestas, and Haldor Topsoe. -The project aims at building a 10 MW green ammonia plant directly

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Ways2H and Element 2 Collaborating on 40 Waste-to Hydrogen Refueling Stations

by Nedim Husomanovic (Ways2H/H2 Energy News)  …  This new collaboration will expedite the transition away from fossil fuels and contribute to the achievement of carbon-reduction targets. Ways2H will deliver facilities that convert garbage to hydrogen gas to Element 2’s network of hydrogen refueling stations as part of the cooperation. The

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Announces Over $65 Million in Public and Private Funding to Commercialize Promising Energy Technologies

(U.S. Department of Energy)  2021 Technology Commercialization Fund Awards Connect Private-Sector Partners to DOE National Labs, Bolstering U.S. Competitiveness While Combating the Climate Crisis  — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced over $30 million in federal funding, matched by over $35 million in private sector funds, for 68 projects

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Siemens Energy to Electrify First-of-Its-Kind Biorefinery in Germany

(Electric Energy Online/Siemens Energy) Highlights:  The industrial-scale facility will produce green biochemicals without the use of fossil-based raw materials; The biorefinery will be the first industrial-scale facility of its type ever built; Siemens Energy will provide the entire electrification, automation, and digitalization (EAD) solution as well as deliver a complete

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Higher-Value Bioproducts from Lignins: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin Fractionation and Valorization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignin 20-30% of plant/wood biomass is the key to a successful biorefinery that would make both biofuels and bioproducts said Mark Thies from Clemson University in this BETO Peer Review slide guide that dives into the lignocellulosic biorefinery today, a better way to fractionate and

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: H24US’ Low Cost Hydrogen Membrane Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Hydrogen’s promise of net zero carbon energy was compelling so, years ago, they enthusiastically experimented with operating ICE engines on hydrogen. Results were spectacular, but hydrogen was too expensive to make this practical. With current hydrogen market projections on track to reach $11 trillion

June 25, 2021 Read Full Article

A ‘Bio-refinery’: Using the Chemistry of Willow Trees to Treat Municipal Wastewater

(Science Daily/University of Montreal)  Millions of liters of primary municipal wastewater can be treated sustainably using fast-growing willow trees while also producing renewable bioenergy and ‘green’ chemicals, researchers find.  — Every year in Canada, six trillion litres of municipal wastewater are partially treated and released into the environment, while another 150

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Transforming CO2 and Sugars Into Biofuel With a $2.7 million grant, UD researchers using microbes to make valuable chemicals

(University of Delaware) In the quest to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere and curb climate change, University of Delaware researchers are turning to an interesting ally: bacteria that consume biomass sugars and CO2. With a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), UD

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

MOL Starts Research and Development on Large-scale Liquefied CO2 Carrier – Part of NEDO Demonstration Project Entrusted by Japan CCS

(Mitsui O.S.K. Lines) -Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Takeshi Hashimoto) today (June 22, 2021) announced that the company will launch research and development (R&D) on adoption of a large-scale liquefied carbon dioxide (CO2) carrier to complete the basic design under a project entrusted to Japan CCS Co., Ltd.

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Bioconversion Improvements: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biorefinery Waste for Bioplastics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Being in a big state, Texas A&M University has some big goals like overcoming the key challenges for biorefinery cost-effectiveness and sustainability in the BETO MYPP and bring down the biofuel cost to $3/GGE. How are they managing biorefinery waste, improving biorefinery economics and sustainability,

June 23, 2021 Read Full Article

NEXT Updates Timeline, Budget for Fuel Plant

by Anna Del Savio (Pamplin Media Group/Columbia County Spotlight)  NEXT Renewable Fuels now aiming for 2024 opening for Port Westward fuel production facility. READ MORE Port Westward Renewable Diesel Project (Oregon.gov) Renewable diesel fuel refinery will be union built and operated (NWLaborPress.org)   Excerpt from NWLaborPress.org: NEXT Renewable Fuels—a Houston-based company

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrothermal Processing: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Algal Based Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Dan Anderson from Pacific Northwest National Lab shared this illuminating slide guide at BETO’s Peer Review this year with the latest on PNNL’s work on building algae hydrothermal liquification (HTL) pathway to fuels, with the potential to meet BETO FY 2030 goal of $2.50/GGE.  READ

June 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Finland’s Largest Power-to-Gas Plant – Wärtsilä and Vantaa Energy to Continue Planning towards an Investment Decision

(Electric Energy Online/Wärtsilä) The technology group Wärtsilä and Finnish utility, Vantaa Energy Ltd, have signed a co-operation agreement for pre-engineering and development of a Power-to-Gas (P2G) plant for Vantaa Energy. The plant planned to be commissioned in 2025 would be the largest in Finland and also the first to produce carbon-neutral,

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Using CO2 & Renewable Electricity to Improve Biorefineries: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to CO2 Utilization

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  NREL is working on decarbonization of fuels and chemicals production by looking at the integration of CO2 utilization into two existing conceptual biorefinery designs, the brutal reality of CO2 reduction, market trends, decreasing the cost of renewable electricity and utilizing CO2 to improve biorefinery carbon

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Algae Sneakers, Biodegradable Sunglasses, Astaxanthin Fermentation Tech, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of June 18th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) It’s a star-studded week for the Top 8 Innovations with singer Kanye West’s Yeezy Runner sneakers made with algae-foam, famous quarterback Tom Brady’s biodegradable sunglasses support, and professional surfer Dane Gudauskas’s Eco Theory biobased Vans footwear. Not to be left out, Adidas invested $3.65 million

June 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies and Swift Fuel Plan the First International Flight of an Aircraft Powered by Aviation Gasoline Made from over 97% Renewable Resources

(Global Bioenergies/Swift Fuel)  A one-hour flight from Saarbrücken to Reims; Aviation gasoline, a one billion-litre market in Europe and the USA;  A step towards the emergence of an aviation biofuel sector — Global Bioenergies (Euronext Growth: ALGBE), a French company that develops petroleum derivative substitutes made from renewable resources, and

June 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: Can Sweet Gazoil’s Surface Flash Cracking Technology Help Solve Plastics Pollution?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Sweet Gazoil was founded to solve water pollution from waste and used oil. EPA states that 60% of water pollution in the USA comes from waste oil and that 1 gallon of used oil can pollute 1 million gallons of water. The founders were tired

June 11, 2021 Read Full Article

What Color Is Your Hydrogen?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For an invisible gas, hydrogen seems to come in more colors than boy of crayons. And, you have to learn to weed out the greenwash and the cleanwash. And some of the hogwash.  —  Take for example the news from North Dakota, where Bakken Energy and

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

100 mgy SAF Project in North Dakota Moves Closer to Realization

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) A sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) biorefinery project near Trenton, North Dakota, is one step closer to being built. The Williams County Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval recently of a conditional use permit sought by the developer, according to documents on the county commission

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Biochemical Conversion and Lignin Utilization: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Spero Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Can you really convert 50% of lignin carbon into bio-phenols? Spero Renewables is working on exactly that and making polymers and chemicals from lignin bio-phenols. Spero even enables biofuel cost reduction of $1-2 gallons gasoline equivalent. Get the details on the tech behind it, how

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Brightmark to Build World’s Largest Advanced Plastics Recycling and Renewal Facility in Macon, GA

(Brightmark) New state-of-the-art plant will sustainably recycle and convert all types of plastic waste into fully circular products —  Brightmark, the global waste solutions provider, today announced that it will build the world’s largest advanced plastics recycling and renewal facility in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia. The total investment is expected to

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

On-Site Hydrogen Production Technology Accelerates to Market

by Susan Bauer (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)  California hydrogen fueling stations could soon benefit from lower cost approach —  A new technology that generates hydrogen from conventional natural gas, or renewable natural gas made from biomass, could be the next big thing to advance California’s Hydrogen Highway, fuel cell vehicles and

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Haldor Topsoe Establishes Focused Green Hydrogen Organization to Accelerate Electrolysis Business

by Ulrik Frøhlke (Haldor Topsoe) – The new green hydrogen organization is fully dedicated to accelerating all aspects of Topsoe’s business within electrolysis, including development of high-performance electrolysis technology, sales, and partnerships. -The organization will leverage Topsoe’s unique insights into solid oxide electrolysis, which is the most efficient electrolysis technology

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Monolith Materials Receives Investments from SK Inc. and NextEra Energy Resources

(Monolith) Support for the clean hydrogen manufacturer continues to grow as its technology accelerates progress toward a decarbonized global energy system Monolith Materials, Inc., a leader in green hydrogen production, today announced it has received new investments from a consortium of investors led by SK Inc. and includes NextEra Energy Resources,

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

New Joint Venture: Advanced Thermal Conversion Technology for Renewable DME

(SHV Energy) SHV Energy and KEW Technology, a pioneering UK sustainable energy solutions company, will form a joint venture. The new joint venture is named Circular Fuels Ltd. It will develop renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) production plants. This strategic collaboration will demonstrate the viability of converting renewable and recycled carbon

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 12 New Biobased Molecules: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Biotech’s Inflection Point

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  17 years ago, Werpy and Peterson gave us the seminal “Top 12 Biobased Molecules” – how have they fared? What are the top 12 now, and the top 12 tomorrow? BioCognito’s Nathan Danielson and NCGA’s Sarah McKay have the answers, based on work recently appearing

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Lignin Leads the Way – World’s First Lignin Bio-Asphalt Road, Lignin’s Array of Applications and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … We know you can make almost anything out of lignin, so why not a road? And that’s just what happened in the Netherlands with the world’s first test road made from bio-asphalt with lignin. This lignin – fully plant-based and produced by Avantium –

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Navigator Announces Momentum Building Larger Carbon Capture Project

(Navigator CO2 Ventures/CISION) Successful non-binding open season of Midwest carbon capture and sequestration project complete; pipeline project would benefit agricultural, liquid fuels and other industrial emission sources —  Navigator CO2 Ventures (“Navigator”) announced today the successful conclusion of the non-binding open season of its carbon capture pipeline system (“CCS”). The proposed

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Fuels and Products from Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Organic Waste Conversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Wet waste, municipal sludge residuals, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats/oils/greases – all things we used to throw away, but now can be converted into valuable bioproducts. Check out this illuminating slide guide on BETO’s strategy on organic waste, the problems it solves, converting these

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Competitive Edge: KX2 Development

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Startups working on new technology for renewable chemicals and fuels often need help with scale effort during piloting and commercialization. Our group is one of the best in the world for conceptual process design and piloting. Our team has helped new technology development at

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

“What Questions Should We Be Asking About Cell-Based Meats?” A Fellow Responds.

by Andrew Stout (New Harvest)  Last month, Forbes contributor Errol Schweizer published a list of questions about cell-based meat, requesting more information from cell ag stakeholders about issues like growth media, antibiotics, and food safety. Andrew Stout, a PhD candidate in bioengineering at Tufts University, took a stab at answering Schweizer’s

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden’s 2022 Budget Includes Funds for SAF, Biofuels, Bioenergy

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The budget includes proposed support for biofuels; biorefinery, renewable chemical and biobased product manufacturing; renewable energy; and sustainable aviation fuel. For biofuels, the budget would allocate $1 billion in support over the 2022-’26 period, including $500 million in 2022, $250 million in 2023 and $250

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

UK Hydrogen Project to Use Food Waste-Derived Biomethane

(Bioenergy Insight) BayoTech and IBMS Group will launch the UK’s first renewable hydrogen project using biomethane from food waste as a feedstock. The project will produce 1,000 kilograms of renewable hydrogen per day to fuel zero-emission vehicles in London and Surrey. The partnership timed its public debut to support the launch

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

RUDN University Chemists Created Cheap Catalysts for Ethanol Conversion

(RUDN University/EurekAlert) RUDN University chemists proposed a new way to synthesize catalysts for the conversion of ethyl alcohol. The obtained materials are promising catalysts for the selective conversion of ethanol, which is an important stage in the development of an alternative technology for obtaining valuable chemical synthesis products based on plant

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from Stillage Fiber: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Xylome

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At the recent BETO peer review, Xylome shared this illuminating slide guide on making biodiesel precursors from dissolved organics and corn fiber present in grain ethanol stillage by engineering hyper-lipogenic strains of L. starkeyi to express and secrete cellulases and xylanases. See how they demonstrate

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Home-Grown Algae, Biodegradable Algae Fishing Nets, Lab-Grown Lamb, and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of June 3rd

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) We’ve all seen the horrific photos of ocean trash, much of it consisting of plastic fishing nets, but now biodegradable fishing nets made from algae and other biobased materials are on the uptake. Speaking of algae, in Italy, home-grown algae is being encouraged so folks

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

The Rise of CO2 as a Feedstock

by Lucca Henrion Henrion, Joe Árvai, Lauren Lutzke and Volker Sick (Green Biz) … The technology to capture climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions from smokestacks, and even from the air around us, already exists; so too does the technology to use this carbon dioxide to make products such as plastics, concrete, carbonated drinks

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Flemish Expertise Centres Join Forces with Industry to Push Green Hydrogen Production forward

(Electric Energy Online/DEME) Flemish research centres imec and VITO (both partners in EnergyVille), together with industrial pioneers Bekaert, Colruyt Group, DEME and John Cockerill announced today (May 28) that they are joining forces to invest in the production of green hydrogen. Under the flag of Hyve, the consortium aims at

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

POET Acquires Flint Hills Resources’ Biofuel Business

(POET)  POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels, has acquired the bioethanol assets of Flint Hills Resources’ in their entirety, expanding the company’s production capacity by 40 percent.   POET is a world leader in green bioproducts, with an ever-growing suite of renewable solutions including bioethanol, renewable CO2, purified alcohol, high-protein

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Therm vs Ferm – Which Has Bigger Returns?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In the battle between THERM vs FERM, today we look at a case study and what technology provides the best yields and returns given the economic conditions and prices of now. Gasify everything? Slice and dice the fractions? Targeted fermentation for high-value markets or “mass with

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Production Facility Grows Closer to Reality for Port Arthur

by Monique Batson (The News) A new renewable diesel production facility first proposed in 2020 is one step closer to becoming a reality after the Port Arthur city council authorized the city manager to execute an industrial district agreement with the company. Emerald Biofuels, LLC. announced in April 2020 its intention

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Economical Cell-free Isobutanol Production: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Invizyne Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biomass derived sugars can be used by engineered microbes to make fuels and chemicals – but Invizyne is looking at alternative methods to improve cellulosic utilization and conversion. Check out their BETO presentation highlighting their tech that uses only enzymes (cell-free) instead of the whole

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

3D Printed Biobased Flood Barriers, Big Dairy Helps Cultured Milk Startups, gelatin clothing, castor oil tights, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of May 27th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Gelatin isn’t usually thought of as something you’d wear, unless you are a toddler playing with your wiggly treat, but now a designer in Iceland turned a gelatin-based material into seamless clothing articles using molds. This is not your grandma’s Jello mold. And in France,

May 28, 2021 Read Full Article

UK Government Selects 24 Project for Phase 1 of Direct Carbon Capture R&D Program

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the government has selected 24 projects for the first phase of its R&D challenge to find direct air carbon capture and greenhouse gas removal technologies, many of which are bio-based. From those projects, a select few will go on to the second phase

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

10 Worlds That Shook This Day: 10 Different Worlds Shaken to Their Foundations by Events Taking Place around the World and within the Circular Economy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Things move faster these days, and in the past 24 hours, we’ve had 10 different Worlds shaken to their foundations by events taking place around the world and within the Circular Economy. 1. United States announced as Chair of multilateral Biofuture Platform In Brazil, the United

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Battelle and Catahoula Resources Forge Partnership to Accelerate Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage

(Battelle) Battelle and Catahoula Resources (“Catahoula”) will jointly develop solutions for the capture, transport and sequestration of carbon dioxide produced at ethanol facilities in Nebraska. The agreement pairs the world’s largest private independent research and development company with a portfolio company of private investment firm The Energy and Minerals Group (“EMG”), one of the

May 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Meet the Startup Producing Oil to Fight Climate Change

by Emily Pontecorvo  (Grist)  How Charm Industrial became a go-to in Big Tech’s mission to offset its carbon footprint.  —  … The friends, all engineers by training, had designed a machine that could turn agricultural waste, like almond shells, into renewable hydrogen fuel. They’d even found a partner, the owner

May 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Equinor and Horisont Progressing Barents Sea Carbon Capture Project

by Josh Lewis (upstream online) Proposed CCS project will have the capacity to store roughly double Norway’s annual greenhouse gas emissions as Equinor targets blue ammonia production —  Norwegian duo Equinor and Horisont Energi have struck a deal to further mature a carbon transportation and storage project in the Barents Sea,

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Why Latin America is the Middle East of Biofuel

(Lat Am Investor)  … However, as mining experts reveal elsewhere in this report, copper supply will be unable to replace every existing internal combustion engine with an EV by 2050. … That means biofuels will also play an important role. Latin America is already the world’s largest biofuel producer and, more

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Enzyme System for the Hydrogen Economy

(Ruhr University in Bochum)  An enzyme could make a dream of the energy industry come true: it can efficiently generate hydrogen from electricity as well as convert hydrogen into electricity. Both fuel cells, which convert hydrogen into electricity, and electrolysers, which can produce hydrogen by splitting water with the aid

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

New JV to Push rDME into Big League – SHV Energy and UGI to Accelerate rDME with Joint Venture

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) SHV Energy and UGI International are launching a joint venture to advance the production and use of Renewable Dimethyl Ether, rDME, a low-carbon sustainable liquid gas, to accelerate renewable solutions for the LPG industry and is aiming to develop the full potential of rDME as

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Scientists Uncover Surprising Behavior of a Fatty Acid Enzyme with Potential Biofuel Applications

by Jennifer Huber (Stanford University/SLAC)  Derived from microscopic algae, the rare, light-driven enzyme converts fatty acids into starting ingredients for solvents and fuels. — Although many organisms capture and respond to sunlight, it’s rare to find enzymes – proteins that promote chemical reactions in living things – that are driven by

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

More Meat without Meat, Fermentation-Based Silk, Bioplastic Water Bottles, Adidas and Allbirds Unlikely Solemates and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of May 21st

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Competitors coming together – Adidas and Allbirds – both shoe manufacturers are working together on green sneakers, a company working to commercialize biobased silk polymers, the European Union looking at waste feathers from poultry into usable materials, and three companies moving forward with lab-grown chicken

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Project Proposed in McFarland Would Bury Carbon from Ag Waste, Produce Alternative to Diesel

by John Cox (Bakersfield.com) An Iowa technology company has proposed a first-of-its-kind bioenergy project in McFarland that’s expected to help cut a significant source of local air pollution while also reducing diesel emissions, burying carbon and employing about 50 local residents. The project spearheaded by Iowa-based technology company Frontline BioEnergy

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

SoCalGas to partner with SunLine Transit Agency to Test Combination of Technologies to Produce Hydrogen from RNG

(Green Car Congress) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) will demonstrate a combination of technologies that will produce hydrogen from renewable natural gas (RNG) at SunLine Transit Agency’s hydrogen fueling station in Thousand Palms, California. The research project, called “H2 SilverSTARS,” will produce renewable hydrogen to fuel SunLine’s fleet of 17 hydrogen fuel cell

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

2021 Project Peer Review—Presentation Database

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted its 2021 Project Peer Review virtually on March 8‒12, 2021; March 15‒16, 2021; and March 22‒26, 2021. Presentations for all sessions can be found in the searchable database below. For more information, including a complete schedule, view the 2021 Project Peer Review Agenda.

May 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Praj’s Technology Breakthrough for Producing “Bio-bitumen”

(Praj) Praj Industries India’s most accomplished industrial biotech company has achieved yet another milestone by developing innovative technology to produce Bio-bitumen based on lignin. The Netherlands-based Circular Biobased Delta, one of Europe’s premier consortia to promote bioeconomy, has approved Praj’s Bio-bitumen samples processed from Purified Lignin, as a part of their

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

VoltH2 and Virya Energy Sign Agreement for Hydrogen Plant

(Vision Hydrogen/Globe Newswire) Vision Hydrogen Corporation (OTCQB:VIHD) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that VoltH2, a Europe-based developer of green hydrogen production infrastructure projects that is 17.5% owned by the Company, has signed a cooperation agreement to prepare for the construction of a green hydrogen production plant in the North Sea

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Shell, Singapore University to Work on $3.4 Mln Decarbonisation Study

by Florence Tan (NASDAQ/Reuters) Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L said on Friday it will be working with a university in Singapore in a research project worth S$4.6 million ($3.4 million) over three years to convert carbon dioxide to fuels and petrochemicals. Researchers from Shell and the National University of Singapore (NUS) will develop processes

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Transform Materials Achieves Milestone in Commercial-Scale Production Plans

(Transform Materials)  Manufacturing process for Transform Materials’ revolutionary technology in key chemical products validated at pilot plant; Transform and DSM Nutritional Products begin discussions for global-scale commercial production. —  Transform Materials LLC (“Transform”), a sustainable chemical company with a patented net-carbon-negative process to cost-effectively produce commercial acetylene and hydrogen, has announced a

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Over $100 Million to Build Australia’s First Large-Scale Hydrogen Plants

(Australian Renewable Energy Agency/Electric Energy Online) On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today (May 5) announced that it has conditionally approved $103.3 million towards three commercial-scale renewable hydrogen projects, as part of its Renewable Hydrogen Deployment Funding Round. The three successful projects are: Engie

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Engineered Bacteria Show Promise for Sustainable Biofuel Industry, Researchers Say

(Hiroshima University/Phys.Org) Acetone, a volatile solvent used for everything from removing nail polish and cleaning textiles to manufacturing plastics, could get a sustainability boost from a new strain of bacteria engineered by a research team based in Japan. They published the details of the heat-loving, acetone-producing bacteria called Moorella thermoacetica on April 23 in AMB

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Clean, BayoTech to Develop Hydrogen, CO2 Capture Solutions

(Bioenergy Insight)  Carbon Clean has joined forces with BayoTech to develop on-site hydrogen with carbon capture solutions. Carbon Clean, a leader in cost-effective CO2 capture and separation technology, signed a memorandum of understanding with BayoTech, to explore commercial opportunities targeted at hydrogen and carbon capture and utilisation deployment. Initially, the companies

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

POET+FHRe=HUGE: POET in ‘Exclusive Discussions’ to Buy FHR’s 800m Gallon Portfolio: Advanced Biorefining, Economies of Scale in Focus

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) From South Dakota, The Digest has learned that POET is in exclusive discussions with Flint Hills Resources over the possible acquisition of their biofuels business. Flint Hills Resources is the nation’s fifth-largest bioethanol producer, and this acquisition would include all six of their bioethanol production

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

3D Printed Bio-Leather, Bio-Orthotics, Hummus in Space and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of May 14th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In a crazy week with gas shortages in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. because of panic buying after a cyber-attack on the Colonial Pipeline, it’s enough to make us want to escape to the International Space Station – and maybe enjoy some hummus while we

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Researchers Brewing up Better Ways to Turn Plant Waste into Ethanol

by Bev Betkowski (Troy Media/University of Alberta) University of Alberta research is brewing up better ways to help ethanol producers make the most of plant waste they use to make their fuel. A process developed by researcher David Bressler’s lab in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences makes it possible to break

May 12, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech and BASF Achieve First Milestone in Utilizing Industrial Off-Gases for Chemical Production

(LanzaTech) Industrial exhaust gas used to produce sustainable alcohol; White biotechnology enables carbon recycling  — Transforming the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals is the aim of a partnership between LanzaTech and BASF. Now the partners have achieved a key first success: With the help of special bacteria, they have been

May 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Licella, Canfor’s Arbios Biotech JV Form Alliance with Shell Catalysts & Technologies

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Australia-based Licella, in their joint venture with Canfor (Arbios Biotech) – a just inked a new global alliance with Shell Catalysts & Technologies that aims to create low-carbon, circular economy focused biorefinery, with Licella’s Cat-HTR (Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor) technology at the core. In

May 11, 2021 Read Full Article

From DNA Storage to Net Zero Carbon: The 10 Biggest WOW’s of ABLC’s Closing Day

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the online sessions of ABLC have drawn to a close. This week, delegates around the world will be joining in the ABLC Lounges for person to person networking. The final day of on-stage presentations was the best — including Aspirations for a Fragile Plant,

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Biobased Bullet-Proof Vests, Human Composting, 3D Printed Living Algae and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of May 7th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) 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

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

The 10 Biggest WOWs from Day 4 of ABLC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, day 4 of ABLC is now complete, with 26 more speakers completing their trips to the digital stage. Thursday’s agenda included some of the hottest topics — The Department of Energy Horizons, the future of Sustainable Aviation Fuels, the technologies and projects in Green

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Growing America’s Energy Future: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BETO leadership representatives shared this illuminating slide guide during Earth Week recently discussing plastics recycling initiatives, waste-to-energy efforts, engaging farmers as clean energy partners, carbon dioxide utilization, advancements in marine and aviation biofuels, and more.  READ MORE During Earth Week BETO leadership detailed the Office mission and

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

10 Biggest WOWs from Day 3 of ABLC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, day 3 of ABLC is now complete, with 15 more presentations — packed with hot topics. Dominating the stage? The Sustainable Aviation Summit, the RNG Summit and the Plastics and Materials Summit. Here are the 10 biggest WOWs we saw on Day 3. 1.

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Industrial Biotechnology—An Industry at an Inflection Point

by Nathan Danielson, Sarah McKay, Paul Bloom, Jennifer Dunn, Neal Jakel, Timothy Bauer, John Hannon, Michael C. Jewett, and Brent Shanks (Industrial Biotechnology)  Industrial biotechnology is poised for dramatic growth. A confluence of consumer demand; attractive feedstock quantity, quality, and price; and technical innovation has created a perfect situation for

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Total Cray Valley and Gevo to Further Scale Up Development of Renewable Isoamylene from Fusel Oil

(Gevo) Total Cray Valley and Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today the successful completion of phase 1 of their Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to upgrade fusel oils into renewable isoamylene. The companies are now seeking to advance to Phase 2 of the JDA, which will allow for scale up of Gevo’s

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Fossil-free Polyurethanes, Polycarbonates, Coatings & Adhesives: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Covestro

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As one of the world’s largest polymer companies, Covestro is looking at being more sustainable. But how exactly? How are they innovating to transform industries like automotive, construction, wood processing, electronics, cosmetics and more? From polyurethanes to polycarbonates. READ MORE

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

The 10 Big WOWs from ABLC Day 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, it was day 2 of ABLC with more presentations covering companies, technologies, updates, priorities, programs, economics and research. From net zero carbon, renewable commitments, California LCFS, sustainable aviation fuel, Bio-LPG, and more, there was no lack of startling factoids, exciting news and massive progress

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

The 10 Big WOWs from ABLC Day 1

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, day 1 of ABLC is now complete, with 18 presentations covering more than 60 companies and technologies as well as comprehensive updates from major supply chain companies and four presentations on priorities, programs, economics and research from the United States Department of Agriculture. Here

May 5, 2021 Read Full Article

SoCalGas & California Energy Commission to Provide Funding to Test Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology for Marine Vessels

(Southern California Gas/PR Newswire)  Led by Zero Emission Industries, the project will test hydrogen fuel cell marine vessel technology designed to significantly reduce GHGs and air pollution from fishing, fire, ferry and other small boats in California —  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the company will provide $200,000 in funding for Zero

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

New Technology to Make Green Hydrogen Enters Next Phase

(Southern California Gas) New technology being tested by H2U Technologies and SoCalGas to make green hydrogen from water and renewable electricity —  Hydrogen continues to gain traction as a viable and important tool to address climate change in California. Now, thanks to new technology being tested by H2U Technologies and SoCalGas, a new,

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Shchekinoazot and Haldor Topsoe Sign an MoU to Jointly Discover Opportunities for CO2 Emission Reduction

by Ulrik Frøhlke (Haldor Topsoe) Haldor Topsoe and Shchekinoazot have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) 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

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Tech, Markets, Apps, Key Players: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Lignin 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lignin. Yes, you can make almost anything out of it, and money. What’s the newest tech and applications? Where are the markets where key players are changing outcomes for some of the world’s most abundant polymers? Jack Miller of Biobased Markets takes us right into

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Enzymatic Lignin Fractioning & Refining: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  MetGen COO Matti Heikkilä takes us inside the technology in this illuminating slide guide. Find out what’s behind their inspiration, the bioprocessing tech behind next gen biorefineries, how to de-bottleneck a biorefinery, the possibilities with enzymatic lignin refining, their commercial road map, and more.  READ

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

First Trial on to Generate Oxygen from Ethanol Plants in Maha

by Mohammed Akhef (Times of India)  The Dharashiv Sugar Mill in Osmanabad district has started the process to generate oxygen from the sugar mill based ethanol plant. … If successful, this process could turn Maharashtra’s sugar bowl into an oxygen bowl amid the ongoing pandemic. … “The molecule required for

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewables Push Will Pave Way for Green Hydrogen: Lower Production Costs and Net Zero Policies Will Also Be Factors S&P Global Ratings Reports Find

(ReNewsBiz) Supportive net zero policies, a steep decline in production costs from electrolysis as well as a broad push towards renewables will pave the way for the widespread adoption of green hydrogen, according to S&P Global Ratings. S&P Global Ratings found, in a series of reports exploring the potential of clean

April 29, 2021 Read Full Article

US Ammonia Producer Unveils Green Hydrogen Project

(ReNewsBiz)  When completed in 2023 the 20MW electrolyser in Louisiana will be the largest in North America — The largest producer of ammonia in the US, CF Industries Holdings, has signed a contract with Thyssenkrupp for a 20MW green hydrogen project at its factory in Louisiana. The engineering and procurement contract

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Dow and Mura Technology Announce Partnership to Scale Game-changing New Advanced Recycling Solution for Plastics

(Dow and Mura Technology/CSR Wire) -Technology can recycle all forms of plastic – including multi-layer, flexible plastics often used in food packaging. -Dow to play pivotal role in Mura’s global rollout of 1MM metric tonnes of recycling capacity by 2025. -Dow to receive supply of recycled feedstocks made from plastics

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Fortistar Announces Opal Fuels, a Merger of Its Leading Renewable Natural Gas Production and Renewable Transportation Fuel Distribution Portfolio Companies

(Fortistar)  Merger of Fortistar Methane Group and TruStar Energy Creates a Fully-Integrated Market Leader to Provide Greater Infrastructure for the Decarbonization of the U.S. Transportation Industry —  Fortistar LLC, a privately-owned investment firm that provides capital to build, grow and manage companies that address complex sustainability challenges, announced that two

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

The BDO Zone Investment Coalition Announces $1 Billion of Deployable Capital for Biobased Projects Located in BDO Zones

(BDO Zone Investment Coalition) The BDO Zone Investment Coalition today announces the mobilization of $1BB of capital for deployment into biobased infrastructure and manufacturing plants located in Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zones. The BDO Zone Investment Coalition is a group of leading, independent biobased investors, capital markets, and associations that finance or promote the

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Sekab’s Technology Is Making Progress in the EU

(Sekab)  Sekab’s technology for utilizing residual products from the forest has been an eye-catcher for the EU Innovation Fund in their search for the most innovative low-carbon technology projects. Sekab’s plans to build a production facility has been selected as a top ranked project among 311 applicants and is now

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Taxonomy Falls Short in Recognising How Biofuels Can Help Reach Carbon-Neutrality

(ePURE) Delegated Regulation perpetuates long-debunked and counterproductive ‘food vs fuel’ myth by restricting the contribution of crop-based renewable ethanol to climate goals — The European Commission’s political agreement on a Delegated Regulation seeking to define sustainable investments in the EU sends unfortunately mixed signals about the importance of sustainable biofuels such

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Innovations, Pollution-Fighting Soap, Potato Matchbox Cars, Mushroom Adidas, and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of April 22nd

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In celebration of Earth Day today, let’s look at what can be done to help stop climate change and bring about a better bioeconomy. This week brings some innovations that give us hope like a new probiotic soap in Peru developed for washing clothes in

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Biomass to Sugar Conversion Mechanisms: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Pretreatment and Enzymes for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Get the latest on thermochemical pretreatment and enzymatic reactions for biofuels and biochemicals production from Rajesh Gupta from Lee Enterprises Consulting in this illuminating slide guide. From lignocellulosic and algal biomass, comparison of popular pretreatment methods, supplemental and hydrolyzing enzymes, and more. READ MORE biorefiner

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

World-First Laundry Capsule in Market Made from Industrial Carbon Emissions

(Unilever)  Unilever has partnered with LanzaTech and India Glycols to produce a surfactant made from industrial carbon emissions instead of from fossil-fuels. The innovative shift in production utilises biotechnologies and a newly configured supply chain between the three partners, who are working together for the first time. Typically derived from

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 20: Hydrogen. Beyond Tomorrow.

by Gaulthier Blangez* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   Let’s go back to the basics. The “Bio” term comes from ancient Greek and is translated as “Life.” Widely used in our day to day vocabulary, this term has found its place in our language by becoming a prefix. Biochemistry studies chemical reactions happening

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuels, Biochemicals, Biorefining: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM Biofore

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From UPM Biorefining to UPM Biochemicals this investor presentation dives into UPM Biofore’s strategy in the bioeconomy, latest financials in various business areas, outlook for 2021, investments in next gen biochemicals, progress on biofuels including sustainable jet fuel, and more.  READ MORE 

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 18: Plastic Upcycling

by Anahita Bharadwaj* (Advanced Biofuels USA) It is estimated that around 380 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year – most of it non-biodegradable and non-recyclable. With more and more plastic accumulating on land and in oceans, there is a desperate need for technologies that may utilize, consume or completely

April 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Mexican University Makes Biofuel from Wine and Cheese Waste

by Phoebe French (The Drinks Business)  The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) is using waste products from the wine and cheese industries to produce hydrogen and methane.  — Researchers working in the university’s engineering department in the Mexican state of Querétaro are undertaking the project. Led by researcher Germán Buitrón

April 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Beyond Ethanol to Proteins, Carbon Capture, Clean Sugar Tech, Renewable Diesel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Plains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Transforming traditional ethanol into an ag tech sustainable biorefinery platform, is what Green Plains is focused on today. Dive into their transformation which they call Green Plains 2.0, latest investments in critical technology, acquisitions and partnerships, recent and planned milestones, their vision for the Biorefinery of

April 14, 2021 Read Full Article

The Extraordinary ReMaking of Ordinary Things, Pt 3: J&J Green Paper Reinvents the Paper Coffee Cup with an Alternative to Plastic

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Derived from widely available plant material, JANUS coated paper can be custom-shaped and when coated, creates moisture resistance equivalent to petroleum-coated products. Unlike the old school petroleum-coated paper, J&J’s green paper technology is recyclable, compostable and made with zero petroleum additives, making it safe

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Showcase Bioeconomy: Industrial Plants Make Unproductive Arable Land Profitable

(University of Hohenheim (Google translation))  European project with the participation of the University of Hohenheim researches how unprofitable fields with renewable raw materials can be used sustainably and with added value — Unused potential: Around 65 million hectares of agricultural land in Europe are hardly or not at all usable for

April 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Nutrition & Materials Science: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to DSM

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A positive outlook for 2021 is what DSM’s Co-CEOs predict in this investor presentation. Nutrition in particular was strong in 2020 with a strong late 2020 recovery for Materials. But what will 2021 bring for DSM? What were the big changes and progress in 2020?

April 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Can Bacteria, Biocement, Biomason Save the Concrete Industry?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … Portland cement is a core ingredient in traditional concrete and the cement industry accounts for about 8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. So making biocement – a cement that captures carbon instead of releasing carbon – is a huge deal and Biomason is doing

April 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day Series Day 11: Microbial World for Renewable Fuels and Chemicals Production

by Anahita Bharadwaj* (Advanced Biofuels USA) The versatile world of microorganisms is a perfect source for the production of a variety of biobased fuels, chemicals and materials. Microorganisms have the ability to break down biomass, components of these biomass or other materials (e.g., CO2, organic acids) through the process of fermentation

April 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Chemistry and Biofuel: The Mechanism of a Key Photoenzyme Decrypted

(European Synchrotron Radiation Facility/Phys.Org) The functioning of the enzyme FAP, useful for producing biofuels and for green chemistry, has been decrypted. This result mobilized an international team of scientists, including many French researchers from the CEA, CNRS, Inserm, École Polytechnique, the universities of Grenoble Alpes, Paris-Saclay and Aix Marseille, as well

April 9, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Announces $61 Million for Biofuels Research to Reduce Transportation Emissions DEADLINE: April 30, 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $61 million for technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. Biofuels are made up of renewable resources and can power heavy-duty vehicles that are difficult to electrify with current technologies—including airplanes and ships—to help accelerate America’s path to

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Alfa Laval Becomes Partner in Unique Power-to-X Consortium to Produce Renewable Clean Fuels

(Alfa Laval/PR Newswire) Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – becomes a partner in the Swedish company Liquid Wind, which develops electro-fuel facilities to produce renewable clean fuels. Alfa Laval will be part of the Liquid Wind board and contribute with its

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Net Zero Drop-In Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Low-carbon, drop-in fuels with a pathway to “net zero” is what Gevo is all about. Capturing renewable energy and transforming it into energy dense, liquid hydrocarbons that can be drop-in fuels is a game changer, especially with net zero GHG footprint. How they do it,

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Sustainable Sexy, Fish Guts to Polyurethane Replacement, $700M Bioplastic Investment and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of April 8th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Sex sells but now it can even be more sustainable with a boudoir brand’s new biodegradable adult toy line that uses corn starch-based biopolymer biolene. Going to the other extreme of non-sexy, Canadian researchers converted fish guts, heads, bones and skin into a biodegradable replacement

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