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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

DOE Scholars Program

(U.S. Department of Energy)   The DOE Scholars Program is designed to attract talented undergraduate and graduate students, and recent graduates to opportunities that are carefully designed to help prepare and motivate participants toward the full range of entry and mid-level research, technical and professional positions within U.S. Department of Energy

April 13, 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

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

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

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

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,

April 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Canada Invests in Innovative Clean Technology at the University of Alberta

(Natural Resources Canada) …  Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $2,890,000 investment in the University of Alberta’s biojet technology.  The University of Alberta, along with project partners Alberta Innovates, FORGE Hydrocarbons Inc., Western Economic Diversification Canada, Future Energy Systems, CanmetENERGY Devon and Edmonton International Airport, are also providing funding toward this $7.4-million project. The investment will support

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Waste-to-Hydrogen Tokyo Facility Ready to Rock – Is 2021 the Year of Hydrogen?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) News comes from the Land of the Rising Sun that a first-of-its-kind Tokyo facility will convert sewage sludge into renewable hydrogen fuel is now complete. Ways2H Inc. and its shareholder and technical partner Japan Blue Energy Co. say the waste-to-hydrogen facility will process 1 ton

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Brookfield Renewable, Plug Power Partner on Hydropower-Fueled Hydrogen Plant

by Elizabeth Ingram (Hydro Review) Plug Power Inc. and Brookfield Renewable Partners L.P. announced plans to build a green hydrogen production plant, which would use 100% renewable energy from Brookfield Renewable’s 252-MW Holtwood hydroelectric facility. Green hydrogen from this facility will support decarbonization of the transportation and logistics industries in the

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden Releases $2 Trillion Jobs and Infrastructure Plan

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) President Biden on March 31 released a $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan, officially titled the American Jobs Plan. Biofuel/bioproducts and carbon capture and storage (CSS) are each briefly addressed in the plan. One provision of the American Jobs Plan calls for the U.S. to

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Energy Biofuel Adds Landfill-free Recycling, Cleaning Services for Industrial Customers

(Green Energy Biofuel/EIN Presswire)  Green Energy Biofuel (GEB), the one-stop-shop for all organic recycling needs big and small, continues to grow. The South Carolina-based company began more than a decade ago as a local grease collector and biodiesel producer, but since then GEB has evolved into a valuable provider of numerous recycling

March 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Repsol Seeking EU and Spanish Funding for More than 30 Decarbonization Projects

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Spain, Repsol is responding to the Spanish government’s calls for expressions of interest with a portfolio of 30 projects, amounting to a total investment of €5.959 billion and “combining technology, decarbonization, and the circular economy with job creation and geographical balance.” This portfolio includes proposals for

March 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Greenlane Biogas, Envitec, Evonik, Others among Fastest Growing Biogas Businesses

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, D.C., the American Biogas Council announced the eight fastest growing biogas businesses in the US: DMT, DVO, Inc., Envitec Biogas, Evonik, Greenlane Biogas, Nacelle, Paques Environmental Technologies, and PlanET Biogas. Results were determined by gross revenue growth from 2019 to 2020. Collectively, revenue from

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

IEDA Board Approves Projects from Seven Established and Three Startup Companies in Iowa

(Iowa Economic Development) Today, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board approved awards for seven established companies, which will assist in the creation of 179 jobs and result in almost $105 million in new capital investment for the state. These projects are located in Burlington, Cascade, Iowa City, Johnston, Nevada, Rock

March 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Covenant Energy Prepares to Meet New Demand for Renewable Diesel

(Covenant Energy/CISION)  In response to the draft Clean Fuel Regulations, and Government of Canada commitments to attain net-zero emissions, Covenant Energy is confirming details of its proposed renewable diesel facility.  — Covenant Energy, a Saskatchewan-based renewable fuel innovator, is pleased to provide an update on its planned renewable diesel facility. This

March 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Petronor and SENER Formalize the Agreement for the Start-up of the First Electrolyzer Plant

(Petronor) -With an investment of 120 million euros, it is expected to come into operation in 2022 in its first phase. -This factory, located in Bizkaia, is the first to be set up in all of Spain linked to the production of green hydrogen. -It will have a positive impact on

March 18, 2021 Read Full Article

CO2 Infrastructure Bill Unveiled Today

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  A bipartisan bill being unveiled today calls for pouring billions in carbon capture and storage to bolster the technology that sponsors say will be crucial to meet climate goals.  —  FIRST IN ME — CO2 INFRASTRUCTURE BILL: A bipartisan cohort of lawmakers in the

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Jet Zero Takes off with £15m Competition to Reduce Aviation Emissions with Fuel Made from Household Waste

(U.K. Department for Transport) £15 million “Green Fuels, Green Skies” competition launches to turn materials such as everyday wastes into sustainable aviation fuel; New CEO attends second Jet Zero Council meeting to help drive progress on decarbonisation;  £2.4 million awarded to pioneering project electrifying regional links in the South West  Net zero emission aviation

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. DOE Job Office to Help Fossil Fuel Workers Find Clean Energy Jobs

by Alexander Richter (Think Geoenergy) A new job office within the U.S. Department of Energy is to support fossil fuel workers find jobs in the clean energy sector, particularly in geothermal energy.  — With continued announcements on a clean energy drive in the U.S. following the start of the Biden  Administration, 

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste Selects Rotterdam as a Location for Its Possible Next World Scale Renewable Products Refinery

(Neste) Neste announced in March 2020 an intention to increase its renewable products production capacity in Europe according to the company strategy. The company has now concluded a thorough study phase concerning the two possible locations, Porvoo, Finland and Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Neste has existing sites in both locations.

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas from Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Decarbonizing natural gas for transportation and utility/pipelines by taking organic waste from landfills, dairy and hog farms, food waste and wastewater treatment plants and converting it to biogas and low-carbon RNG is what Greenlane Renewables is all about. From the renewable natural gas ecosystem, market

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Council Approves Grant to Study Renewable Fuel Refinery

(CJME News)  A company is eyeing the Regina area to build a refinery that would produce billions of litres of renewable fuel each year.  The proposal is from True North Renewable Fuels (TNRF). The company would also construct what is referred to in a report from Economic Development Regina (EDR) as an

March 13, 2021 Read Full Article

DOE Invests $24 Million to Advance Transformational Air Pollution Capture DEADLINE May 18,. 2021

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Removing CO2 from the Atmosphere will Help America Achieve Net-Zero Emissions, Create Jobs —  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today (March 5, 2021) announced up to $24 million for research into technology that captures carbon emissions directly from the air, replicating the way plants and trees

March 10, 2021 Read Full Article

5 Key Tech Takeaways: Highlights from Tech Presented at ABLC 2020

by Iacovos Vasalos (Center for Research and Technology-Hellas/Biofuels Digest) This report summarizes highlights from the ABLC 2020 Biofuels Digest Virtual Conference, which took place in July 7-10, 2020. (And if you haven’t already registered for this year’s ABLC Digital on May 3-7, 2021, check it out now here.) There were almost 100

March 10, 2021 Read Full Article

MN Bio-Fuels, CVEC Host Virtual Plant Visits For Benson High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association (MN Bio-Fuels) and Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) hosted virtual plant visits for two classes at Benson High School on March 4.  During the plant visits, the students, from grades 9 to 12, were given a virtual presentation on the plant’s operations, facts on

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Boom Highlights Challenges in Clean-Energy Transition

by Rod Nickel, Stephanie Kelly and Karl Plume (Reuters)  … Refiners can produce renewable diesel from animal fats and plant oils, in addition to used cooking oil. Production capacity is expected to nearly quintuple to about 2.65 billion gallons (63 million barrels) over the next three years, investment bank Goldman Sachs said

March 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Gates Touts Green Hydrogen

by Kelsey Tamborrino and Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Green hydrogen offers the oil and gas industry ample opportunity to play a role in the energy transition, philanthropist Bill Gates suggested Monday. “Green hydrogen may need to play a very gigantic role and a lot of the skill sets involved

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Ecostrat Submits “The Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone Initiative” Proposal to CLEEN Project

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Ecostrat has submitted a proposal, to be included in the CLEEN Project database.  The Clean Economy Employment Now Project provides federal leaders with easy access to highly actionable clean economy job creation ideas via an online database.  Clean economy job creation ideas for government leaders,

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

New Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm Has Advice for Texas — and for the Oil Industry

by Will Englund (Washington Post)  …  Will Englund: This country is going to have more electric cars and trucks, and by 2035, it won’t be universal, but it is happening quickly. What is the oil sector in America going to look like when that happens? Jennifer Granholm: Well, I would say that it’s

March 1, 2021 Read Full Article

How to Utilise CO2? The Nominees for the Innovation Award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2021” Have the Answers!

(nova-Institute) Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) is one of the most obvious solutions to further reduce CO2 emissions, but it is yet still hardly exploited. However, these six nominated technologies turn CO2 into value: ethanol, methanol, polyols, surfactants or syngas – the audience will choose the winner at the “9th Conference on CO2-based

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

REA Publishes ‘Green Pathway’ to Accelerate Drive to Net Zero and Provide Thousands of New Jobs

(Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology) REA’s ‘Strategy for Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies’ has been published, producing a green pathway that outlines the measures that need to be taken to deliver net zero and support the UK’s economic recovery Key targets include: By the end of 2022, more

February 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Maryland Releases Bold New Plan to Achieve Climate Goals

(Maryland Department of the Environment) State Pursues Ambitious Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 50% by 2030 as Nation Officially Re-enters Paris Climate Accord — The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has released a comprehensive plan that sets a clear and unifying path for the state to dramatically reduce

February 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol as Essential Energy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to RFA’s 2021 Ethanol Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The hot-off-the-press Renewable Fuels Association’s 2021 Ethanol Industry Outlook focuses on ethanol as an ‘essential energy’ to address the challenges of climate change, food and energy security, and rural prosperity. Now in its 22nd year, it provides key statistics, trends, and analysis on the latest

February 22, 2021 Read Full Article
    Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE) Calls for Bioeconomy Companies to Engage with Students at Career Fair/ Networking Event   —   March 25, 2021   —   ONLINE

Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE) Calls for Bioeconomy Companies to Engage with Students at Career Fair/ Networking Event — March 25, 2021 — ONLINE

(CABLE) Your organization is invited to network with a diverse group of students from more than twenty American universities who’re familiar with the bioeconomy.  The event will take place virtually on March 25th, from 11am – 3pm EST.  Once you have completed the linked survey, a member of your team

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Reversing Trump: How Biden’s Priority On Climate Change Can Create Jobs

by Steve Melink (Melink Corporation/Biofuels Digest)  …  The economic aspect of the new administration’s climate-change plan focuses on generating millions of well-paying jobs in renewable energy fields. Though much work remains to be done in that regard, Biden is creating big possibilities through his early environmental actions that reversed moves

February 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Study: Despite Pandemic, Ethanol Industry Generated $35 Billion in GDP, Supported Over 300,000 Jobs in 2020

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Even after experiencing a sudden drop in demand due to the COVID pandemic, the U.S. ethanol industry still had a significantly positive impact on the U.S. economy in 2020, according to the annual ethanol industry economic impact study released today by the Renewable Fuels Association. The economic analysis

February 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Plant Set for Take off at Stanlow

(Essar)  Essar Oil (UK) Limited (Essar) is delighted to join forces with Fulcrum BioEnergy Limited (Fulcrum) and Essar’s subsidiary company Stanlow Terminals Limited to create a new facility which will convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at UK airports. This innovative bio-refinery will

February 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Auto Industry Peers into an Electric Future and Sees Bumps ahead

by Steven Mufson (Washington Post)  …  (T)he question is not, ‘Can we sell to the wealthy?’ It is, ‘Can we get the everyday household in mainstream America to buy an EV?’ and we’re still a long way away from that.” Meanwhile, he (David R. Keith, a Chevy Bolt owner and

February 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainability Plan 2030: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Avantium just released its Sustainability Plan ‘Chain Reaction 2030’, highlighting the company’s ambitious vision to achieve a fossil-free chemical industry by 2050. By outlining future plans and next steps alongside a series of case studies, Chain Reaction 2030 demonstrates the actions Avantium will take to

February 10, 2021 Read Full Article

REFILE-U.S. Refiners Talk up Renewable Projects after a Year of Lousy Fuel Demand

by Laura Sanicola (Reuters) Following a year of grim losses amid pandemic lockdowns that dented demand for fuel as people stuck close to home, the largest U.S. independent refiners are promoting plans to boost production of renewable fuels. Renewable fuels represent a silver lining for refiners under threat of being left

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

NetJets Invests in WasteFuel, Commits to Purchase 100 Million Gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Over the Next Decade

(NetJets/Globe Newswire)  The World’s Largest Private Jet Company Buys a Stake in the Production of SAF  —  NetJets today (February 4, 2021) announces it has made a significant investment in WasteFuel, a next generation waste to fuel company that aims to transform landfill waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), making it the

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

IBA Announces First Dairy Biogas Project in North America

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Integrated Biogas Alliance (IBA) is in final stage development of a seven dairy, 16,500-head biogas project in Idaho.  Working with EIP Ventures, the project represents the IBA’s first dairy biogas project in North America and is expected to close this quarter. … The project is set on

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA’s Young Professionals Network Celebrates Key Milestone

(Renewable Fuels Association) After only six months of operation, the Renewable Fuels Association’s Young Professionals Network recently onboarded its 100th member. The YPN was formed last summer as an initiative to bring together innovative and dedicated young professionals from across the country who are 39 years old and younger and employed

February 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis Opens Bid Proposal Process for $2 billion Offtake Agreement for “Carbon Zero” Renewable Jet and Diesel Fuels

(Aemetis) Aircraft and Trucks to be Supplied with ‘Carbon Zero’ Drop-In Biofuels using Solar and Hydro Electricity-Powered Systems to Convert Renewable Hydrogen and Biomass into Biofuel — Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that it has opened the bid proposal process for $2 billion of offtake contracts for the launch of the Aemetis

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

A Force Multiplier for Bio-Investment in Federal Opportunity Zones: The BDOZ Initiative

by Jordan Solomon (Ecostrat Inc./Biofuels Digest) Fifty-two million Americans live in economically distressed communities—many of which are in rural areas. These communities are plagued by a lack of investment capital. In 2017, the US government launched the largest tax incentive program in the history of the US to change that dynamic:

February 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Is Hot! 584 Hydrogen Fueling Stations in 33 Countries, Ways2H Expansion, Preem, Siemens and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … What is making hydrogen so hot right now is the news that hydrogen fueling stations are having a dramatic acceleration in growth with 584 hydrogen stations deployed in 33 countries by the end of this year, Ways2H’s fundraising and expansion on new orders

February 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels in Canada Have Untapped Potential New Study Shows

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN News)  New Jobs, Growth and Net Zero Emissions — A new third-party study by the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota at Duluth concludes that the biofuels industry in Canada could double in size by 2030 and produce over 20,000 new jobs and $10

January 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Climate Orders up: It’s Climate Day at the White House.

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) It’s climate day at the White House. President Joe Biden will unveil executive orders today designed to make climate change a national security priority for years to come, while reshaping the U.S. oil and gas industry. … The new orders will also address “environmental

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Soaring Gevo Rocks to $2B Valuation – What Happened? How?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The management kept costs trimmed, laid out a plan for deployment, and waited for the storms to pass. And as was said in Casablanca, “waited and waited and waited.” The stock dipped to just 49 cents a share last summer, after a series of dilutions,

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

The Clean Economy Employment Now (“CLEEN”) Project Launches Nation’s First Database with Actionable Ideas for Federal Leaders to Combat Climate Change, “Build Back Better,” and Advance Climate Justice / Includes Advanced Biofuels USA “Disappearing Gas Tax” Proposal

(The CLEEN Project)  The CLEEN Project was created through a collective of more than 200 contributors and 70 Advisory Board members from the private sector, federal and state government, environmental justice organizations, and leading climate-focused think tanks who share a desire to help catalyze job creation and a 21st century

January 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Buyer Announced for Shuttered Trash Plant

by Anne Berleant (Ellsworth American) Delta Thermo Energy will be the new owner of Coastal Resources of Maine, the waste-to-biofuel facility in Hampden that has had a dramatic, if short, history since opening in April 2019. The facility closed in May of 2019 and was subsequently placed in receivership. “We’re very

January 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy Must-Knows in the Biden Transition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who are the key bioeconomy players in the new Biden Administration? What recent moves by the outgoing Trump Administration and Congress will set their budget and regulatory framework for 2021. What will the new Administration do, right away and this year?  READ MORE 1. New

January 20, 2021 Read Full Article

BioMADE Manufacturing Scale-up Accelerator, Top 10 Predictions for ’21

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Today, a look into the Bioindustrial Manufacturing And Design Ecosystem (BioMADE), a Manufacturing USA Institute working to build a sustainable, domestic end-to-end bioindustrial manufacturing ecosystem. And, the Digest’s Top 10 Predictions and Markets for 2021. We were joined by Patrick Rose of the US Department

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Aemetis: Patent Award Enables Launch of ‘Carbon Zero’ Plants

(Aemetis/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Aemetis Inc. announced Jan. 15 that its exclusively licensed technology for the production of below zero carbon renewable fuel was awarded U.S. Patent No. 10907184 (to be published February 2, 2021), enabling the launch of Aemetis “Carbon Zero” production plants to commercialize the technology.  Using patented technology exclusive to Aemetis

January 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable DME: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Oberon Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Taking trash to treasure to a new level, renewable Dimethyl Ethercan be made from animal manure, food and agriculture waste, landfill gas and wood. Oberon Fuels’ President, Rebecca Boudreaux, PhD shared this illuminating slide guide that dives into Oberon’s small-scale production process, the 1st fuel-grade

January 15, 2021 Read Full Article

South by Yeast: Ginkgo Acquires a Venture that Sputtered but Never Failed to Intrigue

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It was styled as a biofuels and biochemical producer, founded back in the heady days of the Recovery Act in February 2009, focused on developing high value oils and animal feeds by fermentation of low cost substrates. The business, as former CEO Colin South once described

January 12, 2021 Read Full Article

DigestData DeepDive into Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Renewable Energy Group is the largest operator of renewable diesel and biodiesel plants in the US, with 12 refineries and a fast-growing capacity, especially in red-hot renewable diesel. In today’s Digest, we take a DigestData DeepDive™ with Actionable, Relational, Granular, Global Hard Data on REG’s Bioeconomy

January 8, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Advanced Bioeconomy Markets and Predictions for 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we sail into 2021? Not the good ship Digest! Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and offer our predictions for the year ahead. As the sunset of 2020 gives way to the dawn of 2021, once again

January 6, 2021 Read Full Article

NREL Seeks Postdoc Researcher to Study Low Carbon Fuel Combustion

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, is accepting applications for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate, collaborate and reveal mechanisms of theoretical and computational combustion chemistries of low carbon fuels. The person who fills the position at NREL’s Center for Integrated Mobility Sciences will be

January 5, 2021 Read Full Article

The 50 Hottest Companies in the Advanced Bioeconomy — Agriculture and Nutrition, 2021

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the 2021 50 Hottest Companies inAgriculture and Nutrition was published today (December 31, 2020), as voted by invited international Selectors and subscribers of The Daily Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. The annual rankings recognize innovation and achievement in fuel, chemicals, materials, advanced

January 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Hot 50 2021 – 50 Hottest Companies in Renewable Fuels, Chemicals & Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the 2021 50 Hottest Companies in Renewable Fuels, Chemicals & Biomaterials was published today (December 30, 2020), as voted by invited international Selectors and subscribers of The Daily Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. One theme that stood out was deployment at commercial-scale. 9

December 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Brooks Announces $2 Million Grant for Biodiesel Facility in Crawford County

(Office of Pennsylvania Senator Michele Brooks R-50) Crawford Advanced Materials, LLC, comprised of both Homeland Fuels Company and Crawford Renewable Energy, was awarded $2 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds to develop a biodiesel facility within the Keystone Regional Industrial Park in Crawford County, Sen. Michele Brooks announced

December 30, 2020 Read Full Article

REG: From 30,000 Gallons of Biodiesel Sold in 1996 to Half a Billion Gallons Today

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) As 2020 comes to a close, Renewable Energy Group Inc., North America’s largest biodiesel producer, is celebrating a quarter-century in soybean oil refinement and biodiesel production. Back in 1995, the company from which REG would be formed several years later—West Central Cooperative—made its first investment

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Energy Biofuel Expands Waste Processing Capabilities, Seeks New Markets

(Bio-Based Diesel Daily/Green Energy Biofuel) Green Energy Biofuel stands ready to provide waste recycling solutions for a variety of businesses and industries in the Southeast by turning costly liabilities into savings. Companies can leverage Green Energy Biofuel to help meet their environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) goals by no longer

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Plateau, CONTEC Global Sign MoU to Establish Bio-Fuel Plant

(This Day) … The Government of Plateau State in North Central region of Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CONTEC Global Limited to establish a cassava biofuel plant in the state. At the signing ceremony during the weekend in Jos, the Capital of Plateau State, the Governor of

December 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Top 20 Stories of 2020

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) 2020 showed us a lot of things, but one thing it emphasized bigtime is that we are all connected on this planet. A virus spread like wildfire because of our connectedness with each other. If you had predicted we’d be in a global pandemic fighting

December 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Virginia Bio Will Direct New “Virginia Bio-Connect” Statewide Consortium to Strengthen Competitiveness of Virginia’s Life Science Ecosystem

(Biospace) Governor Northam and the Virginia Biotechnology Association (VaBIO) announced today that GO Virginia has approved a competitive grant request to help fund Virginia Bio-Connect, a $3.2 million Statewide industry cluster scale up initiative. The project, directed by the Virginia Biotechnology Association, is a multi-regional collaboration designed to increase connectivity and awareness of

December 27, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Marks Four Decades of Industry Leadership

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Association to Celebrate 40th Anniversary Throughout 2021 — Forty years ago this month, a small group of innovative farmers and like-minded business leaders came together to officially found the Renewable Fuels Association. The overarching goal of the new trade group was as admirable as it was ambitious:

December 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Crop Trial a Forerunner to $1 Billion Renewable Fuel Trial

(LaTrobe University) A cropping trial is now in the ground at Katunga as a forerunner to a $1 billion renewable fuel development. Investment company, AgBioEn, is planning a massive biofuel plant on a 40 ha former dairy farm, which will use agricultural waste. The company is looking for ways of generating the bio-mass as

December 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Below Zero: The World’s Largest Renewable Diesel Project — Just Phase One of a 9-Year Journey to a Massive Carbon Negative Park at the Port of Baton Rouge

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … After all, it’s not every day of the week that a 900 million gallons renewable diesel project can be described as “phase one of a much bigger project”, but that’s the story with Fidelis Infrastructure and Gron Fuels’ plan to build, over nine years,

December 15, 2020 Read Full Article

The Green Hydrogen Catapult Aims for $2/kg H2 and Needs $110 Billion, If You’ve Any to Spare

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Europe comes news that major hydrogen project developers including ACWA Power, CWP Renewables, Envision, Iberdrola, Ørsted, Snam, and Yara have joined hands to scale-up green hydrogen production 50-fold in 6 years in a bid to slash the production cost to below $2 per kilo. This report

December 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Enerkem, Shell, Suncor, Proman’s New $669 Million Biofuels Baby

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Quebec, Enerkem, Shell, Suncor and Proman have proposed the construction of an $669 million biofuel plant in Varennes, Québec, in partnership with the Québec and Canadian governments. The project would use more than 200,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste and wood waste to produce nearly

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Pascrell, Fitzpatrick Introduce Green Bill to Boost Renewable Chemicals, Phase-Out Fossil Fuels

(Office of Representative Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09))  Bipartisan legislation will provide tax credits for the production of renewable chemicals  — U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) have introduced the Renewable Chemicals Act, legislation that will create an allocated tax credit for production of qualifying renewable chemicals from biomass

December 9, 2020 Read Full Article

“Life in Plastic, It’s Fantastic” – Braskem Invests $67M in Recycling Line, DOE Plastics Innovation Challenge

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Like Braskem’s news that they are expanding their post-consumer resin portfolio and investing $67 million in the construction of a recycling line with capacity to transform around 250 million pieces of packaging into 14,000 tons of high-quality, post-consumer resin per year. In today’s Digest,

December 7, 2020 Read Full Article

How Ethanol Producers Are Staying Safe and Connected

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The biggest morale boosters have taken a direct hit this year, but ethanol plants and other industry organizations are evolving to keep spirits as high as possible. Open communication, schedule flexibility, coaching and kindness are going a long way. READ MORE

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Catalyzing the Carbontech Ecosystem: Startup Application DEADLINE January 27 2021

(Carbon to Value Initiative) The Carbon to Value (C2V) Initiative will unlock a new carbontech economy, bringing innovative solutions to scale as rapidly as possible through the creation of a robust, powerful, and collaborative new ecosystem.  Applications are now open for startups to join the first C2V accelerator cohort, which will

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuture Summit II: IEA Calls for Countries to Implement Biofuture Platform Post-COVID Principles

(Biofuture)  Bioenergy sector hailed as a ‘job creating machine’ at launch of BBEST 2020-21/BIOFUTURE SUMMIT II Virtual Conference; Unique conference brings together world-leading policies, innovation, science and market analysis across the bioeconomy  —  The Biofuture Platform, a multi-stakeholder initiative facilitated by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and designed to take action on

December 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary with Video Series

(Renewable Energy Group)  This week REG is celebrating 25 years of operations! We will be releasing videos all week recounting the last quarter century of hard work and dedication that got us here. Here is how it all started: Hear from Myron Danzer, current REG General Manager, and Matt Schultes,

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

MHI to Invest in Green Hydrogen & Green Ammonia in South Australia

(Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd./Electric Energy Online) To Deliver Project Engineering, Hydrogen Gas Turbines and Compressors to Decarbonize Local Industries, Targeting Green Hydrogen and Ammonia Exports to Japan and Other Countries Going Forward  — Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has agreed to make a capital investment in H2U Investments, the holding entity

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Olam Palm Unveils the Site of Its Biofuel Production Plant in Gabon

(Energy Mix Report) It is in the southern zone of Libreville, on an area of ​​5 ha not far from the port, that Olam Palm will set up its plant to produce biofuel from palm oil. After having obtained all the regulatory authorizations for the production of biofuel in Gabon, the

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Cielo Announces Pre-Sale of Renewable Diesel and Provides Business Update

(Cielo/MarketWatch) Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (“Cielo” or the “Company”) announces it has received pre-payment in full for a 60,000 litres of renewable diesel, which is now being produced at the Company’s Aldersyde waste to renewable fuel facility (“Aldersyde Facility”). The renewable diesel will be shipped to a third party of the

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

The TIPping Point: Technology, Investment, Policy, and the advanced bioeconomy, Dioxide Materials, Genomatica, ADM, InnovaFeed, Aemetis, Nova Pangaea, and the UK Are Showing the Way

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s possible to summarize the advanced bioeconomy in three words, technology, investment, policy. These are the sine qua non, the foundational forces. Technology without investment and policy is a bunch of pretty things on a shelf, policy without technology or investment is bound to fail, and

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel, Jet Fuel Surge: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greasezilla

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)While you may have waste fats, oils and greases or FOG after this week’s turkey dinner, technology has unlocked it as feedstock for renewable diesel, biodiesel and jet fuel, and the world-wide search is on from “brown Gold”. Greasezilla execs Brian Levine and Bill Hambley shared

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Fuel Standard Model Demonstrates Biofuel Demand, Signals Need to Expand Production Capacity in Canada

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire)  WAEES incorporates Canada’s CFS into their global model to profile impacts on supply chains, biofuels, and compliance credit markets — Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) announced the release of detailed expert modelling of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). The modelling, conducted by Dr. John Kruse, Principal and Director of

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Grant to Help U. of Tennessee Ag Institute Develop SAF Feedstock Supply Chains

(Biobased Diesel Daily) Researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture have been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to evaluate regional biomass supply chains with regard to their potential for supplying feedstock for domestic fuel production as well as rural economic development―a potential game changer for

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

IChemE Global Awards 2020 Highly Commends CPFD and TRI

(ThermoChem Recovery International)  We are proud to announce that TRI‘s Dr. Ravi Chandran and our partners at CPFD were recognized for the innovative work we have done to model deep fluid bed gasification which is essential to the processing of wastes and biomass to renewable fuels and chemicals. The IChemE

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Non-Profit Spearheads Land Repatriation Through Community Revitalization and Forest Stewardship

(Native News Online)  … To further their efforts, CHIPS (Calaveras Healthy Impact Product Solutions) has approval to convert an old mill site into a community scale biomass power plant. Collected forest biomass will generate clean energy they will sell to PG&E and create byproducts such as biodiesel and biochar. “The

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Continental Refining Company Unveils Transformational “AgriTech” Plan for Refinery Plant in Somerset

(Continental Refining Company)  New Soybean Crushing Plant and Biodiesel Production Facility would be on the Cutting Edge of Food and Energy Production  — Hemisphere Limited, the parent company of Continental Refining Company (CRC), announced that it is exploring plans to invest an additional $25 million to acquire, relocate and install a

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Department of Energy Releases SBIR and STTR Funding Opportunities

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science announced a funding opportunity under its SBIR and STTR programs. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate 21 Project Memos

(Climate 21 Project) The Climate 21 Project taps the expertise of more than 150 experts with high-level government experience, including nine former cabinet appointees, to deliver actionable advice for a rapid-start, whole-of-government climate response coordinated by the White House and accountable to the President. The memos below contain the Climate 21 Project’s recommendations for

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Grön Fuels Announces Potential $9.2 Billion Renewable Fuel Complex in Louisiana

(Office of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards)  Gov. John Bel Edwards and Fidelis Infrastructure co-founders Daniel J. Shapiro and Bengt Jarlsjo announced their portfolio company Grön Fuels LLC is studying the feasibility of a renewable fuel complex at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. With expansions and associated projects, the complex

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

DOE Issues Request for Information: Understanding Workforce-Development Assets and Gaps for Technical and Non-Technical Bioenergy Workforce Preparation DEADLINE: November 2, 2020

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office requests input from stakeholders to aid in identifying existing bioenergy workforce development opportunities:  Learning/skill development opportunities Gaps that impede skill development and learning opportunities in bioenergy workforce development. Responses to this Request

November 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Agriculture and Renewables Epicenter: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Iowa

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iowa is an agriculture superstar. With 85% of the state’s total land area being farmland, $29 billion in total agriculture receipts in 2017, ranking #1 in the nation in corn production, #2 in soybean production, it is the epicenter of the U.S.’s crop growing region

October 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Cargill Invests to Promote Circular Economy with Its First Multi Waste- and Residues-Based Biodiesel Plant

(Cargill/WEBWIRE) $150 million investment in Belgium helps customers remove carbon emissions from their supply chains using innovative technology that supports new regulations  — In a move to further strengthen its commitment to fight climate change and deliver a more circular economy, Cargill is constructing a multi waste- and residues-based biodiesel plant

October 23, 2020 Read Full Article
    ABLC 2021   —   October 27-29, 2021   —   San Francisco, CA

ABLC 2021 — October 27-29, 2021 — San Francisco, CA

At ABLC Digital 2021 we’ll be focused on three interlocked strands: emerging technologies and the feedstocks they work with, the vibrant stream of commercial-scale project, what the policy outlook for the 2020s will be like? Stability? Will there be the incentives and markets where lowest-carbon fuels, renewable chemicals, protein, advanced foods and

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation: ‘Research Confirms UK’s Ability to Lead’

(Biofuels International)  New research by industry coalition Sustainable Aviation confirms that the UK could be home to up to 14 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facilities in areas across the country – making it a world leader in clean aviation technology. The research by energy consultancy E4tech and commissioned by

October 22, 2020 Read Full Article

UW Oshkosh, Agra Energy Bring Biofuel Technology to Dairy Farms

(University of Wisconsin Oshkosh/Biomass Magazine)  The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has partnered with Agra Energy Corp. to promote a new technology that converts biogas to fuel. The renewable solution makes use of Agra Energy’s Micro-GTL (gas-to-liquids) technology that converts methane-rich biogas into liquid fuels that meet diesel fuel specifications. “Agra Energy’s

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

The Need for State and Local Initiative

by Russ Freeman (Biofuels Digest)  … The private sector can provide capital and expertise to: (1) plan; (2) finance; (3) obtain regulatory approvals; (4) mitigate and insure against risk; and then (5) design, build and operate works necessary for accomplishing community goals. Thus, with minimal investment and minimal risk, State and local

October 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Facing Wave of Closures, Oil Refiners Turn to Biofuels

by Ron Bousso and Laura Sanicola (Reuters)  European and U.S. oil refineries face a wave of closures due to plateauing fuel demand, tightening environmental rules and overseas competition, prompting some owners to opt for an easier alternative – converting plants to produce biofuels. … The International Energy Agency (IEA) said in

October 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Woodland Biofuels Eyeing Arlanxeo Bio-Industrial Park for Full-Scale Plant

by Melanie Irwin  (Blackburn News) Toronto-based Woodland Biofuels is looking to build its first commercial plant in the Arlanxeo bio-industrial park on Vidal Street.  Bioindustrial Innovation Centre (BIC) Executive Director Sandy Marshall told Lambton County Council discussions are underway. “They’ve had their pilot plant at the Sarnia-Lambton Research Park now for probably ten years,” said

October 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Germany: Major Bio-LNG Plant Will Produce CO2-Neutral Transport Fuel

(Wärtsilä/NGV Journal) Wärtsilä has been awarded a major contract to supply and construct a plant for production of liquid transport fuels. The plant will liquefy gas from the natural gas grid to produce carbon-neutral LNG. It will have a capacity of approximately 100,000 tons per year and located in Cologne, Germany.

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuture Summit II Webinar Discusses Biofuture Principles for Post-COVID Recovery with Bio

(Biofuture Summit II)  Experiences in implementing the Five Principles were discussed by government representatives from three continents, private sector, and the IEA. The international crisis related to COVID-19 has heavily impacted bioenergy in the short term through a double shock of price and demand, with the sector requiring attention to

October 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Group Biodiesel Plant Tour

(Renewable Energy Group)  Do you know how clean burning biodiesel is made? Take a tour through an REG biorefinery to see the process happen from beginning to end, and learn about the continuously improving, sustainable biodiesel production process. Learn more about biodiesel and all of its benefits at regi.com. READ

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

A Path Towards Low-Carbon Workforce Development: Key Takeaways from EESI’s Workforce Wednesdays Briefing Series

by Amber Todoroff (Environmental and Energy Study Institute) EESI’s September Workforce Wednesdays briefing series featured seventeen experts and practitioners from around the country, along with two members of Congress, to discuss policies and programs working to develop a low-carbon workforce. Topic areas included high school career and technical education, conservation

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe Ethanol Production Plant to Generate Excess Electricity

(ESI Africa) Green Fuel’s ethanol facility in Chisumbanje, Zimbabwe is expanding its mill operations with a new high-pressure boiler to increase energy recovery.  … Leandro Magro, steam turbines manager at Zest WEG, said the equipment is destined for the new sugar cane crushing mill #6 at Green Fuel’s state-of-the-art ethanol facility

October 14, 2020 Read Full Article

AG Talks Priorities to White House Aspirants

by Steve Kopperud (Brownfield Ag News)  This was the week agriculture – organized and individual – emerged from the political closet and started laying down markers for the November 3 election.  The Ag CEO Council, comprised of the heads of 21 of the nation’s largest ag groups, including the American Farm Bureau

October 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Food Waste Facility Opens In Massachusetts

by Nora Goldstein (BioCycle Magazine)  Totally enclosed operation is designed to preprocess 250 tons/day of food waste, much of it in packaging. Slurried feedstocks are hauled to dairy farms equipped with AD systems. — In 2015, one of the tours during BioCycle’s 15th Annual Conference on Renewable Energy From Organics Recycling in

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

ISU: USDA Grant to Fund Anaerobic Digestion Research

(Illinois State University/Biomass Magazine) David Kopsell, professor of horticulture at Illinois State University, and LC (Liangcheng) Yang, assistant professor of environmental health at ISU, have received a two-year, nearly $150,000 grant from the  USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The purpose of this  USDA-NIFA grant program is to increase the capacity

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Foundation Analytical Laboratory: Science Built, Client Driven

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Focused on biofuels, Foundation Analytical Laboratory’s mission is to deliver exemplary customer service with scientific excellence. The Iowa-based company not only supports fleets and standalone ethanol plants, but biofuel input providers. After a successful career in the food industry, gaining experience in processing, production and distribution, Diane

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Is More than Renewable Electricity: Renewable Gas and Fuel Highlighted as Key Opportunities to Put Tasmania on the World

(BioEnergy Australia)  – Consultation has recently closed on the Tasmanian Government draft Renewable Energy Action Plan, which identifies renewable energy as a key economic driver to rebuild a stronger Tasmania in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Bioenergy Australia, the peak body for the bioenergy sector made up of

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Cargill, Virent Collaborate on Biobased Fuels and Chemicals

(Cargill/Farm Progress)  Goal is to open new markets for corn and expand opportunities for renewable fuels and chemicals. — Cargill and Virent, Inc. are working together to evaluate the use of Cargill’s corn dextrose as a feedstock to Virent’s BioForming technology for the production of “drop-in” low-carbon biofuels and biochemicals. Virent’s

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Monster on the Big Muddy: REG Geismar to Expand Renewable Hydrocarbon Production to 340 Million Gallons

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Louisiana, Renewable Energy Group said it will undertake a capacity expansion of its Geismar, Louisiana biorefinery by 250 million gallons annually to 340 million gallons per year. This announcement follows a thorough review and site selection process. Construction should begin in mid to late

October 7, 2020 Read Full Article

IRENA: Liquid Biofuels Accounted for 2.5M Jobs Globally in 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Jobs in the renewable energy sector reached 11.5 million globally in 2019, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on Sept. 29. Bioenergy accounted for 3.58 million jobs, up from 3.18 million in 2018. According to the report, liquid biofuels

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Asenyansu to Get a US$10 Million Ethanol Factory

(GhanaWeb)  Mr Sun Qiang, a Chinese Entrepreneur at Aframagya has disclosed of plans to establish a US$10 million ethanol factory at Asenyansu to help create employment for the youth. The factory, which is under construction was expected to be completed in the early part of next year. Speaking in an

October 6, 2020 Read Full Article

BPTS Addresses Biodiesel History, Technology Advancements

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) BBI International’s Biodiesel Production Technology Summit kicked off on Sept. 16 with the star-studded story of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies unique history and a general session panel focused on emerging biodiesel technologies. Bob King, founder and president of Pacific Biodiesel, opened the event with a keynote address

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

IRENA: Liquid Biofuels Accounted for 2.5M Jobs Globally in 2019

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Jobs in the renewable energy sector reached 11.5 million globally in 2019, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on Sept. 29. Bioenergy accounted for 3.58 million jobs, up from 3.18 million in 2018. According to the report, liquid biofuels

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate Crosstalk: Joe Biden Said He Didn’t Back Progressives’ Green New Deal

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Joe Biden said he didn’t back progressives’ Green New Deal during the volatile debate on Tuesday amid charges from Trump that the former vice president supported an environmental plan that would cost $100 trillion, Pro’s Zack Colman reports. “I don’t support the Green New Deal,” Biden

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

European Climate Policy and the Bioeconomy – Missed Opportunities or Muddling Through?

by Gerard J. Ostheimer, Douglas L. Faulkner and Philippe Marchand (Biofuels Digest)  … But as we scan the globe for bio-economy green shoots, we are noticing some interesting – and disconcerting – activity “across the pond”. Today we look to Europe and try to pluck the signal from the noise in

September 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Pertamina to Use Honeywell UOP Technologies to Produce Advanced Biofuels in Indonesia

(Honeywell UOP) National Oil Company of Indonesia to open green fuels refinery in Plaju and revamp Cilacap refinery for renewable diesel production  — Honeywell today announced PT Pertamina (Persero) will use Honeywell UOP technologies to produce advanced biofuels at its Plaju and Cilacap refineries in Indonesia. The company will use UOP Renewable

September 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Scotland’s Opportunity to Grow a New Clean, Sustainable Economy

by Mark Bustard (Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC)/Biofuels Digest) The idea of a net zero carbon emissions and zero waste economy isn’t as far-fetched as some may think. The key promise of a bio-based economy is that we can grow the sources of raw materials for every day products. Industrial Biotechnology

September 29, 2020 Read Full Article

New Tech Converts Natural Gas to Hydrogen at Scale Anywhere and Plastic-Eating Enzyme ‘Cocktail’ Heralds Hope for Plastic Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In today’s Digest, how Florida-based Transform Materials is literally transforming the petrochemical industry’s ability to convert flared natural gas often emitted at hydraulic fracking wellheads into hydrogen and acetylene using microwave plasma technology, and how scientists who re-engineered the plastic-eating enzyme PETase have now

September 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Moniz, Trumka Look at Job Growth in Energy Transition

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, identified several climate and labor policies that could spur new jobs in a low-carbon economy, including a national action plan for the deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration technology. The recommendations

September 28, 2020 Read Full Article

BIO Recognises Dr Pramod Chaudhari by George Washington Carver Award 2020

(Agro Spectrum)  Dr Chaudhari becomes the first Indian chosen for the honor for his contribution towards building a bio-based economy.  —  Washington D.C.- based Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) announced that Dr. Pramod Chaudhari, founder and executive chairman, Praj Industries, is selected for the prestigious 2020 George Washington Carver Award for Innovation

September 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Energy Transition: Total Is Investing More than €500 Million to Convert Its Grandpuits Refinery into a Zero-Crude Platform for Biofuels and Bioplastics

(Total) Within the framework of its net zero strategy, Total will convert its Grandpuits refinery (Seine-et-Marne) into a zero-crude platform. By 2024, following an investment totaling more than €500 million, the platform will focus on four new industrial activities:  Production of renewable diesel primarily intended for the aviation industry. Production of

September 25, 2020 Read Full Article

ATTENTION OIL INDUSTRY: California Is Banning Gasoline Powered Vehicles — You have one chance to save yourselves and COME CLEAN

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) Today, September 23, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the state will ban the sale of new gasoline powered passenger cars and trucks starting in 2035. The ban is an attempt to push the use of electric powered vehicles and supposedly reduce harmful pollution.

September 24, 2020 Read Full Article

NNPC Driving Nigeria’s Biofuel Agenda: Nowhere Near 2020 Target

by Ruth Olurounbi  (The Africa Report)  An oil-dependent Nigeria’s push to move away from “the uncertainties of absolute dependence on oil” with crude being its primary source of revenue has led to renewed efforts to push for the implementation of the national biofuel policy. That policy is seeking to “achieve 100% domestic

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Paths to a Capped Carbon Economy: 6 Ways We Can Really Make a Change

by Russ Freeman (Biofuels Digest)  … This vision of the future is one in which: Humans have multiple opportunities for a meaningful role in society, freedom to live where they choose and freedom to pursue their dreams based on a stake in the productive engines of a society in which machines

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Pivoting from Plants-to-Food to Plants-to-X – What’s the Future of Ag?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Is it a battle of plants for food versus plants for biofuels, biochemicals, biobased products? What about fermentation? Will food made from fermentation be the end of agriculture as we know it? Will one be a winner over another or will they all be superheroes?

September 21, 2020 Read Full Article

ECB Group and Government of Paraguay Sign Free Zone Contract for Installation of Green Biofuel Plant

(Bnamericas)  Brazilian businessman Erasmo Carlos Battistella, president of ECB Paraguay, an ECB Group company, signed a contract with the government of Paraguay that authorizes a Free Zone regime for the Omega Green project, an advanced biofuel plant in the district of Villeta, on the banks of the Paraguay River. …

September 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Bestseller Foundation in Collaboration with Intellecap Africa Launches the First of Its Kind Accelerator for Waste Value Enterprises

(Intellecap)  Based on the aspiration to support enterprises and build the waste sector in East Africa, BESTSELLER FOUNDATION in collaboration with Intellecap Africa launched the Waste to Value Challenge in December 2019. The Challenge was launched across four countries; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, and received over 400 applications out of

September 16, 2020 Read Full Article

R&D Spending as Stimulus

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) : The Bill Gates-founded Breakthrough Energy organization argued in a new report that funding research and development would provide an immediate economic and jobs stimulus while setting up a more sustainable long-term economy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Federal research spending led to 2.7 indirect

September 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Unlocking New Sources of Sustainable Investment: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to ESG Investing in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How to unlock the billions in this new investment stream for the bioeconomy projects you care about was the name of the game on DigestConnect this past Thursday. Cindy Thyfault, CEO of Global Biofuture Solutions and Gerard Ostheimer, Senior Advisor at Below50, shared this illuminating

September 14, 2020 Read Full Article

EECi Biorefinery Project almost 50% Complete

(The Nation/Thailand) The Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) project is 45 per cent complete and will be ready for operation by June 2021, EECi director Jengrit Khanatharana, who is also the National Science and Technology Development Agency deputy director, said. The project area will cover 3,454 rai in Rayong. “In

September 10, 2020 Read Full Article

12 Emerging Technologies: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to WBCSD’s Innovations to Transform 2020-2030

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The World Business Council for Sustainable Development just published an issue brief as part of a series of interim outputs linked to WBCSD’s current refresh of its Vision 2050. Here are highlights from the report, highlighting 5 business model shifts that impact the bioeconomy, 12 emerging

September 8, 2020 Read Full Article

CBBD Establishes a Cooperation with HCH to Offer an International Platform to Its Best Practices.

(Circular Biobased Delta) Maybe known, CBBD is a partnership of three Dutch provinces, companies and knowledge institutions within the southwestern Delta region. It aims to stimulate the use of more biobased/renewable raw materials in the transition to a sustainable, circular, biobased and green economy. The Circular Biobased Delta is a frontrunning

September 8, 2020 Read Full Article

United Kingdom: New Pilot Supports Biogas as Vehicle Fuel in Cornwall

(Cornwall Council/NGV Journal) Cornwall Council is combining ambitious plans to introduce renewable fuel sources for its vehicle fleet with a ground-breaking scheme to boost the future of farming and create more green jobs for residents. Together with Cormac, which looks after its fleet, the authority has joined forces with six of its Cornwall Council Farms estate-owned dairy farms and a Cornish technology company to trial the

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Massive Refiners Are Turning into Biofuel Plants in the West

by Robert Tuttle (Bloomberg) The latest sign of a worldwide energy transition: Massive oil refineries across the western U.S. are being converted into biofuel plants. Phillips 66 on Wednesday became the latest in a string of U.S. refiners to say it’s converting an oil refinery in California into a biofuel plant as

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

SUNY ESF Receives USDA Grant: Biomass Products Will Reinvigorate Abandoned Land

(SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry) SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), as a member of a mid-Atlantic consortium, has received $630,000 over five years from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop biomass systems and products with the potential to put abandoned lands and people

September 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Fueling the Sustainable Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 2019 was a banner year for RSB that saw growing recognition of RSB’s leadership in the circular and bio-based economy, as well as engagement of new sectors and overall expansion of their global footprint. Check out their just released annual report that dives into their exciting

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate Plan Addresses Potential of Biofuels, Bioenergy

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Senate Democrats Climate Committee released a new report on Aug. 25 that details how climate action by Congress can create new jobs and grow the U.S. economy. Biofuels and bioenergy are among the topics discussed. The 263-page report specifically calls on Congress to achieve

August 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Follow the Rainbow! The Digest Interview: Dr. Chaudhari at Praj Industries on 2020 and What the Future Holds

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The recent launch of Praj’s Bio-Prism platform comprises of renewable chemicals and materials (RCM) solutions and promises sustainability while reimagining nature. We are witnessing strong interest from various stakeholders and some of the initial discussions have steadily progresses into serious conversations about potential

August 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Market Move

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol producers are investing in high-end alcohol production after seeing its value during the pandemic. And it’s not just alcohol for hand sanitizer, but other disinfectants, as well as pharmaceuticals, fragrances, cosmetics and more. … Homeland Energy Solutions in Lawler, Iowa, expects to have

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Daimler: Jatropha Plant Opens up New Prospects

(Auto123.com/Daimler)  The seedlings for the first 100 hectares (250 acres) have been planted. Daimler AG has started a new project for the cultivation of the biodiesel raw material jatropha in the south of India. The company is supporting several village communities in the state of Tamil Nadu with funds and expertise from its already

August 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Rep. Marshall Works to Boost Ethanol Exports

by Sarah Motter (WIBW) Congressman Roger Marshall says Kansas is home to 10 biofuel facilities providing high-quality jobs for plant workers in rural communities throughout the state, along with thousands of bushels of soybeans and milo each year. He says overall, the biofuels industry is responsible for about $4 billion in

August 27, 2020 Read Full Article

With Colombia and Argentina as a Base, Experts Highlight Potential of Biodiesel in Latin America and the Caribbean

(Clarin (Google translation)) Jens Mesa Dishington, executive president of Fedepalma and Luis María Zubizarreta, president of Acsoja and Carbio, called for the promotion of biodiesel production in the region.  — In a forum organized by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Jens Mesa Dishington, executive president of FEDEPALMA

August 26, 2020 Read Full Article

ESG Investing and the Bioeconomy: Part 1 – Impact and ESG Investing Through the Financier’s Eyes

by Cynthia Thyfault and Gerard J. Ostheimer (Global Biofuture Solutions/Biofuels Digest) Due to a wide range of global challenges including climate change, environmental sustainability, social inequality, and the need for ethical corporate governance, ESG investing and reporting has become the “new normal” for investment firms, corporations, and governments alike.  This emphasis

August 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Follow the Money: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Bioeconomy Revolution

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will Canada transform? Or stand on the sidelines?That’s the question asked by Jeff Passmore, CEO of Passmore Group who shared this illuminating “Follow the Money” slide guide that asks how tenable is fossil fuel’s future? Where could some of this repositioned investment capital go? What’s

August 24, 2020 Read Full Article

IEA Plan Looks to Biofuels to Help Rebuild Post-COVID World

(Solutions from the Land) As dire as the COVID-19 pandemic appears today, there are many who are looking beyond the crisis, exploring ways not only to recover from this tragedy, but to rebuild our capabilities to an even higher level beyond what they were before the outbreak. The International Energy Agency’s

August 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Local Biodiesel Producer Gives Glimpse into Large Expansion, Future Forms of Energy

by Quinn Wilson  (Bakersfield.com) The state’s largest biodiesel producer gave a glimpse into the continued expansion of its local plant Wednesday, as it continues attempting to increase its production by 50 percent. Crimson Renewable Energy, located south of Highway 223 in southwestern Kern County, is in the process of creating

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Parsing the Climate Message

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Night 3 of the Democratic National Convention featured a lengthy 11-minute take on Joe Biden’s climate and clean energy strategy that hammered home some of his big themes rather than the wonky details (which you can read here). The segment was heavy on optimism and

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

17 Projects with 4 Billion Gallons, 9 Fast Emerging Players: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to California’s Green Rush

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At DigestConnect this past Thursday, we talked about the latest the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, how the LCFS relates to the Renewable Fuel Standard and energy values, we compared the value stack for 5 popular transport molecules – gasoline, diesel, ethanol, cellulosic ethanol, and renewable

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