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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Praj Industries and Leveraging Bioeconomy for Sustainable Future

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The eminent danger of climate change, Praj’s Expertise and Readiness for Sustainable Future, opportunities with the Multi-feed and Multi-product Biorefinery Complex, and the Collective Efforts Toward Sustainable Future represented by the new Global Biofuels Alliance. These

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EPA, DOE Announce $9.4M to Spur Development of Advanced Biofuels as Part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda DEADLINE March 22, 2024

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy today released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for up to $9.4 million for the development of advanced

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass Feedstock National User Facility Capabilities for MSW to SAF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Biomass Feedstock National User Facility (BFNUF) offers technology and expertise to help the U.S. bioenergy industry overcome biomass challenges during scale up and integration of biomass preprocessing facilities. The BFNUF is a congressionally designated, national

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Deploying Purpose-Grown Energy Crops for Sustainable Aviation Fuel Workshop: Summary Report

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Deploying Purpose-Grown Energy Crops for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) workshop, hosted by the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), brought together stakeholders from industry, governmental organizations, DOE national laboratories, academia, among others, to address a potential future research strategy related to the

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Noor Oil Collaborates with BEEAH to Turn Used Cooking Oil into Bio-diesel

(ESG MENA) Noor Oil, one of IFCCO’s flagship brands, has announced a partnership with BEEAH Group to facilitate the recycling of used cooking oil as an alternative biofuel. Speaking about the process, Rizwan Ahmed, Executive Director at IFFCO Group, explained that consumers

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Virent

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In this presentation we looked at how Virent feedstock flexibility allows the use of commercially available sugars today, with the prospect of cellulosic sugars when commercially available and also the scalability of the technology, the opportunities

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals and Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In this presentation, we explored the challenges faced by global renewable chemical and materials producers in shifting towards low carbon alternatives — new processes, novel molecules with enhanced properties  for green hydrogen, Methanol, plant-based meats

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How to Secure Offtake for Uour First-of-Its-Kind Project

by Steve Weiss (Grey Heron/Biofuels Digest)  At a recent bioeconomy-focused ABLC conference I counted over a dozen companies striving to ‘bring to life’ first-of-its-kind (FOIK) projects, in renewable chemicals, fuels or materials – typically requiring hundreds of millions each in financing.

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Producing Transportation Fuels, Electrical Power, and Chemicals in a Circular Bioeconomy

Timothy J. Donohue (National Academy of Engineering) Renewable raw materials can be exploited as alternatives to fossil fuel–based liquid transportation fuels, electrical power, and chemicals. -- Among today’s greatest challenges is the development of sustainable and cost-effective ways to produce sufficient transportation

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Study: Ethanol Industry Generated $54 Billion in GDP, Supported 400,000 Jobs in 2023

(Renewable Fuels Association) As inflationary pressures eased and demand boomed for low-carbon ethanol and its co-products, the ethanol industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy remained strong in 2023, according to an annual economic impact analysis conducted for the Renewable Fuels Association by ABF

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USDA Proposes Streamlined Regulation for Biobased Markets (BioPreferred) Program Public Comments DEADLINE March 25, 2024

by Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton (Bergeson and Campbell)  The Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS), an agency of the Rural Development mission area within U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), issued a proposed rule on January 24, 2024, that would adopt changes

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Wisconsin Researchers Investigate Role of Biofuels in Renewable Energy Future

by Annalise Sommer (Badger Herald) Biofuels offer sustainable, economical energy option for Wisconsin communities, farmers -- The Wisconsin Energy Institute is researching methods to convert biological matter into fuel and plastics, with intentions to replace fossil fuels. Biofuels are created using biological material to

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Department of Energy Issues Notice of Intent to Fund Mixed Algae and Wet Waste Feedstocks R&D for Biofuels and Bioproducts

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) today announced their intent to issue funding to support research and development (R&D) projects for converting algae and other wet waste feedstocks to low-carbon

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Biogases Contribution Undervalued in Commission’s 2040 Climate Target

(Bioenergy International) ... EBA highlights that biogases are so much more than a mere sustainable energy carrier: produced and consumed in the EU, these green gases provide ready-available solutions to defossilize the EU economy, including hard-to-abate sectors such as industry and

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Feedstocks and Advanced Agriculture

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In this presentation, we explored the challenges faced by global feedstock producers in shifting towards low carbon fuels, chemicals and materials — new technologies for yield, better soil and carbon practices, new crops and intermediates, and

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Nominations Open for the Bioeconomy 500 for 2024 DEADLINE February 16, 2024

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, The Digest announced the opening of nominations for the Bioeconomy 500, which recognizes individuals for their leadership contributions to the bioeconomy’s development and project deployment. The 500 is expected to honor scientists, engineers, policy

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MN Bio-Fuels: Meeting Clean Transportation Targets Requires the Use of Biofuels

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   In order for Minnesota to achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals, biofuels must be included in a fuel- and technology-neutral Clean Transportation Standard (CTS). “The Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association is committed to working with the legislature to ensure

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Southwest Nova Scotia Issued BDO Zone ‘A’ Rating for Woody Biomass

(Bioeconomy Development Initiative Opportunity Initiative) The Greenspring Bioinnovation Hub, Town of Bridgewater, Municipality of Chester, Municipality of the District of Lunenberg, Region of Queens Municipality and Ecostrat are pleased to announce the issuance of an ‘A’ rated  Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone in Southwest Nova Scotia. The ‘A’ rating

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50 Hottest Companies in the Bioeconomy, Voting Opens DEADLINE February 23, 2024

(Biofuels Digest) In Florida, The Digest announced the official opening of voting for the 50 Hottest Companies in the Bioeconomy for 2024.  In all, a record 437 companies were nominated for the ballot this year. Voting Rules Voting will be open to all

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Law Library of Congress Publishes Report on Selected Issues in Biotechnology Regulation

by Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton (Bergeson & Campbell) The Law Library of Congress published a November 2023 report entitled Selected Issues in Biotechnology Regulation: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, England, European Union, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore,

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Genera Announces $340+ Million Investment in Sustainable Biomaterials Campus

(Genera) The investment will expand Genera’s manufacturing, production and distribution operations of its circular, compostable packaging solutions and biomaterials  --   Sustainable molded fiber and biomaterials company Genera announced today it has broken ground on the nearly $350 million expansion of its Sustainable

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Red Leaf Biologics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) RedLeaf Biologics is a fast-growing biotechnology company that is redefining the AgTech ecosystem in Kentucky and beyond. Combining proprietary plant genetics and extraction processes, we have developed a range of phytochemical extracts with valuable applications in health,

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Interagency Group Releases New Report to Strengthen a Data-Driven U.S. Bioeconomy

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Biden-Harris Administration announced the release of Vision, Needs, and Proposed Actions for Data for the Bioeconomy Initiative, a report on advancing biotechnology; improving U.S. data infrastructure and accessibility; and sustainably growing the bioeconomy across the nation's climate,

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The Digest’s 2024 Multi-Slide Guide to Rural Development and the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The USDA mission serve all Americans by providing effective, innovative, science-based public policy leadership in agriculture, food and nutrition, natural resource protection and management, rural development, and related issues with a commitment to deliverable equitable and

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The Fab Finns, the Top 20 Bioproducts from the Bioeconomy’s Forest

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve long been fans of the Finns, their smart forest management practices, their innovative products and the complete lack of hype and bluster coming out of Helsinki. It’s the Quiet Country, but really they are the

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POET’s 2023 Fueled by Growth, Innovation

(POET) Grand reopening of company's 34th facility, new POET bioproducts center among 2023 achievements --  POET, the world’s largest producer of biofuels, celebrated several milestones throughout 2023, including multiple victories on the policy front, the grand reopening of its 34th facility, and

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In His Third Resolution, Vilella Inaugurated a New Stage for Local Biotechnology: He Approved the First GMO Yeasts for the Production of Bioethanol

(Bichos de Campo (Google Translation))  The Secretary of Agriculture, Fernando Vilella, honored his declared devotion to the bioeconomy from the first day of the new year: this Tuesday, January 2, a resolution was published in the Official Gazette that with his

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ArcelorMittal Commissions a First for the European Steel Industry, Converting Waste Wood into Bio-Coal to Reduce Fossil Coal Consumption

(ArcelorMittal) €35 million plant in Gent, Belgium, first of its kind in the European steel industry ... The use of bio-coal in the blast furnace process will result in the production of bio-gas, which will be captured and transformed into ethanol by

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Global Bioenergy Partnership Annual Wrap-Up

(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) ... 2023 was an important year for GBEP, as it was the first time that Partners and Observers met in person for the governance meetings since the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a chance

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Energy & Climate Action

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Inflation Reduction Act provides nearly $40 billion for USDA over the next 10 years to improve life and livelihoods in rural communities. Specific investments include: $19.3 billion for climate-smart agriculture on farms, ranches, and forests;

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India on the Move: The Subcontinent Is Buzzing with Mobility, and Poised to Assume Leadership of the Global Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Part 1 of a Digest series on India’s projects, progress and emerging bioeconomy leadership. ...  India is vaulting into the leadership of the global bioeconomy. ... India has the first giant post-modern national economy. ... The Post-Modern Economy is different. It

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Time for a European Shift on Renewable Ethanol

by David Carpintero (ePURE)  If there’s anything we’ve learned from the last two years of EU climate and energy policy, it’s that Europe needs a new way to think about biofuels and its contribution to transport de-fossilization—as well as the strategic

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Whitefox

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Whitefox has been active over the past couple of months highlighting the opportunity for ethanol in the global bioeconomy via their “Ethanol as a Building Block” campaign, which was kicked off at the ABLC in San

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Fire! Open Letter to US Treasury, Energy Secretaries on Addressing the Threat of Forest Fire via the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ... Which brings us to the forest, because once we have stopped by the commodity exchanges where oilseeds, grains, and waste fats and oils are priced and traded, we discover right away that commodity prices are

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Five Star Collaborates with BSGF to Transform Cooking Oil into Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Asia Food Journal (Google Translation)) Five Star, a prominent franchise platform known for its grilled and fried chicken under Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (CP Foods), has entered into a collaboration with BSGF Company Limited, a joint venture of the Bangchak

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Bold Actions to Accelerate the Bioeconomy: Report from Ottawa Meet-up of the Bold Goals Action Group

by Jim Lane (REenergize the Gulf Coast) In Ottawa, on the sidelines of the Jeff Passmore’s SCALING UP meeting, a coalition of the willing known as the Bold Goals Action Group refined and amended a series of 37 Bold Actions that must be

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Schmidt BioFutures and the Virtual Institute for Feedstocks of the Future

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Schmidt Futures is a philanthropic initiative of Eric and Wendy Schmidt. Their BioFutures Program will accelerate the translation of bioeconomy research into public and economic benefits, building on Schmidt Futures’ core mission to bet early on

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The Use of Food and Feed Crops for Bio-based Materials and the Related Effects on Food Security – Recognising Potential Benefits

(Renewable Carbon News)  Renewable Carbon Initiative Publishes New Insights into a Hotly Debated Topic and Urges for Careful and Evidence-based Debates --  2023, the world faces a global hunger crisis. According to the World Food Programme“ a record 349 million people across

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“Unlocking the Value of Algae” Presented at the Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition Conference

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   "Unlocking the Value of Algae" was the subject of a Sunday Symposium at the recent Alternative Fuels and Chemicals Coalition’s 2023 Global Biobased Economy Conference and Exhibit.  Presenters at the symposium followed the whole

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Ethanol Production Pathways

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This past week Shrijant Rathi, executive director for Praj Americas, returned to the Digest stage for this fascinating deep-dive into new technologies that open up opportunities for ethanol producers through retrofit, bolt-ons or add-on technologies that

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Budzinski Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Support Biofuels & Biomanufacturing Innovation

(Office of U.S. Representatives Nikki Budzinski (D-IL-13))  This week, U.S. Representatives Nikki Budzinski (IL-13) and Zach Nunn (IA-03) introduced bipartisan legislation to increase biofuel production and drive down energy costs for working families. The Agricultural Biorefinery Innovation and Opportunity (Ag BIO) Actwould increase funding for grants to support

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Ethanol as a Renewable Building Block for Fuels and Chemicals

by Robert A. Dagle, Austin D. Winkelman, Karthikeyan K. Ramasamy, Vanessa Lebarbier Dagle, and Robert S. Weber (Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research)  Three factors, (i) the ethanol “blend wall”, which limits its market as a transportation fuel, (ii) advances in production efficiency,

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Scaling Up Speakers Talk Bioeconomy Successes, Gaps in Canada

by Marie Church (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  ... The global bioeconomy is rapidly progressing and while Canada has seen some bright advancements, there are glaring gaps to fill if we want to be among the front runners. Scaling Up, an annual bioeconomy

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Growth Energy Unveils New Brand, Focus on Expanding the Bioeconomy

(Growth Energy)  Today, Growth Energy, the nation’s largest biofuel trade association, rebranded with a new look and feel that reflects the full spectrum of the opportunities and innovations that are transforming the biofuels industry and expanding the bioeconomy. “Growth Energy members are fueling

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Origin Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Origin is the world’s leading carbon negative materials company. The Origin platform turns the carbon found in biomass into useful materials, while eliminating the need for fossil resources and capturing carbon in the process. Origin Co-CEO

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Biofuel Bus to Visit Midlands to Help Curb Fossil Fuel Reliance

(The Anglo-Celt)  A first of its kind, interactive ‘Biobus’ designed to show people how to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels in everyday life, has embarked on a five-week journey of Ireland and will be in Cavan this Sunday. The ‘Biobus’ was

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Bold Actions to Accelerate the Bioeconomy: Findings from the Bold Goals Action Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In San Francisco on the sidelines of the ABLC NEXT 2023 meeting, a coalition of the willing called the Bold Goals Action Group outlined a series of 31 Bold Actions that must be taken by industry

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Biodiesel Embraced by Marine Industry

by Jennifer Kiel (Farm Progress) The fuel offers an instant carbon reduction; state legislation is pending to incentivize biofuels. -- ... While it’s not zero carbon reduction, biodiesel is an instant carbon reduction that’s available now. “If you’re using 100% biodiesel, it would

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Editorial: Show Us Canada’s Best – Introducing the Canadian Biomass Awards Nominations DEADLINE January 31, 2024

(Canadian Biomass Magazine)  ... We are beyond proud to announce we’ve officially launched the Canadian Biomass Awards program dedicated to celebrating outstanding individuals, companies and communities working passionately to advance biomass solutions across the country.  It’s time to raise our glasses to those who

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Origin Begins Commercial-Scale Biochemicals Production at Sarnia, Ont., Plant

(Origin Materials/Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Origin Materials, Inc. announced the commencement of commercial-scale production at Origin 1, located in Sarnia, Ont., the first commercial plant of its kind. The state-of-the-art plant scales up the company’s core technology platform for converting sustainable wood residues

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Opinion: Climate Change and Hunger Are Here Now—a New Farm Bill Can’t Wait

by Beth Ellikidis (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Agri-Pulse) ... One way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our climate is by getting more of the energy we use from above the ground instead of beneath it. The biotech company LanzaTech genetically engineers microbes to

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SQ Group Launches World's First One-Million Ton Bio-Refinery

(SQ Group/MENAFN EIN Presswire)  SQ GROUP kicks into operation the world's first one-million-metric-ton straw refinery in Daqing city, marking a new era in the production of biomass straw. -- SQ Group (SQ-Group USA 's China-based division), a competitive manufacturer of biodegradable food

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They Said it, They Showed It: Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2023

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC Next, delegates were buzzing about some outrageously quotable quotes, some hot slides that did build-ups and takedowns on every imaginable good and bad idea, plus news of company progress and setbacks, the rise of

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The Three Musketeers, LanzaTech, Ensyn, Linde Unveil SAF Game-Changer

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC Next, news arrived that Ensyn, Linde Corp and LanzaTech have formed an alliance develop and implement the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel other renewable fuels and a range of useful materials from cellulosic biomass

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Opinion: Canada Is Ill Prepared for the Bio Revolution

by Jeff Passmore (Scaling Up/Canadian Biomass Magazine) ... While more than 60 countries in the world have national bioeconomy strategies. Canada is not among them. With 348 million hectares of forests (nine per cent of the world’s), 60 million hectares of

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AAFC Agri-Science Program Announces $5.3M to BioFuelNet: Research Focuses Heavily on the Application of Innovative Technologies to Generate Biofuels

by Valerie McLeod (McGill Reporter)  Research focuses heavily on the application of innovative technologies to generate biofuels with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, supply carbon for sequestration into soils, and enhance environmental sustainability -- On August 30, Vice-Principal of Macdonald Campus

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Bioeconomic Analytics Framework: Accelerating Decarbonization to Deliver on Net Zero Objectives

by Jeff Allen (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) ... Developers in climate tech and biotech along with holders of intellectual property in these fields often need more expertise to communicate effectively with asset managers. Capital resource stakeholders evaluating bioeconomy technologies need advanced due diligence

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25 Bold Actions to Accelerate Global Bioeconomy Deployment: Results from the 9/22/23 Meet-up of the Bold Goals Action Group in Sydney

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Australia, at the initial meet-up of the global Bold Goals Action Group, leaders of the global bioeconomy, a “coalition of the willing”, established a draft of 25 Bold Actions that, if achieved by the various stakeholders in

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Tazewell, Virginia Issued BDO Zone ‘A’ Rating for Woody Biomass

(Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone Initiative) ‘A’ Rating to Advance the Bioeconomy in Virginia -- The ATIP Foundation, Ecostrat, Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority are pleased to announce the issue of a new Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone rating for woody biomass. Funded

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Separations and Performance Advantaged Bioproducts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office seeks in its separations strategy to support scale-up of sustainable aviation fuels and other biofuels with >70% reduction in GHG emissions relative to petroleum; enable commercial production of 10+ renewable chemicals

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Bold Goals Action Leadership Events --- September 22, 2023 - May 2024 and TBA --- various locations around the world

Biofuels Digest is unveiling the first in a series of ground-up, global initiatives to help spark and synchronize a faster pace of bioeconomy development. Our first initiative is a series of meet-ups to begin the task of organizing the volunteers that

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Finding the Private Benjamins: Bridging the Dev Cap Gap

by Matt Lucas (Tuatara Development Capital/Biofuels Digest) We read with interest CJ Evan’s piece about the need for development capital (“Dev Cap”) to expedite the development and deployment of projects in the energy transition space. CJ is completely correct: Dev Cap is both incredibly

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Trois-Rivières, Québec Issued BDO Zone ‘A’ Rating for Woody Biomass

(Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone Initiative) Innovation et Développement Economique Trois-Rivières will Leverage ‘A’ Rating to Support Local Forest Industry -- Innovation et Développement économique Trois-Rivières, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), and Ecostrat announce issue of Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone rating for woody biomass. The Trois-Rivières BDO

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USDA to Adjust GHG Model to Help Ethanol Get Aviation Fuel Subsidy

by Leah Douglas (Reuters)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend up to $400,000 to adjust a federal greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions model to ensure that aviation fuel made from corn-based ethanol is eligible for hefty subsidies, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

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Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario Issued BDO Zone ‘A’ Rating for Corn Stover

(Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone Initiative) nvestment Grade Rating to Catalyze Regional Biobased Project Development  --  The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC), and Ecostrat are pleased to announce the issue of an investment grade Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone rating for corn stover for Sarnia-Lambton. The

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U.S. Department of Energy Announces $18.6 Million to Support Production of Low-Carbon Biofuels and Bioproducts

(U.S. Department of Energy) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) today announced $18.6 million in funding for eight university and industry projects to develop biomass feedstocks to produce affordable biofuels and bioproducts that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Located in eight states, the

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to the Agile BioFoundry Projects

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Agile BioFoundry is a consortium of seven U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories that operate as a distributed biofoundry in collaboration with industry and academia. They partner with the biomanufacturing industry to accelerate bioproduct

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Bold Goals, Bold Actions for Deploying a Global Bioeconomy: 
New Digest Initiatives Announced

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ... Starting today, the Digest is unveiling the first in a series of ground-up, global initiatives to help spark and synchronize a faster pace of bioeconomy development. Our first initiative is a series of meet-ups to begin

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Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation Select Three Projects to Accelerate Biomanufacturing Innovation and Advance the U.S. Bioeconomy

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Biotechnology and biomanufacturing continue to offer vast opportunities to advance science and engineering, support a growing U.S. bioeconomy, and provide solutions to our nation’s climate change challenges. To help accelerate innovation and develop new biomanufacturing approaches, three

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to DOE’s overview of Renewable Carbon Resources

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g.,

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Origin Materials and Proman Partner to Produce Low-Carbon Biofuels

(Origin Materials/Business Wire) Proman, one of the world’s largest producers of methanol, and Origin Materials signed an agreement to explore the production and global distribution of biofuels -- -Origin Materials, Inc. (“Origin,” “Origin Materials,” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: ORGN, ORGNW), the world’s leading

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Amyris’ Bankruptcy Filing: Complete Details

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here follows the complete Amyris statement with respect to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMRS) (“Amyris” or the “Company”), a leading synthetic biotechnology company accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable consumption through its Lab-to-Market™

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LG Chem Secures Waste Cooking Oil Supply for Biodiesel Production

by Seo Jin-woo and Han Yubin (Pulse)  LG Chem Ltd. is poised to kick off a project that produces biodiesel using waste cooking oil as part of its drive for renewable materials. According to industry sources on Tuesday (August 1, 2023), the South

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Biotechnology Organization Lists Farm Bill Priorities

by Sabrina Halvorson (Southeast AgNet Radio Network) Farm Bill priorities for the biotech industry. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) says the next Farm Bill offers opportunities to invest in long-term food security, climate resiliency, and growing the

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Biomass Feedstocks and Supply-Chains

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Here’s the State of Biomass Feedstocks and Supply-Chains presentation from the ABLC CONNECT series episode. Available supply, conventional crops, new crops and trees, cover crops, R&D initiatives, consortia — a comprehensive but compact look at the industry in

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CO2 Utilization: Biofuel from the Stack

by Katie Schroeder (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Utilization technologies are stimulating interest in ethanol producers’ constant coproduct, carbon dioxide. An initiative from the U.S. Department of Energy has formed the CO2 Reduction and Upgrading for E-fuels Consortium—or CO2RUe—made up of labs across the

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Ecostrat and Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zones

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Jordan Solomon of  EcoStrat presented these slides at ABLC 2023 in a look at BioEconomy Development Opportunity Zones — the rationale, the early adopters, the results to date, the process, the features and the benefits.  READ

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Allotrope Partners LLC, Axens North America and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas to Study Commercial Production of Low Carbon Biofuel Using Woody Biomass from Forest Thinning in California

(Sumitomo Corporation of Americas)  Allotrope Partners LLC ("Allotrope"), Axens North America ("Axens"), and Sumitomo Corporation of Americas ("SCOA") announced the signing of an agreement to develop a Joint Study for a commercial plant producing cellulosic bioethanol, utilizing the Axens Futurol™ process,

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to the State of Renewable Chemicals and Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Here’s the State of Renewable Chemicals and Materials presentation from the ABLC CONNECT series episode.The Value Stack, planned capacity, mandates, incentives, major players and their recent activities, pathways, mandates around the world, molecules, and markets. It’s a comprehensive

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GAIL, LanzaTech Enter Strategic Partnership to Explore Biorecycling Carbon Waste into Fuels and Chemicals

(LanzaTech/Yahoo!)  GAIL (India) Limited, India’s largest natural gas company and LanzaTech Global, Inc., (Nasdaq: LNZA)—an innovative carbon capture and utilization (“CCU”) company that converts waste carbon into products that people use in their daily lives—have entered a partnership to explore innovative

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Circular Bioeconomy Conversations in Nebraska, Around the World

(Solutions from the Land) The circles of life are catching on, in and beyond agriculture. Ray Gaesser has been talking about the circles of life on his farm in Iowa for years, and circular agricultural systems were the main focus of the recent Iowa Smart Agriculture Forum.  But

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The Urgent Need for Ethanol Cooking in Africa

by Douglas L. Faulkner (“The Cleantech Conservative”) and Gerard J. Ostheimer (Clean Energy Ministerial Biofuture Campaign) (Biofuels Digest) We have argued in the Digest that bio-based fuels, chemicals, and materials ought to be a cornerstone of the modern African economy.   In

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Fish Farm Waste Can Be Used to Produce Biogas, Study Shows

by Victor Lobanov (University of Gothenburg/Phys.Org) Digesting fish waste can allow circular fish and vegetable farms (aquaponics) to produce biogas that can be fed back into the energy system of these farms. This also generates excellent nutrition for plants, according

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TIME100 Most Influential Companies 2023 ... LanzaTech

(Time Magazine) ... To create TIME100 Companies, our editors, led by Emma Barker, seek nominations from across sectors, and poll our global network of contributors and correspondents, as well as outside experts. Then we evaluate each on key factors, including impact,

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Hexas Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Hexas Biomass is a biomaterials company focused on the production and use of sustainable plant-based materials to replace wood and petroleum-based feedstocks in multiple applications, including energy, chemicals, packaging, textiles, and structural/non-structural applications. CEO Wendy

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Feedstocks of the Future for a Circular U.S. Bioeconomy: A Summary from a Stakeholder Convening

(Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research) The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) and Schmidt Futures partnered for a convening to identify strategic research opportunities to advance the circular bioeconomy—an economy that uses waste as inputs and is enabled by

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EUBCE 2023 Marks the Return to Real-World Interaction

(Bioenergy International) ... Over 1 500 delegates from 79 countries convened in Bologna, Italy earlier this week to discuss the use of biomass in a circular and sustainable economy. ... The chairwoman of the conference, Isabella de Bari of the Italian Energy

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Unlocking the Deployment of Advanced Bioethanol Refineries

by Melich Seefeldt (Praj Industries/Biofuels Digest)  Advanced bioethanol (also named 2G or cellulosic bioethanol from inedible biomass) and its co-products lignin, stillage, and biogenic CO2 are sustainable key tools to decarbonize the difficult-to-abate transport sector. In addition, they can be

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to MetGen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Bioprocessing solutions for next gen biorefineries is what MetGen is about, and this illuminating slide guide from ABLC 2023 highlights how they maximize the value for biomass, de-bottleneck a biorefinery, all about the enzymatic lignin

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Consider Corn Challenge DEADLINE June 30, 2023

(National Corn Growers Association) The National Corn Growers Association invites proposals for new uses of field corn as a feedstock for producing sustainable chemicals and products with quantifiable market demand. The Consider Corn Challenge IV is about finding game-changing new uses

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to the NCGA Corn-to-Chemicals Challenge

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Here NCGA’s Sarah McKay and friends look at the Consider Corn Open corn-to-chemicals challenge to catalyze innovation and investment in this illuminating slide guide from ABLC 2023. What’s the role of corn and starch in

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Aemetis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In this presentation, Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee took the ABLC 2023 stage in Washington DC to outline the company’s milestones, technology, financial estimates, policy asks, its portfolio of Carbon Zero One projects, and the company’s

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Plant Based Summit --- June 13-15, 2023 --- Lille, France

PBS is the international event for bioeconomy where biobased chemistry actors and end-users build together tomorrow’s sustainable economy.   In June 2023, Plant Based Summit will launch its 7th edition in Lille, with an even sharpened positioning on the innovation, the co-development

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IEA Bioenergy Annual Report 2022

(IEA Bioenergy) The IEA Bioenergy Annual Report 2022 includes the summary of a special feature article ‘Material and Energy Valorization of Waste as Part of a Circular Model’ prepared by Task 36 (full article available here). The Annual Report also features a report

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EcoCeres Announces Its First 100% Agricultural Waste Produced Cellulosic Ethanol Shipment to Europe, Turning a New Chapter in Renewable Biofuels

(EcoCeres/PR Newswire)  EcoCeres, Inc., an Asia-based innovative bio-refinery company with strong R&D capability, is excited to announce its first shipment of 100% agricultural waste-produced cellulosic ethanol to the European markets, a milestone the company achieved after commissioning yet another ground-breaking facility in China.

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Aston University Biofuel Experts Advise on How Ukraine Can Build Back Greener

(Ashton University) Aston University biofuel experts provide advice on Ukraine’s recovery; Professor Patricia Thornley and Dr Vesna Najdanovic were invited to Royal Society conference; Outcomes will be presented to policymakers at Ukraine Recovery Conference in June. Two Aston University scientists have

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DOE Launches New Energy Earthshot to Decarbonize Transportation and Industrial Sectors

(U.S. Department of Energy) The Clean Fuels & Products ShotTM Will Reduce Emissions and Develop Cost-Effective Fuels and Products for Aviation, Marine, and Other Hard-to-Decarbonize Sector -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the launch of the Clean Fuels & Products

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Feedstocks of the Future for a Circular U.S. Bioeconomy --- June 5, 2023 --- ONLINE

In March 2023, Schmidt Futures and the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) partnered to identify strategic research opportunities to advance feedstocks of the future for a circular U.S. bioeconomy by convening 50 diverse stakeholders. The goal of the

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Kona: 2023 Sustainable Circular Economies-- Putting the Pieces Together --- July 17 – 19, 2023 --- Kona, Hawaii

Successful transformation to the Bioeconomy requires cross-disciplinary understanding informed by robust guiding principles on what it means to be sustainable. This three-day conference addresses this need for multidisciplinary "conversancy" so Bioeconomy professionals can be more effective leaders. Attendees will be prepared

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Executive Order 14081 Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy-Request for Information; National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative-Measuring the Bioeconomy Public Comment DEADLINE: June 12, 2023

(Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President)  The Chief Statistician of the United States (CSOTUS) in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, was charged

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Separations Technology Critical to Converting Biomass to Low-Carbon Biofuel

(Argonne National Laboratory/Department of Energy Newswise) BETO Bioprocessing Separations Consortium spotlights projects from three-year work period -- Biofuel use to increase in the U.S. Biomass — organic material from plants, agricultural waste and wet waste, among others — has been in use since

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Tipping the Scale on CO2 Levels: Fast-Tracking Bioeconomy Decarbonization

by Mauricio Villegas (Koch Modular Process Systems/Biofuels Digest) ... When we consider the decarbonization of industrial processes, various methods exist to achieve this goal, including substituting non-petroleum feedstocks, recycling petroleum-based feedstocks, and CO2 capture. Below, we will explore three approaches applied today

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1st European B+ Summit: Decarbonising HDVs with Higher Biodiesel Blends

by Xavier Noyon (EurActiv/European Biodiesel Board)  The 1st European B+ Summit conference, held in Estoril, Portugal, from 26 to 28 April 2023, brought together industry players from across Europe to discuss the decarbonisation of Heavy-Duty Vehicles (HDVs) through higher biodiesel

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) With proven technology at the nexus of two mandated markets, industrial and consumer — LanzaTech has been on fire in recent months. Here’s more on their commercial operating plants, plants scheduled to complete construction in

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Rural Development

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Inflation Reduction Act provides nearly $40 billion for USDA over the next 10 years to improve life and livelihoods in rural communities. Specific investments include: $19.3 billion for climate-smart agriculture on farms, ranches, and

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France: Morning in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ... It has been getting better in Brussels in recent months, but it has all been focused on mobility. Everyone wants renewable plastics but when it comes to transformative carbon schemes, it is still in the

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Visolis and Ginkgo Bioworks Announce Partnership to Improve Microbial Strain for Bio-Isoprene and Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production

(Gingko Bioworks/PR Newswire)  Partnership aims to enable cost-effective decarbonization of rubber tire manufacturing and sustainable aviation fuel production --   Visolis, a company combining advanced bioengineering with chemical catalysis to provide sustainable, carbon-negative materials, today announced a partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks (NYSE: DNA),

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Brazil: Air Liquide Develops Biomethane Stations for Farmers to Produce Their Own Fuel

(Air Liquide/AltFuels) Air Liquide developed a solution for the reuse of organic waste on farms: the AG050 and AG100 biomethane stations, which process the biogas derived from the decomposition of these elements and transform it into biomethane. This renewable natural gas

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Breaking Down Barriers to Bio-Based Investment with Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zone Ratings

(Ecostrat) National Workshop Agreement on Bioeconomy Development Opportunity (BDO) Zones -- In order to help catalyze and accelerate clean fuels project development in Canada, the Standards Council of Canada supported a Workshop Agreement led by Ecostrat to identify key siting

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Reflecting on the RSB Ports Meeting 2023

(RSB) ... (I)n the beautiful city of Copenhagen, RSB hosted a brand-new event for RSB members and invited stakeholders, in partnership with Maersk, ClimateWorks Foundation, Copenhagen Airports and Topsoe. From 22nd to 23rd March, RSB brought together key stakeholders from across industry and civil society for two days

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Nippon Gases to Build a New Plant in Zörbig

(Nippon Gases) Nippon Gases to build a new plant for liquefaction and processing of biogenic CO2 in Zörbig (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) -- Nippon Gases Deutschland, a European subsidiary of Nippon Sanso Holdings Corporation (NSHD), is set to cooperate with VERBIO Vereinigte

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The Bioeconomy’s Role in Global Emissions Reduction, Part 1: Biofuels and Biomaterials

(World Bio Market Insights) ... Biofuels and biomaterials are keystone climate mitigation technologies. A 2023 study estimated that if all plastics today were replaced with biobased ones, greenhouse gas emissions savings could equal 369 megatonnes, or around 1% of global emissions.  However, the carbon-reducing

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NTPC and Chempolis Have Partnered to Conduct a Feasibility Study for a Bamboo-Based Bio-refinery in Bongaigaon, Assam

(Chemopolis) NTPC, the largest power-generating utility in India, and Chempolis India, a Fortum group associate Co & a leading Finnish biorefining technology provider, have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding on 10.04.2023 to explore the feasibility of setting up a Bamboo

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Biofuels Growth Is about 'Adding Value' for Farmers and Communities

by Jenny Schlecht (AgWeb) North Dakota has three soybean crush plants in the works. Those largely will produce soybean meal for animal feed. But a big and growing piece of the puzzle is biofuels made from soybean oil. ... The region — and

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Preparing a Renewable Route to Rubber Material

(King Abdullah University of Science and Technology/Phys.Org) ...  Butadiene, an essential component of synthetic rubber, is currently produced by the petrochemical industry from fossil reserves. But it could be efficiently made in a one-step reaction from renewable ethanol using a modernized

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to BioLPG and the Global LPG Partnership

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Global LPG Partnership is a United Nations-backed, non-profit Public-Private Partnership formed in 2012, under the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative. Its remit is to assist developing countries and their stakeholders to plan, finance

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The Road to Lumberton: TerraStar Energy and Emerging Fuels Technology Strike a Deal for Biomass-to-Fuels Scaled to Feedstock

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ...  TerraStar Energy and Emerging Fuels Technology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to license EFT’s Fischer-Tropsch  and Maxx Jet/Maxx Diesel proprietary technology to build a fleet of FLEXplants; small-scale, modular renewable diesel facilities. Small ball Recently the Due Diligence Wolfpack has been

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Cemvita Unveils eCO2 Pilot Plant: Transforming CO2 Emissions into Renewable Feedstocks and Fertilizers

(Cemvita/Business Wire) eCO2TM platform promises to alleviate feedstock shortage and produce carbon-negative fuels and chemicals at competitive market rates  --  Cemvita, the standard for biosolutions in the energy industry, today announced the opening of a pilot plant in Houston, TX. The

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Rural Business – Cooperatives Service

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers loan guarantees, grants, and technical assistance support of the bioeconomy and access to capital for Commercialization of emerging technologies; Production of biofuels and renewable chemicals and manufacturing of biobased products;

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GLBRC Receives Five Year Funding Renewal

by Chris Hubbuch (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a University of Wisconsin–Madison based research center another five years of funding to develop sustainable alternatives to gasoline, diesel and other hydrocarbon fuels as well as

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AlgaePrize Competition Technology Innovation: Developing the Next Generation of Bioenergy Professionals

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The 2022-2023 AlgaePrize competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and supported by the Algae Foundation and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, challenges students to become the next generation of

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White House OSTP Outlines Goals for U.S. Biotechnology and Manufacturing

by Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton (Bergeson & Campbell) As reported in our March 30, 2023, blog item, on March 22, 2023, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a new report, Bold Goals for U.S. Biotechnology

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DOD Publishes Biomanufacturing Strategy and RFI on Biomanufactured Products and Process Capabilities DEADLINE April 19, 2023

by Lynn L. Bergeson and Carla N. Hutton (Bergeson & Campbell) As part of the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) announced in September 2022 an investment of $1.2 billion in bioindustrial domestic manufacturing infrastructure

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International Study Develops Ground-Breaking Method of Making Biodiesel from Dirty Old Cooking Oil

by Alan Williams (University of Plymouth) A scientist from the University of Plymouth has played a key role in new research which has developed a powerful, low-cost method for recycling used cooking oil and agricultural waste into biodiesel, and turning food

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BioConnect Iowa: Empowering Iowa’s Next Wave of Entrepreneurs

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Iowa’s well-earned reputation as a bioscience powerhouse stems from the state’s unwavering commitment to innovation and collaboration. Organizations such as BioConnect Iowa, in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), fuel this legacy by helping aspiring entrepreneurs transform

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Marquis

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Marquis has become the first well known ethanol producer to step into the world of ethanol-to-jet in a partnership with LanzaJet. The promise and progress, milestones achieved and ahead, were presented by Marquis’ Jennifer Aurandt-Pilgrim

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Wastewater to Energy: New Treatment Process Can Improve Biorefinery Sustainability

(Univeristy of Illinois at Urgana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment/EurekAlert!) CABBI design simultaneously treats water and recovers biogas, generating revenue and reducing GHG emissions  -- Wastewater from biorefineries that convert plants into fuel is full of organic materials that cannot

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Habemus Feedstock?
 The Conclave Gathers: The Pursuit of Circular Feedstocks for 
Renewable Chemicals and Materials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ... Yes, you can feed CO2, water and sunlight to the Terebinth and it will produce a precursor to clear plastic bottles. The two other precursors can be made from plant sugars (ethylene glycol) and

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Everything, Everywhere, All At Once: The African Bio-Economy Story

by Douglas L. Faulkner and Gerard J. Ostheimer (Biofuels Digest) With a nod to the Oscar winning movie of the same name, we want to convey a sense of where the African Bioeconomy is now, where it could be headed, and

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Heard on the Floor at ABLC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “We’re out of time”. ... The subject was deployment vs development, whether we should go with what we have as opposed to waiting for better technology to come along. The context was the new report out from IPCC,

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The 50 Hottest Companies in the Bioeconomy 2023

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Digest released the rankings for the 50 Hottest Companies in the Bioeconomy. Out of more than 2,000 sector companies, the winners are:  READ MORE

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White House Wants to Hear from You about Its "New Bold Goals and Priorities to Advance American Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing"

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “You can do good and do well,” concluded Jim Lane, editor and publisher of the Daily Digest at the Presidential Forum on Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation which opened the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference in Washington,

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to BASF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) One of the bioeconomy’s largest public companies has an updated presentation out — all the markets, technologies, sources of revenues, trends, lines of business — launch-stage, growth-stage, maturity and end of life. The BASF team

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Biden Administration to Unveil “Bold Goals” for Biotechnology, Biomanufacturing --- March 22, 2023 --- Washington, DC and ONLINE

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Biden Administration unveiled bold new goals for biotechnology and biomanufacturing, plus a new report — a delegation of 14 high-ranking officials are headed to ABLC 2023 this week in the capital to provide

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to Amyris

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Powered by Amyris. Powerful words — the company ingredients and products are used all over the world. But how exactly does the company make “people and our planet healthier as the leading provider of clean,

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DOE Announces $590 Million to Increase Bioenergy Research

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Funding to Four Bioenergy Research Centers Will Help Strengthen Diversity of Domestic Clean Energy Sources, Enhance Our Energy Security, and Revitalize Rural Economies -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $590 million to renew its

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McAfee Wins 2023 Global Bioeconomy Leadership Award

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ... I don’t know exactly how many companies Eric McAfee has founded, it’s a little like guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar, but I can say a few words about a couple of

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2023 Biorenewables Symposium --- April 20-21, 2023 --- State College, PA and ONLINE

The fields of bioenergy and biorenewables have seen and continue to experience unprecedented growth, as the world seeks to shift its economy to a sustainable, renewable basis. Penn State's Center for Biorenewables works to catalyze this transformation through innovation and education

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USDA Celebrates Inaugural National Biobased Products Day

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Department Also Announces BioPreferred® Program “Excellence in Procurement” Award Winners for 2022  --  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today kicked off the inaugural National Biobased Products Day and highlighted the accomplishments of people and organizations working

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Want More Bioeconomy Capacity, Sooner? Our 4-Point Plan to Relieve the Investor’s Tour of Terror

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ... But it is only the world’s second-scariest rollercoaster, because the scariest one is the Tour of Terror in building a bioeconomy project. Strategics bail when oil prices go low; formulator adoption is poorly understood; there’s a

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VIDEO: Chevy's Rob Buckner on Shell's New Renewable IndyCar Fuel

by Marshall Pruit (Racer Magazine)  Team Chevy IndyCar program manager and engine guru Rob Buckner takes RACER’s Marshall Pruett inside the championship-winning manufacturer’s integration of Shell’s new 100-percent renewable fuel which powers every NTT IndyCar Series entry.  READ MORE SHELL PROUD

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USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum: SAF, Carbon Markets, and the Future of Biotechnology

by Dimitar Alimaskoski (BIO.News)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) held the 99th Agricultural Outlook Forum last week, where many speakers highlighted the potential of biotechnology and bio-based products. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack opened the event by promoting climate-smart agriculture, sustainable aviation fuel, and other

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Western Regional Research Center

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The USDA Western Regional Research Center has ~350 people, ~45 in bioproducts & biofuels. It’s part of the Agricultural Research Service, the ARS is the in-house research arm of the USDA. They partner with companies

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA Efforts in Support of the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Inflation Reduction Act provides nearly $40 billion for USDA over the next 10 years to improve life and livelihoods in rural communities. Specific investments include: $19.3 billion for climate-smart agriculture on farms, ranches, and

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The Digest’s 2023 Multi-Slide Guide to the USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service offers  loan guarantees, grants, and technical assistance support of the bioeconomy and access to capital for Commercialization of emerging technologies; Production of biofuels and renewable chemicals and manufacturing of biobased products;

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Aemetis Hosts California Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross at Keyes Biofuels Facility and Dairy RNG Sites

(Aemetis)  Visit Highlights Aemetis Leadership on Circular Bioeconomy, Supporting Climate Change Mitigation Through Use of Agricultural Waste to Manufacture Negative Carbon Intensity Gas & Biofuels  --   Aemetis, Inc.(NASDAQ: AMTX), a renewable natural gas and renewable fuels company focused on negative

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First in Technology, First in Commercialization, First in the Hearts of the Bioeconomy: a Presidents’ Day Look at LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) ... The timelines of the company’s development may have been pushed back here and there by pandemic, but the patience of LanzaTech’s worldwide cadre of fans was rewarded when news arrived from the Financial Temples of

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Show Me the Economics!: Stand out to Investors and Partners by Tackling Their Biggest Concern Upfront

by Steve Weiss (Grey Heron/Biofuels Digest)  In the bioeconomy, you need to compete for attention – of investors, customers, analysts, press, and new hires. It’s not enough to be green, or to trumpet the latest tech: you need to show how

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The Promise of Advancing Biomanufacturing Innovation

by Greg Potter and Glenn Farris (Lipiferm Scientific andFarris Advisory Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  On September 12, 2022, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order to Advance Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation to support solutions in health, climate change, energy, food security,

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LanzaTech and AMCI Acquisition Corp. II Announce Closing of Business Combination, Establishing First Public Carbon Capture and Transformation Company

(LanzaTech/Business Wire) On February 10, 2023, LanzaTech’s common stock and public warrants expected to begin trading on Nasdaq under the ticker symbols LNZA and LNZAW, respectively. Total transaction proceeds of approximately $240 million expected to fund business plan through estimated cashflow

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