Monthly Archives: January 2018

Affordable, green hydrogen — it is here, near, or nowhere in sight (again)?

News arrives from Israel’s Technion Institute that they have developed a stable catalyst that can split water at extravagantly low energy-levels – and haven’t ruled out being able to split water with energy levels obtainable from the sun. Before you … Continue reading

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The Pitch: The Digest 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to presenting biotechnology scale-up during fundraising

Warner Advisors LLC is a consulting firm focused on delivering commercialization assistance for emerging technology clients in biofuels, biochemicals and food —  focus is on early stage technology start-ups in the emerging bioeconomy. The company’s expertise in commercialization ranges from … Continue reading

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Bringing Innovative Foods to Market

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest Food is a rapidly changing landscape with many emerging technologies; meat without the cow, eggs without the chicken and sushi without the fish to name a few. These products … Continue reading

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Aries Clean Energy Receives $25 Million Commitment of Project Equity from Spring Lane Capital

We dreamed of the day waste projects would get the funding needed to gain ground, and that day may have finally come. One of the most remembered parts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech is … Continue reading

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Alkol Biotech LOI could lead to Europe’s largest biorefinery

In the United Kingdom, Alkol Biotech signed a Letter of Intent with an EU-funded consortium called Bioforever to source up to 500,000 tons of biomass, which if it moves heads, it would lead to the construction of Europe’s largest biorefinery. … Continue reading

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Steeper Energy in licensing deal with Silva Green Fuel advanced biofuel project

In Denmark, Steeper Energy, a Danish-Canadian clean-fuel company, is partnering with Silva Green Fuel, a Norwegian-Swedish joint venture, to construct a EUR 50.6 M (nearly $62 million) industrial scale demonstration plant at a former pulp mill located in Tofte, Norway … Continue reading

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United Airlines Flies on Top of Newsweek’s 2017 Green Rankings

In Illinois, United Airlines ranked number one among global carriers in Newsweek’s 2017 Global 500 Green Rankings, which conducts environmental performance assessments of the world’s largest publicly traded companies and ranks them accordingly. United placed 59th among 500 U.S. brands … Continue reading

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Brazil raises soybean and corn crop estimates for 2017-18

In Brazil, Platts is reporting that Brazilian official crop agency Conab raised its crop estimates for soybeans and corn in 2017-18, as improved weather boosts yields and planted areas are revised higher. Conab said in a monthly report that the … Continue reading

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South Korean ethanol imports up 39%

In South Korea, ethanol imports increased 39% year on year to 261,584 mt in 2017, according to data released by Korea Customs Service. According to Platts, imports of denatured ethanol surged by 238% over the year to 117,782 mt in … Continue reading

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Rapeseed supply shortfall in EU

In Germany, UFOP reports that the supply situation in the EU 28 rapeseed market continues to be tight in 2017/18. However, with production growing more strongly than consumption, imports are expected to decline. Stocks are set to remain stable. The … Continue reading

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NASA and DLR conducting flight tests on alternative fuel emissions

In Germany, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are set to conduct joint research flights in Germany for the first time. The focus will be on alternative fuel emissions and the characterization … Continue reading

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Malaysia fighting back on proposed EU palm oil ban

In Malaysia, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas told Black Sea Grain that Sarawak palm oil producers are now under threat from the proposed European Union ban on palm oil as part of the Renewable Energy Directive. Uggah … Continue reading

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The Long, Long, Long Journey to Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Bioeconomy Investing

What are the true drivers of Innovation and what are the returns for investors — what’s up and what works? There is just not a more authentic authority on the subject than long-time venture capitalist Roger Wyse, managing partner of Spruce … Continue reading

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Higher natural gas prices to bite into ethanol margins

In Illinois, higher natural gas prices as a result of the major cold snap across much of the US is expected to weigh on profits of ethanol producers as their costs rise in response. Logistical challenges in moving product to … Continue reading

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Tadweer to open UCO recycling facility in Abu Dhabi by year’s end

In the UAE, Tadweer will open the Abu Dhabi’s first used cooking oil recycling facility by the end of the year where it will produce biodiesel and other products. The project is in line with the government’s goal to reduce … Continue reading

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Cold weather pushes R11 rail premium to highest in more than a year

In Illinois, as cold weather continues to make transporting ethanol a challenge, Platts is reporting the premium for the R11 rail premium is at its highest against the Argo price in more than a year at $1.2750/gal Monday and higher … Continue reading

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EIA data shows ethanol production finally below 1 billion barrels per day

In Washington, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 996,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 41.83 million gallons daily. That is down 37,000 b/d from the week before and the first time in 13 weeks … Continue reading

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Global Green Chemical to approve plans for $218.5 million biorefinery by Q3

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports that Global Green Chemical expects to approve the plans for developing its $218.5 million biorefinery complex by the third quarter this year. The facility will be located near sugar miller Kaset Thai International Sugar … Continue reading

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European Commission says no palm oil ban currently in place

In Belgium, Euractiv reports the European Commission believes it is not going against World Trade Organization rules with the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive that seeks to drastically cut the amount of crop-based biofuels used in the EU by … Continue reading

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N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative awards $1 million to research grants

In North Carolina, N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative recently awarded $1 million in grants for 11 research projects to boost bioenergy opportunities and production in the state. Below is a list of grant amounts, recipients and projects: $91,944 to the N.C. … Continue reading

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