Monthly Archives: February 2020

Japanese consortium to study SAF production using Fulcrum Bioenergy’s technology

In Japan, Japan Airlines, Marubeni, JXTG Nippon Oil and Energy and JGC Japan have agreed to jointly conduct a feasibility study on Sustainable Aviation Fuel production and sales in Japan through the use of industrial and municipal waste, including plastic … Continue reading

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Gevo awarded $104,686 grant from Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund

In Colorado, Gevo, Inc. has been awarded A$159,000 (US$104,686) part of The Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund to support the development of waste to biofutures projects in Queensland, Australia. The W2B fund provides targeted funding for pilot, demonstration or … Continue reading

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Dutch consortium to develop large-scale green hydrogen project

In the Netherlands, a consortium of Gasunie, Groningen Seaports and Shell Nederland announced that they intend to launch the NortH2 project: the production of green hydrogen using renewable electricity generated by a mega offshore wind farm, 3 to 4 gigawatts in … Continue reading

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RIN prices jump 25% after SRE policy reform news

In Washington, Reuters reports that RIN prices jumped 25% on the back of the news that the Trump Administration was going to overhaul the issuance of small refinery hardship waivers which should increase demand for ethanol, and therefore RINs. On … Continue reading

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Drax teams with Econic Technologies to produce plastic from captured CO2

In the UK, Drax announced a new partnership with cleantech company Econic Technologies to explore the potential for using captured carbon dioxide from its biomass power generation to displace oil in the production of plastic products, using its pioneering catalyst … Continue reading

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Sekisui Chemical and Sumitomo Chemical join up to produce polyolefin from waste feedstock

In Japan, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. and Sumitomo Chemical Company have agreed to form a strategic alliance to benefit society by deploying technology for manufacturing polyolefin using waste as a raw material. This alliance combines Sekisui Chemical’s production technology for … Continue reading

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Researcher develop enzyme from mustard seed waste for laundry and biofuels

In the UK, an international team of researchers has developed an enzyme produced from agricultural waste that could be used as an important additive in laundry detergents. By using an enzyme produced from a by-product of mustard seeds, they hope … Continue reading

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EPA says still studying appeals court ruling before deciding on SRE reform

In Washington, although Bloomberg reported earlier this week that the Trump Administration was going to revamp how refinery hardship waivers are awarded, Reuters reports that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency says the agency is still reviewing last month’s … Continue reading

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The Competitive Edge: AmericaBio

Q: What was the reason for founding your organization – what was the open niche you saw that could be addressed with a new product or service? What was the problem, or gap, or opportunity? Our company develops technologies for … Continue reading

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Improving Algal Strains with Genomics: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Genetic and Synthetic Biology Tools for Algae Productivity

Wild type algal strains don’t have the productivity and robust growth characteristics needed to push algae forward as a biofuel feedstock, but researchers are working on changing that. Stephen Mayfield from the University of California San Diego, shared the latest … Continue reading

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Plant-based PEF Plan to Commercialization: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Avantium’s Renewable Polymers

We may love our pet, but do we love fossil-based PET? Don’t worry, PEF is working on kicking PET out of the plastics space. PEF is one of the most interesting plant-based polymers right now and Avantium is looking to PEF … Continue reading

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Iodide salts make biocatalysts stable for fuel cells

In Germany, oxygen inactivates biocatalysts for energy conversion even under a protective film within a short time and researchers at the Ruhr University Bochum discovered that the addition of iodide salts to the electrolyte can prevent this and considerably extend … Continue reading

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Indonesia prepares for battle in Switzerland over RED and palm oil

In Switzerland, Indonesia and the EU met in Geneva last week for a WTO consultation over the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The Palm Oil Monitor reports that the meeting is the culmination of a months-long public battle of words … Continue reading

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New land use report urges increase of bioenergy crops in the UK

In the United Kingdom, the UK should increase its use of bioenergy crops to deliver carbon savings, according to a new report issued by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), entitled “Land use: Policies for a net zero UK”, stating … Continue reading

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Up to $5.7M available through Agile BioFoundry directed funding opportunity

In California, the Agile BioFoundry (ABF) National Laboratory consortium is overseeing a Directed Funding Opportunity (DFO) to accelerate innovation and adoption of new biomanufacturing approaches, as well as foster growth of the bioeconomy. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s … Continue reading

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IKEA Finland looks to Neste’s renewable diesel for reaching emission-free deliveries by 2025

In Finland, Neste and IKEA Finland are offering lower emission home deliveries for Finnish consumers as IKEA gradually started using Neste MY Renewable Diesel in its home deliveries in the Helsinki capital region and around Raisio, a town in south-western … Continue reading

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UFOP questions straw’s feedstock potential for “advanced” biofuels

In Germany, UFOP reports that straw is a scarce commodity and not waste, making it a sought-after resource, but that the use of grain straw for biofuels production should take a back seat. UFOP questioned the current political preference in … Continue reading

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Co-Optima funding opportunity to accelerate biofuels, up to $2M

In California, the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative focuses on developing new high-performance fuels that, when combined with advanced combustion approaches, can boost engine efficiency and cut emissions. To accelerate adoption of new fuels and blendstocks from renewable … Continue reading

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Amyris’s clean beauty business on track for over 250% year on year sales growth

In California, Amyris, Inc. reports its Clean Beauty business comprising Biossance, Pipette and the company’s squalane ingredients business is off to much better than expected growth for 2020. Year to date through February 18, 2020, sales through the Biossance brand’s … Continue reading

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USDA targets 30% biofuels by 2050

  In Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Agriculture Innovation Agenda, specifically, focusing on stimulating innovation so that American agriculture can achieve the goal of increasing production by 40% while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. … Continue reading

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