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New and improved routes to Low Carbon Fuels, Chemicals and Materials: Re-Thinking the Global Bioeconomy

By Tammy Klein, Douglas Faulkner and Gerard J. Ostheimer, Ph.D. Special to The Digest The development of the global bioeconomy has made great leaps and strides over the past 10 years, but it has also had its fair share of … Continue reading

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The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 26 advantaged biobased chemical platforms

The problem: The vast number of potential chemicals and products that could be made from biomass makes prioritization of research difficult for optimizing market viability, cost competitiveness, environmental benefits, and supply chain development. The project: This CEMAC/DOE initiative studied 160 potential … Continue reading

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Landfill-to-Anything-Soon, Puleeze: in search of new energy, materials from waste

The names seem less settled than the markets or science: is it biogas, biomethane, renewable natural gas, or RNG? Whatever your preferred name, you don’t have to burn it to make it hot — methane of the kind generated from … Continue reading

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Etihad teams with Tadweer on aviation biofuels from MSW

In the UAE, Gulf News reports that Etihad Airways has signed an MOU with Tadweer, the Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center, to develop aviation biofuels from municipal solid waste with the end goal of the airline using the fuel for … Continue reading

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Cadiz port receives biodiesel for first time in 15 years

In Spain, Ports Europe reports that for the first time in 15 years, biodiesel has landed at the Port of Cadiz. The 7,000 metric tons of Malaysian biodiesel was shipped from the Port Klang and imported by Olivia Petroleum. The … Continue reading

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Increased ethanol demand seen slow in ramping up when goes year-round

In Illinois, Reuters reports that Pro Petroleum expects year-round E15 to lead to minimal additional demand for ethanol in the short term due to legal challenges against the policy shift that may be mounted. If demand was generated, however, the … Continue reading

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South Korea switches Brazilian ethanol for Pakistani

In South Korea, Platts says Pakistan has become the origin of preference for ENA and REN industrial ethanol imports over Brazil due to appreciation of the Brazilian Real and softening prices expected for Pakistani product. With ongoing extended dryness leading … Continue reading

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E5 demand finally picking up in Ho Chi Minh City

In Vietnam, the Saigon Times reports that the government’s efforts to promote E5 are at last beginning to pay off as consumption rises in Ho Chi Minh City to more than 30,000 cubic meters per month, more than 3.5 times … Continue reading

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REA successful in demoing biodiesel production from brown FOG

In Connecticut, REA Resource Recovery Systems has teamed with the University of Connecticut to produce biodiesel from brown FOG collected from the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority. The company demoed its technology to the governor last month. Previously, … Continue reading

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research scores grant to research use of waste products from cellulosic biofuel production

In Texas, a $2.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office to Texas A&M AgriLife Research will help researchers investigate potential discoveries for waste products used in lignocellulosic biofuel production, turning them into valuable agents used … Continue reading

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RFA hosting webinar looking at impacts of year-round E15

In Washington, on the heels of President Trump’s announcement that a rulemaking will begin soon to allow E15 year-round across the country, there has been a great deal of misinformation and confusion about what this means to fuel suppliers, retailers, … Continue reading

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Canadian Marijuana Legalization Day – Can Pot Save Synthetic Biology From the Next Biotechnology Crater?

By Sam Nejame Special to The Digest This Wednesday, October 17th, is Canadian Marijuana Legalization Day. For the first time Canadians will be able to legally buy pot for recreational use countrywide. Edibles, which are harder to regulate, will come … Continue reading

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Report shows biofuels key to zero emissions by 2030 for marine sector

In the UK, a recent report by Lloyd’s Register and UMAS, ‘Zero Emission Vessels 2030’, aimed to assess the viability of these low/zero-emission fuels and technologies through the economic lens (i.e. profitability). The report looks at five ship types and … Continue reading

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Arla teams with Scania to introduce rapeseed-based biodiesel transportation fleet

In Sweden, Arla, which is a farmer-owned cooperative involving 11,000 farms in seven European countries, recently took a step further towards a fossil-free future with Scania’s symbolic handover of vehicle keys to signify a deal to provide 48 vehicles powered … Continue reading

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Vietnam’s Dung Quat ethanol plant online after three-year hiatus

In Vietnam, after being offline for three years, the controversial Dung Quat ethanol plant resumed production over the weekend in a run-up to commercial production following tweaks that will be made later in the month after the trial run. Only … Continue reading

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Indian E10 policy could cut fuel prices by 4 cents per liter

In India, the Hindu Business Line reports that achieving a 10% ethanol blend could reduce the price of fuel at the pump by 4 cents per liter. The government aimed to already have a 10% blending mandate in place by … Continue reading

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Australia’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal seeking comments on proposed E10

In Australia, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is seeking comments on its draft report on monitoring the wholesale and retail markets for ethanol used in fuel blends like E10. Ethanol-blended petrol has continued to become more widely available … Continue reading

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Indian plastic-to-biodiesel pilot set for January

In India, the Economic Times reports that a pilot plant producing biodiesel from plastic waste is set to for commissioning in January in Dehradun by the Indian Institute of Petroleum. The pilot can produce 800 liters of biodiesel from 1 … Continue reading

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VTT researchers team with partners to accelerate European bioeconomy

In Finland, the whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably and to promote the production of the best possible raw materials in order to increase the availability … Continue reading

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EPA seen announcing E15 and RIN reforms by February

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce its reform proposals for not just year-round E15 but also for RIN trading reforms by February. The EPA says that if it announces rules by February then the … Continue reading

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