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Brazilian June hydrous ethanol sales up 5% on May

In Brazil, Platts reports ANP data shows June hydrous ethanol sales fell nearly 23% on the year at 1.33 billion liters but it was 5% higher than May, indicating slow recovery to the fuel market following three months of social … Continue reading

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Sen. Grassley says EPA has received DOE guidance on SRE “gap” requests

In Washington, Reuters reports that Senator Chuck Grassley says the Environmental Protection Agency has received guidance from the Department of Energy on the 58 “gap” requests for small refinery hardship waivers. Although the EPA didn’t respond to a request for … Continue reading

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ADM not sure when it will reopen idled dry milling ethanol plants

In Iowa, Brownfield Ag News reports that despite initial expectations that it would idle dry mill ethanol plants in Iowa and Nebraska for four months, ADM said last week it wasn’t sure of when they would reopen. Originally idled in … Continue reading

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Crush margins tighten as Chicago Argo ethanol prices slide

In Illinois, Platts reports its crush margin calculations show a sharp drop in ethanol prices that outweighed a fall in corn futures narrowed the crush margin by 8.49 cents over the past week to 5.81 cents per gallon. Platts says … Continue reading

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Steeper Energy Canada signs MOU with Calgary to produce fuel from sewage

In Canada, the City of Calgary and Steeper Energy Canada Ltd. signed an MoU regarding the future transformation of the city’s sewage sludge and other urban generated bio-organic wastes for the production of sustainable biofuels such as renewable diesel or … Continue reading

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Petrobras waiting for green light from ANP to take renewable diesel production commercial

In Brazil, following the successful production of renewable diesel from soy oil, Reuters reports Petrobras says it is ready to move to commercial scale production as soon as the ANP green lights sales of the fuel. The company announced earlier … Continue reading

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Indian researchers show how PPE can be used as biofuel feedstock

In India, plastic from used personal protective equipment (PPE) can, and should, be transformed into renewable liquid fuels—according to a new study, published in the peer-reviewed Taylor & Francis journal Biofuels. Experts from The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies … Continue reading

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Concerns US ambassador to Brazil helping Trump campaign by getting more ethanol quota

In Washington, the Des Moines Register reports the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security and Trade sent a letter to the US ambassador to Brazil over claims in … Continue reading

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Owning the Landscape: The Importance of Intellectual Property Rights in Engineered Biofuels

By David Fournier, Chair for Patent Prosecution and Portfolio Counseling, Perkins Coie LLP Special to The Digest Biocarbons are experiencing significant investment and growth as a drop-in replacement for fossil fuels in energy and metals production.  As companies move from found … Continue reading

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Biomass Alliance for Logistics Efficiency and Specifications: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BALES Bioenergy Feedstock Analysis

Bale analysis, probes, core samples – measuring and analysis of bioenergy feedstocks is key. In this illuminating slide guide from ABLC Digital, the Idaho National Laboratory, Antares Group, ASDI, and B Hames Consulting share how bale probes are a novel sensor … Continue reading

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Squid skills inspire military research

In Maryland, researchers at the US Army Research Institute are  developing a renewable, self-healing material inspired by squid teeth in the hopes it can be used to design self-repairing robots and uniforms. Squids catch and hold food using tentacles, which … Continue reading

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Boston company seeks to solve key infant formula shortcoming

In Boston, Massachusetts, biological engineering company Conagen has developed a process to produce lactoferrin, an abundant protein in breast milk that acts as an antimicrobial and antiviral agent. Currently, makers of infant formula rely on lactoferrin extracted from cow milk … Continue reading

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Pandemic pivot: Company converting dairy waste into alcohol switches to hand sanitizer production

In New York, New Age Renewable Energy has been converting dairy waste into hand sanitizers to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is taking whey acid byproduct from milk production to produce gallon containers, 55-galon drums, and 275-gallon tanks … Continue reading

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Bamboo bikes improve environment and education in Ghana

In Ghana, a local entrepreneur is producing bicycles from bamboo to provide an eco-friendlier method of transportation, create local jobs, and help children focus on their education. Bernice Dapaah tells the World Economic Forum that the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative … Continue reading

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Banana fiber PPE can combat pandemic without adding to plastics waste

In the Philippines, a natural fiber already used to produce tea bags and Japanese currency could be used to produce biodegradable personal protective equipment for preventing COVID-19 infection. “With this pandemic, if we all buy masks made of synthetic fiber, … Continue reading

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California company gets EPA Safer Choice nod for renewable surfactant

In California, Advanced BioCatalytics says it has received the coveted EPA Safer Choice Approval for Glucospike, a microbiology-based surfactant for cleaning applications. To qualify for the Safer Choice label, a product must meet EPA’s Safer Choice Standard, which includes stringent … Continue reading

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Vegan ice cream Brave Robot uses biotech to produce milk proteins

In California, food technology firm Perfect Day has expanded into animal-free dairy ice cream. Dubbed Brave Robot, the company uses genetically modified microflora to produce milk proteins casein and whey. After adding plant fats and other ingredients, the company is … Continue reading

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Animal-free meat solutions among Israeli food tech finalists

In Israel, winners of Calcalist’s Food Innovation contest for best startup working in food technology has named 11 finalists, including a handful of biotech solutions. The finalists include Amai Proteins, founded by Ilan Samish,  who says the company is the … Continue reading

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POET scaling up industrial alcohol production at two biorefineries

In South Dakota, POET is scaling up production of industrial and beverage-grade alcohol at two biorefineries. This will help meet growing demand due to market changes from COVID-19 while creating a new domestic market to boost the ag economy. Industrial … Continue reading

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Velocys completes and delivers four reactors to Red Rock Biofuels

In the UK, Velocys has completed the manufacturing and delivery of four reactors to Red Rock Biofuels (RRB). RRB has a further option to purchase an additional two reactors by the end of 2020. “We are very pleased to have … Continue reading

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