Monthly Archives: March 2019

New research says RFS is impacting monarch butterfly habitat

In Washington, D.C., new research prepared by the University of California-Davis, Kansas State University, and University of Wisconsin provides the most detailed and comprehensive assessment to date of the direct connection between U.S. biofuels policy and specific economic and field-level … Continue reading

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Debate continues at latest EPA public hearing over proposed ethanol changes

In Michigan, the debate between the oil industry and rural farming continued on Friday during the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing to discuss proposed ethanol policy changes including year-round E15, small refinery exemptions, and RIN reform. RFA, Growth Energy, Fueling … Continue reading

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EU oilseed area in slight decline

In Germany, UFOP reports that in the EU-28, fewer oilseeds are grown for the 2019 harvest than were planted for the previous year’s harvest. The EU Commission forecasts a total hectarage of 11.5 million for the 2019 harvest. According to … Continue reading

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Marine biofuel refueling in Rotterdam a success

In the Netherlands, IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam announced the successful refuelling of the CMA CGM White Shark with sustainable marine bio-fuel oil. The test, which represents a major step … Continue reading

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New leader for biogas to liquid fuel company, Renovare Fuels

In the United Kingdom, Renovare Fuels Limited, a company that has developed a way of producing a carbon-neutral liquid fuel from biogas, has appointed Dean Hislop as its managing director. Hislop was previously the CEO of Tamar Energy Limited, where … Continue reading

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Algaia attracts more algae investment

In France, AgTech firm Sapec is acquiring a 31% stake in Algaia, S.A.’s algae-based business and “strengthening its shareholding structure.” Algaia owns a novel and proprietary technology allowing the Biorefinery of brown algae not only into Alginates but also in … Continue reading

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Dow and BioLogiQ collaborate on plant-based polymers and resins

In Michigan, Dow and BioLogiQ are collaborating to evaluate potential synergies between BioLogiQ’s novel NuPlastiQ BioPolymer, a thermoplastic plant-based resin, and Dow’s industry-leading polyethylene resin portfolio, in an effort to explore enhanced sustainable plastic options. Dow and BioLogiQ will work … Continue reading

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Large passenger vessels to be converted to run on LBG for first time

In Norway, global marine solutions and system integration expert, Høglund, was awarded a contract to deliver biogas-ready fuel gas supply systems for six Hurtigruten passenger ship retrofits. The project will mark the first time a large passenger vessel has been … Continue reading

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Covestro and Genomatica launch partnership for high-performance plant-based materials

Genomatica, the bioengineering pioneer that helps major brands like H&M and Lavazza produce sustainable mainstream products, announced a significant new partnership recently with Covestro, a mainstream chemical and materials leader, to work together on high-performance materials from plants. Materials manufacturer … Continue reading

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High Velocity Excitement: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys

Velocys has developed proprietary and commercially-proven Fischer-Tropsch technology that can cost effectively produce low-carbon fuels from a variety of waste materials, including woody biomass and municipal solid waste, at a scale that matches feedstock collection logistics. Philipp Stratmann, Vice President … Continue reading

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Pacific Ethanol hires Piper Jaffray to help sell off assets ahead of debt refinancing

In California, the Sacramento Business Journal reports that Pacific Ethanol has hired Piper Jaffray to help sell off assets in an effort to be able to refinance $67 million in debt by year’s end but the company didn’t say which … Continue reading

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Stora Enso invests EUR5 million to produce formed fiber products to reduce plastic use

In Finland, Stora Enso is investing EUR5 million to build a new production line and related infrastructure to manufacture formed fiber products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The formed fiber technology enables manufacturing of products that are designed for circularity, … Continue reading

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BioCycle aims to build its first commercial human waste-based biodiesel facility in South Africa

In South Africa, Cramers Engineering News reports that MultiCycle is looking to use black soldier fly-based processing of human waste into biodiesel, lubricants and other valuable materials under its BioCycle arm, with design for its first commercial-scale plant expected by … Continue reading

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American Process to continue R&D work despite split from GranBio

In Georgia, TRHoldco LLC, Theodora Retsina’s holding company, announced its separation from GranBio in the GranAPI JV, and the beginning of a new era for American Process. In the separation, TR Holdco retained ownership of American Process brand name, the American … Continue reading

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Illinois producing up to 171 million gallons of biodiesel annually

In Illinois, Illinois is one of the nation’s largest biodiesel-producing states, with five plants producing up to 171 million gallons of biodiesel per year—enough to keep thousands of diesel vehicles on the road. The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) checkoff program … Continue reading

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Funding awarded for C$285 million, first-of-its-kind, wheat-based, biofuels facility

In Canada, a C$285 million, first-of-its-kind, wheat-based, biofuels facility is being developed by Carbon Clean Energy Inc. The project aims to create low carbon intensity ethanol in response to Alberta’s new renewable fuel standards. Known as Project Wheatland, the state-of-the-art … Continue reading

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Slovenia’s BioApp to become research focal point for developing smart biomass materials with Italy

In Slovenia, ERDF-funded BioApp platform has become the focal point for research ideas on developing smart biomass materials in the cross-border region of Slovenia and Italy. The EU produces over 25 tons of plastic waste every year. In response, Slovenian … Continue reading

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US-Brazil trade tensions could rise over ethanol TRQ issue

In Washington, MercoPress reports that the US won’t budge on allowing Brazil to export more limes that are facing phytosanitary trade barriers until the issue of the ethanol import quota and tariff is dealt with. When US ethanol exports pass … Continue reading

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What a Microbe Would Say on Glassdoor

By Mark Warner, PE, Founder, Warner Advisors LLC Special to The Digest In my previous article on Scale-up from the Microbes Perspective, I discussed how the biotechnology commercialization process would be viewed by a microbe. This is a little lighter … Continue reading

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Beginning with the End in Mind: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Due Diligence

Lee Enterprises Consulting is the world’s largest bioeconomy consulting group with over 100 subject matter experts (SME’s) in all areas of the bioeconomy. Doug Rivers, Ph.D., from Sunflwr Consulting and a member of Lee Enterprises Consulting, offers this overview of … Continue reading

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