WEF’s ‘Clean Skies for Tomorrow’ Outlines Pathway to Net-Zero Aviation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

What is the World Economic Forum doing to help aviation meet net zero goals? First, they recognize that the most immediate action to achieve carbon-neutral flying is the investment in, and rapid scale-up, of sustainable aviation fuel production and use. Their latest report demonstrates the feasibility, scalability and potential cost of different technological pathways for sustainable aviation fuel production and finds that sufficient sustainable feedstocks are available to meet the projected jet fuel demand for global aviation in 2030. Get the highlights in this exclusive Digest visual guide to the report.

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RFA says ethanol industry needs support as COVID-19 losses near $4B

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association said that with COVID-19 cases on the rise again and related actions, consumption of ethanol-blended gasoline is rapidly falling again, threatening to derail an already tenuous economic recovery in the ethanol industry, with U.S. ethanol producers already losing $3.8 billion since the start of the pandemic.

Through November, U.S. ethanol producers had already lost $3.8 billion since the start of the pandemic, according to a new analysis released today by the Renewable Fuels Association. In response to reduced travel and lower fuel demand, ethanol producers slashed production by 2 billion gallons between March and November, and cuts are expected to continue for months to come.

In the first week of December, consumption of both gasoline and ethanol fell to their lowest points since May, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.

“As Congress debates another COVID-19 relief package, we implore policymakers to consider the devastating economic impact the pandemic has had on renewable fuel producers,” said RFA President and CEO Geoff Cooper. “Our new analysis provides an in-depth look at how rural communities have suffered. The decrease in ethanol production has idled or permanently closed plants across the heartland and caused job losses in rural communities where good employment is often hard to find. As an industry deemed critical and essential to America, we call on Congress to act swiftly to provide some targeted relief to our nation’s renewable fuels industry.”

Cooper pointed out that U.S. ethanol plants are also playing a crucial role in combatting the pandemic by producing high-purity alcohol for hand sanitizer and other disinfectants, as well as capturing the CO2 needed to make the dry ice required for distributing COVID-19 vaccines. “But ethanol plants can’t help in the fight against COVID if they can’t keep their doors open,” Cooper warned.

According to RFA Chief Economist Scott Richman, who authored the white paper, the 2-billion-gallon cut in ethanol production meant a significant 700-million-bushel decline in the use of corn for ethanol. He stressed that while this report looks at a one time period, the effects of the pandemic will continue for a long time to come.

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New large-scale renewable energy park to include aerobic digestion, biomass, biodiesel

In the United Kingdom, Scottish Construction Now reports that plans have been unveiled to construct a large-scale renewable energy park designed to deliver between 150 – 200 megawatts of green energy to supply to the Scottish grid, with the capacity to power tens of thousands of homes across the north-east of Scotland using biodiesel, aerobic digestion, mixed fuel gasification and biomass.

The developers, Edinburgh-based Holistic Energy hopes to commence in building in 2023 and be operational by 2026. Holistic Energy has completed a feasibility and evaluation study of what will be the UK’s first Holistic Low Carbon Energy Facility. The feasibility study has produced an outline layout of the facility, the range of technologies to be used and how these will interact, to ensure the best possible efficiency and the lower environmental impact.

Concepts have already drawn up to encompass and integrate several different energy generation technologies. These include a mixed fuel gasification and biomass plant, a green biodiesel production facility and an aerobic digestion (AD) plant. These will be housed alongside solar PV, wind energy, and supported by a green hydrogen production facility and large-scale battery storage facilities.

As a second phase to the project, Holistic Energy will explore the deep geothermal potential of the site.

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L.A. Sanitation Districts expand food waste recycling system to produce vehicle fuel

In California, the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts started up a biogas purification system to recycle food waste into renewable vehicle fuel which is then dispensed at the Sanitation Districts’ nearby fueling station that is open to the public.

“We’ve been converting food waste into electricity for over six years. With this new biogas purification system, we now also produce renewable natural gas that is used to fuel vehicles like cars, buses and trucks. We know that many cities are grappling with how to meet state requirements for recycling food waste and are pleased to offer a complete and cost-effective solution,” said Robert C. Ferrante, Chief Engineer and General Manager for the Sanitation Districts.

The biogas is used in two ways. Some is sent to the Sanitation Districts’ power plant located at the Carson facility where the biogas is converted to electricity that runs the treatment plant. The remaining biogasis sent to the new purification system to make fuel grade renewable natural gas. The purification system is capable of producing the renewable natural gas equivalent of 2,000 gallons of gasoline per day.

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Weekly ethanol production up 1.7%, but still 7.6% below same week last year

In Washington, D.C., U.S. ethanol production expanded 1.7%, or 17,000 barrels per day (b/d), to 991,000 b/d—equivalent to 41.62 million gallons daily, according to EIA data analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, but production remained 7.6% below the same week last year.

The four-week average ethanol production rate rose for the ninth straight week, up 0.3% to 979,000 b/d, equivalent to an annualized rate of 15.01 billion gallons (bg).

Ethanol stocks swelled by 4.0% to 22.1 million barrels, which was the largest volume since May and 1.2% above a year-ago. Inventories built across all regions.

The volume of gasoline supplied to the U.S. market, a measure of implied demand, dropped 4.7% to a 27-week low of 7.60 million b/d (116.51 bg annualized). Gasoline demand was 14.4% less than a year ago.

Refiner/blender net inputs of ethanol also fell 4.7% to 755,000 b/d, equivalent to 11.57 bg annualized. This was the lowest volume since May and 12.0% below the year-earlier level as a result of the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Imports of ethanol arriving into the West Coast were 21,000 b/d, or 6.17 million gallons for the week. Imports have been logged in fourteen of the past twenty weeks. (Weekly export data for ethanol is not reported simultaneously; the latest export data is as of October 2020.)

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Novozymes 2020 organic sales growth outlook updated, now expected at 0%

In Denmark, Novozymes reports that the 2020 organic sales growth outlook is now expected at 0%, from previously -2% to +2% following reduced uncertainty to the market development, and a new reporting structure has been introduced as a result of the recent organizational changes, including new segments like “Grain & Tech Processing”.

Their new segments are “Household Care”, “Food, Beverages & Human Health”, “Bioenergy”, “Grain & Tech Processing” and “Agriculture, Animal Health and Nutrition” with the main change being starch, distilling and vegetable oil processing previousl of the old “Food & Beverages” segment is now included in the “Grain & Tech Processing” segment.

 

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Vegetable oil price index hit multi-year high, palm oil prices climb for 6th month running

In Germany, UFOP reports that in November, the FAO vegetable oil price index reached its highest level since April 2014. It was driven by firming prices for all main vegetable oils, especially palm oil.

FAO’s vegetable oil price index, which illustrates the changes in international prices of the ten most important vegetable oils in world trade, averaged 121.9 points in November. This translates to a significant rise of 15.4 points, or 14.5 per cent, month on month and marks the highest level since March 2014. Support primarily came from higher palm oil prices. However, prices for soybean, rapeseed and sunflower oil also edged higher in November.

According to investigations conducted by Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (mbH), international prices of palm oil climbed for the sixth month running. The reason was the sharp decline in global stocks due to sub-standard output in the key palm oil-producing countries combined with buoyant global demand. Prices for soybean oil rose in the light of the reduced availability for exports in South America and strong buying interest, especially from India. Prices for rapeseed and sunflower oil also climbed based on limited supply. Moreover, all vegetable oil prices benefited from rising international mineral oil prices.

The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP) sees the increase as an absolute necessity in view of producers’ incomes and previous years’ price levels. The association has made the point that rising production costs and regulatory requirements that lead to reduced yields can only be offset by sufficiently high producer prices. UFOP has strongly emphasised this point in relation to the EU Commission’s current considerations regarding the biodiversity and “Farm to Fork” strategies. The association has called for an overall policy that would take into account and overcompensate for potential negative implications for farmers’ incomes. Above all, the planned “Farm to Fork” strategy would have to be reflected in rising producer prices. UFOP has noted that arable farmers are seeking alternatives to extend crop rotation systems. Referring to the “10 + 10” strategy UFOP adopted last year, the association has pointed out that it wants to play an active role in this process.

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Iowa Biodiesel Board supports Biden pick for USDA head

In Iowa, Iowa Biodiesel Board Executive Director Grant Kimberley applauded President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to choose former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, a strong advocate of biofuels, to serve as Secretary of Agriculture.

Iowa Biodiesel Board Executive Director Grant Kimberley issued the following statement:

“We applaud President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to choose Tom Vilsack as U.S. agriculture secretary. Vilsack is a seasoned leader who knows agricultural issues inside and out. During a critical time for biofuels like biodiesel, we need a strong advocate as head of USDA who recognizes the benefits that policies like the Renewable Fuel Standard deliver to the American energy supply, the economy and to U.S. farmers, who have struggled.

“In particular, we look forward to Vilsack’s steady voice as he interacts with new leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency. We know we can count on him to reinforce the benefits of growing biodiesel demand, including that it is among the very best ways to mitigate greenhouse gases. We congratulate Vilsack on this well-deserved honor.”

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U.S. Department of Energy announces $35M for bioenergy research and development

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports the White House priority for advancing the domestic bioeconomy, as well as the Bioenergy Technologies Office’s goals of improving the performance and lowering the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts.

Topic Areas include:

  • Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to Enable Production of Conversion-Ready Feedstocks (up to $15M):

(a) Measurement of variability of key MSW characteristics within and across unique MSW streams

(b) Development of novel methods for rapid/real-time measurements.

  • Algae Productivity Exceeding Expectations (APEX) (up to $20M):

(a) Improvements in productivity with traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) supply

(b) Improvements in productivity with Direct Air Capture (DAC) of CO2 from ambient air.

The Feedstock Technologies Topic Area will focus on the characterization of MSW streams. Projects will work on understanding MSW variability and informing the steps necessary to produce conversion-ready feedstock. The Advanced Algal Systems Topic Area looks to improve seasonal productivity of algae via a diverse portfolio of strains and improvement approaches. Projects will develop tools to accelerate current and future strain and cultivation improvements.

The application process will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on February 1, 2021, and full applications are due on April 5, 2021.

For more information, please visit the EERE Program Information Center or Grants.gov.

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Flying high with aviation biofuel – Continuous SAF supply arrives at SFO and LTN airports, RSB recognized by ICAO for CORSIA

Lots of news arrived recently in sustainable aviation fuel, but here are two stories you won’t want to miss. First, Signature Flight Support, Neste and NetJets celebrate the official launch of Sustainable Aviation Fuel at SFO and LTN airports which is now available for purchase. Second, RSB has officially been recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for the certification of CORSIA-eligible Sustainable Aviation Fuels with its new RSB CORSIA Standard.

Celebrating the official launch of SAF at SFO and LTN airports

Let’s start with the celebration going on at two airports this holiday season, reminiscent of Santa saving the day when all flights were cancelled due to that unexpected snowstorm that just came out of nowhere.

Signature Flight Support, through its company-wide Signature Renew program, and Neste are making low emission, renewable fuel a reality for business aviation, starting with the first two locations of Signature’s worldwide network. “The world’s leading Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) has pumped the initial ceremonial gallon of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at San Francisco Int’l Airport (SFO) and London Luton Airport (LTN), marking the start of a global initiative to provide a permanently available supply of SAF to private aircraft.”

“This new era of SAF availability is driven by supportive regulations, voluntary commitments and growing customer demand. By having a consistent blended SAF supply available on airport, Signature Renew is providing a safe, affordable, and dependable low-emission option via Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel at SFO. This investment is the first program of its kind, allowing customers such as NetJets to help meet their own sustainability goals by taking advantage of more than a 25% reduction in direct net lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from this blended fuel. With a full commitment to fuel all private and business aircraft with blended SAF at SFO by Q1 2021, Signature SFO, Neste and the San Francisco Int’l Airport stand apart for their meaningful environmental leadership.”

Neste expects to have the capacity to produce some 1.5 million tonnes (515 million gallons) of SAF annually by 2023. Neste’s SAF is made from sustainably sourced, renewable waste and residue materials – such as used cooking oil for example. It is a drop in fuel that offers an immediate way to reduce the direct greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft, requiring no new investments, modifications to aircraft or fuel distribution systems, or changes to procedures. When used in neat form, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80% on a life cycle basis compared to fossil jet fuel.

NetJets, the world’s largest private jet company, was the inaugural recipient for the first uplift of SAF in San Francisco. The initial load consisted of over 1,000 gallons pumped into a Bombardier Challenger 350. As the primary launch customer, NetJets has committed to purchase up to 3m gallons of SAF through Signature Renew for all flights out of SFO and its Columbus Int’l Airport (CMH) home base. Similarly, NetJets was the inaugural customer for Signature Renew’s Jet A product at London-Luton Airport in the United Kingdom, marking the start of continuously available SAF at the major European gateway for private aircraft.

Signature Renew is an initiative by Signature Flight Support to obtain net-zero global emissions by 2050. Embracing sustainable aviation fuels as a core pathway towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Signature Renew also encompasses electrified ground service equipment, LEED certified new construction, and increasing reliance on solar energy to power FBO locations.

Reactions from the stakeholders

The wait for SAF is over. We’re filling aircraft right now – thousands of gallons a day, every day – at SFO and LTN to meet the growing market demand,” expressed Tony Lefebvre, Chief Operating Officer for Signature. “SAF is the cornerstone of aviation’s answer to environmental responsibility. Creating an affordable alternative to traditional Jet A is vital to ensuring we’re able to help our customers reduce their carbon footprint. We’re proud to be able to deliver this capability to all private aviation customers at SFO and LTN and look forward to growing our capacity at additional locations and launching new sustainability programs next year.”

“We’re giving operators what they’ve been asking for – an easy, simple way to travel more sustainably,” says Chris Cooper, Vice President, Renewable Aviation North America, Neste. “This pioneering collaboration is really driven by two things, the demand for private and business air travel is growing and the people onboard these aircraft want their carbon footprint to go down. Neste, Signature and NetJets, as industry leaders, decided to work together to connect the dots from fuel production, to supply and distribution and to aircraft operations to make sustainable business and private air travel a reality. This is just a first step, and I look forward to working with these great partners to get more SAF to more airports and in more aircraft.”

“Sustainability has been foremost on the mind of our clients and of NetJets, as we recently announced our expanded Global Sustainability Program,” explained Brad Ferrell, NetJets Executive Vice President, Administrative Services. “Signature and Neste have provided the solution of SAF in the market, and NetJets’ purchasing commitment helps ensure SAF’s continued availability. We are proud to join our partners in taking the lead in commercializing renewable fuel sources and adoption.”

RSB officially recognized by ICAO for CORSIA

Let’s take a look at the second interesting SAF news story where RSB was recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for the certification of CORSIA-eligible Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) with its new RSB CORSIA Standard.

“SAF producers and airlines are now able demonstrate compliance with CORSIA requirements and RSB’s best-in-class sustainability, widely recognized by NGOs and other groups as the most robust, credible and practical approach for sustainability in the bio-based and circular economy,” according to their press release.

The RSB CORSIA Standard goes above and beyond CORSIA requirements to ensure that SAF achieves at least 50% GHG reductions on its core lifecycle analysis, and a minimum 10% when including CORSIA’s Induced Land Use Change values (ILUC). In addition, RSB-certified SAF enables further claims around zero deforestation, environmental protection, food security and human rights, as indicated in our comprehensive RSB Principles & Criteria which define best practice for sustainability along the supply chain.

“This recognition cements RSB as a long-term trusted partner for the aviation industry. RSB is supported by aviation industry leaders who participate in our multi-stakeholder roundtable, developing robust sustainability approaches for the industry and collaborating with pioneers from industry, NGOs and government. These members include Airbus, Boeing, Air France, British Airways, KLM, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and many others.”

“This industry commitment is supported by global recognition of RSB’s most robust approach to sustainability and its multi-stakeholder community.”

The International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation’s (ICSA) vision for a “zero climate impact” international aviation pathway towards 2050 endorses RSB as the “best-in-class sustainability certification standard for advanced aviation fuels”. In its Waypoint 2050 report on balancing aviation growth with tackling the climate emergency the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) identify joining RSB as one of the simplest early actions that can be taken to help accelerate an energy transition. The airline members of the Sustainable Air Fuel User Group (SAFUG), representing a third of global commercial aviation, have committed to developing and using alternative aviation fuels that are consistent with RSB’s robust sustainability requirements.

Ready for Certification

RSB certificate holders already include SAF producers and traders like Gevo, Nuseed, SkyNRG, World Energy and others, who are well positioned to transition to an RSB CORSIA certificate. Also committed to RSB certification are Velocys, LanzaTech and Lanzajet. Additionally, international airlines, including KLM, are committed to sourcing RSB-certified SAF.

Also supportive of RSB certification is Neste, with Sami Jauhiainen, Vice President Business Development, Renewable Aviation congratulating RSB, “Sustainability is at the heart of business at Neste and we are committed to supporting the aviation industry in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions with the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels. We cordially congratulate RSB for receiving the recognition for its CORSIA standard and we look forward to continuing the close collaboration.”

Reacting to the news of RSB’s recognition by ICAO, RSB Executive Director, Rolf Hogan, had this to say, “Today is an exciting day for the aviation industry as a clear pathway is now available for leaders to demonstrate that their commitment to sustainability goes above and beyond the legal requirements of CORSIA to also include a full range of social and environmental impacts as well. We look forward to working with these pioneers to implement this new RSB CORSIA Standard to help transform the industry – and the world!”

This sentiment was echoed by Pedro Piris-Cabezas, Director of Sustainable International Transport and Lead Senior Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund who said, “ICAO Council’s approval of RSB as an eligible Sustainability Certification Scheme is both an outstanding achievement for RSB and a major milestone for ICAO CORSIA, which completes CORSIA’s SAF framework. RSB CORSIA Standard also represents a paradigm shift, moving from RSB’s original focus on sustainable biofuel volumes to a new focus on emissions reductions from the use of SAF for carbon markets.”

Click here to download a slide deck summarising RSB’s CORSIA Standard approach, and here for more information about CORSIA.

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Bently Motors installs HVO fueling facilities for on-site fuel demand at UK plant

In the UK, Bentley Motors will be the first luxury automotive brand to run its in-house logistics on 100 per cent renewable fuels. This follows the installation of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fueling facilities at its site in Crewe.

A 34,000 liter ‘Green D+’ HVO tank and pump now fuels the ten HGV logistics trucks that transfer parts between Bentley’s Crewe site and storage depot in Winsford on a daily basis and over 20 smaller on-site security vehicles and delivery vans. The 250 plus forklift trucks and tow motors used inside the factory are already being charged with green electricity generated in part by Bentley’s 30,000 on-site solar panels.

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Orion Energy Partners to fund $135M strategic capital partnership with Highland Pellets

In Arkansas, Highland Pellets announced a $135 million strategic capital partnership with Orion Energy Partners to fund the expansion and upgrade of its existing wood pellet facility in Pine Bluff, Arkansas as well as provide capital for additional long-term growth initiatives. The facility is supported by a long-term contract with a major European power producer and, when complete, will be capable of producing up to 675,000 metric tons of sustainably sourced wood pellets per year.

The Highland facility was initially completed in 2017 and is currently undergoing equipment upgrades to improve operational performance and increase production capacity.

Highland sources sustainable fiber resources for its wood pellets consisting of trees that are not suitable for the lumber market (either due to size or quality), thinnings from crowded forests, and leftover material from local sawmills. The facility supports over 90 full-time jobs to the local community and over 330 jobs in the adjacent forest industries and transportation supply chains.

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Trafigura’s marine arm goes all in on marine biofuel trials

In Switzerland, sea trials on Trafigura’s bareboat chartered vessel, Marlin Amethyst, and initial results from laboratory testing demonstrate the safe and effective use of both the B30 blend biofuel, composed of 30 percent waste oil feedstock and 70 percent Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (“VLSFO”) and B20 blend biofuel (20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent VLSFO).  No handling issues were experienced during the combustion process and no engine or infrastructure modifications were required. In August, TFG Marine, Trafigura’s marine arm, appointed its first Global Head of Fuel Decarbonization.

TFG intends to expand sea trials to test the use of sustainably sourced, lower-carbon alternatives on additional maritime vessels and is working on certain initiatives to minimize the carbon footprint of marine fuels.

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ePure says European Commission needs to include ethanol in new mobility strategy

In Belgium, Platts reports that ePure says the European Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy published on Wednesday doesn’t go far enough to include renewable ethanol in its four-year action plan aimed at reorienting transportation to achieve the Green Deal’s decarbonization ambitions. The strategy targets 30 million zero-emission cars on EU roads by 2030 and doubling high-speed rail across the region in addition to 100 climate neutral cities but ePure says renewable ethanol needs to be part of the proposed Low Carbon Fuels Value Chain.

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Michigan, Maine and Finland team on forestry bioeconomy collaboration

In Michigan, in a move that capitalizes on collective forestry knowledge and a commitment to smarter, sustainable use of natural resources, Finland and the states of Maine and Michigan are elevating a cooperative effort in bioeconomy and clean technologies. Maine and Michigan, like Finland, are heavily wooded states with long traditions in the forest industry. All three see great opportunities in working together in the transition toward a modern, sustainable bioeconomy that supports growth while protecting long-term forest health. The cooperation provides many opportunities for companies and researchers on both sides of the Atlantic, and it’s an effort that is moving forward at a fast pace.

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Concerns lower CO2 production from ethanol plants could restrict rural vaccine roll outs

In New York state, Reuters reports there are concerns that a 25% reduction in CO2 production by ethanol plants compared to normal levels could impede distribution of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in rural areas due to lack of dry ice. Ethanol production was hit severely early in the year by the pandemic and has recovered significantly but not to pre-pandemic levels, and its byproducts such as the CO2 required to dry ice have been impacted. Although dry ice producers and trade associations believe there will be enough dry ice for the vaccines, there are concerns that in rural areas where logistics are challenged and populations are widespread that it is impossible to know if there will be enough to go around.

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Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd scores Innovate UK grant to design biohydrogen production line

In the UK, Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd (ABSL), University College London (UCL) and Wood have been awarded a £250,000 grant from Innovate UK to design a production line that makes high purity biohydrogen for fuel cell electric vehicles.

The ABSL plant in Swindon will convert household waste into bio-substitute natural gas (BioSNG) that is injected into the local gas grid and then sold to compressed natural gas filling stations. The project will focus on taking a slipstream of syngas from this plant and purifying it to meet the stringent specification for proton electron membrane fuel cells. The hydrogen would then be compressed and transferred to tube trailers that will take it to hydrogen refueling stations for use in buses and other hydrogen vehicles.

The Swindon plant uses ABSL’s RadGas technology to convert waste into a high-quality synthesis gas and Wood’s VESTA technology to convert this syngas into BioSNG. Wood will adapt the VESTA system to switch flexibly between the biohydrogen and BioSNG production. This will give ABSL the ability to deliver either product to meet market demand.

UCL will use innovative techniques to test the biohydrogen produced by the plant at their Electrochemical Innovation Lab to ensure that it does not damage or degrade fuel cell performance. The University will also assess the greenhouse gas emissions associated with biohydrogen and compare them to blue and green hydrogen.

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Trump Administration tells Supreme Court to not hear oil refiners’ case against SRE ruling

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Trump Administration through the Department of Justice has told the Supreme Court in a brief filed Tuesday it should not hear a case brought by oil refiners seeking to have the 10th Circuit Court ruling regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s way of approving small refinery exemptions. With the biofuels industry seeking 31 SREs approved by the EPA be overturned, the Department of Justice pointed to that along with other reasons for not hearing the oil refiners’ case. 

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Pandemic ties into Q3 results for biopolymers, food solutions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Corbion

Corbion recorded a solid quarter despite COVID-19 with an organic net sales increase of 5.2%, volume driven with core activities like sustainable food solutions and lactic acid & specialties performing well. Biopolymers didn’t do so well, however, thanks to postponements in elective surgeries due to the pandemic and lactic acid due to the Total Corbion PLA joint venture phasing. Find out which food solution areas did the best and how the pandemic ties into it all, what their outlook is for Q4 and more.

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3D bioprinted Mars rover, coffee waste face masks, world’s first approved cell-based meat and more: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the week of December 11th

If you are looking for a unique holiday gift, the European Space Agency just released the blueprint for at-home 3D printers to produce their own miniature Rosalind Franklin ExoMars rover at home using bioplastic. And enjoy holiday meals made with the world’s first approved cultivated, cell-based meat from Eat Just or cell-based seafood from Avant Meats. Of course, the pandemic is still raging globally so wear your masks, but go green with coffee waste face masks now available in Malaysia.

In today’s Digest, these and more Top 8 Innovations for the week of December 11th.

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