Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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NTU scientists discover sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops

NTU scientists discover sustainable way to increase seed oil yield in crops

April 21, 2019 |

In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University scientists developed a sustainable way to demonstrate a new genetic modification that can increase the yield of natural oil in seeds by up to 15 per cent in laboratory conditions. The new method can be applied to crops such as canola, soybean and sunflower, which are in a multi-billion dollar […]

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EPA Reopens REGS Rule to Address SREs

EPA Reopens REGS Rule to Address SREs

April 21, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association reports that on April 11, EPA initiated the process for reviving one provision within the Nov. 2016 Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule in an effort to provide more transparency regarding small refinery exemptions (SREs) from the RFS program. EPA had proposed to codify a determination that […]

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SoCalGas awarded $3M for hydrothermal processing technology

SoCalGas awarded $3M for hydrothermal processing technology

April 21, 2019 |

In California, the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) a $3 million grant to fund the next phase of development of a new technology that doubles the amount of renewable energy created from the decomposition of organic material at wastewater treatment plants. The new process, known as Hydrothermal Processing (HTP), reduces […]

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Nouryon announces 2019 Imagine Chemistry finalists

Nouryon announces 2019 Imagine Chemistry finalists

April 21, 2019 |

In the Netherlands, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) announced the 13 finalists for the 2019 edition of its Imagine Chemistry collaborative innovation challenge. The winners for sustainable bio-based surfactants (in partnership with Unilever) are CarbExplore Research, Fraunhofer IGB, Sironix Renewables, and The University of Sheffield + Entomics. The finalists will participate in an intensive three-day […]

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Amyris Completes Sale of Vitamin E Royalty to DSM

Amyris Completes Sale of Vitamin E Royalty to DSM

April 21, 2019 |

In California, Amyris, Inc. sold its Vitamin E royalty agreement to Koninklijke DSM N.V. (Royal DSM). This agreement assigns Amyris’s rights to Vitamin E royalties to DSM in exchange for total consideration of approximately $57 million. In addition, DSM and Amyris have agreed to a further manufacturing cooperation for Amyris products at DSM’s Brotas facility […]

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Cielo achieves milestone with first sale of renewable diesel

Cielo achieves milestone with first sale of renewable diesel

April 21, 2019 |

In Canada, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. announced that, prior to adding the desulphurization unit, on which Cielo is currently working, the Company has achieved an important milestone by selling the first 5,000 liters of high grade renewable diesel to its first customer at $1.00 per litre. This sale confirms that, even before desulphurization occurs, there […]

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MTI awards $1.5M for biomass and forest projects

MTI awards $1.5M for biomass and forest projects

April 21, 2019 |

In Maine, the Board of Directors of the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) approved two awards from the Emerging Technology Challenge for Maine’s Forest Resources, each for $750,000. The two companies receiving the awards represent different natural resource-based technologies that make use of Maine’s abundant forest resources and supply chain. The first $750,000 award was made […]

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Oklahoma next to allow commercial production of industrial hemp

Oklahoma next to allow commercial production of industrial hemp

April 21, 2019 |

In North Carolina, Hemp, Inc., announced that after unanimous approval by the house, Senate Bill 868 has proceeded to the desk of Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt, which would allow for the commercial production of industrial hemp. According to the bill legislature, SB 868 “authorizes the state Department of Agriculture to take develop and administer a […]

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Earth Day 2019 – A look at carbon negative and carbon capture technologies, advancements, and possibilities

Earth Day 2019 – A look at carbon negative and carbon capture technologies, advancements, and possibilities

April 21, 2019 |

Some of us were born already, some of us just a twinkle in someone’s eye, but 49 years ago history was made with the very first Earth Day. What was a nationwide celebration and peaceful demonstrations for environmental reform in the U.S. by some estimated 20 million Americans, Earth Day events have now expanded to […]

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Yeast strain can increase ethanol production by 15.5%

Yeast strain can increase ethanol production by 15.5%

April 14, 2019 |

In India, researchers from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, DBT-ICGEB Centre for Advanced Bioenergy Research discovered that a robust yeast strain can produce up to 15.5% more ethanol when glucose or lignocellulose biomass — rice and wheat straw — is fermented and has been isolated. With India’s biofuel target going from the […]

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