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The Race for Bionylon heats up: Rennovia enters piloting stage of its key bio-based HDO platform

The Race for Bionylon heats up: Rennovia enters piloting stage of its key bio-based HDO platform

March 27, 2017 |

  In California, Rennovia has now successfully commissioned, and is operating, all core pilot plant operations for its sugars to 1,6-hexanediol (1,6-HDO) process. When we say something as obscure as 1.6-hexanediol, think “nylon” Rennovia’s 1,6-HDO is a platform intermediate to several commodity chemicals with over $20 billion market value, including hexamethylenediamine (HMD), adipic acid, and […]

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Tech for the cheap oil era: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius and REACH technology

Tech for the cheap oil era: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Mercurius and REACH technology

March 27, 2017 |

Mercurius says it “has the technology and processes that will, for the first time, make the production of cellulosic biofuels profitable while meeting the needs of the diesel and jet fuel markets and satisfying government requirements.” Behind Mercurius is REACH technology — significantly faster than fermentation – taking 2-3 hours versus 2 or more days. […]

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Fuel Economy Rules: Someone is Listening

Fuel Economy Rules: Someone is Listening

March 27, 2017 |

by Doug Durante, Executive Director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition Special to The Digest The recent announcement that the Trump Administration was taking another look at Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards was a welcome reality check for what is a complex and multi-layered issue. There was an immediate knee jerk reaction that this […]

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Industrial sugars from waste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Comet Biorefining

Industrial sugars from waste: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Comet Biorefining

March 26, 2017 |

Earlier this month, we reported that Comet Biorefining had successfully closed an investment round to fund its proposed cellulosic sugar production facility using stover and wheat straw as feedstock. PM Equity Parnership, the corporate venture and private equity investment arm of Philip Morris International, led the financing round that was also joined by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) […]

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Waste-stream, Slip-stream, Main-stream: The Born Global Slip-Stream Challenge gets underway

Waste-stream, Slip-stream, Main-stream: The Born Global Slip-Stream Challenge gets underway

March 26, 2017 |

There are six oddly-named streams in the bioeconomy, and it reminds one of the nomenclature of subatomic quarks. There is upstream, midstream, downstream, main-stream, waste-stream, and slip-stream. But of all the streams, perhaps there is nothing so vital yet muddled as the identity of the mainstream and that of the slipstreams. What really drives the company […]

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GRFA Calls on G20 Leaders to Increase Action on Climate Change in Light of New Report

GRFA Calls on G20 Leaders to Increase Action on Climate Change in Light of New Report

March 26, 2017 |

In Canada, Bliss Baker, the President of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, called on G20 leaders to build on the historic international cooperation achieved in 2016 with the ratification of the first binding climate agreement, the Paris Accord reached at COP21. “The global community must scale up the ambitiousness of policies to reduce emissions in the […]

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Borregaard’s BALI process reaches Technical Readiness Level 7 as BIOFORVER project advances: report

Borregaard’s BALI process reaches Technical Readiness Level 7 as BIOFORVER project advances: report

March 26, 2017 |

In Norway, the BALI demonstration plant operated by the BIOFOREVER project reports that the successful scale-up from lab by a factor of 1000 and several years of operation in a semi-commercial scale suggests that the BALI technology is at TRL (Technology Readiness Level) 6-7. In September 2016 a consortium of 14 European companies started the […]

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WSU, PNNL researchers find new way to characterize cellulose, advance bioproducts

WSU, PNNL researchers find new way to characterize cellulose, advance bioproducts

March 26, 2017 |

In Washington state, researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways to make a variety of crucial bioproducts. For the first time, researchers revealed the differences between the surface layers and […]

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Benson Hill Biosystems, CTC validate multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model crop

Benson Hill Biosystems, CTC validate multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model crop

March 26, 2017 |

In Missouri, Benson Hill Biosystems and Brazil’s Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira have validated multiple product candidates in Setaria viridis model plant system and CTC officials said that the milestone increases the probability of success in sugarcane since the photosynthetic systems of the two plants are very similar. The next phase is to validate the genes’ efficacy […]

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US ethanol production jumps to 15.9 billion gallon annual rate

US ethanol production jumps to 15.9 billion gallon annual rate

March 26, 2017 |

In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, US ethanol production averaged 1.044 million barrels per day—or 43.85 million gallons daily. That is down 1,000 b/d from the week before, but the 21st straight week over 1 million b/d. The four-week average for ethanol production increased to 1.037 million b/d […]

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