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Skybound: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Skybound: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

April 27, 2017 |

This week, we hosted a webinar what is universally agreed to be the single largest new application of advanced industrial biotechnology — this is the Big Kahuna, or sustainable aviation fuel. Sustainability is critical to airlines, and manufacturers are in close collaboration. Alternatives are not abundant: an electric plane for heavy-duty air transport is decades away. Joining us […]

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Trump forms Interagency Task Force on agriculture and rural prosperity

Trump forms Interagency Task Force on agriculture and rural prosperity

April 27, 2017 |

In Washington, the Trump Administration released its “Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America” — and a report from the Interagency Task Force, something this order creates, is due in 180 days. For fans of the White House Rural Council — this replaces that. It aims at regulatory, policy and legislative […]

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POET ethanol plant may start construction on efficiency projects ahead of summertime E15

POET ethanol plant may start construction on efficiency projects ahead of summertime E15

April 26, 2017 |

In South Dakota, construction could begin this year on a new fermenter and other improvements for the POET ethanol plant near Groton that should see production increase by up to 3 million gallons per year, though the state air quality permits the company applied for would allow for up to 13 million additional gallons indicating […]

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KiOR – In Hindsight

KiOR – In Hindsight

April 26, 2017 |

By Dr Kapil Shyam Lokare, Special to The Digest “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So, you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” – Steve Jobs I have taken the liberty to connect dots in hindsight with one of the largest ventures in […]

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Super Food, Super Feed: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Nutrition

Super Food, Super Feed: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Nutrition

April 26, 2017 |

In Tennessee this week, NouriTech and its lead investors, Calysta, Inc. and Cargill, officially broke ground on a 37-acre Memphis feed production facility. The plant will be home to the world’s largest gas fermentation operation that will produce Calysta’s FeedKind® protein, a nourishing and sustainable feed ingredient for fish, livestock and pets, using its proprietary technology. […]

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Consortiapalooza: TWB points a way towards the new industrial biotech consortium

Consortiapalooza: TWB points a way towards the new industrial biotech consortium

April 26, 2017 |

In the past month, the Digest pointed towards a tipping point in the underlying technology that powers the industry — and a convergence in the technologies of genetics, Big Data and robotics that is rapidly and radically re-shaping the bioeconomy and the to an increasing extent the general economy. We noted that the tip of […]

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Unstash that Trash: Material(s) progress in making fuels, chemicals from Municipal solid waste

Unstash that Trash: Material(s) progress in making fuels, chemicals from Municipal solid waste

April 25, 2017 |

News this week arrived from Canada that Enerkem has received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines for its ethanol product under the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation. The confirmed carbon intensity is a shocker. Where gasoline check in at the testing center at […]

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The 4C-able Future: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to butanol and other 4C molecules

The 4C-able Future: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to butanol and other 4C molecules

April 25, 2017 |

In our March Madness webinar series, a popular entry has been the session on “butanol and other 4C molecules: prospects and progress”. We looked at a number of companies in depth here, including slides from Green Biologics, Global Bioenergies, BioAmber, Reverdia and Gevo. The webinar slides range far beyond butanol and into succinic acids, BDO […]

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NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE: tech innovators stalk a stealthy WMD

NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE: tech innovators stalk a stealthy WMD

April 24, 2017 |

You may be familiar with the story-telling factoid couplets of the Harper’s Index, and here’s an interesting set in that magazine’s iconic style: Concentration of sarin (nerve gas) required for fatal human toxicity: 0.0028% Concentration of deadly chemicals in the earth’s lower atmosphere if all the world’s stockpile of chemical weapons were simultaneously released: 0.0000000000013240774% […]

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The King of Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to pyrolysis’ progress and prospects, Pt 2

The King of Biofuels: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to pyrolysis’ progress and prospects, Pt 2

April 24, 2017 |

Not long ago, George Huber and Robert Brown wrote in a special issue of Energy Technology of their desire to “highlight recent advances in pyrolysis technologies and to discuss the critical research needs of this field. We think innovations in pyrolysis will advance more rapidly with improved understanding of the fundamental chemical, physical, and catalytic […]

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