Author Archive: Jim Lane

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Bill Gates and CowTech: Fix or replace our friends in the pasture?

Bill Gates and CowTech: Fix or replace our friends in the pasture?

April 19, 2018 |

We think the world is entitled to know if Bill Gates is for the cow or against the cow. Add or Modify? Cow-lovers can take heart in this report from TheWeek.com about the Bill Gates Super Cow, which begins: BBC reported Friday that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will invest millions of dollars to […]

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Catalyzing biobased chemicals: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable

Catalyzing biobased chemicals: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable

April 19, 2018 |

With the launch of the Biochemical Technology Leadership Roundtable (BTLR), the ACS GCI seeks to provide a forum for pre-competitive industry collaboration. Building on the American Chemical Society’s roundtable model, the BTLR will be devoted to catalyzing and enabling the bio-based and renewable chemicals economy by promoting the underlying science required for the development and […]

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Chemicals, a second life for carbon: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

Chemicals, a second life for carbon: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

April 18, 2018 |

LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use. LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the current highly centralized global energy system by enabling the regional production of low-cost energy from local wastes and residues, including gases as varied […]

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The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 18th, 2018

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of April 18th, 2018

April 18, 2018 |

The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the changes. Here are the top innovations for the week […]

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Equipment Requirements to Study Agitation for Gas-Liquid Fermentation

Equipment Requirements to Study Agitation for Gas-Liquid Fermentation

April 17, 2018 |

By Gregory T. Benz, Lee Enterprise Consulting Special to The Digest Small pilot fermenters are used with several different objectives: studying the organism, developing feeding strategies, evaluating potential yields, etc. A major purpose can be to study the mass transfer characteristics of the system, and how they relate to agitation. In the production scale, the […]

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Shell releases Energy Transition Report: commits to 50% lower emissions by 2050, biofuels to top oil by 2100 in “Sky” scenario  

Shell releases Energy Transition Report: commits to 50% lower emissions by 2050, biofuels to top oil by 2100 in “Sky” scenario  

April 17, 2018 |

In the Netherlands and England, Shell released its most definitive statement yet on its low-carbon future and committed to 50% lower emissions by 2050 and net zero by 2070 in its operations and emissions from its fuels.  The road, to Shell, is apparently paved with good intentions. In its analysis of future energy demand, Shell […]

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Complex feedstocks, clean synthesis gas: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy

Complex feedstocks, clean synthesis gas: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sierra Energy

April 17, 2018 |

Sierra Energy has created what is billed as “the world’s most efficient gasifier,” FastOx, developed in conjunction with UC Davis, US Army and California Energy Commission. Gasification is the missing link between complex feedstocks and a clean synthesis gas for use in a wide variety of biofuel applications. The medium BTU synthesis gas is 70% […]

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Equipment needs to study mixing of fibrous materials

Equipment needs to study mixing of fibrous materials

April 16, 2018 |

By Gregory T. Benz, Lee Enterprise Consulting Special to The Digest There are many sources of organic fibers that can be used as feedstock for biofuels and renewable chemicals. The author has tested many lignocellulosic materials for fluid flow and mixing characteristics. Examples include corn stover, ground wood, switchgrass, various types of cane, beet pulp, […]

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Advocating for Commercialization of Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BRAG

Advocating for Commercialization of Biobased Products: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to BRAG

April 16, 2018 |

Renewable chemicals are emerging at a fast pace, paving the way for new, innovative, and sustainable biobased products. A coalition of companies and trade associations committed to enhancing the legal and regulatory positioning of biobased products formed the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group in 2013 to address issues specific to biobased chemical products and, in […]

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The $20 Million Carbon XPRIZE: The 10 Finalists, revealed

The $20 Million Carbon XPRIZE: The 10 Finalists, revealed

April 16, 2018 |

In New York, XPRIZE announced the 10 teams advancing to the final round in the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE.  The 10 finalists, each taking home an equal share of a $5 million milestone prize, were revealed at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Future of Energy Summit in New York City. This four-and-a-half-year global competition challenges […]

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